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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Atlanta Pastor designates Sunday, Oct. 25 as Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

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Sunday, October 25, 2015 Designated "Law Enforcement Appreciation Sunday" 
at The House of Hope Atlanta.  SERMON TITLE: "All Cops Are not Bad"

(ATLANTA, GA) - October 24, 2015 - Dr. E. Dewey Smith, Jr., Senior Pastor/Teacher of one of Atlanta's largest and fastest growing churches, The House of Hope Atlanta (The Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church), designates Sunday, October 25, 2015, as "Law Enforcement Appreciation Sunday" at The House of Hope Atlanta.

The House of Hope Atlanta ministry will recognize the dedication to and sacrifices of these servants within our communities. Recent highly publicized media reports of officer-involved incidents have resulted in strained relationships globally between law enforcement and citizens. The continued presence of police and peace officers is vital to maintaining safer environments. Through "Law Enforcement Appreciation Sunday," The House of Hope Atlanta seeks to focus efforts on building positive relationships within it's immediate communities. 

Dr. Smith shared, "We cannot ignore the injustices that are trying to become 'the new normal' in our black communities, therefore we have to make it clear to this generation and the generations to come that we can't paint all police with the same color paint. There is good and bad in every profession. Our goal is to bridge the gaps between law enforcement and our community. While there have been needed protests about police brutality in the U.S. recently, we want to highlight the positive contributions made by police officers in our community.

Sunday morning worship services for The House of Hope Atlanta are held at 7:30a.m. and 10:15a.m. at 4650 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur, Ga. 30034. The public is invited to attend. There will be continental breakfast for RSVP'd media at 10:00 a.m. and dinner will be served to uniformed officers in attendance immediately after the 10:15 a.m. worship service. 

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

VA high school football team warms up to racist song

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A high school football team in Glen Allen Virginia is under fire for playing an n-word laden song at its homecoming game.  The Glen Allen Jaguars varsity football team openly warmed up to a satirical song set to the melody of  Disney's Duck Tales as it played over the loud speaker.  The visiting team, the John Marshall Justices is predominantly Black. In less than a minute the n-word is used in the song at least a dozen times.  The song reportedly played over the public announcement system for everyone to hear for 15 seconds before the Glen Allen athletic director raced to the press box to stop it. 

Despite the racist welcome the game  went on as planned on Friday, October 16.  By Saturday, Glen Allen High School Principal Dr. Gwen E. Miller issued a letter of apology to the John Marshall High School principal, Dr. William Royal.  Miller also explained she reviewed the play saying she did not know how the song got inserted into the mix. The Henrico County School Board policy is to have an adult review and approve music played at school events.

“Please know this unfortunate incident does not reflect the broader Glen Allen High School community. We are a diverse and inclusive community and are appalled that the instigator of this event has sent a message contrary to our beliefs and practices,” Miller wrote.

Principal Miller believes the student in charge of the playlist slipped in the flagrantly offensive track.

The letter of apology failed to specify what level of disciplinary action if any would be applied to hold the student accountable for his actions.

School Board Chairman John Montgomery called the incident appalling and said they will treat it as a "teachable moment" for the student and there will be appropriate consequences.

The song is riddled with Black stereotypes and goes so far as to insult President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. 

Former John Marshall football player Lucas Harris, who is white and videotaped the event, told NBC affiliate, WWBT he could not believe his ears.

“At first, I was wondering if I heard that right.  We were all very offended, all very surprised.”
The song has been linked to comedy talk radio show, The Red Bar Radio Show.

Each line of the inflammatory lyrics is insulting as noted in the following verse from the un-named song:
I hate f*cking n****rs.  N****rs suck d*ck. . . Look at n****rs trying to raise money, but they can’t ’cause they spend all their money. They’re n****rs and they’re so f*cking n****rs. I hate them. . .Niggers like watermelon and chicken.  N****rs are just stupid and they're n****rs!

YouTube has removed video of the parody several times for violating its rules against hate speech.

The Justices got justice on the field, defeating the Jaguars on their own turf at perhaps the biggest game of the year with over a 20 point lead.  Final score 44 to 21.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Chris Rock to host 2016 Oscars

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Will Chris Rock be able to revive the Oscar's ratings?

Multi-hyphenate artist and filmmaker Chris Rock will return to host the Oscars® for a second time, producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin announced today.  The 88th Academy Awards® will be broadcast live on Oscar® Sunday, February 28, 2016, on the ABC Television Network.  Rock previously hosted the 77th Oscars telecast in 2005.
“Chris Rock is truly the MVP of the entertainment industry,” said Hill and Hudlin. “Comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian – he’s done it all.  He’s going to be a phenomenal Oscar host!”
“I'm so glad to be hosting the Oscars,” said Rock. “It's great to be back.”
“We share David and Reggie’s excitement in welcoming Chris, whose comedic voice has really defined a generation,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.  “He is certain to bring his amazing array of talents to this year’s show.”
“Chris may be best known as a stand-up comic, but we think of him as a creative innovator in many other ways. He is unafraid in his artistry,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson.  “We couldn’t be happier to welcome him back to the Oscars.”
"Chris Rock is a comedic powerhouse who will bring tremendous energy to the event, and we’re honored to have him,” said Paul Lee, President ABC Entertainment Group.
With a career spanning more than three decades, Rock most recently directed the comedy special “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo,” which premiered this month on HBO.  In 2014 he wrote, directed and starred in the critically acclaimed feature “Top Five,” and in 2009 ventured into the documentary world as a writer, producer and star of “Good Hair.”
Rock has enjoyed ongoing success in both film and television as a comedian, actor, writer, producer and director.  His feature acting credits include “I Think I Love My Wife,” which he also wrote and directed, “Head of State” (writer, producer and director), “Death at a Funeral” (also producer), and the first three films in the blockbuster “Madagascar” series, as the voice of Marty.  His other acting credits include “The Longest Yard,” “Nurse Betty,” “2 Days in New York” and “Lethal Weapon 4.”  In 2011 Rock made his Broadway debut starring in “The Motherfucker with the Hat,” which was nominated for six Tony Awards®, including Best Play.  In television, Rock created, executive produced and narrated the series “Everybody Hates Chris,” which ran from 2005 to 2009 and was inspired by Rock’s childhood.  He was a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” from 1990 to 1993. 
Known internationally for his groundbreaking stand-up comedy, Rock has won four Emmy® Awards for his comedy series and specials, including “Chris Rock – Kill the Messenger,” “The Chris Rock Show” and “Chris Rock: Bring the Pain,” and has achieved record audience numbers around the world.  He also has earned three Grammy® Awards for his comedy albums Never Scared, Bigger and Blacker and Roll with the New.
The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. 
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Gay, God-fearing and fighting for acceptance

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VH1 aired a ground-breaking special on Monday, "Out In Hip Hop,"  a special program about Gays in Hip Hop and in the church that demonstrated Christian gays are still fighting for acceptance. The topics stemmed from the current season of "Love and Hip Hop Hollywood" where two gay rappers game to grips with being open about their relationship in an industry that traditionally shuns gays. 

I broached the subject of gays in the gospel industry eight years ago in an article entitled, "Gay, God-fearing and Fighting for Acceptance."  Since then gay lifestyle is more out in the open in the media and the LBGT community has made significant strides, but the church remains a place that condemns homosexuality.  To offer further insight on the matter, the article is reprinted below.

Scientist says being 'Gay' and being 'Homosexual' is different
Byron Cage dares to join the conversation on internet talk show many
gospel artists prefer to keep 'in the closet'

      Conversations about homosexuality in the Black church are
"hush-hush" despite the widespread reality of it from the pulpit to the
pew. When occasionally discussed in church, damning messages from fire
spitting preachers generally aggravate the rejection associated with
being Gay.

      This tradition tends to stigmatize Black churches as homophobic
and encourages Gays to close the door of the figurative closet and throw
away the key or gravitate to churches that openly embrace the lifestyle.
Sometimes Gays too, in defending their positions engage in the
exchange belligerently. Both sides argue fervently with little traction
toward agreement.

      On December 5, Minister Byron Cage and Dr. Joseph Nicolosi
sensitively "went there" as guests on La Gospel Talk, a new online
program hosted by EUR's Mona Austin that discusses matters relevant to
the urban-contemporary church. The topic was "Gay, God-Fearing and
Fighting for Acceptance in the Black Church."

      The majority of the artists and pastors who were invited to join
the panel either shied away from the opportunity to talk about the
matter or ignored the request. It is not an easy conversation to have,
in part because of the equivocal behavior of "down low" pastors and
others in the church. Byron cage's openness on this subject may be a good start to getting the conversation started.

      The Prince of Praise was on vacation in Hawaii with his wife when
he unselfishly participated in the blunt discourse via cell phone.
Having a footing in the gospel music industry and the church where he
admits homosexuality is rampant, he had first hand knowledge of the
subject. Cage identified a combination of ignorance and unjust judgment
as the main reason preachers generally don't broach the subject.

       "The harsh reality in the African American Church is that they've
always shunned it and blasted it as if you're going to hell. . ."

      Another harsh reality is the deceit that takes place as
conversations about openly accepting Gays in the church remain dormant.
In the December issue of Essence Magazine in its ongoing series that
explores the state of Aids in Black America, an anonymous Gay Black
pastor says that he has not come forth with his true sexual identity
because he doesn't believe his congregation is "ready" for the

      The Stellar-award winning Cage also believes people shy away from
the things they don't understand. He contributed his memories of a Gay
friend who died from AIDS to "Not In My Family" an anthology of personal
stories from recognizable names (which is accompanied by a CD of the
same name released on Gospocentric Records that includes a song from
Cage) about individuals who have died from HIV/AIDS.

      Cage astutely shared his knowledge in an innocuous dialogue with
Dr. Nicolosi strictly coming from a "church boy" perspective.

       Dr. Nicolosi spoke as a scientist. A 20-year veteran in Clinical
Psychiatry, Dr. Nicolosi is Catholic, but his views come from a
scientific perspective. The founder of the National Association for the
Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (www.narth.com) theorizes that
homosexuality is a complex psychological condition that originates from
distorted erotic feelings that come from parental detachment and
abandonment from the parent of the same sex.
Yet, he refutes the notion that a person can be born gay. Recognized as the foremost expert in same sex attraction, he also believes that being Gay and being homosexual are
not identical persuasions.

Published originally at EURWEB.COM on Dec. 11, 2006
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Rick Perry bows out of the race for president, Texas activist happy

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There won't be another debate for Republican, Rick Perry. The former Texas governor has exited the race for president.  On September 11 at a  St. Louis, MO event Perry announced, "Today, I am suspending my campaign for the presidency of the United States. . .Life is good. I am a blessed man."

The suspension of his campaign came across  like a typical stump speech, where instead of plugging himself he rallied conservative constituents to keep the faith in the party at large. 

Continuing, Perry said he steps aside "knowing our party is in good hands, as long as they listen to the grass roots.  Listen to that cause of conservatism.  If we do that  our party will be in good hands."

The news comes after the former Democrat discovered he did not make the prime time candidate roster for the second Republican debate.  Perry did not stand out in the first debate.

Perry was expected to be a major player in the race, but failed to  drum up the backing of the conservative base in donations in the first 100 days on the campaign.  He was unable to support a staff and had only raised around $1 million to date. CNN reports Super PAC supporters were willing to invest in Perry later on and were surprised he quit so soon.

In a FOX exclusive on September 15 he told Sean Hannity  he quit for two reasons: legal woes and lack of campaign funds.  ". . .the indictment needed to go away," Perry stated about the 2014 charge levied against him for misuse of a authority when he was governor.   Rosemary Lehmberg
"When those two thing didn't happen it had a very negive effect on our fund raising in the summer."

He also said, "We got to get away from this hot rhetoric and start talking solutions."

The beleaguered politician returns to Texas jobless and awaiting a trial.

One Texas man, Civil Rights activist Qauenell X would rather see Perry in jail than drumming up votes for the presidency. "He didn't have a snow ball's chance in hell of winning."

Texas attorney Melba Blair sais she is sad to see Perry go and praised him for getting the state back on track with jobs when heas governor.

The pair had a heated  exchange on Houston affiliate FOX 26. The video has gone viral.

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Bad-Ass Comedy Rap Video "LITTLE DUDE ANTHEM" Debuts Starring Actor/Creator BEN GIROUX, Hip-Hop Artist JENSEN REED, and American Idol's TAMYRA GRAY

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LOS ANGELES, Oct. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- New bad-ass comedy rap video and song, LITTLE DUDE ANTHEM, premieres today, October 20th on YouTube (youtube.com/BenGirouxTV), delivering a giant-sized call-to-arms for short guys everywhere. LITTLE DUDE ANTHEM comes from height-challenged actor/creator BEN GIROUX, joined by indie hip-hop artist JENSEN REED, and American Idol star TAMYRA GRAY.
Fed up playing elves, leprechauns, and jockeys on television, Giroux first came up with the concept for LITTLE DUDE ANTHEM five years ago. To convert his stand-up comedy material into a rap, Giroux teamed-up with hip-hop artist Jensen Reed, known for his album "The Left Coast" and collaborations with YouTube star Taryn Southern. The duo spent the next six months writing the original song and composing the track. During this time, Giroux met singer Tamyra Gray (American Idol Season One finalist) and immediately knew she was the perfect vocalist for the song's rhythmic choruses.
For the video, Giroux and Reed called upon a few more friends to help, including: cinematographer Matthew Roe (DP for Michael Jackson, Linkin Park, Moby), actor David Mattey (Better Call Saul), supermodel and Miss Paraguay Nicole Huber, choreographer Morgan Larson (Teen Beach Movie franchise), beat boy Gev Manoukian (So You Think You Can Dance finalist), and dancer Caitlynn Lawson (So You Think You Can Dance finalist).
As an actor, fans will recognize Giroux for his recurring roles as 'Little Zach' on the CW's popular Hart of Dixie and as 'Dark Warrior' on Disney XD's teen comedy, Mighty Med. In addition, he has appeared in guest roles on dozens of shows, including Bones, House, Psych, Anger Management, 2 Broke Girls, Henry Danger, Sam & Cat and more. Giroux has also gained notoriety for starring-in and producing a variety of popular YouTube projects, creating the FML channel (FMLvideoguys) with cult-favorite "fail" videos, and serving as executive producer of the FRED YouTube Channel (2.3 million subscribers).
Now under his Small Red Cape production banner, Giroux is focused on acting and directing projects for his own channel youtube.com/BenGirouxTV, including his long-running web series, SH*TTY DATES.
Giroux and Reed look forward to their next insane collaboration.
Watch LITTLE DUDE ANTHEM on YouTube Now at: youtube.com/BenGirouxTV
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Monday, October 19, 2015

Brian Courtney Wilson sings "Mindlful" on One Mic

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Brian Courtney Wilson's voice is as soothing as it is convincing.   Those qualities are especially audible as the Houston-based singer carries the message on "Mindful," from the album "Worth Fighting For." 
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A love letter to Black Girls: Preparing our girls to survive Black womanhood

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Advocating solidarity in Black women from girlhood
For Aria and Amber, from my heart to yours

The depth of layers in the essence of Black womanhood is something that some have respected, others have detested, but only another Black woman can fully understand.  With this in mind the Beautiful Project started a letter writing campaign called "Dear Black Girl" asking Black women to open up their hearts to Black girls. So I pulled out my virtual  pen and wrote my prose to future generations of Black women.

The official submission deadline for the campaign was on October 7, 2015.  I hesitated to  participate initially.  Since the campaign started my emotional well has been full of concerns for the future of Black families, particularly women. So much has  happened that demanded the attention of the Black community.  The world around us appears to become more anti-Black every single day. For months I found myself doubling up on dropping morsels of mother wit and instilling common sense life lessons into my two daughters, spurred by current events.   The relationship with oneself, other women, men and God is the focus of my input.  Here is my response:

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Dr. Leonard Scott donates to Leukemia and Lymphona Society

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Indianapolis, IN: Gospel music legend and recording label founder Dr. Leonard Scott presents a check to Elissa Evernham, Director of Special Events for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Indianapolis office. The donation was raised from the kick-off concert for Dr. Scott’s 13th album “Greatness of Your Love” (Tyscot Music & Entertainment) that features the radio hit “God’s Spirit." The album has been submitted in the Special Event category of the forthcoming 31st annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards ceremony.

Dr. Scott donated all of the proceeds of the release event to LLS. He began to work with the society when his daughter Melody was diagnosed with leukemia in 2013. "The type of leukemia Melanie had was incurable short of a direct miracle from God or a bone marrow transplant,” Dr. Scott recalls. "There was no match for her in the bone marrow registry, but due to research a new technique was discovered using an umbilical cord from a new born baby and now Melanie is well again. I believe other new cures for blood cancers can be discovered and someone else's life can be saved. I ran for Man of the Year for the LLS to help raise money for curing blood cancers."
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