Beyond The Confederate Flag: Once The Flag Comes Down, Will Our Agenda Be Addressed?
Now that the Confederate flag debate has been taken up by the South Carolina State Legislature and the removal of the Battle flag is likely to happen, will our agenda be addressed by lawmakers in the state?
Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss what our focus should be once the flag is removed from the South Carolina State House grounds.
“The power of innocent blood is bringing that flag down,” said Jackson. “My concern is that beyond the flag coming down, the flag’s agenda is not addressed at this stage.”
He continued, “… what is the meaning of a thirty percent Black population and a 77 percent prison population, or when the state has a $8 billion budget and rejects $11 billion in Medicaid money with a million of its people in poverty.”
“I very much have one eye focused on that flag coming down, but the agenda that the flag represents must also come down.”
NewsOne Now panelist David Swerdlick shared in Rev. Jackson’s sentiment:
“Let’s get the flag down off of the State grounds — out of the taxpayers paying to fly the flag on the State grounds. Let people who still want to fly the flag on their front lawn fly it and get on to what Rev. Jackson is talking about — about incarceration rates, let the legislature deal with Medicaid — with governing the state of South Carolina.”
Will Bill Cosby Face Additional Legal Trouble After Release Of 2005 Deposition?
The latest revelation regarding Bill Cosby giving women drugs before sex has ignited a new firestorm around the man best known for his role as Heathcliff Huxtable, and prompted major institutions like Disney to erase his likeness from their facilities.
On Wednesday, Roland Martin and the NewsOne Now panel discussed the probability of Cosby facing additional legal trouble now that the details of a sealed 2005 deposition have been released, as well as comments made by The View’s Whoopi Goldberg and Raven-Symone, who have both reserved judgment of Cosby in the wake of the latest bombshell.
Legal Analyst, Criminal Defense Attorney, and Former Prosecutor Yodit Tewolde told Martin, “The only thing that most of Bill Cosby’s accusers can bring at this point are civil suits, because the statute of limitations for most of his accusers have already expired when it comes to criminal charges.”
She continued, “With a civil suit, you have a lower burden. So if they (the alleged Cosby victims) plead the right cause of action, they can actually get around the statute of limitations and then be able to use his sworn statement in that deposition in 2005.”
Tewolde also said that until Cosby is found guilty in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt, she would be “remiss” not to agree with a portion of Goldberg’s comments, “because the proper venue in which to legally try and convict somebody is in a court of law and not in a court of public opinion.”
Separating Cosby The Man, From Cosby The Artist/Entertainer
As the fallout over comments Cosby made in a 2005 deposition continues to mount, CentricTV and Bounce TV decided to stop airing episodes of The Cosby Show. NewsOne Now panelist Joia Jefferson Nuri believes that “there should be a separation between a person’s life and a person’s art.”
She told Martin, “Cosby’s art has made a contribution to our culture for probably 50 years.” Nuri would like to be able to show episodes of I Spy and The Cosby Show to future generations with the caveat that Cosby is tried and convicted if found guilty, but his art should not be condemned.
Nuri also commended the National Museum of African Art in Washington D.C. for not “folding under the pressure” and removing the exhibit featuring Cosby’s African-American collection. The museum did acknowledge the recent revelations in a statement, which read, “The museum in no way condones this behavior.”
When Martin asked if Cosby’s shows and upcoming projects should be put on hold “because there is so much heat” surrounding the entertainer, David Swerdlick, Associate Editor at The Washington Post said, “It’s a free market. It’s no longer good business to be in the Bill Cosby business.”
HipHollywood: Marlon Wayans Spoofs “Fifty Shades Of Grey”
Funnyman Marlon Wayans has inked a deal with Open Road Films for the upcoming spoof of the sultry Fifty Shades of Grey, titled Fifty Shades of Black.
HipHollywood caught up with the longtime comedian/actor to talk about what inspired him to not only write the film, but also to produce and star as the leading man, Christian Black.
Wayans told HipHollywood that he went to see Fifty Shades and said, “We have to do a Black version of this, ’cause this is ridiculous.”
Though the original film was a drama, Wayans said, “They left so many jokes on the table. So I’m just going for what is the funny version of that movie.”
If past performance is any indication of future success, Wayans’ Fifty Shades of Black is bound to keep moviegoers wanting more.
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast