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According to The Christian Post, Lakewood Church, led by Pastor Joel Osteen, has partnered with World Vision, Houston-area churches and local nonprofits to distribute over 12,000 boxes of fresh food, provided by farmers facing financial hardship during the pandemic, to the hungry. The partnership, part of the Fresh Food Box Program, began soon after COVID shutdowns began. The program has fed over 860,000 Americans through 70 hub locations. Unlike some food drives, Fresh Food Box gives recipients fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy products supplied by farmers who otherwise could not sell their goods due to the economic impact of COVID-19. “World Vision was in Houston for two years helping rebuild after Hurricane Harvey,” Reed Slattery, national director of World Vision U.S. programs, told The Christian Post. “We noticed how in need the area was. During the pandemic, we know folks aren’t working and food is one of the biggest needs, so we come alongside them and make sure families here have dinner.” At the Houston hub, food is supplied by American farmers and shipped by a semi-truck to Lakewood Church twice per week. Lakewood Church then disperses the food to smaller Houston-area churches and nonprofits called PODS (Points of Distribution Services), according to Slattery. Food boxes are supplied for free to anyone in need, as the program will remain in “Phase Two” until the end of August. Slattery said he hopes the program continues into a third phase, which could proceed through October, so long as challenges do not escalate. “I think one of the biggest challenges with the program nationwide is simply capacity,” he said. “Many churches and facilities don’t have the refrigerators or space to store this fresh food. Fortunately, Lakewood has the infrastructure and ability to store food for this scale and volume.” Paul Osteen, associate pastor of Lakewood Church, said he and his church were glad to step in and fulfill the need. World Vision and Lakewood Church have been working together on various projects for over 12 years, according to Osteen. A “convoy of hope built on a long-term relationship” between the church and organization was how Osteen described the partnership with World Vision. He said it brought him joy to see so much collaboration to help the community.
According to Mail Online, The terror on George Floyd’s face as a rookie cop points a gun at his head while he sits in his car can be seen today for the first time. DailyMail.com has exclusively obtained video from the bodycams of officers Thomas Lane and Alex Kueng, who were part of Floyd’s fatal arrest on Memorial Day in Minneapolis. Floyd died after Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for nine minutes on May 25. The tapes show in minute detail how Floyd begs ‘Mr. Officer, please don’t shoot me. Please man,’ before the struggle that ended with his death. It also shows how Floyd resisted as the cops tried to force him into the back of the car, telling them he suffers from claustrophobia and anxiety. The video begins with Lane knocking on Floyd’s car window with a flashlight and once Floyd opens the door, Lane pulls out his gun and points it at Floyd’s head. Floyd, 46, begs him not to shoot, saying: ”I’ll look at you eye-to-eye. Please don’t shoot me, man. I just lost my mom, man’. He sobs as the officers pull him out of the car and handcuff him, as his ex suggests he was undergoing mental problems and was afraid of police. After the struggle to get Floyd in the cop car, he is suddenly on the sidewalk with Chauvin’s knee on his neck. Floyd says he can’t breathe numerous times and calls for his ‘momma’ but his voice slowly gets weaker as his life drains away, even saying ‘I’ll probably just die this way’.
According to ABC News, A Georgia teenager who lost both his parents to COVID-19 within a week is urging people to take precautions during the pandemic. Justin Hunter told Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB that he and his parents had all tested positive for the coronavirus last month. He was asymptomatic, but soon his mom and dad started having symptoms. 17-year-old Hunter told WSB, “Their temperature skyrocketed, they had headaches, a horrible cough. They just felt very lazy.” After both his parents were admitted to the same hospital, his father, Eugene Hunter, a musician, died on July 26. “The last thing he said was, ‘I love you and I’m going to get better, and I’m going to keep fighting,'” Hunter, a senior at Johns Creek High School in the Atlanta metro area, told WSB. His mother, Angie Hunter, a human resources executive, died just four days later, on July 30. Before she passed, she told Hunter she loved him and “God has you.” Johns Creek is in Fulton, the hardest-hit county in Georgia, with more than 18,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 398 deaths, according to state data.
According to Programming Insider, PBS and WETA will debut a two-part, four-hour documentary “The Black Church: This Is Our Story” on Tuesday, February 16 and 23, 2021 on PBS stations nationwide. From executive producer, host and writer Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, the limited series traces the 400-year-old story of the Black church in America, all the way down to its bedrock role as the site of African American survival and grace, organizing and resilience, thriving and testifying, autonomy and freedom, solidarity and speaking truth to power. The documentary reveals how Black people have worshipped and, through their spiritual journeys, improvised ways to bring their faith traditions from Africa to the New World, while translating them into a form of Christianity that was not only truly their own, but a redemptive force for a nation whose original sin was found in their ancestors’ enslavement across the Middle Passage. “The Black Church: This Is Our Story” will feature interviews with Oprah Winfrey; John Legend; Jennifer Hudson; Presiding Bishop Michael Curry of The Episcopal Church; gospel legends Yolanda Adams, Pastor Shirley Caesar and BeBe Winans; civil rights leaders Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. William Barber II; scholar Cornel West; and many more.
According to CBS, With just under six weeks to go until the start of the regular season, the NFL could soon have a crisis on its hands, and that’s because one of the league’s biggest stars isn’t on board with the idea of playing football this year. During an interview with WSJ. Magazine this week, Odell Beckham made it clear that he thinks the 2020 season should be canceled. The Browns receiver didn’t mince words when he was asked his thoughts about playing during a pandemic. Beckham said, “I just feel like the season shouldn’t happen. And I’m prepared for it to not happen and I wouldn’t mind not having it.” According to Beckham, it made sense for basketball to restart, but trying to play an entire football season doesn’t make any sense due to the logistics involved. Not only do NFL teams have much larger rosters than basketball teams, but the NBA is playing in a bubble while the NFL decided to take a pass on putting players in a bubble. “Obviously with everything that’s going on, it doesn’t make sense why we’re trying to do this,” Beckham said. “I can understand basketball was already in the playoffs. Five-on-five basketball in an arena is going to be more intense than regular-season games. Hooping is different than playing an eleven-on-eleven contact sport where there’s 80 people in a locker room.”
According to USA Today, Original “The Real” co-host Tamera Mowry-Housley is leaving the daytime talk show after seven years, she announced. Mowry-Housley, 42, wrote in an Instagram post that she had “NO intention” to share the news Monday, “especially in light of the news of my dear friend Naya, but now some reports are coming out and I’d rather you hear it from me first.” The TV personality and actress said she planned to pursue “amazing new opportunities” in her “next chapter” and spend more time with her family. She married former Fox News correspondent Adam Housley in 2011 and the couple has two children together: Aden, 7, and Ariah, 5. The “Sister, Sister” alum joined the original lineup of “The Real” hosts in 2013, alongside Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Tamar Braxton. The show won back-to-back NAACP Image Awards for best talk series and a Daytime Emmy in 2018 for best talk show host. “The friendships that I’ve made there will last a lifetime, and the people that I’ve had the blessing to interview have changed my life for the better,” she wrote. “However, all good things must come to an end, and it’s with a bittersweet smile that I announce that I am moving on from ‘The Real.’ To my fellow hosts, I love you, I will miss you, and I will always be there for you. Thank you for teaching me, supporting me, and loving all of me. Sisters forever.”
According to Billboard, Beyonce’s new visual album, Black Is King, arrived on Friday (July 31). The singer initially announced the news with a surprise one-minute trailer for the visual album — which has also been described as a film — on her website in June, giving fans a first look at the Lion King-inspired release. Written, directed and executive produced by Beyonce, Black Is King premiered globally via Disney+ about a year after the theatrical release of the Lion King remake, which Beyonce voiced Nala in. Black Is King is based on the music from Bey’s 2019 soundtrack for the animated film, The Lion King: The Gift. Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Jay-Z and Blue Ivy Carter all made appearances on the set. A release promised that the visual album will highlight “the voyages of Black families, throughout time” and tell the story of “a young king’s transcendent journey through betrayal, love and self-identity. Black Is King is an affirmation of a grand purpose, with lush visuals that celebrate Black resilience and culture.”
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