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According to Religion News Service, A prominent Southern Baptist church in southwest Florida has acknowledged that “racial prejudice” was a factor in its congregation’s decision not to appoint a black senior pastor candidate. Pastor Marcus Hayes, a leader of Biltmore Church in Asheville, North Carolina, received 81% of the vote by “a record 3,818” in attendance Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 26-27) where the “energy and excitement was like nothing we have ever seen before,” according to an email from the pastoral staff of First Baptist Church Naples. But an 85% vote was needed for approval, based on the church’s constitution, the staff said. “Last week, through social media, texting, phone calls and emails, racial prejudice was introduced into our voting process,” the staff wrote in the email that was posted on The Baptist Blogger Twitter account. “Please know that specifically your Pastoral Staff is deeply, deeply grieved,” the staff wrote. “We are grieved for Marcus and Mandy that they had to endure such vileness. We are deeply grieved that the wonderful name of our Lord and the reputation of First Baptist Church Naples was affected by this campaign against Marcus Hayes.” The staffers went on to call “anyone who took part in such divisive and sinful actions to immediately confess and repent.”
According to Associated Press, A 7-year-old girl out trick-or-treating in a bumblebee costume was critically injured after being struck by apparent stray gunfire on Chicago’s West Side, police said. The girl, who was shot in the upper chest area Thursday night, was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, according to Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. A 30-year-old man was shot in the left hand and taken to a nearby hospital in good condition. The shooting occurred early Halloween evening as the girl was walking with her family and other trick-or-treaters along a street in the Little Village neighborhood. Police said a group of males were chasing another male along the street when someone in the group fired at the intended victim. It was not immediately known if the wounded man was with the girl or was the one targeted by the shooters. Police say they have no description of the gunman, and no one was in custody.
According to Associated Press, The funeral for John Conyers, who served more than 50 years in Congress, will be held Monday at a Detroit church. The public will get a chance to show their respect for Conyers on Saturday and Sunday at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. Conyers died Sunday at age 90, two years after resigning from the U.S. House. Monica Conyers tells The Detroit News that her husband’s funeral will be held at Greater Grace Temple. She anticipates that former President Bill Clinton will attend, along with elected officials.
According to Click2Houston, Joel Osteen confirmed to KPRC2 he is expecting Kanye West to visit Lakewood Church in the next few weeks. TMZ first reported the pair are in communication and often discuss faith. Osteen believes West’s life is rooted in faith and love, and is proud that the rapper has overcome the sometimes difficult obstacles of the entertainment industry, and has come out a born-again Christian, according to TMZ. “There is no scheduled date for Kanye to come to Lakewood. Joel and Kanye do talk, in fact as recently as two weeks ago. Kanye does plan to come to a service in the near future, but no date has been set yet,” Senior Executive of Joel Osteen Ministries, Donald Illoff said.
According to USA Today, Former President Barack Obama has a message for the “politically woke” crowd that has become prolific on social media in recent years: Get over it. Obama called out young progressives for being too ideologically rigid and judgmental during an interview Tuesday moderated by “Grown-ish” star Yara Shahidi at the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago. “This idea of purity and you’re never compromised and you’re always politically woke and all that stuff, you should get over that quickly,” the two-term Democrat said. “The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws. People who you are fighting may love their kids and share certain things with you.” Obama said he has particularly noticed the trend on college campuses he has visited with his daughter Malia. He described it as a “danger” that is “accelerated by social media.” He said some young people appear to think that the way to bring about change “is to be as judgmental as possible about other people, and that’s enough.’ The comments were widely applauded on social media in a rare moment of bipartisan agreement.
According to Reuters, Actor John Witherspoon, who starred alongside rapper Ice Cube in the hit “Friday” comedy movie franchise, died on Tuesday at the age of 77, his family said. “We love you “POPS” always and forever,” his family said on his Twitter account, referring to another of his roles – John ‘Pops’ Williams on the long-running sitcom The Wayans Bros. “He was a Legend in the entertainment industry, and a father figure to all who watched him over the years,” the posting added. Witherspoon was best known for his recurring role as Ice Cube’s father in the comedy trilogy “Friday,” “Next Friday” and “Friday After Next” movies. Witherspoon’s manager and family could not be reached for further comment. There were no immediate details on the cause of his death.
According to Associated Press, Tyler Perry’s new Atlanta studio will be home to the 2019 Miss Universe competition, a major showcase for the sprawling complex built on a former Confederate army base. The televised competition in which women from more than 90 countries compete for the crown of Miss Universe will air live from Tyler Perry Studios on Dec. 8. The three-hour show, hosted by Steve Harvey for the fifth year, will be broadcast on Fox and Telemundo. The show will end with reigning champion Catriona Gray of the Philippines crowning her successor. Perry opened his 330-acre studio earlier this month. Its 12 soundstages are each named after seminal black actors and actresses.
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