WASHINGTON WATCH: Roland Martin Talks With Steve Harvey At The Essence Music Festival (VIDEO)

Roland Martin talks with Steve Harvey at the Essence Music Festival.

MR. MARTIN:  You know, Steve got all these jobs, got all this money, all these awards. You know, he talk about God and the Lord and his wife all the time.

So, he was over here talkin’, and his wife was there.  And I knew it was his wife, so I walked up behind her and gave her a kiss on the cheek.  The projects in Steve came out –

MR. STEVE HARVEY:  [Chuckles.]

MR. MARTIN:  — in about ten seconds, ’cause he was like, “I’m hearin’ some kissin’ over here.  Who the hell is kissin’ my wife?

MR. HARVEY:  But, Roland, you leaned into her, and you was doin’ this – [he makes obnoxious smooching noises] –

MR. MARTIN:  [Cracks up.]

MR. HARVEY:  — just to aggravate me.  And I heard it out my ear, and I went, “Okay, man.”

MR. MARTIN:  [Chuckles.]

MR. HARVEY:  “I don’t know who this brutha – [chuckles] — but Essence is ’bout to be different.”

MR. MARTIN:  [Still giggling.]

MR. HARVEY:  And I spun, and it was the ignorant Roland Martin

MR. MARTIN:  [Laughs.]

MR. HARVEY:  — messin’ wit’ me.

But, hey, man, you – you know how I feel about that girl.  So, it was –

MR. MARTIN:  [Chuckles.]

MR. HARVEY:  — quite interesting.  And I had to apologize, ’cause the CEO of Essence was standin’ right there, and I almost turnt –

MR. MARTIN:  [Chuckles.]

MR. HARVEY:  — me and Roland almost turnt the festival out.  It would’ve been quite different.

MR. MARTIN:  Now, speakin’ of turnin’ the festival out, we also are always on our pocket square game.  Always.

MR. HARVEY:  Now, I gotta give Roland credit.  We always battlin’ each other for the different looks.  Pocket squares are somethin’ we kinda specialize in.  We try to make it – this – [points to Martin’s bi-colored, double floriform, pale-green-and-maroon “pocket square”] — is – is toppin’ the game right now.

MR. MARTIN:  [Chuckles.]

MR. HARVEY:  This I’ve never seen.  I will be stealing this look.

MR. MARTIN:  [Chuckles.]

MR. HARVEY:  [As] soon as I find people from out of this country that he bought this stuff from, and I get a proper email, I’ll be sendin’ to China, or wherever he bought[?] –

MR. MARTIN:  Japan.

MR. HARVEY:  — [crosstalk] – or Japan, or Yugoslavia – wherever they made this – and I will be lookin’ – that is hot!

MR. MARTIN:  [Chuckles.]

MR. HARVEY:  I gotta give it to ya.  That’s the best pocket square I’ve ever seen.

MR. MARTIN:  Now, last piece.  Steve is a big golfer.  I’m a big golfer.

So, when we gon’ have this golfin’ bruthas thang?

MR. HARVEY:  See – see, Roland.  See, you’re tryin’ to talk me into somethin’ that you’ve been doin’ a lot longer than I –

MR. MARTIN:  [Chuckles.]

MR. HARVEY:  — see, you been playin’ golf since college.

MR. MARTIN:  I took it as my P.E. at Texas A&M in ’87.

MR. HARVEY:  See, right there?  I picked up golf after Tiger won the Masters –

MR. MARTIN:  [Chuckles.]

MR. HARVEY:  — and then I bought a set of clubs and played with a custom set of clubs for five years without a lesson.  I can’t tell you the bad stuff I’ve engrained into this swing.  I just now started goin’ over the top.  I just cut that out –

MR. MARTIN:  Okay.

MR. HARVEY:  — so – and I’m – I’m playin’ good, though.  I’m playin’ good – for me.

What – what’s your best score?

MR. MARTIN:  77.

MR. HARVEY:  That’ll never happen here.

MR. MARTIN:  [Laughs.]  Well, Rodney Green is working with him.  He’s alw- — he’s al- — a good – a friend as well, but –

MR. HARVEY:  77!  77 – I’mma tell you right now.  I’m takin’ a full-page ad out in the “USA Today.”


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