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April 11, 1993 | By Sandy Bauers, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In their quest for readers to bring a special electricity to an audio book, companies usually stick to actors and professional readers. So what happens when they opt for orators and preachers? Magic, that's what. At least that's the result in God's Trombones, a Penguin HighBridge recording of James Weldon Johnson's classic work, subtitled Seven Negro Sermons in Verse and written in 1927. Johnson, a lawyer, writer and professor of literature, was a founder of the NAACP.
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July 18, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
Television evangelist Pat Robertson said yesterday he would consider Lt. Col. Oliver North as his running mate in his bid for the Republican nomination for president. Robertson told a press conference his campaign office had received hundreds of letters urging him to consider the fired White House aide for the No. 2 spot. "I'm sure people would strongly consider him for vice president, including me," Robertson said, adding that he and North were on the "same side of the spectrum in favor of supporting the Contras.
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October 1, 1986 | By RAMONA SMITH, Daily News Staff Writer
The word from the Rev. Leon H. Sullivan was strong and clear: "The preacher is back on the job again. " Back to the struggle against South African apartheid. Back to the search for jobs and dignity for America's urban poor. Back to the pulpit "to sound an alarm to America," Sullivan said yesterday at his North Philadelphia church, as he urged other clergy to "start a whole new movement of conscience in this country. " The preachers - nearly 100 of them, all rising to their feet and some calling out "that's right!"
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August 21, 1998 | by Maureen Tkacik, Daily News Staff Writer
The crowd was sparse at the Rev. Thomas L. Devlin's last sermon. A mere three middle-aged women showed up for the 8 p.m. service, but an intimate crowd never bothered Devlin, especially since it was a Wednesday night and the ladies had come all the way from West Philly to assemble in the Logan basement to join his joyful chorus. Devlin's sister, Virginia, was about to come downstairs and join them. She was just putting her grandkids to bed. But then she heard the gunshots.
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August 9, 2004 | By Dawn Fallik INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In his books and as a preacher, Bishop T.D. Jakes spends a lot of time talking about struggling to be a strong African American man amid easy temptations. But as a movie director, Jakes looked to a woman in trouble for inspiration. Several hundred people, many local religious leaders, came to see a sneak preview of Jakes' film, Woman, Thou Art Loosed, yesterday at the International House at the University of Pennsylvania. The movie, to be released nationally in October, follows the path of a woman who ends up on death row. "It's a constant struggle for people to find their place in life - from teens who are finding their identity to people who are older and searching for their purpose," said Jakes, who led his 25,000-member congregation in Dallas yesterday before attending the preview.
NEWS
October 1, 1987 | By Lee Bandy, Inquirer Washington Bureau
When Pat Robertson formally announces his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination today, his campaign will unveil a newly secularized candidate. Robertson's decision Tuesday to resign as a Southern Baptist minister and drop the title Reverend from his name was the culmination of efforts intended to remake Robertson from charismatic evangelical TV preacher to mainsteam politician. And according to Hubert Morken, an Oral Roberts University political scientist who is writing a book on Robertson, it all began with a conversation between the presidential candidate and a reporter late last year.
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July 10, 2012 | By John F. Morrison and Daily News Staff Writer
SOMETIMES a preacher is faced with the challenge of helping people cope with unspeakable tragedy.   Rev. Gregory E. Boykin faced such a challenge when he gave the eulogy at the funeral of a beloved 6-year-old girl who was among four people, including two other children, killed by a car being chased by police in Feltonville in June 2009. The car rammed into a group of people on the sidewalk on 3rd Street near Annsbury. Boykin, who had just returned from North Carolina, where he had buried his mother, tried in his sermon at Deliverance Evangelistic Church in North Philadelphia to encourage the mourners to believe that little Aaliyah Griffin was in heaven.
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November 26, 1991 | By Andy Wallace, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. Moses Marquette Peace Sr., 87, former pastor of Monumental Baptist Church, 50th and Locust Streets, and "Prince of Preachers," died Saturday at his home in West Philadelphia. "He was an excellent preacher," said the Rev. J. Wendell Mapson 2d, now the pastor at Monumental. "Even now there are people who can remember sermons he preached 30 and 40 years ago. "He was eloquent, he had a mastery of the language, and his sermons dripped with poetry," Mr. Mapson said. "His messages reflected his theology, (which)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2010 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
A preacher, says Rev. Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian), the unlikely hero of the surprisingly effective and satisfying demonic thriller The Last Exorcism , is also an entertainer, playwright, filmmaker, and magician. The God part, the part about the preacher's faith? That's entirely incidental, adds Marcus. Writer-director Daniel Stamm's sophomore feature is a superbly creepy story about a disillusioned preacher-turned-showman whose newfound atheism is challenged when he becomes embroiled with a real demon.
NEWS
July 16, 2003 | By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Rev. C. Stephen White, a flamboyant Philadelphia street preacher accused of propositioning a West Chester boy for sex, was freed on bail yesterday. White's attorney, Robert J. Donatoni, had argued on Monday that his client's bail, set on July 3 by District Justice Mark Bruno at $100,000, was excessive, due to White's strong ties to the community and minimal criminal history. Chester County Judge Anthony A. Sarcione agreed, reducing the amount to $20,000, but adding a host of conditions.
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June 8, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. Britt A. Starghill, 46, senior pastor at Kaighn Avenue Baptist Church in Camden since 1997, died Tuesday, June 2, of heart failure at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In 2004, Mr. Starghill established the Nehemiah Community Development Corp. to help deal with the blight of the Gateway neighborhood in Camden. He was its chairman at his death. Camden Mayor Dana Redd said that he "encouraged his members and the surrounding community to give back and take an active part in the city's revitalization efforts.
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December 31, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ivan B. Hewitt, 84, of Philadelphia, who led Thankful Baptist Church in North Philadelphia for 25 years, died Friday, Dec. 26, of heart failure at Cliveden Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Mount Airy. Pastor Hewitt was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Philadelphia. He attended city public schools, graduating from Bartram High School. He also attended La Salle College and the Manna Bible Institute. He was a preacher's son - his mother, Linda, was a minister, and her example led Pastor Hewitt to begin preaching himself as a child.
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December 5, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
MARY EUGENIA Houston was all about taking care of others. Whether it was her own family, her church family, or the students she helped as a speech therapist, Mary was all about service. And she had a number of talents to help her do her work. The wife of a preacher, she became a preacher herself, duly licensed by her denomination. As a speech pathologist, she worked with students in both the Philadelphia and Chester-Upland school districts. She held leadership positions in numerous service organizations, winning many honors, but she always had time for her family, insisting they have dinner together every night, and seeing to it that her children's schools got everything they needed.
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October 20, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
A CONTROVERSIAL group of black street preachers who spew hate speech at whites, Asians, gays, women and some blacks they find objectionable, has a right to continue preaching, the state Superior Court has ruled. The Oct. 14 decision affirmed Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Ellen Ceisler's ruling from July 2013, and is another blow to the Shops at Liberty Place, which sued the preachers. Operating under the name Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge, the preachers since 2012 have held semiregular Friday-afternoon demonstrations on the public sidewalk at 16th and Chestnut streets, which is near the main entrance to the Center City retail complex.
NEWS
July 21, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE RANTS against "greedy bastard" white "devils," female "whores," gays and Asians can continue outside the Shops at Liberty Place. So ruled a Philadelphia judge, who said yesterday that federal and state law protects the right of a controversial black religious group to protest in front of the Center City shopping complex at 16th and Chestnut streets. "I can sympathize with Liberty Place. I understand that this is diminishing the ambience and the experience of your customers and patrons, but that is the price we have to pay," said Common Pleas Judge Ellen Ceisler, who referenced the controversial Westboro Baptist Church in her ruling.
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July 17, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
FIERY RANTS about "white devils," "whores" and homosexuals, and calling black passers-by the N-word are what members of the Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge are known for while protesting in front of One Liberty Place. It's also why the owners of the retail and residential complex, at 16th and Chestnut streets in Center City, filed a lawsuit in May to prevent the group's members from protesting out front. But during a court hearing yesterday, one of the religious group's leaders, "General" Kory Travis, politely explained to a judge the reasoning behind the harsh words and why his group should be allowed to continue protesting at the entrance to the Shops at Liberty Place, the complex's mall and food court.
NEWS
June 10, 2013
The Rev. Will D. Campbell, a self-described "bootleg preacher" who became one of the most prominent white clergymen in the South to fight for racial equality during the civil-rights movement, died June 3 at a nursing home in Nashville. He had complications from a stroke two years ago, his friend John Egerton said. Mr. Campbell was ordained a minister while in his teens but came to distrust organized religion and to prefer preaching anywhere, as he liked to say, but under a steeple.
NEWS
May 17, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
T OMMY CHONG made a fortune as a stoner comic, but he doesn't think marijuana is a laughing matter anymore. These days, he sees pot as the antidote for what ails America. Chong, 74, thinks that legalizing and taxing weed on a federal level would offer numerous benefits. "Look at the situation we're in now," Chong said. "Sequesters. Cuts. Everything cut across the board. Now, the government is tapped into the biggest cash crop in the world. "There's little manufacturing cost.
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January 8, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
COMPETING FOR attention with Dick Clark could not have been an easy experience. But Leroy Smith was not to be discouraged. He had a message to deliver, and the crowds of young people who gathered outside the Philadelphia Arena for Dick Clark's American Bandstand were going to hear it. The Rev. Leroy Smith started his religious service as a street preacher, and the venue he chose to try to sell his message of faith was outside the Philadelphia Arena...
SPORTS
October 31, 2012 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer
TO HEAR the Giants tell it, former Phillie Hunter Pence should be the World Series MVP. Earlier this month, when the Giants were trailing the Reds, 2-0, in the best-of-five NLDS, Pence - who was traded from the Phils to the Giants in July - gave a motivating locker-room speech before Game 3 that would have made Knute Rockne proud. The Giants, of course, went on to sweep the rest of that series, beat the Cardinals in seven games in the NLCS. On Sunday night, the Giants completed a sweep of the Tigers in the World Series.
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