LISTEN: Life of Gwen Ifill Celebrated at Metropolitan AME Church; San Antonio Police Officer Shot to Death While Writing Traffic Ticket (BCNN1, 11/21/2016)
1. According to the Chicago Tribune, thousands of mourners — including first lady Michelle Obama — remembered and celebrated veteran Washington journalist Gwen Ifill on Saturday, recalling her as a standard bearer, cherished friend, devoted mentor and woman of abiding faith. Ifill died Monday at 61 after a yearlong battle with cancer. Mrs. Obama did not speak at the service, but several journalists and political figures offered reflections. Former Attorney General Eric Holder read a letter from President Barack Obama, who was in Peru. In his own comments, Holder likened Ifill to “a comet” and challenged the colleagues she leaves behind to honor her legacy with their work by holding those in power accountable. The service, held at the historic Metropolitan A.M.E. Church — where Ifill was a longtime member — was also a grand display of her faith and roots as the daughter of Caribbean immigrants whose father was a leader of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Her pastor of many years, Bishop William P. Deveaux, recalled Ifill as “brilliance cloaked in humility.”
2. According to USA Today, a manhunt was underway Monday for the unidentified man who fatally shot a San Antonio police officer at a traffic stop, one of four officers shot across the nation in separate attacks Sunday. Three police officers were wounded and two suspects killed in shootings in St. Louis and Gladstone, Mo., and Sanibel, Fla. In San Antonio, Police Chief William McManus said Monday the death of Detective Benjamin Marconi was more than a random act. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement asking all Texas to pray for the Marconi’s loved ones as they deal with “this unimaginable tragedy.” Abbott urged the Legislature to pass his Police Protection Act, which would classify attacks against law enforcement as hate crimes.
3. According to the Christian Post, Mariam Ibraheem, the Sudanese Christian mother who was sentenced to death in 2014, revealed on Saturday that she secretly read the Bible at night while she was imprisoned for apostasy and trusted a Muslim inmate to hide the Bible from prison guards. The 29-year-old Ibraheem, who was raised by her Christian mother but was considered by Sudanese courts to be a Muslim because it was her father’s faith, became the center of an international human rights outcry after she was sentenced to death in May 2014 because she married a Christian man, Daniel Wani, an American citizen. Ibraheem, who was released in June 2014 by the order of a Sudanese appeals court and now lives in Virginia, sat down with The Christian Post to discuss her time in prison before she spoke Saturday at an annual prayer night for the Persecuted Church held at Christ Our Shepherd Church in Washington.
4. According to Joy105, business entrepreneur and basketball legend Magic Johnson along with several business partners hosted #HolidayHope2016. A holiday party that provided food, coats, and drinks. Over 200 kids received bikes, toys, and arts and crafts. Magic as well as his wife Cookie served families in the areas of Flint, Detroit, and Lansing.
5. According to Observer, the Rev. Al Sharpton excoriated President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for U.S. Attorney General in a fiery speech at the Harlem Headquarters of his National Action Network—warning the incoming commander-in-chief and his Cabinet picks “better worry about me.” Sharpton recalled how allegations that Sessions had spoken favorably the Ku Klux Klan, called a black prosecutor “boy” and called the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People “un-American” derailed the Southerner’s nomination for a federal judgeship in 1986 under Ronald Reagan. He contrasted this with the record of former Attorney General Eric Holder and current Attorney General Loretta Lynch, respectively the first and second African-Americans to lead the Department of Justice, and their work probing police departments and combating restrictive voting laws.
6 . According to the Christian Post, Mary J. Blige says she’s overcoming a public divorce from her estranged husband Kendu Isaacs of 12 years with the help of God and prayer. The 45-year-old R&B singer appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Nov 16 where she explained how she was able to make it through this trying time in her life. Blige said, “What is getting me through is God, prayer, my family, people who love me, my fans. Me being healthy and loving myself the way I do and taking care of myself. … It’s put me in a place where I can see things clearer.” During her transparent interview, Blige opened up about what went wrong in the marriage to her manager husband. One of their biggest issues was respect.
7. According to the Associated Press, Texas coach Charlie Strong says he will address questions about his future with the Longhorns at his weekly news conference on Monday. Strong was asked on the Big 12 coaches conference call about any talks he had Sunday with Texas athletic director Mike Perrin amid reports that Strong will be fired at the end of his third season. Perrin said Sunday night that Strong will be evaluated after the final game this week against TCU. “I’m going to address all those questions,” at his news conference, which is schedule to start at 11 a.m. Central time, Strong said. The Longhorns are 5-6 and Strong is 16-20 in his three seasons at Texas.