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Fantasia tries to rebuild her singing career with a new gospel song

By Carma Henry Fantasia tries to rebuild her singing career with a new gospel song Fantasia Barrino, R&B singer who won the 2004 season of “American Idol,” has written her first gospel song. Since debuting on the reality TV show, Fantasia has an impressive list of awards, including one Grammy and several nominations. She has also performed on Broadway in “The Color Purple” and “After Midnight.” “I just wrote my first Gospel Song. All by Myself,” Fantasia shared with her 1 million followers on Instagram and Twitter. “Not sure what’s happening but all I can say is the enemy has really been testing ME. Thanks @von cocapt for this track.” She also posted a short video clip along with her Instagram and Twitter message, saying, “I hope you like it.” Her latest masterpiece is heard blaring in the background of the video. “I was able to release everything I was carrying,” she added. Fantasia has spoken about her faith before in a variety of interviews. This is the first time her music has reflected that personal aspect of her life. “God put me here for a reason,” Fantasia said in a 2013 interview. “When you look on TV or turn on the radio or all the newspapers and the …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson hosts Cleanup and Beautification Day at Belafonte TACOLCY Center in ongoing effort to save the struggling nonprofit organization

By Carma Henry Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson hosts Cleanup and Beautification Day at Belafonte TACOLCY Center in ongoing effort to save the struggling nonprofit organization MIAMI, FL – Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24), in conjunction with Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, lead more than one hundred volunteers in putting on a fresh coat of paint at the Belafonte TACOLCY Center, and beautifying its grounds on Feb. 14, 2015. Urban Paradise Guild is spearheading a full scale planting of indigenous trees and plants and the creation of a butterfly garden. The massive cleanup and beautification is being held today and is part of an ongoing effort to save TACOLCY, which is one of the largest private, nonprofit organizations to service children, youth and families in Miami-Dade County. It is located in Liberty City, one of Miami’s poorest, high crime communities. Founded in 1966, TACOLCY has been bedrock for the youth and families it serves. But now, TACOLCY is faced with its own financial struggle and one that threatens its very existence. The cleanup and beautification event will give TACOLCY a fresh, new look and bring attention to its fight for survival. TACOLCY is located at 6161 N.W. …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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MIAMI-DADE SCHOOLS POLICE WELCOMES SEVEN NEW OFFICERS

By Carma Henry MIAMI-DADE SCHOOLS POLICE WELCOMES SEVEN NEW OFFICERS — Chief of Schools Police and Security Ian A. Moffett shakes hands with Officer Yolanda Mackey right after she was sworn in as one of seven new Miami-Dade Schools Police officers. This was the latest swearing in ceremony held in our School Board Administration Building with the purpose of keeping our students in a safe environment conducive to learning. …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Christian

American Baptist College Defends Invite to Lesbian Speaker, Says Christians Make ‘Idol’ of Bible

By Heather Clark NASHVILLE – An American Baptist College is defending its invitation to an openly-lesbian United Church of Christ Minister, asserting that Christians are making an “idol” of the Bible. “It’s sad that people use religion and idolatry of the Bible to demoralize same-gender-loving people,” American Baptist College President Forrest Harris told the Tennessean on Wednesday. The publication then asked that he clarify his use of the phrase “idolatry of the Bible.” “When people say is synonymous with God and the truth,” Harris responded. “We can’t be guided and dictated by a first-century world view.” The college had invited Yvette Flunder, a bishop at the City of Refuge United Church of Christ in Oakland, Calif., to speak at its Garnett-Nabrit lecture series next week, which focuses on Christian leadership. The theme is “Ministry in Motion: Living Faith, Doing Justice.” Flunder its expected to appear at next Tuesday’s evening worship service, and then again at the Nannie Helen Burroughs luncheon, where she is expected to talk about her work to combat HIV and AIDS. The United Church of Christ leader is “married” to her partner Shirley Miller. But after word of the invitation reached other pastors in Nashville, several denounced college administrators for their actions. Randy G. …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Religion

Morocco recalls ambassador to Nigeria over phone pitch to Muslims ruse

By Reuters Staff By Reuters Staff (A banner campaigning for Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan is seen in front of a building in Yenagoa in Nigeria’s delta region March 1, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye) Morocco has recalled its ambassador to Nigeria, in a row over whether the president of Nigeria is trying to use the king of Morocco to win over Muslim voters before Nigeria’s elections this month. Last week, the Moroccan royal palace said the king had declined a request for a telephone conversation with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. Nigeria’s foreign ministry denied the snub on Monday and said the two leaders had spoken extensively. Jonathan, a Christian from southern Nigeria, will face former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, a Muslim northerner, in elections on March 28. The election is expected to be the most closely fought since the end of military rule in 1999. Nigeria’s population is roughly split between Christians and Muslims. Both parties, the ruling People’s Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress, have been using religion to bolster support. “Morocco confirms, in the clearest and strongest terms, that there has never been a phone conversation between the King Mohammed VI and the president of this country,” a statement from the Moroccan foreign ministry said. The Nigerian foreign …read more Source:: Reuters Faithword       ...
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Alabama Supreme Court Forbids Judge at Center of ‘Gay Marriage’ Lawsuit from Issuing Licenses

By Heather Clark MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Supreme Court of Alabama has ordered a judge who was at the center of a same-sex “marriage” lawsuit to cease issuing any licenses to homosexuals in the state. “To the extent he exercises this authority, he must issue those licenses in accordance with the meaning of the term ‘marriage’ in that Code section and in accordance with other provisions of Alabama law, as discussed in our March 3 opinion,” the court wrote, meaning that the judge may only issue licenses that comport with current law, which enshrines marriage as being between one man and one woman. As previously reported, in 2013, two lesbians in the state sued Gov. Robert Bentley, Attorney General Luther Strange and Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis—among others—in an attempt to overturn Alabama’s marriage amendment after one of the women was denied from adopting the other woman’s child. In January, U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade declared the voter-approved state amendment unconstitutional. As an appeal was denied in the matter, Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, also known as the Ten Commandments Judge, sent a letter and memorandum to probate judges throughout the state, advising them that they are not required to issue “marriage” …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Education

Registration Opens for AP Exam Review

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) will provide an opportunity for students to receive help from the best, highest qualified Advanced Placement (AP) teachers in the District. On Saturday, April 11, 2015, at South Plantation High School, the annual AP Review will offer critical test-taking tips and practice questions. …read more Source:: Broward County Public Schools       ...
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