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Guest Post: My Thoughts On Bishop Eddie Long's Death.

Guest Post: My Thoughts On Bishop Eddie Long’s Death.

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So many thoughts... so I'll just think and write.

I was at the radio station doing my Sunday morning radio show when I got the call around 6:30 on my cell phone that Bishop Eddie Long had passed in the wee hours of the morning. By that time, nothing was online about it & I wasn't going to be the first to publish anything. I felt the respectful thing to do was allow the church to tell their family & constituents in the way they deemed necessary. Just because I was privy to the info earlier didn't give me the right to rob them of that by exposing the city to the info prematurely. Bishop Long was a lot of things to a lot of people. Certainly, to the city of Atlanta, he was a game changer. He changed the way we 'do' church on a much larger scale & was a trailblazer in so many rights. I'd heard the stories when I moved to Atlanta in '94 of this charismatic preacher who truly seemed to have a heart for people. I'd heard about the college scholarships given, the automobile keys given to single moms who had no transportation as well as homes freely given and rent paid for months at a time because it was 'just the right thing for the church to do'. Eddie Long made that a reality. He was just a different guy. A multifaceted dude who probably wrestled with more than a person who has never occupied that space of influence and power could ever BEGIN to understand. I've been around a LOT of powerful people... secular and sacred alike. That level of genius, 'anointing', creativity, brilliance or whatever you want to call it ALWAYS has a polar opposite. It is my belief that to the degree you are awesome is to the exact same degree that you have the propensity to be awful. Yin and Yang, some would say. Most people of power it's a lifelong struggle to maintain the proper balance. My thoughts are all over the place because I realize what's going to happen. Bishop's death will be a potential place of contention and confusion for so many. 'What REALLY happened? Did he have AIDS but cancer sounded better so they rolled with that? Wait, didn't Kim Burrell say this was going to happen? Looks like justice/karma has come full circle!' I just want to make a simple request: Stop it. Please. I can't tell you what to do and I know it. But, a wife has lost her husband. Children have lost their father. A church has lost their leader. Did you hear that? THEIR leader. They believed in him & didn't care that you didn't. It doesn't make them right or you wrong, but I must admit that it's got to be a great feeling to know that you have people willing to hunker down and ride with you through the storm. Truthfully, although I THINK I have folk like that in my corner, but how would I really know unless of course, a storm comes. There are victims all around the table here. Some literal, some alleged and some who were mortally wounded by the shrapnel that flew from force that was Bishop Eddie Long. You're not wrong for feeling however you're feeling. I'd just like to suggest a moratorium on the public blaming, judging and just plain old overanalyzing. A human being is gone. A great, prolific, flawed, secretive, brave, afraid, courageous, loving, risk taking human is gone. Is it possible that we can let that moment breathe and mourn with them that do mourn? I pray our humanity can allow that. You don't have to have liked him, but multiple thousands did, and they're hurting right now. If you can't say anything helpful or encouraging, may I suggest a respectful silence? Even if just for 24 hours? If not, I understand. Like I said earlier, my thoughts are all over the place. Sending up prayers for Vanessa, the kids and grandkids as well as NBMBC. Earth has no sorrow that heaven can't heal - Thomas Moore
Grammy Award Winning Composer/Drummer Ricky Lawson Suffers Brain Aneurysm

Grammy Award Winning Composer/Drummer Ricky Lawson Suffers Brain Aneurysm

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Radio Facts: Radio Facts would like to send a prayer out for Grammy Award-winning composer and drummer Ricky Lawson has been hospitalised after suffering a brain aneurysm. Lawson, who is very well known in the industry has worked with the the greatest entertainer of all time, Michael Jackson, the legendary Phil Collins, the incomparable Earth, Wind & Fire and many more. The drummer was reportedly in the middle of a ...
Rest In Peace and Prosperity Nelson Mandela

Rest In Peace and Prosperity Nelson Mandela

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Originally posted on 2013-12-05 16:02:14

Radio Facts: Nelson-Mandela’s-Top-Five-Contributions-to-HumanityWe would like to take this time out to offer our sincere condolences to Nelson Mandela's family, loved ones, and anyone that was touched or influenced by this man's dedication.  Rest in Prosperity Nelson Mandela! This man was not only important to South Africa but also to the entire world.  President Obama gave a statement live from the White House regarding the legacy of this extraordinary human being. At his trial in 1964, Nelson Mandela closed his statement from the dock saying, "I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I've cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die." Nelson Mandela lived for that ideal and he made it real. He achieved more than could be expected of any man. Today he's gone home and we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this Earth. He no longer belongs to us; he belongs to the ages. Through his fierce dignity and unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, Madiba transformed South Africa and moved all of us. His journey from a prisoner to a president embodied the promise that human beings and countries can change for the better. His commitment to transfer power and reconcile with those who jailed him set an example that all humanity should aspire to, whether in the lives of nations or in our own personal lives. And the fact that he did it all with grace and good humor and an ability to acknowledge his own imperfections, only makes the man that much more remarkable. As he once said, "I'm not a saint unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying." I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela's life. My very first political action—the first thing I ever did that involved an issue or a policy or politics was a protest against apartheid. I would study his words and his writings. The day he was released from prison it gave me a sense of what human beings can do when they're guided by their hopes and not by their fears. And like so many around the globe, I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set. And so long as I live, I will do what I can to learn from him. To Graca Machel and his family, Michelle and I extend our deepest sympathy and gratitude for sharing this extraordinary man with us. His life's work meant long days away from those who loved him most, and I only hope that the time spent with him these last few weeks brought peace and comfort to his family. To the people of South Africa, we draw strength from the example of renewal and reconciliation and resilience that you made real: a free South Africa at peace with itself. That's an example to the world, and that's Madiba's legacy to the nation that he loved. We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again, so it falls to us as best we can to (forward ?) the example that he set—to make decisions guided not by hate but by love, never discount the difference that one person can make, to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice. For now, let us pause and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived, a man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice. May God bless his memory and keep him in peace.

Originally posted on 2013-12-05 16:02:14

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