Bishop Eddie Long, the man behind one of the biggest churches in the country, died over the weekend following a short battle with cancer. Long was 63.
“Although his transition leaves a void for those of us who loved him dearly, we can celebrate and be happy for him, knowing he’s at peace,” Eddie’s wife, Vanessa Long, said in a statement.
And while many celebrated the life of the late Bishop, others shared blasphemous comments and dragged the name of the North Carolina native through the mud.
Long might’ve pastored millions of church members at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, but he’s also known for not only leading a march against homosexuality and same sex marriage, but for accusations that he pressured young men into having sexual relations.
Although eventually settling a lawsuit against the horrific claims by accusers, Long’s damaging reputation stuck with people until the day he died. Literally.
Following news of Long’s death, hundreds shared their condolences via social media; others, however, did not filter their thoughts about the late preacher.
Some of Long’s accusers, who filed the lawsuit in 2010, also spoke out. “We’ve been hearing from people from all walks of life — the media, celebrities, gospel singers — wanting to hear what we think,” accuser Spencer LeGrande said in a statement.
“As much as we’d like to make a statement about the passing of Bishop Eddie Long, we’ve all decided to remain silent, for now,” he added. “Our perspectives will be addressed in our book, Foursaken, which we hope to release soon.”
Long’s funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 25, at New Birth.
5 Reasons You Need To Know Daveed Diggs
If you don’t know the name Daveed Diggs you will now! The Oakland native is definitely one to watch in Hollywood. Here are five reasons why.
1. He has already taken Broadway by storm.
In 2016 Diggs nabbed a Tony and a Grammy award for his role as Marquis de Lafayette/ Thomas Jefferson in “Hamilton.” Believe it or not Diggs didn’t even audition for the role. While substitute teaching in Marin County, CA he met Hamilton’s eventual star and creator Lin Manuel-Miranda and director, Thomas Kail who invited him to join their free-style rap group and later helped them craft the fast-rapping revolutionary.
2. He’s funny.
Diggs is proving he’s also got some amazing comedy chops with two memorable recurring sitcom roles: one as Perry, the crush du jour for Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) on Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the other on ABC’s black-ish as Johan, the free-spirited brother of Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross). In fact, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris wrote the role for Diggs after being “blown away” by his performance on stage.
3. His first feature film Wonder is in theaters now.
In the film based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, Diggs plays Mr. Browne the fifth grade teacher at the school where lead Jacob Tremblay attends. Diggs landed the role after wrapping his run in “Hamilton” and told HH it was like a crash course in film acting alongside Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.
4. He’s a rapper.
His experimental noise rap group Clipping has garnered a major cult following on Youtube. Their LP CLPPNG was an Album Of The Week back in 2014. And in 2016 the trio performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden to promote the release of their six-track EP Wriggle.
5. He is executive producer of ABC’s The Mayor.
The show about a struggling young rapper (Brandon Micheal Hall) who runs for local office (and wins) to boost his popularity, debuted this Fall and already is garnering wave reviews. Not surprisingly Diggs and his Clipping bandmates William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, also produce all the music for the show.
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