The United States Justice Department has given the state of North Carolina an ultimatum to abandon its recently passed, controversial transgender bathroom law, which allows businesses to chose their own bathroom policies, or risk legal action and possible loss of federal funding.
The department's top civil rights lawyer, Vanita Gupta, sent a letter to North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday stating that H.B. 2, which became law in March and upholds a requirement for people to use bathrooms designated for their biological sex in state-run buildings, violates Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The letter argues that the state is engaging in a pattern of "discrimination" against state employees and also engaging in "resistance to the full enjoyment of Title VII rights by transgender employees ..." more >>
Fans of the late Whitney Houston will get to see what the beloved singer's life was like before she reached international stardom in an upcoming documentary that delves deep into her roots in the Church where her singing career started.
"The story that is never told about Whitney is just how brilliant she was as an artist; by many measures, she had the greatest voice of the last 50 years," said Oscar winner Kevin Macdonald ("The Last King of Scotland," "Marley"), who will be directing the documentary to Rolling Stone magazine. "She changed the way pop music was sung — bringing it back full circle to its blues and gospel roots. She was also completely unique in being a black pop star who sold in countries where black artists don't traditionally sell."
While the film is still untitled, it will take an authentic look at Houston's life from the church choir to pop stardom. The documentary will reveal interviews with Houston's friends, family and collaborators who were along for the ride. Houston died in 2012 due to a reported drug overdose. more >>
The city council of Oxford, Alabama voted to repeal a law that made Target's controversial transgender bathroom policy illegal.
At a Wednesday meeting, according to WTVM, councilors voted 3-2 to repeal the ordinance that would have punished people who used a public bathroom not designated to their birth sex with a fine of up to $500 or up to six months in jail.
Churches must address the topic of mental illness head-on to shed its stigma, Pastor Derwin Gray of Transformation Church in South Carolina says.
Gray, a former NFL-player-turned-pastor, recently sat down with Dr. Daniel Amen, a psychiatrist, neuroscientist and author, to discuss the science surrounding mental illness and how Christians can work to shed its negative reputation, which is especially prevalent in the evangelical community.
The preacher, who heads one of the fastest-growing multi-ethnic, multi-generational churches in the country, began his sermon by stressing the importance of this issue, saying it is of the utmost priority at his church because "mental health has so much stigma attached to it." more >>
Donnie McClurkin is back with his first new song since 2014 and the Grammy Award winning gospel singer is already making waves with one of the most added songs on gospel radio stations.
The three-time Grammy Award winner with 11 Stellars and three Doves under his belt released his latest single "I Need You" as an "earnest expression" of his faith, says a statement shared with The Christian Post.
The song is the first since McClurkin's 2014 DUETS album which he collaborated on with artists Dorinda Clark-Cole, Tina Campbell, John P. Kee, Marvin Sapp and Tye Tribbett. And now, his latest work is serving as a precursor for the gospel singer's upcoming seventh solo album, for which a name and release date has yet to be announced. more >>
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has admitted he would rather run against Hillary Clinton rather than her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders, arguing that the "dysfunctional" political system is rigged against the senator from Vermont.
"I would rather run against Crooked Hillary Clinton than Bernie Sanders and that will happen because the books are cooked against Bernie," Trump wrote in a Tweet on Wednesday.
"What a great evening we had. So interesting that Sanders beat Crooked Hillary. The dysfunctional system is totally rigged against him," he added, referring to both Trump and Sander's respective victories in the Indiana primaries. more >>