Thursday, September 30, 2010

BISHOP TD JAKES SPEAKS ABOUT THE BISHOP EDDIE LONG SEX SCANDAL

Sidebar: I concur with everything that Bishop TD Jakes said. Everyone who is impacted by this scandal will need the cleansing power of the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world. Have mercy on us.

Thanks to Theybf.com for posting this video.

FAITH THERAPY: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE AFTER THE BISHOP LONG SEX SCANDAL?



Character Corner Radio in partnership with Pink Cotton Entertainment presents: FAITH THERAPY: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE AFTER THE BISHOP LONG SEX SCANDAL?

Date: Thursday, September 30, 2010
Time: 10:00 PM (EST)
Place: Blogtalkradio
Call-in Number: (347) 989-0587
Click here to listen to the show and participate in the chatroom.

Whenever there is a church scandal, parishioners are often the forgotten victims. This show is dedicated to those whose faith have been shaken by their Pastor's fall from grace. Call in to share experiences, give advice and encouragement to those whose faith is in crisis as a result of a church scandal.


Click here for my story and experience with my Pastor falling from grace.

WARNING: THIS SHOW IS NOT TO BASH PASTORS AND CHRISTIANS. NEGATIVE CALLERS ARE NOT WELCOMED.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

ANOTHER LONG ACCUSER BREAKS HIS SILENCE


From Wsbtv.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The fourth man to file a lawsuit accusing Bishop Eddie Long of sexual coercion talked exclusively to Channel 2 investigative reporter Jodie Fleischer on Wednesday. Spencer LeGrande, a member of New Birth Charlotte said the pastor coerced him into a sexual relationship.

LeGrande, now 22, told Fleischer he decided to come forward with his story after he saw the first two lawsuits filed against Long. "They said bishop has been accused of something, and my heart dropped. And that was my time that God told me to release what I had to say," said LaGrande.

Spencer LeGrande was just 15 years old when his family joined the New Birth satellite church in Charlotte.

According to his lawsuit, he was moved to tears when he heard Long speak. He went to meet him, the bishop hugged him, and that was the beginning of their father-son relationship.

"I pray for him, too, I really do," LeGrande said. LeGrande won't talk about the bishop now, or details of the intimate moments they allegedly shared, which are spelled out in his lawsuit.

It describes trips to Africa, and intimate sexual contact in several locations around Atlanta, including the bishop's private office. (Source)

FOX 5's Dale Russell Discusses Bishop Eddie Long Accuser's Interview

Earlier today, the V-103 Frank & Wanda Morning show interviews the Fox 5 Atlanta Reporter that broke the Bishop Eddie Long sex scandal. He also was the reporter that obtained the exclusive interview with Jamal Parris, one of the plaintiffs suing Bishop Long for sexual coercion..



ACCUSER'S ATTORNEY: SEXUAL EXPLOITATION IS AN ISSUE OF HUMANITY

B.J. Bernstein, attorney for the plaintiffs in the Bishop Long sexual coercion lawsuit, says the men accusing Bishop Eddie Long of abuse are shining a light on an important issue.

Sidebar: Bishop Long better start throwing some rocks because the plaintiffs and their legal team are throwing mountains.

FLORIDA COACHES BRAWL AT PEE-WEE FOOTBALL GAME

Sidebar: As soon as I find out the names of the coaches involved in the brawl, I will add them to the SAYD/Blank Stare list.



From KHOU.com
PEARLAND, Texas — Some pee wee football players in Pearland are seeking new role models following an ugly brawl that pitted coaches from one team against coaches from another.

“I can’t believe the coaches did that in front of us, because it sets a bad example,” said Justin Guy-Robinson, an 11-year-old who plays free safety for the Pearland Patriots.

Two Saturdays ago, Robinson’s team squared off against the Pearland Hurricanes. After the Patriots team scored a touchdown, two players began to scuffle. That’s when a Patriots coach tried to break the youngsters apart. But in the ensuing minutes, several coaches from both teams began to fight with one another. The entire scene played out before stunned players and their parents. It was also recorded on video.

“I was just shocked and was hoping it would end any minute,” said Kim Edmonsond, whose son plays defensive end for the Patriots. “Instead the fight continued and I just couldn’t believe it.”

Both teams are members of the Bay Area Football League (BALF). Following the fight, the league’s executive board disciplined the coaches involved and barred both teams from participating in post-season play.

The Pearland Patriots and the Pearland Hurricanes were tied for first place going into the game.

“I just don’t think it’s fair to punish the kids this way,” said Yvonne Robinson, Justin’s grandmother.

BALF’s executive board has scheduled a meeting for Wednesday night. Many of the players and parents are planning to attend to try and convince the board to change its ruling.

So far, no one has been criminally charged, but authorities are said to be evaluating the video and have not ruled anything out.

“I just think we’re the ones being punished for what the adults did,” Justin said. (Source)


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

BISHOP EDDIE LONG ACCUSER SPEAKS ABOUT THE ALLEGED SEXUAL ABUSE



From MyFoxAtlanta.com

Jamal Parris is one of four young men who have filed sexual misconduct lawsuits against Bishop Eddie Long, accusing him of using scripture and church money to sexually seduce them.

Since last week, none of the four young men have talked publicly about the lawsuit-- until now. We found Jamal Parris shopping at a 24-hour store in Colorado. Initially, he was reluctant to talk.

But once he started, he told a riveting story about how as a young teen-- a 14 year old with no father in his life-- he joined New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. Bishop Eddie Long came into his life. He said Long said to call him "daddy" and to trust him with spiritual guidance.

"I loved him," Parris said. "I'm always going to have love for the things that he taught me. But how he left us hurt worse than anything I ever felt in my life."

Parris claims in his lawsuit the father-like figure used scripture to justify sex. And he lavished money, cars, jewelry, trips in the Bishop's private jet, even homes on the teens, sometimes with funds from the church coffers.

"You finally have a father that you've always wanted for and always dreamed of," Parris said. "He would just walk away from you if you don't give him what he wants. So you end up turning into something you never thought you would be, which is now a slave to a man that you love."
As he claimed in his lawsuit, Jamal says the bishop began a slow sexual seduction, which became more intimate and more intense after the young boys became of legal age. (Source)

Sidebar: In a nutshell, Parris is alleging that Bishop Long had ceased paying him and the other plaintiffs for sex and moved on to his next set of victims. Feeling used, embarrassed and abandaoned, Mr. Parris and plaintiffs filed suit for sexual coercion against Bishop Long.

ACCUSSER'S FRIEND BELIEVES THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST BISHOP EDDIE LONG

*Hat tip to Sandrarose.com for posting this story.


From MyFoxAtlanta.com

Antonio Makins, who is a friend of Plaintiff Jamal Parris (pictured above), says that he has reason to believe the sexual misconduct allegations against Bishop Long. Makins sat down with senior I-team reporter Dale Russell for an exclusive interview that occurred prior to Bishop Long's public statement.

According to Straitfromthea.com, Parris wrote an open letter on his Facebook page that some believe was written to Bishop Long, although Long's name was never mentioned:
‘Do you remember the time that you used to be able to look at yourself, know and like the person you saw looking back. I cant say that i do. I can honestly say that life has been hard, i have wanted to quit many many times and tried to quit by terminating my membership here on earth.

But i am still here. Through the trials i am here. you have hurt me. I am not DEAD. i am still standing, tears in my eyes, years of hurt in my heart, feet on the ground. i am here. all i ever did was love you and want you to love me. you lied and deceived me. Why. does it matter do you even know.

I lost a life because of you. the sad part is it is the life you gave. i gave up so much, of myself and what i valued most. for you.

Whether someone tells you about this note or not, God knows it and sees my heart. I will no longer allow you and your actions to stop me from living.

I will not allow you to take anymore from what you have taken. and if you dont know let me tell you: my joy and peace, my innocence, you murdered that genuine person that was inside of me, the person that god made me. you took away hope, and you almost caused me to take my own soul. what kind of person are you.

You are not a human, you are a monster, you have made me one to those who care and cared about me and now i see the world like i see you, evil, corrupted and full of lies. i dont need you to hurt or love me anymore i can do that by myself for free, no price and no string attached.’


Monday, September 27, 2010

BISHOP EDDIE LONG TO PROPHET BRIAN CARN: 'LEAVE MY SISSIES ALONE'

Wow, Prophet Brian Carn calls out Bishop Eddie Long about his perverted homosexual lifestyle.

The only prayer that the true saints should be praying is for the spirit of discernment between good (truth) and evil (lies).



Sunday, September 26, 2010

BISHOP EDDIE LONG AND ACCUSERS: FOLLOW HOLINESS AND TRUTH

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. ~ Hebrews 12:14
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man. But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. ~ James 1:13-15



BISHOP EDDIE LONG TELLS NEW BIRTH: "I'm gonna fight"


With his wife and children sitting nearby, Bishop Eddie Long let his parishioners and visitors know that he will vigorously fight the allegations against him and will not step down as Pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.

While comparing the lawsuits to the biblical showdown between David and Goliath, Bishop Long said the following:

"Please hear this. Please hear this: I’ve been accused. I’m under attack. I want you to know, as I said earlier, I am not a perfect man. But this thing I’m gon' fight. And I want you to to know one other thing. I feel like David against Goliath, but I’ve got five rocks and I haven’t thrown one yet." (Source)

Bishop Long promised his New Birth family that he "isn't going nowhere" as long as they "don't go nowhere."

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE: REACTION TO BISHOP EDDIE LONG'S PUBLIC ADDRESS OF SEX SCANDAL




Character Corner Radio in partnership with Pink Cotton Entertainment presents: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE: REACTION TO BISHOP EDDIE LONG'S PUBLIC ADDRESS OF SEX SCANDAL

Date: Sunday, September 26, 2010
Time: 7:30 PM (EST)
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We will discuss reactions to Bishop Eddie Long's public address of sexual misconduct allegations against him brought by former members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.


BISHOP EDDIE LONG'S RESPONSE TO THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST HIM:
"I am not going to try this case in the media, it will be tried in the court of justice and decided in the court of justice. Please hear this: I’ve been accused. I’m under attack. I want you to know as I said earlier I am not a perfect man. ... But this thing I’m going to fight. I feel like David against Goliath, but I’ve got five rocks and I haven’t thrown one yet." (SOURCE)

Click here for my story and experience with my Pastor falling from grace.

WARNING: THIS SHOW IS NOT TO BASH PASTORS AND CHRISTIANS. NEGATIVE CALLERS ARE NOT WELCOMED.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

BISHOP EDDIE LONG SEX TAPE MAY EXISTS


Mediatakeout.com is reporting that there could be a possible sex tape staring Mr. Eddie Long and one of his male temple prostitute.
According to a person familiar with the case, another young man is expected to come forth - allegedly with the most DAMNING charge of all against Bishop Long.

The insider explained, "[The young man] claims that he and Bishop Eddie Long used a cellphone o tape intimate activity amongst them."

We're working R[I]GHT NOW on acquiring the rights to the tape. (Source)

I have been praying that none of the allegations against Bishop Long are true. But I am losing hope as each moment passes.

If there is in fact a Long sex tape, I want Mr. Eddie Long to remove himself from the pulpit immediately.

Friday, September 24, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: BISHOP EDDIE LONG WILL NOT BE STEPPING DOWN



According to WSBTV Channel 2 News, a church spokesperson says that Bishop Eddie Long will not step down from his duties as the Pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church when he address his congregation on this coming Sunday.

From Wsbtv.com

Bishop Eddie Long's attorney, Craig Gillen, read the following statement from Long on the Tom Joyner Morning Show on Sept. 23.

"I have been through storms and my faith has always sustained me. I am anxious to respond directly to these false allegations and I will do so. However, my lawyers have counseled patience at this time. But let me be clear; the charges against me and New Birth are false. I have devoted my life to helping others and these false allegations hurt me deeply. But my faith is strong and the truth will emerge. All I ask is for your patience as we continue to categorically deny each and every one of these ugly charges. Finally, as I have done for thousands of others over my decades of preaching, I ask for your prayers for me, my family and our church. On Sunday, at New Birth, I will respond to my congregation."

4TH MAN SUES BISHOP EDDIE LONG


From Associated Press

ATLANTA — A fourth young male member of Bishop Eddie Long's megachurch is suing the prominent pastor, claiming Long coerced him into a sexual relationship.

The lawsuit was filed by Spencer LeGrande, a member of New Birth Charlotte. New Birth Charlotte is a satellite church run by Long in Charlotte, N.C. The lawsuit said Long told LeGrande "I will be your dad" and invited the 17-year-old to journey to Kenya with him in July 2005. LeGrande said that Long gave him a sleeping pill on that trip and that the two engaged in sexual acts.

The Associated Press does not typically identify alleged victims of impropriety, but attorney B.J. Bernstein has said all four of the men who filed lawsuits consented to being identified publicly.

The lawsuit claims Long convinced LeGrande that "engaging in a sexual relationship was a healthy component of his spiritual life," the complaint said.

LeGrande, now 22, said the two continued their relationship on a February 2006 trip to South Africa and after he moved to Atlanta at Long's encouragement. He said that Long also instructed him not to have girlfriends, but that he pulled away in the spring of 2009 after he became "disillusioned." He moved back to Charlotte in October, it said. (Source)

BISHOP EDDIE LONG TO STEP DOWN AS PASTOR WHILE MORE LAWSUITS POSSIBLY TO BE FILED

Click here for statement from Bishop Eddie Long



According to Bossip.com, there could be as many as 30 more potential plaintiffs filing lawsuits against Bishop Eddie L. Long.

BOSSIP has learned from a well-placed source within the Church that AT LEAST 30 young men have contacted BJ Bernstein, the lawyer who filed the civil suit on behalf of Anthony Flagg, Maurice Robinson and Jamal Parris, and both Long and the Church are fearful more are coming.

Our source also tells us that Long had initially planned to step down from the Church today, however, with plans to address the congregation in this Sunday’s sermon it’s likely that he will announce his decision to take a reprieve from his duties when he is at the pulpit on Sunday.

An additional source familiar with Long and his practices at New Birth tells us that it’s a definite possibility that there could be at least that many plaintiffs, since Bishop Long selects new “Spiritual Sons” regularly and has been doing so for years!

I must admit that I am deeply saddened by the Bishop Long sex scandal. I cannot believe that this man would compromise his relationship with God, himself and his wife to this degree.

Who made up his inner circle? Blank stare. Satan?

Church leadership must repent now. There is a fiery fire going through the church and it is purifying the heart and intent of each person that profess to live for Christ.

We are about to find out who's real and who's an impostor.

PASTOR JAMES DAVID MANNING SPEAKS ABOUT BISHOP EDDIE LONG SEX SCANDAL

Thursday, September 23, 2010

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE: HOW TO SURVIVE A CHURCH SCANDAL



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Character Corner Radio in partnership with Pink Cotton Entertainment presents: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE: HOW TO SURVIVE A CHURCH SCANDAL

Date: Thursday, September 23, 2010
Time: 10:00 PM (EST)
Place: Blogtalkradio
Call-in Number: (347) 989-0587
Click here to listen to the show and participate in the chatroom.

Whenever there is a church scandal, parishioners are often the forgotten victims. This show is dedicated to those whose faith have been shaken by their Pastor's fall from grace. Call in to share experiences, give advice and encouragement to those whose faith is in crisis as a result of a church scandal.

Click here for my story and experience with my Pastor falling from grace.

WARNING: THIS SHOW IS NOT TO BASH PASTORS AND CHRISTIANS. NEGATIVE CALLERS ARE NOT WELCOMED.

BISHOP EDDIE LONG'S ACCUSERS ANTHONY FLAGG AND MAURICE ROBINSON TALK ABOUT MAKING IT RAIN


Sandrarose.com has posted videos of Anthony Flagg and Maurice Robinson, two of the three plaintiffs currently suing Bishop Eddie Long for sexual coercion, talking about making girls "wetter." Translation, arousing girls sexual.

The saga continues....


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

PLAINTIFFS' ATTORNEY RELEASES PHOTOS OF BISHOP LONG



From WSBTV.com
ATLANTA -- Prominent Atlanta attorney B.J. Bernstein released cell phone pictures Wednesday of megachurch pastor Eddie Long – the same day that a third lawsuit was filed accusing the Atlanta-area bishop of sexual abuse.

Three men have come forward accusing Long of coercing them into a sexual relationship.

Bernstein, who represents the three plaintiffs, said the pictures were sent to young men who attended Longfellows Youth Academy. She did not specify whether the plaintiffs also received the pictures.

In the latest lawsuit, the plaintiff, Jamal Parris, detailed how Long allegedly gave him his personal cell phone number two weeks after the two first met. Parris also alleged that Long encouraged him to call him "daddy." According to the suit, Parris’ father had not been a positive figure in his life.

Parris said he joined New Birth in 2001. He said he later became Long’s personal assistant, and that Long would ask him to remain in his private office after church, where Long engaged in sexual misconduct with Parris, according to the suit. Parris said he eventually left the church and later found out from other young male church members that they too had sexual contact with the bishop, according to the suit. (Source)

THIRD LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST BISHOP EDDIE LONG, NEW BIRTH AND LONGFELLOW ACADEMY


According to CNN.com, a third lawsuit has been filed against Bishop Eddie Long alleging coercion, negligence and fraud that involved a sexual relationship with a third young male.

Jamal Parris, now 23 and a member of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, has also filed suit against Bishop Long, the church and the Longfellows Youth Academy Inc.

LAWSUITS AGAINST BISHOP EDDIE LONG ARE 'A CASE OF RETALIATION AND A SHAKEDOWN 'SAYS CHURCH SPOKESPERSON


From CNN.com:
Allegations that a prominent Atlanta pastor coerced two young male church members and employees into sex are "a case of retaliation and a shakedown for money by men with some serious credibility issues," the pastor's spokesman told CNN Wednesday.

Pastor Eddie Long "categorically and adamantly denies these allegations," said spokesman Art Franklin. "There's been a lot of chatter since yesterday, but these complaints that have been filed are definitely without merit."(Source)



MY MESSAGE TO THE NEW BIRTH MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH FAMILY




I want each member of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church to know that you are in my prayers. I have been in your shoes with my former Pastor and friend. Click here to read my story.

Many are devastated, angry and confused simply by the mere fact that your esteemed Pastor could have been accused of sexual coercion by two young men.

Your faith should never be in a man. Man will disappoint you. Heck, you have disappointed a few people in your lifetime, including yourself.

Our faith and worship belong only to our Heavenly Father. He alone is worthy of our worship. Apostle Paul even admonishes the church to only follow him as he followed Christ.

We all have been victims of improper teachings on faith. Many churches have made celebrities out of their Pastors – placing Pastors on thrones within in their hearts that should only be reserve for the true and living God. Jesus never told the church to do such things.

Instead of disciples, we became church folks. Not growing in grace. Not lead by the Holy Spirit. Not bearing spiritual fruit or displaying the character of Christ. Always learning, but never comprehending. Not seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, but sought money, pleasure, popularity and ambition. No stability and always church hopping. Not building our faith on the Rock (God’s word), but building our faith on sand (lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and the pride of life).

Now is the time to examine your faith and ask: To whom do I belong? Do I belong to New Birth Missionary Baptist Church or the Body of Christ?

If it is the latter, then it is time to pick up your cross and follow Jesus, not your Pastor.

Continue to pray for Bishop Eddie Long, his wife and children. Also pray for the alleged victims, Maurice Robinson, Anthony Flagg and their families.

And let not your hearts be troubled because Elohim (our Heavenly Father) is still and will always be good, perfect and holy all the time.

READ BISHOP EDDIE LONG LAWSUIT COMPLAINTS


From Myfoxatlanta.com

UPDATE: A third complaint has been filed against Bishop Eddie Long, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and Longfellow Academy:

JAMAL PARRIS vs. EDDIE L. LONG; NEW BIRTH MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, INC. and THE LONGFELLOWS YOUTH ACADEMY, INC.

MAURICE ROBINSON vs. EDDIE L. LONG; NEW BIRTH MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, INC.and THE LONGFELLOWS YOUTH ACADEMY, INC.

ANTHONY FLAGG vs. EDDIE L. LONG; NEW BIRTH MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, INC.; and THE LONGFELLOWS YOUTH ACADEMY, INC.


Sidebar: Where the hell were the Plaintiffs' parents while all this "church pimping" was going down with their children?

BISHOP EDDIE LONG HAS A NEW WEBSITE




After the sexual scandal involving Bishop Eddie Long and two of his male parishioners broke yesterday, many tried to access the New Births Missionary Baptist church website only to find the server unavailable.

Well, it seems that Bishop Long has a new website located at Fhouse.org. The Father's House is a new website that network pastors together.

Anthony Flagg, 21, and Maurice Robinson, 20, have filed lawsuits Tuesday alleging Bishop Eddie Long coerced them to having sex with him in exchange for lavish trips, cars and cash from New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

BISHOP EDDIE LONG SUED FOR SEXUAL COERCION


Jesus take the wheel, brakes, car seats and muffler. Bishop Eddie Long is being sued for sexual coercion by two young men.

According to AJC.com:

Two DeKalb County men filed lawsuits Tuesday alleging Bishop Eddie Long coerced them to having sex with him in exchange for lavish trips, cars and cash from New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.

The men’s attorney called Long a “sexual predator” and said she is now talking to other potential victims.

“It’s not just these two. There are young men around him at all times,” the men’s attorney B.J. Bernstein said. “There are kids at risk now.”

Bernstein said she has not contacted DeKalb law enforcement because of Long’s ties to so many DeKalb officials.

The men, Anthony Flagg, 21, and Maurice Robinson, 20, began having inappropriate relations with Long at the age of 16, which is the legal age of consent in Georgia, Bernstein said. Bernstein said she has not contacted DeKalb law enforcement because of Long’s ties to so many DeKalb officials.

Both men filed lawsuits Tuesday against Long and the church, alleging the bishop breached his pastoral duty.

Atlanta attorney Craig Gillen, who represents Long, said his client "adamantly denies the allegations in these two lawsuits and it is unfortunate that these two young men have chosen to take this course of action.

Gillen speculated that Robinson filed the suit against Long because he was arrested in June 2010 for burglary at the church. Robinson and Anthony Boyd, 19, of Decatur, were arrested June 23 and charged with stealing items such as an iPad and an iPhone, according to a police report obtained by the AJC.

A security camera at the church on Woodrow Road in Lithonia caught most of it on videotape."(Source)


FLORIDA FATHER APOLOGIES FOR PROFANITY OUTBURST ON SCHOOL BUS


The Florida father who boarded his daughter's school bus to confront and threatened his daughter's bullies is apologizing for his actions.

At a press conference with his wife and attorney standing by his side, James Jones stated:

"I sincerely apologize for my inappropriate use of language and for the way I handled the situation. I regret for all the kids that weren't involved -- the kids that had nothing to do with this that were on the bus at the time.”

Jones’ 11-year old daughter, who has cerebral palsy, has, for the past month, endured relentless bullying.

Frustrated by his daughter’s pain and the school’s lack of response to his daughter’s bullying complaints, Jones took matters into his own hands and confronted the bullies using profanity and threats.

Jones was subsequently arrested and charged with two misdemeanors after the bus confrontation. His daughter is currently in a hospital under a suicide watch.

James Jones is a hero in my book. As both a person who was bullied as a child and a parent of child that has been bullied, I understand his frustration and lapse of judgment in the way he handled his daughter’s bullying problem. Everyone would love to do a Madea on their children's tormentors.

Schools and corporations across this country have failed to adequate address bullying problems among their student bodies and workforce.

I hope this incident will raise awareness of the impact and the dangers of bullying.

Monday, September 20, 2010

LET GO, LET GOD written by Bishop Paul Morton, Jr.

I heard this song for the first time when Marvin Sapp sang it at his wife's homegoing service.

I needed to hear the words to the song Let Go, Let God written by Bishop Paul S. Morton:

Verse 1: I couldn't seem to fall asleep.
There was so much on my mind
Searching for that peace
but that peace I could not find
So then I kneeled down to pray.
Pray help me please
Then he said you don't have to cry
Cause I'll supply all your needs.

As soon as I stopped worrying
Worrying how the story ends.
I let go and I let God let God have His way.
That's when things start happening.
When I stopped looking at back then
I let go and I let God let god have His way.

Verse 2: There's so much going on sometimes.
I can't find my way
And offten times I struggle
Struggle from day to day.
I had to realize that it's not my battle
It's not my battle to fight.
I had to know that if I put it in His hands
That everything would be alright.


Sunday, September 19, 2010

FIRST FAMILY GOES TO CHURCH




According to Sandrarose.com, for the first time in his presidency, President Barack Obama and the first family attended church services earlier today.

The first family left the White House on foot this morning for the 9am choral holy eucharist service and sermon at St John’s Church Lafayette Square.

The Obamas walked out of the residence at 8.49am and crossed the park to the nearby Episcopal church.

The president was wearing a dark suit and held Sasha Obama’s hand. She was wearing a blue dress and cream cardigan. Michelle and Malia Obama were wearing cream-colored dresses.

Lafayette Park and Pennsylvania Avenue in front of White House were closed to the public. (Source)

Many will argue that first family's church attendance is an attempt by the White House to prove that the President is not a Muslim. I am sure Pastor James David Manning's will concur that the release of these photos is a calculated publicity stunt by the Obamam administration.

FANTASIA FOR REAL SEASONS 2 HAS AUNT BUNNY ON A STRIPPER POLE

Episode 1 of Fantasia For Real did not disappoint from Teeny renting a house without a job to Aunt Bunny working the pole. It is clear that Aunt Bunny will be the breakout superstar this season.

Now, I am not a fan of strip clubs or anything that is remotely associated with them, but watching Aunt Bunny shake her stuff on a pole was entertaining. LOL

I won't try pole dancing, but I want to get into belly dancing.

Check out Season 2 Fantasia For Real each Sunday at 10 pm EST on VH1.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

FANTASIA FOR REAL SEASON 2 SNEAK PREVIEW

Here is a sneak preview of Fantasia For Real Season 2, which is scheduled to air tomorrow on VH1 at 10 PM EST.

There is so much I want to say about Fantasia's suicide attempt, but I will wait until I watch the "Suicide" episode in its entirety before I draw my final conclusion. So far, it appears that Fantasia's management team orchestrated the suicide attempt to counter the negative press generated by Fantasia's affair with a married man.

Friday, September 17, 2010

ACID ATTACK WAS A HOAX




A Vancouver woman admitted that acid attack was a hoax and her injuries were self-inflicted.

28-year-old Bethany Storro, who gained national attention by saying that a Black woman with a ponytail threw acid in her face, has admitted to Vancouver, Washington, police that her story was a hoax.

Police became suspicious about Storro’s story when the splash pattern of her injuries did not match her description of the alleged acid attack.

Vancouver Police announced that their investigation is now closed and would not speculate on Storro’s motive. Detectives spent hundreds of hours looking for a perpetrator that did not exist.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

MALINDA SAPP FUNERAL SERVICES


Today, Dr. MaLinda Sapp, wife of Gospel sinder Marvin Sapp, was laid to rest after an 18-month battle with colon cancer. She was 43 and the mother of three children: Marvin Jr., 14, Mikaila, 11, and Madisson, 9.

Pastor I.V. Hillard delivered a powerful eulogy that I will share with you in another post.

Perhaps the most touching part of the services, as captured in the video posted directly below, came when Marvin Sapp performed a song where he had to encourage himself to let go and let God have His way.

Memorial contributions can be made to:

Grand Rapids Ellington Academy of Arts & Technology
c/o Mercantile Bank
4860 Broadmore Ave. SE


Gospel star Marvin Sapp and his children pay tribute to wife MaLinda














MaLinda Sapp funeral: Her mother's tribute












TAMEKA RAYMOND SETTING TRENDS WITH ESTELLA HOME

**Photo by Rob Ector (AJC.com)


I had the esteemed pleasure of attending the ribbon cutting ceremony for Estella Home, a furniture boutique owned by celebrity stylist Tameka Raymond.

Estella Home specializes in home accessories located across the street from Raymond’s clothing boutique, Estella.

Both businesses are located in Roswell, a suburb outside of Atlanta. “I wanted customers to feel relaxed,” says Ms. Raymond about her choice of location in her interview with 944.com.
Estella Home features soft palettes and thoughtful touches including original 1800s pine [and] reclaimed wood all against a backdrop of mood-setting music. In Estella Home, select jewelry (some from local designers) blends with plush rugs, stylish seating, fragrant French soaps and textured pillows, while Estella [ Boutique] showcases inspirational mantras and choice clothing and accessories for men, women and infants fashionably draped over copper and metal pipe racks.(Source)

Raymond, a beautiful mother of 5 –including two infants- is known for setting fashion trends with such artists as Jay-Z, Lauryn Hill and ex-husband Usher. It is clear that she will set more trends with both Estella Home and Estella Boutique.

A portion of all sales will be donated to Raymond’s foundation, The Lost Ones Foundation, created to help uplift and motivate at risk girls ages 12-18.

The Lost Ones Foundation, Inc. serves an alienated, marginalized community of young women who are often ignored, set aside, disregarded or ultimately dismissed as “The Lost Ones”. Our goal is to inspire, mentor, and aid these troubled young women by offering practical and life changing retreats that will provide direction, a renewed outlook, and a strong sense of purpose.

For more information about The Lost Ones Foundation, visit www.lostonesfoundation.org.

Estella Home is located at 1158 Canton Street, Roswell, GA. For more information, call (770) 594-3333.





Wednesday, September 15, 2010

BRIDEZILLA GOES GHETTO AS BRIDE IS BEATDOWN BY GROOM'S SISTER


On an upcoming episode of Bridezilla, the Bride, whose name is Ayanna, is attacked by her future sister-in-law on the morning of her wedding. Blank stare.

According to WETv.com,
Ayanna may manipulate her man to get what she wants, but discovers that her mother isn't quite such an easy target. Not only is mom not on board with Ayanna's unusual wedding dress, but when Ayanna tries to change the menu a few days before the wedding, mom definitely isn't having it. But the real battle royal is on the big day itself when an argument with the groom's sister ends with police intervention!

The Bride Beatdown is scheduled to air on Saturday, September 18th at 10 pm.

FANTASIA FOR REAL SEASON 2 PREVIEW

Season 2 of “Fantasia For Real” will premiere on September 19 at 10 p.m on VH1. The most anticipated reality series will address Fantasia’s alleged affair with a married man.

Judging from the clip below, Aunt Bunny and Mama Barrino will get in Fantasia’s azz about her alleged affair with Mr. Antwaun Cook.

When confronted by her mother and aunt about the affair, Fantasia responds:
“I’m not a homewrecker. I didn’t break up anybody’s home and take ‘em away from their kids. I come from a home that’s wrecked. I don’t go around and wreck nobody else’s.”

Wow, I can’t wait to watch Season 2!!! All I have to say in my best NeNe Leakes' voice: "Close your legs to married men."

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

REGGIE BUSH GIVES UP THE HEISMAN TROPY



From USAToday.com

Reggie Bush will forfeit the Heisman Trophy he won in 2005. The former Southern California running back announced his decision in a statement.
"One of the greatest honors of my life was winning the Heisman Trophy in 2005," the statement said "For me, it was a dream come true. And I know that any young man fortunate enough to win the Heisman enters into a family of sorts. Each individual carries the legacy of the award and each one is entrusted with its good name. It is for these reasons that I have made the difficult decision to forfeit my title as Heisman winner of 2005."

The Heisman Trophy Trust was scheduled to meet Tuesday amid speculation that a decision on whether Bush would be stripped of the award. USC had previously given back its copy of the Heisman Trophy after Bush was found by the NCAA to have received illegal benefits during 2004 and 2005.
"The persistent media speculation regarding allegations dating back to my years at USC has been both painful and distracting, Bush's statement said. "In no way should the storm around these allegations reflect in any way on the dignity of this award, nor on any other institutions or individuals. Nor should it distract from outstanding performances and hard-earned achievements either in the past, present or future." (SOURCE)

FANTASIA PERFORMS AT V-103 FOR SISTERS ONLY



V-103 had their 19th Annual For Sisters Only event at the Georgia World Congress Center this past weekend. Everyone talked about Fantasia's performance, and my blog sista ATLien (creator of StraightFromTheA.com) posted the videos of her performance.

I was disappointed in Fantasia for dating a married man, but I could not give up on her. There is something about her spirit that lets me know she is the real deal.

Fantasia, keep your head up and close your legs to married men.

Sidebar: Teeny must be the LaToya Jackson of the Barrino family. I love the Aunt Bunny was on the state singing with the Barrino family. All they needed was Daddy Barrino.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

FAITH, PRAYER AND DEATH

"Tragedy is more important than love. Out of all human events, it is tragedy alone that brings people out of their own petty desires and into awareness of other humans' suffering. Tragedy occurs in human lives so that we will learn to reach out and comfort others" --C. S. Lewis

What do you say to children about faith and prayer when all the praying and believing could not save their mother’s life?

For the second time in the past two years, the untimely death of a woman of God, who was the mother of children under the ages 18, to cancer has brought this question to my mind.

The first time was when Houston Gospel singer Rosalyn Brunswick-McDuffie, a former background singer for Donnie McClurkin and member of the Gospel group Gospel music duo, Lyric Sings, along with Rhonda McLemore, died at the age of 39 from stomach cancer on July 26th, 2008.

In 2004, Rosalyn founded the non-denominational Palace of Praise Church in Houston with her husband Efrem Z. McDuffie.

The couple also founded the Willie C. McDuffie Adolescent Treatment Center in Houston, which cares for about 60 youngsters.

At the time of her death, she left behind 3 children: daughters Charizma Zhone, 9, Charity Zhoni 7, and son Sir William Christopher, 2.

Now there is the recent death of Dr. MaLinda Sapp from colon cancer that has again brought this above question of faith, prayer, death and children to my mind.

Dr. Sapp was the wife and manager of Gospel singer Marvin Sapp. She was also a professional counselor and administrative pastor at her husband's Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids, Mich.

At the time of her death, she also left behind three children: Marvin Jr., 14, Mikaila, 11, and Madisson, 9.



From the deaths of Rosalyn Brunswick-McDuffie and Dr. MaLinda Sapp , I am learning that faith is not always getting what you want when you want in the way you want.

True faith is trusting and loving God even when the outcome is not what you expected or desired. And we should not judge God by the trauma and disappointments we experience in our lifetime. Likewise, our faith and love for God should not be conditioned upon whether our prayers are answered consistent with our desires.

We must teach ourselves and our children that we must trust and love God, even when our hearts are broken and filled with disappointment.

Please continue to pray for both Sapp and McDuffie families.



Sunday, September 12, 2010

CUBAN DRUG DEALER THREATENS JUDGE

During his arraignment, an accused Cuban drug dealer threatens to kill a female judge if she does not release him on bond. Although the threats were conditional, this defendant could face additional charges for his behavior in court.

I am speechless. I hope the judge and local police authorities are taking his threats seriously.

*Story taken from Mediatakeout.com.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Thursday, September 09, 2010

MARVIN SAPP'S WIFE DIES FROM COLON CANCER

*My condolences and prayers to the Sapp family.



From The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Gospel singer Marvin Sapp is mourning the death of his wife and manager, MaLinda Sapp.

His record label, Verity Records, said she died Thursday after a fight with Stage 4 colon cancer. Details were not immediately available.

MaLinda Sapp was a professional counselor and administrative pastor at her husband's Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids, Mich. The church had posted a message on its website asking for prayers for MaLinda Sapp.

The couple have three children.

Marvin Sapp is one of gospel music's most popular stars. His 2008 song "Never Would Have Made It" set records for its duration on the charts, and he recently had a No. 1 hit on Billboard's gospel charts with the song "The Best in Me."


From Bellaonline.com
“I met my wife in the third grade; on the playground. We never dated during school but when I started to really work in the ministry I thought I may need to get a wife. So my minister of music, I’m not sure if she knows this story, but he told me ‘man you should try to date Malinda’ and I said ‘Craig, MaLinda is not the type of woman you date she is the type of woman you marry. So I’m not going to mess with her until I’m ready to get married.”

[Sap] eventually asked [MaLinda] out and the two have been together for over 20 years. Their love for each other was evident upon seeing them together. She was his support and it was through her encouragement that his biggest hit "Never Would Have Made It" was recorded. She was the one who pushed him to add the song to his CD and the rest as they say is history.

MaLinda Sapp is survived by her husband and their three children, Marvin Jr., 14, Mikaila, 11, and Madisson, 9.



Wednesday, September 08, 2010

HEINEKEN NOMINATES ATLien (STRAIGHT FROM THE A) AS AN INFLUENTIAL TASTEMASTER



Shout to Celebrity Blogger ATLien of StraightfromtheA.com for being nominated one of the Most Influential TasteMaker in Atlanta by Heineken during their “iNSPiRE” Dinner held in Atlanta last week. A tastemaker is a person or group that determines or strongly influences current trends or styles.

The winner was awarded $1,000.00 to donate to his/her favorite charity.

Despite receiving a huge amount of votes, ATLien did not win. But she was honored to have been nominated. Of course, if she had won, ATLien would have donated her winnings to The Big Kidz Foundation founded by Atlanta Rapper Big Boi.

As many of you know, I am a loyal follower of StraigtFromTheA.com. It is one of my favorite blogs that I visit several times a day.

What I like about SFTA is that ATLien can check you in such a nice way and yet give you a shout out at the same time. Her blog posts are concise and well written.

ATLien was also instrumental in teaching me the difference between a chicken and a duck. LOL

Make sure visit you visit www.straightfromthea.com today. You also follow ATLien on twitter @ATLien.

Sidebar: Click here to check out my interview with ATLien on Character Corner TV.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

BISHOP TD JAKES UNHARMED BY EXPLOSION IN HIS HOME


In this video, Bishop TD Jakes tells how he and his family were saved from being killed by an explosion in his home in June of last year. He listened to voice or the unction from the Holy Spirit and obeyed it. Thus, he and his family and employee were protected from the explosion.

His testimony reminded me of the protection that our Heavenly Father (Jehovah-Nissi) provides to those that are called according to his purpose. Hallelujah!

According to Isaiah 54:17, "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue [that] shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This [is] the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness [is] of me, saith the LORD."



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