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NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Pope Francis Addresses Congress, Delaware Police Shoot & Kill Wheelchair-Bound Black Man, Jeb Bush Offers Hope To Blacks, Not “Free Stuff”


Pope Francis Confronts The Death Penalty, Criminal Justice

On Thursday, Pope Francis addressed a joint session of Congress as part of his first visit to the United States.

During his prepared remarks to the Senate and the House of Representatives, the Holy Father discussed abolishing the death penalty and criminal justice reform.

The Pontiff began his comments regarding the death penalty and criminal justice saying, “The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development.”

His Holiness continued, “This conviction has led me, from the beginning of my ministry, to advocate at different levels for the global abolition of the death penalty. I am convinced that this way is the best, since every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes.”

“Recently my brother bishops here in the United States renewed their call for the abolition of the death penalty. Not only do I support them, but I also offer encouragement to all those who are convinced that a just and necessary punishment must never exclude the dimension of hope and the goal of rehabilitation.”

NewsOne Now panelist A. Scott Bolden explained politicians are struggling with Pope Francis’ stance on many issues regardless of party affiliation.

Bolden told Roland Martin, host of NewsOne Now that as a result of the Holy Father using “soft power,” speaking with integrity and authenticity, “world leaders who have bombs and go to war and have economic and all the trappings of wealth and power have a hard time dealing” with the Pontiff.

Cell Phone Video Captures Cops Shooting And Killing A Black Man In A Wheelchair

“We are concerned with how police engage communities of color … in particular adding the layer of mental illness and then we’re also concerned with police officers who feel it their primary option to execute Black bodies in urban spaces without any other attempt to do something different than the execution of those individuals …” – 

A standoff between a wheelchair-bound man and Delaware police officers ended tragically when the disabled man was shot to death Wednesday afternoon.

On Friday’s edition of TV One’s NewsOne Now, Roland Martin and the discussion panel featuring former RNC Chair Michael Steele, Joia Jefferson Nuri and A. Scott Bolden analyzed the disturbing video capture at the scene asking was there no other way to de-escalate this situation. Did Delaware police have to shoot and kill 28-year-old Jeremy McDole?

Jeb Bush Says Messages Of “Hope,” Not “Free Stuff,” Will Appeal To Black Voters

Roland S. Martin spoke with Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele about Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s comments regarding his hopes to receive more of the Black vote through “hope and not free stuff”. Panelist Community Strategist Joia Jefferson-Nuri chimed in on the discussion saying she “resents the idea of all conservatives or anybody who thinks what they are doing to African-Americans is giving us free stuff.”

That’s what’s been brewing within the GOP for the last 15, 20 years. It is scripted with where the country is which is why the party is so out of step. It repeats missteps over and over. This narrative we have now about the Black community and the outreach effort is a canard in so many ways. Examples we have seen demonstrates how disconnected the party is. The idea of connected with Black folks is one thing. Actually doing it, well, this is what we get. You need to understand what you said and why it was nuts. I have said it. I have had an open invitation…If you don’t come to talk to Black people and hear from Black people you will never actually connect with Black people.” –Former RNC Chairman, Michael Steele

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

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Roland Martin Blasts Jeb Bush’s Free Stuff Comment On TV One’s NewsOne Now

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele Discloses the Disconnect within the Republican Party

WASHINGTON, D.C. – SEPT. 25, 2015Today on News One Now,host and managing editor Roland S. Martin spoke with Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele about Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s comments regarding his hopes to receive more of the Black vote through “hope and not free stuff”. Panelist Community Strategist Joia Jefferson-Nuri chimed in on the discussion saying she “resents the idea of all conservatives or anybody who thinks what they are doing to African-Americans is giving us free stuff.”

Additional quotes from the conversation are below.

“I resent the idea of all conservatives or anybody who thinks what they are doing to African-Americans is giving us free stuff. You rip a race of people from their land, enslave them, pass laws that limit their ability to learn, have families, be part of the structure, where to live and go to school. You look up and you have a race of people who are dependent on you. This is reparations. This is not free stuff. This is based on your political system which was created for a people who could not do on their own.” – Communications Strategist Joia Jefferson-Nuri


That’s what’s been brewing within the GOP for the last 15, 20 years. It is scripted with where the country is which is why the party is so out of step. It repeats missteps over and over. This narrative we have now about the Black community and the outreach effort is a canard in so many ways. Examples we have seen demonstrates how disconnected the party is. The idea of connected with Black folks is one thing. Actually doing it, well, this is what we get. You need to understand what you said and why it was nuts. I have said it. I have had an open invitation…If you don’t come to talk to Black people and hear from Black people you will never actually connect with Black people.” –Former RNC Chairman, Michael Steele

 Also on today’s show, Roland S. Martin and panelists Joia Jefferson-Nuri, Lawyer A. Scott Bolden, Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele, and Pastor Dr. Donald Morton of The Perfect Life Church spoke about the role mental health plays in Black community surrounding recent police brutality cases. In Wilmington, DE, police officers shot Jeremy McDole while in his wheelchair after being called to the scene for a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Panelists quotes can be found below.

“[This is] insufficient for de-escalation. The theory that if you feel threatened you have a right to shoot has to be killed off. We have to stop giving permission. We have to deescalate. That man could have been tased. He’s in a wheelchair. For me it’s the lack of community policing in the sense that both points have been made that you focus on de-escalation as opposed to escalation. –Joia Jefferson-Nuri


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NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Honoring The Life Of Civil Rights Icon Julian Bond


Cornell W. Brooks, President/CEO of the NAACP; Roslyn Brock, Chairman of the NAACP; andHilary Shelton, Director of the NAACP Washington Bureau, joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Nowto share their thoughts and reflections on civil rights icon Julian Bond.

Julian Bond’s Impact On African-American Media

Sports Journalist James ‘JB’ BrownDr. Ben Chavis, President of the NNPA; Joia Jefferson Nuri, CEO/Founder of In The Public Eye Communications; and Jeff Johnson, Former National Director of the NAACP Youth and College Division, joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss Julian Bond’s impact on African-American media over the course of the last 50 years.

Civil Rights Icon Julian Bond & The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

Rep. Eleanor Holmes NortonDr. Ben Chavis, President of the NNPA; and Journalist/Author Charles Cobb joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to reflect on the life of Julian Bond, co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).


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

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NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: If The Confederate Flag Comes Down Will The Agenda It Represents Follow?


Beyond The Confederate Flag: Once The Flag Comes Down, Will Our Agenda Be Addressed?

Now that the Confederate flag debate has been taken up by the South Carolina State Legislature and the removal of the Battle flag is likely to happen, will our agenda be addressed by lawmakers in the state?

Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss what our focus should be once the flag is removed from the South Carolina State House grounds.

“The power of innocent blood is bringing that flag down,” said Jackson. “My concern is that beyond the flag coming down, the flag’s agenda is not addressed at this stage.”

He continued, “… what is the meaning of a thirty percent Black population and a 77 percent prison population, or when the state has a $8 billion budget and rejects $11 billion in Medicaid money with a million of its people in poverty.”

“I very much have one eye focused on that flag coming down, but the agenda that the flag represents must also come down.”

NewsOne Now panelist David Swerdlick shared in Rev. Jackson’s sentiment:

“Let’s get the flag down off of the State grounds — out of the taxpayers paying to fly the flag on the State grounds. Let people who still want to fly the flag on their front lawn fly it and get on to what Rev. Jackson is talking about — about incarceration rates, let the legislature deal with Medicaid — with governing the state of South Carolina.”

Will Bill Cosby Face Additional Legal Trouble After Release Of 2005 Deposition?

The latest revelation regarding Bill Cosby giving women drugs before sex has ignited a new firestorm around the man best known for his role as Heathcliff Huxtable, and prompted major institutions like Disney to erase his likeness from their facilities.

On Wednesday, Roland Martin and the NewsOne Now panel discussed the probability of Cosby facing additional legal trouble now that the details of a sealed 2005 deposition have been released, as well as comments made by The View’s Whoopi Goldberg and Raven-Symone, who have both reserved judgment of Cosby in the wake of the latest bombshell.

Legal Analyst, Criminal Defense Attorney, and Former Prosecutor Yodit Tewolde told Martin, “The only thing that most of Bill Cosby’s accusers can bring at this point are civil suits, because the statute of limitations for most of his accusers have already expired when it comes to criminal charges.”

She continued, “With a civil suit, you have a lower burden. So if they (the alleged Cosby victims) plead the right cause of action, they can actually get around the statute of limitations and then be able to use his sworn statement in that deposition in 2005.”

Tewolde also said that until Cosby is found guilty in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt, she would be “remiss” not to agree with a portion of Goldberg’s comments, “because the proper venue in which to legally try and convict somebody is in a court of law and not in a court of public opinion.”

Separating Cosby The Man, From Cosby The Artist/Entertainer

As the fallout over comments Cosby made in a 2005 deposition continues to mount, CentricTV and Bounce TV decided to stop airing episodes of The Cosby Show. NewsOne Now panelist Joia Jefferson Nuri believes that “there should be a separation between a person’s life and a person’s art.”

She told Martin, “Cosby’s art has made a contribution to our culture for probably 50 years.” Nuri would like to be able to show episodes of I Spy and The Cosby Show to future generations with the caveat that Cosby is tried and convicted if found guilty, but his art should not be condemned.

Nuri also commended the National Museum of African Art in Washington D.C. for not “folding under the pressure” and removing the exhibit featuring Cosby’s African-American collection. The museum did acknowledge the recent revelations in a statement, which read, “The museum in no way condones this behavior.”

When Martin asked if Cosby’s shows and upcoming projects should be put on hold “because there is so much heat” surrounding the entertainer, David Swerdlick, Associate Editor at The Washington Post said, “It’s a free market. It’s no longer good business to be in the Bill Cosby business.”

HipHollywood: Marlon Wayans Spoofs “Fifty Shades Of Grey”

Funnyman Marlon Wayans has inked a deal with Open Road Films for the upcoming spoof of the sultry Fifty Shades of Grey, titled Fifty Shades of Black.

HipHollywood caught up with the longtime comedian/actor to talk about what inspired him to not only write the film, but also to produce and star as the leading man, Christian Black.

Wayans told HipHollywood that he went to see Fifty Shades and said, “We have to do a Black version of this, ’cause this is ridiculous.”

Though the original film was a drama, Wayans said, “They left so many jokes on the table. So I’m just going for what is the funny version of that movie.”

If past performance is any indication of future success, Wayans’ Fifty Shades of Black is bound to keep moviegoers wanting more.

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

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NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Will The CBC Revolt Against Dems


Will The CBC Revolt Against Dems Over Proposed Changes In House Seniority Rules?

Democrats in the House of Representatives have proposed a change to seniority rules. The proposal could marginalize the political power of the Congressional Black Caucus at a time when they make up nearly a quarter of the Democrats in the House.

Members of the CBC have waited for their time to ascend into leadership roles according to House seniority rules. Now as they are poised to seize power it appears as though their colleagues are changing the rules to keep them from key leadership posts.

On Monday, Roland Martin and the “NewsOne Now” Straight Talk panel looked at the brewing firestorm as well as the political ramifications if the proposed changes to House seniority rules are put into place.

“NewsOne Now” panelist Joia Jefferson Nuri told Martin, “Everybody is fearful of the color majority that is coming in this country. It is coming whether you like it or not.” She believes lawmakers looking to change the rules in the House all want to modify the current system to resemble an Apartheid system where “you could be the majority number, but you have no power.”

Martin said Black Caucus members have a valid point because, “Even when you are in the minority, when you are a ranking member on a committee — that holds significant power.” He continued, “Having Maxine Waters on the House Committee dealing with banking and finance, that’s crucial” to how minorities are included in monetary policy.

Attorney and Consultant Shelby Emmett disagreed with the sentiments of Martin, Nuri and Manago who all felt the move to change rules showed malice towards Black lawmakers. Emmett said, “I hate to break it to the CBC and members of Congress, but it’s not about you. It’s not about your power. This is about you representing your district, not about you having seniority.”

Fit!Live!Win! Fitness Expert Mocha Lee Breaks Down The Shockwave Workout

Fitness professional Mocha Lee joined Roland Martin on “NewsOne Now” for this week’s installment of Fit!Live!Win! to break down the new exercise craze, the Shockwave Workout.

According to ShockwaveWorkout.com, the Shockwave is being touted as the most efficient total body workout in the world. The extreme circuit challenge is specifically designed to tone and chisel the legs, core and arms.

Lee explained the big deal behind the popularity of the Shockwave is that “you get so much work done in a short amount of time.” She added, the workout is “very interactive” which makes it fun.

Participants in the Shockwave rotate through a series of stations that focus on different parts of the body and work in conjunction with one another.

You can also partake in a Shockwave workout session in the privacy of your home. Lee detailed how you can set up four workout stations at home.

Lee said, “Spend 30 seconds at each station, a minute, whatever you can handle, but just do something because something is better than nothing when it comes to exercise.”

NewsOne Now Grammy Awards Preview With Antonique Smith

The highly anticipated, star studded Grammy Awards are just around the corner and some of our favorite artists are up for this year’s top honors.

Here is a brief rundown of some of this year’s high profile Grammy nominees:

Beyoncé and Pharrell Williams received separate nominations for Album of the Year. Iggy Azalea was nominated for Best New Artist. John Legend and Pharrell received separate Grammy nods for Best Pop Solo Performance. Jazz saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Gerald Albright is up for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album honors.

The Best R&B Performance category has some of music’s heavy-weights going toe-to-toe for an award. Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love” featuring Jay-Z faces stiff competition from Jennifer Hudson’s “It’s Your World” featuring R-Kelly; Ledisi’s “Like This” and Usher’s “Good Kisser.”

In the Best Traditional R&B Performance category, KEM received a nomination for “Nobody” and Antonique Smith received a Grammy nod for her hit “Hold Up Wait A Minute (Woo Woo).”

On Monday, Grammy nominated R&B singer Antonique Smith; Dave Dickinson, music programmer at Serious XM; and Greg Baker, CEO of Blakbyrd Music and Film, joined Roland Martin on “NewsOne Now” to discuss the major award categories as well as what to expect from the night’s headline performers.

Don’t miss the 57th Annual Grammy Awards Sunday, February 8th at 8/7c on CBS.

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


NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Video Of Police Shooting Of Black Man Leads To More Unanswered Questions


Video Of NJ Police Shooting Of Black Man Leads To More Questions

With the dashboard camera in their cruiser rolling, police pulled a Jaguar over for running a stop sign on a dark New Jersey night. But things suddenly turned tense when one of the officers warned his partner that he could see a gun in the glove compartment.

On Friday, Roland Martin and the “NewsOne Now” Straight Talk panel took an in depth look at the events leading up to the shooting death of 36-year-old Jerame Reid by the hands of Bridgeton, NJ police officers.

As Martin and the panel reviewed the police dash cam video of the traffic stop and subsequent shooting, “NewsOne Now” panelist Raynard Jackson said, “We got to have some context” about this incident. “You have the policeman on the driver’s side, the White policeman (Roger Worley), barking out some orders to the people in the car. You have the policeman (Braheme Days) on the passenger’s side barking out some orders … so you got all this going on in real time.” Jackson later added, “There is a lot of confusion going on.”

Dru Ealons, questioned why the Bridgeton officers “went straight to the car with guns pulled.” She said, “Was there an automatic assumption that Reid was already in the car.”

Reid spent nearly 13 years in prison for shooting at three state troopers when he was a teenager.  Officer Days knew who he was prior to the fatal traffic stop and was among the arresting officers last year when Reid was charged with several crimes, including drug possession and obstruction.

There are many unanswered questions about the Jerame Reid police shooting. Was this a case of a traffic stop gone bad? Did the Bridgeton police officers target Reid as a result of knowing his past crimes? Did racial profiling play a part in the stop and shooting? Why did Reid get out of the vehicle with his hands up as officers yelled different sets of orders? Why was the video originally released by Bridgeton police edited leaving out several minutes of footage? Was the officer who opened fire in reasonable fear of his life? Did the officer have to shoot Reid multiple times despite Reid not having a weapon in his hands? Did the officers have a right to shoot Reid because he disobeyed Officer Days command and got out of the car?

Parents Of Kendrick Johnson Push For New Legislation

The parents of Kendrick Johnson, Attorney Benjamin Crump and community activist Marcus Coleman joined Roland Martin on “NewsOne Now” to discuss a new piece of legislation that would require all coroners in the United States to be medically licensed professionals.

Attorney Crump told Martin “coroners in most states in America only need a GED and win a popular election and they get to  determine the manner and cause of death” of an individual who has died.

Crump went on to say they are working with National Association of Medical Examiners who want the qualifications “more sufficient for the person who is making such an important determination.” He added those individuals who perform the duties of a coroner should have a medical background.

“Many times these people (coroners) have high school diplomas, won the election, work real close with the police and whatever the police say — they kind of rubber stamp it,” Crump said. “It’s just wrong, because if they say it’s not a homicide, if it’s a suicide or something like this case where they say [Kendrick Johnson] did it himself — this stops. The prosecutor doesn’t do anything else and say, ‘well we’re sorry your son is gone and we move on to the next thing.'”

“Kendrick’s Law,” as it is being called, would put an end to the scenario described by Crump and require all coroners to be properly credentialed.

Last week, the Johnson family filed a $100 million wrongful death lawsuit against the Lowndes County School District., members of the the Valdosta Police Department and the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department.

Kendrick’s mother, Jacquelyn Johnson, told Martin the Lowndes County School District has not “said one word to us” in regards to the death of her son.

Community activist, Marcus Coleman considers the lack of cooperation from the Lowndes School District in turning over the original hard drives containing video surveillance footage of the gym where Johnson was found dead, “a game.” He told Martin, they are anticipating a federal court ruling that would force the school district to turn over the hard drives so “we can see exactly what the U.S. Attorney is seeing.”

“Two years later we still fighting, seeking for the truth about what happened to my son. That’s all we ever asked for was the truth about what happened,” said Mrs. Johnson.

Kenneth Johnson, Kendrick’s father said, “We can’t continue to go on living our lives with us not being able to tell our other kids what exactly happened to their brother because they want to know.”

“NewsOne Now” Jam Session With Gerald Albright And Uncle Charlie Wilson

Jazz saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Gerald Albright and Uncle Charlie Wilson joined Roland Martin on “NewsOne Now” for an impromptu jam session.

Albright laid down some mean sax from the title track of his new album, “Slam Dunk.” As Martin would say, he brought the funk!

Prior to the “NewsOne Now” jam session, Charlie Wilson spoke with Martin about his new album, “Forever Charlie,” and upcoming tour with KEM and Joe.

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

NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: What Would A Victory Look Like In Ferguson?


With the Darren Wilson grand jury verdict coming possibly next week, “NewsOne Now” guest host Jeff Johnson asks the question what would a victory look like in Ferguson. What should the goal be to achieve justice in the shooting death of Michael Brown? An indictment, body cameras on police officers, civilian review board or all of the above?

Joia Jefferson Nuri, Andrew Lee, Yesha Callahan and “NewsOne Now” guest host Jeff Johnson discuss the Center for American Progress‘ report that states the racial achievement gap could cost the United States $2.3 trillion in economic growth by 2050.

From the Center for American Progress:

Our nation is currently experiencing growing levels of income and wealth inequality, which are contributing to longstanding racial and ethnic gaps in education outcomes and other areas. These large gaps, in combination with the significant demographic changes already underway, are threatening the economic future of our country. Thus, closing racial and ethnic gaps is not only key to fulfilling the potential of people of color; it is also crucial to the well-being of our nation. This report quantifies the economic benefits of closing one of the most harmful racial and ethnic gaps: the educational achievement gap that exists between black and Hispanic children and native-born white children.

Joia Jefferson Nuri, CEO of In The Public Eye Communications told Johnson, “I think this is a cultural conversation … Can we be a culture that can put our race divide, our class divide aside enough not to keep moving education until it hurts us.” She also said, “We should all know that if everybody in the family has an education the family makes more money, but are we so racist, are we so classist, that there is a group of people that we just don’t want to help?”

Stokley Williams and Ricky Kinchen of the R&B supergroup Mint Condition stopped by the set of “NewsOne Now” to discuss their new album, “Music At The Speed Of Life,” their national tour and how they have grown as a band.

During their appearance on “NewsOne Now,” Williams and Kinchen told guest host Jeff Johnson the addition of a horn section to their group has taken their music to another level.

Williams explained Prince suggested the group add horns to their ensemble. He went on to say the addition of a horn section is a part of the band’s “natural progression” and it is “… the ultimate musically. It adds so many layers of dimensions sonically.” Kinchen said, “the band continues to grow … every time we step on stage the magic is there and every time we step in the studio the magic is there.”

When it starts getting cold the bachelors and bachelorettes supposedly couple up. This phenomenon, which has been called cuffing season, is defined as a period during the winter months where people who would normally rather be single or promiscuous find themselves desiring to be in a relationship.

Dr. Jeffrey Gardere, LaDawn Black and Michelle Hope joined guest host, Jeff Johnson on “NewsOne Now” to discuss cuffing season, seasonal dating patterns and sexual health.

During the cuffing season discussion Dr. Gardere told Johnson “as human beings we want company. We want someone who is a mate, we want someone who can meet our needs with regard to emotional and physical love and in this case, sex.”

LaDawn Black, relationship expert and radio host said cuffing is “a little bit more sophisticated than friends with benefits and this is a situation where ‘I need you, you need me. We’re going to keep each other warm, we’re going to keep each other company, but it is temporary.’ ”

Sex Educator, Michelle Hope related cuffing season to seasonal dating patters and believes people want to be with someone for the holiday season. She also said we need to think about the public health aspect about this practice. Hope told Johnson, “… if we are limiting our sex partners are we also talking about testing.” She went on to discuss how sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can be spread through cuffing if testing is not part of the discussion.

Kittie Kaboom and Aruba Tommy Bennett joined guest host Jeff Johnson to breakdown all of the craziest stories in the news.

This week’s list of “what the hell” stories includes a man robbing Subway sandwich shops because he did not lose weight like Jared did, a man surfing a dead wale while sharks ate off of the carcass and a 43-year-old woman who tells police she’s 22 and has age-acceleration disease. Then in one of the wildest stories of the week, a man allegedly tries to eat a printed copy of his DWI test.

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

NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Are Dems Making A BIG Mistake Running Away From Pres. Obama


Many Democrats up for election this year are running away from President Barack Obama and are desperate for Black votes. In other instances, Democrats and Republicans are invoking race in their campaign ads to attract the Black vote. Who should African American voters support, the political party which seems to take the Black vote for granted or the party that ignores us?

NewsOne Now” host, Roland Martin, Clarence Page, Joia Jefferson Nuri and Cleo Manago discuss the political landscape leading up to next week’s elections and if Democrats have done enough to mobilize the Black vote on election day.

Clarence Page, columnist and editorial writer for the Chicago Tribune, joined Roland Martin on “NewsOne Now” to talk about his new book, “Culture Worrier: Reflections on Race, Politics and Social Change.”

Page’s new book “Culture Worrier” is a compilation of select columns and editorials written between 1984 and 2014 that highlights Page’s unique perspective on the African American community.

From “Culture Worrier:”

Pulitzer Prize winner Clarence Page is one of the most nationally recognized and highly regarded syndicated columnists in the country, and his newest book, Culture Worrier: Selected Columns 1984–2014, commemorates the 30th anniversary of his column’s first appearance in the Chicago Tribune. It is the first such collection of his columns, and a long overdue archive of his best work, covering topics such as politics, social issues, pop culture, race, family, new media, prominent figures, as well as his own personal life.

R&B Divas LA star, Lil’ Mo, recently sat down with “NewsOne Now” for an exclusive interview to talk about her musical style, reality TV, struggles to harness her identity, her fight to remain relevant in the music industry and her book, “Taming Lil’ Mo.”


NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Did The CDC Drop The Ball?


As the world watches the Ebola crisis unfold, questions about how nurses in Dallas contracted the deadly disease continue to arise, why Amber Joy Vinson was allowed to travel after caring for Thomas Eric Duncan (Patient Zero) and why the CDC did not step in and take over the situation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Roland Martin and the “NewsOne Now” Straight Talk panel discuss the latest developments in the Ebola crisis in America.

Juan McFarland,  pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, revealed he was stealing money, having sex with members of his congregation inside the church and that he also has AIDS. On Thursday, a Montgomery County circuit court judge temporarily banned McFarland from the church.

Martin, host of “NewsOne Now,” talked with Scott Johnson, reporter from the Montgomery Advertiser, Jeff Johnson, Joia Jefferson Nuri and Hogan Gidley about this disturbing case of abuse of power.

On Friday, author Sophia A. Nelson appeared on “NewsOne Now“with Roland Martin  to talk about her new book, “The Woman Code: 20 Powerful Keys to Unlock Your Life.”

From www.thewomancodebook.com:

Every woman lives by a Code, whether she realizes it or not. The Code is as old as time. It has been practiced for thousands of years, quietly, among the sisterhood of women. This Code is a woman’s road map to living, a guidepost residing deep within her spirit. It governs her romantic relationships, friendships, family ties, career choices, and personal sense of well-being and value. And when her Code is out of balance, her life is out of balance. Drawing from her personal faith and from her experience in the business world, author Sophia Nelson explores 20 keys to unlocking the life you want.

This Halloween, TV One will treat viewers to an anthology of short films centered around horror and deadly romance with the premiere of “The Fright Night Files” airing October 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM/ET.

Elise Neal and Sean Blakemore joined Roland Martin Friday on “NewsOne Now” to talk about “The Fright Night Files.”

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

NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Are We Prepared To Do What Is Necessary To Push Our Agenda?


Are we prepared to do what is necessary to drive an agenda for our community, combat social injustice and impact change? Are we waiting for someone to lead us, for another conversation about the issues or is it time to act and start doing the work? Roland Martin takes your calls during the radio portion of “NewsOne Now.”

Carter Elliot, attorney for Ernest Satterwhite, a 68-yr-old Black man who was shot and killed in his own driveway by South Carolina police joined Martin on “NewsOne Now” to discuss the circumstances surrounding the case.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has decided not to certify 40,000 voter registrations. As a result of his actions, Kemp has been sued by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the National Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights.

Lauren Victoria Burke, Joia Jefferson Nuri, Staci Johnson and  GA State Representative Leader Stacey Abrams joined Roland Martin Monday on “NewsOne Now” to discuss early voting, voter suppression and Georgia Sec. of State Brian Kemp’s actions to block Americans from voting.

Author Valorie Burton appeared on “NewsOne Now” with host Roland Martin to discuss her new book, “Get Unstuck. Be Unstoppable. ” Burton explained how people become stuck as a result of making excuses, fear and the unwillingness to venture outside of their comfort zone.

Roland Martin and “NewsOne Now” take you on a ride along to Jeffrey Osborne’s Celebrity Classic for this edition of “Rollin’ with Roland.” Martin joined Osborne, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar,  Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Chris Tucker, Cedric The Entertainer, Dondre Whitfield, L.A. Clippers Head Coach Doc Rivers, Ahmad Rashad and others on the baseball diamond and on the golf greens to raise funds for the Jeffrey Osborne Foundation.