NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Will The CBC Revolt Against Dems


Will The CBC Revolt Against Dems Over Proposed Changes In House Seniority Rules?

Democrats in the House of Representatives have proposed a change to seniority rules. The proposal could marginalize the political power of the Congressional Black Caucus at a time when they make up nearly a quarter of the Democrats in the House.

Members of the CBC have waited for their time to ascend into leadership roles according to House seniority rules. Now as they are poised to seize power it appears as though their colleagues are changing the rules to keep them from key leadership posts.

On Monday, Roland Martin and the “NewsOne Now” Straight Talk panel looked at the brewing firestorm as well as the political ramifications if the proposed changes to House seniority rules are put into place.

“NewsOne Now” panelist Joia Jefferson Nuri told Martin, “Everybody is fearful of the color majority that is coming in this country. It is coming whether you like it or not.” She believes lawmakers looking to change the rules in the House all want to modify the current system to resemble an Apartheid system where “you could be the majority number, but you have no power.”

Martin said Black Caucus members have a valid point because, “Even when you are in the minority, when you are a ranking member on a committee — that holds significant power.” He continued, “Having Maxine Waters on the House Committee dealing with banking and finance, that’s crucial” to how minorities are included in monetary policy.

Attorney and Consultant Shelby Emmett disagreed with the sentiments of Martin, Nuri and Manago who all felt the move to change rules showed malice towards Black lawmakers. Emmett said, “I hate to break it to the CBC and members of Congress, but it’s not about you. It’s not about your power. This is about you representing your district, not about you having seniority.”

Fit!Live!Win! Fitness Expert Mocha Lee Breaks Down The Shockwave Workout

Fitness professional Mocha Lee joined Roland Martin on “NewsOne Now” for this week’s installment of Fit!Live!Win! to break down the new exercise craze, the Shockwave Workout.

According to, the Shockwave is being touted as the most efficient total body workout in the world. The extreme circuit challenge is specifically designed to tone and chisel the legs, core and arms.

Lee explained the big deal behind the popularity of the Shockwave is that “you get so much work done in a short amount of time.” She added, the workout is “very interactive” which makes it fun.

Participants in the Shockwave rotate through a series of stations that focus on different parts of the body and work in conjunction with one another.

You can also partake in a Shockwave workout session in the privacy of your home. Lee detailed how you can set up four workout stations at home.

Lee said, “Spend 30 seconds at each station, a minute, whatever you can handle, but just do something because something is better than nothing when it comes to exercise.”

NewsOne Now Grammy Awards Preview With Antonique Smith

The highly anticipated, star studded Grammy Awards are just around the corner and some of our favorite artists are up for this year’s top honors.

Here is a brief rundown of some of this year’s high profile Grammy nominees:

Beyoncé and Pharrell Williams received separate nominations for Album of the Year. Iggy Azalea was nominated for Best New Artist. John Legend and Pharrell received separate Grammy nods for Best Pop Solo Performance. Jazz saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Gerald Albright is up for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album honors.

The Best R&B Performance category has some of music’s heavy-weights going toe-to-toe for an award. Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love” featuring Jay-Z faces stiff competition from Jennifer Hudson’s “It’s Your World” featuring R-Kelly; Ledisi’s “Like This” and Usher’s “Good Kisser.”

In the Best Traditional R&B Performance category, KEM received a nomination for “Nobody” and Antonique Smith received a Grammy nod for her hit “Hold Up Wait A Minute (Woo Woo).”

On Monday, Grammy nominated R&B singer Antonique Smith; Dave Dickinson, music programmer at Serious XM; and Greg Baker, CEO of Blakbyrd Music and Film, joined Roland Martin on “NewsOne Now” to discuss the major award categories as well as what to expect from the night’s headline performers.

Don’t miss the 57th Annual Grammy Awards Sunday, February 8th at 8/7c on CBS.

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