This is the Black Christian News Network Podcast for Friday, January 27, 2017.
1. According to FOX News, Vice President Mike Pence fired up the crowd at Friday’s March for Life in Washington, telling the pro-life throng their movement is succeeding. Speaking at the Washington Monument, before the march stepped off just after noon, Pence said, “Life is winning in America and today is a celebration in that progress. We’ve come to a historic moment in the cause of life and we must approach it with with compassion for every American. Life is winning in America because of you. And to thunderous applause, he added, “Let this movement be known for love. Not anger. For compassion. Not confrontation.” In addition to Pence, speakers included key adviser to President Trump Kellyanne Conway, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, NFL star Benjamin Watson, Sen. Jodi Ernst, and others.
2. According to Hip Hop Wired, Emmett Till‘s brutal 1955 lynching at the hands of white men angered by his alleged flirting with a married white woman Mississippi has remained one of the most chilling instances of racism in modern times. However, the woman at the center of the controversy, Carolyn Bryant Donham, shared in 2007 that her claims and testimony in court against Till was all an elaborate lie. The admission was given to author Timothy Tyson, whose new book The Blood of Emmett Till examines the inner workings of the moments that led to the death of the 14-year-old Chicago boy. Vanity Fair took a deeper look into Tyson’s book and zeroed in on how the author found Donham in 2007, then at the time 72. Donham’s shocking admission had been expected by some who have followed the case over the years, but this was the clearest confirmation of the lies told that helped end Till’s life.
3. According to the News & Observer, a Wilmington chapter of the Revolutionary Black Panther Party has announced plans to hold an “armed march” in the coastal North Carolina city on Sunday. The announcement was made on a Facebook page belonging to a group called the Revolutionary Black Panther Party of Wilmington. A poster uploaded to the Facebook page Thursday described the march as an “armed human rights march and armed freedom ride,” and that has made some city leaders uneasy, the Wilmington Star News reports. The city’s mayor, Bill Saffo, said he was concerned about having marchers who could be armed, but he told The Star News that he believes Sunday’s event will occur without incident.
4. According to the Huffington Post, after the success of his ugly Christmas sweaters in support of prison reform, rapper Nas is back for another good cause. In honor of Black History Month, Nas is launching an exclusive collection featuring inspirational dashikis with “Black Don’t Crack” writing and “I’m Black And I’m Proud” graphic tees, sweatshirts, as well as Malcolm X-inspired hats by his clothing brand HSTRY. A portion of proceeds for the line will go to the National Black Child Development Institute, which provides various resources to black children through “publications, advocacy and trainings related to early childhood care and education; health and wellness; literacy and family engagement.” The 43-year-old says he wants the commemorative collection to help enrich black culture in a bold, fun way.
5. According to Variety, Netflix and Lionsgate have inked a deal for the global streaming rights to “Greenleaf,” Variety has learned exclusively. New episodes will still air in the U.S. on Discovery’s OWN, but under the pact with Netflix, those new episodes will be available to Netflix customers outside the U.S. and Canada the day after their U.S. debut. All 13 episodes of Season 1 will be available to everyone on the service starting March 3. “Greenleaf,” created by playwright Craig Wright, presents an unvarnished view of the family politics at play behind a megachurch in Tennessee. Oprah Winfrey guest stars alongside regulars Keith David, Lynn Whitfield, Merle Dandridge, and others. Production on Season 2 is currently underway in Atlanta.
6. According to BBC News, Venus and Serena Williams will meet in a Grand Slam final for the ninth time after the American sisters came through their semi-finals in Melbourne. Thirteenth seed Venus, 36, beat fellow American Coco Vandeweghe 6-7 (3-7) 6-2 6-3 to reach her first major final since 2009. World number two Serena, 35, saw off unseeded Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2 6-1 in the second semi-final. Serena is attempting to win an Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam singles title. It would also be a seventh Australian Open victory for the younger Williams sister, while Venus hopes to win an eighth major title, first in Melbourne and first since Wimbledon in 2008.
7. According to Fox 8, former North Carolina State University basketball star Charles Shackleford was found dead Friday morning. Shackleford, 50, was discovered at his home in Kinston, North Carolina, WNCT reports. The cause of death has not been determined. He played basketball at N.C. State from 1985 through 1988. He was drafted by the Nets in 1988 and played with them for two seasons before finishing his career with the 76ers and Timberwolves. Over his NBA career, the center/power forward averaged 5.4 points and 4.8 rebounds. The investigation is ongoing.