This is the Black Christian News Network Podcast for Sunday, August 13, 2017.
1. According to NPR, three people died and about 35 were injured in a day of violence that began with clashes at a white nationalist rally on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., Gov. Terry McAuliffe said. One of those killed was a 32-year-old female pedestrian who was hit by a car that plowed into marchers, authorities said. The male driver is in custody, and charges are pending, authorities said. A short time later, a police helicopter that was monitoring the protest crashed, killing two more. Virginia State Police said the crash is under investigation. McAuliffe, speaking at a press conference, had a strong message for the white nationalist protesters: “Go home.” He added, “You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. Shame on you. You pretend that you are patriots, but you are anything but a patriot.”
2. According to USA Today, some black churches in the South have taken a dramatic step: banning fried chicken from their Sunday menus. It is part of a broad effort to combat the persistent truth that blacks suffer from conditions like heart disease and diabetes at much higher rates than whites. USA TODAY’s Deborah Berry visited an event in a Birmingham, Ala., church last week where the Alabama Baptist State Congress of Christian Education convened a training for community leaders on ways to bring better health care to people in church, in barbershops, and in neighborhood grocery stores. But participants said they are concerned that any roll back of the Affordable Care Act could make their jobs harder.
3. According to the Daily Mail, Columbia University could be slapped with $250,000 in fines after a former Muslim employee filed a complaint claiming they weren’t allowed enough prayer breaks. A former staffer claims that university chaplain Jewelnel Davis discriminated against them for their religious beliefs, according to the complaint filed with the New York City Commission on Human Rights last month. The unnamed ex-employee alleges Davis, who is a Christian, denied their request to work earlier shifts during Ramadan and denied additional prayer breaks, chiding them for asking. If the city finds Davis at fault, Columbia University could be hit with $250,000 in penalties and forced to reform its polices regarding employees’ religious traditions.
4. According to the Washington Post, one day after President Uhuru Kenyatta was reelected in a fiercely contested and divisive vote, violence erupted across parts of Kenya in clashes between protesters and security forces. At least 24 people, including a 6-year-old child, have been killed since the election results were announced Friday night, according to the Kenyan National Commission on Human Rights. Kagwiria Mbogori, chairman of the commission, said: “Deaths can be directly linked to the elections and post-election environment. Family and community members have indicated they were killed during the protests, which broke out in some parts of the country after the polls.”
5. According to Vibe, the Grammy Award–winning lyricist Lecrae is having a stellar 2017 after the success of his Billboard chart-topping hit “Blessings,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign. Now, he’s finally declared his long-awaited album, All Things Work Together, will be released this September. He will begin touring shortly thereafter, in October. Lecrae’s major label debut is set to be the Houston native’s biggest album thus far. While the official track list is yet to be unveiled, his record for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, “I’ll Find You” with Tori Kelly, “Blessings,” and the Metro Boomin–produced “Hammer Time” with 1K Phew are included on All Things Work Together.
6. According to Variety, Spike Lee is gearing up to shop around a new TV series with tech entrepreneur and multi-hyphenate rising star Chad Sanders, Variety has learned exclusively. The series, titled “Archer,” is a dark comedy and sociological thriller capturing the life of a 20-something African-American coding genius and iconoclast living in Brooklyn who has developed a dating app that reads sexual chemistry. The central character is described as a “young, black Mark Zuckerberg-like protagonist,” and the story will travel between New York, Silicon Valley, and Berlin’s famously sexual environment.
7. According to Sports Illustrated, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is likely to be suspended by the NFL for multiple domestic violence incidents, according to multiple reports. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Elliott will be suspended for six games. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports that there’s an expectation Elliott will be disciplined, with the standard for domestic violence cases being six games. Pro Football Talk reported late Thursday that Elliott was highly likely to face a suspension, citing a source who called that fate “definite.” Elliott, 22, rushed for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns last season as a rookie.