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.
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 –
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.