The 16th annual BET Awards aired live Sunday night from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, and actor Samuel L. Jackson said God was to be thanked first for his lifetime of achievements.
The show, which is meant to honors artists, actors and athletes across 20 categories for their impact on black entertainment, awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award to the veteran actor who has become the face of Marvel's character Nick Fury. The night also featured tributes to Prince and a surprise performance by Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar. Grey's Anatomy star Jesse Williams also delivered a passionate Black Lives Matter speech after winning the Humanitarian Award.
When Jackson received the Lifetime Achievement Award, he spoke directly to the audience. more >>
The Eight-Member U.S. Supreme Court struck down two key parts of Texas' controversial abortion facility regulation legislation, commonly known as HB 2.
In a 5-3 decision, the highest court in the land concluded that the Texas' law's demand that abortion providers have hospital admitting privileges and that clinics be regulated as surgical centers violated the U.S. Constitution.
Justice Stephen Breyer authored the majority opinion, being joined by Justices Anthony Kennedy, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito dissented. more >>
Conservative groups are expressing concern for student rights following New York City Public Schools' recent LGBT Pride Celebration.
Earlier this week, NYC Public Schools held what has been described as their "first ever" LGBT pride celebration for students and their families.
"Hundreds of LGBT students, their parents and teachers came together Tuesday for the first LGBT pride celebration at the [Tweed] courthouse in Manhattan," reported Fox 5, noting that hundreds were in attendance. more >>
National and local health officials in North Carolina are investigating after a beloved Christian teenager died Sunday due to an infection from a rare brain-eating amoeba she might have contracted while rafting during a church trip at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte.
According to the Charlotte Observer, the teenager, Lauren Seitz, lived in Westerville, a suburb in Columbus. She graduated from high school last month and was preparing to start Denison University in the fall.
"Yesterday afternoon, June 21, 2016, I was informed by health officials that an individual had passed away from meningitis potentially caused by a water born organism. The individual, Lauren Seitz, had visited the USNWC earlier in the month and the USNWC was therefore identified as a possible source of the organism," U.S. National Whitewater Center CEO Jeffery T. Wise said in a statement Wednesday. more >>
Actress Tamera Mowry-Housley says after she broke her vow to God not to have sex before marriage, she has struggled to forgive herself.
"I think one of the hardest things to do is forgive just in general," Mowry-Housley said on the daytime talk show "The Real" when asked a questions about forgiveness. "But I think the hardest thing to do is forgive yourself.
"Sometimes when you do something that you know maybe you shouldn't have done, it's hard to move on," she said. "I have a very long story about what I needed to forgive myself about. You guys all know that I made a pact to myself to stay a virgin before I got married and I tried for a very very very long time." more >>
Statistics from the Centers for Disease control have found that nearly 60 percent of high school students have never had sexual intercourse despite the push in America's school systems to teach students the about safe sex and contraception.
According the CDC's 2015 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey, about 41.2 percent of high school students in America admit to ever having sexual intercourse, which marks a 5.6 percentage point decrease in the amount of high school students that the center found had ever had sexual intercourse in its 2013 survey.
Considering that 41.2 percent of high school students report ever having sex, that means that 58.8 percent of high school students have abstained from having sex. The survey also finds that only 30.1 percent of high school students are sexually active, meaning they had sex in the last three months. more >>