Spelman College has suspended its prestigious program worth $20 million in the wake of the recent allegations made against Bill Cosby, while his wife has spoken out for the first time to defend her husband.
"The William and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Endowed Professorship was established to bring positive attention and accomplished visiting scholars to Spelman College in order to enhance our intellectual, cultural and creative life," Spelman College said in an official statement. "However, the current context prevents us from continuing to meet these objectives fully. Consequently, we will suspend the program until such time that the original goals can again be met."
Cosby and his wife gifted the school $20 million in the late 1980s, establishing the prestigious professorship. The family also gave an academic center, named for Camille. This is not the first school that Cosby has been affiliated with; earlier this month, he stepped down from the board of trustees at Temple University. He was also stripped of the honorary title of chief petty officer given to him in 2011. more >>
Thirteen Christian families in a small village located in the Punjab province of Pakistan are now homeless after the local municipal government demolished their homes because the families refused to work for no pay and become bonded laborers.
Members of the Christian families, who all worked at a local brick kiln in the village of Samundri, refused to continue working unless they received fair compensation for their labor. Pakistan Christian Post reports that the village's municipal government carried out the destruction of their homes last week after being pressured to do so by the "influential" Muslims who owned the brick kiln operation.
"Houses of 13 Christian families have been demolished by the Town Municipal Administration Samundri under the pressure of the influential people of the village just because they refused to bonded labour without any penny," the news report stated. more >>
Flamboyant fashion designer Tom Ford sparked outrage recently following the launch of his new collection of phallic crucifix necklaces.
The pendant is shaped like a phallus and resembles a crucifix. Outraged Christians have blasted the unusual jewelry as "blasphemous," with some even calling it an attack on Christianity.
The necklace is available in either silver or 18-karat white gold, according to Ford's website, and it comes in small, medium and large sizes. It is priced at $790 and has come just in time for Christmas, which has fueled even more outrage. more >>
A string of secret Santas in Massachusetts made their way to local Toys "R" Us stores last week and paid thousands of their own dollars to pay off all of the stores' layaway orders in efforts to help families in financial need put gifts under the Christmas tree for their children.
The pay it forward-type of Christmas initiative took prominence last Wednesday at a Toys "R" Us in Bellingham, Massachusetts where an unidentified woman, known only as the "Layaway Angel" paid nearly $20,000 of her own money to bless hard working parents by closing out all of the store's 154 layaway orders. Each balance varied from just a few bucks to over a few hundred dollars.
One parent, who along with her kids is a beneficiary of the "Layaway Angel's" Christmas generosity, told the Milford Daily News that she was surprised when she received a call from Toys "R" Us telling her to come pick up her layaway order because her balance had already been paid for. more >>
Jessa Duggar, newly wed to Ben Seewald, released footage from their car ride to his home in Hot Springs, Arkansas, including Ben singing Christmas songs.
"This is what I get to listen to in the car! Love you, Babe!" Jessa wrote under a video of Ben singing songs including "Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year."
The newlyweds wanted to visit Ben's family in Hot Springs after returning from their honeymoon. They earlier spent time with Jessa's family, having an in-house double date with sister Jill and her husband Derick before going to the Duggar family home for the annual Christmas celebration and recital. The Duggar family posted photos of the special event, with all the children taking part and sharing their talents with family and friends. more >>
"My Five Wives" star Karlie Jessop welcomed her first child, a son named Huck, on Oct. 29 and is still asking the public for prayers since the micro-preemie is still in the hospital.
Karlie is the 21-year-old daughter of Brady Williams, who is married to five women, including Karlie's biological mother, Paulie. Karlie is married to husband Jake, and the couple were thrilled to be expecting their first child. However, things took a drastic turn when Karlie started experiencing severe back pain; after getting to the hospital, things continued to progress quickly.