LISTEN: Al Sharpton says no money should be raised to rebuild Haiti after Hurricane Matthew; NC governor vows to save Princeville (BCNN1, 10/15/2016)

1. According to EUR Web, Rev. Al Sharpton doesn’t want any money going to rebuild Haiti from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew until someone explains what happened to the $10 billion that was meant to rebuild Haiti after the earthquake in 2010. “What happened to the money that was given the last time? We need to look into it,” Sharpton says. “I don’t know where the blame lies.” Page Six notes how six years after that quake, Haiti’s infrastructure is still in shambles, and tens of thousands are still homeless because little housing has been rebuilt. Some say Hillary Clinton is to blame. She was secretary of state when the magnitude 7.0 earthquake destroyed Port-au-Prince, and Bill Clinton was a UN special envoy to Haiti. Donald Trump claimed Tuesday in Florida that the Clintons “ripped off Haiti” and said, “We should never forget how Bill and Hillary Clinton handled Haiti the last time out.” Bill Clinton is still asking for money. On Oct. 4, he tweeted, “Praying for everyone impacted by #HurricaneMatthew. Here’s how you can help in Haiti,” with a link to the Clinton Foundation website.

2. According to the Christian Science Monitor, the resilience of the character embodied by the African-American founders of Princeville, N.C., will need to resurface again as residents come to grips with the extent of damage to their properties from receding hurricane floodwaters. Princeville, thought to be the oldest town in the nation to be incorporated by former African-American slaves, was essentially underwater Thursday after rains from last week’s hurricane Matthew caused the local Tar River to swell and overflow the dike. “Princeville is basically underwater at this time,” Gov. Pat McCrory said at a news conference Thursday where he pledged support for the city. “We’re going to have a lot of work to do in Princeville,” he said, “a lot of work, a lot of recovery. We’re going to have to rebuild a town.” The state’s death toll from the hurricane, which killed more than 500 in Haiti, had reached 22. Governor McCrory urged people to stay off flooded roads after one of the most recent deaths resulted from a man driving around a road barrier and into a washout. Following visits to shelters, McCrory praised the people’s fortitude in the face of the devastation, as the Charlotte Observer reported: “I have never met more resilient and thankful people” who were staying upbeat even though “it’s their whole lives they feel like they’ve lost.”

3. According to Fox News, while many analysts dismiss Donald Trump’s chances of winning over black voters, the Republican nominee has an unlikely ally making his case — the founder of a group that once rallied black voters for Bernie Sanders. Bruce Carter, who led “Black Men for Bernie,” told he had a change of heart after he traveled to urban communities and saw the levels of poverty in Democrat-controlled areas of the country. “Once I got involved, I realized that the Democratic Party was operating as if they own the country, and that was a major turn off for me,” Carter said. “I didn’t want to represent a party that saw its people in that way.” Carter, from Texas, has since formed “Trump for Urban Communities” – a grassroots organization he says is reaching out to black voters in big cities from Jacksonville, Fla., to Philadelphia, to Charlotte, N.C., seeking to convince first-time voters, working families and others to vote Republican in November. “Donald Trump is the best presidential candidate, who I believe has the experience and the wherewithal to give urban communities economic and educational opportunities,” he said.

4. According to the Associated Press, for the second year in a row, Christian singer Lauren Daigle won three awards at the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards on Tuesday night, including artist of the year. Two worship groups, Hillsong UNITED out of Australia and Bethel Music from California, took home two awards apiece during the 47th annual award show held at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. Jordan Feliz was named new artist of the year and Grammy winner Kirk Franklin was named gospel artist of the year. During his acceptance speech, Franklin led the crowd in a prayer for racial healing in the country. “When black boys are killed, we need to say something,” Franklin said. The award show was hosted by Tye Tribbett and brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone from the duo for King & Country. Performers included Natalie Grant, Hillsong UNITED, The Isaacs, Jonathan McReynolds, Bethel Music and Anthony Brown.

5. According to BET, Israel Houghton and Adrienne Bailon just had a wrench thrown in their relationship as the gospel singer is now being used by the Texas State Attorney General. He allegedly had two love children while still married to his wife of 20 years, and they’re forcing him to pay up. The Texas State Attorney General’s Child Support Division demanded in court documents that he immediately start paying both back and current child support for both children: Kingston, 4, and Khristian, 2. He’s also required to cough up the money for their medical expenses and health insurance. If he chooses not to pay or ignores their request, the Attorney General’s office has liberty to garnish his wages to cover his sons’ needs. Houghton is set to appear in Harris County Court in December. If he fails to appear, the judge can issue a default order.

6. According to EUR Web, Steve Harvey will return to his roots at “Showtime at the Apollo” for a pair of specials to air this winter. A two-hour “reimagining” of the classic talent showcase will air on Monday, Dec. 5, where Harvey will be joined by “some of the biggest stars in comedy and music,” Fox announced Wednesday. An additional one-hour special, also hosted by Harvey, will air in early 2017. “I’m excited to be going back home to the Apollo to celebrate the history of this great theater,” said Harvey. “I have great memories from my time there, and this is going to be a homecoming party that you won’t want to miss.”

7. According to Entertainment Weekly, Spike Lee has found the lead for his upcoming Netflix series. DeWanda Wise is joining Lee’s new show, She’s Gotta Have It, as Nola Darling. The 10-episode series — a contemporary update of Lee’s 1986 debut film of the same name, which featured Tracy Camilla Johns in the lead role — follows Brooklyn based artist Nola as she navigates her late 20s. While struggling to define herself, Nola will also have to find a way to divide her time between her friends, her job, and her three lovers. Hamilton’s Anthony Ramos was cast to play “b-boy sneakerhead” Mars Blackmon, one of Nola’s three suitors; casting has yet to be announced for her other suitors, including “protective investment banker” Jamie Overstreet and “cultured model” Greer Childs. The Chi-Raq filmmaker will direct each episode and executive produce alongside his wife Tonya Lewis Lee, whom Lee credits with having the initial idea to turn his movie into a series.