An anti-gay Harlem church posted a bizarre sign accusing President Barack Obama of waging a war against heterosexual black men.
“Obama has released the homo demons on the black man,” reads the sign outside ATLAH World Missionary Church. “Look out black woman. A white homo may take your man.”
The church's pastor, James David Manning, has a history of spreading anti-Obama and anti-gay messages. Previously the sign read, “The blood of Jesus against Obama history made 4 Nov 2008 a Taliban Muslim illegally elected president USA: Hussein.”
In his latest ministry video posted online Wednesday, Manning calls Obama “perverted” and “the son of Satan.”
“It’s an attempt to save the black family,” Manning said of the sign. “There is a major problem in the black family with the absence of black fathers, black husbands.”
"Black women are having a hard time finding black men to marry,” he said.
He claims Obama promotes the "catastrophic crisis of the absence of males in the home" in the African-American community because he wants to “destroy the black family.”
He cites the fact that the first openly gay professional athlete and openly gay NFL hopeful are both black.
"Looking at the conclusive proof," he said, "no white homosexuals have come out in the sports arena."
Rochelle Hill, who leaves a block away from ATLAH told the New York Daily News the neighborhood is tired of Manning’s messages.
“It’s just appalling,” said Hill, who claims she and others will rally to force Manning to take down the sign. “It’s a poor representation of our neighborhood. It’s just hate.”
“A church is supposed to be a place that’s all inclusive,” said Harlem resident Ronald Flagg. “What does Obama have to do with people being homosexual? He has enough to deal with in this country.”
Two men accidentally sent selfies to police from a cell phone they stole during a series of Harlem muggings, according to the NYPD.
After allegedly demanding the phone from an 18-year-old walking down the street and threatening him with a fake gun, the duo took selfies and uploaded them to a photo-sharing account flagged by police.
The photo shows the two suspects wearing black Lacoste hoodies.
Police have tied the most recent robbery to three other incidents involving stolen cell phones, money and a MetroCard.
The pair is said to have used a real gun in one incident, though none of the victims in the muggings were injured.
The suspects are in their late teens or early 20s and stand between 5-foot-9 and 6-feet tall.
Skateboarder Koki jumped the subway tracks at the 145th Street stop in New York City back in March as part of a documentary film "Tengu: God of Mischief" by director Colin Read.
"We waited till about 5 a.m. to get this trick, but it was worth it," Read wrote on his blog. "I wasn't sure Koki was going to do it when we went down, but after a few run ups he landed it first try."
In a trailer (video below) for the film, Koki actually falls while trying to do the jump at the 24 second mark, notes Gothamist.com.
It should be noted that Koki was jumping toward the electrified third rail, making the attempt life-threatening and highly illegal.
"People online have been saying he should've come from the other side, so he wasn't going toward the third rail, but it would have been impossible," photographer Allen Ying told New York Magazine. "We had scouted the subway pretty well. This spot is probably the only one where that was doable."
Four Harlem clergymen have invited more than 100 churches to stand up against Rev. Al Sharpton, arguing that he has sought fame and acclaim while members of his congregation starve.
“While [Sharpton] is jet-setting around the country, people are going to our churches saying they don’t have money to eat,” Pastor Johnie Green said. “People need somebody to fight for them.”
Green added that Sharpton has spent too much time promoting his book “The Rejected Stone” and his MSNBC show.
“Sharpton isn’t a community organizer,” said Raymond Blanchette, head bishop of the United Churches for Kingdom Building. “He’s a personality,”
Green, along with pastors Carl Washington, Kris Erskine and Patrick Young have planned a rally at Mount Neboh Baptist Church on Oct. 24.
The group expects more than 1,500 supporters to attend.
A separate group of conservative activists has called for a boycott of Ritz Crackers because the brand advertises on Sharpton’s show.
“In better times, Sharpton would be stigmatized and condemned for the damage he has done,” the group’s organizers wrote. “But today he is a primetime host on MSNBC.”
The trial of a Harlem man accused of beating and choking his grandmother to death because she would not give him $175 began on Thursday.
Larry Davis is accused of killing his 76-year-old relative, Cora Davis, stuffing her body into a closet and then having sex with a prostitute in the same apartment.
Prior to the alleged murder, Larry apparently stole Cora’s mink coat and then tried to sell it back to her for $750. A Manhattan judge who was handling the misdemeanor larceny case ordered that Larry stop harassing Cora. He issued an order of protection that was still in place when Cora was killed.
Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Matthew Bogdanos said Cora suffered a broken neck and at least eight bruises on her skull during the March 2011 attack, The New York Daily News reported.
Larry’s defense attorney, Bryan Konoski, suggested that Cora’s heart condition could have been a factor in her death.
On Thursday in New York City, about 400 workers from McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Yum! Brands are striking in a bid to call for higher wages.
The employees are seeking a pay raise to $15 an hour and want to be able to form a union. Currently the minimum wage in New York is $7.25 an hour.
“By far, it will be one of the biggest actions that fast-food workers have taken in this country,” said Jonathan Westin, the executive director of advocacy group and organizer New York Communities for Change.
A similar strike was held in November, and organizers are hoping that some restaurants will be forced to close today because they will be missing so many employees. About 60 restaurants, including Burger King, Domino’s Pizza and Papa John’s, are expected to be affected.
“At several of the stores we will have the majority of the workforce in the stores out on strike,” Westin said. “It will be difficult for businesses to continue as usual.”
“I’m fed up and I’m asking for $15 an hour and to create a union without intimidation,” said Tabitha Verges, 29, who has worked at a Burger King in Harlem as a cook and cashier for about four years. “I can barely get by. I borrow from people to pay my bills. I’m trying really hard not to get on welfare.”
Verges was one of the workers to walk off the job on Thursday, Bloomberg reports.
“Employees are paid competitive wages and have access to a range of benefits to meet their individual needs,” McDonald’s spokeswoman Heather Oldani said in an e-mailed statement. She added that most McDonald’s stores are owned and operated by independent business people.
Last month New York lawmakers passed a measure that included raising the state’s minimum wage to $9 an hour over three years.
Police found a man’s body crammed into a 55-gallon drum in a Harlem apartment on Saturday night. They were alerted about the body after a grandmother called the police because she noticed an extremely foul smell wafting from her grandson’s bedroom. Authorities arrived at the apartment at 2400 Seventh Avenue and found the corpse stuffed into the drum.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the cause of death. The identity of the man is not known at this time, reports The Daily Mail.
Police have also declined to release any details about the grandson who was housing the barrel. He was taken into police custody but has not yet officially been named a suspect. Neighbors of the grandson have been questioned in the matter. His name has not been released.
Source: (The Daily Mail)