NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Rallies, Protests Force Lawmaker To Pull HBCUs From SB873, BLM Activist Charged & Convicted Of “Lynching”


Hundreds showed out in North Carolina to take a stand to protect HBCUs. Roland Martin, Host of TV One’s NewsOne Now was also in attendance standing with supporters of Historically Black Colleges at the HBCU Solidarity Rally at the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Martin said on NewsOne Now, “I needed to be there because the state is considering Senate Bill 873, which would lower tuition at some UNC System schools to as little as $500 per semester, leaving many of the schools in a position of not being self-sufficient.

Dr. Gregg Carr, Afro-American Department Chair at Howard University; Shermichel Singleton, a Republican political strategist; Lauren Victoria Burke, Managing editor for and Will Jawando, a former White House Official under President Barack Obama joined Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss North Carolina’s controversial bill, SB-873 and the bill’s creator pulling HBCUs from the legislation.

Illinois Woman Faces Felony Charges For Firing Warning Shot

26-year-old Chicago woman is facing felony charges for firing warning shots into the air after witnessing the death of her fiancé.

Ashley Harrison was held on a $250,000 bond and charged with reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. She is currently on house arrest and will be under 24 hour surveillance.

During Thursday’s edition of NewsOne Now, Roland Martin took issue with authorities in Chicago charging Harrison with a crime, questioned the NRA’s silence on the case, and asked if they would support Harrison during her upcoming legal proceedings.

Black Lives Matter Activist Charged & Convicted Of “Lynching”

Officers arrested Black Lives Matter activist Jasmine Richards in August days after she and others were protesting at a park.

Yesterday, a jury found Richards (aka Jasmine Abdullah) guilty of attempting to unlawfully remove a suspect from police custody during that protest. The technical term for the charge she was convicted of is “lynching.”

With the odd verdict, the activist became the first Black person to ever be convicted of the charge in the United States.

Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, joined Roland Martin onNewsOne Now to discuss the shocking conviction and what can be done to bring awareness to this disturbing case.

Nate Parker Talks “The Birth Of A Nation” & The Harsh Realities Of American History

Actor, activist, and film director Nate Parker recently sat down with NewsOne Now Host Roland Martin to discuss his new film, The Birth of a Nation.

The controversial movie chronicles the legacy of Nat Turner and the slave rebellion of 1831.

Parker also discussed his transition into directing, his history in Hollywood, and the importance of showcasing films that depict and preserve the harsh realities of Black history.

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

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