WASHINGTON — Disney's upcoming film "Queen of Katwe" tells the true-story of Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga), a courageous girl who sells maize (corn) in the dusty streets of Kampala, Uganda, and ultimately uses her mastery of the game of chess to become a champion in the game of life.
Upon reading a script for the film, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, who portrays Phiona's mother, Nakku Harriet, told The Christian Post on Wednesday, "I just sobbed."
After the first 10 pages Nyong'o knew she wanted to be a part of the film, saying she hadn't ever seen anything quite like the story. An added plus was that Director Mira Nair, with whom she had worked with before, was attached. more >>
Christian leaders from across the country will unite in prayer next week at The Gathering, an ecumenical solemn assembly to ask God for forgiveness and seek His wisdom for spiritual transform in the nation.
The Gathering is expected to draw thousands of believers together and will feature nationally-renowned Christian leaders and pastors from diverse churches and denominations who will be leading people in prayer for their families, churches and the country. The event will be open to the public at 7 p.m. on Sept. 21 at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas.
Speakers at The Gathering will including the event's main organizer, Pastor Tony Evans of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Pastors Greg Laurie and Ronnie Floyd, along with James Robison, Bishop Harry Jackson, Anne Graham Lotz, and the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, among many others who can be seen here. more >>
Cleveland pastor Darrell Scott of the New Spirit Revival Center who also moonlights as a surrogate for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, believes many black Apostolic Christians also known as "Oneness Pentecostals" will not vote for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton because of her sex.
"There are entire African American Pentecostal/Apostolic Denominations that will NEVER vote for a Woman to be President!" Scott wrote in his initial tweet on the subject before adding, "Some Traditional Black Apostolic Denominations do not believe Women should be in leadership, and will NEVER vote for a Woman to be President." more >>
A Muslim-American group has hailed President Barack Obama for nominating a Muslim Washington lawyer to the U.S. District Court bench, noting that Obama has made a gesture of inclusion and valuing diversity.
Announcing Abid Riaz Qureshi's nomination, Obama said in a statement:
"I am pleased to nominate Mr. Qureshi to serve on the United States District Court bench." more >>
Instead of focusing on whether NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick is right or wrong to remain seated during the national anthem as a form of protest, Benjamin Watson is defending his decision to honor "The Star Spangled Banner."
As Watson recovers from a torn achilles that is keeping him off the football field, the Baltimore Ravens tight end is revealing the importance of standing during the singing of the national anthem.
"If I am fortunate enough to ever be dressed for another game day I imagine I would be doing the same thing I did in my last. Standing," Watson wrote in a lengthy Facebook post on Monday. "Not because America is ALL I desire it to be, because most assuredly it is not. Racism still stews, families are fractured, the unborn are trashed, schools are struggling, religious freedom is increasingly under attack, violence pollutes our cities and our suburbs, and there is a growing divide between law enforcement and the community." more >>
In a flip-flop from its oppressive dress code on Syrian and Iraqi women, which requires them to be covered head-to-toe in black burkas, the Islamic State terror group has now outlawed the burka at its security centers in northern Iraq.
The reversal comes after several IS commanders were killed at security centers in Mosul by women clad in burkas, according to the Daily Mail. Women in the rest of Mosul and in all other IS-controlled areas, however, are still being forced to abide by the strict dress code. Many women have been beaten and even killed at the hands of the jihadists' "morality police" for not wearing the body and eye-concealing garb.
But the oppression of a burka has been a relatively minor worry for many Syrian and Iraqi women who've witnessed the massacre of family members and friends at the hands of the terrorists. more >>