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NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Hillary Clinton Health Scare, Do DEMS Realize They Need Black Votes? NFL Fans Angry Over National Anthem Protests Boo POTUS Calls For Unity


Is Hillary Clinton’s Pneumonia Diagnosis Really A Big Deal?

While leaving a 9/11 memorial service on Sunday in New York, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton struggled to stand and stumbled before getting into her transportation.

Clinton had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday, but the public only learned about it Sunday after the episode. Shortly afterwards, the Clinton campaign canceled a two-day trip to California.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has pushed the idea that Clinton is not healthy enough to be president of the United States in recent weeks. Will Clinton’s health scare give Trump and conspiracy theorists more ammunition?

Hillary Clinton’s Lead Over Donald Trump Is Shrinking, Do Dems Realize They Need Black Voters?

new ABC News-Washington Post poll shows Hillary Clinton’s lead over Donald Trump has closed to just 5 points and it’s partly due to the two third-party candidates also on the presidential ballot.

The poll revealed that Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson and Jill Stein of the Green Party have siphoned approximately five percentage points off of Clinton’s lead, resulting in the Democratic presidential nominee leading 46 percent to 41 percent.

During a special simulcast with The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Roland Martin spoke with Democratic pollster Cornell Belcher, President of Brilliant Corners Research & Strategies, about the shift in the polling data beginning to worry Clinton’s supporters.

NFL Fans Angry With Kaeperkick Over Protests, Boo Pres. Obama During Pre-Taped Address & Remain Silent About Police Brutality

The NFL opened its 2016 season with solidarity and protests while honoring the victims of 9/11. The Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs locked arms during the National Anthem, while several other players from around the league knelt.

But during President Obama‘s pre-recorded remarks calling for unity, many NFL fans reportedly booed.

Roland Martin, host of NewsOne Now, addressed the schism, saying, “I find it interesting there are people mad at [Colin] Kaepernick  for protesting, saying he’s unpatriotic … yet when the president of the United States gives a video [speech] talking about unity on 9/11, he gets booed and no one says anything.”

Harry Belafonte And Activist Carmen Perez Talk About The Many Rivers to Cross’ Music Festival 

Actor/Activist Harry Belafonte, and criminal justice activist, Carmen Perez, discuss their social justice, music and arts festival, Many Rivers To Cross, and break down the importance of advocacy and activism in the entertainment world.

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

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NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: POTUS Weighs In On Kaepernick Protest, America’s Worst Voter Suppression Law On Hold For 2016, Pastor Mark Burns Exposed


Pres. Obama Weighs In On The Colin Kaepernick National Anthem Protest Controversy

President Barack Obama has weighed in on the Colin Kaepernick National Anthem protest controversy and backed the NFL quarterback’s right to protest as being covered under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Despite the endorsement, Kaepernick’s detractors continue to harbor animosity against him.

During Monday’s edition of NewsOne Now, Roland Martin and his panel of guests discussed the ongoing Kaepernick saga and the protest action that seems to be slowly picking up momentum amongst other pro-athletes after U.S. Women’s Soccer star Megan Rapinoe also took a knee during the National Anthem before a recent soccer match.

To add to the support, Kaepernick’s football jersey is the top-selling jersey on the NFL’s www.nflshop.com website.

Will Black Republicans Stand Up Against America’s Worst Voter Suppression Law In North Carolina?

The Supreme Court ruled that North Carolina’s voter I.D. law will not take effect in time for this year’s general election. 

Earlier this year, a federal appeals court struck down several provisions of the discriminatory law, saying it targets African-Americans with “almost surgical precision” in an effort to suppress the Black vote.

With the 2016 presidential election just around the corner, one would think Republicans would be increasing access to the polls, instead of attempting to limit it.

North Carolina’s voter suppression law is considered to be the worst in the nation. Roland Martin, host of NewsOne Now, questioned whether Black Republicans would stand up and demand that members of their party cease and desist these attempts to keep African-Americans from voting.

Donald Trump Visits A Black Church For The First Time

Donald Trump crosses some uncharted waters this past weekend during an appearance at a predominantly Black Church in Detroit. The GOP presidential nominee was uncharacteristically soft-spoken and humble during his reading or prepared remarks at the Great Faith Ministries International.

At one point during the ceremony, Trump was draped in a prayer shawl given to him by Bishop Wayne T. Jackson who hosted the boisterous businessman turned politician during his first visit to a Black church.  Trump’s visit follows a series of speeches in which he offended many African Americans by asking for their votes chiding, “What do you have to lose?”

Photojournalist Montez Miller, who attended and photographed Trump’s visit to the Detroit church spoke with Roland Martin on Tuesday’s edition of NewsOne Now about the event.

Donald Trump surrogate Pastor Mark Burns has found himself embroiled in a massive controversy as a result of embellishing the credentials on his bio.

The South Carolina pastor padded his resume by overstating his college and military service, but the one line that ultimately led to his exposure is the claim that he was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi.

On today’s edition of NewsOne Now, Ralph Chittams revealed the bottom line: “The first line that took him down was lying about the Divine Nine…Any Black person knows you don’t front on the Divine Nine, because they are going to come at you.”

Black Doctor Pioneers A Groundbreaking Cancer Treatment Using Lasers

The National Cancer Institute estimates nearly 1.7 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year. With few common types of cancer treatments available, patients are limited in how they can fight the disease and the debilitating side effects of the treatments.

This may all soon change.

One of the few Black female physicists in the United States is currently developing a laser treatment to battle cancer that has little-to-no side effects.

Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green, Assistant Professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine, recently spoke with Roland Martin about her groundbreaking research and what inspired her to become a pioneer in this critical area of medical care.

After watching her aunt refuse to take radiation therapy for cervical/ovarian cancer, her uncle battle through esophageal cancer, and the effects of chemotherapy, Dr. Green said, “There has to be a better way.”

Mellenials Expressing Skepticism About Hillary Clinton Worries Democrats

While Hillary Clinton can rest assured her opponent’s outreach to the African American community may be too little, too late, HER problems with young black voters is another issue.

Black millennials see little reason to go out and vote for Hillary Clinton like they did in 2008 and 2012 when Barack Obama was on the ballot. That’s what a series of focus groups conducted by several liberal organizations found last month. Those results were given to the New York Times.

The focus groups revealed that, among other things, young blacks mistrust Mrs. Clinton and her husband on criminal justice issues and blame Bill Clinton for the 1996 crime bill that imprisoned a disproportionate number of blacks for nonviolent crimes.

Over 25% of African Americans are between ages 18 and 34 and getting young blacks enthused to go out and vote is crucial for the Democratic party. The results of the focus group were given to the newspaper in hopes of gettting the Clinton campaign to address the matter.

Brittany Packnett, educator, activist and co-founder of Campaign Zero via SKYPE from St. Louis, Missouri spoke with Roland Martin during Tuesday’s edition of NewsOne Now about the apparent rift between Clinton and Black Millennials.

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

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NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Colin Kaepernick Backlash Intensifies, NFL Front Offices Angered, Harry Belafonte Weighs In, DCCC Leaked Memo Reveals Truth About Dems Views On BLM



Colin Kaepernick National Anthem Protest Controversy Rages On

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is not backing down from his decision to sit during the national anthem. Several civil rights activists, veterans and fans are supporting him–but he’s also facing plenty of criticism.

Some disgruntled fans are burnging Kaepernick jerseys, but this Facebook user decided to iron his in support of the player and those serving in the military.

Mike Freeman–writer for the Bleacher Report–reports there are some NFLs executives who quote, “despise” Kaepernick. He allegedly spoke to seven front office execs who claim 90 to 95-percent of NFL front offices feel Kaepernick’s actions were quote “un-American.”

Bomani Jones: While Other Athletes ‘Parsed Their Words,’ Kaepernick Is ‘Willing To Lose It All’

ESPN’s Bomani Jones spoke with Roland Martin about the ongoing and escalating controversy surrounding NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

In a recent column on TheUndefeated.com, Jones wrote:

“… What Carmelo Anthony and Friends did at The ESPYS, a moment that was important but took great pains to make a statement that offended no one. It wasn’t what the belated Michael Jordan did on this website when he announced he was donating money to groups representing the interests of black people and the police. To paraphrase Peter Tosh, they asked for peace while Kaepernick cried out for justice. That distinction is both subtle and significant.”

In essence, Jones highlighted the vast difference between Kaepernick’s silent yet paradigm-shifting act of defiance and the carefully crafted PSA-like statement issued by a collective group of superstar athletes.

Belafonte On Kaepernick: ‘To Mute The Slave Has Always Been In The Best Interest Of Slave Owners’

Roland Martin sat down with legendary actor and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte on Wednesday for an exclusive interview. During their discussion, Martin and Belafonte covered a variety of topics, including Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the National Anthem at football games.

Belafonte, who is no stranger to taking a stand on an unpopular issue, shared with Martin his profound thoughts on Kaepernick’s symbolic gesture to stand with the oppressed and address the backlash the NFL quarterback is experiencing.

Martin asked Belafonte about his thoughts on the reports detailing anger coming from NFL front office officials about Kaepernick’s protests, in which an undisclosed number of individuals said they would not sign the embattled quarterback if he was released from the San Francisco 49ers.

Mr. Belafonte told Martin, “To mute the slave is always been to the best interests of the slave owner.

“When a Black voice is raised in protest to oppression, those who are comfortable with our oppression are the first to criticize us for daring to speak out against it.”

Leaked Email Reveal The Shocking Truth About Democrats And Black Lives Matter

New evidence shows the Democratic Party’s public support of the Black Lives Matter movement is actually a ploy to hide their private condemnation of the civil rights group.

Internet hacker Guccifer 2.0 leaked a confidential November 2015 Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee memo on Wednesday that describes the movement for Black lives as a “radical movement to end anti-Black racism.”

A portion of the leaked memo reads:

“If approached by BLM activists, campaign staff should offer to meet with local activists. Invited BLM attendees should be limited.  Please aim for personal or small group meeting.  Listen to their concerns. Don’t offer support for concrete policy positions.”

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

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NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Ray Lewis Criticizes BLM For Silence On Black-On-Black Crime & Activists Respond


Ray Lewis Criticizes Black Lives Matter Movement For Silence On “Black-On-Black Crime”

Former NFL player and two-time Super Bowl champion Ray Lewis criticized the Black Lives Matter movement for allegedly being silent on rising rates of Black-on-Black crime in a video released on his Facebook page.

Lewis opined, “Why do we always find ourselves the victims, and now we have the separation once again that we’re being victimized because of one bad White cop, two bad White cops, three bad White cops, killing a young Black brother. But every day we have Black-on-Black crime, killing each other?” 

He quoted a series of crime facts: “In Chicago alone, the murder rate has soared 72 percent in 2016 — 88 percent in the first three months of 2016 compared to the last year” and also mentioned the 29 percent increase in the murder rate.

Lewis went on to say, “I’m trying to ask the question to an organization of Black lives, if they really mattered, then why not riot now?”

As a result of the former Baltimore Ravens linebacker’s comments against Black Lives Matter, social media clapped back.

On Thursday’s edition of NewsOne Now, Tamika Mallory from the NY Justice League and Melina Abdullah, PhD, Professor at Cal State LA and Black Lives Matter movement member, responded to Lewis’ remarks.

Mallory, who has been on the front-lines of the Black Lives Matter movement, said before Lewis spoke about what he perceives BLM is or is not doing, he first must ask himself, “What is Ray Lewis doing?” 

Diabetes Cases Have Quadrupled In Just Over 3 Decades

The number of people living with diabetes has quadrupled over the past three decades, according to the World Health Organization’s first Global Diabetes report.

Researchers found diabetes killed 1.5 million people in 2012 and another 2.2 million died from high blood-glucose.

The WHO report also stated, “43 percent of these 3.7 million deaths occur before the age of 70 years. The percentage of deaths attributable to high blood glucose or diabetes that occurs prior to age 70 is higher in low- and middle-income countries than in high-income countries.”

In 1980, 108 million adults had diabetes. That number jumped to 422 million adults in 2014.

The Black hair care industry is a billion dollar business, but Black hair care products are being pushed to the ethnic aisle, or not available at certain retailers at all.

Sales for the overall Black hair care market reached an estimated $2.7 billion in 2015, with Black hair care sales making up 35 percent of all styling product sales.

Fifty-one percent of Black consumers use styling products, compared to 34 percent of U.S. consumers overall. Despite the demand, nearly twenty percent of Black consumers report having trouble finding Black hair care products at retailers.

Rich Dennis, Founder & CEO of Sundial Brands, including the Shea Moisture line; Image Expert Michaela Angela Davis; and Allison McGevna, Managing Editor for Hello Beautiful, joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss the black-out in the beauty aisle, implications of segregated shopping, and Sundial/Shea Moisture’s #BreakTheWalls initiative to change it.

Black Exodus: Why Are So Many African-Americans Leaving The RNC?

In the last couple of months, the Republican National Committee has lost a number of Black staffers in what many are calling a massive exit.

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

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Roland Martin Show Audio Podcast: Was Donald Trumps Rise Fueled By “White Grievance?”


In this edition of The Roland Martin Show Audio Podcast, Martin deconstructs Bill O’Reilly’s remarks about Donald Trump’s rise being fueled by “White grievance.”

Rep. Donna Edwards Challenges Rep. Chris Van Hollen For A Senate Seat In Maryland

Rep. Donna Edwards has upended Rep. Chris Van Hollen’s bid to succeed retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have not backed Rep. Edwards’ campaign and have opted to support Rep. Van Hollen.

Plus, Martin addresses Sean Hannity’s apparent support of Donald Trump during a blistering critique of the Fox News talk show host that encompassed his denial of ex-Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields’s assault a Trump rally after allegedly watching the video multiple times.

Martin told listeners, “Here is what is so crazy, I have listened to that punk Sean Hannity say for years about being conservative, about conservative principles, about being pro-life and about being fiscal conservative — there ain’t nothing about Donald Trump that’s a true conservative.”

In the midst of his critique of Hannity, Martin spoke to Conservatives saying, “If  you stand behind Donald Trump all that y’all have been saying for the last 30 years is a damn lie.”

Should NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick Take A Pay Cut?

NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has come under fire for not taking a $4.9 million pay cut after his $11.9 million salary for the year  became guaranteed on April 1, 2016.

All that and more in this edition of “The Roland Martin Show” Audio Podcast.

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NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Ex-Cop Daniel Holtzclaw Convicted Of Rape


Former police officer Daniel Holtzclaw was found guilty of rape. The former Oklahoma City police officer who preyed on Black women was found guilty on 18 of 36 charges ranging from rape to sexual battery.

Rep. James Clyburn joins us to discuss the threat of another government shutdown.

Fallout from the Muslim ban continues. Rep. Andre Carson, one of only two Muslim’s in Congress, has received a death threat. He joined guest host Angela Rye on NewsOne Now to discuss Trumps proposal to ban Muslim travel in the United States and increasing tensions against Muslim-Americans.

We’ll discuss the upcoming film “Concussion” and the NFL being forced to admit the existence of Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy in athletes. Bennet Omalu, M.D. spoke with Rye about the problem of head injuries not being taken as seriously as they should be in pro-sports.

Plus, Motown founder, Berry Gordy, and director Charles Randolph-White join us to discuss “Motown The Musical.”

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

TV One’s NewsOne Now has moved to 7 A.M. ET, be sure to watch “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin, in its new time slot on TV One.

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NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Police Shoot And Kill Nearly 400 Americans In 2015


Nearly 400 Americans Shot And Killed By Cops In 2015

Statistics about fatal police shootings are notoriously hard to come by, so the Washington Post started counting this year. The result is an analysis of 385 fatal police shootings — more than 2 per day — around the nation during the first 5 months of 2015.

Redskins’ WR Pierre Garcon Plans For Life After The Gridiron With SpinFire Pizza Franchise

According to the NFL Players Association, the average NFL career lasts about three years and is one of the shortest in all of professional sports. For many players, life after football consists of financial peril, forcing many to strategically plan for the rest of their lives at a young age.

Washington Redskins’ Wide Receiver Pierre Garcon has his eyes set on the future. He joined Roland Martin Monday on NewsOne Now to discuss one of his entrepreneurial endeavors as a restaurant franchiser of SpinFire Pizza.

From SpinFirePizza.com:

SpinFire offers made-to-order individual pizzas and salads topped with your choice of the finest gourmet ingredients. Our pizzas are freshly-baked in 90 seconds in our unique revolving surface oven. SpinFire also serves homemade gelato, beer and wine.

Garcon told Martin he decided to get into restaurant franchising after being part of a promotional campaign with another pizza chain and as a way to “diversify” himself.

There are currently two SpinFire Pizza locations in the Washington D.C. area and according to Garcon, the pizza restaurant chain is looking to expand on college campuses, as well as continue expansion in the Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia areas. Garcon also said SpinFire Pizza is expected to open a location in Dubai in one of the world’s largest malls.

Fit!Live!Win!: Camp Fit TV Combats Childhood Obesity

It’s Fit!LiveWin Monday on NewsOne Now and we’re taking a look at Camp Fit’s fight against childhood obesity and their holistic approach to encouraging our youth to live healthier lifestyles.

Over the past thirty years obesity rates in African American children has nearly trippled. There are times when parents and kids need a little extra help getting overweight children drop a few pounds. CamFit TV has developed a program to assist those parents an children looking to transform their lives through their goal of “getting kids healthy today to have a better quality of life tomorrow.”

From CampFit.tv:

This program plays a vital role in decreasing the number of at-risk children who suffer from childhood obesity, the challenges of teenage peer pressure, struggle with low self esteem, and/or live with the aftermath of academic failure. Through fitness training, life skills development, and academic empowerment, CAMP FIT motivates children to overcome personal obstacles while getting and staying FIT.

Camp Fit TV founder Rob Howze and camp participant Joshua Baptist joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to talk about the obesity epidemic in America and what they are doing about it.



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NFL Suspends Tom Brady For 4 Games

Source: ESPN

The NFL has suspended New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady four games for his role in deflating footballs for the AFC Championship Game, the league said in a statement Monday.

The Patriots will also lose a first-round pick in 2016 and a fourth-round pick in 2017 and have been fined $1 million.

The punishment was announced five days after the release of a lengthy report, which found that Patriots personnel deliberately deflated footballs before the AFC Championship Game in January and that Brady “was at least generally aware” of the violations.

The 243-page report by league-appointed attorney Ted Wells said it was “more probable than not” that Brady was aware of plans to prepare the footballs to his liking, below the NFL-mandated minimum of 12.5 pounds per square inch.


To read this article in its entirety visit ESPN.

Blackward Thinking

Forget who’s “black enough,” it’s time to address the big black elephant in the room — and acknowledge what we really mean when we talk about the NFL, violence and race.

by Carl Banks

On Wednesday, a report surfaced that a rift has developed inside the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks’ locker room — purportedly due to a certain segment of the team’s players being of the belief that quarterback Russell Wilson is not “black enough” for their liking.

In a society as race-crazy as ours, this sort of news is equal parts shocking and unsurprising. And — rumor or genuine story — it’s not worth anyone’s time or consideration.

In my 12 seasons as an NFL player, no one ever accused me of not being black enough. No one ever questioned my blackness because I had attained my undergraduate degree in communications from Michigan State University. No one accused me of being a sellout when I chose to invest my intellectual capital wisely, laying the business groundwork for my successful transition to life after football. And though there were undoubtedly those in my locker rooms who felt that way about me — players who occupied the same real estate as Percy Harvin and Marshawn Lynch, if they, in fact, do question Wilson’s blackness — no one dared say it to my face, or leak it to the media.

There is no litmus test for racial “legitimacy.” The only thing these “tests” reveal is a window into the foolish psyche of whomever applies them.

To read Carl Banks’ entire commentary visit Medium.com.

Roland Martin Calls Out The Media For Highlighting Certain Domestic Violence Cases (VIDEO)

While instances of NFL players being charged with domestic violence has recently dominated the news, the media has been relatively silent about the Hope Solo domestic violence case.

Roland Martin, Matt Voder, Stephen Cohen and Kate Fagan appeared on ESPN’s “Outside The Lines” to discuss the Solo case and if there is a double standard at play when it comes to instances of domestic violence amongst male and female athletes.

During the conversation, Martin explains that if you want to make domestic violence a national issue, the media must a shed light on all instances of domestic violence and not just focus on the NFL.