NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Is School Choice The Black Choice?


Is School Choice The Black Choice? Sen. Tim Scott, Roland Martin Discuss The Choice Act

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) joined Roland Martin Tuesday on “NewsOne Now” for an exclusive interview to discuss education in America, school choice and the Choice Act.

The Choice Act will expand the options given to families when it comes to educating their children.

Sen. Scott, the first Black senator elected from the South since Reconstruction, is a staunch proponent for school choice. He believes that great teachers can make all the difference in a child’s life, and every student should have access to the school that best suits their unique educational needs.

On Monday, The Post and Courier reported:

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott believes where a child lives should not determine the quality of his or her education.

That’s why Scott on Monday hosted a day-long forum in Washington, D.C., titled “Choosing Excellence: A Forum on the Freedom to Choose Academic Excellence for Every Child.” The school choice forum included four panel discussions ranging from how to lead the choice effort to marketing school choice options to parents and students.

During their chat on “NewsOne Now” Sen. Scott told Martin who is also a supporter of school choice, Dr. Steve Perry, former Education Secretary Rod Paige and Gov. Bobby Jindal were panelist during his “Choosing Excellence” forum on education and they all agreed, if a school is not working it should be closed.

Or as Scott said on “NewsOne Now,” “If it ain’t working, close it.”

“At the end of the day the goal is simply this, to improve the quality of education, improve access to education and at the same time hold schools, charter schools, private schools, public schools all accountable to producing a child that is able to learn and is able to work when they leave the school.”

NewsOne Now Exclusive: ‘The Talk’s’ Sheryl Underwood Dishes GOP Politics

Sheryl Underwood sat down with Roland Martin, host of “NewsOne Now” for an exclusive interview covering HBCUs, CBS’s “The Talk” and Republican politics.

Underwood who also hosts “The Sheryl Underwood Radio Show,” a four hour broadcast devoted to entertainment, relationships, sports and other hot topics is a long time Republican. She told Martin, “I think there needs to be people like me in the party to go … who the f*** voted on this? We ’bout to loose again.”

Underwood highlighted African Americans were Republicans before alining with Democrats and understands why many Blacks are Democrats. She also  questioned why there are not more Black Republicans in the public eye.

Despite Sen. Tim Scott from South Carolina and Rep. Mia Love out of Utah, Underwood said Republicans “need to have people that other people know and have worked their way up in the party.”

She continued, “What happens is they either get close to this Tea Party faction and I’m not saying you can’t be involved in the Tea Party, but if I’m going to be in the Tea Party, I’m going to be on the damn that side of the Tea Party.”

“The Talk” co-host then joked with Martin saying, “Black people love tea. We just like sweat tea with ice in it.”

She added, “We’ve let a certain faction take over the Grand Ole Party. That is not what the Republican party was about. And even when Ronald Reagan was doing the things he was doing. Bush one and two were doing the things they were doing, there was always a Senator Brooke that was like, hey what are you talking about. There was an Author Fletcher to tell Nixon, hey you need to do something to affirm the ability to compete with everybody else.”

Tune in Wednesday to see part two of Underwood’s exclusive sit down with Roland Martin.

Hip Hollywood: Fashion On Display At The NAACP Image Awards

 HipHollywood’s Jasmine Simpkins takes us down the Image Awards Red Carpet to showcase fashion at the NAACP Image Awards.

Eva Marcille, Garcelle Beauvais, Demetria McKinney, Nikki Micheaux, Paula Jai Parker, Kerri Washington, Gabrielle Union, Angela Bassett, Tracee Ellis Ross and Sharon Leal all stunned from the red carpet.

The fellas also rocked the Image Awards red carpet. Kem, Larenz Tate and Tyler Lepley put some serious styles on display.

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