Saturday, May 25, 2024

Roland Martin (NewsOne Now): Atlanta’s HIV/AIDS Epidemic Equivalent to 3rd World Countries

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*WASHINGTON, D.C. –  NewsOne Now, host and managing editor Roland S. Martin spoke with a panel of experts about HIV/AIDS in the Black community. As a result of a recent Emory University Center for AIDS Research study, which shows the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Atlanta is equivalent to that of Third World African countries, Martin questioned the role and involvement of Black Organizations to educate and help prevent the spread of the disease.

Although Martin agrees HIV/AIDS is a massive epidemic and the effects are devastating to the black community, he asked the panel, “Who’s marching?  Who’s protesting? Who’s pushing them and emailing them? Where is the campaign and mobilization to put pressure to move people to action?”

Behavioral scientist Cleo Manago, one of today’s panelists, raised a valuable point: “The community itself is not alarmed, which comes from Black men internalizing the implication that they’re not valuable.”

In addition to Manago, today’s panelists also included: Leadership Strategist Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever; SisterLove Executive Director Dazon Dixon Diallo; Primary Care Physician Dr. David Malebranche; Color of Change Executive Director Rashad Robinson; HIV Advocate Devin Barrington-Ward; and Center for Black Equity President Earl D. Fowlkes, Jr.

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.

For more information about News One Now and Roland S. Martin, visit and, and check out TV One’s YouTube Channel.  Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TwitterInstagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using #NewsOneNow and can engage with Martin daily via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Periscope (@rolandsmartin).

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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