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NOW THIS PERSON HAS BEEN STALKING MY EMAIL BOX FOR ABOUT A MONTH…SENDING A BLANK EMAIL EVERY WEEK, AFTER FOUR WEEKS THEY SOME HOW FOUND THE BRAVADO TO WRITE THIS :- This bitch Melissa walking all over the world saying that Paulrange is har babyfather an all know the baby ton one an she no tek him in for the dna...FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER BLANK EMAIL. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THE TIME OUT TO TELL THIS PERSON, NOT TO WASTE THEIR TIME, IF IT TOOK YOU FOR WEEKS TO WRITE A SENTENCE THE YOU NEED NOT WRITE ONE AT ALL
THANK YOU

HOW MUCH ROOM CUDDA PAINT AFA DIS?

ADMIRAL BAILEY BEST OF THE BEST 2012

WOE BE UNTO YOU

Church In Harlem Sanctuary For Black Gay Men And Lesbians
With all the fuss about same-sex marriage and such, there is now a church where gay men and women can feel welcome.

Via NYTimes:

In a church nestled among a row of residential brownstones, parishioners clapped and danced as a woman began to testify. “Aren’t you glad Jesus got up?” the woman, Twanna Gause, asked the predominantly black congregation, which responded with enthusiastic shouts of “Amen” and “Hallelujah.”

“He got up so I can come out,” Ms. Gause said, as worshipers hopped out of their seats and cheered in agreement. “He got up so you can come out.”

For black Christians who are gay and lesbian, church can be a daunting experience, where on any given Sunday they are taught that homosexuality is not only a sin, but a one-way ticket to hell. That alienation has been a benefit for the Rivers at Rehoboth congregation, in Harlem, which has made ministry to gay men and lesbians, combined with the worship traditions of black churches, its mission.

The congregation was formed by the merger of two churches, Rivers of Living Faith and Rehoboth Temple. The pastor of Rivers, Vanessa M. Brown, 41, is a lesbian, and the pastor of Rehoboth, Joseph Tolton, 45, is gay, and both were born and raised in Harlem. Their merged congregation rents space out of Grace Congregational Church on West 139th Street, where Mr. Tolton’s former church worshiped for four years.

Ms. Brown, the church’s senior pastor and Ms. Gause’s partner, preaches what she calls a “radically inclusive” message, while Mr. Tolton, the associate pastor, offers as a mantra the phrase “Gay by God.”

“God doesn’t make any junk,” Ms. Brown said. “He made us knowing who we were going to be before we were it.”

Only “small segments” of black church leaders openly welcome gay men and lesbians in their congregations, according to Lawrence H. Mamiya, a professor of religion at Vassar College who has researched black churches. Rivers at Rehoboth is attended by an average of 200 members each Sunday. On Easter, ushers had to place folding chairs next to pews to accommodate visitors, some of whom had traveled from as far as Italy and Australia.

Both pastors speak openly about their own experiences struggling with sexuality as black Christians.

Mr. Tolton said that for over 20 years, he believed his sexual orientation was a spiritual demon from which he needed to be saved. As a young man, he asked clergy to pray for him to be straight.

Mr. Tolton said he left his church after a friend told him he could not be the best man at his wedding because he is gay.

“It broke my heart,” Mr. Tolton said. Ms. Brown said she, too, struggled with the church’s stance on homosexuality.

She said she married a man who was gay, to help him cover up his sexuality and protect his image in the church. But Ms. Brown divorced him after growing tired of living a lie, she said.

“I was ruining my own self,” she said. “I wasn’t happy.”

Many members of the Rivers at Rehoboth have their own stories. The pastors say they are now looking for a larger space in which to expand.

“We want people to know that they are loved, there’s a safe space for them in the house of God,” Ms. Brown said, “where they can truly worship the Lord and be their authentic selves.”

DI EMAIL SEH :-HOW THE “SO CALLED STARS CELEBRATE THEIR BIRTHDAYS”

DI SET UP LOOK NICE……HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ALL A DONT KNOW BOUT DI STARS PART DOE :nerd

VERY SAD SMH-READ TILLY EN

The search continues for 10 missing Jamaicans

André Williams, STAR Writer

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is still trying to determine the whereabouts of 10 Jamaicans who went missing after leaving the Bahamas in an efforts to reach the United States (US).

The men were among a group of people who were on one of the many illegal shipments of people who attempt to go into the United States illegally. But since setting off on March 9, none of them have been seen or heard of.

A Bahamian publication, The Freeport News, recently named as missing among the 10, Howard ‘Wayne’ Pryce, 45, of Chestnut Lane, Kingston 14. He is said to be 6 ft tall and weights 190 lb. He is further said to have a scar in the middle of his chest.

The names of other persons listed as missing among the 10 are Richard Gapour, Micheal Anthony Stephenson, Rumara George Bailey, Claude Walters, Carlton Nelson, Daulton Thomas and David Dean.

According to reports, the 10 had travelled to The Bahamas in late February and March, and had set out on a boat from Freeport to Miami. There has thus far been no reports of any of the 10 missing Jamaicans arrested or found dead. No boating accidents have been reported in Jamaica, The Bahamas or the United States waters.

When THE STAR contacted the Diaspora and Consular Affairs Department in the foreign affairs ministry, our news team was referred to its most recent release which states, “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade continues its efforts to ascertain the whereabouts of the approximately 10 Jamaican men, who according to reports, set off by boat from Freeport, Bahamas on Friday, March 9, 2012. The ministry is currently in the process of seeking an official report from the Bahamian authorities based on an updated listing.”

However, on the contrary, according to a report from another Bahamian publication, The Tribune 242, a Bahamian police spokesperson Loretta Mackey, said the matter is out of the hands of Bahamian law enforcement.

an obvious trend

There is an obvious trend as in previous years many people who journey the Bahamian route to get across to the US by boat have either been reported dead or accosted by US authorities.

In 2010, it was reported that dancehall personality Mickey Pelpa had allegedly drown while trying to enter the US illegally via boat from The Bahamas.

Based on information obtained, Pelpa, born Michael Augustus Lynch, was among a group of men who took a boat from the Bahamas and tried to enter the United States.

Lynch reportedly jumped from the boat, on the approach of US coast guards, got into difficulties and drowned. The alleged captain of the boat, a Bahamian, was charged with human smuggling.

US Customs and Border Patrol agents, according to reports, have held several Bahamians who have tried to smuggle people into the US. In one particular case, a Bahamian, Captain Kelsey James McQueen, reportedly told immigration agents he was to be paid to ferry immigrants between Nassau and Palm Beach County.

THE STAR contacted a Jamaican now married and living in the United States who entered the US via boat from The Bahamas to get a first-hand account on the passage.

He said, “Yard did ruff and there wasn’t any hope in sight, so a friend tell mi bout the Bahamas route and mi hustle the money … it was US$3,000 (J$239,000) at the time and took on the sea. I left Jamaica for the Bahamas and then we leave the Bahamas for Miami a few days later. It was not an easy trip, but thank God we made it and things looking up”.

Dancehall artiste Flippa Mafia was also allegedly accosted by United States authorities after a failed attempt to enter US soil via boat from the Bahamas in 2010. He has since been released.


JUS FI DI LAWS PAWT

WTF AFRICA- YUH TEEF DI SHUT…NYAM DIS GRASS

– There was day time drama in Naivasha town on Tuesday, after a man started feeding on grass like a cow on the roadside.

Nelson Mwangi, who was allegedly bewitched for stealing a shirt in a small estate in Naivasha town, caused a huge traffic jam in Naivasha town as a mammoth crowd gathered to see him.

According to one eye witness, Ayub Gitau, many at first thought that Mwangi was drunk but on checking they noticed he was busy eating grass.

This is the fourth time this year that such incidences have happened in Naivasha town.

Naivasha OCPD Earnest Oponyo confirmed the incident and said the man was taken to Gilgil Mental Hospital for psychiatrist check up.

Stephen Njoroge, (The Kenyan DAILY POST)

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