President Barack Obama delivered an impassioned and fiery speech at this year’s Congressional Black Caucus Phoenix Awards dinner, calling for African-Americans to come out in support of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 general election and rebuking the idea that as a community, Blacks do not have a reason to vote.
Mr. Obama said to those in attendance:
“I will consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy, if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election. You want to give me a good send off? Go vote!”
After Pres. Obama’s final address as President of the United States to the Congressional Black Caucus, Roland Martin and NewsOne Now got immediate reactions from many of the lawmakers who gathered in Washington, D.C. for the CBC’s annual event.
Donald Trump Is Black America’s ‘What’s Now’ Problem
Hip-hop music/culture and social activism go hand in hand and during this year’s Congressional Black Caucus legislative conference, proponents of the musical genre and activists from the social justice movement came together to discuss how the hip-hop community can build a bridge between itself and law enforcement.
During the panel discussion convened by Congressman Andre Carson (D-IN), Roland Martin, the moderator of this particular session, asked what’s next in the movement for social justice and how it will keep people engaged.
Angela Rye, Principal of Impact Strategies and a CNN political commentator who is often seen debating the issues on TV One’s NewsOne Now, shared with those in attendance she did not want to answer a what’s next problem because we have a what’s now problem.
“I’m just not talking about police brutality,” said Rye. “I wish it was just one issue.”
Rye said while the panel was scheduled to discuss police brutality, Rep. Carson’s colleagues were holding a press conference denouncing Donald Trump for the sham of a press conference and announcement regarding PresidentBarack Obama‘s birthplace.
Harry Belafonte Explains The True Meaning Of Being A Patriot
Actor and activist Harry Belafonte recently sat down with Roland Martin for an exclusive interview to discuss his upcoming social justice music festival Many Rivers To Cross, his views about Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem protest, and the fight for social justice.
During the course of their chat, Mr. Belafonte explained what it means to be a Black patriot in America. Belafonte, now 89 years old, has stood up for the rights of the oppressed in the United States and inspired generations of activists to change the paradigm.
Belafonte told Martin he would like to be remembered as a “good patriot” and said, “I am motivated to say I am an American.”
Despite identifying himself as an American, Mr. B. said he “finds it difficult to be an American” in the same fashion as Jackie Robinson did when singing “The Star Spangled Banner.”
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast