Roland Martin, White Delta Go In On VH1’s “Sorority Sisters”
VH1 premiered their new reality TV series, “Sorority Sisters,” which has drawn the ire of many, including Roland Martin, host of “NewsOne Now” and a White member of Delta Sigma Theta. They shared their impressions on the show.
The show features women from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.
Later on “NewsOne Now,” Amber from Clemson, S.C., a White member of Delta Sigma Theta, called to weigh in on VH1’s new show.
She told Martin that as a White soror, VH1’s “Sorority Sisters” is “really disappointing to see.”
Amber was offended by how the White cast member was being portrayed saying, “A lot of people will see one White Delta and think that we are all like that.”
“I’m constantly fighting people thinking I joined for the attention and so clearly that is what it looks like for her, because she is now on a national television show, kind of using her Whiteness, I believe, to get on that show,” said Amber.
“They want to see the reaction, they want to see the drama and that’s not what we’re supposed to be about so it is really disappointing.”
Sony’s Hacked Racist Emails Get Top Billing Over New Movies
Last week, hackers released hundreds of stolen emails between Sony executives. Several of the hacked emails have been highlighted as being racist in nature and now the company is trying to slow down the spread of their internal communications that mention everyone from President Barack Obama to Kevin Hart. As a result of the released documents, Sony exec Amy Pascal has issued an apology and reached out to Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton.
On Sunday, Sony asked media outlets to stop reporting on leaked emails and stolen documents and even threatened to hold media companies responsible for damages and losses that result from any reports. The uproar over the racist emails reached a fever pitch and seems to have garnered more attention than their soon be be released remake of the classic “Annie,” starring Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis.
Dennis Greene, a former movie studio executive and now Professor of Law at the University of Dayton School of Law, joined Martin via Skype to discuss the Sony leaks and Hollywood’s attitude towards Blacks.
Greene told Martin, “This is indicative, unfortunately of a very very fundamental contempt and indifference towards African Americans in general that is in the upper echelons of Hollywood. And the problem with that is the fact that it ultimately has manifestations in terms of how we’re treated as a community.”
Greene added, “We spend hundreds of millions of dollars yearly in terms of supporting the motion picture industry, thousands of dollars we spend watching television and yet we don’t have any kind of power or kind of regular presentation or creative power in the industry with any consistency.”
WealthyU: Year End Money Moves To Help You Keep Cash In You Pocket
Owen’s told Roland Martin and the “NewsOne Now” panel, “There are some things that you need to do before 2015 so that you can keep more money in your pocket.”
The financial guru offered the following money moves as a way to help you out:
Cedric The Entertainer broke down the dilemma in which moviegoers will find Rock’s characters. He explained to Martin that as a stand-up comedian there are times when you want to be taken seriously or try to do something different and you can be “fearful” about doing the thing that first brought your fame.
“You see it and kind of hear about it with so many great actors, comedians,” Cedric explained. “They all go through that.”
TOP FIVE digs under the surface of show business, politics, rap, and the exigencies of being Black and famous today—holding it all up to the light in the way only Chris Rock can. Mingling echoes of Woody Allen and Dick Gregory with the energy of Kanye West and Jay Z, TOP FIVE is an original and radically new kind of American movie.
Written, directed, and starring Chris Rock, TOP FIVE tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career—and the past—that he’s left behind. Starring Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Cedric The Entertainer, JB Smoove, Tracy Morgan, Kevin Hart, Anders Holm, Jay Pharaoh, Michael Che, Sherri Shepherd, Leslie Jones. The film is produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush. The Co-Producers are Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Kanye West; the Executive Music Producer is Questlove.
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast.