NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Will VH1’s “Sorority Sisters” Survive The Massive Backlash & Growing List Of Advertisers Pulling Out?


More Sponsors Pull Ads From VH1’s “Sorority Sisters,” Is The Show Doomed?

More sponsors have pulled their ads from VH1’sSorority Sisters.” Will VH1 pull the program or continue to air the show that has everyone upset over how Black women are depicted on the show? Despite the four presidents of the African American sororities of Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho, Zeta Phi Beta and Alpha Kappa Alpha issuing a letter for VH1 to cancel the show and the growing list of advertisers opting out, VH1 says the show, which amassed 1.3M views, will go on.

The current list of sponsors that have pulled their ads includes:

  1. T-Mobile
  2. Hallmark
  3. Carmex
  4. Coca-Cola
  5. Honda
  6. Crayola
  7. Dominos
  8. Country Crock
  9. JC Penny
  10. JBL Audio
  11. Metro PCS
  12. Selma Movie – (Ava DuVerney, Director of Selma wants to pull movie ads)
  13. State Farm

On Friday, Roland Martin, Jennifer Jones, President of the National Panhellenic Council and the “NewsOne Now” Straight Talk panel discussed the growing backlash against VH1’s new reality TV show, “Sorority Sisters.”

Jones expressed how she felt about what Martin called a “shameful” series saying “You’re (VH1) are degrading me and that is a problem for me.”

Panelist Lauren Victoria Burke added, “The worst part is this is not an accurate reflection of these organizations.”

In her final comment, Jones said, “That is not what we represent at all and this is over a hundred years legacy which you’re trying to tear up with just buffoonery.”

Do you think VH1 will succumb to the pressure from sponsors and the African American community and cancel “Sorority Sisters?”

Policing The Police: White House Launches Task Force On 21st Century Policing, Congress Passes “Death In Custody Bill”

Last week, Congress passed the “Death In Custody Bill.” The new bill, sponsored by Congressman Bobby Scott, requires police departments to report when someone dies in custody in a jail or are involved in a shooting.

On Friday, Roland Martin and the “NewsOne Now” Straight Talk panel discussed the potential impact this bill will have on police departments around the nation.

“NewsOne Now” panelist, Lauren Victoria Burke told Martin the bill is “substantial.” She also stated this bill “requires the department of justice to not only just look at the statistics with regards to deaths in custody, but to do something about it when they get the numbers.”

The bill “is the law of the land given that the President signed it yesterday,” Burke said.

Also on Thursday, President Barack Obama signed and executive order creating the Police Accountability Task Force. They have been tasked with going around the country and coming up with recommendations to bring back to the President to create the accountability between police forces and the community.

Valerie JarrettSenior Advisor to President Barack Obama, told Martin via phone during the radio portion of the show, “The recommendations back to the president will be these are the best practices that we see. The report will obviously be public and it’s designed to help local law enforcement and communities take specific steps to enhance that process.”

Jarrett added, “We don’t want to predetermine what those recommendations will be so we certainly know that there are very best practices around the country already and we want to highlight what those best practices are.”

 Do you think either of these initiatives will make difference on streets where some police act with impunity?