07/24/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

BET Expanding Political Coverage And Launching New Talk Show

Black Entertainment Television announced today that they would be adding a new weekly political talk show -- The Truth with Jeff Johnson -- starting August 15, a bit more than a week before the Democratic convention.

According to a statement, the show "will use a mix of investigative reporting and one-on-one interviews with leading experts to review the week's events and examine exactly what the top headlines mean for the Black community."

They're also planning to cover both the Democratic and Republican conventions -- with more emphasis on the Democratic one: They'll broadcast different specials each night, focusing on topics such as Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream Speech" (whose 45th anniversary coincides with Obama's acceptance speech) and the disenfranchisement of ex-convicts.

The founder and former CEO of BET, Robert Johnson, was a prominent Clinton supporter in the primaries and made headlines for talking disparagingly about Obama.

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