To help further craft their vision for criminal justice reform, Bishop T.D. Jakes and a Dallas County judge visited the Dallas County Jail last Wednesday to meet with inmates who say they want a second chance at life.
Going before a parole board, the inmates told Jakes and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins their stories, which included background on their childhoods, families, and addictions, as well as their plans for how to stay out of jail, their support systems and even their fears, hopes and dreams.
Among those stories was one 35-year-old inmate's concern that his criminal record will "scare off" employers and landlords, and his hopes to overcome the negative labels of "junkie" and "crackhead" that he has endured. Another inmate, a 50-year-old woman, is ashamed to allow her sons to visit her after being imprisoned more than eight times. Her latest conviction involved the sale of crystal meth. She hopes to see more programs in place that help ex-offenders stay on the straight-and-narrow after they get out of jail. more >>
In a revealing interview aired on CNN Wednesday, one of the network's most notable anchor's, Don Lemon, surprisingly revealed that megachurch pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas, played a huge role in his success as a journalist.
"It might sound strange, maybe even impossible, but the person who changed my life is someone I'd never even met. Through the power of his voice and his message, Bishop T.D. Jakes pulled me out of a crisis more than a decade ago and I wouldn't be where I am today if I hadn't heard his words," Lemon said during the interview.
Lemon then called Jakes "the voice in my head" and told the inspiring pastor that he listens to his messages a lot. It was a confession that surprised Jakes. more >>
One normally sees popular televangelist T.D. Jakes in a full suit and tie with his name engraved on his shirt cuffs, but the bishop took a detour from his usual high fashion apparel when he preached a post-Christmas sermon at his son-in-law's California church.
The Potter's House pastor received quite a backlash on social media after he posted a picture of himself wearing an outfit that included a kangol hat and ripped jeans after he preached a sermon at the One Church in Los Angeles.
Jakes debuted his Sunday church attire with a caption that read: "I want to thank One Church for a great service! Loved the atmosphere there. The presence of the Lord and the kindness of the people explain why Hollywood is buzzing about this young church and its rapid growth! Thanks @toureroberts and @sarahjakesroberts." more >>
Sarah Jakes Roberts is gearing up to deliver her first child with her husband, Pastor Touré Roberts, but she is not forgetting about the women who suffer great losses while pregnant.
"The moment a woman learns she's pregnant there are feelings so overwhelming it's difficult to fully put in words. From wondering if she can handle the responsibility to praying her body can withstand the process of development," Jakes Roberts wrote on Instagram. "The statistics of potential loss or miscarriage are never far from your mind. The potential for rare disease or deformities are all realities that one must consider as she awaits for tests and prays to feel her baby kick."
Jakes Roberts, the 27-year-old author, motivational speaker and daughter of Bishop T.D. Jakes, is in her last trimester of pregnancy. Her husband is the senior pastor of One Church International in Hollywood, California. Although the couple has expressed excitement about their upcoming bundle of joy, Jakes Roberts has also mourned with dozens of women who miscarried or lost their children. more >>
This Thanksgiving holiday, Bishop T.D. Jakes remembers the dying words of his mother in a touching op-ed for FoxNews published Tuesday.
The 600-word piece opens with the death of his mother, Odith Jakes, whom the pastor "cradles" in his arms as she draws her final breaths. But, as mothers often use every chance they can to give their children helpful advice, she spends her last moments admonishing Jakes and his brother and sister to "stick together."
Bishop T.D. Jakes may be the brother of Jesus Christ, according to singer-songwriter Tamar Braxton who jokingly made that claim when reflecting on her faith recently.
Braxton, the entertainer who also serves as a co-host on "The Real" talk show, is recovering after being hospitalized for suffering from two blood clots in her lungs. Despite her health issue, Braxton still found time to promote the new book, Faithing It, written by Bishop Jakes' daughter, Cora Jakes-Coleman.
While the comedic entertainer recommended the book to her more than 2 million Instagram followers, she joked about the Jakes family being directly related to Jesus Christ in the process. more >>