Pretty cool, huh? Those voices in that song may sound familiar. That is Terry Ellis and Cindy Herron of EnVogue. The song was produced by Slikk, and I'm proud to have their support.
#RolandMartinUnfiltered will be a daily show broadcast from Washington, DC, that will focus on news, politics, culture, entertainment, social justice, sports, education, business, and finance. If it’s important to you, we will cover it. You will be treated to some of the top minds in education, public policy, and academia, discussing the news of the day and why it matters to us.
We will also hit the road and broadcast from cities across America, holding town halls and forums to hear what the people – not just the DC pundits – have to say.
You will see one-on-interviews with authors, artists and other top names, going deep to get at what matters to us.
We will also do something different: you won’t just see it once a day. We will stream the show live, and then re-stream it several times over a 24-hour period and make it available for video on demand. In addition, we will offer a video and audio podcast of the show. And we are in discussions with several TV stations across the country that wants to air it in select markets.
But there’s more. #RolandMartinUnfiltered will also live stream speeches, summits, conferences and other events to our audience. There are a lot of things happening every day across the nation that mainstream America simply ignores. Because of today’s technology, we will be able to bring you these events – unfiltered.
You can also expect to see and participate in these live events across the country, such as town halls, one-on-one interviews, as well as pop up events.
My team has done this for the past six months, broadcasting speeches, lectures and rallies from all across the country, as well major events such as Operation HOPE’s Global Hope Forum; the 50th anniversary commemoration of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis; and weekly demonstrations of the Poor Peoples Campaign.
In July, we will broadcast live from Essence Festival, the NAACP national convention in San Antonio, as well as the Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity Classic in Connecticut.
This will truly be a digital experience like no other. And the great thing about #RolandMartinUnfiltered: everything will be interactive. You will get to comment in real time and share your thoughts and views, and in fact, we will incorporate your videos about the news of the day.
#RolandMartinUnfiltered isn’t just about me. It’s also about you. This is why we want this to be Powered By The People. I want to thank Lee Saunders and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees for coming aboard as our first corporate underwriter. Their contribution has been vital to get us to this point today, and we look forward to a great partnership. And I can’t wait to share some of the other folks we are talking to, once we finalize those deals.
But when I say powered by the people that also means YOU!
This show won’t require a cable subscription or be hidden behind a digital pay wall. We will initially live stream the show every day on Facebook, Periscope and YouTube, and make it available to everyone for free. You will be able to watch it anytime on your phone, tablet, computer or television. This is truly a post-cable digital media show.
That’s why I’m also launching the #BringTheFunk Fan Club, where our aim is for at least 20,000 supporters to contribute an average of $50 a year, to ensure that we will able to deliver the news you want and need, that is independent. We have several funding levels for those who want to give more. Your support is vital.
Yes, we will have advertisers, but we have to be willing to fund our own news source if we want to them to be free and independent, and to speak to our issues with clarity and conviction.
So right now, go to RolandMartinUnfiltered.com, where you can join the #BringTheFunk Fan Club today and become a charter member. In addition, our fan club members will be entitled to discounts on books, merchandise, as well as exclusive invites to Roland Martin Unfiltered events that we put on around the country. Plus, your name will be listed on our website as a charter member.
Why must we have an independent platform like #RolandMartinUnfiltered? Because that has been what has gotten us through all these years in America.
It was 191 years ago when the nation’s first Black newspaper, Freedom’s Journal, wrote in their lead editorial on March 16, 1827: “We wish to plead our own cause; too long have others spoken for us.”
Frederick Douglass, the former slave and great abolitionist who founded The NorthStar newspaper, said it was just “common sense that those who suffer injustice are those who must demand redress and, thus, African-American authors, editors, and orators must have their own paper with which to share their voices.”
It was Douglass who inspired Robert Abbott in 1905 to found the Chicago Defender, a groundbreaking newspaper that battled white supremacists and segregationists, and spoke on behalf of millions of Black Americans, and led the Great Migration of Blacks from the South to the North
It was the great Ida B. Wells used the power of her pen to fight against lynching, even as she faced mobs that wanted her killed.
But today, we’re seeing fewer voices of color in radio, television and online media. Not just on the air but owning. Here we stand 25 years away from the year 2043, when America will become a nation that is majority people of color, and we are still depending on someone else to tell our story. That, folks, can NEVER happen. We must always be in control of our narrative.
Now is the time for us to speak truth to power. Now is the time for us to control our narrative and have a voice that represents our interests and concerns. Now is the time to fight against fake news and the folks who wish to do our community harm.
Go to RolandMartinUnfiltered.com NOW for more details; to become a charter member of the #BringTheFunk Fan Club; and beginning September 4, let’s mark a new chapter for an independent news source that, in the words of the late, great Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, is unbought and unbossed!