TV One and BET are planning extensive coverage of the presidential election returns on Nov. 4,” reports Richard Prince’s Journal-isms column. TV One’s broadcast will begin at 7 p.m. EST, anchored by team members from its Democratic convention coverage in August. Arthur Fennell, Joe Madison and Jacque Reid will host from seven different locations, including Obama and McCain election night headquarters. Michael Eric Dyson and Tom Joyner will provide commentary and perspective, and CNN’s Roland Martin will report live from CNN election headquarters in New York. TV One also plans to offer remote broadcasts from Florida A&M and North Carolina A&T State universities, two historically black institutions in battleground states. Keith Brown, senior vice president, news and public affairs at Black Entertainment Television, said his network would soon announce its plans, and “They will be extensive. We are absolutely covering,” he told Journal-isms.
*Barack Obama raised a mind-boggling sum of more than $150 million in September, an unprecedented amount that has given him a wide spending advantage over rival John McCain, reports the AP. The Democrat’s campaign released the figure Sunday, one day before it must file a detailed report of its monthly finances with the Federal Election Commission. Campaign manager David Plouffe, in an e-mail to supporters Sunday morning, said the campaign had added 632,000 new donors in September, for a total of 3.1 million contributors to the campaign. He said the average donation was $86.
*In a conference call with black-owned media last week, Sen. Obama’s wife Michelle told African Americans that it’s not enough to just register to vote. “This is such an important issue, especially this year because this may be the most important election of our lifetime,” she said. “It is critical that we all have our voices heard, which means being educated on how to cast your ballot on Election Day.” In Florida, more than 600,000 African Americans who were eligible to vote in 2004 did not show up to the polls, “[President] Bush’s margin of victory in Florida was 380,000 votes. The African-American vote could have made the difference here [in Florida] four years ago,” she said.