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Gospel Singer James Fortune sued for child abuse

James Fortune and wife
Gospel singer and songwriter, James Fortune, is being sued for burning his 4-year-old stepson in 2001 and leaving him permanently disfigured, according to a civil lawsuit filed against him and his wife Cheryl.

The $5-million lawsuit, from the boy’s biological father Roderick Davenport, alleges that Fortune violently punished the child for misbehaving in pre-school.

According to the lawsuit, Fortune picked up his wife Cheryl‘s son from preschool. When the teacher told Fortune that the child misbehaved, he allegedly became infuriated. Fortune reportedly yelled and berated the child for his bad behavior, put him time out, then prepared a scalding bath for him.

The lawsuit, which also names Cheryl, contends that Fortune then demanded that the little boy remove his clothing so that he could “whip the child with a switch.” The man then forcefully submerged the boy in extremely hot water and held him down.

The boy sustained second- and- third-degree burns over 47 percent of his body.

The child’s injuries were so extensive that he had to be flown to two hospitals for treatment. The young boy remained at a hospital in Galveston, Texas, for 63 days, where he received various skin grafts for his hands, buttocks, genitals, and legs.

The “numerous” skin graft operations that he received has left him “permanently disfigured.”

In 2003, Fortune pled guilty to felony injury to a child and received 6-years deferred adjudication.
Fortune, in a statement, claims the lawsuit is a result of his “increased profile and financial viability” and “an individual’s desire to exploit such.” Davenport claims it is to pay for surgery the boy, now 15-years-old.

Besides being a recording artist, Fortune is a songwriter and producer. He and his group Fiya have received multiple Stellar Awards and are recognized for their songs “I Believe” and “I Trust You.”

Fans have been leaving several messages of disappointment on his facebook page. Many are questioning his wife Cheryl’s decision to stay with him after the tragic incident.

Health News: Doctors remove 33-pound tumor from 2 year old boy

Jesus Gabriel

Mexican doctors say they have removed a 33-pound (15-kilogram) tumor from the body of a 2-year-old, Jesus Gabriel. Gabril weighed only 26 pounds (12 kilograms) at the time of surgery.

Dr. Gustavo Hernandez says the child from the northern state of Durango was born with a benign tumor that eventually covered the right side of his body from his armpit to his hip. As he grew the the tumor grew with him. It begin to cut off his flow of oxygen.

Hernandez says it took doctors at the La Raza Medical Center in Mexico City 10 hours to remove the tumor on June 14. Hernandez is the director of pediatrics at La Raza hospital.

He says the boy is recovering and doing well. The doctor also said Tuesday that the operation was the first time Mexican doctors have removed a tumor bigger than the person carrying it. They expect Jesus Gabriel to make a strong recovery.

Pastor Fred Luter set to become first African American president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC)

Fred Luter
Today will be a historic day to remember as the Southern Baptist Convention is posed to elect its first African-American president, a pastor from Louisiana, Fred Luter.

Luter, who is running unopposed, is expected to be elected at today’s convention meeting in New Orleans.

Last year, Luter made history when the SBC elected him as first vice president, the denomination’s second-highest post. He was the first African American elected to that position. Just a decade earlier, Luter was the first African American to preach the convention sermon, which also occurred in New Orleans.

Luter gained respect in the SBC by attracting young black males to his church in New Orleans, and by sticking with his church after the city was leveled by Hurricane Katrina.

One thing is for certain, the new generation of Baptists looks quite different than the one before it.
The SBC was founded in 1845 after a split with northern Baptists over the issue of slavery. In 1995, the convention passed a resolution publically apologizing for its participation in slavery and Jim Crow laws.

“It’s going to be historical because there’s never been an African-American president in the Southern Baptist Convention, so it’s going to be a historical day,” WDSU News quoted Pastor Luter of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans as saying. “I am still the only announced candidate in this convention which is amazing to me.”
It was amazing, the 55-year-old black pastor explained, “to have a descendant of former slaves to be president of this convention… It’s making world news.”

Luter, meanwhile, is trying to keep expectations about his presidency low. “I don’t think it will change drastically but I do think there will be a change, where African-Americans who really never considered being part of the SBC will now look at it,” he said.

Congratulations Pastor Fred Luter!

Actress Meagan Good weds, becomes a preacher’s wife [Pics]

Meagan Good and Devon Franklin wedding kiss
Think Like a Man star Meagan Good married Seventh Day Adventist preacher and Columbia Pictures Vice President DeVon Franklin Saturday in Malibu, Calif., People reports.

Good, 30, and Franklin, 33, said “I do” at Triunfo Creek Winery in front of 400 guests, including Derek Luke, Tracey Edmonds, Deion Sanders and Tasha Smith.

The actress wore a custom R-Mine gown with a purple-dipped train and sported jewels by Jason the Jeweler. She walked down the aisle to “These Arms” performed by the Craig Lewis Band. The ceremony was accented with purple roses, tulips and rustic gold and guests enjoyed a Southern Girl Desserts cake with flavors including sweet potato, banana cream pie and peach cobbler.

Singer Shanice was on hand at the reception to sing, ‘Loving You’ while the couple enjoyed their first dance.

“DeVon makes me better, makes my life fuller, and completes my quality of life,” Good told the magazine. “He’s truly on my team and I am truly on his. God revealed my heart to him like nobody else.”

Added Franklin: “I’ve never had more peace, fun, and joy than I’ve had with her.”

Good and Franklin first met six years ago while discussing a film project and went on their first date after working on, coincidentally, the marriage-themed romantic comedy, Jumping the Broom.

The newlyweds will travel to Big Sur for a mini-moon and plan to honeymoon closer to the holidays after Good finishes filming her upcoming NBC drama, Infamous.

Meagan Good and Devon Franklin

Here is a pic of the lovely couple as they arrived for the 35th Anniversary Celebration for Bishop Thomas Dexter ‘T.D.’ Jakes, Sr. on June 8, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.

Rodney King, face of the infamous LA riots, found dead

Rodney King

Rodney King, whose beating by Los Angeles police in 1991 was caught on camera and sparked riots after the acquittal of the four officers involved, was found dead in his swimming pool Sunday, authorities and his fiancee said. He was 47.

Police in Rialto, California, received a 911 call from King’s fiancee, Cynthia Kelly, about 5:25 a.m., said Capt. Randy De Anda. Responding officers found King at the bottom of the pool, removed him and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation until paramedics arrived. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital, police said.

There were no preliminary signs of foul play, De Anda said, and no obvious injuries on King’s body. Police are conducting a drowning investigation, however, King’s body will be autopsied.

Kelly — who was a juror in King’s lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles in 1994 — told police King was an “avid swimmer,” but that she was not, De Anda said. She reported the two had just had a conversation and she went inside, but came back out after hearing a splash and saw him at the bottom of the pool.

Although TMZ is reporting that King’s fiancée is telling friends King had been drinking and smoked weed in the hours before his death, De Anda said he did not see any drug paraphernalia “or anything that would indicate that Mr. King was intoxicated” at the scene. A toxicology screen will be performed.

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