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Some Black Churches Rally Around Obama’s Job Plan, Petition Congress For More Black Jobs

In Uncategorized on September 29, 2011 at 5:05 am

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Disgruntled clergy and healthcare leaders have launched a nationwide petition campaign in churches calling for the Congress and the private business sector to support President Obama’s embattled jobs program.At the same time, they are also urging the creation of thousands of new employment opportunities for minorities in the pharmaceutical, insurance and other private industries.
Clergy and Providers for Racial Healthcare Equality (CPRHE) announced the initiatives in mid-September at its “Save the Presidency of Barack Obama” gathering and town hall meeting in Harlem.
The campaign was part of the kickoff of a national petition drive aimed at reducing the excessive 16 percent unemployment rate among blacks. The national average unemployment rate hovers above nine percent.
At the meeting, 125 persons from the New York area signed petitions to be submitted to the Congress. CPRHE said it hopes to present thousands of other petitions, mostly from churches, within the next two months to the Congress in order to gain support for the President’s jobs bill.
“We are asking members of the Congress, the pharmaceutical, the insurance and the healthcare industry at large to commit themselves to reduce the unemployment rate among African Americans and other people of color,” declared Rev. Dr. Clyde Anderson, executive director of CPRHE, a healthcare and religious civil rights organization.
“We are also asking church leaders and their congregations around the country to support the reelection of President Obama,” he said.
“If there is to be any progress with respect jobs creation and social justice for minorities, we must reelect the President.
“We believe that arch-conservative Republicans and tea partiers are determined to oust the President as well as the Democratically-controlled Senate,” he explained.
Anderson added: “It does not matter to them whether he is a great or effective president or not. They simply want him out of office so that they can continue to do their dastardly deeds.”
The four-point petition, which will be submitted to the Congress in late fall, calls on the Congress and the private sector to take the following actions:
• Pass Obama’s “American Jobs Act of 2011” in order to reduce the high unemployment rate among blacks, Latinos, Native peoples and other minorities.
• Pressure private industry–namely the pharmaceutical and insurance companies–to establish manufacturing and other plants in American minority areas rather than overseas to provide new jobs, as well as halt the future layoffs of them.
• Demand that Fortune 500 companies create a major new program to award contracts to minority-owned businesses, which will in turn be required to dramatically increase the percentage of minorities to their work force
• Mandate that all branches of the government cease doing business with private companies found guilty of engaging in discriminatory practices against minorities. These businesses include hospitals, clinics and others receiving moneys from Medicare, Medicaid and other governmental programs.
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SOURCE: The Spiritual Herald
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In Uncategorized on September 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm
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Unhappy members of the Congressional Black Caucus “probably would be marching on the White House” if Obama were not president, according to CBC Chairman Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.).
“If [former President] Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House,” Cleaver told “The Miami Herald” in comments published Sunday. “There is a less-volatile reaction in the CBC because nobody wants to do anything that would empower the people who hate the president.”
CBC members have expressed concern in recent months as the unemployment rate has continued to rise amongst African-Americans, pushing for Obama to do more to address the needs of vulnerable communities.
“We’re supportive of the president, but we getting tired, y’all,” Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said in August. “We want to give [Obama] every opportunity, but our people are hurting. The unemployment is unconscionable. We don’t know what the strategy is.”
Rather than targeting Obama’s leadership, many CBC members aimed their fire at the Tea Party movement over the summer’s congressional recess. Waters said in a public meeting in her district that the Tea Party “can go straight to hell.” Another member, Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), called the Tea Party “the real enemy” seeking to hold Congress “hostage.”
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SOURCE: The Hill
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Senate Chaplain’s Prayers for Debt Crisis Become More Urgent

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2011 at 9:46 pm

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As the Senate has mired itself in bickering and deadlock this week, there has been at least one voice of the panic rising in the country around Washington.
It’s been the deep, solemn voice of the Senate’s chaplain, retired Admiral Barry C. Black.
A longtime Navy chaplain and Seventh-Day Adventist minister, Black opens Senate sessions with a brief prayer. Over the last few days–as the Senate has slid closer to a national default–those prayers seem to have revealed Black as one of the most worried people in the chamber.
Back on July 20, Black was speaking only in hopeful generalities. In the prayer that began that session, he asked the Almighty to “give to our lawmakers the wisdom to know the role they should play, in keeping freedom’s holy light bright.”
But, as the days passed by, it became apparent that the Senate was not showing any more wisdom that it had previously. By last Tuesday, Black’s request indicated that his senators might need more divine help.
“Keep them,” he prayed, “from the pit of disunity and discord. And empower them to build bridges of coooperation. Give them the courage and humility to do what is right, knowing that you are the only constituent they absolutely must please.”
But lawmakers only descended further into that pit of disunity. In fact, the Senate seemed to be digging that hole deeper.
So Black’s prayers began to warn of the consequences if the Senate did not straighten up and act right.
“Lord,” he prayed on Wednesday, “as our nation faces the potentially catastrophic, inspire our lawmakers to seek your counsel which will stand forever.”
Still nothing. The two sides remained far apart, and the “potentially catastrophic” crept closer.
On Friday, Black dialed it up another notch.
“Lord, help them to comprehend the global repercussions of some poor decisions, and the irreversibility of some tragic consequences,” he prayed. “Quicken their ears to hear. Their eyes to see. Their hearts to believe and their wills to obey you. Before…”
And here Black slowed his usual stately cadence down even further, in case people weren’t getting it.
“…it is. too late.”
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Stories of Pastors Including T. D. Jakes, Hezekiah Walker, Frederick K. C. Price and More Featured in Documentary at American Black Film Festival

In Uncategorized on July 14, 2011 at 10:54 am
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Trilogy highlights inspirational stories, especially by black preachers
The problem with preachers is that they preach.

Their strength is their stories.

Parrish Smith remembers how one put him to sleep and the other kept him awake. Now he introduces viewers to the difference in a new documentary trilogy, “The Scroll: Evidence of Life Unseen.”
Smith spoke by phone from Miami, where he screened his documentary trilogy during the recent American Black Film Festival. The three films showcase some of the best-known ministers in America: T. D. Jakes, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Jeremiah Wright, Hezekiah Walker, Frederick K. C. Price and many others.
Even some leaders better known for their singing are included, such as Della Reese and Shirley Caesar. Also among the five women on the list are Vashti McKenzie, the first female bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
But rather than sermons, Smith recorded stories. Some of them about sinful lives, such as drug dealing, from which the ministers themselves were saved. They also may offer metaphors like T.D. Jakes’ theme on “living suspended.”
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SOURCE: Sun Sentinel

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President Obama Tells TODAY Show That If He Were Anthony Weiner, He Would Resign

In Uncategorized on June 14, 2011 at 6:11 am

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President talks scandal, debt ceiling in an exclusive interview with TODAY‘s Ann Curry
In an exclusive interview with TODAY’s Ann Curry that will air on Tuesday’s show, President Barack Obama said that if he were Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner right now, he would resign in the wake of the scandal in which Weiner admitted to sending explicit photos of himself to women online.
“I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign,” Obama told Curry.
Weiner has been the talk of the nation since he was caught sending lewd photos of himself to various women on multiple social media platforms, prompting the head of the Democratic National Party to call for him to step down and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi to demand an ethics committee investigation.
“When you get to the point where, because of various personal distractions, you can’t serve as effectively as you need to, at the time when people are worrying about jobs, and their mortgages, and paying the bills — then you should probably step back,” Obama said.
Obama added that what Weiner did was “highly inappropriate” and that he has “embarrassed himself” and his wife and family, but said it will ultimately come down to a decision by Weiner and his constituents as to whether he will continue in office.
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SOURCE: MSNBC
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Tyler Perry Is on a Perpetual Roll

In Uncategorized on June 9, 2011 at 12:06 am

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“So, I just finished filming a really good movie called GOOD DEEDS. It’s me like you’ve never seen me before. It comes out in February, brace yourself. 🙂 There were a lot of long days on this shoot, so I wanted to take a break.  I decided to do some traveling and since I still have 20 more pounds to lose before I start my next movie, ALEX CROSS, I thought I would go to the Grand Canyon and do some hiking, climbing and so on.”

Lifted from Tyler Perry‘s latest message to his fans posted yesterday (HERE). Seems like it was just yesterday when he started shooting Good Deeds, doesn’t it? Principal photography is already done! The film is scheduled for a February 2012 release, but, at this rate, they might move it up!

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SOURCE: Indie Wire
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Government Wants Prison Sentence for John Edwards

In Uncategorized on June 7, 2011 at 5:54 am
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Just before John Edwards was indicted Friday, prosecutors made a final offer: They would accept his guilty plea to three misdemeanor campaign finance law violations in the $925,000 cover-up of his affair.

 

John Edwards and his daughter Cate make their way through the assembled reporters and photographers to a waiting car in front of the Hiram H. Ward Federal Building in Winston-Salem.

With the deal, the former Democratic vice-presidential nominee would avoid a felony conviction – and almost certainly keep the law license that had made him wealthy.

 

But there was a catch.

 

The government wanted to dictate a sentence that would result in up to six months of prison for Edwards, even with the plea to lesser charges.

 

Edwards and his lawyers were concerned. They wanted the ability to at least argue to a judge for alternatives, such as a halfway house, weekend releases, home arrest or some arrangement that would allow Edwards to be with his school-age children. He is a single parent after the death of his wife, Elizabeth, in December.

 

But the way the possible plea deal was structured, the Edwards lawyers believed they would be muzzled from advocating at all about Edwards’ confinement before a judge, according to multiple people who were involved in the negotiations. Those sources described the plea negotiations in detail on a condition of anonymity because the case is ongoing.

 

It was the last significant issue to be resolved for a plea. If Edwards didn’t agree, he would be indicted on multiple felony charges.

 

Edwards, 57, understood the risk. As a trial lawyer, he had sometimes spurned offers of settlements to take his chances with a jury, often winning big judgments. Would he do that again?

 

The clock was ticking.

 

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Source: Charlotte News Observer | J. ANDREW CURLISS AND JOSEPH NEFF

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Plaxico Burress Released from Prison, Thanks God for Bringing Him Through

In Uncategorized on June 7, 2011 at 5:20 am

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Former New York Giants star Plaxico Burress was released from prison on Monday after spending nearly two years behind bars on a gun charge and headed to Florida to be with his family as he contemplates his chances of playing again in the NFL.

 

As he left Oneida Correctional Facility in central New York Monday morning, he hugged agent Drew Rosenhaus and shook hands. He was wearing a black sweatshirt, shorts, sneakers and a Philadelphia Phillies hat.
“I just want to thank God for bringing me through one of the most trying times in my life,” he said to reporters outside the prison. “It’s a beautiful day. It’s a beautiful day to be reunited with my family. I want to go home and spend some quality time with them.”
“I’d like to thank everybody for their prayers and words of encouragement,” he said. “I’d like to thank all my fans all around the world for the thousands of letters, for their unwavering support. As far as football is concerned, if and when everything gets settled, when they get back on the field, I’ll be ready.”
He got into a black Range Rover and headed for the Rome, N.Y., airport where he was expected to fly home immediately.
His release came nearly two years after he arrived at the medium-security prison. Burress, who turns 34 in August, planned to travel to his Florida home to spend time with his wife, son and a daughter born while he was in jail. He’ll continue working out while awaiting a resolution of the NFL labor dispute, said his attorney, Peter M. Frankel.
Burress pleaded guilty in August 2009 to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and was sentenced to two years in prison. He was released about three months early for good behavior.
The lanky 6-foot-5 receiver had the world at his feet after catching a 13-yard pass from Eli Manning with 35 seconds to play to give the Giants a stunning 17-14 win over the undefeated New England Patriots in the 2008 Super Bowl.
His world fell apart nine months later when he walked into a Manhattan nightclub with a handgun tucked in the waistband of his pants. The weapon slipped down and discharged as Burress tried to grab it, injuring him in the thigh.
The wound was not serious. The backlash was.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg called for Burress to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and was irate that officials at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center treated Burress and failed to report the shooting, as required by law. A doctor who treated Burress was later suspended.
The gun was not licensed in New York or in New Jersey, where Burress lived. His license to carry a concealed weapon in Florida had expired in May 2008.
Rosenhaus said he has spoken to several teams about the wide receiver and expects him to play in the NFL again. He said Burress matured in prison and there are things he would do differently.
“He’s learned an awful lot,” Rosenhaus said. “He knows that he obviously made a mistake. To miss two NFL seasons in the prime of your career. To not be with your family, most importantly. To lose out on millions and millions of dollars. These are things that have forced him to certainly evaluate his life.”
He said the teams he’s talked to have not expressed any concerns about Burress. He did not say which teams or how many he spoke to.
“He’s going to be a top free-agent,” Rosenhaus said. “There are going to be multiple teams interested in signing him. I expect him to get a good contract. I expect him to absolutely be playing.”

SOURCE: The Associated Press
John Kekis
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Dirk’s injury adds to insult for Mavs

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Dirk’s injury adds to insult for Mavs

MIAMI – A small brace wrapped itself over the tip of Dirk Nowitzki’s(notes) middle finger, held in place by medical gauze and tape.

“I guess it’s not broken,” Dirk said early Wednesday morning, pointing out perhaps the only positive of the NBA Finals opener, a 92-84 victory by the Miami Heat over his Dallas Mavericks.

“There’s a torn tendon in my finger,” he said. “It was just on a freak play. [Chris] Bosh got a bounce pass and stepped in. I thought I stripped him clean and then I kind of looked down and I couldn’t straighten my finger out anymore.

“So I tore a tendon in there. I guess it’ll be all right.”

Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 27 points in a Game 1 loss to the Heat. He says he’ll wear a splint on an injured finger for Game 2.
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Guess?

“It will be all right,” he said.

An ominous night for Dallas got a lot worse with the disclosure of Nowitzki’s injury. A team with one star defeating a team with three stars is trouble enough. The way the two clubs matched up, especially down the stretch, wasn’t comforting for Dallas. A banged-up middle finger on Nowitzki’s left (non-shooting) hand only adds to the degree of difficulty.

The extent of the injury is still to be determined. Nowitzki said he had X-rays, and that he’d have to play with a splint for the rest of the series.

The injury might help explain his 7-of-18 shooting on the night, some of the misses coming on the low-degree-of-difficulty shots.

“I missed a righty layup,” he said. “I missed a lefty layup that rolled around.”

He could’ve gone on.

Pressure just ramped up for the rest of the Mavericks, a crew that did little to aid their superstar on Tuesday. They shot poorly and scored rarely. They got crushed on the boards – minus-10 on the offensive glass. They let the Heat slow the tempo and get isolation plays for LeBron James(notes) andDwyane Wade(notes).

“Well, if you look at it, we really didn’t play well at all tonight,”Jason Terry(notes) said. “First quarter [17 points]. Third quarter – 17. That’s not our style of basketball.”

Terry was slumped back in a locker-room chair, an ice pack on his left knee, another on his right shoulder. He’d made just three of his 10 shots and didn’t score in the second half. He’s part of a supporting cast that has to step up and ease the burden on Nowitzki, the only Maverick who can reasonably match the three-pronged attack of James, Wade and Bosh.

Long gone was the run-with-us, soft defense of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The imploding Los Angeles Lakers were a distant memory. Here were the Eastern Conference champions, the defensive-minded Heat, eager to contest every possession, willing to fight for every rebound.

Dallas averaged 105.2 points against OKC. It scored 84 Tuesday and shot a meager 37.3 percent from the floor.

 

 

 

It’s a long series everyone kept saying – the Heat and Mavs alike – but that won’t be true if Dallas doesn’t find relief for Nowitzki. We’ve heard this throughout the playoffs against Miami: the opposing game plan that figures a full team can overwhelm the top-heavy Heat. Boston had a “Big Four” and got beat in five. Chicago went 10 deep and met the same fate.

Now here is Dallas, supposedly deeper, supposedly more balanced and supposedly capable of getting Nowitzki some space when he needed it.

The Mavs aren’t winning this series with just one guy. Yet all they did was reaffirm Miami’s game plan of letting anyone other than Dirk defeat them. And that was before Nowitzki got hurt and the Heat’s much-maligned bench outscored Dallas by 10.

“I actually thought coming in that our bench was going to be the key for us,” Nowitzki said.

Tyson Chandler(notes) blamed it partially on “Finals jitters.” Coach Rick Carlisle promised “we’ll play better.” Terry assured Dallas would hit the open looks Thursday in Game 2. “Those opportunities will be there,” he said.

Miami also will watch tape. It’s never going to be easy against these guys.

“They’re very good defensively,” Nowitzki said. “What makes them so good, they’re so athletic on the wing that even when we swung it sometimes, they’re able to cover a lot of ground, LeBron and Wade, and still run out at our shooters or contest shots on the weak side.

“They’re long and active on the perimeter and when we do get that opportunity to swing the ball, we have to knock shots down. That’s what it comes down to. When we do have some looks, we have to knock them down.”

There wasn’t a whole lot for anyone to say. There was little positive to take from the game other than a solid defensive effort that went to waste.

The role players did little for a team that knew it couldn’t win with just Dirk. A wrapped-up middle finger and a splint that isn’t coming off isn’t making anything easier.

“If you want more info,” Nowitzki said, “you have to talk to my trainer or doc.”

That’s a bad night gone worse.

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It is Reported by the Christian Post that Bernice King Has Left Her Position at the New Birth Baptist Church, However This Has Not Been Confirmed by Bernice King or Eddie Long…Developing

In Uncategorized on May 31, 2011 at 5:25 am

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Bernice King speaks at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga. King has reportedly resigned from her position as elder at the church, led by Bishop Eddie Long.
Bernice King, the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has left her position as an elder of Bishop Eddie Long’s church just days after a settlement had been reached in the sexual misconduct case against the pastor.

The news was first reported by WSB TV, which runs Channel Action 2 News, Monday.

King served her last day as an elder of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., Sunday, Channel 2 Action News reported, citing unnamed sources. She was seen giving the altar call during the church’s 11 a.m. service Sunday.
Sources told the Atlanta-based TV station that they did not know if King’s resignation was related to the settlement and dismissal of the sexual misconduct lawsuits against Long.
Four young men, Anthony Flagg, Spencer LeGrande, Jamal Parris and Maurice Robinson, had accused Long of using his position and lavish gifts to lure them into sexual relationships.
Their lawsuits were officially dismissed “with prejudice” Friday, a day after lawyers for both sides confirmed a settlement was reached in the case.
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SOURCE: Christian Post – Katherine T. Phan

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