As the Host and Executive Producer of her first primetime news special, rising star and political ‘Truth Teller’ Angela Rye will dissect President Trump’s 2018 State of the Union Address and his first tumulus year in office – with a diverse and compelling panel of special guests.

Panelists & Info

Angela Rye

Esq., Advocate and Political Strategist

Angela Rye is Principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a political advocacy firm in the nation's capital. She is a CNN Political Commentator and NPR Political Analyst. She has been featured as an influential politico, lawyer, and advocate by several popular publications.  

Maxine Waters


Congresswoman Maxine Waters is considered by many to be one of the most powerful women in American politics today. Congresswoman Waters serves as the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services.

Melvin Carter

Mayor of St Paul, MN

Melvin is a fourth-generation Saint Paul resident, Saint Paul Public School graduate, former Saint Paul City Councilmember, father, and candidate for Saint Paul’s next Mayor. Melvin has been working to engage, enfranchise, and uplift people in Saint Paul and across the state and nation. 

Opal Tometi

Exec. Director of BAJI

Opal is a New York based Nigerian-American writer, strategist and community organizer. Ms. Tometi is a Co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter. The historic political project was launched in the wake of the murder of Trayvon Martin in order to explicitly combat implicit bias.

Rashad Robinson

Executive Director of Color Of Change

Rashad is the Exec. Director of Color Of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. Driven by over one million members, Color Of Change builds power for Black people and Black communities, moving decision makers in corporations and government.

Leader Stacey Abrams

Candidate for Governor of Georgia

Stacey is the top former Democrat in the Georgia legislature, candidate for Governor of Georgia and former House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams received degrees from Spelman College, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and Yale Law School. 

David J. Johns

Exec. Director, National Black Justice Coalition

David is known for his passion and public policy acumen. In 2013, Johns was appointed as the first exec. director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans (Initiative) by President Obama. In 2017, David became the exe. director of the NBJC. 

Stefanie Brown James

Co-Founder, The Collective

Stefanie is a master of making the political, personal. As an experienced social entrepreneur, Stefanie is the Co-Founder and Senior Advisor for The Collective – a consortium of political action organizations including The Collective PAC.