*Los Angeles – This week “Washington Watch with Roland Martin” returned to Los Angeles for its second annual West Coast visit in conjunction with the NAACP Image Awards.

The newsmaker guest for the episode airing on TV One Sunday, March 6 at 11 AM is former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell, the recipient of the NAACP’s 2011 President’s Award, discussing his take on events in Washington and the Middle East with host Roland Martin.

A number of black Hollywood’s top actors, directors and comedians also offered their perspectives on significant issues of the day.

Among the celebrities who participated are directors Bill Duke, Mario Van Peebles and talent manager Sonja Norwood; actors Tatyana Ali, Tichina Arnold, Essence Atkins, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Wendy Davis, Elise Neal, Anna Deavere Smith, Tasha Smith, Salli Richardson Whitfield, and Vanessa Williams; comedians J. Anthony Brown, Buddy Lewis, Kym Whitley and Damon Williams; legendary musicians Verdine White and Ralph Johnson from Earth, Wind and Fire; and fashion designer Anthony Mark Hankins.

The “Washington Watch” journalists’ panel included Janice Roshalle Littlejohn, who writes for Emmy Magazine; Miki Turner, who writes for Jet magazine and its website; Allison Samuels of Newsweek; Janell Snowden of VH1; Kevin Frazier, Entertainment Tonight host and founder of hiphollywood.com; and Jawn Murray, AOL Black Voices columnist and entertainment reporter for the Tom Joyner Morning Show.

Hosted by TV One political editor, CNN and Tom Joyner Morning Show analyst Roland Martin, TV One’s hour-long weekly public affairs series focuses on issues of importance to African Americans, through interviews with officials from the Administration, Congress and other policymakers who represent black communities, as well as discussions with journalists and commentators, and a wide range of policy experts

Launched in January 2004, TV One (www.tvoneonline.com) serves more than 52.2 million households, offering a broad range of entertainment, reality and lifestyle-oriented original programming, classic series, movies, and music designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult African American viewers.  TV One’s investors include Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK; www.radio-one.com], the largest radio company that primarily targets African American and urban listeners;  Comcast Corporation [NASDAQ: CMCSA and CMCSK; www.comcast, the leading cable television company in the country; and The DirecTV Group.

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