Former Black CNN Producer Sues for Them for Racial and Religious Discrimination
A black Christian associate producer who was fired from CNN is suing his former employer, accusing them of racial and religious discrimination.
Omar Butcher, an African American, says he was targeted after complaining about colleagues using ‘profane language’ such as ‘Jesus Christ’ and ‘God damn’.
He claims he was fired a day after he emailed anchor Ashleigh Banfield, expressing concerns after she asked in an on-air segment whether society had ‘lost a generation’ due to violence in the African-American community.
Preacher’s Wives of Atlanta, ‘The Sisterhood’ Show Speak Out About Criticism
Report from Christian Post:
Although the first episode of “The Sisterhood” may entertain both Christian and non-Christian viewers with everything from a pastor teaching his daughters about sex with the use of fruit, dealing with interracial relationships and the struggle of women fitting into a new group, first lady Christina Murray admits that she was apprehensive about joining the show.
Christina, the first lady of Oasis Church who is not afraid to say “I’m Dominican and I don’t play,” admits that she was not initially comfortable venturing into the world of reality television. However, she felt compelled to be a part of a different type of reality television series.
Atlanta Pastor’s Wives Reality Show ‘The Sisterhood’ Targeted a Petition to Have Show Pulled of Air
Many of our readers now know that there’s a new reality show slated to debut January 1 at 9PM ET/PT on TLC called “The Sisterhood,” featuring pastors’ wives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Recently, we posted a video clip of the shows premiere this week. Of course, it was a disappointment for us and many of our readers to see first ladies arguing whether scripture should be used when counseling someone. Frankly, it was not taken very favorably and there are some people who are doing something about it too!
TLC’s Sisterhood Preacher’s Wives Show To Premier New Year’s Day
Here’s yet another reality show tentatively titled Preacher Wives.
Deciding on the name The Sisterhood, TLC is bringing the pulpit drama into your home on January 1, starring preachers’ wives Delana, Christina, Ivy, Tara and Domonique.
Check out details from People.com:
The view from inside their world as they support their husbands and churches, is a radical and candid rendering of how most people might view their role. They argue, get tattoos, work out to look hot and talk openly about sex, drugs and their not-so-godly pasts in a series certain to shake the Bible Belt.
Georgia State Stays Execution of Intellectually Disabled Man, Warren Hill
The Guardian reports:
Warren Hill, a death row prisoner in Georgia who has been diagnosed intellectually disabled, has been granted a stay of execution 90 minutes before he was scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection.
The Georgia supreme court unanimously decided to postpone the death sentence in a case that has caused an uproar nationally and around the world.
Last week, APS met with about 60 educators who face the most egregious allegations to put an offer on the table: Quit now and avoid receiving a “charge letter,” the first step in the firing process, and one that can stain an educator’s career. Five educators have taken the deal, according to APS.Other employees are considering the offer, said a district spokesman. APS said expected it would take some employees time to make a decision. In the meantime, the district plans to issue charge letters on a case-by-case basis. Superintendent Erroll Davis said Friday the district will start with those who confessed, and other egregious cases.“If in fact they have done these things, if in fact the conclusions are inevitable, I think the benefits of resigning would outweigh the benefits of staying on the payroll for a couple of months,” he said.
Since July, Atlanta Public Schools has been spending about $600,000 a month to pay the salaries of educators placed on administrative leave after their names appeared in a 400-plus page report on cheating. The district has been unable to fire teachers because of complicated state employment laws and a lack of access to critical evidence.Wednesday, Superintendent Erroll Davis said the district worked out an arrangement with District Attorney Paul Howard to view evidence against about 120 accused educators still on the payroll. That means APS can start building cases to terminate those deemed guilty of cheating, and retain those who are cleared.“My intent is to bring these proceedings to an end as quickly as possible,” Davis said. “I am hopeful we can do that by the end of this academic year.”Fulton prosecutors are preparing indictments with charges such as altering public documents, a felony, relating to the cheating scandal and for alleged kickback schemes involving APS vendors, lawyers familiar with the investigation said.
The district is under pressure to resolve the cases before May 15, the deadline for deciding whether to renew teaching contracts. Non-renewal is tantamount to firing.
Atlanta School District Agrees To Repay $363,000 for Cheating
Federal money given to the Atlanta Public Schools will be repaid to the government. The state school Superintendent John Barge told the press that the district has 90 days to return the money, according to the Associated Press.
The State of Georgia investigated over 100 schools involved in a widespread systematic cheating scandal in the Atlanta Public Schools last year that dates back as far as 2001. There were nearly 180 educators and teachers who were accused of either giving students answers on tests or elaborately changing tests answers in order to achieve high scoring in the district.