Preview Our World: Back on Track With Marion Jones

Also: African Americans and the criminal justice system

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Marion Jones Tulsa ShockThis week on Our World with Black Enterprise, host Marc Lamont Hill sits down with wife, mother and world-class athlete Marion Jones, who is back with a new book and career as a point guard for the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock. Hill speaks with Jones on the heals of her sharing her experiences before a live audience of more than 750 business and professional women at the 2011 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit in Orlando.

Jones talks candidly and openly about having to forfeit her five medals from the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, for using performance-enhancing drugs and serving six months in prison for lying to federal prosecutors. After her release from prison, Marion sought to take her experiences and encourage others to learn from them. She is actively speaking to teens and other groups and spreading her “Take a Break” message through which she advises young people to stop, take a break, think and seek proper advice from people they trust and who have their best interests at heart before making critical decisions that will have a profound impact on their lives. Jones shares her journey from celebrated role model, to disgraced athlete, to recovery and redemption in her book, On The Right Track: From Olympic Downfall to Finding Forgiveness and the Strength to Overcome and Succeed.

In this week’s On The Record segment, Hill talks with Barry Scheck, an attorney for The Innocence Project; Monifa Bandele, a program manager at the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation; and criminal trial lawyer and activist Michael Coard about African Americans in the criminal justice system.

Our World with Black Enterprise is the award-winning weekly 30-minute program, hosted by Marc Lamont Hill, providing a fresh mix of interviews with today’s top newsmakers and celebrities, eclectic roundtable discussions concerning the hottest topics affecting African Americans, and profiles of some of the world’s most intriguing people.

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  • Peter D.Slaughter

    Overall,I think she got a raw deal the way her medals were stripped and then sent to some slave type prison.

  • Terrence Elliott Porter

    Our World showcases the achievements of black Americans. Our World is presented by Black Enterprise magazine. Maybe the time has come for us to stop colorizing everything we do. Look at the air times. Not exactly “prime time”. I understand the whole “racial pride” thing but I think that it has gone full cycle and has now become a hindrance to our progress. I just watched your 100th episode (the first for me)and the segment about Hollywood and the lack of opportunities for “black” men and women got my attention. It was sobering to see talented and accomplished black actors commenting on the sad state of affairs in the entertainment industry as it applies to them. Colorizing is racism and we can’t fight racism with racism