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Fantasia Barrino Confesses To Having An Abortion

by on Nov.30, 2010, under General, Leadership

In court testimony, the singer admits that she secretly aborted her lover Antwaun Cook’s child.

By Kayda Norman November 24, 2010

American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino has had a rough few months. The six time Grammy nominated singer attempted suicide last August, and news broke today that she also had an abortion around this time.

RadarOnline released a transcript of an audio recording of Fantasia’s court testimony during her lover Antwaun Cook’s divorce hearing from ex-wife Paula.

Although at times the recording is inaudible,RadarOnline managed to transcribe Fantasia’s confession. Fantasia admits to writing a letter to Antwaun detailing her love and desire to have children with him. Fantasia and Antwaun Cook: Having a Baby?

Excert from Fantasia’s letter to Antwaun: “I want you. I pray every night that I can be in your life forever, be your friend, lover, prayer partner, wife and MOTHER OF YOUR CHILDREN. As long as I can have you I will be the happiest girl in the world.”

Then the singer is cajoled into relating the details of her abortion:

Lawyer: “Ms Barrino, isn’t it true that you told Mr. Cook that you had aborted his child?”

Fantasia: “When I wrote this letter I was speaking in future references. Like, one day, I would love to be all of these things that I wrote. I was not pregnant with his child.”

Lawyer: “When did you abort his child?”
Fantasia: “It hasn’t been too long ago.”

Lawyer: “Mrs. Cook contends that she separated from Mr. Cook in June 16th 2010. How close in proximity to her date of separation did youcontend that you aborted his child?”

Fantasia: “I’m not sure. Probably August when the other stuff happened.”

While Paula hasn’t made it a secret that she thinks little of Fantasia and her home-wrecker ways (so much so that it fueled Fantasia’s suicide attempt), Fantasia pleads not guilty. Fantasia Barrino’s Ex Speaks Out

The American Idol star explains that while she dated Antwaun “off and on for about 11 months” she was led to believe that he was separated from Paula. Paula has even threatened to sue Fantasia for Alienation of Affection. The two women are so hostile towards each other that even a 12-hour mediation session failed to solve their differences.

While we aren’t supporting getting involved with married men, isn’t it time the 26-year-old performer had a little peace in her life? Fantasia has suffered from sexual abuse, teen pregnancy, and the aforementioned suicide attempt. Perhaps she should set her sights on a worthier guy with less baggage.  Or maybe just turn around and give her life wholeheartedly back to the Lord.

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China, Russia Plans to Stop Supporting Dollar

by on Nov.24, 2010, under Leadership, Uncategorized, World News

China, Russia quit dollar

By Su Qiang and Li Xiaokun (China Daily)
Source: chinadaily.com

Premier Wen Jiabao shakes hands with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on a visit to St. Petersburg on Tuesday.ALEXEY DRUZHININ / AFP

St. Petersburg, Russia – China and Russia have decided to renounce the US dollar and resort to using their own currencies for bilateral trade, Premier Wen Jiabao and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin announced late on Tuesday.

Chinese experts said the move reflected closer relations between Beijing and Moscow and is not aimed at challenging the dollar, but to protect their domestic economies.

“About trade settlement, we have decided to use our own currencies,” Putin said at a joint news conference with Wen in St. Petersburg.

The two countries were accustomed to using other currencies, especially the dollar, for bilateral trade. Since the financial crisis, however, high-ranking officials on both sides began to explore other possibilities.

The yuan has now started trading against the Russian rouble in the Chinese interbank market, while the renminbi will soon be allowed to trade against the rouble in Russia, Putin said.

“That has forged an important step in bilateral trade and it is a result of the consolidated financial systems of world countries,” he said.

Putin made his remarks after a meeting with Wen. They also officiated at a signing ceremony for 12 documents, including energy cooperation.

The documents covered cooperation on aviation, railroad construction, customs, protecting intellectual property, culture and a joint communiqu. Details of the documents have yet to be released.

Putin said one of the pacts between the two countries is about the purchase of two nuclear reactors from Russia by China’s Tianwan nuclear power plant, the most advanced nuclear power complex in China.

Putin has called for boosting sales of natural resources – Russia’s main export – to China, but price has proven to be a sticking point.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin, who holds sway over Russia’s energy sector, said following a meeting with Chinese representatives that Moscow and Beijing are unlikely to agree on the price of Russian gas supplies to China before the middle of next year.

Russia is looking for China to pay prices similar to those Russian gas giant Gazprom charges its European customers, but Beijing wants a discount. The two sides were about $100 per 1,000 cubic meters apart, according to Chinese officials last week.

Wen’s trip follows Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s three-day visit to China in September, during which he and President Hu Jintao launched a cross-border pipeline linking the world’s biggest energy producer with the largest energy consumer.

Wen said at the press conference that the partnership between Beijing and Moscow has “reached an unprecedented level” and pledged the two countries will “never become each other’s enemy”.

Over the past year, “our strategic cooperative partnership endured strenuous tests and reached an unprecedented level,” Wen said, adding the two nations are now more confident and determined to defend their mutual interests.

“China will firmly follow the path of peaceful development and support the renaissance of Russia as a great power,” he said.

“The modernization of China will not affect other countries’ interests, while a solid and strong Sino-Russian relationship is in line with the fundamental interests of both countries.”

Wen said Beijing is willing to boost cooperation with Moscow in Northeast Asia, Central Asia and the Asia-Pacific region, as well as in major international organizations and on mechanisms in pursuit of a “fair and reasonable new order” in international politics and the economy.

Sun Zhuangzhi, a senior researcher in Central Asian studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the new mode of trade settlement between China and Russia follows a global trend after the financial crisis exposed the faults of a dollar-dominated world financial system.

Pang Zhongying, who specializes in international politics at Renmin University of China, said the proposal is not challenging the dollar, but aimed at avoiding the risks the dollar represents.

Wen arrived in the northern Russian city on Monday evening for a regular meeting between Chinese and Russian heads of government.

He left St. Petersburg for Moscow late on Tuesday and is set to meet with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday.

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Gospel Today Article on Bishop Kenneth Ulmer & His Church

by on Nov.15, 2010, under General, Leadership

Gospel Today Featured Article regarding Bishop Kenneth Ulmer and the Houses of Faith Ministries.

HOUSES OF FAITH FACING FORECLOSURE

“Among the largest [Black] megachurches are the Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood, CA, the former home of the Los Angeles Lakers, which seats 17,505; the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Cathedral in Lithonia, GA, which seats 10,000; the FaithDome of the Crenshaw Christian Center in Los Angeles, which seats 9,780; Jericho City of Praise Church in Landover, MD, which seats 10,000; World Changers Church International, which seats 8,900; and The Potter’s House in Dallas, TX, which seats 8,000.” (Ebony, Dec, 2004)

WHAT HAPPENED ON WALL STREET IS NOW HAPPENING DOWN THE STREET…
TEN YEARS AGO, THE LOS ANGELES FORUM WAS PURCHASED BY THE FAITHFUL CENTRAL BIBLE CHURCH (AT A COST OF $22.5 MILLION). FOR A WHILE, THE CHURCH HELD SUNDAY SERVICES IN THE FORUM, BUT WITH THE EFFECTS OF THE ECONOMY OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, THE CHURCH DECIDED TO RETURN TO ITS ORIGINAL 2100-SEAT LOCATION.

“Our goal,” said Bishop Kenneth Ulmer, pastor of FCBC and visionary for the procurement of the Forum, “was to have a positive economic impact on the community—[by] providing both entertainment and jobs. The Forum was never purchased to be turned into a church.

“Some of the events we hosted included Ringling Brothers Circus, the last Hannah Montana movie shoot, Michael Jackson “This Is It” movie shoot, Steve Harvey’s “Hoodie Awards” and Stevie Wonder’s annual “House Full of Toys” event.”
However, as the economy and entertainment industry began to change, the economic viability of the Forum suffered negative impact. In late August of this year, the LA Times reported that the Forum was experiencing financial difficulties.
According to the article, “The Forum hasn’t been generating nearly enough revenue to cover operating costs, let alone an annual $1.2-million mortgage payment to its lender, forcing the church to dip into its own funds to avoid defaulting on the loan. This spring the church said it could no longer make payments to the company it hired to operate the arena, triggering a contentious legal brawl with its former partner — the second such dispute with a management company in a decade.”
“We’re in a challenging situation right now,’’ Bishop Ulmer acknowledged in an interview with Gospel Today, “We’re having to reassess where we go in light of the [economic] realities of today, be- yond the hopes of yesterday. We always wanted to benefit the com- munity. We’re back to square one.”

“With people losing jobs and even homes, entertainment took a hard hit; the expansion of “free” entertainment choices, via Inter- net and television, made live events with escalating ticket prices less of a choice.

“Another thing that’s different,” observed Bishop Ulmer, “was that in the past, in times of recession and depression, people turned back to the church. I don’t see that now. I don’t see a spike in church attendance that is necessarily fueled by the economy. I think our culture is so spiritualized that the church is now seen as less of a refuge. The culture has become more spiritual and less Godly.”

As for the future of the Forum, Bishop Ulmer said that his considerations include:
1. Developing a different kind of marketing plan.
2. Liquidating the property and using the proceeds to do ministry.
3. Partnering with some entity that has a commercial interest and a
Ministry sensitivity.”

“WE’RE CONSIDERING HOW WE BALANCE THE REALITIES OF THE ECONOMY WITH OUR MANDATE FOR MINISTRY.” —BISHOP KENNETH ULMER

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