LISTEN: 15-year-old Jordan Edwards laid to rest; Boko Haram releases over 80 Chibok girls (BCNN, 05/06/17)


1. According to the New York Daily News, a Texas preacher recited a litany of prior black police shooting victims Saturday at the funeral of a star high school athlete gunned down by a white cop. Slain freshman Jordan Edwards, who was also a straight-A student at Mesquite High School, was remembered as a loving brother, teammate and friend at the emotional service. Local Rev. M.L. Dorsey invoked the names of Michael Brown, killed by police in Ferguson, Mo., and Walter Scott, shot in the back and killed in North Charleston, S.C., in a call to arms from the pulpit. After ending his list with the 15-year-old Edwards’ name, Dorsey said: “I can’t stand no more. Ain’t alright.” Officer Roy Oliver, 37, was fired from his job and charged Friday with murder for fatally shooting the unarmed teen.

2. According to Reuters, Boko Haram militants have released dozens of schoolgirls out of a group of more than 200 whom they kidnapped from the northeastern town of Chibok in April 2014, officials said on Saturday. A government minister, asking not to be named, said 82 girls had been released. Unconfirmed reports on social media put the number of freed girls at between 50 and 62. A military source said the girls were currently in Banki near the Cameroon border for medical checks before being airlifted to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state. The kidnapping was one of the high-profile incidents of Boko Haram’s insurgency in Nigeria’s northeast, now in its eighth year and with little sign of ending. About 220 were abducted from their school in a nighttime attack. More than 20 girls were released last October in a deal brokered by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Others have escaped or been rescued, but 195 were believed to be still in captivity before this release.

3. According to the Associated Press, a bus transporting students lost control and crashed Saturday in northern Tanzania, leaving at least 35 dead. Many of the victims were young children, while two teachers and a bus driver were also among the dead, police said. Authorities said the bus skidded off the road and plunged into a gully, though it was not clear if an investigation would be opened into the cause of the crash. President John Magufuli issued a statement in the wake of the accident, offering condolences to the victims’ families “at this time of tragedy and grief.”

4. According to Elev8, “Blackish” star Anthony Anderson has been selected to host the second biennial Andrew J. Young International Leadership Awards and 85th Birthday Celebration to be held Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta. The awards, presented by The Andrew J. Young Foundation, will pay tribute to Ambassador Young for his civic service and contributions to global communities. It will also honor the next generation of leaders from around the world who, in the tradition of Young, are committed to civil and human rights for all. Honorees for the 2017 Andrew J. Young International Leadership Awards will be announced in early May. Featured artists set to perform include Usher, Jill Scott, Wyclef Jean, Estelle and Anthony Brown.

5. According to Elev8, while announcing events and performance lineups for the 2017 BET Experience at L.A. Live, the network revealed a star-studded list of gospel entertainers slated to blaze the stage in sunny California. This year, BET will host a “joyful” gospel event on the BETX main stage featuring Israel Houghton, Mali Music, Tasha Cobbs and Jonathan McReynolds. Pastor Toure’ Roberts and Sarah Jakes Roberts are also confirmed for encouraging speaking parts during the event on Sunday, June 25 before the BET Awards show begins. Outside of gospel, some other performances to look forward to include Snoop Dogg, Jhene Aiko, Jidenna and more!

6. According to the Christian Post, Kevin Durant is speaking up about the spiritual experience he had attending a Chance The Rapper concert. Durant, the 28-year-old Golden State Warriors forward, said that the 24-year-old rapper who was born Chancelor Bennett, took him to church with his live show at the Warriors’ Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, last week. The NBA star said he was impressed with the rapper’s performance which left an impact on him after the last song played. In a live stream with fans last week, Durant said: “He took us to church … I felt the spirit when I left the concert. He was impressive, for that to be his second arena show ever … he really did a great job. And he’s only going to get better, you can tell. He was so talented, it was great to hear him.”

7. According to Reuters, San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker underwent successful surgery on Friday to repair his ruptured left quadriceps tendon, the team announced. Parker suffered the injury during Wednesday’s Game Two win over the Houston Rockets. An MRI exam on Thursday determined the severity. A timeline for Parker’s return will be determined at a later date. The Frenchman, 34, has been part of four NBA title squads with the Spurs. Parker was averaging 15.9 points in eight playoff games, a vast improvement over his regular-season average of 10.1.

That’s all for today. You can read these stories and more online at BCNN1.com

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.”

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