As the U.S. presidential race intensifies, BET presents the two-part news documentary "Second Coming: Will Black America Decide the 2012 Election?" airing at 9 p.m. on Oct. 19 and Oct. 26.
Narrated by Emmy Award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson, the documentary follows "a diverse constellation of agents of political change and activism" through the 2012 election cycle. Obama “surrogate” Kerry Washington, Usher, Samuel L. Jackson, the Rev. Al Sharpton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Eve, Ice Cube, Yolanda Adams, pollster Cornell Belcher, Common, Snoop Dogg, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky, The RZA, Salt N Pepa, DMX, Redman, Cam’ron, Bun B, Joyful Drake, Warren G and Brandon & Lorielle Broussard, the young activists behind “Barack the Vote.”
The series will also focus on Tarsha Williams, Charles Perry and pastor Jamal Bryant, all grassroots activists in battleground states, as well as others who will take viewers behind the scenes of their effort to mobilize the Black community to vote in another historic Presidential election.
"Horse-race coverage of the election is now ubiquitous, almost to the point of distraction for many viewers. We sought a new way to bring the biggest story of the year — the fate of the first African-American incumbent president — in an engaging, highly journalistic way," said Loretha Jones, president of original programming and news, BET Networks. "We are excited to be working with Sam Pollard and Brick City TV, who helped us reinvent political coverage for our audience.”
"Brick City wanted to do a series that fuses the personal and the political, and that engages the BET audience," said Mark Levin, executive producer of Brick City.
"We want the series to leave the audience wanting to be players, not just spectators in this historic election," Mark Benjamin, executive producer, Brick City added.
"This groundbreaking series is a must-see for the BET audience," said Executive Producer Sam Pollard. "The series digs deep and hits hard, and is a must-see for viewers in understanding how they can't just be bystanders, but fully engaged in this historic election."