LISTEN: Woman sues Georgia COGIC pastor over years of sexual abuse (BCNN, 07/13/17)

1. According to the Ledger-Enquirer, Columbus, Georgia, woman who has filed a civil suit against a local pastor after years of inappropriate sexual abuse said that he twice paid for abortions after getting her pregnant, once when she was 16. Lequita Jackson, who started attending pastor Lewis Clemons’ church when she was 14 and did not leave it until last month, alleges that Clemons led her into “inappropriate sexual contact.” Jackson, now 30, said Clemons used his position of leadership in the church to make her “do what he wanted and to justify his actions.” Jackson’s revelations came on the same day that a second Clemons’ church member claimed the pastor had made inappropriate physical contact with her.

2. According to EUR Web, families, students, professionals and residents of the Baltimore-Washington area are invited to attend the NAACP Experience taking place Saturday, July 22 through Tuesday, July 25. Housed in an exhibit hall at the Baltimore Convention Center, partners, companies, civic organizations, and vendors will display their products and services to the local community. Co-sponsored by McDonald’s, Hyundai, and Geico, this family-friendly event is open to children ages 18 and under who can take home backpacks filled with goodies. Adults will have the chance to win prizes and freebies.

3. According to EURWeb, a coffee table book featuring images of Michelle Obama during her eight years as First Lady will arrive this fall, three weeks before a book of Barack Obama photographs is due from White House photographer Pete Souza. “Chasing Light,” featuring 150 color shots of the former FLOTUS by White House photographer Amanda Lucidon, along with Lucidon’s personal commentary, is due on Oct. 17, from Ten Speed Press.

4. According to Get Up Mornings With Erica Campbell, the host was chosen, the performances were lined-up, tickets were sold, but BET still cancelled the “Celebration of Gospel Live” and fans are not happy. According to the show was coming to Atlanta in August in a first-ever television event. “Celebration of Gospel Live” was supposed to be hosted by comedian and actor Jonathan Slocumb at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Fans were going to be able to experience live performances by Donnie McClurkin, Deitrick Haddon and more. BET has yet to send out a statement as to why the show was cancelled, but we will keep you posted if they do.

5. According to the Wrap, Tamron Hall has a new gig. The former “Today” show host and MSNBC anchor is co-creating a new daytime talk show at Weinstein TV. Hall will serve as executive producer and host of the currently untitled show, which will blend current events, human-interest stories and in-depth interviews with celebrities and other influencers. It’ll be shot in front of a live studio audience and will “fill the current void in daytime for viewers looking for a blend of heart, humor and information,” a statement said.

6. According to the Christian Post, NFL player Cody Latimer says his life has changed after being baptized at Edge Church in Centennial, Colorado. Latimer took to social media last week to share that he is no longer who he used to be. In a bold profession of faith in Jesus Christ, he highlighted his baptism experience. “Celebrating life change today!” he wrote in a Twitter post along with photos of his baptism. Latimer also included the hashtags addictedtolifechange and lifechange. The Super Bowl 50 winner was a member of the Broncos 2015 World Championship team.

7. According to Reuters, the Dallas Cowboys are the world’s most valuable sports team, according to the annual list published by Forbes on Wednesday that was dominated by National Football League teams. The NFL’s Cowboys, who last year unseated Spanish soccer club Real Madrid for top spot on the list, were valued at $4.2 billion, a 5 percent jump compared to last year, Forbes said in a statement. Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees, who have both the highest sponsorship revenue and premium seating revenue in MLB, jumped two spots to second on the list as their value rose 9 percent to $3.7 billion. Soccer clubs Manchester United ($3.69 billion), Barcelona ($3.64 billion) and Real Madrid ($3.58 billion) rounded out the top five.

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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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