This is the Black Christian News Network Podcast for Friday, February 10, 2017.
1. According to the Christian Post, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, hailed a $225,000 settlement for Dr. Eric Walsh, a Christian public health expert and lay preacher who lost a job with Georgia’s Department of Public Health in 2014 over his faith, as a “victory” for religious freedom Thursday. First Liberty Institute represented Walsh in the case against the state of Georgia and the Family Research Council was among the advocates who stood with Walsh in his fight. Perkins said, “Family Research Council was pleased to stand with Dr. Walsh, and will do so for any pastor who is targeted by the government because of what is said in the pulpit.”
2. According to the Associated Press, the mother of a mentally ill woman who suffocated while handcuffed by Cleveland police says she wants the officers prosecuted after settling a lawsuit Monday for $2.25 million, the latest large settlement with the city over allegations of police misconduct. Last month, the city agreed to pay $2.25 million to the family of a man shot by a Cleveland officer outside the city in 2011, and last year it agreed to pay $6 million to the family of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy fatally shot by a white Cleveland officer while playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center. The settlement made public Monday is for the death of Tanisha Anderson who had a history of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and died outside her mother’s Cleveland home in November 2014.
3. According to the Associated Press, four black people charged with a hate crime in an attack on a white mentally disabled man that was shown live on Facebook are expected to enter pleas during a court hearing. The four whose hearings are scheduled for Friday in Chicago have been in custody since early January. At their first hearing, a judge called them a danger to society and refused to allow them to post bail. The case gained international attention because the attack was captured by a cellphone camera and shown on Facebook Live. On the video, the suspects are seen beating the schizophrenic victim and can be heard taunting him and shouting profanities against white people and then-President-elect Donald Trump. The four also face aggravated kidnapping and other charges.
4. According to Bloomberg, the top executive at Under Armour Inc. is a fan of Donald Trump. His top athletes aren’t. Three of the clothing company’s biggest names spoke out against Chief Executive Officer Kevin Plank after he publicly praised the Republican president, declaring on CNBC that Trump is a “real asset for the country.” Plank is a member of the administration’s American Manufacturing Council. NBA superstar Stephen Curry, Under Armour’s most prized sneaker pitchman, was the first to speak out. On Thursday, Misty Copeland, a star ballet dancer prominently featured in Under Armour advertising, came out against Plank’s statements in a post on Instagram. Copeland said she spoke at length with the CEO and hoped the company would take public action to promote inclusivity. Dwayne Johnson (also known as The Rock) had some strong words to share as well. The actor, who has an apparel line with Under Armour, said yesterday that the CEO’s comments trampled the beliefs of many of the company’s employees. Leaders are supposed to inspire people, not “divide and disband,” he said.
5. According to the Christian Post, Lecrae has been known to use his platform to speak out against social issues, but he wants to make sure people are not expressing themselves in a destructive way. In an interview with Hip Hop N More, the 37-year-old rapper advised that people should seek to express their anger about things like President Donald Trump’s policies in a constructive way. Lecrae said, “I think when it comes to anger, we should have constructive anger and not destructive anger. Constructive anger means you can get involved in policies, programs, publicity and do things that are constructive to change society. You volunteer, create programs, collect funds, do productive things. Destructive anger never gets us to anywhere.”
6. According to the Christian Post, other than helping countless people with her book The Wait: A Powerful Practice for Finding the Love of Your Life and the Life You Love last year, actress Meagan Good is revealing that her New York Times bestseller eased her back into returning to church after being hurt by Christian critics. After Good married her Hollywood producer and minister husband DeVon Franklin in 2012, she admits that the criticism she received from some Christians deterred her from going to church for some time. As a Bible-believing follower of Jesus Christ, Good was disheartened to learn that much of the criticism she received from fellow believers was the opposite of loving. Despite her grievances with going to church, Good found herself back into places of worship when she was promoting her book, which she co-authored with her husband.
7. According to Bang Showbiz, Spotify has confirmed Prince’s Warner Bros. Catalog will be made available to stream on Sunday. The paid-for streaming company teamed up with the purple outdoor campaign, rather than with the late music icon’s estate to release music including the classics, 1984’s ‘Purple Rain’, 1980’s Dirty Mind, and 1987’s ‘Sign o’ the Times’ on the same day as the Grammys. In a statement, Spotify said: “The Warner Bros Prince catalogue will be available on Spotify from this Sunday, 12th February (the day of the Grammys). Spotify worked directly with Warner Bros on the purple outdoor campaign which was a unique marketing partnership. The estate was not involved.”