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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