Black World from the Call & Post 8-21-13
Kush Azrael | 8/21/2013, 11:37 a.m.
A YouTube video, entitled “Prayer for President Barack Obama,” of a young elementary school-aged boy, named Stephen, praying for President Obama has gone viral and many on the religious right, along with some conservatives, are condemning the video as “blasphemous.” On the video the young boy closes his eyes and says: “Barack Obama, thank you for doing everything and all the kind stuff. Thank you for all the stuff that you helped us with. Thank you for taking the courage and responsibility for everything you have done for us. And God has given you a special power and you are going to handle it just fine. You are good, Barack Obama, and you are great, and when you get older, you will be able to do great things. Love, Stephen. Barack Obama!”
TEXAS – When Robert Walls graduated from high school in 2000, he weighed 330 pounds. Seven years later he weighed 940. An aspiring chef, Walls had to leave culinary school because he was too sick. At his peak weight of nearly 960 pounds, he moved to Illinois to take a graphic arts job. Walls attempted different diets, but the pounds never stayed off. Eventually Walls ended up in the hospital and eventually a nursing home. He then had gastric bypass surgery when he weighed 844 pounds. It’ll be five years since his surgery and he has lost 750 pounds.
CALIFORNIA – Black college alum, Spike Lee, has been in the news for his crowdsourcing efforts to raise funds for his next movie, but a soon-to-be HBCU freshman has used the practice to pay for his first year of college. 19-year-old James Ward raised more than $12,000 for his first year, after launching an online campaigned titled, “Homeless To Howard.” Ward has been updating his progress through a Tumblr page, which appears to have gone live Aug. 6th, and is collecting money via a PayPal account. After the first day alone, Ward had raised $2,100.
SOMALIA – The African Union force in Somalia has said it is investigating an alleged gang rape involving its troops in the capital, Mogadishu. A Somali woman has alleged she was abducted, drugged and repeatedly raped earlier this month by officers from the national army and the AU force. The allegation has caused outrage in Mogadishu, and there have been protests by women activists. Rights groups say rape and sexual abuse is a growing problem in Somalia.
NIGERIA – Nigeria’s military said it has killed the second in command of the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram. His death earlier in the month had been confirmed by other arrested terrorists. Momdou Bama, also known by his alias “Abu Saad,” was a specialist in manning anti-aircraft guns. In May, Nigeria declared an emergency in three north-eastern states in order to battle militants. There has been no independent confirmation of Momodu Bama’s death and Boko Haram has not commented on the statement.
JAMAICA – Three people were shot, two fatally, in the West Kingston Division between Wednesday and Thursday as the violence continued between rival gangs in the area. The dead have been identified as Christopher Barrett and Patrick Shaw, whom the police said were gunned down in separate attacks in the communities of Hannah Town and Jones Town.