Monday, January 23, 2012

Young Voters Hit D.C. for 2nd Annual State of the Union Online Watch Party, #BarackTalk


The League of Young Voters Partners with Rock the Vote and AllHipHop.com for Viewing Party and Panel Discussion

Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, January 24th, national non-profit organization the League Of Young Voters Education Fund (LYVEF), AllHipHop.com and Rock The Vote will host their second annual #BarackTalk, a State of the Union round table discussion and watch party. The event will broadcast live from Busboys and Poets, one of our capitol’s cultural hotspots, at 5th and K in Washington, D.C. at 7:30 p.m. EST. #BarackTalk will livestream on YoungVoterLive.com for viewers to watch and engage in conversation with the panelists.

#BarackTalk will kick off with a series of panel discussions about the biggest issues facing Millennials before the 2012 presidential election. The party begins when President Barack Obama starts his fourth State of the Union address, and will conclude with analysis and discussion by some of the best and brightest minds in entertainment and politics.

The panelists include Goldie Taylor, leading news correspondent (TheGrio.com, MSNBC); Chuck Creekmur, influential urban entertainment journalist and co-founder of AllHipHop.com; Michael Skolnick of GlobalGrind.com; Andreas Hale of TheWellVersed; rapper Dee-1 and many more. Each speaker was selected because of his/her proven ability to engage with young people and spark conversations that resonate.

During the #BarackTalk discussions, participants can directly engage with panelists to ask questions via Ustream at http://www.youngvoterlive.com/ and LYVEF’s Twitter handle, @TheLeague99. Viewers asking questions on Twitter are encouraged to use the hashtag #BarackTalk.

In 2011, the first #BarackTalk State of the Union Event went viral, with the #BarackTalk Twitter hashtag trending locally in Washington, D.C. and New Orleans, LA.

As an ongoing mission, the League of Young Voters Education Fund and AllHipHop.com will be partnering to promote civic engagement among low-income youth of color throughout the 2012 presidential election.

For more information on the State of the Union viewing event and details surrounding the President’s address, please visit http://www.youngvoterlive.com/.