Eddie Long And The Black Church’s Legacy Of Child Sexual Abuse
On Sunday, January 15, Bishop Eddie Long passed away. Long was the prominent Atlanta pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, which at its height, boasted a congregation of over 25,000. A man of many controversies, Long had been closely scrutinized by the United States Senate for potentially profiting off of his church’s tax-exempt status. He also came under fire for his homo-antagonistic sermons and his book, Deliver Me From Adam, where he cloaks homophobia, misogyny and patriarchy in the lexicon of self-help. Long’s quest to cast out the spirit of homosexuality, however, did not stop there. Some have argued that he fathered and pastored a homophobic theological legacy at New Birth. In 2005, for example, he hosted his infamous “Sexual Orientation and Reorientation Conference” to convert LGBTQ Christians into heterosexuals. Source: Pool / Getty Just five years later, in 2010, Long was accused of sexually abusing four young men—Anthony Flagg, Spencer LeGrande, Jamal Parris and ..… (0 comment)

[WATCH] Dr. King’s Legacy To Be Honored During MLK Now 2017
On April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood in the pulpit at the Riverside Church in Harlem, New York, and delivered one of his most poignant speeches titled “Beyond Vietnam.” This year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Blackout for Human Rights and The Campaign for Black Male Achievement will host the MLK Now 2017 event in the same room where Dr. King made those remarks fifty years ago. WATCH MLK NOW HERE: During the event, actors, activists, and musicians will pay homage to Dr. King with recitations of his most revered speeches, as well as musical performances. Among those who will participate in the event include David Oyelowo, Andre Holland, La La Anthony, Omari Hardwick, Olivia Wilde, Adepero Oduye, Michelle Williams, and Cleo Wade. There will be performances by gospel songstress Erica Campbell, Samora Pinderhughes, and the IMPACT ..… (0 comment)

Democrats To Boycott Trump Inauguration
More than 40 Democrats in the House of Representatives announced plans to boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration, the Huffington Post reports. California Rep. Barbara Lee tweeted that she will be “organizing” on that day instead of celebrating the official start of Trump’s presidency. Inauguration should be a celebration. But we have nothing to celebrate on Jan 20. Instead of attending, I will be organizing. pic.twitter.com/P4whhl91ll — Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) January 12, 2017 In a Jan. 12 statement, Lee pointed to a laundry list of Trump offenses during his “divisive and prejudice” campaign: “He called women ‘pigs,’ stoked Islamophobia and attacked a Gold Star family. He mocked a disabled reporter and appealed to people’s worst instincts. I cannot in good conscience attend an inauguration that would celebrate this divisive approach to governance.” Some Democrats also cited Trump’s Twitter attack of civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) as their..… (0 comment)

Will Hiring More Black Cops Stop The Bloodshed?
A retired New York City police executive officer believes that hiring more Black officers is not as important as having cops who care, saying that officers must understand the socioeconomic issues affecting communities of color. “It’s not about hiring more African-American or Black officers, it’s about hiring more conscious officers who are going to respect the community,” retired New York Police Department executive officer Corey Pegues, author of the book Once A Cop: The Street, The Law, Two Worlds, One Man, told NewsOne. “You need officers who will respect the culture.” Pegues’ comments come in response to a new study, titled “Will More Black Cops Matter? Officer Race and Police-Involved Homicides of Black Citizens,” which delves into the perennial question of whether increasing the number of Black officers in major city police departments will help decrease police violence in communities of color. The study, released as the nation grapples with policing in communities of color, ..… (0 comment)

Justice Clarence Thomas To Deliver Oath Of Office To Mike Pence
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas will administer the Oath Of Office to Vice President-elect Mike Pence during the Inauguration Ceremony on Jan. 20, reports Reuters. From Reuters: Thomas’s role was included in the official program for Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration posted online by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. Trump will be sworn in by conservative Chief Justice John Roberts. The nation’s chief justice usually swears in the president but an incoming vice president traditionally picks someone else to administer the oath of office …After taking office, Trump will nominate a justice to serve alongside Thomas on the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created by the death of another conservative, Justice Antonin Scalia, in February 2016. Vice President Joe Biden was sworn in by Justices John Paul Stevens in 2009 and Sonia Sotomayor in 2013, reports NBC Los Angeles. SOURCE: Reuters, NBC Los Angeles SEE ALSO: NEW..… (0 comment)

Watch: Video Shows Police Beating Black PhD Student Suspected Of Stealing His Own Car
A dash-cam video released earlier this week showed Evanston, Illinois police tackling and beating a Black Northwestern University doctoral student after they suspected him of stealing a car that belonged to him, reports The Washington Post. From The Washington Post: Pinned to the ground by officers who kneed and struck him, Lawrence Crosby screamed whatever he could think of to convince them that he was a law-abiding PhD student, not a violent car thief… Police released the dash-cam video earlier this week, detailing the half-hour encounter [on Oct. 10, 2015] that sparked a civil lawsuit from Crosby and a discussion about race and policing in this city of 75,000, just north of Chicago… [Police] determine[d] [the car was] his, but he was still arrested and charged with disobeying officers and resisting arrest. A judge later threw out the charges, Crosby’s attorney Tim Touhy, told the Chicago Tribune. The officers were never charged or disciplined…The release of the video comes amid ..… (0 comment)

6 People Activists Say President Obama Should Pardon
With President Obama‘s tenure winding down, many are wondering whether he will use his constitutional powers to grant clemency before he leaves office. Obama has been parsimonious with his powers, granting pardons to just 148 people so far during his eight years in office—fewer than any two-term president in recent memory. George W. Bush pardoned 198 people, Bill Clinton pardoned 396 people, while Ronald Reagan pardoned 393 people. Obama has excelled at commuting, or shortening sentences, with 1,176 people receiving commutations, including 395 people with life sentences. In December, Obama granted 153 commutations and 78 pardons on a single day, more than any president in U.S. history had ever done at one time. Obama’s commutations of low level, non-violent drug offenders, places the soon-to-be ex-president head and shoulders above his former fellow Oval Office occupants, with Clinton granting just 61 commutations and Bush granting 11. The question remaining is will Obama deviate f..… (0 comment)

Black Lives Matter Bank Card Designed By Baltimore Teacher Rejected By Wells Fargo
A Baltimore teacher said that Wells Fargo rejected her bank card design featuring the words “Black Lives Matter” and an image of a raised fist, reports The Washington Post. From The Washington Post: When her city erupted in protests over the 2015 death of a young black man, Freddie Gray, from an injury sustained while in police custody, the white English teacher [Rachel Nash] had ironed “Black Lives Matter” onto a gray tank top and wore it to school. She wanted to express solidarity with a national movement protesting the string of police killings of black citizens and signal to students that she was willing to listen… “A lot of white people in Baltimore have really problematic views about race, and they feel like because I’m a white person I agree with them automatically,” Nash, 29, said. …Nash called customer service to find out why [her design was rejected.] “As soon as I said ‘Black Lives Matter,’ [the customer service agent] said, ‘Oh, that’s why it got rejected.’ She said Wel..… (0 comment)

Is Google Fiber Guilty Of Digital Redlining?
The Rev. Frank Stevenson, of Nashville, Tennessee, has heard all about Google Fiber’s much-ballyhooed fast new high-speed internet service for residents and business owners in his hometown, and a smattering of other cities across the nation. The new gigabit internet service is a big deal because it’s much faster than the average global broadband. Google Fiber, it is slated to provide broadband and cable television to a small and growing number residents and businesses in Nashville; Atlanta; Austin and San Antonio, Texas; Provo and Salt Lake City, Utah; and Charlotte and Raleigh–Durham, North Carolina. But Stevenson, chief minister at St. Luke’s Primitive Baptist Church, and other Black pastors, want to know if poor Blacks and Hispanics will be included in the wave of new technology or become victims of digital redlining, writes The Tennessean. Indeed, it’s a reasonable concern. After decades, some poor people of color are just gaining access to the regular old-fashioned broadband, a..… (0 comment)

Jennifer Holliday Will Not Perform At Trump’s Inauguration
UPDATED: January 15, 2017 12:15 PM ET After news spread that Jennifer Holliday agreed to perform at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, the songstress received a lot of criticism. According to The Wrap, she has decided to opt out of participating in the ceremony. “I was honestly just thinking that I wanted my voice to be a healing and unifying force for hope through music to help our deeply polarized country,” Holliday wrote in an open letter that she penned for The Wrap. “Regretfully, I did not take into consideration that my performing for the concert would actually instead be taken as a political act against my own personal beliefs and be mistaken for support of Donald Trump and Mike Pence.” In her letter, she specifically apologized to the LGBT community. “The LGBT Community was mostly responsible for birthing my career and I am deeply indebted to you… You have loved me faithfully and unconditionally and for so many years you provided me with work even though my star h..… (0 comment)
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