Delay Indicted

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

AP-A Texas grand jury on Wednesday charged Rep. Tom DeLay and two political associates with conspiracy in a campaign finance scheme, an indictment that could force him to step down as House majority leader. Click here for more details.

New note: Delay has temporarily stepped down from his Majority Leader seat.

Tavis Smiley Hosts PBS Hurricane Relief Concert

Friday, September 16, 2005

September 15, 2005

PBS Talk Show Host Went to Mississippi to Find Missing Sister and Family

Tavis Smiley had some very good reasons for accepting PBS's offer to host the
television coverage for Live From Lincoln Center's Jazz at Lincoln Center's
Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert airing nationwide on PBS stations
Saturday, September 17, 8-11 p.m. E.T.

It took the PBS late night talk show host less than a heartbeat to accept the
invitation. Not only did Smiley tour the devastation first hand in the immediate
aftermath and devoted extra coverage to it on his nightly show, he also went to
Mississippi to locate and retrieve his sister and her three children who had been
missing for five days.

Smiley was born in Mississippi but spent most of his childhood in Indiana.

"What I have tried to bring forward on both my PBS and PRI shows is the enormous
human magnitude of this disaster," said Smiley. "It is one thing to see the
destruction first hand and know how television images cannot begin to describe it.
It is another to look into the eyes of the people directly affected by it and to
hear their voices. I know that my sister and her family are indeed blessed.
I cannot begin to express how grateful I am to be part of this event."

Featured artists include Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Ken Burns, Shirley
Caesar, Cyrus Chestnut, Peter Cincotti, Elvis Costello, Bill Cosby, Aaron Nevile,
Robert De Niro, Paquito D'Rivera, Jon Hendricks, Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Abbey
Lincoln, Bette Midler, Dianne Reeves, Marcus Roberts, Paul Simon, Meryl Streep,
James Taylor, McCoy Tyner, Robin Williams, Cassandra Wilson, Jeffrey Wright,
Buckwheat Zydeco, and many more.

During the television broadcasts phone numbers will be shown on screen so that
viewers can make donations to the Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Fund, The Red
Cross, and Salvation Army.

"Tavis Smiley" is seen weeknights on PBS. For more information, visit

Crossing Jhordan's River Crosses over to #1

Thursday, September 15, 2005

#1 on Essence Bestsellers List!!! Crossing Jhordan's River(Christian Fiction Blog's May Book of the Month,) the book that graced the #3 spot on September's Essence Bestsellers List makes the #1 spot its new home for the month of October!

In the September issue of Essence Magazine, Kendra was officially given the title of National Bestseller when her novel Crossing Jhordan's River made the #3 spot on the list for bestselling paperback fiction. This month, God gave her the increase and Crossing Jhordan's River now sits at #1 on the list in the newly released October
issue of Essence Magazine.

Kendra says, "Reaching national bestseller status was a direct answer to prayer. However, I never asked God to make any of my books a #1 national bestselling novel. But He did promise to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, so I know this is His doing. And I thank Him continuously." The new Essence listing has not been loaded onto their website yet, but feel free to go out and pick up a copy of the October issue - in stores NOW.

Kendra Norman-Bellamy is the author of five current Christian fiction titles: A Love So Strong (Moody Publishers), For Love & Grace (BET Books), Crossing Jhordan's River (Moody Publishers), Because of Grace (BET Books) and Three Fifty- Seven A.M. (KNB Publications, LLC).

Congrats, Kendra.



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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Kanye West Telethon clip

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Search & Arrest: Hurricane Katrina

Thursday, September 01, 2005

I've tried to only keep my comments to linking Hurricane Katrina relief organizations on my blogs, but I just saw something that singed me hotter than pressing irons on the back of my ear. On my local CBS channel in Atlanta I just saw two children being arrested in Louisian for taking food. Now I don't believe in stealing, but I don't agree with those two kids being treated like hard criminals. People need food, shoes, pamper. And I might be wrong, so please correct me, but the Red Cross and Salvation Army needs more help. I don't want to hear no political baloney. I don't want to hear a reason to justify why hungry children should still be hungry when we can drop food and relief to other countries' children. I don't want to hear why people are still sitting on house roofs waiting to be rescued, but can't be rescued because the sheriff's are arresting pamper thieves. And I'm really upset with the looters taking televisions out of stores. There's no electricity. And they should've been trying to find those kids some food.


Shots disrupt US storm evacuation

From the BBC...

A spokesman for the Louisiana ambulance service told the BBC the crowd had grown unruly and he was concerned for the safety of his staff. He said a national guard had been shot, but he had not been seriously injured.

Looting and lawlessness have plagued the city in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which struck on Monday.

Check out my little blog on Katrina Aid blog to find out more about aid and rescue. Add comments of other efforts, too.

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