LISTEN: Evangelical Churches In Kansas to Host Event Focusing on Racial Reconciliation Through ‘Biblical Lens’; 8 Dead, 28 Injured After Stampede for Free Food at Church In Zambia (BCNN1, 3/9/2017)

This is the Black Christian News Network Podcast for Thursday, March 9, 2017.

1. According to the Christian Post, a group of evangelical churches in Kansas will be hosting an event centered on racial reconciliation with the hope of focusing on the issue through a “biblical lens.” City Life Church and First Evangelical Free Church, both based in Wichita, will be co-sponsoring the event titled “The City Forum: A Dialogue on Race” on Sunday. City Life Pastor Casey Casamento told The Christian Post that there was a biblical basis for the church championing a multiethnic community, citing Genesis 12:3 and Revelation 7:9 as examples.

2. According to Africa News, Zambian police have confirmed the death of eight people and injuries sustained by 20 others during a stampede after a church event in the capital, Lusaka. The stampede occured when organizers of a prayer event, started distributing free food parcels to the crowds that had attended the event – an outreach program at the Church of Christ’s Olympic Youth Development Center (OYDC) – on Sunday, March 5. Local media portal, Mwebantu, quoted a police spokesperson, Esther Mwaata Katongo as disclosing that among the dead were six females, one male adult and one male juvenile. Five died on the spot while three died at hospitals where they were rushed for medical attention.

3. According to the Hill, former first lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday surprised a group of students at a Washington, D.C., school in honor of International Women’s Day, taking to Snapchat to detail the experience. Obama’s Snapchat story starts with her saying, “We’re celebrating International Women’s Day with a group of amazing women, and we’re going to talk about the importance of education in their lives and mine.” Then she walks into a room at the Cardozo Education Campus, a combined middle school and high school. In her snaps, the former first lady met with the girls, took photos and had a roundtable discussion on education.

4. According to the Christian Post, Van Jones, a CNN panelist and a former special advisor to the Barack Obama administration, said the idea of providing “safe spaces” on American college campuses so that students aren’t confronted by any idea that might offend them or challenge their way of thinking, is “terrible.” Jones said this while discussing a recent protest by some students of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago against allowing Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager, to speak at a campus event. Jones said, “I think that (safe space) is a terrible idea for the following reason: I don’t want you to be safe, ideologically. I don’t want you to be safe, emotionally. I want you to be strong. That’s different.”

5. According to the Hill, former President Obama was reportedly furious after President Trump fired off tweets accusing him of wiretapping Trump Tower before the presidential election, according to a new report. An aide to Obama told The Wall Street Journal the former president had decided he would not respond to every one of the his successor’s tweets. But people familiar with Obama’s thinking told the Journal he was livid after Trump posted several tweets early Saturday morning making serious accusations. Trump’s allegations have widened a rift between Trump and his predecessor, according to the report, who made an effort to be cordial during the transition.

6. According to the Guardian, Samuel L. Jackson has criticised the casting of black British actors in roles about American race relations. In an interview with the New York radio station Hot 97, Jackson suggested that Jordan Peele’s satirical horror film Get Out, which starred British actor Daniel Kaluuya as an African-American man falling victim to white liberal racism, could have benefited from having an American actor as its lead. Jackson also pointed to Ava DuVernay’s historical drama Selma, which cast David Oyelowo in the role of Martin Luther King, as another example.

7. According to Deadline, a story about re-incarnation has just been pre-emptively picked up by 20th Century Fox and Miracles From Heaven producer DeVon Franklin to develop as a feature film. The studio optioned movie rights for the Cathy Byrd book The Boy Who Knew Too Much for Franklin Entertainment. Franklin will produce through Franklin Entertainment alongside Christopher Broughton under his Broughton Entertainment banner. Broughton originally brought the book to Franklin. The Boy Who Knew Too Much will be published by Hay House at the end of this month.

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