A defiant Bishop Eddie Long said today he'll be back next week, beaming, unphased from the pulpit as he beat back recent allegations that he sexually coerced young men, then teens, at his church and youth program. Long said this was an "extremely difficult time" for him, his family and his church, but that he was going to "fight."
Saturday night I was at Cramton Auditorium on the campus of Howard University to attend a concert featuring singer Chico DeBarge (one of the younger DeBarges), who was opening for headliner Vivian Green. I was backstage where I got to interview him (as well as several other people, including the awesome editor of SoulBounce). The experience was, needless to say, surreal in the sense that this is a story about a guy from a famous family, who's had his troubles, but is amazingly humble to the point that he put up with way more hot mess from complete strangers than I ever would have.
After that night I told my friends I was ready to start a group called PETD -- People for the Ethical Treatment of DeBarges.
Megachurch prosperity gospel preacher, Bishop Eddie Long was recently slapped with charges that he pressured young men into sexual relationships with him. Since the news dropped there have been comparisons to the Catholic Church and its many scandals involving child molesting priests and other sex related controversies. There have also been a lot of jokes (sometimes tempered with cries that sexual coercions is not funny ... and, honestly, it isn't). But the underlying theme in the jokes and the comparisons is the feeling that something isn't quite right in some black churches.