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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.

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Is Hollywood Trying To Make Sterling K. Brown The New Denzel Washington?

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Sir Sidney Poitier was a force to be reckoned with in the 60’s and 70’s. Denzel Washington came onto the scene in the late 80’s and instantly stole the hearts of women around the world. And we can’t forget about the Blair Underwoods, Morris Chestnuts and the Shemar Moores of the 90’s.

But while many of these men are still around knocking roles out of the ballpark, we can’t help but notice the push for one major newcomer: Sterling K. Brown.

Although having been in the business for some time, it was Brown’s portrayal of Christopher Darden in FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson that really stole the attention of audiences around the nation.

And if that wasn’t enough, Brown became one of the most idolized characters on NBC’s This Is Us, playing a successful Black man in a successful Black marriage, navigating his way though his relationships with siblings.

Now after picking up two Emmy Awards, there seems to be a big push in the media to make Brown the new universal “it” man. Sure he is the ultimate trifecta — ear to ear smile, impeccable acting chops and a banging body.

But there’s a very direct narrative being told. Is Sterling on his way to becoming Hollywood’s new beef cake? Is Hollywood setting the star up to have the same level of celebrity and placement in this bizarre hierarchy as the beloved Denzel?

On Monday, Brown even appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres show for the first time somehow ended up with his shirt off.

Sure the popular daytime series had a “reason” behind having the actor ride a tractor without his shirt on … but this is clearly another way of reminding the world that the sex appeal is on point.

Needless to say, nobody will replace the many men who have led the way for stars before them. But there’s no doubt the industry is holding it’s arms wide open for Brown to come running in for the largest embrace of a lifetime.

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