LISTEN: Chicagoans remember gun violence victims during Easter commemorations (BCNN, 04/17/17)

1. According to Religion News Service, it was the seventh station of the cross, recalling the second of Jesus’ three falls on his way to his crucifixion. After the Scripture had been read and prayers said aloud, Pamela Montgomery-Bosley also remembered her 18-year-old son, Terrell Bosley, who fell victim to gun violence in 2006. He was shot and killed on the grounds of a church, “a place that should have been safe,” she said as she stood in front of a white cross bearing her son’s name. After his killing, Montgomery-Bosley was tempted to take her own her life. Now, she realizes, she must carry the cross. Montgomery-Bosley shared her story Friday (April 14) at a stop along the Good Friday Walk for Peace through Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, a community that has been scarred by gun violence. The walk was led by Cardinal Blase Cupich, who was joined not just by the city’s Catholics, but also by interfaith and civic leaders, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson; David Inlander, chair of interreligious affairs for the American Jewish Committee; and Imam Warith Mohammed, president of Mosque Cares. The archdiocese estimated 1,500 walkers joined the cardinal.

2. According to the LA Sentinel, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) and the Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) recently hosted the Sixth Annual BWR Women of Power National Summit in Washington, D.C. The Black Women’s Roundtable is the women and girls empowerment arm of the NCBCP; BWR is at the forefront of championing just and equitable public policy on behalf of Black women. Several key events took place on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and at the summit’s hotel, the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. The theme of the gathering was “Invest. Inspire. Unite. Act!” NCBCP is one of the most active civil rights organizations in the U.S. and Melanie Campbell, the president of the NCBCP, is one of the few Black women civil rights leaders who are invited to meetings at the White House along with the trio of NAACP, NUL and National Action Network presidents. Campbell has taken the reigns often held by the late legendary leader Dorothy Height, who passed away in April 2010.

3. According to the Washington Post, Linda Hopkins, a Tony Award-winning singer and actress, who brought a full-throated, gospel-driven spirit to her concert performances and long-running Broadway musical shows, died April 10 in Milwaukee. She was 92. Her death was announced on the website of the New Pitts Mortuary in Milwaukee, where Hopkins had lived in recent years. She had a severe stroke 10 years ago. Hopkins began performing as a gospel singer in her native New Orleans at age 3, standing on a box to be heard in church. She emulated two singers with huge voices, gospel star Mahalia Jackson and Bessie Smith, known as the Empress of the Blues. Both strains of music — the divine and the devilish — shaped Hopkins’s style and appeal throughout her long career.

4. According to FirstLadyB, Grammy award winning gospel artist, Kirk Franklin will be honored at the National Museum of African-American Music‘s fourth annual Legends Luncheon this summer. Franklin will be honored for his extraordinary contributions to the music industry during the special ceremony, which will be held in Nashville, Tennessee. The Legends Luncheon, which is an offshoot of the museum’s “My Music Matters” campaign, celebrates black artists who have made a significant impact on American musical culture. Franklin won two Grammy awards this year for Best Gospel Album and Best Gospel Performance/Song for his hit single, “God Provides.”

5. According to the Grio, Cleveland police are looking for a shooting suspect after a man was shot dead on Sunday and the entire thing was filmed and posted on Facebook. A man using the Facebook name Stevie Steve posted a separate video on Facebook claiming that he had killed 15 other people, but Cleveland police said that they were only aware of one death. Chief Calvin D. Williams of the Cleveland Police said during a news conference that they were only aware of the death of the man whose body was recovered after the recording was posted to Facebook. The victim has been identified as 74-year-old Robert Goodwin Sr., who police say was chosen at random by the shooter.

6. According to the Associated Press, Isaiah Thomas took the floor to a deafening cheer for the Boston Celtics’ playoff opener against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday night, just a day after his sister was killed in a car accident. It was part of an emotional night for All-Star point guard who had 33-point, six assists and five rebounds in a 106-102 Game 1 loss to the Bulls. The Celtics held a pregame moment of silence for Chyna Thomas, who died early Saturday in a one-car interstate accident in their home state of Washington. She was 22. Thomas was informed of her death following the team’s practice Saturday afternoon. Condolences have poured in from around the league, from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and various players and friends. Thomas, in his sixth season, grew up in Tacoma, Washington, and starred at the University of Washington.

7. According to Variety, Universal’s “The Fate of the Furious” smashed global box office records, earning an estimated $532.5 million worldwide to set a new high-water mark for an opening weekend. The long-running series, now in its eighth installment, got a big boost from foreign crowds. The action thriller earned $432.3 million internationally after bowing in 63 foreign markets. That helped offset declining domestic results. “The Fate of the Furious” opened to $100.2 million in North America, a sharp drop from “Furious 7’s” $147.2 million kick-off.

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In closing, remember, the good news of God’s love. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Thanks for listening. May God bless your day.