The CBCF Debate Watching Party Continues...Finishing up - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

The debate is over.

The Congressional Black Caucus crowd is cheering!

“Yes we can!” and “Obama!”

Everyone is filing out, but Tom Joyner still has the debate wrap-up:

Body Language: Did McCain once even look at Obama?

Panelist: No, he was clearly angry.

Kendrick Meek: This was probably the largest watch party in the country.

(No one is listening. Everyone is filing out. This place was packed to capacity and now it is almost empty in less than 10 minutes.)

I’m running to grab some VIPs for comments:

Rev. Jessie Jackson: I think in what was to be McCain’s strength. Obama met him toe to toe.

Elsie Scott, Ph.D., CBCF president: I thought Sen. Obama looked very presidential. I thought this was the best debate  that he has done yet.  McCain was very condescending towards him. Obama proved he has a good handle on the foreign policy issues of this country.

Julius Cartwright, First Vice President of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB): I think it went excellent. I think that Barack Obama beat him on all points tonight. I think that he was better prepared because Barack is a better person when it comes to debates than McCain. He really demonstrated presidential qualities tonight to deliver in the debate. He probably converted some of the people on the fence. It would be interesting to see what the polls are saying.

Marcia A. Wade is the interactive reporter at

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Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.