Today I attended a forum, Saving Our Sons. I walked in the venue and there were all men except for the wife of the event host. I started to leave but she encouraged me to stay. I did and I am glad I did. What I heard was a lively discussion which included law enforcement, clergy, ex-offenders, young men and their fathers. The beauty of the discussion is that all parties were transparent. The police shared how they do their job and that at the end of the day their goal is to make it home to their families. No they are not looking for young black men to use for target practice. They told the young men best practices when interacting with the police. This was not a one way conversation. The young men shared their need for respect and the police acknowledged their concerns. One of the members of the clergy touched the third rail when he talked about black on black crime and the lack of parenting that is a very real problem within the community. The Freddie Gray death is a tragedy but how many families in that same community lost loved ones at the hands of someone who also lived in the community. The media have weaved together a narrative that brings in ratings: Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Eric Harris and Freddie Gray. They all are black and they died at the hands of law enforcement and that’s what they share. Very different circumstances that have to be looked at individually. Black Lives Do Matter, but we need the police. Just let them take a day off and we will see just how much they matter too.
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Franklin Graham protests University of Maryland cancelling “American Sniper” because Muslim students complained
FRANKLIN GRAHAM’S FACEBOOK POST
Can you believe that the University of Maryland canceled a screening of the movie American Sniper after Muslim students complained? This afternoon, I’m going to meet with wounded military veterans and their spouses who served this nation with honor–fighting to preserve our freedoms and many times shedding their own blood. Chris Kyle was an American hero. It’s brave soldiers like these that make all of the freedoms we enjoy possible. Shame on the University of Maryland for listening to these voices! If these Muslim students can’t support the military members who do their job to protect us, let them leave America and go to a Muslim country. God bless America and our heroes! SHARE this if you agree.
I read the post above and I was struck by the venomous tone. Schools are a melting pot of races and nationalities and schools have to be sensitive to diverse communities. Muslim students complained to officials at the University of Maryland about American Sniper. Graham said if they don’t like it they need to go to a Muslim country. Well if this is where they were born they don’t need to leave their own country. There are movies that some groups applaud and others are offended by that same film and their feelings should be considered and not dismissed, and not told to take a hike.
When a big story breaks in your town be assured the networks will follow. Baltimore is in the midst of the media whirlwind. Freddie Gray tragically lost his life while in the custody of the Baltimore Police. The media are standing around waiting for something to happen. The protesters have been peaceful and that is not news. News is a riot and there has not been on in Charm City. In an effort to get a scoop networks are interviewing anybody and everybody, but today I watched a CNN anchor interview “Snoop” from the fictional series The Wire. I will admit the actress does reside in the city but she had no new content to add to the conversation, but I guess when you are waiting for the other shoe to drop I guess you have to talk to anybody.
Why did Belle Gibson lie about having cancer? One word FAME. Read the linked story and share your thoughts.
We are in the midst of a celebration of transexuals. Laverne Cox was the firsts transexual to be on the cover of time magazine. Jeffrey Tambour won an Emmy for his portrayal of a trans woman, and Bruce Jenner, Olympic decatholon winner is set to announce his trans status this Friday. What do all of them have in common? They are adults, and adults can make sound reasoned choices, but a 5 year old can not do this. Most parents dictate the lives of 5 year old children. Children are often told what to eat, when to sleep, when to get up and what to wear, but this is a decision that the parents surrender to the child? This week Kate Snow has been running a series of stories showcasing trans children. She profiled five year old Jacob who has transitioned from female to male, but does a 5 year old have the mental capacity to make this kind of decision? Read the linked story and share your thoughts.
Freddie Gray is dead and the police have not told us why. The police union made there statement today. The police union president compared the peaceful protesters to a lynch mob. This is a case of the pot calling the kettle (you fill in the blank).
Creflo Dollar say you can’t stop him from dreaming. Watch the clip and share your thoughts.
For weeks Lee Daniel and company have been saying Monique was not considered for a role on Empire. She said he did and today while being interviewed by Sway, Monique broke out the email trail from last year. Somebody’s lying and emails don’t lie. Read the linked story and share your thoughts.
Read the linked story and share your thoughts.
CULVER CITY, Calif., Feb. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — War Room, the highly-anticipated fifth film from Alex and Stephen Kendrick(Fireproof, Courageous, Facing the Giants, Flywheel) will debut in theaters nationwide on August 28, 2015. Sony Pictures Entertainment’s TriStar Pictures, distributor of Soul Surfer, Courageous and last summer’s faith-based sensation Heaven is For Real, will release the film, which is rated PG, perfectly positioning it to entertain families of all ages.
The family-friendly movie explores the transformational role prayer plays in the lives of the Jordan family. “We made this film to inspire, challenge and motivate viewers to fight the right kind of battles and to fight them the best way possible,” said Director and Co-Writer Alex Kendrick.
Filled with heart, wit & humor, War Room follows Tony and Elizabeth Jordan, a middle-class couple who seemingly have it all – great jobs, a beautiful daughter, their dream home. But appearances can be deceiving. In reality, the Jordan’s marriage has become a war zone and their daughter is collateral damage. With the help of Miss Clara, an older, wiser woman, Elizabeth discovers she can start fighting for her family instead of against them. Through a newly energized faith, Elizabeth and Tony’s real enemy doesn’t have a prayer.
The film features New York Times best-selling author and Bible teacher Priscilla Shirer in her film debut. The cast also includes director Alex Kendrick (Moms’ Night Out, Courageous), T.C. Stallings (Courageous), and comedian Michael Jr. War Room introduces film newcomers Karen Abercrombie as Miss Clara and Alena Pitts as Danielle, and features a cameo by renowned speaker Beth Moore in her first acting role.
“War Room is the ideal addition to our August slate, following in the footsteps of last year’s hit, Heaven is For Real, which had a $12 million budget and grossed more than $100 million,” said Rory Bruer, President, Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures. “We are pleased to be distributing the Kendrick Brothers’ next film, which will be the perfect programming for families seeking a wholesome and inspiring Summer movie.”
War Room is directed by Alex Kendrick and produced by Stephen Kendrick and Gary Wheeler. Written by Alex & Stephen Kendrick,War Room was filmed in and around Charlotte, N.C.
AFFIRM Films and Provident Films partnered with the Kendricks on the film.
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About TriStar Pictures
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About AFFIRM Films
Affirm Films is a division of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA), a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company, dedicated to producing, acquiring and marketing films that inspire, uplift and entertain audiences. Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies.
About Provident Films
Provident Films, a division of Provident Music Group, develops, produces and markets faith-based films. Nashville-based Provident Music Group, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, has served for more than three decades, worldwide, as a leader in inspiring entertainment.