In what will be remembered as one of the most memorable moments in the history of the BET awards show, actor and civil rights activist Jesse Williams, best known for his role on "Grey's Anatomy," delivered an impassioned speech on race Sunday night.
Williams, 34, who has also been an active voice in the Black Lives Matter movement since 2014, was honored with the Humanitarian Award prior to making the speech. He spoke after a video featuring himself, Harry Belafonte, Nate Parker and Debbie Allen talking about using their fame to push for racial justice.
"Now, this award, this is not for me. This is for the real organizers all over the country. The activists, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents, the families, the teachers, the students that are realizing that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do. Alright? It's kind of basic mathematics. The more we learn about who we are and how we got here, the more we will mobilize," he said after thanking his parents and wife. more >>
Following the Erskine wildfire that ravaged more than 150 homes in central California, officials say that the death toll may rise as investigation continues.
The Erskine fire started on Thursday and is believed to have affected 30,000 acres of central California land including Kernc County and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The extensive fire engulfed hundreds of homes, livelihoods and claimed at least two lives.
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The California Department of Public Health has issued an advisory about a meningococcal disease outbreak, which primarily affects adult gay and bisexual men. Potentially fatal meningococcal disease cases have been on the rise since May and health authorities are worried that the outbreak may worsen during the Pride weekend.
U.S. Meningococcal Disease Outbreak
Several meningococcal disease cases have been reported in the last couple of months, with nine affected patients from Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Six patients, in particular, were infected by a unique set of meningococcal bacteria that resulted in one fatality. more >>
Authorities have confirmed a wildfire near Lake Isabel in Erskine since Thursday, which has reached about 30,000 acres, destroying about 100 structures including homes with two people killed and three injured.
The wildfire prompting Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency in the area. At present, the cause of the fire has yet to be found out and is under investigation.
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Actress Tamera Mowry-Housley says after she broke her vow to God not to have sex before marriage, she has struggled to forgive herself.
"I think one of the hardest things to do is forgive just in general," Mowry-Housley said on the daytime talk show "The Real" when asked a questions about forgiveness. "But I think the hardest thing to do is forgive yourself.
"Sometimes when you do something that you know maybe you shouldn't have done, it's hard to move on," she said. "I have a very long story about what I needed to forgive myself about. You guys all know that I made a pact to myself to stay a virgin before I got married and I tried for a very very very long time." more >>
While God calls all Christians to practice forgiveness, there is a clear distinction between forgiving and trusting again, Pastor Rick Warren says.
Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, explains in his Devotional this week that while forgiveness does not need to be earned, a restoration of trust does, and therefore it does not happen instantly but over time.
"Forgiveness does not mean the instant restoration of trust. Forgiveness is instant. Trust must be rebuilt over time. Forgiveness is based on grace. Trust is built on works. You earn trust. You don't earn forgiveness," the pastor emphasizes, pointing to Romans 12:19 (NIV) which reads: "Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: 'It is mine to avenge; I will repay,' says the Lord." more >>