Christian minister Cindy Jacobs, described as a "respected prophet" in her online biography, made a prediction in 2009 that the Philippines would either experience a period of "greatness" or "some troubled times." While Jacobs' 2009 video prediction has gone viral amid the island nation's current calamity from Typhoon Haiyan, a Taiwanese animation news company that went mainstream due to its 2009 Tiger Woods coverage has challenged the self-declared prophet's "vague" predictions.
The latest death toll for Philippine victims of Typhoon Haiyan was placed at 3,621 on Friday, while the number of injured was reported at 12,165, according to CNN, which also noted that another 1,140 people had been reported missing.
"Sickness, hunger and thirst have settled in here with the sticky, humid heat and stench of rancid flesh hanging over the apocalyptic scene," reported CNN on what Typhoon Haiyan had done in the hardest-hit city of Tacloban. more >>
In the brand new "Mary Mary" season three trailer released by We tv, popular Gospel-singing duo Erica Atkins-Campbell and Trecina "Tina" Atkins-Campbell get real with their manager, possibly suffer voice-loss, and confront a philandering husband.
The trailer for "Mary Mary" season three, which you can watch below, only runs one minute and thirty seconds long, but packs enough drama and suspense that television viewers are already talking.
"Wow 'Mary Mary' trailer looks AMAZING! Another 'Real' reality show forthcoming," wrote one fan of the We tv network. more >>
A New York City-based candy company has launched a fundraising campaign so it may create limited edition chocolate Jesus candies to sell during the holidays.
The recently-formed Sucre Bleu candy company has launched a Kickstarter campaign, inviting donors to help them to create a "limited edition run of 500" chocolate candies that feature a 7-inch long Jesus on the cross, made out of 72 percent dark chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt. This is the initial test run for the company, and it indicates on its Kickstarter page that it eventually wants to create chocolate figurines of culture's most revered icons, including a cream and fruit-filled Virgin Mary, and liquor-filled head of John the Baptist, and a flavor trio of baby Jesus.
"Our aim is to provoke, amuse, entertain, and compel you to blurt out: 'WTF? This is crazy, awesome, beautiful, weird AND delicious. Why would anyone make that?!'" the company, started by Pennsylvania-native Persia Tatar von Huddleston, says on its Kickstarter page. more >>
The New York Police Department (NYPD) is investigating a series of attacks targeting Jews in Brooklyn, and one Jewish advocacy group has found what it calls surprisingly high numbers of American adherents of the Hebrew faith fearing anti-Semitism in the United States.
"They're playing a game: 'knockout.' 'Knock out the Jew,' maybe," Brooklyn Rabbi Yaacov Behrman told CBS Local News. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly estimated a total of eight attacks since September, and the American Jewish Committee (AJC) released a poll this week finding 81 percent of American Jews consider anti-Semitism a problem in the U.S.
'Today' co-host Kathie Lee Gifford gave a tearful account this week of her encounters with the Rev. Billy Graham, and how the Christian evangelist impacted her faith, family and marriage in ways that she will never forget.
"I've never met in my life a more powerful man who is as humble as Billy is," says Gifford in a stirring five-minute video on how the 95-year-old minister is part of her testimony.
Gifford, whose story was featured in the "Today" show's "#InspriedBy" series, goes on to explain how at the age of 12 she witnessed the kind of impact Graham's preaching had on others, specifically her own family. more >>
"Noah," starring actor Russell Crowe as the title character, will not be in theaters until March 28, 2014, but distributor Paramount Pictures has already offered audiences exclusive footage of the Biblical epic and an official movie poster for the film.
"Noah" has been rated PG-13 and is categorized as drama/fantasy/epic. Director Darren Aronofsky also serves as a producer, alongside Mary Parent and Scott Franklin. Screenwriter credit also includes Aronofsky and John Logan.
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