NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: US Normalizes Relations With Cuba, What Does It Mean For Afro-Cubans, Blacks


What Does Ending The Cold War With Cuba Mean For Afro-Cubans And African Americans

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced the normalizing of relations with Cuba and subsequently ending the Cold War with our neighbor just 90 miles off coast of Florida.

During Pres. Obama’s address, he told the nation, “These 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked.” With this action, Mr. Obama has signaled a new approach to America’s diplomatic as well as economic dealings with the communist nation.

On Thursday, Roland Martin and “NewsOne Now” looked at the end of the Cold War with Cuba and what the normalizing of relations could mean for Blacks in Cuba and America.

Congressman Charles Rangel, who joined Martin on”NewsOne Now” via phone from Havana Cuba, said upon hearing the news that the people “were so excited, they were cheering in the streets.”

Panelist Roland Roebuck, a community activist, told Martin, “We must commend the President for taking a bold move, that is stopping a policy that did not help Cuba nor the United States.”

“I think that Cubans are receiving this announcement with great, great joy.” Roebuck added, “I’m hoping there will be some level of parity to ensure the Black Cubans are able to participate and be active to this new decision.”

When asked about how this change of direction in US – Cuban policy impacts the case of Assata Shakur, the former Black Liberation Army Leader who was convicted of killing a New Jersey State Police Officer, Rep. Rangel said to Martin the “issue never came up and [I hope] that it doesn’t.”

Roebuck said, “Cuba is not going to collaborate with the FBI in returning” Shakur and others like her. He continued, “I think Cuba will lose face within Central America and South America if they engage in that type of collaboration.”

Does The “Sheer Volume Of Accusers” Make Bill Cosby Guilty Of Rape?

Roland Martin and the “NewsOne Now” Straight Talk panel look at the latest accusations being made against Bill Cosby for allegedly sexually assaulting a large number of women over the course of the past 30 years. The count now stands at 26 women who have alleged Cosby sexually assaulted them or tried to assault them.

“NewsOne Now” panelist, Monique Pressley, Principal of the Pressley Firm PLLC and class action defense attorney told Martin where the “sheer volume of accusers” is concerned, “you’ll have some people who will come forward and join the band wagon.”

“If you know the police department messed up in a certain park on a certain day, you’ll have thirty people who’ll come forward to cash in who weren’t even there, who were at lunch across the street, who were looking from the window.”

Pressley continued, “So we can’t think that just because people come forward and say ‘thirty years ago he (Bill Cosby) put something in my cup, I can’t prove he put it in there, I felt a little woozy. I didn’t save the cup. I didn’t go to the hospital’ … So what do we have now?”

Should we consider the 77-year-old comedian guilty as a result of the sheer volume of allegations being made against him or should we defer from trying him in the court of public opinion until he is officially charged and convicted of a crime?

WTH?! Thursday: Man Invents Chocolate Smelling Gas Pill 

Roland Martin, Danielle Belton and comedian Lamont King look at this week’s list of crazy stories in the news for this week’s installment of WTH?! Thursday on “NewsOne Now.”

This week’s rundown of insanity in the news begins with a French inventor creating a pill that makes your gas smell like chocolate, a man poking his girlfriend in the eye after she served him the wrong breakfast on his birthday and a preacher that tells his congregation to “Nae Nae” the hell out of the devil.

Yes, y’all, it’s WTH?! Thursday on “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin. Check out all of the craziness in the video above and don’t miss this week’s honorable WTH?! Thursday mention, Mariah Carey, as she struggles to sing her Christmas classic, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”