1. CBN – Wednesday evening, America got its first introduction to Pastor Darrell Scott…and boy, oh boy, did he make his presence known. He even started trending on Twitter after his fiery and memorable speech. He and his wife Belinda co-pastor New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland. He’s an African-American pastor AND a big supporter of Donald Trump. He has major access to the GOP presidential nominee and Trump looks to him for guidance, spiritual and otherwise. The Brody File team visited his church this past Sunday and spoke to him about Trump and the attacks he’s come under for supporting him. People have called him a sellout and Uncle Tom. Scott also says that Trump has told him he’s concerned with “Christian liberties.” And Scott says now that Trump is closer to 70 than 30 years old, “He’s concerned with his after life.”
2. Breitbart – The YouTube sensations known as Diamond and Silk excoriated the Black Lives Matter group in a video interview here at the Republican National Convention. “It’s no longer a movement,” declared Diamond. “It’s really a mess.” “If your black life really matters, you wouldn’t march in the streets and be blocking traffic. Someone can run you over. Duh!” Silk chimed in, stating, “In order for your black life to really matter you have to know that yourself. You can’t be looking for somebody else to take and verify that your life really matters.” The two self-professed Democrat women shot to stardom earlier this year when they expressed enthusiastic support for Donald Trump in a series of YouTube videos. The dynamic duo were speaking in an interview with this reporter that aired yesterday on Breitbart’s live stream coverage from the RNC.
3. Cincinnati Enquirer – A Facebook post from a black officer in this city’s police department is under review Thursday after the officer commented that white officers are “looking for a reason to kill a black man.” It wasn’t immediately known when Freddie Vincent made the post, which appears to be a comment on another person’s observations. Vincent’s profile lists his hometown as Winnfield, La. about 150 miles northwest of Baton Rouge, but does not say he works for the Cincinnati Police Department. Police Chief Eliot Isaac said the comments were being looked at under the department’s social-media rules. Isaac did not say whether Vincent had been given a reduction in duties pending the outcome of the investigation.
4. News 4 Jax – A group of black ministers announced Thursday that they will not rest until a judge accused of making racist and sexist remarks resigns. A Judicial Qualifications Commission filed notice Wednesday that there is probable cause to charge Judge Mark Hulsey with inappropriate conduct, citing his conversations and work he required his staff attorneys to do. In one instance, he made a racial comment to a staff member, suggesting that African-Americans should be sent back to Africa on a boat, the panel found. The chief judge reassigned Hulsey to probate court, meaning he will not handle criminal cases until his case is resolved. Pastor Fredrick Newbill and about 20 other ministers gathered at Newbill’s Northside church Thursday afternoon, demanding the chief judge do more. They want Hulsey to step down before the election in August and threatened protests at the courthouse if he does not do so.
5. USA Today – Oklahoma State men’s basketball player Tyrek Coger collapsed after a team workout Thursday afternoon and later died, the school announced. He was 21. Coger, a junior college transfer from Raleigh, N.C., was transported to Stillwater Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:23 p.m. local time. Oklahoma State men’s basketball coach Brad Underwood was on a recruiting trip in Las Vegas on Thursday. Underwood said he was “devastated” to hear of Coger’s passing.
6. Tampa Bay Times – “Black lives matter” has become a touchstone issue in the United States in the past two years. It’s a message that Warren Dawson has dedicated his whole professional life to furthering. The 76-year-old attorney has fought numerous legal battles to advance civil rights for black people in Tampa Bay, including desegregation of schools and preservation of voting rights. In the latest recognition of his contributions, Dawson was recently elected to the Judicial Council of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the highest judicatory body of a church estimated to have 7.5 million members in 39 countries.
7. Praise 1300 – The 28th Annual Midwest Black Family Reunion will be held August 19 – 21, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The celebration honors historic strengths and values of the Black Family and is the only Black Family Reunion remaining—drawing up to 20,000 visitors each year from across the country. Admission is free. National headliners include a rhythm and blues concert featuring Cameo, whose hit song “Word Up!” was released thirty years ago, and a finale gospel concert led by Grammy-award winner Donnie McClurkin. The weekend kicks off with breakfast featuring keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.
8. E! Online – Bobby Brown just announced exciting news—that his wife Alicia Etheredge gave birth to their third child together. The little one’s arrival was revealed on Bobby’s Instagram page when he posted a photo of himself grinning from ear-to-ear and wrote, “Just had a baby girl 10 pounds.” As of now, no further details surrounding the birth have been revealed like the little one’s name or exact time she was born.
9. USA Today – Former NFL head coach Dennis Green died late Thursday night from complications of cardiac arrest, his family confirmed Friday. He was 67. Green coached in the NFL for 13 seasons, the first 10 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings (1992-2001). He also coached three seasons (2004-06) with the Arizona Cardinals. He compiled a 113-94 record in the NFL in 13 seasons.
10. Sports Day DFW – A woman claiming to be Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott’s former live-in girlfriend filed a domestic violence report Friday in Columbus, Ohio, claiming that Elliott assaulted her. Elliott, who turned 21 on Friday, has denied assaulting the complainant, according to one Columbus Police report. He was not arrested and no charges were filed because of conflicting witness statements, according to police. Elliott also denied ever living with the woman. The police report says the woman accused Elliott of striking her while she was sitting in the driver’s seat of her parked vehicle at 2:35 a.m. Friday morning.