LISTEN: Clergy members arrested during Capitol Hill protest (BCNN, 07/14/17)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

1. According to Religion News Service, eleven interfaith protestors, including the Rev. William Barber II, were arrested outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office while protesting Medicaid cuts in the GOP’s revised healthcare bill. About 50 protestors gathered Thursday (July 13) for the Capitol Hill rally, before marching to a Senate office building steps from the Capitol. Some protestors, some wore red armbands to symbolize a “willingness to engage in civil disobedience,” said Barber, a North Carolina pastor at the forefront of state and national protests focused on poverty and civil rights. The group was warned three times to stop protesting. Capitol Police then closed off the hallway and arrested any remaining protestors about 20 minutes later.

2. According to the Christian Post, Rashad Jennings, the NFL player turned “Dancing With The Stars” winner, is staying connected to his Christian college roots while helping kids realize their own dreams of playing football. The 32-year-old NFL free agent running back who won the coveted mirror ball trophy on “Dancing With The Stars” in May returned to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Jennings is a Virginia native, who attended high school at Lynchburg Christian Academy before spending his college years at Liberty. Last weekend, he returned to his alma mater to host football camps for kids through his Rashad Jennings Foundation. More than just returning to his Christian college to help develop his hometown youth, Jennings spoke about the impact of giving back to his hometown.

3. According to the Hill, Former first lady Michelle Obama was greeted by a standing ovation when she honored the late Eunice Shriver at the ESPYs on Wednesday night. In honoring Shriver, who founded the Special Olympics, the former first lady said: “I am here tonight to honor a remarkable woman. A woman who believed everyone has something to contribute and everyone deserves to push themselves to find out what they’re made of and to compete and win. She knew that when we give others a chance to fulfill our greatest potential, we all win.” Shriver, who is the sister of former President John F. Kennedy, died in 2009. The award was accepted on behalf of her son Timothy, who is the chairman of the Special Olympics.

4. According to Reuters, Venus Williams became the oldest woman in 23 years to reach a Wimbledon final as she defied her age and a despondent home crowd to inflict a crushing defeat on British hope Johanna Konta on Thursday. Eight years after her last Wimbledon final and more than two decades since Martina Navratilova became the last 37-year-old to reach the same stage, Williams produced the sort of attacking performance that led her to five titles in her heyday. Her 6-4 6-2 semi-final win over the Briton was a clinical execution and set up a Saturday showdown with Garbine Muguruza, whose own ruthless demolition of Magdalena Rybarikova whetted the appetite for an intriguing final. It will be Williams’s ninth at Wimbledon and the stage for a potential eighth grand slam crown and having defied the odds to reach this point, few would now bet against her.

5. According to Reuters, pop star Beyonce posted the pictures of her twins, Sir Carter and Rumi, in an Instagram post on Friday, in her first public acknowledgement of their birth. “Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today,” Beyonce wrote in the post, which showed her holding her two infants. She wore a colorful flowing robe falling off her left shoulder and a blue veil. The picture had been “liked” almost 2.25 million times just a hour after it was posted. Beyonce’s father Mathew Knowles had said in a tweet in June that she was now the mother of twins, confirming earlier reports of the year’s most highly anticipated celebrity birth. Neither Beyonce, one of the world’s most popular singers, nor her husband, rap star and entrepreneur Jay Z, had made any announcement about the birth until now.

6. According to EUR Web, Whoopi Goldberg was among many who thought Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson took things a bit too far by accusing filmmakers behind “War for the Plant of the Apes” of invoking his image by dressing one of the apes in a blue vest similar to one he often wears. In tweets that have since been deleted, the civil rights activist wrote: “Given the history of rendering black people as apes, I’m offended & appalled by the lack of consciousness in Hollywood. In associating black people with apes, active work is being done to perpetuate the dehumanization of black people in mass media.” Whoopi weighed in on Wednesday’s episode of “The View,” insisting McKesson learn about the film’s history before tweet-crying racism.

7. According to the Christian Post, troubled actor Shia LaBeouf is now seeking forgiveness after going on a drunken racist tirade at the Savannah Police Department in Georgia where he told a black officer that he will be “going straight to hell” because of his race. “You’re going to hell, straight to hell, bro,” LaBeouf told a black officer in a video highlighted by TMZ as he was fingerprinted after being arrested Saturday morning. The actor was charged with public drunkenness, obstruction and disorderly conduct, according to the Savannah Morning News. In the video, a white officer responding to the actor known for his roles in “Transformers” and “Fury” noted that being black “doesn’t mean he’s going to hell.” LaBeouf replied: “It means a whole lot, bro.”

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Thanks for listening. May God bless your day.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.