1. According to CBN News, for the first time in centuries, a remote African tribe called the Batwa Pygmies is being introduced to Jesus Christ. For centuries, the Batwa were rain forest dwellers who lived in caves and trees while hunting in the Equatorial jungles of Africa. Dr. Scott Kellermann, an American physician, is studying the Batwa people. “They are very diminutive,” said Kellermann, who founded the The Kellermann Foundation. “They are only four and a half feet in height typically. They hunted with poison-tip arrows or nets, collect fruits from the trees or roots from the ground.” Batwa life revolved around the Bwindi forest of southwestern Uganda. “Actually, they were pre-stone age,” Kellermann explained. “They had no stone implements, so that’s a reason very few records are found of the Batwa.”
2. According to the Huffington Post, in 2004, Tamron Hall’s sister Renate died after spending years in relationships with abusive men. In the 12 years since, Hall has dedicated her time speaking out about the issue. In an effort to honor Renate and help others, Hall is taking her advocacy a step further. The “Today” co-host said she felt that the public only knew Renate as “Tamron Hall’s sister,” but she didn’t want Renate’s story to be solely defined by her. So in partnership with non-profit Safe Horizon, Hall launched “The Tamron ? Renate Fund” in October (Domestic Violence Awareness Month). The fund aims to provide support for victims by educating their family members so that they can learn how to become a strong support system.
3. According to Variety, Sophia Cranshaw, a Peabody Award and Emmy Award-winning producer of social-issues campaigns for Viacom’s MTV, died last Monday from breast cancer. She was 45 years old. Since 2008, Cranshaw worked as vice president of promotion for MTV’s MTVu, a network devoted specifically to programming for college students. As part of her job, she worked on many of the network’s public-service efforts to generate more attention to causes including mental illness and genocide. The campaigns have been a cornerstone of MTV programming for decade and serve as a way for the network to connect more directly to younger generations through the social causes they embrace. Cranshaw was born in Memphis, TN on October 29, 1970. She grew up in East Texas and received a liberal arts degree in radio, television and film from the University of North Texas. She is survived by her parents, John and Nonah Cranshaw, as well as a sister, Pia Mitchell.
4. According to Hollywoods Black Renaissance, Naomie Harris will receive the Variety Award at the upcoming British Independent Film Awards for her contribution to the British film industry on December 4th. Each year, the annual awards ceremony recognizes a director, actor, writer or producer who has made a global impact and helped to focus the international spotlight on Britain. Harris will be the first black woman to receive this prestigious award. Previous recipients include Benedict Cumberbatch, Jude Law, Kenneth Branagh, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson, Michael Caine, Daniel Craig, Helen Mirren, and Kate Winslet. Harris is best known to global audiences as Eve Moneypenny in Bond movies Spectre and Skyfall. She also starred in the Pirates of the Carribean franchise. This year, Harris has been greatly applauded for her portrayal of a drug-addicted mother in the critically acclaimed awards contender Moonlight. Her performance has many speculating that she will receive a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the 2017 Oscars. Harris will be seen next in Collateral Beauty, opposite Will Smith and fellow Variety Award winners Winslet, Knightley, and Mirren.
5. According to Reuters, the Chicago Cubs set up a winner-take-all Game Seven of the World Series by crushing the Cleveland Indians 9-3 on Tuesday to level Major League Baseball’s best-of-seven championship. Facing elimination, reigning Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta won his second of the series, backed by 22-year-old shortstop Addison Russell, who smashed a grand slam on his way to logging a World Series record-tying six runs batted in. Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant, who had four hits, also homered for Chicago, who erupted for 13 hits off six Indians pitchers. The victory kept alive the Cubs’ quest of winning their first Fall Classic title in 108 years, and for the second time in as many games Chicago put on hold Cleveland’s celebration of a first World Series crown since 1948.
6. According to Reuters, Ray Allen, a 10-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion, officially announced his retirement after 18 seasons on Tuesday. Allen last played in the 2013-14 season and has been tied to rumors of a potential return ever since. On Tuesday, he wrote a letter for The Players’ Tribune saying he is walking away for good. “I write this to you today as a 41-year-old man who is retiring from the game,” Allen wrote. “I write to you as a man who is completely at peace with himself.” A likely first-ballot Hall of Famer, Allen had career averages of 18.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 1,300 games. He departs as the NBA’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made (2,973), and established himself as one of the greatest 3-point and free-throw shooters, boasting career marks of 40 and 89.4 percent respectively.
7. According to Reuters, former world number one Tiger Woods will make his competitive comeback at next month’s Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, an event which he hosts, after being sidelined for more than a year. “I am excited to make my return at the Hero World Challenge,” the 14-times major winner said in a news release on Tuesday. The Tiger Woods Foundation is a charitable beneficiary of the Dec. 1-4 tournament, which will be held for a second year in a row at Albany Golf Club in New Providence. The 40-year-old American has been sidelined for 15 months due to back-related issues.