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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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DEMI LOVATO TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM AT SUPER BOWL LIV

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Multi-platinum singer, songwriter, DEMI LOVATO will sing the National Anthem as part of Super Bowl LIV pregame festivities at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Sunday, February 2, the NFL and FOX announced today. 

The pregame show, including the National Anthem, will be broadcast live worldwide.

Lovato is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, actress, advocate, philanthropist, and business woman. Within hours of the release of Lovato’s fifth studio album, CONFIDENT, the first single, “Cool for the Summer” trended worldwide and hit #1 on iTunes in 37 countries.

Lovato will join a prestigious line up of Super Bowl National Anthem performers, including: Gladys Knight, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Luke Bryan, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Jennifer Hudson, Billy Joel, P!NK, Jordin Sparks, Idina Menzel, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, and Neil Diamond.

In addition, on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), CHRISTINE SUN KIM, internationally renowned sound artist and performer, will sign the National Anthem in American Sign Language.

The NFL previously announced that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show.

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Tyler Perry Will Make His Netflix Debut With ‘A Fall From Grace’

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Now that Tyler Perry has ended the Madea franchise, and has his very own state-of-the-art production facility in Atlanta, GA, Perry is trying his hand at another thriller movie with his upcoming Netflix film, A Fall From Grace,

Crystal Fox, Phylicia Rashad, Bresha Webb, Mehcad Brooks, Cicely Tyson (Academy Award® Nominee) and Perry round out the cast. Perry also writes and directs A Fall from Grace, and it was the first to be completely filmed at his Atlanta studio.

The film follows a newly divorced woman named Grace Waters (Fox) who falls in love with a young man named Shannon (Brooks). But when secrets erode her short-lived joy, Grace’s vulnerable side turns violent

After being arrested for killing her new husband and awaiting for her upcoming trial, her lawyer (Webb) digs deep to find out the truth behind her husband’s alleged death and find a way to try to prove her innocence. “When you wake up, you don’t know that today will be the day to change your life,” says a disheveled and hand-cuffed Grace in the new montage of scenes.

A Fall from Grace arrives on Netflix on January 17th; add it to your watch-list here and check out the official trailer above.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, returns to Canada after bombshell announcement

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The Duchess of Sussex has returned to Canada after she and Prince Harry announced they were “stepping back” as senior members of Britain’s royal family.

Prince Harry remains in the UK and Meghan is expected to come back to London on Tuesday, when the couple are set to attend an event with Janice Charette, High Commissioner of Canada to the UK, at Canada House.

Meghan and Harry wanted to meet with Charette “as well as staff to thank them for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada,” according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.

The couple recently returned from Canada, where they spent the Christmas holidays with the duchess’ mother, Doria Ragland.

“The Duke and Duchess have a strong connection to Canada. It’s a country The Duke of Sussex has visited many times over the years and it was also home to The Duchess for seven years before she became a member of The Royal Family,” the royals said on their Instagram page, Sussex Royal, on Wednesday.

The latest developments follow the shock announcement that the pair plan to “transition into a new working model” and become “financially independent” after stepping back from their roles as senior members of the British royal family.

There was said to be a mood of deep disappointment in the palace following the announcement, and senior members of the family are hurt as a result of the news.

Meghan and Harry’s desire to become “financially independent” has also sparked questions as to how they will be able to do this.

The pair published detailed documents outlining the structure and funding of their household, which revealed they receive 5% of their income from the Sovereign Grant — a lump sum of UK taxpayers’ money given to the Queen every year — and 95% from the Duchy of Cornwall, the private estate controlled by Prince Charles, Harry’s father.

Media reports have suggested that Meghan was independently worth around $5 million before she married Harry, who inherited millions from his mother Princess Diana.

However UK newspaper The Times reports that Charles may withdraw funding from the couple if they completely withdraw from their royal duties.

Observers say the couple are unlikely to struggle for money and could generate income from a UK trademark for their brand ‘Sussex Royal,” which the couple applied for in June, as well as sponsorship or speaking tours.

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