Let’s be real. Congress is more divided than ever at a time when high unemployment, increasing healthcare costs and the widening wealth gap are immensely impacting communities of color. In order to dive deeper into many of these issues dividing Americans and our elected leaders, emPower has launched The Great Debate, a monthly web series that features Anthony Nolen and Trae Lewis—two African American political pundits on opposite sides of the political isle—tackle hot political or policy topics affecting minorities.
The series premiere, which was posted on Tuesday, confronts the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare” that President Obama signed into law on March 23, 2010 and The U.S. Supreme Court is slated to make a ruling on this week. The duo takes a look at the issue from a progressive and conservative perspective. You can view the first episode here: http://youtu.be/Wf0VdIyehhQ.
The goal of The Great Debate is not to further polarize the political process, but to have an educated discussion on issues from all viewpoints and political angles.
“This show will not only be for political junkies like myself who enjoy a spirited debate; rather our mission is to also show African Americans—who may not be as engaged in the political process—why some of these issues such as healthcare and school choice are important and worth debating within our own community, said DeShuna Spencer, founder/publisher of emPower magazine, who also serves as the show’s host.
Democrat Anthony Nolen is a political scientist by passion and training who is driven by an insatiable desire to effect positive change and personal growth through his unique understanding and analysis of social and political issues. Nolen has harnessed his 12-year career in foreign policy, unique upbringing and life experiences into vehicles specially crafted to engage audiences worldwide and in the nation’s capitol. Twitter: @Anthonytalks.
Republican Trae Lewis serves as president of the Baltimore Area Young Republicans and as the National Committee Man for the Maryland Young Republicans. He is a lifelong conservative. In 2010, he served as the field coordinator for the “Ehrlich for Baltimore City” gubernatorial campaign. Lewis has appeared and been featured in numerous Baltimore area print, radio, and television media outlets speaking on the cause of the Republican Party and conservatism as a whole. Twitter: @traelewis