Roland Martin Show Audio Podcast: News Deserts Are Intellectually Killing The Black Community, Black Pastors Call Out GOP For Blocking POTUS’ SCOTUS Nomination


According to Nielsen, African Americans watch more than seven hours of TV a day, higher than any other ethnic group. We are feeding our mind, body and soul lots of comedies, awards shows and reality shows. That is literally killing us intellectually.

In this edition of The Roland Martin Show Audio Podcast, Martin breaks down the adverse impact “news deserts” are having on the Black community, asks listeners to share what books they are reading for feed their minds in a special segment of Roland’s Book Club.

Black Pastors Call Out GOP Over Blocking Pres. Obama’s SCOTUS Nomination

Listen to portions of the Coalition of Black Religious Leaders news conference addressing Republicans blocking President Barack Obama’s upcoming Supreme Court nominee.

The preachers speaking on this conference call:

Rev. Dr. James C. Perkins, President, Progressive National Baptist Convention (the leader of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s denomination), Rev. Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, Co-Chair, National African American Clergy Network (one of the country’s largest networks of Black clergy), Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., Civil Rights Icon and Co-Chair, National African American Clergy Network, Joshua DuBois, CEO, Values Partnerships (Former Director, White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships), Rev. Dr. Freddy Haynes, Senior Pastor, Friendship-West Baptist Church, Dallas, TX (mega-church in Dallas, TX with national presence), Rev. Dr. Derrick Harkins, Senior Vice President for Innovations in Public Programming, Union Theological Seminary


Republican Presidential Debate Recap

Listen to highlights from Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate and Roland Martin’s expert political analysis of the 2016 presidential race.

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

Subscribe to  “The Roland Martin Show” Audio Podcast on iTunes.

  • Dean Burrell

    Roland we are waiting for your morning news show to play the video of the young woman who paid $500 for Sec. Clinton event and asked her to apologize for these words, In her support for the 1994 crime bill, for example, she used racially coded rhetoric to cast black children as animals. “They are not just gangs of kids anymore,” she said. “They are often the kinds of kids that are called ‘super-predators.’ No conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel.

    She has been critized because some felt she did not handle this situation in the manner that they wished. However, Sec. Clinton was in a room of all “White” audience who booed and hissed at this young woman and subsequently walked her out after Sec. Clinton responded, after being asked to apologize, “You are the first one to ask, no one ever asked me before.”

    Something is clearly wrong with this picture, just two days ago the exact same stern language dismissive by this candidate that seems to be herald as the one the Black Community must vote for. Can we just get the facts, after all you are the first to say Black folks can decide for themselves. The current water crises in flint, Sec. Clinton in 2005 as a Senator cast a vote not to take “potential cancer causing agents out of our water. It’s time the Black community get the facts, those with the CBC whom we now know are being given monies by Private Prisons, the Pharmarceutical companies, tabacco companies, no longer can preach to the community.

    We see nothing absolutely nothing that Sec. Clinton has agreed and I say agreed to do for the Black community but promise to continue to Keep the Presidents policies, those which have been stopped by the Republicans in its tracks with the great exception of Health Care and we are so grateful.

    So bottom line, she promises to keep unemployment at 50%, and all those other ales with the community.

    Can those in positions such as yours just give the community the facts, Mr. Robertson was given very little time to provide his findings on the CBC which is critical information for the Black Community, yet he was shut out. Yet conversations go on for an hour when we can be given facts and let the community decide.

    We hear the word overpromise relative to Sen. Sanders, really? President Obama promised a lot as do all candidates, yet this is being used as a reason not to cast our votes.

    Make no mistake we are still reviewing the voting records of both democratic candidates, their speeches, their involvement in the senate and their communities, then we will decide as will other once fully informed of their records.

    Can we count on your show to do the same, simply provide us with, voting records, speeches, their work in the Senate and in Washington or the lack thereof?

    The Black community has suffered long and hard, now that America needs the Black vote less make informed decisions, not decisions based on the loudest voices, doesn’t our community deserve that? If not now when? Please make a difference by providing clear factual information the good and the bad about each candidate to help the community heal, make great decisions and actually make strides as other communities have received specific actions on their issues as well.

    Be Blessed