Daily Dose #26

#CrisisProvesCharacter: How can crisis unfilter you? (DAY 26/30)

There have not been too many moments in the history of the United States where a Black man could speak unapologetically about the African American experience without fearing white backlash and persecution in the media. Frederick Douglass, who was a social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman comes to mind in that pantheon of giants. Fast forward, to the 21st century and there are only a few that have climbed to the upper echelon of being unbought, unbossed, and unfiltered. Roland Martin, a veteran broadcaster and journalist has had his shows pulled from the likes of CNN to even Black-owned TV One but his undeterred by it since celebrating his one anniversary of #RolandMartinUnfiltered in October 2019. “Through his platform reaching over 100.7 million views and 435 million minutes consumed across the social networks of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.” Roland was an early adopter to leverage the rise of social media as a legitimate streaming outlet for news and the move has him “reaching more African American daily than anyone in the United States,” according to National Urban League President Marc H. Morial. “African Americans are tired of mainstream media ignoring the many issues impacting us on a daily basis,” said Martin. I’m definitely inspired by Roland Martin’s move and is a reminder that no one can silence the truth. You can learn more about Roland and his story at https://rolandsmartin.com/

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