WASHINGTON WATCH: Roland Martin Talks With Lisa Raye At The Essence Music Festival

Roland Martin talks with Lisa Raye during the Essence Music Festival.

MR. MARTIN:  [I’m] joined right now by someone from the Windy City, ’cause she always talkin’.  And –

LISARAYE:  [Looks askance and chuckles.]

MR. MARTIN:  — secondly – [chuckles] – and secondly, she’s my dance partner.  You can catch us on YouTube e’erwhere

LISARAYE:  I know.  Right?

MR. MARTIN:  — and that is LisaRaye.

Girl, whuttup?

LISARAYE:  ‘Ey.  How ya doin’?

MR. MARTIN:  I’m just chillin’.

LISARAYE:  You are.  You’re lookin’ spiffy with his –

MR. MARTIN:  Well, you know –

LISARAYE:  — man[?] pink.

MR. MARTIN:  — you know, I have to do a lil’ sump’n’ sump’n’, but –

LISARAYE:  Doin’ it.

MR. MARTIN:  — but I got white for all the concerts at night, so we know how you feel about white.

LISARAYE:  You was thinkin’ about me – weren’t you?

MR. MARTIN:  Right.  It was all ’cuz of you.

LISARAYE:  So, you had to get yo’ all-white everything LisaRaye on.

MR. MARTIN:  Oh, Lawd.

LISARAYE:  I got it!  I – I just say –

MR. MARTIN:  All right.

LISARAYE:  — it’s okay.  The whole world is doin’ it now.

MR. MARTIN:  Well, since you’re on my show, when – when I’m gettin’ on yo’ show?

LISARAYE:  Well, if they make me producer next year, I may have a little bit mo’ power, but for right now, I’m just first on the call sheet.  So – [chuckles] – that’s just – [crosstalk] –

MR. MARTIN:  Well, you could suggest

LISARAYE:  — [crosstalk].

MR. MARTIN:  — a brutha, you –

LISARAYE:  I will –

MR. MARTIN:  — know.

LISARAYE:  — I will suggest that we have to dance and sing, too, you know – ’cause I want –

MR. MARTIN:  Oh, we can –

LISARAYE:  — you to show –

MR. MARTIN:  — do that.

LISARAYE:  — all that movement.

MR. MARTIN:  We can do that.

LISARAYE:  You – you ha- — you holdin’ so many jobs, though.  Leave some money for somebody else!

MR. MARTIN:  Oh, hell

LISARAYE:  Jeezus!

MR. MARTIN:  — no.  I’m a Black man workin’ – BMW.

LISARAYE:  [Pauses, then cracks up.]  See, you just –

MR. MARTIN:  [Chuckles.]

LISARAYE:  — you know, I am never stunned, but when –

MR. MARTIN:  [Cracks up.]

LISARAYE:  — it comes to you, you always leave me speechless.  I don’t like it.  Don’t do it again.