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Roland Martin Discusses Crucial Issues That Affect The African American Community

Roland Martin Discusses Crucial Issues That Affect The African American Community           Roland Martin, host and managing editor of “News One Now” sat down with Prestige Magazine and various Media outlets to give his perspectives on the many issues that are impacting the African American/Black Communities of the world. The topics ranged from the effects…



Roland Martin Discusses Crucial Issues That Affect The African American Community

          Roland Martin, host and managing editor of “News One Now” sat down with Prestige Magazine and various Media outlets to give his perspectives on the many issues that are impacting the African American/Black Communities of the world. The topics ranged from the effects visible through mediums such as Politics, Entertainment, Pop Culture, Housing, Jobs, Education, The Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Scandal, and “Black Lives Matter” to name a few of the continuously brewing flames!

The discussion was opened with Roland’s views on one of the biggest stories of 2015 involving “The Daniel Holtzclaw Trial” detailing the case of the white Oklahoma City police officer that was accused of raping 13 black women and the lack of coverage that was given to such an important and demining issue. Roland stressed that the treatment of the trial would have been handled differently if the women were Caucasian.

Other related stories focused on the question, “When Is Enough, Enough”? In reference to a blatant comment made the governor of Maine where he stated that the war on drugs was out of control in his city due to the black men importing drugs and impregnating the white women. He felt that stiffer penalties should be imposed. These types of comments place the blame on the black community where tougher sentencing are placed on poor and middle class blacks, whereas rich whites are given lesser sentencing. Roland said that the governor made “Donald Trump look like a boy scout and that he is nuts”. Everyone should be held accountable for their actions and the blame should not be placed on one race, mainly the African American community. On the other hand, when mentioning Presidential Candidate Donald Trump the concerns of the conversation between the black ministers was brought to the surface with many mixed emotions from the public audiences, the media, as well as Roland Martin. Despite numerous efforts to get the ministers to divulge the information presented during the conversation, everything was kept hush-hush and the ministers avoided all publicity about what went on between them and Trump, so much for transparency while discussing policies privately!

Then to add injury to insult, the judge in Ft. Worth Texas allowed a rich white teenager to walk scott- free and sent home on probation after killing 4 people, injuring several others including leaving one person paralyzed. Just think about what would have transpired if it had been an African American teenager.

The African American Community has been scrutinized about the way we talk, dress, and our mannerisms to name a few when trying to fit into the world dominated by Caucasian Americans. When addressing these issues the world of entertainment comes to mind where Common, Pharrell, and Rizza are trying to spread the words of a coined phrase titled “The New Black Movement”. This movement simply states that “If we, African Americans, extend our hands to white folks, we receive more respect”. This movement and heightened level of respect according to these rappers/entertainers can be achieved by changing the way that we dress and speak, thus warranting us to receive a higher level of respect from our white brothers and sisters. On the contrary, Roland said that these comments are “laughable and definitely not new. They originated in the late 1800’s, what makes anyone think that just because we change the way that we dress, walk, or talk, that we will receive more respect? We were lynched wearing our uniforms and suits while minding our own business that will not change or cause us to receive more respect! There were other issues discussed that further prove that our political system is one-sided and twisted.

The continuing story about the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby was also discussed. Roland pointed out that while interviewing Cosby’s attorney, she stated that it was a political issue. The District Attorney of a Suburban County in Philadelphia charged Bill Cosby with sexual assault and made it the theme of his campaign when he was running against the previous Republican District Attorney. It was an effort to honor his campaign promises.

Many other topics were discussed including Gun Laws, the unemployment rates, restorative justice practices, and jobs but the highlight of the discussion was Roland’s perspective on the appointment of a new President. When asked what his biggest fear or concern was pertaining to the African American Community, he said that “there has not been much progress made from the African American perspective, even with the Obama administration. He was more concerned with what would happen the day after the general election. There is a serious lack of providing a prompt and aggressive agenda and making sure that those agendas are carried out and maintained. The element of procrastination must be eliminated and positive and effective policies must be put into place.

In closing, Roland Martin left us with the phrase, “Information Is Knowledge”, coined by Kathy Hughes, in reference to the fact that we must make sure that we are educated on these issues and we must seek positive solutions to these issues. He said that we must not be, “Afraid to Talk Black, Walk Black, and Be Unapologetically Black”!

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(Prestige Celebrity Magazine) NEW YORK, NY — In celebration of the highly anticipated film The Matrix Resurrections, UnitedMasters – the “record label in your pocket” for independent artists – has joined forces with Warner Bros. Pictures to offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for artists to win $15,000 and have their original music included in the film’s promotional campaign. 

Today, UnitedMasters has revealed rising hip-hop artist and Charlotte, NC native Quantrelle as the winner of the contest. Quantrelle’s song, “Back to Life,” written specially for the open call, will receive the $15,000 cash prize and be featured in The Matrix Resurrections promotional campaign. Quantrelle’s track was selected as the lead song out of thousands of entries.

Quantrelle shared, “When I first started working on this song, the intention was to create a sound that embodied the energy of the movie. Once that feeling was solidified, I got inspired to write lyrics that really speak to the film and are words any Matrix fan would understand. I was really inspired by the scene of Neo dodging bullets, which I watched during the process, and that illustrious moment felt so in sync with what I was going for, that’s when I knew we had something special.”  

Five runners-up were also selected to receive $1,000 each to put towards their music careers. Each track was judged by UnitedMasters’ professional sync team and based on encompassing The Matrix themes, overall creativity, production quality, lyrical content, dynamics, mood, and emotion. The Matrix Resurrections is set to release in U.S. theaters and on HBO Max on December 22nd.

UnitedMasters’ engagement with The Matrix Resurrections aligns with their mission of ensuring the next generation of creators take their futures into their own hands. UnitedMasters is dedicated to helping artists level the playing field by offering opportunities and exclusive resources often reserved for major label acts. The platform gives independent artists access to premium music distribution services, a suite of tools to help directly connect with their fans, and opportunities to connect with brands that want access to premium music produced and owned by independent artists. UnitedMasters artists maintain ownership over their master recording rights while being introduced to millions of new fans worldwide through direct brand partnerships.

About UnitedMasters

Launched in 2017 by Translation founder and music industry veteran Steve Stoute, UnitedMasters is a music technology company that gives creators access to premium music distribution services, a suite of tools to help them directly connect with fans, and opportunities for unique partnerships with some of the world’s biggest brands all while allowing them to maintain full ownership over their master recording rights.

About The Matrix Resurrections

The Matrix Resurrections reunites Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss as cinematic icons Neo and Trinity. Return to a world of two realities: one, everyday life; the other, what lies behind it. To find out if his reality is a physical or mental construct, to truly know himself, Mr. Anderson will have to choose to follow the white rabbit once more. And if Thomas…Neo…has learned anything, it’s that choice, while an illusion, is still the only way out of—or into—the Matrix. Of course, Neo already knows what he has to do. But what he doesn’t yet know is the Matrix is stronger, more secure and more dangerous than ever before. Déjà vu.

The film also stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Jada Pinkett Smith (“Angel Has Fallen,” TV’s “Gotham”).

Lana Wachowski directed from a screenplay by Wachowski & David Mitchell & Aleksander Hemon, based on characters created by The Wachowskis. The film was produced by James McTeigue, Lana Wachowski and Grant Hill. The executive producers were Garrett Grant, Terry Needham, Michael Salven, Karin Wachowski, Jesse Ehrman and Bruce Berman.

Wachowski’s creative team behind the scenes included directors of photography Daniele Massaccesi and John Toll, production designers Hugh Bateup and Peter Walpole, editor Joseph Jett Sally, costume designer Lindsay Pugh, visual effects supervisor Dan Glass, and composers Johnny Klimek and Tom Tykwer.

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents, In Association with Village Roadshow Pictures, In Association with Venus Castina Productions, The Matrix Resurrections. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures. It will be in theaters nationwide and on HBO Max via the Ad-Free plan on December 22, 2021; it will be available on HBO Max in 4K UHD, HDR10, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos (English only) on supported devices for 31 days from theatrical release.

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NFL Legend Lawrence Taylor Arrested In Florida



Retired NFL legend Lawrence Taylor was arrested in Florida on Thursday. The Hall of Fame pass-rusher and longtime Giants star is facing two felony charges for failing to alert authorities to a change in address. This comes 10 years after Taylor, 62, pleaded guilty to charges of sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute, resulting in him becoming a registered sex offender — which requires informing authorities of new residences.

Taylor was booked around 8:45 p.m. ET, and released later Thursday night from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. His attorney, Arthur Aidala, told TMZ that the former linebacker “has been compliant with all of the rules and regulations regarding his legal status for the past decade.” Taylor is “in the middle of a divorce,” however, “and his local police department suggested it would be best if he slept at a nearby hotel.”

“Mr. Taylor was constantly a resident of the marital home where he was registered,” Taylor’s attorney continued, “but on advice of local law enforcement, he was sleeping outside the home. We are confident that this will be dismissed at the first court hearing.”

This isn’t the first time Taylor has been in legal trouble since his 2011 charges. The two-time Super Bowl champion pleaded guilty to DUI charges in 2017 after crashing into a parked police car in Florida. During Taylor’s prestigious playing career, in which he won NFL MVP, went to 10 Pro Bowls and redefined modern-day pass-rushing, the longtime Giant also battled off-field issues, serving a suspension for repeated drug use.

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Michael Jordan’s Son, Jeffrey, Accused Of Assault In AZ



Update: September 26th Jeffrey Jordan was booked today for one count of aggravated assault of a healthcare professional. He has since been released.


Jeffrey is, Michael Jordan‘s 32-year-old son who is now accused of assaulting staff at a hospital in Arizona Friday night, where he was being treated for an injury he sustained in a bar.

Here’s the deal … Jeffrey was at Casa Amigos bar in Scottsdale when he “fell and hit his head,” according to police. They say Jordan then became combative with security who were attempting to escort him out of the bar to receive medical attention.

Scottsdale PD, who were in the area for an unrelated call, were summoned to assist. Cops interviewed bar staff, and eventually deemed the incident “medical in nature,” not criminal. An ambulance was called to transport JJ to a hospital.

After arriving at a local hospital, that’s when things allegedly took a turn.

Jeffrey is accused of assaulting hospital staff while being treated for the injury he sustained at the bar. A report for aggravated assault, a felony, was taken at the hospital.

As for Jeffrey’s side, our sources tell us he was confused and disoriented following the fall.

Jordan was NOT arrested or charged with a crime. As of this morning, he still remains in the hospital.

Police tell us the relevant reports will be sent to the Maricopa County Prosecutors Office … where they will review the case and determine if charges are warranted.

6’1″ Jeffrey, MJ’s oldest son, played college basketball at the University of Illinois, before transferring to the University of Central Florida in 2010. He played 107 college basketball games over his career, averaging about 2 points a game.

This report continues to unfold.

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