Monday, January 24, 2022

TV One’s NewsNow Speaks with Bob Johnson About His Trump Plea to Blacks (WATCH)

*WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today on NewsOne Now Host and Managing Editor Roland S. Martin spoke with BET founder and billionaire Bob Johnson about his personal meeting with President-Elect Donald Trump. Johnson spoke about the importance of African Americans giving President-Elect Trump a chance to successfully fulfill his role as president. In the interview, Johnson discussed the following steps to an effective Trump presidency for black America:

Giving the Trump Administration A Chance

“A visceral is not a policy, it’s an emotion. So standing out and picketing – as I said in my memo – if you want to picket and protest do it, but do it peacefully. And then the other thing I said is there will be a lot of elections between now and 2020, everything from dog catcher to senator. We need to get out and vote and exercise that ballot power. Don’t think that the world comes to an end because Donald Trump is elected. And at the same time, begin to engage the Trump administration on things he said he’s going to do. He said he’s going to improve the inner cities; well that means a job. That means more capital into the inner cities for construction and investment and infrastructure. That means taking the opportunity to make sure African Americans are treated fairly at the polls and every place else. So a lot of things that we believe in and we’ve said to the Democratic National Party to do these things, let’s take that same basket of public policy issues, bring it to the steps [of] Reince Priebus, Steve Bannon, and President-Elect Trump, all of whom I met when I met with them, and say, ‘Okay. Here’s your chance. Here’s your shot. We’re going to give you the benefit of the doubt, but you have to show up.”

African American’s Power Dilution in Political Parties

“You can point fingers at Donald Trump, you can point fingers at Steve Bannon, you can point fingers at the whole Republican administration, but that’s not going to get you where you want to be which is permanent interest of African Americans being addressed by either party. As long as we lock ourselves into one party in a two-party system, we’re going to be diluted in our power.”

African American’s Taking Their Financial Destiny Into Their Own Control

“Any group of Black folks that come together should fly under the banner of no permanent friends, no permanent enemies, just permanent interest,” said Johnson. ”And that means we don’t raise money for the Democrat or with the Democrat. We aren’t called together by a Democratic operative saying let’s do this. We aren’t called together by Republican operative saying that. Let’s do it ourselves and take our own destiny in our own hands.”

Roland S. Martin, host and managing editor of TV One’s NewsOne Now, is available as political analyst and commentator to discuss issues affecting the black community, including the aftermath of the 2016 Presidential Race and General Election. To schedule an interview or appearance, please contact Brandii Toby-Leon and Courtney Reed of TV One’s publicity department.

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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, NewsOne Now airs Monday through Friday on TV One from 7-8 a.m. ET.  NewsOne 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, NewsOne Now reaches audiences 24/7 with exclusive program content and extended editorial on and the NewsOne mobile app.  NewsOne 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 NewsOne Now. D’Angela Proctor is TV One’s head of original programming and production.


Launched in January 2004, TV One serves more than 60 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 represents the best in black culture and entertainment with fan favorite shows Unsung, Rickey Smiley For Real, Fatal Attraction, Hollywood Divas and The NAACP Image Awards.  In addition, TV One is the cable home of blockbuster drama Empire, and NewsOne Now, the only live daily news program dedicated to 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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