Roland Martin Show Audio Podcast: RNC Praises MLK & Fails To Address Voter Suppression, Police Brutality, Donald Trump’s Insensitive Tweets About Nykea Aldridge, True History Of The National Anthem Revealed

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Reince Priebus and the RNC sent out a press release acknowledging and celebrating the 53rd anniversary of the March on Washinton for Jobs and Freedom, but members of the GOP have not spoken out against voter suppression or police brutality in 2016.

Dr. King addressed voting rights in Mississippi and police brutality during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Roland Martin said, “If you won’t say nothing about voter suppression in 2016 or police brutality in 2016, don’t you dare praise Dr. King for speaking [about] the same issues in 1963.”

Donald Trump attempts to use the tragic shooting of Dwyane Wade’s cousin, Nykea Aldridge for his political gain by posting a tone-deaf tweet about the incident. Trump Tweeted:

During this edition of The Roland Martin Show, Martin takes Trump to task for his insensitive and ill-timed post on Twitter.

49ers’ Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has sparked a firestorm by deciding to sit during the National Anthem to protest social injustice in America.  Listen to Kaepernick explain why he chose this particular protest action.

On Monday morning Dr. Jason Johnson, Professor of political science and Politics Editor for The Root explained the unknown history of the song that represents America. Listen to Martin and Dr. Johnson’s discussion breaking down the race-based sentiment originally expressed in the National Anthem and the outrage Kaepernick is facing by exercising his First Amendment rights.

All that and more in this edition of The Roland Martin Show.

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NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Donald Trump’s Tone Deaf Message Concerning The Death Of Nykea Aldridge, QB Colin Kaepernick Takes A Stand By Sitting During National Anthem, Nate Parker Breaks His Silence


Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is taking major heat yet again: This time, for using the death of a young African-American mother in Chicago to try and score a political point.

Dwyane Wade‘s cousin, 32-year-old Nykea Aldridge was caught in the crossfire of a shooting Friday as she walked with her infant in a stroller on the city’s South Side. 

Trump, who has recently taken interest in the African-American community and the Black vote to win over White moderates, kicked off a firestorm when posted the following message on Twitter:

Roland Martin and a number of his guests addressed the GOP presidential nominee’s tone-deaf tweet on Monday’s edition of NewsOne Now.

Dr. Jason Johnson, professor of political science and political editor for The Root, blasted Trump for his “tacky” comments and overall approach to courting African-American voters. Johnson said Trump’s “gross condescending way in which he thinks he can speak to Black people” are a prime example of why minorities and others believe “The Donald” is unfit to be president.

Colin Kaepernick Takes A Stand Against Social Injustice By Sitting During The National Anthem 

San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, is vowing to sit during the national anthem in protest over police killings of African-Americans. Is he being anti-American by expressing his right to protest which is covered under the First Amendment of the Constitution?

According to the backlash Kaepernick is experiencing, it would seem as though free speech is not welcomed when standing up against injustice for certain demographics and certain issues.

Nate Parker Breaks  His Silence On Decades-Old Rape Allegations

Nate Parker spoke out about rape allegations he battled seventeen years ago.  A jury found him not guilty in the case, but the backlash continues to undermine his widely anticipated Nat Turner biopic Birth of a Nation.

Parker spoke about the case on Friday follow a screening of the film  in Los Angeles. After the panel, the filmmaker sat down for an interview with  Ebony magazine  and admitted his original statement on the matter was  selfish saying quote:

“I was acting as if I was the victim, and that’s wrong. I was acting as if I was the victim because I felt like, my only thought was I’m innocent and everyone needs to know. I didn’t even think for a second about her, not even for a second.”

“You asked me why I wasn’t empathetic? Why didn’t it come off more empathetic? Because I wasn’t being empathetic. Why didn’t it come off more contrite? Because I wasn’t being contrite. Maybe I was being even arrogant. And learning about her passing shook me, it really did. It really shook me. ”

Kindred the Family Soul Talks New About Their New Album, “Legacy of Love”

Summer is almost over but Kindred the Family Soul’s new album “Legacy of Love” is sure to keep the party and the love going a little bit longer.  They’ll join us later in the show to discuss their new album: “Legacy of Love.”

Veteran Journalist George Curry Laid To Rest

Veteran journalist George Curry was laid to rest on Saturday in his hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Curry’s homegoing service was attended by legendary members of the Black press like Les Payne and Ed Gordon. Kemba Smith — who was profiled nationally by Curry in Emerge magazine — and Rev.Jesse Jackson, Sr., spoke during the services, honoring the life of Curry.

Rev. Al Sharpton delivered Curry’s eulogy, where he proclaimed, “George never stopped until the very end.

“He never backed up and he never compromised and he never negotiated his dignity for a contract or for a friend. That’s why when we say so long, we know we’ve lost something that we won’t see that way again.”  


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

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Revealing The National Anthem’s Racist History


Roland Martin talks to Dr. Jason Johnson about Colin Kaepernick‘s decision to not stand during the National Anthem and the history of the song’s racist history.

“There is a third lyric that this often not seen. It’s basically a diss track against African Americans who left slavery and joined the British to fight. Any African American has a right to not stand because it’s essentially a song that forces people to stay oppressed,” Johnson said.


Roland Martin Show Audio Podcast: Clinton Email Controversy Rages On, But Is It Really A Big Deal?

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In this edition of The Roland Martin Show, Roland Martin dissects the Hillary Clinton email controversy.

Martin asks listeners: Do you think the latest Clinton email controversy is a big deal?

Martin also asks listeners if they are tired of the drama dealing with Hillary Clinton’s emails or do they believe the ongoing Clinton email controversy comprises of  a legitimate argument?

Listen to Martin’s appearance on Fox New’s The Kelly File with anchor Megyn Kelly. During his appearance on Fox, Martin discusses calls for the Clinton Foundation to be shut down after Republicans accuse the organization of being a corrupt institution.

Also, Donald Trump travels to Mississippi and speaks to a predominantly White crowd in a city that is 80 percent African American.

Listen to portions of the Trump rally and more in this edition of  The Roland Martin Show Audio Podcast.

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NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: ‘Birth Of A Nation’ Screening Cancelled, Clinton & Ryan Team Up To Fight Poverty, Debtors Prison Exposed



Nate Parker’s Classmates Come To His Defense As Controversy Swirls Around Rape Case

The controversy surrounding Nate Parker and his 1999 college rape case – in which he was found not guilty of any crime – continues to haunt the actor.

Now, the American Film Institute has canceled this Friday’s screening of Parker’s film The Birth of a Nation.

On Thursday Roland Martin, April ReignManaging Editor of Broadway Black and Editor-at-Large of Nu Tribe Magazine and the NewsOne Now panel discussed whether Parker’s biopic on Nat Turner will be shelved as a result of the attention on the decade-old rape case from 1999, as well as several of Parker’s former classmates coming out in defense of the filmmaker.

Clinton & Ryan Team Up For Rep. Clyburn’s Anti-Poverty Plan

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan have seemingly reached across the aisle and teamed up to support the same issue.

The two powerful politicians have thrown their support behind Congressman James Clyburn‘s (D-SC) 10-20-30 plan, which is aimed at ending poverty in communities that have resided below the poverty line for decades.

Rep. Clyburn’s plan can be summed up by the following: The 10-20-30 plan would commit at least 10 percent of federal resources to 20 percent of the population that has lived below the poverty line for the last 30 years or more.

The vast majority of the communities that would benefit from the 10-20-30 plan are represented by Republicans.

Dallas Shooter May Have Suffered From PTSD

The army veteran who shot and killed five Dallas police officers last month showed signs of post-traumatic stress disorder.

According to documents from the Veterans Health Administration, Micah Johnson told military medical staff he was having serious psychological problems after returning from Afghanistan in 2014.

The 25-year-old told health officials he had feelings of anger, road rage and had nightmares. The staff gave Johnson information about a PTSD class.

In October of 2014, Johnson asked to delay a PTSD assessment, because of his full-time job. The next month, he skipped an appointment and it’s unclear what happened after that.

Wisconsin Cop Who Shot And Killed Philando Castile Is Back On Leave

The officer who shot and killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop near Minneapolis is back on paid administrative leave.

Last week, the city of Saint Anthony’s police department reinstated Officer

The officer who shot and killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop near Minneapolis, is back on paid administrative leave.

Last week, the city of Saint Anthony’s police department reinstated Officer Jeronimo Yanez.People protested the decision outside the police department’s headquarters.

Yesterday, the city issued a statement saying the move had been reversed.

Black Homeowner Shot By Cops After Calling 911 To Report A Car-Jacking

A black homeowner is in serious condition after an Indianapolis police officer shoots him while responding to a call for help at the victim’s home.

Early Tuesday morning, 48-year-old Carl Williams called nine-one-one to report a car-jacking at his home. Williams told the operator, a black man armed with a rifle drove off in his wife’s black Nissan Sentra.

Police say when officers arrived at the home, they spotted a black Nissan sedan in the driveway.
That’s when the garage door opened and the homeowner came out. One of the officers then shot Williams in the stomach.

Investigators say it’s not clear if the officer said anything to Williams before shooting him.

Civil Rights Groups Accuse An Arkansas City of Running ‘Debtors Prison’

Civil rights groups have filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Sherwood, Arkansas, for running what they say is a modern-day debtors’ prison.

The groups say the Sherwood District court’s hot check division often imposes heavy fines and jail time on poor, mostly African American residents who have written bad checks.  Doing so keeps most people trapped in debt.

Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss the allegations against Sherwood’s criminal justice system.

Strategies To Help African American Students Graduate High School To Get To HBCU’s

Historically black colleges and universities play a vital role in producing black college graduates. But the key to HBCU’s doing what they do best, is making sure their potential students graduate from high school.

HBCU’s should be especially attractive to black high schoolers with an interest in science and technology:

They account for 18% of all engineering degrees earned by African American students, 31% of all math degrees earned by blacks and 21% of all business and management degrees earned by black college students.

Johnny Taylor, President and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund spoke with Roland Martin about HBCU’s and the strategies they use to get black students from highschool graduation to college graduation.

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

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NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Ret. Lt. Russel Honoré Estimates More Than 110K La. Homes Damaged By Flooding, Roland Martin Blasts Trump For Exploiting Black Plight, Dr. Jill Stein Talks 2016 Prez Run


Ret. Lt. Russel Honoré Estimates More Than 110,000 Louisiana Homes Have Been Damaged By Flooding

President Barack Obama visited Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Tuesday to meet with several flood victims and surveying areas hit hardest by flood waters. At the present time, 13 people died as a result of the historic floods and more than 60,000 homes have been damaged.

Retired Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré spoke with Roland Martin about the devastation experienced by the people of Louisiana and what is next for the flood-ravaged region, which he assessed is in worse shape than what is actually being reported by the media.

Martin Blasts Trump For Exploiting Black Plight To Win White Moderate Votes

In recent days, Donald Trump has recalibrated his presidential campaign to reach out to Black voters.

The GOP’s presidential nominee talked about the problems Black communities are facing and how he’s the person to fix them. The problem with Trump’s attempt to attract African-American voter support is that he’s making his appeal to Blacks in front of predominantly all-White audiences. The pitch Trump is using to woo the Black vote: “What do you have to lose?”

While many have been fooled into thinking that Trump is making a serious attempt to gain Black voters, Roland Martin views Trump’s Black voter outreach attempts as a way to prove to White voters that he is not racist.

Should African Americans Support The Green Party Presidential Nominee?

Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein is no stranger to presidential elections.

The mother, physician, and environmental-health advocate also represented the Green Party during the 2012 election and currently holds the record for receiving the most votes ever by a woman candidate running for the nation’s highest office.

Dr. Stein joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to talk about her bid for the Oval Office and why African-American voters should consider supporting the Green Party presidential ticket in November.


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

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Roland Martin: ‘Black People Calm Down, Donald Trump Is Not Talking To Us’


Roland Martin wants to reassure black folks that Donald Trump is not talking to us in his speeches.

“Donald Trump is talking to white women. He’s trying to tell them, ‘I’m not racist’. He’s been losing support with white men. He doesn’t want to talk to us, he wants to ignore us. He has a “do not talk to” order to us (black media),” Martin said.


Roland Martin Show Audio Podcast: Calm Down … Donald Trump’s Appeal To Black Voters ‘Is All BS’

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In this edition of The Roland Martin Show, Roland Martin breaks down Donald Trump’s latest appeal to Black voters where he asked, “What the hell do you have to lose?”

Martin says Trump and his supporters are attempting to get African Americans to chase him “down a fox hole.”

In breaking down the GOP’s presidential nominee’s attempt to garner Black voter support, Martin exposes the Trump campaign’s true motive of trying to appeal to suburban White women.

Martin said of Trump’s new found  interest in African Americans,  “If you’re serious, you will sit down and have a conversation.”

Rev. Jesse Jackson discusses the aftermath of the historic floods in Louisiana. During his remarks, Rev. Jackson shared the people of the flood-ravaged region are in desperate need of supplies and the devastation is far worse than being reported.

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All that and more in this edition of The Roland Martin Show.

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Roland Martin Show Audio Podcast: Getting Our Youth Ready For College

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Dr. Michael Lomax  recently joined Roland Martin on The Roland Martin Show to discuss college prep for African American families.

Dr. Lomax is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Negro College Fund. The UNCF supports more than 60,000 students each year, getting them “to and through” college; fights for college readiness for high school and middle school students; and advocates for educational reform at the highest level.

During his appearance on The Roland Martin Show, Dr. Lomax addresses parents’ concerns about paying for college, how parents should focus on college planning early, and what are some things they can do to prepare financially for the expense of a higher education.

For more information visit Be A Learning Hero.

Be A Learning Hero’s  mission is to help you navigate what’s happening in classrooms and provide the best resources and information from some of the nation’s most trusted experts and organizations such as the National PTA, Scholastic, Common Sense Media, and GreatSchools.

Roland Martin Show Audio Podcast: Charting The Route — Building Partnerships Between Parents, Teachers and Communities For Student Success

90% Of Black Parents Believe Their Child Is Proficient In Reading & Math, Reality Is Only About 18% Of 4th Graders Are

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NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: White Lives Matter Activists Protest In Front Of Houston NAACP HQ With Confederate Flags, Firearms



Roland Martin Clashes With White Lives Matter Activist About NAACP

group of armed demonstrators carrying White Lives Matter signs staged a protest outside of the NAACP’s headquarters in Houston, Texas, on Sunday.

The group waved Confederate flags, brandished assault rifles, and chanted “White Lives Matter” during their demonstration aimed at Black Lives Matter movement supporters.

One demonstrator said the NAACP was selected because it’s “one of the most racist groups in America.”

Roland Martin spoke with Ken Reed, the lead activist of the White Lives Matter movement, about Sunday’s protest action and why the NAACP was targeted.

When asked why the White Lives Matter group decided to protest in a Black neighborhood in front of the NAACP, Reed said, “We chose the NAACP because the NAACP being one of the largest – if not the largest and oldest civil rights organizations in the United States – failed in holding Black Lives Matter accountable in condemning the actions that they’ve done.” 

Why Are Affluent Black Families Living In Segregated & Poor Neighborhoods?

Conventional wisdom would lead you to believe that as African Americans gain more wealth, they generally move to affluent neighborhoods, but a new report has found this may not be the case.

Among African-Americans and Whites across the United States who earn $100,000 a year or more, 37 percent of Blacks live in poorer areas, while just 9 percent of Whites do.

In Milwaukee, the numbers are skewed even further than the national average. According to the New York Times, 59 percent of African-Americans making $100,000 or more live in poorer areas, compared to just 6 percent of Whites.

On NewsOne Now, John Eligon, one of the authors of the NY Times report, explains there are a number of key factors fueling this trend: “For generations, this country intentionally and purposely segregated people by race.

WealthyU: Top Tips To Pay Off Student Loans

If you attended college, you’re probably aware of the impact student loan debt can have on your finances.

According to reports, student loan debt has skyrocketed to more than $1 trillion.

The American Association of University Women reports that from the years of 2009 – 2012, Black women were only able to repay 9 percent of their loans over a three-year period. Latino women pay back 3 percent, while White women repay 37 percent and Asian women repay 61 percent during the same three-year period.

To put a dent in this huge mountain of debt, America’s Wealth Coach Deborah Owens has a few tips that will help you kick your student loan debt to the curb in this week’s installment of WealthyU.

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

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