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Secretary of State Colin Powell will speak to high-school students as part of
a Black Entertainment Television interactive town-hall meeting Feb. 20.

BET Open Mic: Secretary Colin Powell Speaks to Our Youth will feature an
open discussion on several issues, including the possible war with Iraq, the war
on terrorism, the impact of affirmative action and the African-American
community's battle against the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the network said.

60 Minutes anchor Ed Bradley will moderate the town-hall meeting, which
will also include BET's 106 & Park co-host Free, actor Nick Cannon
and BET Nightly News congressional correspondent Monqiue
Conrad.

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.