Live Debate Coverage From The Root and This Week in Blackness

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Stand-ins at a debate dress rehearsal.(Getty Images)
Stand-ins at a debate dress rehearsal.(Getty Images)

(The Root) — I don’t know if you’ve heard about this, but there’re going to be some “debates” happening pretty soon.

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, the first of three presidential debates will kick off in Denver, and apparently everyone is terrified. Both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have been actively downplaying expectations and participating in rigorous debate preparation. Romney and the entire Republican Party realize that he needs a win. If he gets decimated in the debates, his chances of gaining the presidency are pretty much done.

Barack Obama and the entire Democratic Party realize that it’s their race to lose. If Obama gets hurricane-kicked with zingers and responds with aloofness and annoyance, he’ll seem arrogant. Conservatives would love to be able to hammer him on being “uppity.”

So this is going to be terribly interesting.

And it’s because of this that I’m proud to announce that This Week in Blackness will be teaming up with The Root to provide live coverage for the first presidential debate. We’ll be broadcasting live from Brooklyn, N.Y., and streaming to TWIB, The Root and Google+. We’ll be discussing and breaking down everything leading up to the debate and will also provide immediate postdebate analysis. Tune in at 8 p.m. ET and join the conversation in our chat room and on Twitter (#TWIB2012).

And in the meantime, check out a recent segment from This Week in Blackness Radio in which #TeamBlackness (L. Joy Williams, Aaron Rand Freeman and I) discuss Romney’s commentary on what to do with the uninsured in America.


Elon James White is a writer and satirist and host of the award-winning video and radio series This Week in Blackness. Listen Monday to Thursday at 1:30 p.m. EST at TWIB.FM and watch TV.TWIB.ME/LIVE. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Tumblr.