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This is the Black Christian News Network Podcast for Friday, July 28, 2017.
1. According to the Associated Press, a new study says African-American adults are facing more harassment online than other races and ethnicities in the United States. A recently released Pew Research Center survey says 25 percent of African-American adults – or 1 in 4 – have faced some sort of harassment online based on race or ethnicity. Only 10 percent of Hispanics and 3 percent of whites say they have faced online harassment. Fifty-nine percent of black internet users – or nearly 3 out of every 5 – say they have experienced some kind of online harassment, compared with 48 percent of Hispanics and 41 percent of whites. Nearly 2 out of 5 black internet users – or 38 percent – say they are called offensive names.
2. According to the Guardian, the new head of communications at the White House brought up Abraham Lincoln’s struggle to end slavery when asked about the difficulty Donald Trump has faced in trying to repeal Barack Obama’s healthcare legislation. In his first UK television interview, Anthony Scaramucci said Trump would push through the abolition of the healthcare plan, despite opposition in Congress. He told BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis: “If you’ve read Team of Rivals, it took Lincoln three or four times to get what he wanted from the Senate and the House of Representatives, which was the full abolition of slavery – that was a much tougher thing to get done than what we’re working on right now.”
3. According to the Christian Post, Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross, known as the fastest woman in history (at 400 meters) in track and field, says after all of her accomplishments and failures as an athlete, she’s learned that life really is all about glorifying God. Thirty-two-year-old Richards-Ross released her debut memoir, Chasing Grace: What the Quarter Mile Has Taught Me About God and Life, on June 6. In the memoir, she talks about her journey to Olympic fame, opens-up about her battle with shame after having an abortion, her relationship with husband and former NFL cornerback Aaron Ross, and the faith that has sustained her.
4. According to BCNN1, Grammy® Award-Winning Platinum Recording Artist Tamela Mann and NAACP Image® Award-Winning Comedian David Mann recently announced the 2017 fall tour dates for their wildly popular Mann’s World Family Tour featuring David, Tamela, son David Mann Jr, and daughter Tia Mann, sharing an evening of music, comedy and family entertainment. The Mann’s World Family Tour returns to the stage on September 1 in Miami with more than 20 dates planned for the fall. Following the capacity-crowd spring concert turn-outs, brisk ticket sales are anticipated so promoters are already putting shows on sale.
5. According to the Christian Post, Kirk Franklin’s son, Caziah, is sharing some lessons he is learning about entitlement while doing missionary work in Haiti. While in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the 17-year-old son of gospel music artist, producer and record label head Franklin took to Instagram to challenge people to be more grateful to God. He wrote: “Think about the last time you truly thanked God for something. Imagine if it was ripped away from you. Entitlement is what what destroys our joy within our thankfulness. We always compare to what others have and are never satisfied with anything…but I got to witness what true thankfulness looks like.”
6. According to the Christian Post, Hollywood actor Wesley Snipes, who’s known for his roles in movies such as “White Men Can’t Jump” and “Blade,” has added a new title to his resume as an author with his debut spiritual thriller, Talon of God. With more than 70 films under his belt, including 18 as a producer, Snipes says he felt the need to express himself differently by writing a novel. The storyline follows a spirit warrior named Talon who must “convince a doctor to help him stop a powerful demon from creating hell on Earth.” Snipes said he wrote the novel as a way to challenge himself as a “scholar, healer and a soldier (martial artist).”
7. According to Eater Chicago, Black Chicago Eats, the group that promotes restaurants in predominantly African-American city neighborhoods, is trying to expand its reach by organizing two new events for next month. On Aug. 25, they’ll hold the Everybody Eats Foodie Awards aims to celebrate black-owned restaurants with 36 categories including “Black Chef of the Year,” “Best Black-Owned Place to Eat,” and “Best Black-Owned Franchise.” They’re looking for nominations, and interested parties can submit them online. Meanwhile, the group also plans to hold the first Taste of Black Chicago on Aug. 19 at 7351 S. Stony Island, home to The Nation of Islam’s Chicago headquarters.