NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Viola Davis Wins SAG Award, Confronts Colorism In America


Viola Davis Captures SAG Award, Addresses Colorism In America

On Sunday, Viola Davis won a Screen Actor’s Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for ABC’s smash hit, “How To Get Away With Murder.” During her SAG Award acceptance speech, Davis addressed colorism in Hollywood and America.

“When I tell my daughter stories at night, inevitably, a few things happen. Number one, I use my imagination. I always start with life, and then I build from there. And then the other thing that happens is she always says, ‘Mommy, can you put me in the story?’ And you know, it starts from the top up.”

Davis thanked the producers of “How To Get Away With Murder” for thinking a “Sexualized, mysterious woman could be a 49-year-old, dark-skinned, African-American woman who looks like me.”

On Monday, Roland Martin, host of “NewsOne Now” and the Straight Talk panel discussed colorism in Hollywood, America and within the African American community.

When talking about America’s standard of beauty, “NewsOne Now” panelist Avis Jones-DeWeever told Martin, “We (African Americans) have a beauty that obviously often times is not recognized by the broader world.”

DeWeever added, what Viola Davis said about engaging her daughter about the standards of beauty in America was something that really stood out to her. “Raising a Black girl, let her know from the beginning that she needs to be part of the narrative, that she is beautiful does start at home and that is where we really need to put our emphasis, letting our children know that they need not be defined externally by others views.”

Black And Armed: Author Explains How Guns Made The Civil Rights Movement Possible

Guns and the Civil Rights movement sound like total opposites because we have always heard about the movement being a non-violent one. In hindsight, the reality is guns played a critical role in African Americans defending themselves during the Civil Rights movment.

Journalist, professor, and former activist with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Charles E. Cobb joined Roland Martin on “NewsOne Now” to talk about his book, “This Non-Violent Stuff Will Get You Killed.”

Cobb told Martin, most of the Civil Rights movement took place in the rural South, where “guns are a part of the culture.”

“People used guns to go hunting, used guns to keep varmints out of the garden,” said Cobb.

In many instances people that lived in the rural areas of the South were far away from police and the “police were all hostile.” Cobb said, “The sherifs departments, the police departments in these itty-bitty towns and counties were hostile.”

He added, Black people are human beings and “they’re going to respond to terrorism, or violence directed at friends, family or community in a way anybody would. So the local people in many of these communities would say, ‘look we know that y’all are non-violent but we’re not going to let these White people kill you.”

The Deacons for Defense and Justice were organized for that purpose. Cobb highlighted that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was protected by an unnamed group of armed African Americans.

The former SNCC activist shared with Martin in the five years that he spent in the rural South, he did not stay in a house that was without some sort firearm. “Individuals used them to drive nightriders away and keep us alive.”

Fit!Live!Win! 5-Minute ‘Deskercise’ Workout To Keep You In Shape While At Work

Fitness writer, certified personal trainer and owner of LabFit GiGi, GiGi Nash joined Roland Martin Monday on “NewsOne Now” to share her 5-minute “Deskercise” routine that is designed to keep you moving when you are stuck behind your desk at work.

Nash explained to Martin, some of us do not have time to workout everyday and her 5-minute “Deskercise” routine is a way to help you “get it in.” She demonstrated a number of exercises that you can do at your desk to help keep you moving using a water bottle.

Then she introduced the part of the routine which was probably Martin’s favorite. Nash called it the “Roland Martin Drop It Like It’s Hot Squat.” Need we say anymore? Check out the video clip above for the official instructions on the squat.

All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast.