Daily Archive: October 30, 2012


In Obama’s first term, an evolving Christian faith and a more evangelical style

by Dan Gilgoff WASHINGTON (CNN)—President Obama’s prayers for a strong first debate may not have been answered, but that doesn’t mean the prayers weren’t happening. SUNDAY SERVICES AHEAD OF THE STORM—President Barack Obama walks to St. John’s Episcopal Church from the White House with his daughters Sasha, left, and Malia, in Washington, Oct. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Before he stepped onto a Colorado stage earlier this month to face off with Mitt Romney for the first time, Obama joined a conference call with a small circle of Christian ministers.


Texas pastor fatally beaten was ‘man of integrity’

by Angels K. Brown FOREST HILL, Texas (AP)—Rev. Danny Kirk Sr. greeted everyone walking into his Texas church on Sundays with a big hug and an “I love you.” His weekdays were spent visiting folks in the hospital or mowing lawns and doing household repairs for members in need. GIVING COMFORT— One woman comforts another at the Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church, Oct. 29, in Forest Hill, Texas, after the church’s founding pastor was killed Monday by an attacker who rammed a car into a church wall, chased the pastor and beat him with an electric guitar, according to police. (AP Photo/Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Pauly Moseley) Parishioners, who described Kirk as a dedicated minister with a bubbly personality and a knack for remembering the names of his church’s 800 members, are now looking for answers following his violent death.


At PSU, boxer Sugar Ray Leonard recounts sex abuse

by Genaro C. Armas STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP)—Retired boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard said Monday he cried for Jerry Sandusky’s accusers after hearing of the former Penn State assistant football coach’s arrest on child sex abuse charges nearly a year ago. FORMER CHAMP—World title boxer Sugar Ray Leonard speaks regarding his personal experiences of abuse at the Child Sexual Abuse Conference in State College, Pa., Monday, Oct. 29. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson) An abuse survivor himself, Leonard said he hopes the accusers can draw from his own story and willingness to speak out about a problem that garnered national attention following the Sandusky scandal.


Voter intimidation efforts still in play

by Maya Rhodan WASHINGTON (NNPA)—Although President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney have duked it out in three televised debates and are running opposing ads in the waning days of the election, a nastier fight to intimidate Black voters is taking place away from the limelight. CHANELLE HARDY


Oprah-approved: Ava DuVernay fires up Black cinema

by Sandy Cohen LOS ANGELES (AP)—The rebirth of Black independent film is taking place in a small office in the San Fernando Valley. INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER— Ava DuVernay, writer/director of the film “Middle of Nowhere,” poses for a portrait in Los Angeles. Bringing light to untold stories and broadening the scope of Black independent film is what moves DuVernay to distribute her own projects and those of other black filmmakers. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/ Invision/AP) This is where filmmaker Ava DuVernay and her staff of two operate AaFFRM, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement, a boutique distribution company dedicated to discovering and promoting Black directorial voices. The fledgling company has released just four films since 2010, but one of its artists has already caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey: DuVernay herself.


Emanuel Steward, famed boxing trainer, dies at 68

by Larry Lage DETROIT (AP)—Emanuel Steward, earnest yet easygoing, proved rough and tough wasn’t the only way to win in boxing. With a twinkle in his eyes, a smile on his face and a soothing voice, Steward developed unique bonds in and out of the ring with a long line of champions that included Thomas Hearns, Lennox Lewis, Oscar De La Hoya and Wladimir Klitschko. CROWNING MOMENT—This Feb. 7, 1997 photo shows newly crowned WBC heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, center, reacting with his mother, left, and trainer Emanuel Steward after defeating Oliver McCall with a TKO in the fifth round at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jeff Scheid, File)


The wrath of Sandy

by field negro This storm is real folks. Cranes are hanging in New York, and here in Philly we are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. The Mayor and all the usual suspects have been on television all day telling the folks here to be safe and to listen to the warnings that are being given. Hopefully my peeps will listen.