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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.

Creflo Dollar, arrest, brings his family at the center of media frenzy

Creflo Dollar

Last week, media outlets across the nation began a flurry of reports about 50 year old Atlanta-based megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar. Dollar was arrested after his 15 year old daughter called the police alleging that he had physically abused her.

His daughter told the sheriff’s deputy that she and her father argued after he told her she couldn’t go to a party.

According to a police report, she then went on to say that her father charged at her, put his hands around her throat and begin to punch her and hit her with his shoe. The deputy noted that there was a scratch on her neck.

The deputy also interviewed Dollar’s 19-year-old daughter, who said her father grabbed the younger girl’s shoulders and slapped her in the face and choked her for about five seconds. She said her sister tried to break free, but did not fight back. When her father threw the 15-year-old on the floor, the older girl ran to get her mother.

The deputy also spoke to Dollar’s wife, Taffi, who said she did not see the fight.

Dollar is one of the most prominent African-American preachers based around Atlanta, with 30,000 members in the Atlanta area and a ministry of satellite churches across the U.S. After the incident, Dollar addressed his congregation, at the World Changers Church International, denying the allegations of choking her. IT should be noted that he did however, admit to the police that he tried to restrain his daughter.

“I will say this emphatically: I should have never been arrested,” Dollar said Sunday in his first public appearance two days after police charged him with misdemeanor counts of simple battery and cruelty to children.
“The truth is that a family conversation with our youngest daughter got emotional,” he said. “And emotions got involved and things escalated from there.”

He said the mark on his daughter’s neck had been there for about 10 years and was caused by a skin condition, eczema.

“The truth is she was not choked, she was not punched. There were not any scratches on her neck,” Dollar said. “But the only thing on her neck was a prior skin abrasion from eczema. Anything else is exaggeration and sensationalism.”

Before beginning with his sermon, he ended his address to the congregation on the matter by saying, “I will never put any fault on my children, as Jesus would never put any fault on me.”

Event: Radio One Present’s 10th Annual WYCB Prayer Breakfast

Pastor Howard-John Wesley and wife

Pastor Howard-John Wesley (pictured above with his wife) will serve as the guest speaker at the 10th Annual WYCB Prayer Breakfast

It’s that time of the year again!

Yes, you know it, time for another Praise 104.1 Prayer Breakfast!

This year’s guest speaker will be Dr. Howard-John Wesley, pastor of the Alfred Street Baptist Church, located in Alexandria, Va.

The special guest artist is gospel singer Beverly Crawford, whose 2007 hit single “He’s Done Enough” continues to be a household favorite.

When: Saturday March 17th
Time: 8:00 am
Where: Martin Crosswinds
7400 Greenway Center Drive
Greenbelt, MD 20770

Tickets are $30 and available at Radio One located at 8515 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
Call 301.306.1111 for more information

Virginia Bishop dies at the pulpit after Sunday sermon

Bishop Thoroughgood
It saddens us to report that Bishop Barnett K. Thoroughgood of New Jerusalem Church of God in Christ in Virginia Beach passed away this past Sunday shortly after delivering what would be his last sermon.

“You are to live and not die,” Bishop Barnett K. Thoroughgood shouted from the pulpit to his congregation of more than 2,000 members. The sermon focused on living your life.

Bishop Thoroughgood, 62, reportedly preached a bit more at his home church, New Jerusalem Church of God in Christ, wiped sweat from his forehead, sat down and then collapsed.

According to churchgoers, paramedics arrived but was unable to revive him.

The news spread quickly when Timbaland, who flew back home to console his mother who was in attendance during the Bishop’s passing, updated his twitter with what had happened to his hometown pastor.

Bishop Thoroughgood was also pastor to recording artists Pharrell Williams, a Virginia Beach native, and Missy Elliott, who grew up in Portsmouth.

In 1970, Bishop Thoroughgood founded the New Jerusalem Church of God in Christ and was officially appointed pastor by Bishop David C. Love in 1972.

Bishop Thoroughgood leaves to mourn his wife of thirty-seven years, Mrs. Ernestine Coston Thoroughgood. His three sons, Bertram, Emmanuel, and Jonnathan; One daughter, Mekia Bonita; and five grandchildren, along with many other children they have adopted and helped through the Social Services Foster Care Program.

Our prayers go out to his congregation, family and friends.

We will keep you updated on funeral arrangements.

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Pastor calls for Christians to boycott Starbucks..

Evangelical Pastor, Steven Andrews, president of the USA Christian Ministries in California is asking customers to boycott Starbucks due to the company’s support of a bill to legalize gay marriage in Washington state.

Last week, four Republicans joined 24 Democrats in ensuring a 28-21 victory in a vote that paves the wave for Washington to become the seventh state to recognize same-sex matrimony.

The legislation will legalize gay marriage with exemptions for religious organizations opposed to conducting same-sex weddings or allowing same-sex couples to use their facilities for nuptials.

“Starbucks can follow Satan if they want to. However, pastors are to help Christians. Are you on the Lord’s side? Will you help the USA be blessed by God?” said Andrews, in a written statement.

In addition to Andrews, The National Organization for Marriage, which opposes same sex marriage, has pledged to provide financial backing for conservative challengers to the four Republican senators who supported the bill.

Starbucks, which is based in Seattle, joined more than 100 other companies, including Microsoft, Nike and Google in backing the same-sex marriage bill.

According to Reuters, when asked about the controversy over their decision, Starbucks held firm in it’s longstanding support for equality of gays and lesbians stating, “Starbucks is proud to join other leading Northwest employers in support of Washington state legislation recognizing marriage equality for same-sex couples.”

The bill is expected to pass in the state house of representatives this week.

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