Friday, May 20, 2022

TV One’s Roland S. Martin Says Gabby Douglas Backlash is Rooted in Black Self-Hatred [WATCH]

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*Today on “News One Now,” Host and Managing Editor Roland S. Martin spoke with panelists Barbara Arnwine and NBC Black Contributor Lauren Victoria Burke about the extreme backlash of Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas’ hair while competing in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. During the conversation, Martin said that the attack on Douglas showcases the deeply rooted self-hatred in the Black community.

“These attacks on Gabrielle Douglas, largely by African Americans, about her hair speak to also deep seeded internal self-hatred that goes beyond entertainers that actually happens in our families, that happens at church,” said Martin. ”I’m removing Gabrielle Douglas; I’m saying this is something we have to continue with. It is so deep seeded because we have been conditioned to hate blackness.”

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Emanating from the heart of Washington D.C. in a state-of-the-art studio that offers a stunning view of the Capitol building, News One Now airs Monday through Friday on TV One from 7-8 a.m. ET.  News One Now is hosted by Roland S. Martin, the 2013 National Association of Black Journalists’ Journalist of the Year and former host of TV One’s long-running, award-winning weekly news program, Washington Watch with Roland Martin.  Each morning, Martin – who also serves as the program’s managing editor – sifts through the headlines of the day to spotlight matters that greatly impact the African American community. In addition to television, News One Now reaches audiences 24/7 with exclusive program content and extended editorial on and the NewsOne mobile app.  News One Now is an evolution of Interactive One’s award-winning digital brand that launched in 2008 and reaches millions of African Americans each month. Susan Henry is executive producer of News One Now. D’Angela Proctor is TV One’s head of original programming and production.

Launched in January 2004, TV One ( serves 57 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform 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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