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Pastor John Gray on How Faith, Hope & Communication Are the Keys to Bridge Racial Divide



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Pastor John Gray

DECATUR, GA – JULY 24: Pastor John Gray attends church service at The House Of Hope Atlanta on July 24, 2016 in Decatur, Georgia. (Photo by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images)

*African American Pastor John Gray from South Carolina was a guest on SiriusXM’s “Joel Osteen Radio” who discussed how faith, hope and communication is the key to bridge this divide.

During the interview Pastor Gray said “Now more than ever, we need unifying voices of hope and healing, but those voices also must acknowledge that there are people that feel hopeless and have felt hopeless for years. And have felt disconnected and disenfranchised, and felt unable to access the same American dream that other people so easily enjoy. So I’ve got to love you, even though you don’t look like me, don’t come from where I come from. And I think this is a great moment in our nation’s history that could truly be the finest hour of the church. We know the devil wants to keep us divided. For a black man and a white man to be on SiriusXM right now, talking about justice and equality and honoring God and breaking down walls of division and denominationalism and the insecurities that come with the assumption that I’m already angry at you before you get to know me.”

Pastor John Gray

Pastor John Gray

He goes on to discuss the riots across America: “I want to stay submitted to your leadership. And I think the reason why is not just because of your heart for God’s people, but your heart for, and a commitment to diversity. And it’s not just something seen on the platform it’s modeled in how you lead. From an initial standpoint, the fact that we’re able to talk and to have discourse, for all of your listeners, I want to say this about my Pastor. I’ve said it so many times, but it bears repeating. The heart and the passion and his commitment to the kingdom and to creating a wide net of hope for all people is genuinely who he is. And to know that I’m a part of a church that prizes diversity on every level, means the world. And I think that level of commitment promotes understanding because we all didn’t grow up together and we need to have an honest conversation about that. Nobody needs to feel judged in that conversation. Every white person isn’t racist, every white person isn’t bad, just like every black person isn’t good. There are people who are rioting right now, and I understand the rage, but looting and all of that stuff is counterproductive, and it dishonors the memory of George Floyd and all those others who we believe died, unjustly. There’s a way to protest. There’s a way to express your anger. There’s a way to channel your rage. The Bible says ‘be angry, but do not sin.’ And so for believers, there is a voice that is needed. A centralized voice of leadership that says ‘injustice truly anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’ as Dr. King so eloquently stated. The important thing for all of your listeners to hear is that what’s happening right now is probably the single most important thing that can happen. That people from divergent backgrounds can sit at the table and have an honorable discourse about these areas.”

Creating A Wide Net Of Hope For All People Is Genuinely Who He (Joel Osteen) Is – Pastor John Gray

Now More Than Ever, We Need Unifying Voices Of Hope And Healing – Pastor John Gray on Joel Osteen Live




source: SiriusXM and Joel Osteen Radio.

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Aurora Police Video Shows Black Woman Hogtied in Back of Patrol Car [WATCH]



Aurora Police Video Released Of Woman Cuffed, Hogtied In Back Of Patrol Car - screenshot

*The Colorado police force under scrutiny for the August 2019 death of Elijah McClain is catching heat once again over recently released video of a Black woman hogtied in a patrol car. 

The woman is seen riding upside down for more than 20 minutes following her arrest in August 2019. She even calls the white officer “master” and begs him to lift her from the floorboard.

Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson said former officer Levi Huffine appears to be “punishing” the woman.

“In my opinion she was just tortured back there. It makes me sick,” said Wilson of the video Tuesday, during a civil service commission appeal hearing for Huffine, who was fired over the incident. He appealed his termination. 

“We are not judge, jury and executer,” said Wilson. “We are not to treat people inhumanely like they don’t matter.

“And he is lucky she did not die in the backseat of that car. Because he would be — in my opinion — in an orange jumpsuit right now,” said Wilson.

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Here’s more from CBS 4 Denver

Huffine arrested Shataean Kelly, 28, on Aug. 27, 2019, on municipal charges resulting from a fight. On his bodycam video, Officer Huffine decides to hobble Kelly — tying her handcuffed hands to her feet when he said she tried to escape from his patrol car by trying to open door handles in the backseat.

Wilson testified the door handles in the backseat are inoperable and in her opinion, hobbling Kelly was unnecessary. She said she felt Huffine was “punishing” the prisoner who had also been verbally abusive toward the officer.

“The hobbling in my opinion was another form of punishment,” said Wilson, notin that Kelly could have easily died of positional asphyxia.

The video played at the hear Tuesday shows Kelly begging for help during the drive to jail. 

“Officer please, I can’t breathe,” she says. “I don’t want to die like this. I’m about to break my neck,” cries Kelly.  “My neck is killing me dude. Help me, I can’t breathe.”

Officer Huffine does not appear to respond to Kelly. At one point Kelly says, “I beg you master.”

“As an African-American female she denigrates herself to the point she actually calls him ‘master.’ To me that is disgusting,” said Wilson.

In February, Wilson fired Huffine. All criminal charges were dropped against Kelly. She did not suffer serious injuries during the ride to jail.

“It’s beyond human decency for me,” said the chief of the video. “It’s unacceptable. I don’t know what else to say.”

Scroll up and watch the disturbing footage via the YouTube video above. 

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Meet Ohio’s Democratic Black Female Lawmaker Who Endorses Trump (Video)



Bernadine Kennedy Kent

Ohio Rep. Bernadine Kennedy Kent

*As the 2020 presidential nominees arrived in Cleveland for their first debate Tuesday night, Democratic State Rep. Bernadine Kennedy Kent and her husband James Whitaker came out to greet one of them as he came off the plane. And it wasn’t Biden.

According to a pool report, the two-term lawmaker went aboard Air Force One to greet President Trump before the debate. The lifelong Democrat had turned off members of her own party long before throwing her support behind the president’s reelection. She was kicked out of the House Democratic caucus in June 2018 after she sent a letter on Ohio Legislative Black Caucus letterhead without permission. She hasn’t been to the Statehouse since May 2019, telling the Columbus Dispatch in July she has continued to serve constituents from home.

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper said Kent’s Trump endorsement does not reflect the strong support among Ohio Democrats for Joe Biden.

“She basically hasn’t been involved with the party or her Statehouse job for a long time,” Pepper said. “This is the first I’ve heard of her in a while. Obviously she checked out of her public position a long time ago.”

Kennedy Kent, who is not running for re-election this year, said “muddied mistreatment and unlawful action” against her by the House Democrats drove her away from the party. She said her decision to endorse Trump for reelection is due to ow unemployment rates among Black Americans and his administration’s increased support for historically black colleges and universities.

“We all recognize that gainful employment and economic development is the best deterrent against violence and social unrest, so I want to thank President Trump for his commitment to ensuring the success of the Black community in every way,” Kennedy Kent said in a news release.

Below are several videos of Rep. Kennedy Kent in action:

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‘Tamar Braxton: Get Ya Life’ Exclusive Clip: Tamar Tries Some Tea to Get Snatched! [WATCH]



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*We have an exclusive look at Thursday’s episode of Tamar Braxton’s ‘Get Ya Life!,’ a new WE tv docuseries that takes viewers on the singer’s journey to turn her life around.

This week, Tamar is caught in the middle of a disaster between her new boo and the path to relaunch her music career. Cameras roll while David fights to protect Tamar from witchcraft.

In the clip above,Tamar wants to lose weight with diet tea. Will the tea give her what she wants?

Watch “Tamar Braxton: Get Ya Life” Thursdays at 9/8c.

Series description
Tamar Braxton is back! After nearly losing everything, including herself, Tamar is determined to turn her life around and take matters into her own hands by sharing her truth in a revealing new docu-series that follows her every move. Tamar teams up with music and TV mogul Mona Scott-Young to bare it all and bring her “baggage” – aka the camera crew — along with her for the ride. But nothing can prepare Tamar for the most epic journey of her life. In a series of shocking revelations and extreme breakthroughs, it’s the most authentic side of Tamar Braxton ever as she vows to show the good, the bad and the ugly. Cameras continue rolling during Tamar’s most vulnerable hours as she invites love back into her life with her new boo David, relaunches her music career, navigates co-parenting with ex-husband Vince Herbert, and battles the pressure to reconcile and reunite with her family. In the end, will Tamar be able to bounce back and turn her life around or will all of her demons defeat her? This is her last shot.

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