NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: NAACP Image Awards Rewind


Ava DuVernay: People Are Committed To #BlackLivesMatter

Selma” director Ava DuVernay addressed attendees of the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards with a heartfelt and passionate message about #BlackLivesMatter.

During her speech she reminded us that African Americans are now not the only one’s who are committed to the movement sweeping the nation.

She said, “It was 60 years ago that Emmett Till was murdered for the crime of being Black. The loss of this Black life activated a new energy and mobilized the civil rights movement.

“Since then we’ve endured many moments of injustice and inhumanity, of violence against our people. It happened to Jimmie Lee Jackson in 1965, to Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis in 2012, to Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and Mike Brown just last year.”

She reminded us that cases of injustice like these “happen every single day.”

“The indignities and the humiliations. The emotional violence and the physical violations, the death and it has got to end, but how?”

DuVernay stated Dr. Martin Luther King believed the cure to these unfortunate events was love.  She said, “The cure against disease of racism and oppression — love.” 

“Out of pain can come hope, out of anger can come change, out of despair can come unity,” said DuVernay.

She continued, “People of every color are now committed to the idea that #BlackLivesMatter. People of all colors now know that we shall overcome and so we must remain focused, we must remain diligent and in order to triumph we must remain clear about what’s really going on.”

Clive Davis On Expanding Opportunities For African Americans Beyond R&B

Veteran music industry exec and legendary music producer Clive Davis received the NAACP’s Vanguard Award during this year’s NAACP Image Awards. The  Vanguard Award which recognizes an individual “whose groundbreaking work increases understanding and awareness of racial and social issues.”

Davis realized that African-Americans were being “pigeon-holed” as R&B artists, losing out on monetary gains their careers were being cut short as a result.

Davis told attendees of the 46th Annual NAACPImage Awards, “I made it my mission to remedy that.”

Spike Lee On Hollywood: “This Stuff Is Rigged, It’s Not Set Up For Us To Win” (VIDEO)

During the NAACP Image Awards, Writer-Director, Actor, Producer and Author Spike Lee was presented with this year’s President’s Award.

The NAACP President’s Award, chosen by NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks, is bestowed in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service. Past honorees include Van Jones, President Bill Clinton, Soledad O’Brien, Ruby Dee, Muhammad Ali, the Founding Members of the Black Stuntmen’s Association, and most recently, Kerry Washington.

During his acceptance speech Lee highlighted the struggle African Americans continuously face in Hollywood saying, “We got to keep going you know, it’s a tough business. I used to say it’s a tough M Effin’ business.”

He later added, “This stuff is rigged. It’s not set up for us to win. It’s always been like that since we were stolen from mother Africa more than 400 years. We always find to make a way.”

University Of Phoenix To Award 40 Full-Ride Scholarships. Will You Vie For One?

For nearly 40 years, University of Phoenix (UOPX) has been helping working adults attain their education and career goals. To continue this support, we are providing 40 new full-tuition scholarships for those who are chasing dreams bigger than themselves.

This new scholarship program is another step toward meeting the needs of our communities through greater involvement in the key areas of education, health care and criminal justice.

On Monday, Dr. Steve Perry, CEO and Founder of Capital Preparatory Magnet School, Kimberly Worth, Washington DC’s 2009 Teacher of the Year and Byron Jones, CFO of University of Phoenix, joined Roland Martin on “NewsOne Now” to discuss UOPX new scholarship program and the need for more African American teachers in our classrooms.

When asked why it is critical to increase the numbers of African American teachers, Byron Jones told Martin, “It really hits home at what we need in the community.”

Currently, only 15 percent of teachers in the U.S. are Black or Latino, and 2 percent are African American men, according to the U.S. Department of Education.  Jones explained,“The University of Phoenix School of Education is one of the largest educational schools in the country, and so we feel that we are primed to be able to offer these 40 scholarships to actually impact that number.”

Jones added,”We know it’s so important to have teachers of color in the classroom to actually mentor our students.”

Perry, who is on the front lines in the battle to educate our youth, said he had one Black male teacher until he reached graduate school. he later hired that man to teach at Capital Preparatory Magnet School, where Perry is principal.

“When you have an African American male who can teach, not just being Black and male” is not enough according to Perry. “It is important that our children, all children  understand that they could have access to individuals who are different from themselves or in some cases, as in African American young men, are the same as them.”

“To have more qualified African American male and female teachers in the classroom is vital,” said Perry. He also noted more teachers are obtaining their master’s degrees through online colleges and gave the University of Phoenix kudos as a great place to start equipping Black teachers to be successful in our community.

Kimberly Worth, Washington DC’s 2009 Teacher of the Year told Martin, African American teachers bring “consciousness” to the classroom. “We bring our culture to the classroom, which is so important because we allow children to say we can be excellent and maintain our culture, we don’t have to separate the two, we don’t have to assimilate, we don’t have to change who we are.”

“What we do in the classroom is give our students permission to be Black and excellent.”

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