This is the Black Christian News Network Podcast for Thursday, August 3, 2017.

1. According to the Washington Post, Lawrence Ware’s recent New York Times op-ed, “Why I’m Leaving The Southern Baptist Convention,” raised questions about race and the future of the country’s largest Protestant denomination, which claims more than 15 million members. As a black pastor and the author of the SBC’s recent “Alt-Right Resolution,” many have asked William Dwight McKissic Sr., about his commitment to the convention. In a recent op-ed, McKissic Sr. said: “I almost left the SBC 11 years ago, but I remain committed to the larger cause. Even when we do not fit well together, when we don’t understand each other and when we struggle to like each other, we need each other.” To read the full piece, visit WashingtonPost.com.

2. According to the Christian Post, Anthony Brown is a gospel music singer but he wants to break away from the notion that Christian music has to sound like something that can only be played in church on Sundays. On Friday, Brown released his third album A Long Way From Sunday as the frontman of his music ensemble Group Therapy. In an interview with The Washington Post, he opened up about the intentionality of making new music that used elements of hip hop and pop music. Brown said: “It’s an unmasking of what modern-day Christendom looks like…I’m not trying to get [my listeners] to come to church. I’m trying to get them to know who Jesus is. Because that is what I know.”

3. According to the Daily Beast, the NAACP has issued its first-ever travel advisory for a state—warning that discrimination and racist attacks in Missouri made it a dangerous place to visit for people of color. A spokesman for the civil rights group said on Tuesday that—in addition to such attacks—recent legislation has also made discrimination suits harder to win. Black students at the University of Missouri have also reported racial slurs on campus. Rod Chapel, the president of the Missouri NAACP, said: “You have violations of civil rights that are happening to people. They’re being pulled over because of their skin color, they’re being beaten up or killed. We are hearing complaints at a rate we haven’t heard before.”

4. According to Raw Story, Omarosa Manigault, a former Apprentice star turned White House communications official, is reportedly keeping tabs on the “enemies” of President Donald Trump. According to the Daily Mail, the former reality TV star is keeping a “dossier” on her political rivals. Manigault has targeted journalists April Ryan and Roland Martin and Pastor Jamal Bryant in particular. The three public figures once were on friendly terms with Manigault. But their relationships broke down during the 2016 presidential campaign.

5. According to the Daily Beast, Kanye West is suing several insurers for $10 million, accusing them of withholding payments after the hip-hop artist canceled his 2016 Saint Pablo tour to enter a psychiatric center in Los Angeles, The New York Times reported. West’s tour company said the insurance firms, all part of the syndicate Lloyd’s of London, are arguing West’s “use of marijuana” may have been a factor in his medical condition and could invalidate his claim. West canceled the last 21 shows of his 2016 tour after he began displaying erratic behavior on stage.

6. According to ESSENCE, R. Kelly has canceled four shows on his After Party tour amid allegations that he’s brainwashing and holding women hostage in a sex cult. According to The Fader, Ticketmaster has listed Kelly’s Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Dallas shows as canceled. A Los Angeles date still appears on the ticketing website, but is canceled on the venue’s website. The news comes after a BuzzFeed report quoted several concerned parents stating that Kelly was brainwashing their daughters and holding them in a cult. Kelly initially claimed that he would continue touring despite the allegations, but that looks to be changing.

7. According to the Associated Press, Michael Jordan finally issued his response to LaVar Ball’s bravado. Ball, the outspoken father of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, previously said he would beat Jordan in a game of 1-on-1 back in his prime. Jordan, a six-time NBA champion and considered by many the greatest player ever, had held his tongue on a response – at least for a while. BayAreaHQ.com posted a video Monday of Jordan talking to campers at his summer youth basketball camp in Santa Barbara, California. Jordan said: “I don’t think he could beat me if I was one-legged.”

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