LISTEN: Black Christian News Network Podcast, 07/05/16, with Daniella Whyte

This is the Black Christian News Network Podcast. Thank you for joining us on this Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Here are the top 10 news stories for today.

1. According to ESSENCE, with his next book The Second Wind coming out this fall Bishop TD Jakes has nothing but business on his mind. The beloved preacher and author spoke with small business owners at the Money & Power Expo at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival. One attendee wanted to know how she could grow a business she describes as “doing well.” “If your business is in the early, formative stages, if it’s booming right now, that’s good but you want to expect it not to boom,” he said. “You ought to put enough money away so that if you hit a hard place, you don’t go bankrupt. Until you learn for sure what the market will bear and the pace of the business, err on the side of caution and put back, as much as possible, into your reserves.”

2. According to Christian Today, Christian rapper who confessed to murder nearly 20 years after he did it says he has no regrets about owning up, because it put him right with God. Trevell Coleman, better known as the rapper G Dep, which stands for “ghetto dependent”, was a rising star on the New York hip-hop scene and had been signed to megastar Puff Daddy’s Bad Boy record label in a $350,000 recording contract. He also had a wife, Crystal, and twin boys. But he was finding it increasingly difficult to cope with his guilty conscience. In autumn 1993, when he was 18, Trevell shot John Henkel three times with a 40-caliber handgun on Park Avenue in Manhattan after his attempt to rob him went wrong. It turned out Henkel had just $6 in his wallet at the time. Trevell has described how, by 2010, he had already lost his recording contract and developed a drug problem as he struggled to quiet his conscience. In the end he could no longer keep the secret to himself. He told his wife and then went to the police.

3. According to AFRO, Sunday’s front-page story on the Black Press failed to accurately portray the accomplishments of and the depth of the problems facing Black-owned media, according to scholars, Black media owners and editors. The Times story was published under the headline, “Pillars of Black Media, Once Vibrant, Now Fighting for Survival.” Linn Washington, Jr., a professor of journalism at Temple University, said one of the most glaring shortcomings of the article was that of approximately 200 Black-owned newspapers in the United States, no Black editor or publisher was quoted. Nor were any of the leaders of their trade organization, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA).

4. According to Fox News, at least 60 people were shot, four of them killed, in Chicago over the July 4 weekend despite a more officers on the streets trying to control the city’s violence. At least 32 people were shot in the 15 hours between noon on Monday and 3 a.m. Tuesday, The Chicago Tribune reported. Two of the victims were a 5-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy who were outside playing with fireworks.

5. According to the Associated Press, proceedings are scheduled to begin for the fourth Baltimore police officer slated to stand trial on charges stemming from the death of a 25-year-old prisoner whose neck was broken in the back of a police transport wagon. Lt. Brian Rice, the highest-ranking officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray, will go to trial this week on manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office charges. A hearing on pre-trial motions opens Tuesday.

6. According to the Commercial Appeal, Joe Brown, the former TV court and criminal court judge who ran for Shelby County District Attorney General, is unable to practice law in Tennessee after the state Supreme Court placed him on disability inactive status. Disability inactive status designates that a lawyer is temporarily disabled and incapacitated from practicing law. Lawyers can resume practice when they prove to the state Supreme Court that the disability has been removed.

7. According to the Associated Press, Janelle Monae says she’s honored to be part of an upcoming film that tells the little known-story of three black women who were a crucial part of NASA’s history, including one who helped John Glenn become the first American to orbit earth. The Grammy-nominated singer is making her big screen debut in “Hidden Figures,” which tells the story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson — three women who worked at NASA in the 1960s. “It is so important, that we as women, African-American women, tell our stories,” Monae said. “These three women opened doors for us and literally helped change the world.”

8. According to Reuters, Venus Williams vanquished Yaroslava Shvedova 7-6(5) 6-2 in a brutal baseline shootout at Wimbledon on Tuesday to reach her first grand slam semi-final for six years. In a scrappy match, the five-times champion – the oldest woman in the draw at 36 – drew on her experience to see off the Kazakh player contesting her first Wimbledon quarter-final. Williams, the 8th seed, advances to her first grand slam semi-final since the 2010 U.S. Open and will face Germany’s fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber. The American said she was delighted with the quarter-final victory.

9. According to Religion News Service, a South African cardinal who recently rejected calls for the Catholic Church to apologize to gay people has said the abortion rate among black women in the U.S. is “a genocide” and added: “Isn’t this something we should be apologizing for?” In a series of tweets late Friday (July 1), Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban cited Guttmacher Institute estimates that there have been more than 57 million abortions in the U.S. since the Supreme Court legalized abortion legalized in 1973.

10. According to the Washington Post, “Israel is coming back to Africa and Africa is coming back to Israel,” Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu told Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in a joint news conference in Kenya’s capital on Tuesday. The occasion marked the first official visit of an Israeli premier to sub-Saharan Africa in 30 years. Netanyahu, who arrived in neighboring Uganda on Monday, will also visit Rwanda and Ethiopia over the next three days.

That’s all for today. You can read these stories and more online at

In closing, remember, God loves you. He always has and He always will. He loves you so much that the Bible says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, why don’t you get to know Him today. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose by the power of God for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Thanks for listening. May God bless your day.