TheGrio Ramps Up Election Night Special

(L-R) Marc Lamont Hill, Natasha Alford and April Ryan (Image credit: theGrio )

TheGrio will follow tomorrow night’s mid-term elections with its Black America Must Vote block of primetime programming.

The special live, two-hour election coverage, which will be live-streamed on website and theGrio Politics YouTube channel, will begin at 7 p.m. and will be hosted by April Ryan in Washington D.C., Natasha Alford in New York and Dr. Lamont Hill in Philadelphia, said the Allen Media Group-owned service.

Alford will provide election updates throughout the evening while Ryan interviews guest politicians and Hill speaks with voters, organizers and students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In addition, theGrio Op-Ed writer Michael Harriot will provide additional coverage. 

“The importance of informed Black voters cannot be minimized nor underestimated,” said Byron Allen, founder/chairman/CEO of Allen Media Group in a statement. “Too many issues -- including women’s reproductive health, prison reform, climate change, education, and access to capital -- all disproportionately impact Black people. We need to engage and empower Black voters to help close the economic and social disparities. News coverage and perspectives from trusted sources like theGrio are crucial in creating an informed Black electorate.” ■ 

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.