NEW YORK — Trip Lee – rapper, author and preacher – is calling on young people to "carpe diem," or seize the day, instead of waiting until they're older to start taking life seriously. It's a message encapsulated in the 26-year-old MC's new album, Rise, and in an upcoming book by the same name.
Lee, a pastor-in-training in Washington, D.C., and an artist signed to Reach Records, also looks to position himself as a thought leader. His social networks boast at least half a million followers, most of whom likely helped his fifth studio album, Rise, peak at No. 1 on iTunes after its Oct. 27 midnight release.
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The last time a Republican represented New York's 21st Congressional District in Congress, Elise Kelly, 30, was only nine. On Tuesday night, 21 years later, however, the young Republican beamed with pride after she was elected to represent the district and become the youngest woman ever in Congress.
"We did it," she screamed with an excited fist-pump in the air and a wide grin as she gathered herself to officially thank voters for their confidence in a video posted on YouTube.
"Elise, Elise, Elise," the crowd chanted and cheered as she basked in the moment for a bit. more >>
The Empire State Building was lit up in red Tuesday night marking the Republican Party's victory in gaining a majority in the U.S. Senate following midterm elections.
The historic New York City building went from being lit up in traditional red, white and blue to completely red after it was announced that Republicans had gained seven seats in the Senate.
The Republican Party might gain another Senate seat, for an eight-seat majority, if Alaska Republican Dan Sullivan is declared the winner over Democrat Sen. Mark Begich on Wednesday. And, if Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy wins the Louisiana runoff election against incumbent Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu on Dec. 6, the Republicans will have a net gain of nine seats in the Senate. more >>
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York plans to merge more than 112 parishes into 55 new parishes this year, leading to the closure of as many as 33 churches.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, made the announcement of the mergers on All Saints Sunday.
"This time of transition in the history of the archdiocese will undoubtedly be difficult for people who live in parishes that will merge," stated Dolan. "There will be many who are hurt and upset as they experience what will be a change in their spiritual lives, and I will be one of them." more >>
The highest court in the state of New York unanimously voted last week to approve the marriage between a half-uncle and his half niece, ruling that the marriage did not violate the state's statute against incestuous marriages.
The New York Court of Appeals voted, 6-0, last Tuesday to approve of a marriage between a Vietnamese woman and her uncle. In 2000, a 19-year-old immigrant, Huyen Nguyen, married her mother's half brother, 24-year-old uncle Vu Truong, who is an American citizen, in order for her to gain permanent United States citizenship.
After getting married, Nguyen was given temporary citizenship. After six years of marriage, Nguyen applied for her permanent citizenship in 2006. But when the Department of Homeland Security found that that the marriage between Nguyen and Truong was incestuous, the department began the process for Nguyen's deportation. An immigration judge agreed that their marriage in Rochester was invalid due to incest. The New York Appeals court overturned that decision, though, arguing that state's marriage statute did not specify incest to include the union of half-uncles and half-nieces. more >>
Navy SEAL and author of The New York Times best seller, SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper, Dr. Howard Wasdin has released a new book, The Last Rescue, which details his struggle to assimilate back into civilian life.
Wasdin, with the help and support of his wife, Debbie, and his faith in Christ, was able to overcome the difficulty of the adjustment, but not without experiencing some harsh trials in the process.
"Imagine going from the tip of the spear [as a Navy SEAL], 100 miles an hour, life or death all the time, to going back to normal life — what you guys call civilian life — that's the hardest thing I ever did," Wasdin told The Christian Post. "After being shot three times, I'm telling you, I would rather get shot again than have to go through what I went through assimilating back into society." more >>