President Barack Obama has condemned the beheading of American journalist James Foley at the hands of terror group ISIS, describing its ideology as "bankrupt" and stating that "no just God" would stand for its violent acts. He also pledged that despite the militants' threats, the U.S. will not be backing down from military operations against them.
"Jim was taken from us in an act of violence that shocks the conscience of the entire world. He was 40 years old – one of five siblings, the son of a mom and dad who worked tirelessly for his release. Earlier today, I spoke to the Foleys and told them that we are all heartbroken at their loss, and join them in honoring Jim and all that he did," Obama said in his statement on Wednesday.
"So ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday, and for what they do every single day. ISIL has no ideology of any value to human beings. Their ideology is bankrupt. They may claim out of expediency that they are at war with the United States or the West, but the fact is they terrorize their neighbors and offer them nothing but an endless slavery to their empty vision, and the collapse of any definition of civilized behavior." more >>
The violent scenes from Ferguson, Missouri, are not what most Americans expected to see in 2014 America. The simmering tensions in this town, following the shooting of an unarmed teenager, ought to remind the Body of Christ of our responsibility to model reconciliation in Christ.
We don't yet know everything about what's happened, or is happening, in Ferguson, but here's what we do know. Michael Brown was shot and killed by police on Aug. 9. Protests in the wake of this horrible death have been met with a virtually militarized response from law enforcement in the area.
Moreover, we know that the the myth of a "post-racial" America is contradicted by a criminal justice system in which young African-American men are, by almost any measure, disproportionately more likely to be arrested, sentenced, or even killed when compared to white peers. It's not just the situation in which there's disparity, but also even in the perception of the problem. A Pew study showed that when asked the question "Do police treat blacks less fairly?" 37 percent of whites said yes while 70 percent of African-Americans said yes. more >>
"Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta" reality star Mimi Faust has a lot on her mind these days.
On the Aug. 11 episode of the show, Faust confronted her boyfriend Nikko when she read an article by Media Takeout that claims he's married. Nikko didn't miss a beat when telling her that his marriage was a secret that he planned to take to the grave. He also admitted that he never planned to tell her, and even blamed her for not asking him outright if he had a wife.
Faust, feeling betrayed, stormed out and met up with friends Ariane and Erica Dixon. The women told her that it's possible that Nikko was the one who leaked their sex tape. Faust admits that after signing the deal with adult entertainment production house Vivid, she and Nikko went back to film more footage. Despite her friends' warning that Nikko might be planning to do something wrong, she stood by her choice and again stormed out of the restaurant, leaving her friends defeated. more >>
Pastor Donnie McClurkin plans to teach and empower up-and-coming musicians with his new record company Camdon music, and has enlisted the help of Andrea McClurkin Mellini and Nancey Jackson to ensure off-the- charts success.
McClurkin,54, may pastor Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, N.Y., but he is also a distinguished singer in the gospel music industry who has received Grammy, Dove, Stellar and NAACP awards. Now, he has decided to provide a platform for other singers by creating the brand-new Camdon music group using the wisdom he has gained throughout his almost 20-year career.
"We're looking for great talent across the country and even out of the country. We're going to give them a platform that won't be as consuming as record companies of yesterday, whereas you had to sign for a long period of time and it took away all of your rights," McClurkin told The Christian Post. "I want to give that to the Gospel community, what I wanted and didn't get, and that's a platform that will teach and empower the artist." more >>
A St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter tweeted, without elaborating, that police told her that a dozen witnesses have confirmed the claim that the unarmed 18-year-old killed by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer on Aug. 9 was shot because he charged and physically attacked the officer.
"Police sources tell me more than a dozen witnesses have corroborated cop's version of events in shooting #Ferguson," St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Christine Byers tweeted.
Michael Brown was shot six times by Wilson while allegedly charging at the officer with full speed after an initial altercation had Brown trying to take Wilson's gun, according to an anonymous friend of Wilson's identified only as "Josie" who called onto the radio show hosted by The Blaze's Dana Loesch last Friday. more >>
Eric Holder, the first African American U.S. attorney general, landed Wednesday in Ferguson, Missouri, where racial tension is boiling over, and pleaded for the end of violence on the small town's streets, which he says "seriously undermine[s] ... the cause of justice."
"We understand the need for an independent investigation, and we hope that the independence and thoroughness of our investigation will bring some measure of calm to the tensions in Ferguson," Holder wrote in an open letter in the St. Louis Times Dispatch.
"In order to begin the healing process, however, we must first see an end to the acts of violence in the streets of Ferguson. Although these acts have been committed by a very small minority — and, in many cases, by individuals from outside Ferguson — they seriously undermine, rather than advance, the cause of justice. And they interrupt the deeper conversation that the legitimate demonstrators are trying to advance." more >>