While many people around the country are trying to raise awareness for social injustice, some Hollywood stars are looking to protest with their wallets by boycotting black Friday.
Entertainers such as actor Jesse Williams, singer John Legend, actresses Tika Sumpter and Kat Graham, model Chanel Iman, entertainment mogul Russell Simmons and television host Terrence Jenkins, have decided to skip out on black Friday after news broke that Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson would not be charged for fatally shooting Michael Brown,18, last August.
A number of celebrities showed their support for the movement by using the hashtag #BlackOutBlackFriday on social media, in an attempt to boycott Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that sees many Americans shop in droves to find bargain deals. more >>
The co-founder of America's largest LGBT political advocacy organization, Human Rights Campaign, has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a teenage boy.
Terrence Bean, 66, was indicted last week in Oregon on two felony counts of third-degree sodomy and one count of third-degree sexual abuse after allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old boy he met online through a gay dating app last year.
Bean, who's a leading LGBT activist and also the co-founder of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, is a major donor to the National Democratic Committee and was major financial supporter in the campaigns of President Barack Obama and other prominent Democrats. more >>
In the wake this week's grand jury decision not to indict the Ferguson, Missouri, cop who shot and killed an unarmed African-American teenager, potential Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson claims that young males living in inner cities need to be taught how to respond better to authority.
In an interview with Bloomberg Politics Monday night, the 63-year-old retired neurosurgeon and rising conservative star was asked to recount his own childhood experience with his run-ins with inner city Detroit law enforcement.
Although Carson said that as a kid there was the possibility for many run-ins with police officers, he said he was largely able to avoid harsh police confrontations because he was taught at a young age to be "polite" and how to "appropriately" react to interactions with law enforcement and other types of authority. more >>
Last summer, God revealed a message to me just before the tragic death of Michael Brown. "Alveda, tell the people of the world this: You don't have to live this way. You are better than this." Weeks later Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson.
Earlier this week, my friend Bishop Harry Jackson, world leader and Pentecostal Pastor of Hope Christian Center spoke to our nation with these words: "America, we are better than this." The message is very clear. God values our lives, all of our lives. These words came just after a powerful "2014 Evening of Prayer for Our City & The Urban World" hosted by Bishop Raphael Green and other ministers and leaders in Ferguson.
Bishop Jackson; Niger Innis, National Spokesperson for Congress on Racial Equality (CORE), Executive Director of TheTeaParty.net, and Founder of www.restorethedream2015.com; and I are part of a growing coalition of socially and ethnically blended preachers and civil rights leaders who are leading the charge to promote peaceful solutions to the systemic issues that are at the root of explosive eruptions across our nation. Right now, the spotlight is on Ferguson, MO where a grand jury comprised of the peers (Blacks and Whites) of Michael Brown and Darren Wilson failed to indict Officer Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. more >>
Pastors nationwide continued to dialogue and voice strong opinions about the issues surrounding the St. Louis grand jury decision, announced Monday evening, not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, as well as the subsequent demonstrations.
"None of us really knows exactly what happened in the Ferguson shooting. Sadder is that even many Christ followers don't seem to want to know," posted Pastor James MacDonald, founding and senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel based in the Chicago area, on Instagram (see below). "What we appear to prefer is lining up without nuanced analysis entirely on one side or the other."
MacDonald gave examples of the views people line up with. "'All police are driven by racial prejudice and out to get racial minorities' – oh please! Or 'all police actions are justifiable and there is no abuse of authority or pent up feelings of righteous anger in our urban centers' – oh please!" more >>
The hashtag "#PrayForFerguson" was trending nationwide on social networking site Twitter Tuesday morning as people shared their pleas for peace, love and healing following Monday's announcement that police officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted for fatally shooting an unarmed African-American teen.
In the moments following the announcement, #Ferguson was used more than 50,000 times a minute.
Those following the unrest that erupted in Ferguson streets Monday night used the hashtag #PrayForFerguson to share prayers such as @johnlcooper's "God, help us LOVE" more >>