LISTEN: Creflo Dollar Set to Release “Uncharted” Documentary Film; Bishop Charles Ellis In Conning Scandal (BCNN1, 3/17/2017)

This is the Black Christian News Network Podcast for Friday, March 17, 2017.

1. According to the Christian Post, televangelist Creflo Dollar of World Changers Church International in Atlanta, Georgia, is set to release a documentary film, titled “Uncharted,” which promises to show how donations to his church help reach people around the world. In a video segment, Bashun Lavendar of Creflo Dollar Global Missions, says, “I think this movie, ‘Uncharted,’ is going to be great because now they will get a chance to see after they put that donation into the offering bucket, or after they send that donation into the church, what happens from that point on. This is going to complete the picture, it’s going to make everything full circle, and I think it will make them want to participate more.” The documentary promises to show how the Creflo Dollar team helps people both locally and internationally.

2. According to BET, Preachers of Detroit cast member Bishop Charles Ellis is caught in the middle of a major scandal after he was accused of conning the granddaughter of one of his dead church members out of her inheritance. According to The Shade Room, Ellis convinced the deceased to reverse mortgage her home, and he somehow managed to get his hands on the funds. The site reports that the granddaughter, who has chosen to remain anonymous, wrote to #ObnoxiousTV divulging the details of the scandal in a recording among herself, Bishop Ellis, his attorney and his secretary. She says in the recording that all of them had a hand in keeping her from inheriting her deceased grandmother’s home and even tried to prevent her from learning that it was left to her.

3. According to Broadcasting & Cable, Tegna’s new show BOLD (Broadcast Online Live Daily) will replace the group’s talker T.D. Jakes on Tegna-owned stations this fall. Bob Sullivan, Tegna senior VP of programming, said, “We are really proud of T.D. Jakes. The economics of daytime, not Jakes or the quality of the show itself, is what has taken us out of play for the second season, which is frustrating.” T.D. Jakes will finish airing this season on stations.

4. According to Christian Headlines, the Rev. Franklin Graham took to Facebook to express criticism of rapper Snoop Dogg’s recent video showing a man dressed as President Trump being shot. The rapper’s video shows a man dressed to look like Donald Trump with clown makeup on being shot by Snoop Dogg. The video also includes foul language. Graham condemned the disrespect for the president in the video, as well as the bad language and violence. Graham wrote, How low can we go? We’ve had so many problems in this country between law enforcement and minority communities, we should be looking for ways to unite and bring people together.”

5. According to the Washington Examiner, President Trump has invited all 49 members of the Congressional Black Caucus to meet with him at the White House next week, days after he sat down with top House Democrat and CBC member Elijah Cummings. The meeting comes weeks after April Ryan, a black reporter for the American Urban Radio Networks, asked Trump whether he planned to organize a summit with the CBC like he has with other groups of legislators. The president responded by saying, “Tell you what, do you want to set up the meeting? Are they friends of yours? Set up a meeting.” Trump is also slated to meet separately with Microsoft founder Bill Gates and the Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday.

6. According to ESSENCE, in a letter published in Billboard Wednesday, three students from Chicago’s Lakeview High School shared a heartfelt open letter filled with their gratitude for the Grammy-winner’s $1 million donation to Chicago Public Schools earlier this month. 10th graders Alex Rojas, Alondra Cerros, Annelisse Betancourt wrote, “We thank you for supporting Chicago’s minority youth when not many others have put time to think about the kids. As minority students we feel ignored and as though we don’t have enough support from bigger influences like you.” Chance took to his Twitter to respond, pointing out that more good news maybe on the way.

7. According to NPR, James Cotton, one of the foremost blues harmonica players of the 20th century, died Thursday of pneumonia while being treated at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas. He was 81 years old. A note from Cotton’s label, Alligator Records, confirmed his passing. Cotton is survived by his wife Jacklyn Hairston Cotton, daughters Teresa Hampton and Marshall Ann Cotton, and son James Patrick Cotton. He also leaves behind numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Cotton explained his life best, in an interview with NPR in 2013, saying, “I guess I was born with the blues, and I don’t know nothing else but the blues.”