LISTEN: Senator asks Trump to remove “shame list” of Christian colleges from Education Dept. website (BCNN, 04/13/17)

1. According to the Christian Post, a A Republican senator has told President Donald Trump that the Department of Education should remove from its website a “shame list” of faith-based colleges that have asked for an exemption to Title IX discrimination law, which was first published last year by the Barack Obama administration. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla, sent a letter to the White House on Thursday telling Trump that his administration needs to do more to protect religious freedom at home and abroad. Lankford, the co-chair of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, included in his letter a list of suggestions for how the administration can best protect First Amendment rights.

2. According to EEW Magazine News, in 2012, a Detroit boy was widely praised for his efforts to raise money for his cash-strapped city with a lemonade stand. As the saying goes, the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. Rhonda Smith, the Christian mom of the popular young community activist, Joshua Smith, recently received an award of her own for her good work in the Motor City. Smith was honored as one of the Public Health Heroes of Michigan for helping residents within the city of Detroit and Southeast Michigan get healthier, and for her work with a local park known as Zussman Playground.

3. According to the Associated Press, the first black woman appointed to the state’s highest court has been found dead on the bank of the Hudson River. Sheila Abdus-Salaam’s body was discovered along the riverside near Harlem on Wednesday, a day after she was reported missing. Police said her body showed no obvious signs of trauma, and they declined to speculate on the cause of her death. The medical examiner planned to study her body to try to determine what killed her. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who appointed Abdus-Salaam to the state’s Court of Appeals in 2013, called her a “trailblazing jurist.”

4. According to NBC News, the Sacramento Police Department on Tuesday announced a formal investigation into the actions of one of their officers who was seen slamming a black man to the ground and beating him — all sparked by an alleged case of jaywalking. The video, released Monday, has sparked national outrage. It shows the officer confronting the man, identified as Nandi Cain Jr., as he crossed an intersection and attempting to talk to Cain but the situation quickly escalates. After some words are exchanged while Cain is standing in the street, the officer then violently throws Cain to the ground and begins to punch him in the head. Cain was initially charged with resisting arrest but it was later dropped and he was released, officials said.

5. According to HBCU Buzz, Katherine G. Johnson has been selected to deliver the Spring commencement speech at Hampton University, one of the nation’s premier historically black colleges. In 2015, the ‘Hidden Figure’ was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former U.S. President Barack Obama. Johnson is one of the leading inspirations behind the Hollywood feature film Hidden Figures. Hampton University Newsroom released an announcement on their website “HU News” that states the university is “pleased” that Johnson will be addressing the school’s graduation ceremony:

6. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Charlie Murphy, Chappelle Show star and older brother of Eddie Murphy, has died, publicist Domenick Nati told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 57. Murphy died from leukemia on Wednesday, Nati said. Murphy became a household name through Dave Chappelle’s Comedy Central skit show thanks to his amazing stories of interactions with other celebrities during the height of his brother’s fame in the 1980s. The most popular short turned into a skit about Rick James. Murphy’s final tweet on Tuesday: “One to Sleep On: Release the past to rest as deeply as possible.”

7. According to Variety, Queen Latifah is slated to executive produce and star in the Lifetime Original Movie, “Flint,” alongside Jill Scott, Betsy Brandt, and Marin Ireland. Inspired by the Time magazine cover story, “The Toxic Trap,” the film follows the true stories of three women from Flint, Michigan, whose justice pursuit following the lead-laden water crisis sparked a national movement for safe drinking water. Cher was initially set to play a semi-fact-based Flint resident (a composite character created specifically for her), but dropped out of the project last month. “Flint” begins production next week.

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