NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Sanders, Cruz Win Wisconsin Primaries, Nick Cannon’s “Too Broke To Vote” Causes Stir On Social Media


Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz Win Wisconsin Primaries

Roland Martin and NewsOne Now break down what these wins mean for the two candidates and how will their victories impact the 2016 presidential race.

Nick Cannon’s “Too Broke To Vote” Video Causes Stir On Social Media

Is Nick Cannon out to destroy the 2016 Election?

In a new video shot outside a polling station, Cannon raps about this year’s presidential election and how voting for any of the major candidates will not move the needle on issues like poverty or corruption, all while making it clear that he does not support anyone or any political party.

During Wednesday’s edition of NewsOne Now, hip-hop artist and activist Jasiri X spoke with Roland Martin about Cannon’s “Too Broke To Vote” video that has caused quite a stir on social media and sparked a heated debate over the virtues of voting.

“Stop Acting Like You’re Trash:” Judge Brings Courtroom Full Of At-Risk Teens To Tears

Judge Verda Colvin of Bibb County, Georgia brought a room full of at-risk teenagers to tears after telling them, “Stop acting like you’re trash.”

The judge talked to the teenagers about what would happen if they continue to break the law. She also reminded them they mattered, urging them to make the most of their future.

During her heart-felt speech, Judge Colvin showed the wayward teens a body bag and said, “You can have the ultimate experience — you can be in this body bag. And the only way somebody will know you’re in here is this tag with your name on it.”

Lawyer Crisis In Louisiana

Imagine being arrested and charged with a misdemeanor crime, you think you will appear in court with a state appointed  defense lawyer , where the judge gives you a future court date and you go come.

Well in Louisiana defendants are being forced to sit in jail and wait a public defender for days or weeks at a time, because there is a severe shortage of lawyers to represent those who can’t afford their own.

According to The New York Times, public defenders in Louisiana represent more than 8 out of 19 criminal defendants. As a result poor defendants are being put on wait lists with sometimes more than 2,300 names.

Don Cravins, Jr, Senior Vice President for Policy and Executive Director of the Washington Bureau for the National Urban League joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss the lawyer crisis in Louisiana.

How To Stop The Criminalization Of Black Girls In Our Schools

According to author Monique Morris, Black girls make up 16 percent of American school students, but account for over 33 percent of school arrests.

In her book Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, Morris writes:

“It has to be acknowledged that most Black girls experience forms of confinement and carceral experiences beyond simply going to jail or prison. Broadening the scope to include detention centers, house arrest, electronic monitoring, and other forms of social exclusion allows us to see Black girls in trouble where they might other wise be hidden.”

Morris joined Roland Martin on Wednesday’s edition of NewsOne Now to talk about her book, how African-American girls are being criminalized, and what can be done to reverse the trend of “school-to-confinement pathways” for young Black women.

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

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