*The devil will not be represented in the sequel to History Channel’s “The Bible,” all because the actor playing him looks too much like President Barack Obama, and producers don’t want the drama.
Scenes featuring actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni as Satan have been edited out of the movie “Son of God,” one of the producers told The Hollywood Reporter.
“It gives me great pleasure to tell you that the devil is on the cutting-room floor. This is now a movie about Jesus, the son of God, and the devil gets no more screen time,” said Roma Downey, who produced the movie with her husband, Mark Burnett.
*In a CNN segment this afternoon, anchor Don Lemon and his guests mocked the Fox News segment in which Megyn Kelly declared that Santa Claus and Jesus are both indisputably white.
After playing the clip of Kelly telling viewers it is a “verifiable fact” that both Christian figures are white, Lemon and guests Jamelle Bouie and Eric Marrapodi had a hearty laugh.
Don Lemon and his guests laugh at Megyn Kelly
“I can’t believe I’m discussing this,” Lemon said, introducing the segment as a response to how many opinionated comments he’s received on social media since Kelly’s segment aired.
Bouie explained his Daily Beast column that decried Kelly’s beliefs about Santa being factually “white” as “utterly ridiculous,” while Lemon inserted that “Santa Claus is black” to him and many other black households. But the panel eventually moved off the Santa argument, noting that it’s a “ridiculous” debate because of it being a fictional character.
“Where [Kelly] lost me was with the Jesus thing,” Lemon said. CNN senior producer Marrapodi explained that “we don’t really know” the skin color of Jesus, and it’s highly likely he had an “olive complexion” as a Middle Eastern man in the first century.
“Anyone who has studied the Bible and anyone who knows about the heritage or roots of Jesus knows he was a dark-skinned person and wasn’t a white man,” Lemon asserted. “Not probably wasn’t; he wasn’t a white man. He was of a darker persuasion.”
Ultimately, Lemon and his panel concluded: “What your Santa and your Jesus looks like is entirely up to you.”
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*Megyn Kelly will address her off-the-wall comments about Santa Claus and Jesus on her Fox News show “The Kelly File” tonight (Dec. 13).
Kelly’s comments, made on her show Wednesday night, set off a media firestorm. The segment featured a panel discussion of an article written by Slate culture blogger Aisha Harris, titled “Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore.”
Kelly declared that both Santa Claus and Jesus were white. “For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white,” Kelly said. “Santa is what he is … I wanted to get that straight.”
Last night, “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart countered Kelly’s nonsense in hilarious fashion with facts – that neither the original St. Nick, nor Jesus, were white. They were, in fact, brown.
Watch both “Daily Show” videos (Part 1 and 2 – with correspondent Jessica Williams) below.
*As someone who’s had his fair share of controversy and drama, R. Kelly knows a thing or two about rising above circumstances for the big comeback.
The singer, who just released his latest album, “Black Panties,” took time out to talk about Chris Brown and his ability to rebound, rise up and keep it moving.
For Kelly, Brown’s ups and downs over the last few years invite comparisons to many famous leaders who have experienced their own set of setbacks. In Brown’s case, the R&B vet feels the “Fine China” singer is among the strong in dealing with everything that comes with being ‘Chris Brown.
“I only feel sorry for weak people,” Kelly recently told The Guardian. “And mostly what I’ve come to find is that the weak people are the ones that are the haters. The ones that’s talking about Chris Brown, or R. Kelly, or anybody that’s successful? I feel sorry for them, not Chris Brown, because he’s obviously one strong individual to be able to do what he’s done.”
“He got knocked down a little bit and he climbed up,” continued Kellz, who started naming a trio of game changers that took their lumps only to reemerge better than ever. “ You know, that sounds like Ali to me. That sounds like Martin Luther King to me. That sounds like a lot of the greats that have walked this earth. It even sounds a little bit like Jesus to me.”
Before anyone starts blasting Kelley, the singer is quick to point out that Brown is not in the same league as Jesus. Instead, Kelly sees a common trait found in both individuals.
“I’m not saying that Chris Brown is Jesus or R Kelly is Jesus. But Jesus is the No 1 inspirer of someone being knocked down and rising again,” he stated.
*Could you forgive someone who took a loved one from you?
How could you even begin to go about forgiving them for what they have done? After forgiveness, could you be friends with this person? One New York man has done just that.
Anthony Colon lost his older brother tragically. He received the news that his brother had been shot to death in East Harlem, which was tragic for him, since he loved his older brother so much. He was angry. He remained angry for years. It took control of his life and wore him down. His brother had been unarmed when three men fired 13 rounds into his body.
Colon said that the hate and anger he felt made him hate everything. He said he hated life and everyone in it. It turned him into a monster, a shell of the person he once was. He missed his brother who had stood up for him and stood by him no matter what.
As the years went on, the anger finally wore down and Colon began to reclaim his life. He ended up getting married and having two children. He turned to religion for solace. He began to have a strong feeling that he needed to reconcile with his brother’s killer, he just wanted everything to be okay again.
Read/learn more at KCTV5.
*A study released by the Rasmussen Reports polling firm on Good Friday found that 64% of Americans believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead, says CNSnews.com.
While Americans who believe in the resurrection remain in the majority, that number is down significantly when compared to a Rasmussen Poll that asked the same question, released a year ago.
On April 7th, 2012 Rasmussen released a poll finding that 77% of Americans believed the resurrection of Christ to be historical fact.
The difference between the two polls shows a 13 percentage point drop in the number of Americans who believe that Christ rose from the dead, since last Easter.
Read the full story at CNSnews.com.