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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 bui…

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…

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 …

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…

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.

VIDEO: Rick Perry's exclusive interview with Sean Hannity
Perry was expected to be a…

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. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20151019/278224
Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20151019/278225 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 (A…

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…

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 bo…