President Barack Obama made his final appearance on the "The Late Show" with David Letterman on Monday, mixing comedy with talk on some serious issues, such as the riots that broke out last week in Baltimore. Obama said that African-Americans are angry at poverty and unemployment, but added that most Americans want to work together to solve these issues.
"What you have are pockets of poverty, lack of opportunity, lack of education all across this country, and too often we ignore those pockets until something happens, and then we act surprised," Obama said of the broader problem behind the riots and burning of homes and businesses.
"There are cities across the country who work with police, clergy and others and say we want to get beyond the status quo, and I'm confident we can see improvement," he added. more >>
In the wake of ongoing racial tensions taking place around the nation, the film "Black or White" may inspire people to see beyond the surface of skin color if they take the movie home.
Nearly five months after it was released in movie theaters, "Black or White" is now being released on BLU-RAY, DVD and Digital HD on May 5. The movie intertwines elements of faith, forgiveness, and race when two grandparents find themselves engaged in a legal battle for the custody of their bi-racial granddaughter, Eloise.
The caucasian grandfather, played by Oscar winner Kevin Costner, is suddenly left to care for Eloise on his own after the death of his daughter and his wife, while the African-American grandmother, played by Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, believes she should be raising the child of her struggling son, Reggie. more >>
Dallas Theological Seminary, one of the top 20 seminaries in the U.S., revealed Tuesday that the school's president, Mark L. Bailey, apologizes for racism "every year" after graduate Jimmy King, who now serves as senior pastor of Proclamation Church in Orlando, revealed that he was once told "we've never placed a black graduate to a white church" when he tried getting help from the school in finding a job.
"In the last year, I went to the placement office, I said 'I'm ready to be placed.' They said, 'we've never placed a black graduate to a white church,'" King, who graduated in 2006, recalled at the Reconciled Church Summit in Orlando, Florida, last Wednesday. more >>
More than 200 teenagers and pre-teens living on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota have planned, attempted, or died by suicide between December 2014 and March of this year, and now religious leaders are getting involved, claiming that there's a spiritual battle that needs to be fought and won in order to save their youth.
"This is beyond anything we've ever seen; it's almost like 'serial suicides.' This is not just a psychological issue: this is a spiritual battle with spiritual forces. The thief — speaking of the devil — 'comes to steal, kill, and destroy,' and this is the result," Ron Hutchcraft of Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, told Mission Network News.
Hutchcraft is calling on Christians both in South Dakota and across the country to come together to help the at-risk teenagers as Christian leaders are gathering with leaders on the reservation to mobilize prayer warriors. more >>
ORLANDO, Fla. — Jimmy King, a Dallas Theological Seminary graduate who now serves as senior pastor of Proclamation Church in Orlando, accused the school said to be one of the top 20 seminaries in the U.S. of not providing him and other black graduates with enough support in finding employment, and further asserted that he was once told, "we've never placed a black graduate to a white church."
King, who graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2006 with a master of theology in pastoral ministry and leadership degree, according to his church's website, revealed during The Reconciled Church: Healing the Racial Divide Summit at the Orange County Convention Center last Wednesday that when he went to get help from the school's placement office in his final year they gave him the surprising news.
"In the last year, I went to the placement office, I said 'I'm ready to be placed.' They said, 'we've never placed a black graduate to a white church,'" King recalled before a panel of church leaders, including reconciled church founders Bishop T.D. Jakes, Bishop Harry Jackson, and televangelist and pastor James Robison. more >>
Over the weekend, noted Harvard Law professor and criminal defense attorney Alan Dershowitz made headlines attacking Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby for allegedly overcharging the Baltimore police officers blamed for Freddie Gray's death and for placing "politics and crowd control" over the interests of justice. Here's the core of Dershowitz's argument:
"I understand why the mayor and state attorney want to prevent riots . . . but that's not the job of the justice system . . . You cannot allow police officers or any other defendants to become scapegoats for crowds demanding a continuation of rioting . . There's no plausible, hypothetical, conceivable case for murder under the facts that we now know them. You might say that conceivably there's a case for manslaughter. Nobody wanted this guy to die, nobody set out to kill him, and nobody intentionally murdered him."
"The worst-case scenario is a case for involuntary manslaughter or some kind of reckless disregard, but the idea of without further investigation coming down with murder indictments . . . This is a show trial. This is designed to please the crowd. It's designed to lower the temperature." more >>