It’s been a particularly horrific and violent week in what has already been seeming like an endlessly violent year in America. Over the span of just a few days, protests have erupted following this week’s fatal shootings by police officers of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. These incidents were followed up by the deadly shootings of five police officers, with seven other officers wounded, at one of those protests in Dallas. Tensions are clearly high in the country, and tonight, BET News and MTV News will try to begin a discussion about a nation in crisis during a live town hall called What Now? An MTV News and BET News Town Hall, airing live at 10pm ET.
Broadcast live from MTV’s Times Square studio with an open forum of artists, activists and audience members, the town hall will discuss the issues underlying this latest round in a cycle of violence and tragedy in America. Viewers at home will be invited to use their voices by calling in or via social media using the hashtag #WhatNow.
Participating in the town hall will be Charlamagne Tha God from MTV2’s Uncommon Sense With Charlamagne; Jamil Smith of MTV News; Marc Lamont Hill of BET News; and Franchesca Ramsey of MTV’s Decoded and Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore.
What Now? An MTV News and BET News Town Hall airs live July 8 at 10pm ET. The program will be simulcast across MTV, BET, VH1, MTV2, mtvU, MTV Live, VH1 Classic, MTV Hits, Centric and Logo over the air; on Facebook Live via MTV, MTV News, BET, VH1 and Logo; and on YouTube via MTV and MTV News.
(Pictured at top: Dallas Police Chief David Brown pauses at a prayer vigil held July 8, following the deaths of five police officers the night before.)