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TV One’s Roland Martin & CNN’s Jake Tapper Moderate Democratic Presidential Town Hall on Mar. 13

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*Silver Spring, MD — CNN will partner with TV ONE to host the “CNN-TV ONE Ohio Democratic Presidential Town Hall” on Sunday, March 13 from 8-10 p.m. ET, two days before five states hold primary contests.

Moderated by Roland S. Martin, host and managing editor of TV ONE’s “News One Now,” and Jake Tapper of CNN, the nationally-televised primetime special will take place at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and air live on CNN and TV ONE. Emphasizing issues facing Black America, the two-hour event will also be simulcast on Urban Adult Contemporary Radio One stations in each of its 15 urban markets and live-streamed online and across mobile devices via CNNgo.

The March 13 event will follow a similar format of the five critically acclaimed Democratic and Republican town halls that CNN has hosted this year and serve as the closing statement in this “Super Tuesday” Democratic primary before Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio hold primaries on Tuesday, March 15.

“Every election matters, and this year’s Presidential campaign is no different,” stated Martin. “African Americans are some of the most astute voters. The issues we care about the most deserve to be addressed by anyone seeking to be President of the United States. I look forward to vigorous and honest discussion with former Secretary Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders.”

Following the Town Hall, “News One Now” will continue putting the news into perspective from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. ET on Monday, March 14 in a special two-hour edition broadcasting from the student union facility at The Ohio State University.

In addition, viewers are encouraged to visit News One Now’s companion website and #NewsOneNow on Twitter for a chance to have Martin ask Clinton and Sanders their questions. will also feature clips and community interviews from the event.

“This multi-platform news initiative combines the complementary strengths of our two organizations to reach members of the African American community via every available avenue,” says Brad Siegel, President of TV ONE. “CNN and TV ONE working together can facilitate discussion of issues particularly relevant to our audience, an underserved yet very important constituency.”

For more information about the “CNN-TV ONE Ohio Democratic Presidential Town Hall,” visit TV ONE’s companion websites, and, and check out TV ONE’s YouTube Channel. TV ONE viewers are also invited to join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using #DemTownHall.


WASHINGTON, D.C. –  News One Now, host and managing editor Roland S. Martin spoke with EBONY Digital Editor-In Chief Kierna Mayo, Author Dr. Jeffri Anne Wilder, Ph.D., and BLACK co-director Amber Phillips.

During the conversation, the issue of self-image and self-affirmation were at the center of the controversy behind EBONY magazine’s most recent cover entitled, “The Body Brigade” which showcases plus-sized Black women and the backlash of Zoe Saldana playing Nina Simone in her biopic.

“For many Black women, their definition of freedom is tied to the conquering of fear. For so many women, body image is one of the ultimate fears, how we see ourselves and how the world sees us is a critical conversation that happens in the hearts and minds of most women, virtually, every single day sometimes consciously, sometimes not.” – Kierna Mayo

“You’re making the issue simplistic and it’s not. My issue isn’t with Zoe. My issue is with the fact that Nina Simone embodied her Blackness. She wasn’t a traditional beauty. So this isn’t about color, this is about a woman whose art was formed by the struggle she has as a Black woman.” – Amber Phillips

To watch the conversation about the EBONY cover, please click HERE.
To watch the conversation about Zoe Saldana & Colorism, please click HERE.

About TV One
Launched in January 2004, TV One ( serves more than 57 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. The network is the exclusive home of News One Now, the only live daily news program targeting Black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is solely owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK,], the largest radio company that primarily targets Black and urban listeners.

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About “News One Now”
Each weekday morning, “News One Now” kicks off via its radio broadcast at 7AM ET, airing on Radio One network stations in select U.S. markets. Entering its third hour at 9AM ET, the radio program simulcasts on TV One, broadcasting from the heart of Washington D.C. in a state-of-the-art studio that offers a stunning view of the Capitol.

Audiences can continue their experience 24/7 with exclusive program content and extended editorial on and the NewsOne mobile app available in both iOS and Android. Social interaction is at the heart of the show and incorporates conversations from facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Vine, among others, using the hash tag #NewsOneNow.

About Roland S. Martin
Noted among TV Week’s “Top 12 To Watch In TV News,” Roland S. Martin is a nationally syndicated, award-winning journalist and columnist. Currently, Martin is the chief political editor and face of the revolutionary daily news program News One Now for TV One Network. News One Now is an innovative multi-platform media source, delivering up-to-the-minute topical, political, entertainment, sports and pop culture information and analysis via radio, TV and social media, through, a website from Radio One’s web division, Interactive One.






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