NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Presidential Politics, Ebony’s “Body Brigade” & Zoe Saldana’s Portrayal Of Nina Simone Sparks Colorism Controversy


Sanders‬ And ‪Clinton‬ Spar During Democratic Presidential Debate and Speak Out Against Donald Trump

Roland Martin and the NewsOne Now panel recap Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

Roland Martin’s Political Plan To Rally The Democratic Base & Nominate A Black Woman To The Supreme Court

Roland Martin who does not identify with Democrat or Republican offered a plan of action that President Barack Obama could enact to rally the Democratic base for the 2016 presidential election by nominating an African American woman for the highest court in the land.

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez Discusses Job Growth In the US

Has the US job market gotten better over the last few years? According to US Labor Secretary Thomas Perez the answer is yes. Sec. Perez joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to talk about positive job growth in the United States and where some of the most lucrative jobs are located in today’s economy.

Ebony’s “Body Brigade” Cover Addresses Body Image Issues Amongst Black Women

Ebony Magazine confronts the controversial topic of body image with a curvy cover for their March issue. The photo, prominently displaying plus-sized women and titled “The Body Brigade,” has Black America talking about how comfortable or uncomfortable we are with different body types.

The cover features blogger Gabi Fresh, singer Jazmine Sullivan, actress Danielle Brooks, and songstress Chrisette Michele, all of whom flaunt their curves in military-inspired outfits. The cover, which has received both positive and negative feedback, takes direct aim at society’s mass obsession with skinny, and allows these full-figured women to show America what it’s like to be comfortable in their own skin.

In the biopic chronicling the life of legendary singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone, Dominican/Puerto Rican actress Zoe Saldana was trashed by critics when she appeared in what some are considering “blackface” and a prosthetic nose.

When it was announced that Saldana was going to play Simone, many protested the decision, saying she was too light and cited her remarks from a 2013 interview in which she said, “There is no such thing as people of color.”

During Thursday’s edition of NewsOne Now, Roland Martin and his panel of guests discussed the backlash over Saldana’s portrayal of Simone and the subsequent discussion of colorism within the African-American community.

Cast Of The Stage Play Married but Single Stop By NewsOne Now

LisaRaye McCoy, Darrin Henson, Clifton Powell, Carl Payne and Chrisette Michele joined Roland Martin on the set of NewsOne Now to dish on the new stage play Married but Single.

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

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