LISTEN: Study says black girls are viewed as less innocent (BCNN, 06/02/17)

1. According to the Philadelphia Tribune, Black girls need less nurturing, comfort, they know more about sex and adult topics, and need less protection than their white counterparts, according to a study released last week by the Georgetown University Law Center on Poverty and Inequality. The study, “Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood,” surveyed adults from different racial, educational and diverse backgrounds across the United States, by examining perceptions that were found in girls from childhood (5-9), early adolescence (10-14) and in teenagers ages 15-19. Seventy-four percent of those sampled were white, and 62 percent were women. Cheryl Ann Wadlington, executive director of Evoluer House, a Philadelphia non-profit that empowers girls of color ages 13-18 to envision a future devoid of disadvantages and filled with possibilities, said the adults in the report need to be informed if they think Black girls don’t need help.

2. According to NPR, the White House usually picks a photo of the day. On June 28, the image they chose showed two girls from Nigeria who were abducted in 2014 by Boko Haram but managed to escape: Joy Bishara and Lydia Pogu. They’re flanked by President Donald Trump and his daughter, Ivanka Trump. The photo had been taken the day before. Trump is giving a thumbs up. The meeting was not publicized in advance. NPR’s White House correspondent Tamara Keith says the administration didn’t notify the press corps about it, it didn’t appear on the White House daily schedule and it was not discussed in any of that day’s briefings. Doug Wead, who is also in the photo and who is the president of the Christian boarding school in Canyonville, Oregon, that the girls just graduated from, said the girls had some issues they wanted to discuss privately with the president, but neither he nor the girls would share details about what was said during the ten-minute meeting. Bishara did note that Ivanka hugged her and the President Trump smiled and said, ‘God bless you, too.”

3. According to Reuters, twice Olympic basketball champion and Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant on Friday lent his name to the Los Angeles bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Bryant, who won Olympic gold in 2008 and 2012 to go with five NBA championship rings earned with the Lakers, joined the LA 2024 Board of Directors and the Athletes’ Advisory Committee via an announcement on Facebook Live. The retired 38-year-old Bryant, an 18-times NBA All-Star who wore the No. 24 during his 20-year career with the Lakers, added his name along with eight other prominent athletes. Among those joining Bryant were Valerie Brisco-Hooks, a three-times athletics gold medalist at the 1984 LA Games, 2002 Olympic figure skating champion Sarah Hughes and swimmer Summer Sanders, who won two golds and four medals overall at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Los Angeles and Paris are bidding to host the 2024 Games.

4. According to the New York Daily News, tennis pro Venus Williams is heartbroken after being involved in a car crash that left a 78-year-old man dead. Williams, 37, broke her silence on the fatal crash, which occurred on June 9 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., killing Jerome Barsons, noting she is keeping the family in her prayers. “I am devastated and heartbroken by this accident,” she wrote Friday night in a Facebook post. “My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Jerome Barson and I continue to keep them in my thoughts and prayers,” the athlete continued. Williams is being sued for wrongful death by Barson’s family for failing to yield to the right of way when speeding through an intersection, despite a red light, according to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ. Williams was at fault for violating the right of way, according to a police report obtained by the gossip site.

5. According to Deadline, it’s been more than nearly two months since the midseason finale of OWN’s Greenleaf, and now the cable net has set mid-August for its return. The drama starring Merle Dandridge, Keith David and Lynn Whitfield focuses on the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful. OWN has set a two-night premiere for the first two of the remaining Season 2 episodes, which bow at 10 PM August 15 and 16. Lamman Rucker, GregAlan Williams and Lovie Simone also star in the series, with Jason Dirden, Sean Dominic, Roshon Fegan and Oprah Winfrey recurring. Produced by Lionsgate, Greenleaf is executive produced by Winfrey, Craig Wright and Clement Virgo.

6. According to Deadline, Fox has set Life And Def: Sex Drugs Money + God, a feature biopic that chronicles the rise of Russell Simmons from the inner city streets of Queens to one of the most influential music/fashion culture impresarios of his era. The studio has set to write it Kenya Barris, the creator of ABC’s hit series Black-ish and co-writer of films that include Barbershop: The Next Cut and the upcoming comedy Girls Trip (written with Tracy Oliver). Pic is a co-production between Simmons’ Def Pictures and Misher Films, with Simmons and Kevin Misher producing. Jake Stein, Bobby Shriver, Josh Bratman and Andy Berman are the exec producers.

7. According to, Ray J has released a new single and video, ‘Church On Sunday Morning’ ft. The Knotch and produced by Grammy-winning producer, Phonix Beats. In the two part video clip Ray J released, the R&B singer sings “I came to church with 20,000, I give it to them every offering” and in another clip he sings “keep the devil behind me Lord”. The singer, who shared how his relationship with God has changed his life on CBN last year, has seemingly really been working hard on getting his life right.

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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.”

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