NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Pres. Obama Takes A Stand For Criminal Justice Reform


NAACP Chair Reacts To Pres. Obama’s Criminal Justice Reform Speech

Roslyn Brock, Chairman of the NAACP, spoke with NewsOne Now host Roland Martin immediately following President Barack Obama’s keynote address at the NAACP National Convention yesterday, and shared her thoughts about Mr. Obama’s comments on criminal justice reform.

When asked if the nation will see comprehensive criminal justice reform before the end of President Obama’s term in office is over, Brock said, Mr. Obama “made an affirmative statement this day, and the NAACP stands behind him to make sure we get it done.”

Social Justice Activists React To President Obama’s NAACP Convention Keynote Address On Criminal Justice Reform

NewsOne Now host Roland Martin spoke with a group of activists following President Barack Obama’s speech on criminal justice reform.

Derrick Johnson, President of the Mississippi NAACP Chapter, told Martin, “We won’t be able to address all of the social issues until we address the prison population. It is a financial drain on our resources, we cannot properly fund education and many individuals who are locked up are locked up for crime(s) that if provided the necessary preventions, they would not be there.”

Brendien Mitchell, member of the NAACP National Board of Directors, said it is “warming” to know that President Obama found “that the educational issues affecting our communities directly tie to the prison population, and is willing to close that gap.”

Civil rights lawyer Barbara Arnwine told Martin that piecemeal criminal justice reform “is not the answer.”

She added, “It’s too late for that. We gotta have comprehensive, full-scale, total reform of the criminal justice system. We can’t settle for less.”

AFL-CIO’s Tiffany Dena Loftin said, “Moving forward, I think that we’re going to have to figure out how we’re going to strategize, how we’re going to organize, how we’re going to include the Journey for Justice, the upcoming election and everything thereafter to make sure we push him (Pres. Barack Obama) and everybody else in office and all elected officials to do what we need them to do.”

Jan Gaye Talks Life With Marvin Gaye In New Book, “After The Dance”

Jan Gaye, wife of the late soul singer Marvin Gaye, joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to talk about her new book, After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye.

Gaye explained she wanted to write the book to “correct some of the things that people think are true; other books that were written about Marvin where they’ve written about our relationship, they really didn’t know a lot of what they were talking about.”

She described her relationship with Gaye and the world they lived in at the end of the 1960s and the beginning of the 1970s as not being “as unusual as people would like to make it sound.”

“I had moments of discomfort, I had moments of absolute bliss, so it was a mixed bag,” she said.

Of the book from

A riveting cautionary tale about the ecstasy and dangers of loving Marvin Gaye, a performer passionately pursued by all—and a searing memoir of drugs, sex, and old school R&B from the wife of legendary soul icon Marvin Gaye.

After her seventeenth birthday in 1973, Janis Hunter met Marvin Gaye—the soulful prince of Motown with the seductive liquid voice whose chart-topping, socially conscious album What’s Going On made him a superstar two years earlier. Despite a seventeen-year-age difference and Marvin’s marriage to the sister of Berry Gordy, Motown’s founder, the enchanted teenager and the emotionally volatile singer began a scorching relationship.

One moment Jan was a high school student; the next she was accompanying Marvin to parties, navigating the intriguing world of 1970s-‘80s celebrity; hanging with Don Cornelius on the set of Soul Train, and helping to discover new talent like Frankie Beverly. But the burdens of fame, the chaos of dysfunctional families, and the irresistible temptations of drugs complicated their love.

During their chat, Gaye also discussed some of the more intimate details of their relationship and how the timeless hit “Got To Give It Up came into existence. She told Martin, “It was a magical situation that continues to this day — with a lot more drama.”

…The “drama” being the $7.3 million copyright lawsuit against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke over “Blurred Lines.”

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

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