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Roland Martin: Candid and Uncut

Roland Martin, host and managing editor of “News One Now” sat down for his exclusive interview with Prestige Celebrity Magazine  Editor-in-Chief  to give his perspective on the many issues that are impacting the African American Communities, Politics, Education, and more. Stay tuned to read his full interview with our Editor-in-Chief in the upcoming issue of Prestige. J…

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Roland Martin, host and managing editor of “News One Now” sat down for his exclusive interview with Prestige Celebrity Magazine  Editor-in-Chief  to give his perspective on the many issues that are impacting the African American Communities, Politics, Education, and more. Stay tuned to read his full interview with our Editor-in-Chief in the upcoming issue of Prestige.

J Tara:  Mr. Martin, I know you have peered deeply into politics, especially into the actions of the now 45th President of the United States. Just a few weeks ago a special prosecutor was appointed to investigate their ties or collusion between the Trump administration and Russia. Soon after Trump tweeted that this is “the greatest witch hunt of any politicians in American history.” What is your perspective on this continued path of reckless behavior and also with the recent developments we’ve just got in the last couple of days?

Roland: Well, what you’re dealing with here is, you’re dealing with pathological liar. You’re dealing with a President whose words cannot be trusted. An individual who consistently lies; He lied during the campaign, lied during the Presidency, and we have all these conflicting answers. And it’s no shock that he would not be happy with having a Special Prosecutor because that something he can not control.

J Tara: Since his appointment as President of the United States, Trump has been making many decisions without even involving his cabinet, government agencies and following the proper protocol. To me, he’s committed many acts that I think are definitely grounds for impeachment, but that decision has not been implemented. What do you feel it would take to have those orders implemented and carried out? And do you think it would be good for this country?

Roland: Well, I think first of all, you’ve got to consider several things. This is somebody who has been CEO of his own organization who is accustomed to running the process himself; so when you factor that, what that means is he is used to not having to answer to anybody, so that’s one of the reasons why. He has a small group of aides around him, and they make these various decisions, and then he carries it out. If you look at the initial travel ban that took place, his own Department of Homeland Security Chief was not even aware of this order before it was even signed and made public, and that’s what you’re dealing with. And so you’re dealing with somebody who is not used to having to answer to other people. He doesn’t want to answer to other people. That’s simply not his M.O, and that’s one of the reasons why he’s gotten into trouble in so many different instances because he has simply not taken the time to actually talk to people, ask the appropriate questions, and so that’s why you have this White House where it pretty much you know whatever he does goes and they sort of ask questions later.

And first of all, a couple of things, one: he was indeed elected, even though Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. He won the electoral college vote, which is how we choose our system. And this is what we have to contend with, but I do think it’s important that the American people understand is that even though the election is over this does not mean that they somehow have no role in this process. That is simply not the case. Our job is still to hold this administration accountable, to challenge this administration on issues that we disagree with, and I think that’s what I and others will always do. And I think what you’re seeing is American people rise to the occasion. You’re seeing the American people say, “We’re not going to just sit back and allow you to do whatever it is that you want to do, and as if we’re just going to take it and not respond.” I believe it’s important for us to oppose nominees that he has that we believe to be dangerous. If there are nominees who we think are acceptable then that’s fine.  The same thing when it comes to his budget. We’re seeing massive cuts that are going to be coming in the way of  education, of housing, of critical needs for people while he wants to pursue a massive tax break for the wealthy in this country. It is our job as Americans to shine a light on that and to hold him and others accountable.   And let me speak to this accountability issue because it is something that I often talk about: that we have a failure in this country. And there is a failure when it comes to accountability because we are in many ways afraid of that. And we cannot just sit idly by and just let things happen. I tell African Americans all the time “I’m not interested in watching somebody destroy me. I’m going to fight it every possible way that I can.” That really should be the position of all people.

J Tara :  I know you’re very outspoken with your opinion on the issues that affect the black communities. Do you ever fear that you know the backlash from some of those that you speak of so freely would jeopardize you professionally or personally?

Roland: No. Simple. Bottom line is you don’t do this job if you are afraid. You don’t do this job if you are fearful. Obviously, there are crazy people out there. There are folks that might want to bring you harm, but if that’s what scares you, if that’s what, again, causes you problems then the bottom line is this is not necessarily the profession then that you want to be in. This is the nature of what we do. This is what we do. And I understand that. You accept the things that come with it, and you try to do the best that you can when going about it. That’s the only way you can be.

Stay tuned to read Roland’s full interview with our Editor-in-Chief in the upcoming issue of Prestige.

Keep up to date with Roland Martin at http://rolandsmartin.com

Twitter: @rolandmartin

Facebook: @rolandmartinfanpage

 

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MO’NIQUE SUES NETFLIX FOR DISCRIMINATION

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Mo’Nique is finally taking her accusations against Netflix for discrimination to a court of law … she’s filed a lawsuit.

In the suit, the Oscar-winning actress and comedian accuses Netflix of race-based discrimination for how it negotiated a comedy special with her. She says Netflix offered Amy Schumer $11 million for an hour-long stand-up special (she eventually got $13 mil), but only offered Mo’Nique $500,000 for her stand-up special.

Mo’Nique never accepted their offer, and went on a public campaign … which included coming on “TMZ Live” and calling for a boycott against the company.

According to the suit, she claims Netflix has a severe lack of diversity, which contributes to their discriminatory practices. Specifically, she claims one Netflix exec. — the Chief Communications Officer — used the n-word in a meeting with 60 people in 2018. Mo’Nique was not present for that meeting.

She also claims Netflix allowed Kevin Spacey to use the n-word while on the set of “House of Cards” without any consequence. In the suit, she alleges Spacey complained to his personal security guards, “I don’t want [n-words] on my set anymore.” She’s not suing Spacey.

Mo’Nique also used a major pay gap on the Netflix hit, “The Crown,” to illustrate alleged discrimination. She says the actress who plays Queen Elizabeth II was paid $14k per episode less than the actor who played Prince Philip — and it only righted the wrong after there was a public outcry about it.

She’s suing Netflix for unspecified damages, and for an injunction forcing the company to change its discriminatory policies.

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Beverly Hills Cop’ Sequel With Eddie Murphy Jumps to Netflix in Licensing Deal With Paramount

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Netflix has acquired the rights to shoot a new sequel to “Beverly Hills Cop” from Paramount, with star Eddie Murphy and producer Jerry Bruckheimer attached, Viacom CEO Bob Bakish announced Thursday.

The original 1984 action-comedy film, starring Murphy as a quick-witted, trash-talking Detroit cop who investigates his friend’s murder in Beverly Hills, was a huge hit for the studio — and spawned sequels in 1987 and 1994. The three films grossed $736 million worldwide.

Paramount had been developing “Beverly Hills Cop 4” for years — but pulled the project from its release slate in 2016.

In recent years, the studio has made deals with Netflix for completed films, selling “Cloverfield: God Particle” to the streamer for an early 2018 release and offloading overseas rights to the Natalie Portman sci-fi film “Annihilation” after a 17-day U.S. theatrical window. But it’s an unusual move for a studio to license its own IP for an unfinished film.

In recent months, Paramount parent company Viacom has shown an increasing willingness to make revenue-generating deals on its library of content rather than hoard those rights for its own internal streaming services as rivals like Disney, Comcast’s NBCUniversal and WarnerMedia have done.

This week, Viacom’s Nickelodeon announced a multiyear output deal for films and TV series with Netflix. And last month, the company sold the exclusive streaming rights to Comedy Central’s “South Park” to WarnerMedia’s HBO Max in a deal worth at least $500 million.

The “Beverly Hills Cop” deal also comes as Netflix has helped to revive Murphy’s career with its new release “Dolemite Is My Name,” which has generated awards season chatter. The star is also shooting the sequel to another Paramount comedy hit, 1988’s “Coming to America,” that’s due for theatrical release next year.

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The 10 top-earning actresses made almost $300 million less than their male peers this year

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For the second year in a row, Scarlett Johansson is Hollywood’s highest-paid actress, having earned $56 million between June 1, 2018 and June 1, 2019.

According to Forbes’ list of the 10 highest-paid actresses of 2019, most of Johannson’s earnings come from her role as Black Widow. She was the only woman in “Endgame” granted an eight-figure salary up front, as well as 5% earnings on the back end.

Johannson, along with the other nine actresses on the list, including Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon, earned a collective total of about $315 million over the past year. Though that’s a 69% increase from the previous year, Forbes reports that it’s still significantly less than the top 10 highest-paid actors, who collectively earned almost $600 million over the same time period.

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