Tag Archives: Atlanta

Obama being sued?

A politician in Georgia is suing the Obama campaign for defamtion. Angela Moore planned a fundraiser for Obama that was going to be held on Dec. 21.  She said she was in constant contact with the campaign this whole time. She’s spent $25,000 planning the event.  At some point, the campaign decided they didn’t want to have anything to do with the event. Apparently, Moore and her partner could be considered a PAC, and Obama doesn’t accept contributions from PACs. So they shut her down.

This is where the story makes a turn. Instead of the Atlanta campaign washing their hands of the situation, one member took it upon herself to call other people involved with the fundraising event, telling them that Moore is a fraud and is engaging in illegal activities (this according to Moore). The problem is that Moore is herself a politician. So now, her reputation has been changed from community activist to crook. Personally, I think she’s been wronged, but hey I’m no lawyer.

It’s funny that this situation has happened and it’s being kept on the hush, and this morning I read on the wire Clinton apologized to Obama about comments made from her camp. Huh! sounds like the same situation to me.

Now, if Moore wasn’t following the rules, then yes, shut her down. But to start making calls and comments, that crossed the line. Even Obama knows how important a politician’s reputation is. Especially in local elections.

Mega deadline for mega churches under investigation is here

Today is the deadline for the mega churches under investigation to turn over their financial statements in accordance with the investigation by Sen. Grassley. The two churches headed by African Americans – World Changers Church and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church – both in metro Atlanta, have said they won’t turn over the information with a subpoena. They said the request violates the protection offered to churches under the Constitution. Joyce Meyers has turned over the requested documents Benny Hinn said he needs until Jan. 31 to respond. Kenneth Copeland and Randy and Paula White have yet to respond.

It will be interesting to see what will happen from here.  I still have  problem with these Pastors being singled out. There are many others that live the same “lifestyle” as these, yet they are not under investigation. Why is that?

Dr. Dollar and Bishop Long have all right to request a subpoena. Can the senate just “request” to see the books of any business and get it? Can they send you a letter in the mail “requesting” to see how your money is spent? So why is it different with these churches. 

Is Grady on life support?

Grady Memorial hospital in Atlanta just got a new board, which is supposed to help save the ailing county hospital. It’s the largest provider of care to the poor and uninsured in the state, yet it is not state supported. Only two counties- DeKalb and Fulton- contribute tax dollars to keep the facility open.  There is something about this that just doesn’t seem right.

The hospital has the best burn unit and trauma center in the region (not just the state). Which means, if you live in Cobb and your house burns down with you in it, guess where they’re taking you? If you live in Henry and you run your car into a ditch, guess where you’re going? That’s right folks, straight to Grady! But when it’s time to pay the bills, guess who’s paying? Not Cobb and Henry. Only Fulton and DeKalb.

This year, the two counties contributed $125 million to the hospital. The numbers show that $44 million of service is given to people who live outside of the two counties every year. So if the hospital in on the hole, why is it so hard to see these counties need to start coughing up money for the service they use?

I’m no politician, but it just makes sense. Since the entire State utlizes the hospital, some contributions should come from the state level.

Preachers under investigation

What in the world is going on? A senator in Iowa is calling for an investigation into the finances of six pastors, one of which is Bishop Eddie L. Long, senior pastor at New Birth Missionary Baptist church in Lithonia.

Although I don’t attend New Birth, I often times find myself defending the church. New Birth is VERY active in the community, and much of the work is never printed in major newspapers or broadcast on the television. People are unaware of the resources available at the church to anyone who is interested. You don’t have to be a member. They are also unaware of the support the church gives to those in need. But whenever the issue of money in church comes up, people think something unethical is going on.

Let’s be honest people, ministry is not free. It takes money to run a ministry, and even more to run a successful one. I’m sure New Birth has to write a check to Georgia Power every month, just like the rest of us. And I’m sure its a tidy sum.

My big question is why do so many people have a problem with megachurches and the men who lead them? What is the issue? Why these six? All pastors should be watching this case closely, because whatever happens, the results are going to affect alot of other ministries.

Hair-raising Information

This issue we featured hair salon owner Marion Summers, who is one of only a few black hair distributors in Georgia. This story led to us watching Black Hair; The Korean Takeover of the Black Haircare Industry. It’s a documentary by white filmmaker Aron Ranen. It turns out that Koreans dominate the black hair industry. And when I say dominate, It’s a ridiculously high number like 98 percent.

Now I have no problem with someone having an entrepreneurial spirit and being successful at whatever they do, but this is not the case. Koreans have systematically blocked Blacks out of the industry. The Korean distributors won’t even sell to Black-Owned Beauty supply stores. Some even ask if you’re Korean or Black before they will do business with you.

But where does the responsibility lie? Is it with the Koreans for pushing blacks out of the business? Is it with the black salon owners? consumers? No matter which side of the debate you fall, it’s still a very interesting phenomenon. Here’s a clip to give you an example of what’s really going on.

A great co-worker

I have to send this shout out to Emmanuel. My daughter had a 3rd birthday party a couple of weeks ago. Well, she is in LOVE with Dora the explorer. I had the great idea of renting a Dora costume on the internet. But my big problem was, who was going to get IN the costume. Mr. Emmanuel saved the day. He got “dora-fied” with no problem. I was so excited, that was until Dora actually showed up at the house and scared the gibbies out of my little girl. She cried the entire time Dora was there. I guess it didn’t help that Emmanuel is 6’2″.

Emmanuel as Dora

We have grammy winners stopping by

I don’t know if you believed me when I said we don’t know who will drop by, but it is definitely true. Grammy winning producer Kevin Bond just stopped by the office. It’s crazy. You really never know who it’s going to be.  I have to be honest,  he stopped by to see Glenn, who wasn’t in the office, so he only stayed a hot second. But I did get a little tid bit of information. He’s got a book coming out. It’s about ministry. I’m not sure when it will hit the streets though. I’ll keep you posted.