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Tyler Perry donates $250k to Lakewood to help local families rebuild after Harvey

Plenty of rumors have floated around cyberspace about Tyler Perry’s “gift of giving.” Most recently, there have been false accusations on social media of him giving away free cars…and big cash.

Yet, the gift of receiving a new house from Tyler Perry is true for one local Houston family…and it’s all due to a very generous donation he made to Lakewood Church in the amount of $250,000 to assist in their Harvey Relief efforts.

A year prior to the devastating affects of Hurricane Harvey on their home, Tammy Perry and her three children, with one son who is autistic, had already experienced a major loss. Her husband passed away in 2011, leaving her to grieve his death and raise her family on her own. Just 6 years later, another storm would roll in unexpectedly and her family would be challenged all over again.

“We’ve been though this before when my oldest son Titus was just a baby… and my husband was living,” said Perry. She says her husband dealt with the flooding of their home when it first happened. This time around, it was just her in the midst of high water…and with her three kids.

“It was rough,” Perry said. “I told God, if I ever needed you, I need you right now.”

As time passed, God showed up. Through Tyler Perry’s generous donation, Lakewood Church and its volunteers were able to come in and help rebuild the Perry’s home.

Today, the sun is now shining down on the Perry family. Tyler and family were able to meet this past weekend during his time in Houston and exchange hugs and high-fives.

Lakewood Church has provided rebuilding assistance to more than 1,150 Houston-area families whose homes were damaged or destroyed by floodwaters with the help of over 2,500 volunteers.

 

Live After Five f/ Pokey, Lil Nathan and Steep Rideau

  

The Seasons of Life

There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn to not judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.

The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall.

When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.

The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.

The second son said no – it was covered with green buds and full of promise.

The third son disagreed, he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.

The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfilment.

The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but one season in the tree’s life.

He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are – and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life – can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.

If you give up when it’s winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, fulfilment of your fall.

Don’t judge a life by one difficult season. Don’t let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.

 
 

 

 

Lynching memorial draws 100,000 visitors in first 3 months

The nation’s first memorial to victims of lynching has drawn more than 100,000 visitors in its first three months — far exceeding some earlier estimates.

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery shares stories about some of the 4,400 black people slain in lynchings and other racial killings between 1877 and 1950. The names of those killed, if they are known, are engraved on 800 steel columns, one for each U.S. county where lynchings occurred.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that some visitors have been part of large groups. About 100 community leaders from Charlottesville, Virginia, visited in July. Whites and blacks clashed during street fighting and a woman was killed by a car driven into a crowd during the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville last summer.

 

 
 
 

Vandals Shoot At Emmett Till Memorial Sign

Vandals are committed to attacking the memory of Emmett Till, the Black teenager whose death galvanized the Civil Rights Movement, as those who vow never to forget Till’s lynching debate how to move forward.

Someone shot at the sign that marks where Till’s body was recovered from the Tallahatchie River in Mississippi—just 35 days after it replaced the previous sign that was also struck with multiple bullets, the Clarion Ledger reported on Friday.

Till was only 14 years old when he was brutally lynched in 1955. The Chicago native was visiting family in Mississippi when Roy Bryant and another white man abducted Till in the middle of the night for allegedly whistling at Bryant’s wife. Days later, the teenager’s body was found floating in a river. He was beaten viciously and shot in the head. Till’s mother wanted the world to know what was done to her son. She told the funeral home not to fix up his body, which was place in an open casket.

“Our mission is to continue to tell the truth as it concerns the Emmett Till story. We are saddened by these events but are unwavering in our commitment to truth and racial reconciliation,” said Patrick Weems, co-founder of the Emmett Till Interpretive Center, who wants to replace the sign for what would be the fourth time.

Others argue that replacing the sign is not the best way forward. Leaving the bullet holes speaks volumes, they contend.

“The bullet holes bear eloquent witness to the fact that work remains to be done, that the memory of Till’s murder still cuts a rift through the heart of the modern day Delta,” stated Dave Tell, who authored the book Remembering Emmett Till

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Therese Patricia Okoumou trolls Melania Trump with ‘I care’ dress

Therese Patricia Okoumou became somewhat of a national treasure when she scaled the Statue of Liberty on July 4 to protest Donald Trump’s ”zero tolerance” immigration policy. And it seems the political activist is not entirely done making a statement.

According to Yahoo, Okoumou — who was charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct, and interference with governmental administration- was in court on Friday for a procedural hearing and she made quite the fashion statement trolling Melania Trump’s by wearing a dress that had “I really care, why won’t u?” written on the front and back.

The first phrase mocks the infamous Zara jacket that Trump wore in June on her way to visit child detention centers in Texas, which read, “I really don’t care, do u?”

President Trump said the message was aimed at the “Fake News Media.”

“Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares,” he tweeted.

While her spokeswoman denied any “hidden message”behind the style choice, the statement still sparked a fashion movement, with people rocking their own “I care” jackets.

Okoumou’s dress was also painted with the words “Be Best,” the name of Mrs. Trump’s anti-bullying initiative which aims to teach children “the importance of social, emotional, and physical health.”

On July 5, she pleaded not guilty to all three charges against her and faces a possible 1.5-year sentence if convicted. Prosecutors called the protest a “dangerous stunt,” Courthouse News reported.

“There is, however, a special rule in the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure that governs what we call petty offense, and that rule not only permits but requires the judge to make a preliminary determination as to the possibility of a jail sentence,” civil rights defense lawyer Ron Kuby told reporters outside the courthouse.

Okoumou spoke to a group of reporters and supporters after the 40-minute hearing. on Friday.

 

 

 
 
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