Indie and mainstream filmmakers as well actors, actresses and celebrities from the entertainment world will always have a voice with award-winning journalist and television personality Roland Martin who is launching a new morning show called “News One Now” on the cable network TV One next week. Martin held a teleconference with the press on Wednesday, Oct. 30 where he said he was excited about the new multimedia venture which will broadcast live from Washington D.C.
“I’m definitely ready to rock and roll and have some fun.”
That fun includes continuing to feature African-American filmmakers, actors and artists who want to discuss their latest projects or have opinions about issues or causes dear to them. Martin said he did that with his other show “Washington Watch” which featured entertainers Bill Duke,Will Packer, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Ava DuVernay, Debbie Allen, Elise Neal, Robert Townsend and Russ Parr just to name a few and will do the same with “News One Now”.
“The reason why it’s important to me is because they need a voice, they need a platform when it comes to the things that they’re doing, otherwise they’re not going to see that level of coverage or attention when it comes to mainstream cable networks and broadcast networks. What we’re saying is you have a place on our set for those types of things.”
In addition to the arts the new morning show will also cover news, politics, health, sports and other issues pertinent to the African-American community.
“For us to be able to make this a center of black thought in America, I think it’s important. When you look at grown folks, when you look at when it comes to movies, when it comes to news, when it comes to culture, things along those lines, from a television stand point, where are we able to go to have the regular conversations that are needed?”
Martin says having a live daily morning show is a first for a black cable network. In addition to the television show, TV One’s audience of nearly 60 million will able to reach Martin via radio at Radio One, online where the show will also be streaming and on social media.
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