LISTEN: Christians Displaced by Boko Haram Cut off From Assistance; Chicago Girl Assaulted on Facebook Live (Black Christian News Network Podcast, 3/22/2017)

This is the Black Christian News Network Podcast for Wednesday, March 24, 2017.

1. According to the Christian Post, Christians displaced by the brutal Boko Haram terrorist group in Nigeria are being denied access to food and vital assistance at a number of displacement camps run by local Muslim organizations, according to a leading Christian persecution watchdog. As Boko Haram continues its reign of terror in Sub-Saharan African nation, over 2 million residents have been forced to flee from their homes in the last eight years since the terror group’s uprising. According to the Christian humanitarian organization Open Doors USA, as many as 1.8 million people in Nigeria are currently facing starvation. While there are several displacement camps set up throughout the country to aid those vulnerable, displaced and hungry families, there are a number of camps where Christians are being discriminated against and, in some instances, being told that the food and relief “is not for Christians.”

2. According to One News Now, the spokesman for a well-known family ministry says evil was on display in Chicago and lots of people did nothing. A 15-year old Chicago girl was sexually assaulted by a group of young thugs live on Facebook, and none of the 40 people who watched reported it. Now the girl and her family are getting threats on social media and are being harassed at their door. Glenn Stanton of Focus on the Family said: “You see this on the news and it is just beyond comprehension and it’s beyond explanation. We don’t use the words evil and demonic very often – and often for good reasons because we don’t want to overstate things. But this is just simply demonic.” Police are not naming the victim or her family, but the distraught mother told The Chicago Tribune that she’s in disbelief over what happened. Her daughter is strong, she told the newspaper, but no one is strong enough to avoid being scarred by an violence like this. The girl knew at least six of the males who assaulted her, police have said.

3. According to Christian Today, a police officer in North Carolina was deeply touched when a young man approached him to offer a prayer. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer Brad Potter said the unexpected gesture made by 10th grader Caleb Turner “floored him” and made him realise that the essence of this act—”looking out for one another; caring, and wanting to let someone know that you care”—is what the world badly needs. Sharing his experience in a recent Facebook post, Potter said he was sitting in his patrol car at a gas station several weeks ago when the 16-year-old man came over and asked him, “Can I pray for you?” Potter recalled: “I stammered out an ‘of course’,” and the two prayed together. Potter wrote: “We clasped hands, and we prayed. We prayed for our safety, for the safety of my brothers and sisters in blue, and for the safety of our community.”

4. According to NewsOne, Howard University faculty and administrators released a scathing letter last week calling for the ouster of HU president Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, saying that his “presidency is failed and represents a dark and shameful moment in Howard’s history.” The undated letter, which copied members of the Washington Post, New York Times, U.S. News and World Report as well as organizations such at the United Negro College Fund and the Federal Reserve Bank, was signed by “Concerned Howard University Administrators, Faculty and Staff.” An asterisk by the writers notes that they chose to remain anonymous because of fear of reprisals from Frederick and his provost, Dr. Anthony K. Wutoh.

5. According to Variety, Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and the Weinstein Company are partnering on an ambitious series of film and television projects about Trayvon Martin. The indie label and the rap icon won a heated bidding war for the rights to two books — “Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It” and “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.” The 2012 shooting of the 17-year-old Martin sparked a national debate about racial profiling and inequities of the criminal justice system that brought about the Black Lives Matter movement. The plan is to make a six-part docu-series with Jay Z producing as part of a first-look deal he signed with the studio last September. The indie studio will also develop a narrative feature film. The Weinstein Company earned critical raves for “Fruitvale Station,” another true story, about the death of Oscar Grant, an unarmed black man who was killed in 2009 by a BART police officer.

6. According to the Michigan Chronicle, the trustee presiding over the late Bobbi Kristina Brown‘s estate reached her boiling point recently when she decided to quit her position. Her decision comes after over a year of disputes with Cissy and Pat Houston concerning everything from Bobby Brown, to Nick Gordon, to money. According to, Bedelia Hargrove was appointed the administrator of Bobbi Kristina’s estate, with Bobbi Kristina’s aunt Pat and grandmother Cissy Houston being guardians of her trust. The trust contained the inheritance left by Bobbi Kristina’s mom, Whitney Houston.

7. According to the Associated Press, relatives of the Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers say he has a diagnosis of dementia. His wife, Ardythe Sayers, told The Kansas City Star that her 73-year-old husband received the diagnosis four years ago and that she blamed Sayers’s football career. He played for the Chicago Bears for seven seasons starting in 1965 after setting records at the University of Kansas. Ardythe Sayers and the rest of the family had made no secret of his condition, but hadn’t shared it publicly. In 2013, he asked to withdraw a lawsuit filed against the N.F.L. and a helmet maker that claimed they had failed to prevent repeated head injuries. The lawsuit contended that Sayers claimed he suffered headaches, occasional short-term memory loss and other cognitive deficits because of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (en·ceph·a·lop·a·thy).

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In closing, remember, the good news of God’s love. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Thanks for listening. May God bless your day.

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