Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Conflicted: NewsNow Panel Discusses Supporting Nate Parker in Light of Past Rape Charges (WATCH)

*WASHINGTON, D.C.  –  Today on TV One’s News One Now, Host and Managing Editor Roland S. Martin spoke about actor and film director Nate Parker’s resurfacing rape case and its effect on his upcoming film “The Birth of a Nation.”

During the conversation, leadership strategist Dr. Jones-DeWeever talked about how she is internally torn between supporting the story of Nat Turner that needs to be told in America or boycotting Parker’s film due to his past rape case.

“I was shocked, I was hurt, and I was devastated and disappointed because I think this piece of art needs to be out there,” said Dr. Jones-DeWeever.”I think that the world needs to know about Nat Turner and needs to know about this rebellion and I was greatly looking forward to this movie. I’m not at the point now where I can say I don’t think people need to support it, per se, because I think the world needs to know that history; I think we need to be enlightened in that way, but I also think that we need to understand and have real discussions in this country about rape culture and what that means and have real discussions with our sons about consent and what that does and doesn’t mean. When people have violated a woman, they have to understand it’s not all about them. It’s about the woman that was violated, a life that was destroyed, and how do you move forward without at least acknowledging the pain that was brought on this woman which her family said she never recovered from.”

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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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