“REVOLT BLACK NEWS Weekly” aired Friday, July 1 to discuss the reversal of Roe v. Wade and his impact on black women, the trial of WNBA star Brittney Griner and highlights from the 2022 BET Awards.
REVOLT special correspondent Rochelle Ritchie hosted the episode, “What’s Next: Black Women And The Overturning Of Roe V. Wade.” She was joined by social justice journalist and filmmaker Lisa Durden, anti-abortion activist Savannah Craven and “Married to Medicine” cast members Dr. Simone Whitmore and Dr. Contessa Metcalfe. REVOLT Entertainment correspondent Kennedy Rue McCullough also updated viewers on the latest celebrity news.
Ritchie opened the show with a discussion of the Supreme Court’s controversial decision to overturn Roe V. Wade. “The Supreme Court expressly took away a constitutional right from the American people. This is a constitutional principle that has been upheld by judges appointed by Democratic and Republican presidents,” Jen Klein, co-chair of the White House Gender Policy Council, said in an interview with REVOLT. .
Rep. Renitta Shannon (D-Ga) alerted viewers that the ruling doesn’t “automatically” mean abortions are banned nationwide. “This does not mean that abortions are automatically banned across the country. It doesn’t mean that,” she said. “What this decision says is that states will have to understand that and so depending on which state you live in will determine whether or not you have access to abortion.”
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Ca) attended a pro-abortion rally following the Supreme Court ruling and told protesters that ‘women will control their bodies and if they think black women are bullied [or] are afraid, they have another thought that comes.
During a panel discussion on the landmark decision, Craven revealed that she believes the Supreme Court made the right decision. “I think it’s amazing for black women,” she remarked. “We know that the abortion industry over the past 50 years has specifically targeted black people. More than 19 million of us have been ripped from our mother’s womb. We know that Margaret Sanger was a proud and outspoken eugenicist and racist. She has a quote she said in 1932: “We don’t want the word to come out that we want to exterminate the black population.” So now that Roe v. Wade is knocked down, over 800 lives every day are going to be saved, and we’re going to have more black people and I think that’s amazing.
Shannon believes the decision will have harmful consequences for black women in the future. “We know that our criminal justice system is disproportionately biased against blacks and browns. The next step will be to criminalize abortion and with that you will see that pregnancy that does not end in a live birth will be challenged,” she warned.
During the segment, Ritchie mentioned that black women who reside in the South or Midwest will need to travel to a sanctuary state to get an abortion. Shannon said: “Those who are the wealthiest will always have access to abortion.”
Next, Ritchie hosted a segment called “Black All Over The World” to discuss Brittney Griner’s latest case. The Phoenix Mercury player’s trial is currently underway and his legal team warns it could take several months before a judge issues a verdict. If found guilty, the WNBA star could face up to 10 years in prison. The 31-year-old has been detained in Russia since February 17, when she was arrested and charged with alleged possession of hash oil while traveling through a Moscow airport.
Later in the show, McCullough hosted his “Entertainment Remix” segment and recounted the most memorable moments from the 2022 BET Awards. Kanye West made a special appearance on the show to present Sean “Diddy” Combs with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Some of the winners from the shows included rapper Latto, who won Best New Artist; rapper Megan Thee Stallion, who won Best Female Hip-Hop Artist; and singer Tems, who received the award for best international act.
At the awards show, viewers were stunned when Brandy took the stage with recording artist Jack Harlow to perform her “First Class” freestyle alongside her hit song.
Chlöe Bailey also wowed fans with her performance of “Surprise” and “Treat Me.” The next day, Beyoncé – Bailey’s mentor and boss – gave her flowers and a card that read, “You killed him last night!” It makes me proud.
Watch a quick clip from this week’s episode up top. Plus, be sure not to miss the next episode of “REVOLT BLACK NEWS Weekly” on Friday, July 15, 2022 at 5 p.m. ET on the REVOLT app.