NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Is ‘Black Lives Matter’ The New Civil Rights Movement For A New Generation?


Is ‘Black Lives Matter’ The New Civil Rights Movement For A New Generation?

Since the murder of Trayvon Martin in 2012, the Black Lives Matter movement has grown to become a major voice in this country. They have demanded issues that affect African-Americans be included in the discussion of politics and have demanded that presidential candidates include the cause in their agendas.

And while it may be evident that the movement is the largest Black liberation movement in recent history, some still ask if Black Lives Matter the new voice for the unheard?

A new study by Brilliant Corners, a research and strategies company, recently surveyed more than five hundred African Americans aged 18 and older, and found that 34 percent believe or somewhat believe groups like the NAACP and the Urban League represent and speak for them.

Thirty-nine percent of those polled believe, or somewhat believe, that groups like Black Lives Matter represent and speak for their community.

Cornell Belcher, President of Brilliant Corners joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss the findings of the survey and how the Black Lives Matter movement has gained traction in a short period of time.

Black Man Subjected To Roadside Cavity Search In Broad Daylight

A Black couple is suing the city of Aiken, South Carolina, as well as the police department, for what many have deemed an illegal cavity search.

Dash cam video captured from a traffic stop on October 2, 2014 was recently released as part of an investigative report by The Washington Post.

The officers refused to believe Elijah Pontoon was not hiding any drugs on him and subjected him to a cavity search in broad daylight. A female officer searched Pontoon’s girlfriend, Lakey Hicks, exposing her breasts.

No drugs were found on Pontoon and Hicks who are suing for actual, punitive, and consequential damages.

Initiative Looks To Power A New Media That Reflects America’s Diversity

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas made headlines when he very publicly admitted to being an undocumented immigrant in an effort to put a spotlight on immigrant issues.

He is now turning his attention to launching a media platform aimed at reflecting the diversity of America while inspiring discussions about race at the same time called #EmergingUS.

Vargas looks to raise $1 million in 60 days and has already produced a few videos including one called “Dear Donald.” During this particular piece, Americans from various backgrounds and demographics respond to the candidacy of the runaway freight train that is Donald Trump.

Vargas joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss his new media venture and the never-before-seen crowdfunding campaign he has established to launch #EmergingUS.

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

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