FUSION’s Jorge Ramos, Alicia Menendez, Akilah Hughes, and New York Magazine’s Rembert Browne to Question Democratic Candidates About Key Issues Affecting a Multicultural Nation.

Forum to be Broadcast Live January 11 @ 8PM on FUSION’s Cable Network and Live-Streamed on FUSION.net, YouTube, and Facebook.

Plus, Forum to be Rebroadcast in Spanish on UniMas @ 11PM

December 17, 2015 — FUSION today announced that anchors Jorge Ramos (@JorgeRamosNews) and Alicia Menendez (@AliciaMenendez) will be joined by FUSION contributor Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) and New York Magazine Writer-at-Large Rembert Browne (@Rembert) as questioners during the Iowa Brown and Black Presidential Forum for Democratic candidates on January 11, 2016. The event, organized by the non-partisan minority issues forum co-chaired by Latino leader Mary Campos and former Iowa State Representative Wayne Ford, and FUSION will focus on where the candidates stand on issues that matter to America’s growing multicultural population. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Governor Martin O’Malley, and Senator Bernie Sanders have all confirmed their participation.

“FUSION is committed to elevating voices that reflect the diversity that makes our country strong. With Jorge, Alicia, Akilah, and Rembert we have brought together dynamic and distinct group of voices,steeped in news, politics and culture, to question the candidates on the issues that matter to our young, multicultural audience,” said FUSION CEO Isaac Lee.

This marks the first presidential forum FUSION will host since its launch in October 2013. The Iowa Brown and Black Forum will be broadcast live from Des Moines, Iowa on January 11 @ 8PM, ET (7PM, CT) and live-streamed on FUSION.net, YouTube, and Facebook. The Forum will be re-broadcast in Spanish on UniMas @ 11PM, ET.

“We are excited about the selection of moderators for the Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum being held on Monday, January 11, 2016, in Sheslow Auditorium on the Drake University Campus in Des Moines, Iowa. We’ve been recently discussing the need to pass the Brown & Black Forum “baton” on to the next generation. Jorge, Alicia, Akilah, and Rembert will generate excitement among the millennials and take the Forum into the future,” Brown & Black Presidential Forum Co-chairs Mary Campos and Wayne Ford said.

Billed as the oldest forum addressing minority issues, the Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum is an element of Urban Dreams’ non-partisan Project V.O.T.E. (Voting Opportunities Through Education). It is the nation’s only presidential forum in which all candidates have the opportunity to answer essential concerns of African-Americans and Latinos. The non-partisan event began in 1984 and has figured prominently in the Iowa caucuses. It is recognized as the oldest continuous minority forum for presidential candidates in America and one of the longest-running presidential forums in the nation.


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The Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum is an element of Urban Dreams’ non-partisan Project V.O.T.E. (Voting Opportunities Through Education). It is the nation’s only presidential forum in which all candidates have the opportunity to answer essential concerns of Latinos and African-Americans. This non-partisan event has figured prominently in the Iowa caucuses. It is recognized as the oldest continuous minority forum for presidential candidates in America and one of the longest-running presidential forums in the nation. Founded in 1984, this groundbreaking event has brought many Presidential candidates, including President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, John Edwards, John Kerry, Al Gore, George McGovern, Walter Mondale, and John Glenn, to Iowa.

For More Information: www.brownandblackforum.org

For More Information on Urban Dreams: www.urbandreams.org

FUSION Media Contact: David Ford / david@fusion.net / 305-925-8882

Rebecca Dorfman / rebecca.dorfman@fusion.net / 305-925-8811

Brown & Black Contact: Brianne Pins / brianne@cashmereagency.com