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Gospel singer, Prophetess Juanita Bynum: “I have been with women”

Juanita Bynum
Gospel singer and prophetess Juanita Bynum recently appeared on Atlanta radio station V-103 and revealed some of the things she has been through in her life. She also spoke of affairs she said she had with women.

“I’ve done it all. I did the drugs. I’ve been with men. I’ve been with women. It’s not a line. It’s my life,” Bynum said. “I took full responsibility in every area because every choice that I made, nobody put a gun to my head. These were my choices and I made these choices due to a lack of wisdom.”

“I’m not embarrassed about my conversions, and that’s why I’m not insecure about being around people who have issues and struggles,” she added.

She grew up in Chicago as one of five children. After being brought to the center stage by Bishop T.D. Jakes, in the late 1990’s, she quickly gained notoriety in the gospel community. She was first married in the 1980s and then again in 2002. Both marriages ended in divorce.

She credits having “purpose and destiny” for filling a longtime void from other negative periods of her life.

“That abuse that I suffered was because I attracted after my own kind. That abuse was always sitting in me,” she said on V-103. “I had already abused myself mentally and emotionally for years trying to fill a void that only the power of purpose can fill.”

“When purpose has a place to fill that hole, you can have sex with 50,000 people, you can do drugs til the cows come home. But the void that you’re trying to fill is a void that’s been put there by the Creator, and it’s called purpose and destiny. And until you accept that, you’re going to walk around with the living dead,” she said.

Set your DVR: Bishop T.D Jakes and Deepak Chopra featured on new episode of “Super Soul Sunday”

Bishop T.D Jakes and Deepak Chopra
Don’t forget to tune in or set your DVR to OWN this Sunday. Two of the world’s most well-known spiritual leaders, Bishop T.D. Jakes and Deepak Chopra, will be featured on an all-new episode of the Emmy Award-winning series “Super Soul Sunday” on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network this Sunday, July 1 at 11 a.m. ET/PT.

In these never-before-seen lectures, Bishop Jakes takes us on an electrifying journey of self-realization to show us how to maximize our lives by changing the way we think. Then, Chopra explains why he believes there is a spiritual solution to every problem in the world. He’ll walk us through the steps of becoming fully aware of our own power and energy in order to find solutions to obstacles that hold us back.

A rebroadcast of “Oprah and Caroline Myss: Intuition, Power and Grace” will also simulcast on-air and online July 1 immediately prior to the Bishop Jakes/Chopra episode at 10 a.m. ET/PT on OWN, Oprah.com and Facebook.com/OWNtv.

Preview: Bishop T.D. Jakes and Deepak Chopra on Living from the Core

In a special “Super Soul Sunday,” watch what you didn’t see from the Toronto stop on Oprah’s Lifeclass: the Tour. Discover what Bishop T.D. Jakes and Deepak Chopra have to say about living from your core.

Update: James Fortune issues statement on child abuse lawsuit [Details]

James Fortune
HOUSTON, June 27, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — The following is a statement from James Fortune.

“Several months ago I received a demand for payment from my stepson’s father for an injury to my stepson that occurred in 2001. In the midst of negotiating a settlement regarding that injury, I was served with a lawsuit and now my wife and I are defending ourselves in civil court. At no time in my life was I convicted of felony injury to a child. Following my step-son’s injury, there was a criminal investigation and all matters were resolved. Since that time, my family and I, including my stepson, have maintained a continuous loving family environment. Although his father has maintained custody, Cheryl and I have enjoyed continuous uninterrupted open visitations with my step-son since 2001.

“We are shocked by this lawsuit but understand people are free to use the court system to pursue matters, whether or not the claims are baseless. We are confident through this process, the ultimate decision maker will render an outcome that is just and fair. We believe in our American justice system and know that once all facts are made transparent justice will prevail in our favor.

“This lawsuit is a direct result of our desire to continue the uninterrupted love, commitment and financial support as well as to protect the ongoing wellbeing while enhancing the current living conditions of our son. We have given our stepson who is currently in our care during his summer break continuous support and understand these allegations are a direct result of not only our increased profile and financial viability but an individuals desire to exploit such.

“We intend to vehemently defend our right to protect our family while maintaining the character integrity and trusted core values the Fortune family has been blessed to exemplify. Out of respect to the legal process and the continued positive environment we desire to maintain for my stepson this will be my only statement regarding this matter.”

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.

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!

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