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According to The Kairos Company, With the school year underway in Los Angeles, the L.A. Dream Center has announced that on Tuesday, Aug. 18, they will resume their drive-thru food service to assist families who normally had school lunches to count on for their families. They first introduced this unique gift to the community back in March when the pandemic began. In addition to the meals provided on the Dream Center campus, the Dream Center is now pleased to announce the first-ever “Restart Learning Center,” mobile learning hubs strategically placed throughout Los Angeles to provide a place of safety, accountability and motivation with tutors on board. This is an entirely new form of assistance the Dream Center has embarked on, knowing that education will be particularly challenging for many families without resources and good structure to help their children as they attend school remotely. L.A. Dream Center co-founder Matthew Barnett has repeatedly reminded his staff and volunteers, “It’s no secret that the pandemic and the lock down in Los Angeles are crippling the poorest and most vulnerable among us. When this crisis began, I saw families in tears from overwhelming uncertainty and kids robbed of a normal childhood or adolescence. I saw the rug pulled from under so many in our community. But when life lands a punch, we counterpunch with a force of good. Families throughout Los Angeles need us right now, and providing meals and resources to ensure kids don’t fall behind scholastically are just two of the ways we’re responding to this crisis with every ounce of energy that we have. Right now, all of us at the Dream Center are united in enthusiasm for our latest mantra: ‘Meet the need. Support the comeback.'”
According to Charisma News, Trinity Broadcasting Network has announced it will no longer air Believer’s Voice of Victory, the daily program produced by Kenneth Copeland Ministries. “Instead, the network will replace it with programming by Steven Furtick, a megachurch pastor widely known for his appearances on PreachersNSneakers, an Instagram account that features influencer pastors and their expensive shoes,” according to Religion News Service. The change will be effective Oct. 2. The Texas-based Kenneth Copeland Ministries shared the news on its blog and Facebook page, encouraging viewers that “it’s easy to find us on one of our many other ways to watch.” Copeland issued a gracious response to the decision on the ministry’s blog, saying Kenneth Copeland Ministries “has been privileged and honored to partner with TBN in preaching the gospel to the world!” and expressing his gratitude for TBN founders Dr. Paul and Jan Crouch as well as for Matt and Laurie Crouch, who took Matt’s parents’ place after their deaths.
According to Mail Online, Former Donald Trump campaign strategist Steve Bannon was arrested Thursday aboard a superyacht owned by a Chinese national and charged with defrauding hundreds of thousands of people as part of a group pledging to use private donations to build a section of border wall. The circumstances of his arrest – Bannon was on board the 150-foot yacht the Lady May owned by Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui in Long Island Sound, off the Connecticut coast, NBC News first reported – provided an odd twist that had a onetime top advisor to the president facing charges of helping swindle contributors by funneling charity donations to one of his partners and funding a ‘lavish’ lifestyle. Chinese authorities have accused Wengui of fraud. He has been pictured with Bannon aboard the megayacht, and this summer they were behind an effort to declare a new ‘Federal State of New China’ that flew flags towed by planes around New York Harbor. At the White House, Trump scrambled to distance himself from the man who was once one of his closest aides.
According to Variety, A judge has ordered TV host Tavis Smiley to pay $2.6 million to the Public Broadcasting Service for having multiple affairs with his subordinates. A Washington, D.C., jury found in March that Smiley had breached the morals clause in his contract, following a three-week trial. The jurors heard deposition testimony from six women who accused Smiley of misconduct. The jury awarded PBS $1.5 million, which included costs and underwriting revenue for the last two seasons of Smiley’s talk show. But following the trial, the network argued that it should be entitled to additional damages under the morals clause. Judge Yvonne Williams agreed, issuing a ruling on Aug. 5 awarding PBS $2.6 million. That includes $1.9 million in liquidated damages — the amount paid by PBS to Smiley’s company, TS Media, for the show’s last two seasons. The judge also awarded PBS an additional $702,898 that corporate underwriters had paid to Smiley’s company for those seasons. PBS suspended Smiley’s show in December 2017, after hiring an outside firm to look into complaints of sexual misconduct. Smiley sued the network in February 2018, and PBS countersued. The jury rejected Smiley’s claim that PBS had violated his contract by canceling his show. In her ruling, Williams also denied Smiley’s bid to reduce the jury award.
According to Billboard, In addition to honoring top gospel artists, this year’s Stellar Gospel Music Awards, which will air on BET Networks on Aug. 23, will honor the late Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis and those on the front lines of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. Kirk Franklin is set to co-host the two-hour virtual special, which will air at 6 p.m. ET, with an encore airing at 9 p.m. ET. It’s Franklin’s ninth time as host or co-host of the show, which dates to 1984. His co-hosts this year are Jonathan McReynolds and Koryn Hawthorne, both of whom are also set to perform. Other confirmed performers include CeCe Winans, J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, Travis Greene, Marvin Sapp, Tye Tribbett, Tauren Wells, Pastor Mike Jr., Anthony Brown, James Fortune, Kierra Sheard, Zacardi Cortez, DOE and Rich Tolbert Jr. Emerging artists set to make their Stellar Awards debut include Melvin Crispell III, Titus Showers, Group Fire and Keyla Richardson. Donald Lawrence Presents the Tri-City Singers leads the field of nominees with nine nominations. Other top nominees include Franklin and Tasha Cobbs Leonard (eight nods each), J.J. Hairston (seven), Bishop Paul S. Morton (six), John P. Kee (five), Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers, William Murphy and Pastor Mike, Jr. (four each) and Maranda Curtis and and Fresh Start Worship (three each).
According to NBC News, Raymond Allen, the actor known for his roles as Uncle Woody on “Sanford and Son” and Ned the Wino on “Good Times,” died on Monday after a battle with respiratory issues. He was 91. His daughter, actress Ta Ronce Allen, confirmed the news in a Facebook post. “Just wanted to let The Allen Family and friends know that Dad received his wings two hours ago,” she wrote. “His warmth, kind heart and clever sayings will be missed. His laughter will ring in heaven. Rest In Heavenly Peace Raymond Allen. The last of 12 siblings.” She continued, “What a day this has been. I am so surrounded by love from friends and family. This has been one of the hardest days of my life: I lost my father Raymond Allen and my cousin Deborah Doll (his niece). They are now both being held by the wings of angels.” Allen had been previously diagnosed with a bacterial infection in May, but tested negative for coronavirus. He had been treated at a health care facility in California since 2016 after struggling with pneumonia. He was found there unresponsive on Monday morning.
According to the Associated Press, Nearly two decades after the slaying of Run-DMC star Jam Master Jay, federal prosecutors said Monday they have solved one of New York City’s most enduring mysteries, charging two men from his neighborhood with murder and suggesting that the hip-hop artist — celebrated for his anti-drug stance — was ambushed over a cocaine deal. The suspects were identified in court papers as Ronald Washington, 56, who is currently serving a federal prison sentence stemming from a string of robberies while on the run from police after Jay’s 2002 death, and Karl Jordan Jr., 36, who is also charged with engaging in a cocaine distribution conspiracy in 2017. Jason “Jay” Mizell, known professionally as Jam Master Jay, formed Run-DMC with Joseph “Run” Simmons and Darryl “DMC” McDaniel in the early 1980s. Together, they helped take hip-hop mainstream with hits like “It’s Tricky” and the Aerosmith remake collaboration “Walk This Way.” Jay’s death, following the long unsolved slayings of rappers Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas in 1996 and Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace in Los Angeles in 1997, shook the hip-hop world. Chuck D of Public Enemy compared his death to that of John Lennon. More than $60,000 in rewards was offered, but witnesses refused to come forward and the case languished. “This is a case about a murder that for nearly two decades had gone unanswered,” Acting U.S. Attorney Seth DuCharme said at a news conference announcing the charges. “Today, we begin to answer that question of who killed Jason Mizell, and why, and we’re confident that we can prove those charges beyond a reasonable doubt.” Washington, who had reportedly been living on a couch at Jay’s home in the days before the killing, was publicly named as a possible suspect or witness as far back as 2007. Prosecutors allege he waved a handgun and ordered another person at the recording studio to lie on the ground while Jordan shot Jay in the head Oct. 30, 2002. According to prosecutors, Jay would bring in bulk amounts of cocaine to sell retail and was killed as retribution for cutting Washington out of a plan to distribute 10 kilograms in Maryland. “They walked in and murdered him in cold blood,” DuCharme said.
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