Seen from the INside had the opportunity to attend the 2017 HOPE Global Forum Annual Meeting in Atlanta. We sat down with former CNN broadcaster and current TV One Network’s host of “NewsOne Now” (soon to become “Black America Today”), Roland S. Martin. Martin says, “I knew I wanted to be the best journalist in eighth grade when it was time to choose what magnet high school to attend.” Growing up in Houston, Martin attended Yates High School-Magnet School of Communications where he practiced, honed and refined the communications craft. He says, “It is not drive that propels me, it is the knowledge that this is exactly what I’m supposed to be doing.” Martin also developed a strong work ethic from helping his grandmother’s wedding catering business, “When you’re working from age eight, carrying boxes, setting up, feeding food for couple’s once-in-a-lifetime kind of day, you realize quickly responsibility and taking ownership of your work.” He uses his success platform to create social good by advocating for school choice especially charter schools. Also, on the show is Atlanta’s Synchronicity Theatre’s Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Rachel May. What’s unusual about the theatre is 85% of the plays produced are written by women. The theatre partners with community organizations to spark conversation to “amplify the play’s message,” Rachel says. You don’t want to miss this episode!