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A Chat With Ebony’s Man of Power: Roland Martin

40th+NAACP+Image+Awards+Red+Carpet+dxCZu5q9Le4m.jpgFor the third year in a row CNN Contributor and TV One’s “Washington Watch” Host Roland Martin has been named one of “Power 150″ by Ebony Magazine. Martin makes the list with the likes of Beyonce, Tyra Banks and Chris Rock.

We checked in to see what this powerful man has on his mind these days, aside from recently inspiring ESPN’s “Ascot Day” for wearing fashion-inspiring neck wear.

After three years on this Power 150 list do you feel powerful?
Well, I tell you what. I’ve always felt the media industry was the second strongest institution in the world. When you see folks overtake a country, they always take over the military first because you have to take the guns, Then they take over the newspapers, radio and TV stations. That is the direct way to the hearts and minds of the people, so we carry an extra burden in what we do in our daily jobs.

Does the power seem to go down after say, year two?
First of all, all these different lists are subjective. But you recognize what happens when you say something on television and you put something in print. Always good when you get feedback whether it’s pro or con. When you have the haters come out you know you’ve sparked a nerve in somebody.

Who has been the most memorable interview of your career?
Definitely Earl Woods, Tiger Woods’s father. I mean it was so awesome. First of all I’m allergic to smoke. But Earl smoked through the whole interview. (Dionne Warwick also smoked through her whole whole interview — trust me that was a little rough on the brother.) I remember asking him, ‘How do you think Tiger is going to go on playing when you’re no longer here.?’ He said, ‘Tiger will always hear my voice no matter where he is on the course. I have put an imprint on him – he will always hear my voice.’

What do you think about Tiger’s situation?.
If Earl was hear he’d go and look in his face and say, ‘You f-ed up. You’re going to have to take this public butt licking like a man. The Green Beret in him would say, ‘You made a grown man decision, you are suffering grown man consequences.’

See more Martin power after the jump and check out these Verse 9 ties he likes…

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The Pre-Parties: Time, Fortune, People & CNN

Pretty star-studded… Eva Longoria Parker, Jason Bateman, Jon Bon Jovi, Kal Penn, Kate Capshaw and Glenn Close.

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Carlos Watson, Time’s Rick Stengel, CNN’s Jonathan Klein, Dana Bash and John King, to name just some of the many jouros mingling around this party.

Time guest Steven Spielberg and Fortune guest George Lucas.

Julia Louis Dreyfus, Bradley Cooper and Jon Hamm.

Demi Moore and Tyra Banks- with Ashton Kutcher in the background. Photos above courtesy of Getty Images.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer deep in conversation with David Axelrod.

The WHCD Red Carpet

Christian Slater in a slew of cameras and reporters.

Tyra Banks bypassed the red carpet to say hi to screaming fans- who were lined up for hours.

Dana Delaney and Tim Daly work the carpet.

More pics after the jump…

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Morning Reading List 04.07.09

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Its day 78 covering the Obama administration and week ten for us. President Obama made a surprise trip to Baghdad this morning.

Above, that was Sarah Palin’s daughter’s ex Levi Johnston on Tyra Banks‘ show yesterday. Happy Birthday to loyal FBDC reader Daniel Lippman. What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…



Taking aim at the way news is spread across the Internet, the AP said yesterday that it will demand that Web sites obtain permission to use the work of the AP or its member newspapers, and share revenue with the news organizations, and that it will take legal action those that do not.

“There is no doubt that certain Web sites are best described as parasites or tech tapeworms in the intestines of the Internet,” WSJ’s editor Robert Thomson told an Australian paper CNET.

Appears the Boston Globe would have to cut 300 jobs to meet the NYT’s cost-cutting edict.


NBC’s Brian Williams has been named this year’s recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism. Williams will receive the 26th Cronkite Award from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at a ceremony Nov. 18. More from TVNewser here.

“I believe I have more power here than any politician in the country.” -Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly to Liz Smith here.

Variety has a proposal to regulate TV pundits- SPAM (Self-policing Pundit Accountability Measure).

Yes, that was Chris Wallace at DC jury duty yesterday. Spotted by Shenanigans.


Cover Girl michelle Obama Doesn’t Always Deliver: “No doubt she’s been embraced by the media world, appearing on cover after cover, from Us Weekly to Newsweek. But when it comes to sales, Ms. Obama may not yet be general-interest magazines’ new Princess Diana, who regularly helped the industry sell more copies at newsstands.”


NY Observer‘s Matt Haber: “Here’s what’s so scary about the rise of the celebrity journalism dilettantes: For a working hack — that word is used here without judgment — it’s hard enough to get a pitch accepted by an editor (much less an 11-page evergreen on a 72-year-old who’s in not in the Jonas Brothers). But now you gotta compete with writers editors think are cooler, better connected, and who don’t even need the money.”

Digital piracy prompts hearing: Less than a week after a pirated copy of the unreleased movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine popped up on the Internet, federal legislators and entertainment executives presented an extraordinarily bleak picture of the damage digital piracy can inflict, and the grim prospects for limiting it.

Israel’s ultra-orthodox paper, Yated Neeman, airbrushed two female cabinet members out of a picture. Many publications ban pictures of women because it’s a violation of female modesty. The pair were replaced by two men who are not cabinet members.

Shockingly, enrollment is up at journalism schools around the country. From Forbes: Columbia, Stanford and NYU applications increased 38%, 20% and 6%, respectively, from the previous year. Same thing at state schools. The University of Colorado (up 11%), University of North Carolina (up 14%) and University of Maryland (up 25%) all saw gains.


“Getting Drunk at the White House?” Washington Whispers‘ what not to do at the open bar at a WH function.

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JOBS after the jump…

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