NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Pres. Obama Commutes The Sentences Of 200, AG Loretta Lynch Talks Community Policing, New Book Examines How Poor Americans Are Being Exploited By Cops


On Wednesday, President Barack Obama made history by issuing the largest number of commutations this nation has ever seen in one single day.

In a move that has critics on multiple sides of the issue crying foul, Mr. Obama commuted the sentences of 214 federal inmates who were incarcerated for low-level drug offenses.

President Obama’s commutation totals have now reached 562, but many feel as though the Obama administration has not done enough to shorten the sentences of federal inmates.

On Friday’s edition of NewsOne Now, Roland Martin and his panel of guests discussed Mr. Obama’s announcement and if the President has gone far enough in using his constitutional clemency power.

AG Loretta Lynch Addresses Connecting Community And Policing During An Armchair Conversation At NABJ/NAHJ

During an armchair conversation, Attorney Loretta Lynch called for accountability and transparency in police departments across the country.

During her appearance at NABJ/NAHJ Lynch outlined her plan to help bridge the gap between the community and police officers.

New Book By Marc Lamont Hill Examines How Poor Americans Are Being Exploited By Cops And Used As Revenue Generators

Marc Lamont Hill appeared on NewsOne Now to talk about his new book which examines a growing crisis in America where a particular demographic of citizens are being made vulnerable and exploitable as revenue generators.

In Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond, Hill examines how unrelated capitalism, public policy, and social practice are at the core of inequities that affect minorities and poor people in America. This new class of Americans according to Hill are considered the “Nobody” class and are being exploited in a way that is not just humiliating, it is also is harmful.

From about Nobody:

Unarmed citizens shot by police. Drinking water turned to poison. Mass incarcerations. We’ve heard the individual stories. Now a leading public intellectual and acclaimed journalist offers a powerful, paradigm-shifting analysis of America’s current state of emergency, finding in these events a larger and more troubling truth about race, class, and what it means to be “Nobody.”

Education Secretary John King Plenary Discusses Education Equity

Education Sec. John King Plenary discussed education equity during the NABJ/NAHJ Convention in Washington, D.C.

Plenary addressed diversity in America’s Schools along with lifting up the teaching profession, access, affordability and completion in higher education.

Tika Sumpter And Parker Sawyers Talk ‘Southside With You’

Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss Southside With You which chronicles the summer afternoon in 1989 when the future President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, wooed his future First Lady on an epic first date.

NewsOne Now Previews DC’s ‘Suicide Squad’

Superhero movies have taken over the box office in recent years, bringing many of our favorite comic book characters to life in spectacular fashion.

Roland Martin, host of NewsOne Now, recently sat down with the cast of Suicide Squad – which premieres in theaters this weekend – for a series of interviews.

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

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