Mary Norwood and Keisha Lance Bottoms

Mary Norwood and Keisha Lance Bottoms

*Atlanta’s got 99 problems, and it looks like mayoral candidate, Mary Norwood, might just be one of them!

Last week, Rolling Out got hold of a jaw-dropping audio recording where Norwood used racially coded language during a Buckhead Young Republicans meeting back in June 2017.

After urging people not to record the conversation, she went on to blame her 2009 run-off loss to outgoing incumbent, Kasim Reed, on illegal voting tactics by claiming that he found voters who once lived in housing projects and bused them to voting booths. In the audio, she tells the audience, “It’s a lot harder to drive a van with six felons, you know guys who are going to commit felonies, if somebody’s watching.”

In case you missed it, on Friday, Mayor Kasim Reed addressed Norwood’s audio and allegation in an exclusive interview on NewsOne Now with Roland Martin. He shared, “It’s absolutely awful, and it is reflective of Mary Norwood, as that is the person who she is in private.” He continued, “I’m just grateful to you for actually doing a story on it because the kind of coded language that she used is exactly what Donald Trump did during his entire campaign.”

Also chiming in on the discussion were Attorney Robert Patillo (CBS Radio, Atlanta) and in-studio guests, Tiffany Cross (Managing Editor, The Beat DC), Michael A. Brown (Democratic Strategist/Fmr. Vice Chair, DNC Finance Committee) and Bishop Harry R. Jackson (Senior Pastor, Hope Christian Church).

Norwood will face-off against Keisha Lance Bottoms tomorrow – Tuesday, December 5. 43 years of African American leadership are on the line, and with weekend polling reports confirming that Norwood has taken a slight lead over Bottoms, time will only tell if said leadership remains in power.



Noted among TV Week’s “Top 12 To Watch In TV News,” Roland S. Martin is a nationally syndicated, award-winning journalist and columnist. Currently, Martin is the chief political editor and face of the daily news program News One Now for TV One. News One Now is the first morning news program in history to focus on news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports and culture from an explicitly African American perspective.

In addition, Martin is a senior analyst for The Tom Joyner Morning Show, where his segment is heard on more than 100 stations reaching 8 million people daily. Martin has appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher, Dr. Phil and ESPN’s Sports Nation, as well as made his big-screen debut with a cameo in Beyond the Lights, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw. With his personal social media audience exceeding 1.4 million followers across platforms, Martin has been named to the Ebony Magazine Power 100 list, highlighting the movers, shakers and ignitors in Black America, for the fourth time. Martin is a three-time recipient of the NAACP Image Award.


Launched in January 2004, TV One serves 59 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 represents the best in black culture and entertainment with fan favorite shows Unsung, Rickey Smiley For Real, Fatal Attraction, The Manns and The NAACP Image Awards. In addition, TV One is the cable home of blockbuster drama Empire, and News One Now, the only live daily news program dedicated to black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is solely owned by Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc. [NASDAQ: UONE and UONEK,], the largest African-American owned multi-media company primarily targeting Black and urban audiences.










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