An 8-year-old boy named Hüseyin el-Hasan in Kilis, Turkey just exemplified a powerful display of compassion by attempting to rescue a dog who had unfortunately been the victim of a hit-and run. Hüseyin's family just relocated from Syria as war refugees.
When Hüseyin saw a dog laying on the side of the road, not only did he decide to call for help but he also stayed by the pup’s side until it could be given proper care. In fact, the only time Hüseyin left was when he ran home to get the trembling dog a blanket.
Unfortunately, the dog didn’t make it, but Hüseyin el-Hasan’s kind and brave actions didn’t go unnoticed. On top of receiving local recognition, the Deputy Mayor, Cuma Özdemir, also paid him a visit and gifted him with a new blanket, clothes and food. Discuss
Jewish community centers, schools and daycares across the country have been forced to evacuate today after someone called in bomb threats. In all of the cases, the areas were cleared by police without explosives being found.
In a statement, the JCC Association of North America encouraged officials to speak out against the threats and acts of vandalism:
Anti-Semitism of this nature should not and must not be allowed to endure in our communities. The Justice Department, Homeland Security, the FBI, and the White House, alongside Congress and local officials, must speak out—and speak out forcefully—against this scourge of anti-Semitism impacting communities across the country.
This is the fifth time this has happened since the beginning of the year. Discuss
As part of his “Faithful Friday” series, TV’s Dr. Oz recently invited Hillsong New York pastor Carl Lentz on his daytime talk show. The host and Oprah protege—who is known for his sometimes controversial medical advice—told his audience that Lentz would “not talk so much about the rules, but the energy behind religion.” Lentz took the next four minutes to preach a mini-sermon about Jesus.
As you can see in the full clip, Lentz discussed “how to find your way” in life. He opened with an anecdote about getting lost in New York and the importance of prayer and relying on God to guide you in your life.
We live in a world right now where people are trying to figure out this life without talking to the designer. And when Jesus said, ‘I’m the way, the truth and life,’ He wasn’t talking about a religion. He wasn’t talking about a social construct. He was talking about the King of heaven and earth giving you clues on where you need to go …
If you feel lost and you feel discouraged, doctors are great. A new diet will change your day. But praying to the King of heaven and earth will change you soul.
Kirk and Tammy Franklin recently stopped by Erica Campbell's morning show Get Up! Mornings to talk about their relationship. The seemingly picture-perfect couple got candid about some of the challenges they’ve faced in their 21-year marriage. What’s the secret to their longevity?
According to Tammy: prayer and counseling.
I think that as a culture we kind of shy away from counseling and therapy, but it's important. It says that you love each other enough, love yourself enough to get the help that you need. And so we've done counseling; it has saved our marriage. We pray together and I'm not only his wife, but I'm his girlfriend. When you have a girlfriend and [you all] are at odds with each other, it just [doesn't] feel right, it just hurts you. But sometimes we're not like that with our spouses, but if you have a friend in your spouse, then my heart aches when we get into it. I'm like, "OK I'm ready to talk through this, let's get back."
This isn’t the first time Kirk Franklin has opened up about his relationship with Tammy. Last year he told BET:
We've seen dark days together, but we saw them together. Men can be dumb at times, and want what's newer, fresher, or what our other "head" thinks is better ... But to fail Tammy, is to fail God. To cheat on Tammy is to cheat on the kingdom, my children, and even you ... Those who trust me to chase Christ with everything I got. I'm not perfect, but I'm still in love ... with Tammy.
Five awards went to black people yesterday: Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney for Best Adapted Screenplay for Moonlight, Moonlight for Best Picture, Viola Davis for Best Supporting Actress for Fences, Mahershala Ali for Best Supporting Actor for Moonlight, and Ezra Edelman alongside Caroline Waterlow for Best Documentary Feature for O.J.: Made in America.
For Davis and Ali, they also broke individual records with Davis becoming the first black woman to win an Emmy, Oscar and Tony for acting and Ali becoming the first black Muslim to win an Oscar.
Before this year, the most diverse group of winners was in 2009 when three black actors were awarded.
Following last year's #OscarsSoWhite, the Oscars were less white, but still have a ways to go in terms of diversity of all groups.
This year's pool of nominees was the most diverse the Academy has seen, which fits with the findings of the 2017 Hollywood Diversity Report. The report found that Hollywood in general has improved, but still has progress to make, especially in regards to representation behind the camera. Discuss