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BET Will Investigate Trayvon Martin Case In 'Justice For Trayvon: Our Son Is Your Son'

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 3, 2013 4:14 PM
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These are the kinds of documentary new specials that I thought T.J. Holmes would produce and host for BET - somewhat similar to what Lisa Ling does on OWN, with her ongoing Our America with Lisa Ling docu-series program.

Not that this is a T.J. Holmes project, but, as I read it, his quick entry into and exit from BET came to mind.


The Half-Hour Special Features Exclusive Interviews With Key Players of The Trial, Journalists and Celebrity Supporters highlighting The Social and Racial Implications of this Landmark case 

Award-Winning News Journalist Emmett Miller Hosts 

NEW YORK, NY – June 3, 2013 – Last year the tragic death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen, forced America to discuss how fatal racial profiling can be in the 21st Century. Trayvon became a household name and the debate over the controversial “Stand Your Ground” laws has revealed how polarizing they are for so many. With the trial of George Zimmerman looming, BET News investigates the timeline of events that have occurred in this case with a deeper look at why this case has galvanized Black America, in particular. Hosted by Emmett Miller, the BET News Special: “Justice For Trayvon: Our Son is Your Son”premieres Friday, June 7 at 7:30 PM ET/PT.

The half-hour BET News special will examine and report on all of the elements that led this case to reach fever pitch and will bring viewers up to date on the latest developments through engaging interviews with the attorneys, analysts and supporters, like award winning actor Jamie Foxx. Journalists will bring color to some of the facts and evidence that continue to emerge and legal experts will describe the potential impact these findings could have on the forthcoming trial.

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  • Janice | June 4, 2013 8:43 AMReply

    I didn't know BET cared....

  • Miles Ellison | June 4, 2013 9:09 PM

    They really don't.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | June 3, 2013 11:48 PMReply

    I... can't.

  • Cevine | June 3, 2013 5:03 PMReply

    One half-hour special, 15-months late. What a farce for such an important topic. If B.E.T. weren't so focused on their continued mandate of having 106 & Park being TRL 2.0, would it make too much sense to have a 1.5 to 2 hour town hall-style meeting if the network was indeed committed to social issues?
    I swear, those folks make it way too easy in being critical of their decision-making.

  • DCP | June 10, 2013 10:43 AM

    They did do two news specials about Trayvon Martin within the first two months of his death ["Shoot First: The Tragedy of Trayvon Martin" & "I Am Trayvon: A Family Fights for Justice"]. I don't know if that changes your mind about their approach, but they did jump on it with some measure of quickness.

  • Leon | June 9, 2013 5:03 PM

    They did have Don't Sleep. I'm not saying BET is the greatest but at the end of the day it is about getting paid and our people don't care about real issues. You can lead a horse to water but its our turn to drink it.

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