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BET To Air Primtetime Town Hall on Student Debt – “YOUNG GIFTED AND BROKE: Our Student Loan Crisis” – Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 8:00 PM

BET To Air Primtetime Town Hall on Student Debt – “YOUNG GIFTED AND BROKE: Our Student Loan Crisis” – Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 8:00 PM

BET announces it will broadcast a new primetime news special examining student loan debt and its disproportionate impact on African American students. The special is the first nationally-televised hour-long town hall aimed at the hot button student loan crisis. Hosted by political strategist and advocate, Angela Rye, this Town Hall looks to sound the alarm and pose solutions toward affecting change to what has become an American crisis. “YOUNG GIFTED AND BROKE: Our Student Loan Crisis” airs Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on BET.

For all students color, especially African Americans, obtaining a college education can become financially crippling from high levels unmanageable student debt. Our experts blame many causes, ranging from expensive for-prit colleges that aggressively market to poor students color, to a widespread lack financial literacy among first generation college students.  Currently, the total outstanding student debt amount in America exceeds $1.5 trillion, mainly held by students from middle and lower-income households. Without a plan action, this issue will only get worse for African Americans.

This one-hour Town Hall will feature analysis and commentary from policymakers in the CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS (CBC), experts in the education field and student borrowers impacted by this crisis.

SCHEDULED PANELISTS INCLUDE:

Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), Chairman, House Education and Labor committee

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), co-sponsor with Sen. Bernie Sanders on a student loan debt cancellation bill currently in Congress

Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-CT), former National Teacher the Year Award recipient, committee member House Education and Labor

Wayne A. I. Frederick (MD), Howard University President

Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, Washington Post Higher Education Reporter

Michael Arceneaux, Journalist and New York Times Bestselling Author

Tiffany Jones, The Education Trust Director Higher Education Policy

Jessica Brown, Founder, College Gurl.com – student financial planning website

FEATURED GUESTS:

Jesse Williams, Actor and Activist, spokesman for “Scholly”, an app that helps students find college scholarships

Christopher Gray, founder “Scholly” scholarship app

John King Jr. CEO, The Education Trust; former Secretary Education – Obama Administration

Brian Bridges, Author UNCF Report “Fewer Resources, More Debt”

Loan Debt Burdens Students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities”; UNCF Vice-president research and member engagement

Morehouse Class 2019 graduates, recipients the Robert Smith gift to pay for their entire class’s student debt.

 

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