At a young age, Sean McElwee knew he wanted to be a star. So when his face appeared on a billboard at the corner of Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevard in Los Angeles this year, he was reeling with excitement over his newfound fame.
"My mom took me to see my billboard. Thank you Jesus," he proclaimed on Facebook last week, posing with outstretched arms and a huge smile before the large sign bearing his likeness.
Sean is a star on the hit A&E reality series "Born This Way," which is back for a second season and takes an unscripted look at the lives of seven adults living with Down syndrome as each finds their own independence — sometimes falling, sometimes soaring — and it's quickly developing a cult following. more >>
Republican presidential hopeful Donald J. Trump recently spoke the praises of famed Christian quarterback and Nathan Fillion lookalike contest winner Tim Tebow.
The Donald commended the football star and philanthropist, who recently gained headlines for carrying 500 pounds of medical supplies across the Amazon to benefit a struggling orphanage.
"Let me tell you, I love Tim Tebow. Tebow is really a guy, I mean a really great guy. Ever been around him? I have. And you know what? He's great," said Trump. more >>
In light of the Pokemon Go craze that's endangering the safety of some gamers, and the many violent-natured shoot 'em up games like the Call of Duty and Battlefield series, one can't help but wonder: should Christians play such video games?
In a July video blog, Arizona-based Trinity Church Pastor Mark Driscoll answers whether or not it's godly for believers to play video games, and the pastor's first bit of advice is to pay attention to one's conscience.
"If your conscience is bothering you, then you've got to pay attention to that," says Driscoll. "The Bible talks a lot about our conscience in the opening chapters of Romans, places like Proverbs — that God has given us a conscience, and in addition to His Word and the Holy Spirit, God has given us a conscience to help us be sensitive to things that are ungodly or unwise. So, I would say if your conscience is bothering and burdening you, then you really need to pay attention to that." more >>
His music is wildly popular among black and white evangelicals, but his messages on race have not been so well received. Nonetheless, Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae isn't changing a thing.
The Texas native who's earned a Grammy, GMA Dove Award, and two BET Awards regularly speaks out about racial issues, but it's starting to create a fault line between him and some of his fans. In an interview with The Washington Post earlier this month, Lecrae said despite the criticism, he isn't backing down.
"I don't see this as a black-white issue. In India, the Filipinos are being treated like they are less than human," he said. "I'm not focused on race [blacks and whites], exactly. If blacks in America are treated equally, I'll move on to the next group." more >>
Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said on Monday that being transgender makes just about as much sense as a person deciding to change his or her ethnicity or a leopard deciding to identify as a tiger.
In an interview with The Hill, the 64-year-old retired and renowned pediatric neurosurgeon asserted that the idea of a person being transgender "doesn't make any sense."
"For someone to wake up and think that they belong to a different sex because they feel different that day is the same as if you woke up and said, 'I'm Afghani today because I saw a movie about that last night, and even though my genetics might not indicate that, that's the way I feel, and if you say that I'm not, then you're a racist,'" said Carson, who was in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention. more >>
The children's television network Nickelodeon plans to introduce a biracial, same-sex couple into one of its newest cartoon shows.
According to the entertainment news outlet Variety, Nickelodeon is on the midst of introducing the network's first-ever married same-sex couple in the cartoon series "The Loud House," which premiered this May.
The cartoon couple, Harold and Howard McBride, are voiced by comedian Wayne Brady and actor Michael McDonald and will debut in the series when the new episode "Overnight Success" airs on Wednesday. more >>