New York, NY - March 17, 2010- BET Networks shines a light on an issue many are oblivious to: the severe under-count of African Americans by the United States Census. Hosted by Def Jam recording artist, Nas and narrated by BET News correspondent Jeff Johnson, BE COUNTED: BLACK AMERICA AND THE 2010 CENSUS highlights the everyday lives of African Americans and their journey to increase participation in the 2010 Census. The half hour special premieres on BET Sunday, March 21 at Noon/ 11c.
Every decade, the U.S. Census Bureau attempts to paint an accurate picture of the United States population; collecting data that will help the federal government determine where and how to allocate over $400 billion dollars per year to schools, hospitals, job training centers and more - but there is just one problem, in many states many African Americans are not counted and their neighborhoods lose out. BE COUNTED: BLACK AMERICA AND THE 2010 CENSUS aims to show how a simple ten minute survey can improve communities and change lives.
BE COUNTED: BLACK AMERICA AND THE 2010 CENSUS will showcase real stories by real people in the black community who have something to gain - and something to lose - if they don’t participate in the 2010 Census. From young black males to senior citizens, immigrant communities to college students, BET will highlight the lives of individuals aiming to make a difference one survey at a time. Additional insight offered by Census officials and respected national leaders in the black community such as Marc Morial of the National Urban League, will help address the common misperceptions, myths and questions about the 2010 census.
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