Chicago parish fiercely backs priest after sex abuse claims
Michael Pfleger, a charismatic priest of a thriving Black Catholic parish, inspired her to become an activist and recruited her to run his South Side church's violence prevention office. Stories like Bosley’s are recurrent at St. Sabina Church, a close-knit community that’s been a social activism hub for 40 years under Pfleger. Black Catholic parishes are few and dwindling. Of roughly 21,000 American Catholic parishes, about 800, or less than 4%, are mostly Black, according to a University of Notre Dame and National Black Catholic Congress study. Black priests are more rare, making up 250, or under 1%, of roughly 36,500 Catholic priests, according to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Celebs take to streets for historic demonstrations
Across the U.S., many celebrities have been doing far more than tweeting supportive words or issuing carefully prepared statements. They took to the streets alongside thousands of people to condemn the killings of black people at the hands of police and to demand reform. The video shows Sampson step in front of his assistant and an officer hit him at least twice with a baton. Then an officer aims straight at me, no ricochet, and shoots (rubber bullets) Sampson wrote. Everyone is angry but there is a way to direct that anger, actor/director Taika Waititi wrote on Twitter on Saturday.
The 2020 Freep Film Festival postponed until December due to the coronavirus
The 7th annual Freep Film Festival, which was originally scheduled for April 22-26, has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.Organizers says the festival will now fall the first week of December, though an exact date is to be announced.We need to keep the safety of our attendees, filmmakers, partners and staff as our No. Hosting a festival just isnt feasible in these circumstances, executive director Steve Byrne said in a statement. "What about the special screening of Grosse Pointe Blank with special guest John Cusack?" The Freep Film Fest organizers say that event has now been moved to Dec. 5 at the same venue, the Masonic Cathedral Theatre. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture.metrotimes.com
John Cusack to visit Detroit for 'Grosse Pointe Blank' screening at Freep Film Festival
click to enlarge taniavolobueva / ShutterstockSometimes a hitman just wants to go back to his hometown and ask a girl out.John Cusack will visit the Masonic Cathedral Theatre on Friday, April 24, at 7 p.m. for a screening of. A limited number of $150 VIP tickets are available for those who want to take a photo with Cusack. Movie-lovers can also opt to buy a VIP pass via freepfilmfestival.com, which would include a ticket to thescreening.The screening of the 1997 classic is part of the Freep Film Festival, which is in its seventh year. The festival runs Aprill 22-26, will take place in Detroit and the surrounding suburbs, and will feature documentaries that have a tie to Detroit and Michigan. More than 70 screenings and events are expected to take place in and around Detroit a full schedule of the festival events will be released on March 12.metrotimes.com