Ascot-hustling wordsmith and my occasional frienemy Roland Martin is out at CNN. The political and cultural yakker cited changes in CNN's management (*cough* Jeff Zucker *cough*) and how the "new boss wants his own peeps." In his CNN last days manifesto, my dearest Roland invoked God, the Tuskegee Airmen and name-dropped it like it's hot.
"I have had the likes of Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Spike Lee, Halle Berry, and others in sports and entertainment thank me for being an unwavering and unapologetic voice of truth, and unwilling to back down when someone needed to stand up.
"Before I signed with CNN, I sat in the lobby of 1 Time Warner Center and said, 'God, if it's your will to be here, then so be it.' I said the same these last two months.
"I've worked hard to ensure that my voice wasn't heard in one place. I will continue with my show on TV One, a network I was with before CNN; will continue my daily segment on the Tom Joyner Morning Show; and will continue my nationally syndicated column.
"In my final days at CNN when I'm on the air, I will to do as the Tuskegee Airmen did, fight to the last hour, last minute, last second, for what is right. And I will do that as long as there is breath in my body."
Martin's last day is April 6th. Apparently he's going out not with a whimper, but a flamboyantly worded bang.
Touche, mon frere. Touche.