Roland Martin Show Audio Podcast: Michael Sam Says He Has Faced More Racism In The Gay Community Than Black Homophobia


In the latest issue of Attitude Magazine, Michael Sam says the LGBT community has a long way to go when it comes to racial equality.

Sam told Attitude, “People have told me I’m not gay enough, people have told me I’m not black enough. I don’t know what that means. You want to be accepted by other people but you don’t even accept someone just because of the color of their skin? I just don’t understand that at all.”

In this edition of The Roland Martin Show Audio Podcast, Martin and Cleo Manago discuss Michael Sam’s comments about facing more racism in gay community than Black homophobia.

Martin explains Black gays who stay quiet about racism from white gays reminds him of Black women during the Civil Rights Movement. Martin said, “Black gay folks have told me they have been afraid to call out white gay racism out of fear of hurting the equality movement.”

He added, “Black women said the same about the civil rights movement. Many didn’t want to challenge Black male sexism for fear of hurting the movement.”

One year ago on TV One’s NewsOne Now Jasmyne Cannick, Cleo Manago and Terrance Laney discussed racism in LGBT community:

Three years ago TV One’s Washington Watch Dr. Darlene Nipper, deputy executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; Cleo Manago, CEO and founder of Black Men’s Xchange; and Earl Fowlkes, president and CEO of the Center for Black Equity discussed inequality in LGBT movement:

Donald Trump Gone Wild

If you want to understand just how dangerous Donald Trump is, listen to to the back and forth between he and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews during an exclusive interview on Wednesday night.

All that and more in this edition of “The Roland Martin Show” Audio Podcast.

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NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Pres. Obama Commutes The Sentences Of 61 Non-Violent Drug Offenders, Trump Wants To Punish Women Seeking Abortions


Pres. Obama Commutes The Sentences Of 61 Non-Violent Drug Offenders

President Obama’s plan to reform the criminal justice system means another round of commuting sentences. Yesterday, he met with several ex-offenders who have had their sentences commuted by his administration or former presidents Bush and Clinton. The President says commuting sentences gives people a second chance to do extraordinary things with their lives.


Overall, President Obama has commuted the sentences of 248 people — more than the previous six Presidents combined. 92 of those who had their sentences commuted were serving life sentences.


One of the people, who had their sentence commuted by President Obama last summer, is Norman Brown. He and Cynthia Roseberry, the project manager for the Clemency Project joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss Pres. Obama’s decision to commute the sentences of 61 non-violent drug offenders and what this new-found freedom will mean for them and their families.

Donald Trump Says Women Seeking Abortions Should Be Punished

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump continues to capture headlines by way of his polarizing comments. In speaking about abortion, Trump manage to spark the ire of pro-life and pro-choice advocates by saying if a woman seeks an abortion, “There has to be some form of punishment.”

Officers Involved In The Shooting Of Jamar Clark Will Not Face Charges

Minnesota’s Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced that the two officers, Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze, will not be charged in the fatal shooting last fall of 24-year-old Jamar Clark. County Attorney Freeman says the shooting was justified. Along with the announcement, video was finally released from the November 15 shooting, though you can’t see much except for the officers taking down Clark.

Minneapolis Black Lives Matter activist Nekima Levy-Pounds joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss the decision to not charge the officers involved in the shooting.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel rejected the Chicago police board’s three finalists for superintendent to select Eddie Johnson as the city’s new interim top cop – though he never applied for the position – sparking protests from city leaders and residents over his autocratic style.

Johnson, who is Black, has served on the force for 27 years, spending much of that time in the city’s high crime areas on the South and West sides.

Emanuel announced his decision Monday after speaking with community leaders and residents, subsequently circumventing the CPD superintendent selection process and sparking the anger of many in the Windy City.

Anew study suggests there is a racial gap between African-Americans and Whites when it comes to sleeping.

Dr. Jennifer Caudle explained on NewsOne Now that many African-Americans don’t realize how important sleep is and many of us take it for granted. According to Caudle, the average American should get seven to eight hours of sleep a night. Unfortunately, the majority of the American populace does not reach this mark.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, African-Americans get an average of 6.05 hours of sleep per night, while Caucasians get an average of 6.85 hours of sleep per night.

“The problem with that is that there are a lot of health conditions that are associated with lack of sleep that we don’t even think about,” said Caudle.

Sleep insufficiency as well as sleep disruption can lead to hypertension, diabetes, depression, obesity, cancer and increased mortality.

Welcome to another hilarious edition of WTH?! Thursday on NewsOne Now, where we take a look at all of the crazy stories trending in the news. This week, Roland Martin is joined by Online Editor for InteractiveOne Bobby Pen, Media Personality Aruba Tommy, and Radio Personality Kitty Kaboom.

Just in time for April Fools, our list of insanity begins with a father scaring the bejesus out of his daughter by staging a scene right out of a Chucky movie.


Can’t wait for your iPhone battery to reach 100 percent? Our next WTH?! Thursday fail has a possible solution for you. In order to supercharge her iPhone battery, one woman placed her phone in a microwave and attempted to nuke it for one second.

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

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Roland Martin Show Audio Podcast: America Still Can’t Deal With African Americans That Are Unbought, Unbossed & Demand Respect


“I ain’t taking a backseat to nobody …” – Roland Martin

In America there are some individuals who can’t handle a Black man with power who is unbought and unbossed. In this special edition of The Roland Martin Show Audio Podcast, Martin breaks down America’s problem with powerful African American men and women who understand exactly who they are and are not afraid to demand respect.

Maritn also explains the double standard in America where if you are Black in America you are not allowed to show emotion, passionately express your opinion or challenge someone without being considered an angry, hateful Black person.

Listen and be blessed.

Listen to President Barack Obama address the American drug epidemic during the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta.

Plus, Martin takes your calls on the topic of the day.

All that and more in this edition of “The Roland Martin Show” Audio Podcast.

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NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Supreme Court Deadlocks On Union Fees Case, 12 Detroit Principals Stole $1M In Kickback Scheme


SCOTUS Deadlocks 4-4 In A Mandatory Union Fees Case

The Supreme Court deadlocks in a key labor case. The Justices split 4-4 allowing an appeals court ruling in favor of the California Teachers Association to stand. Lee Saunders, President of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal employees joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss SCOTUS’ ruling on mandatory union fees.

Feds Allege 12 Detroit Principals Stole $1M In Bribery Kickback Scheme

nearly $1 million bribery and kickback scheme could land 12 current and former Detroit principals and one administrator in prison. Federal investigators say 74-year-old businessman Norman Shy is at the center of the scandal.

Shy allegedly paid principals anywhere from $4,000 to $324,000 in kickbacks to use him as a school supply vendor and is accused of scamming schools out of an estimated $2.7 million over the past 13 years.

On-Duty Mailman Arrested By NYPD

A NY postal worker calls for disciplinary action after his controversial NYPD arrest.

Michigan Prosecutor To Resign Amid Prostitution Charges

Michigan Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III will resign this summer after being charged with hiring prostitutes over hundreds of times. Dunnings has taken a medical leave of absence until then and will not run for re-election.

The 63-year-old Democratic prosecutor is accused of meeting prostitutes through websites. State Attorney General Bill Schuette says Dunnings met up with one of the woman three to four times a week over the course of five years.

Prosecutors also say Dunnings agreed to help a domestic violence victim with her child custody dispute, but only if she had sex with him. The disgraced prosecutor’s brother is also facing charges related to the case.

SWV Talks New Music And More

Famed R&B singing group SWV talks about their new album, STILL and the first single of their new record, M.C.E. (Man Crush Everyday)

Wildin’ Out Wednesday: Donald Trump Arguing Like A Five-Year-Old, Promotional Cleavage And Monkey Spit In Tony Woods’ Eye

Comedians Niki Moore, Timmy Hall and Tony Woods joined Roland Martin on set for this week’s installment of Wildin’ Out Wednesday.

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

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NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby On Police Reform In Baltimore


Marilyn Mosby, Maryland State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, is the youngest top prosecutor of any major city in America.

At 36, she gained national attention when she announced she would prosecute six officers in the death of Freddie Gray. Mosby stopped by NewsOne Now on Tuesday to discuss criminal justice reform with host Roland Martin.

Additionally, Mosby – who has been in office for approximately 15 months – has worked on a number of other initiatives to combat crime and work smarter, not harder to reform criminal justice in the city of Baltimore.

66-Year-Old Tennessee Man In Custody After Shooting At U.S. Capitol

A 66-year-old Tennessee man was shot and wounded at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Monday after allegedly brandishing a gun at law enforcement authorities.

Diddy Charter School Announcement Sparks Fiery Debate On NewsOne Now

Dr. Steve Perry joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to talk about the charter school he and Sean Combs plan to open in Harlem.

This September, a small exhibit honoring Bill Cosby will go on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The exhibit is titled “Taking Shape,” and focuses on African-American representation on television in the 20th century. To encompass this history, Cosby’s 1964 comedy record I Started Out as a Child, an I Spy comic book, and video clips from the program and clips from The Cosby Show have been added to the exhibit.

As a result of Cosby’s inclusion in the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s “Taking Shape” exhibit, his accusers are lashing out at the Smithsonian Institute for not mentioning the dozens of women who allege the long-time comedian sexually assaulted them. Some say he should not be included in the display at all. The museum has no plans to include the allegations, which has some saying they’re erasing history.

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

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Roland Martin Show Audio Podcast: Why Bernie Sanders Should NOT Drop Out Of The 2016 Presidential Race


“I believe Bernie Sanders is following Rev. Jesse Jackson 1984 and 1988 campaign model. That’s why he’s not dropping out.” – Roland Martin

In this edition of The Roland Martin Show Audio Podcast, Martin explains why Sen. Bernie Sanders is not dropping out of the 2016 presidential race and how Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.’s historic presidential run in 1984 and 1988 led to changes in how Democratic presidential delegates are counted.

Some of y’all can hate on Rev. Jesse Jackson if you want, but his presidential runs in 1984 and 1988 were not meaningless. They changed the DNC. – Roland Martin

Martin also explained Sanders can use the leverage of his primary wins and votes to gain concessions from the Democratic National Committee if he doesn’t win the party’s nomination.

Listen to portions of a Bernie Sanders’ rally in Wisconsin from Saturday night, plus Martin takes your calls on the topic of the day and asks if presidential candidates should accept campaign contributions from Wall Street and major corporations.


All that and more in this edition of “The Roland Martin Show” Audio Podcast.

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NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Sanders Wins Big During Weekend Primaries, Trump, Cruz Clash Over Spouses


Bernie Sanders Sweeps Primaries In Alaska, Hawaii and Washington

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders wins big this past weekend capturing primaries inAlaska, Hawaii and Washington. Despite breaking the 1,000 delegate count some are calling for Sanders to drop out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Should he end his campaign even though he is behind Clinton in the delegate count and has a more difficult road to capture his party’s nomination than Clinton?

War Of Words Over Ted Cruz And Donald Trump’s Wives Gets Ugly

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are locked in an ugly war of words over their respective wives.

From mandatory minimum sentences to solitary confinement and the rights of citizens re-entering society, criminal justice reform is a major topic for many. Author Shaka Senghor explores all of this from a personal angle in his book, Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death and Redemption in an American Prison.

Senghor, who is also the Director of Strategy for Cut-50 – an organization fighting to reduce the prison population by 50 percent by 2025 – recently joined Roland Martin on the set of NewsOne Now to talk about life in prison and his new book.

Movie Studios Threaten To Boycott Georgia Over Controversial Religious Liberty Bill

Major movie studios have threatened to boycott Georgia if Gov. Nathan Deal does not veto the state’s controversial “religious freedom” bill.

Fit!Live!Win!: Get A Dancer’s Body In Weeks

Stephanie Talmage from B.Fit shares how Barre Fitness can help you get a dancer’s body in a few weeks.

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

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Roland Martin Show Audio Podcast: Childhood Food Nightmares, Nixon’s War On Drugs Targeted Blacks & More


In this edition of The Roland Martin Show Audio Podcast: Chitlins. Snake. Raccoon. Possum. Cow tongue. Banana sandwich with mayonnaise. Hog maw. Spam. Are there foods that your parents made you eat growing up that you cannot stand today?

Nixon’s War On Drugs Targeted Blacks And Hippies

President Richard Nixon’s top adviser, John Ehrlichman, says the War on Drugs targeted Blacks and hippies.

Martin explained the Ehrilichman comment about African Americans and the War on drugs proves that Blacks in America have NEVER had sustained access to freedom in America. “Here were Black folks looking to fully access what it mean to be an American and Ehrlichman confirms the government’s plan to destroy that chance,” 

All that and more in this edition of “The Roland Martin Show” Audio Podcast.

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NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Final Report In Flint Water Crisis Released, War On Drugs Purposefully Used To Target Blacks, Rich Black Kids More Likely To Be Incarcerated Than Poor Whites


Flint Water Crisis Final Report Released

The task force appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder has released its final report on the Flint water crisis calling it “a story of government failure, intransigence, unpreparedness, delay, inaction and environmental justice.”

No Jail Time Recommended For Cop Who Shot & Killed Akai Gurley

Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson recommended recommended house arrest instead of jail time for the former NYPD officer who shot and killed Akai Gurley.

Nixon Aide Admitted Drug War Was Meant To Target Blacks

A Nixon Aide reportedly admitted the Drug War was meant to target Black people. John Erlichman reportedly said, “we could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

New Study Reveals Rich Black Kids Are More Likely To Be Incarcerated Than Poor White Kids

A new study found that rich Black kids have been more likely to go to prison than poor white kids. Darrick Hamilton, PhD, Associate Professor at The New School joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss the findings of the study.

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

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NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Pres. Obama Condemns Brussels Terror Attack, Trump’s Anti-Obama Remarks Prompt Rebuke From AIPAC


Pres. Obama Condemns Brussels Terror Attack, GOP Presidential Candidates Criticize POTUS For Remaining In Cuba

President Barack Obama condemned the terror attack in Brussels and defended his decision to stay in Cuba to attend a Major League Baseball exhibition. As a result of Mr. Obama’s decision all 3 Republican Presidential candidates decided to heap tons of criticism on the President for not returning to Washington.

Donald Trump’s anti-Obama comments during his address at this year’s AIPAC conference sparked a social media firestorm and prompted the president of the organization to issue an apology.

The GOP front-runner said, “With President Obama in his final year, yay!” Later during his remarks, Trump added President Barack Obama “may be the worst thing to happen to Israel.”

AIPAC President Lillian Pinkus and four other leaders from the organization stood together on stage on Tuesday to apologize for Trump’s comments on Monday evening.

Pinkus appeared visibly shaken and, while holding back tears, said:

“From the moment this conference began, until this moment, we have preached a message of unity. We have said, in every way we can think of: Come together. But last evening, something occurred which has the potential to drive us apart, to divide us. We say, unequivocally, that we do not countenance ad hominem attacks, and we take great offense to those that are levied against the president of the United States of America from our stage.”

Did Bill Clinton Attack President Obama’s “Awful Legacy” During A Recent Rally?

During a recent campaign rally former President Bill Clinton apparently slammed President Barack Obama for having an “awful legacy.”

The former president is quoted as saying: “If you believe we can rise together, if you believe we’ve finally come to the point where we can put the awful legacy of the last eight years behind us and the seven years before that, where we were practicing trickle-down economics, then you should vote for her.”

Black Student Leader Says AIPAC Disinvited Him For Taking Part In A Protest Against Hillary Clinton

Da’Shaun Harrison, vice president of the NAACP chapter at Morehouse College says he was disinvited from this year’s AIPAC conference after learning he had previously taken part in a protest against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

New Political Caucus To Champion The Causes Of Black Women & Girls

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman recently sat down with Roland Martin, host of NewsOne Now, to discuss the launch of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls. This new political caucus is devoted to public policy that eliminates significant barriers and disparities experienced by Black Women.

Congresswoman Coleman explained women of color are “subjected to a lot of disparities” ranging from education, economics, social issues, and health care, and are victims of violence, sexual assault, and police misconduct.

Rep. Coleman told Martin, “Just like we are looking at our Brother’s Keeper as a focus on young Black men — young and old actually and what happens to them in our society — we have not done the same with women.”

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

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