Paul Millsap Dominates As Usual, Lead Hawks To 110-93 Win Over 76ers

(SL)  – The City of Atlanta was full of life Saturday night. The Hawks are doing really well, and the Falcons are one game away from the Super Bowl. This is an Atlanta sports fan’s dream almost come true. The Hawks would be taking on the Philadelphia 76ers for the 3rd time this season. The Hawks destroyed the 76ers on their own home court by 31 points in Atlanta’s second game of the season, then by another 21 points a couple weeks later.

201701212037742201366-p2-vadapt-767-high-0Saturday night would be no different. Philly actually had a decent lead for most of the 1st quarter, but the Hawks fought back and tied the game up on a Paul Millsap 2 pointer to end the first. Millsap would also hit an almost identical shot to close out the 1st  half and push the Hawks lead to 8.

The 76ers wouldn’t even come close to seeing a lead for the remainder of the game. The Hawks went on to win 110-93. This makes the second night in a row that the Hawks held a team to exactly 93 points. That’s a cool yet irrelevant stat, but the Hawks 8th straight home win is very relevant! This team has been on an impressive roll lately going 9-2 so far in 2017, and letting the world know that the Falcons aren’t the only team in Atlanta putting in work right now.

Paul Millsap lead the way in the win vs 76ers with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Dwight Howard made his presence felt as he usually does with 13 points and 15 rebounds for his 27th double double of the season to help the Hawks move to 26-18 on the season.  The Hawks will take on the 29-16 Los Angeles Clippers in Philips Arena Monday night. That should definitely be a great game between two teams that are currently both ranked 4th in their respective conferences!

By Kennan Johnson

 

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Vigilante Justice: Accused Killer Markeith Loyd Loses Eye Suffers Broken Nose And Jaw During Apprehension

(SL) – It’s a case that has captured the nation. Markeith Loyd, as most do, posted a frivolous statement on social media about wanting to be on America’s Most Wanted List which some people deemed prophetic after he ended up on the 15 top wanted list following the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, unborn child and Orlando police officer Deborah Clayton. Let’s be clear, Keith is only accused of these crimes and hasn’t been convicted of the alleged infractions.

As with all stories, there are two sides. I personally, took time to look at his social media page to see what kind of activity he was involved in and what may have happened leading up to December 13th. By all accounts, he seems like a normal dude with a sketchy background but trying to make the most out of a new chance at life.

Reportedly he did over 10 years in prison on a drug charge and other issues. But let’s be honest. Everybody knows somebody who is in prison or has done time so let’s not judge. Hell Martha Stewart has even served time. I say that to say, let’s not focus on his past, but what was happening at the time he was arrested.

Don’t get me wrong, I feel sorry for the family of Sade Dixon and no one deserves to die on the end of gunfire, but when one asks, “What was she doing with him.”  What I see is two people who complimented each other, had the same interests and were attempting to build a life together.  I thought she was completely sweet and innocent until I saw the video that she posted on his page where she referred to a white cop who pulled Loyd over for not wearing a seat-belt as a cracker. She also suggested that Loyd kill the cop so they could get on about their business.

I am in no way implying that this woman was at fault for her death in anyway, but I think she was a woman with an edge. When you have two people in a relationship with an edge, every situation is usually heightened in passion and emotion. She repeatedly says in the video that they have ‘stuff’ in the car,  to which Loyd questions why she’s saying that and to stop.

Seemingly all in fun, she jokes that Loyd always gets off and that she’s going to start telling the cops to check his record. She continued and Loyd would later be given a warning with her telling the officer, “Bye cracker.” as he walked back to his vehicle.  Dixon then urges Loyd to slow down because he’s not going to kill her and the baby driving fast in the rain. Loyd would be dead weeks later.

This whole situation is just sad. Pain for all families involved and there are only a few people who really know the truth. During his first appearance, Loyd attempted to tell his side of the story in which he passionately said that he wouldn’t just kill Sade like that. He states that while they were outside talking, her younger brother pulled up and other ‘stuff’ happened. He claims a gun was pulled out on him.

Was he protecting himself? What about the officer, Deborah Clayton? Was that cold blooded murder from a man on the run and willing to do anything to keep his freedom? One will only know once the Orlando Police Department shares the surveillance tape from Walmart. To be continued…..

 

Bounce TV Takes Over The Trumpet Awards

ATLANTA (Jan. 21, 2017)Bounce will world premiere the 25th Annual Trumpet Awards, the prestigious annual event celebrating African-American achievements and contributions, on Sunday, January 29 at 9:00pm ET.

Bounce recently acquired all assets of The Trumpet Awards and now owns, produces and exclusively premieres the star-studded ceremony.

 Black-ish, Angie Tribeca star and two-time EMMY® nominated writer and actor Deon Cole and Rosewood, The Real Husbands of Hollywood and seven-time NAACP Image Award nominated actress Nicole Ari Parker will host the black-tie ceremony, to be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, January 21, 2017.

Martin Luther King III will be presented with the Impact Trumpet Award. An all-star Gospel Tribute featuring Shirley Caesar, Erica Campbell, Jekalyn Carr, Le’Andria Johnson, Travis Greene and Derek Minor.

Previously announced honoree iconic musical group New Edition will be saluted in a medley performed by R&B bands Jagged Edge and SilkVanessa Bell Calloway, Ed Gordon, Lou Gossett, Jr., David Mann, Willie Moore, Jr., Gary Owen and Bill Withers have been added to the line-up of presenters. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is set to open the ceremony.

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Xernona Clayton (Founder of the Trumpet Awards)

Tamela Mann, Regina Belle, BJ the Chicago Kid, Lalah Hathaway, Kenny Lattimore and Keke Wyatt will also be performing throughout the evening.

 Honorees at this year’s silver anniversary ceremony include television host and Daytime EMMY® nominee Wendy Williams who will be presented with the Trumpet Award for Entertainment, former NBA great Dikembe Mutombo who will be recognized with the Humanitarian Trumpet Award, New Edition receiving the Lifetime Achievement Trumpet, GRAMMY®-winning soul singer Peabo Bryson accepting the Legend Trumpet and fashion blogger Gabi Gregg being given the Trailblazer Trumpet Award.

 In a very special tribute, civil rights icon and founder of the Trumpet Awards Xernona Clayton will be presented with the distinguished “Golden Trumpet Award” in recognition of her unparalleled leadership, affecting change, and steadfast work in building the legacy of the awards. 

ABOUT BOUNCE

Bounce (@BounceTV) airs on the broadcast signals of local television stations and corresponding cable carriage and features a programming mix of original and off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and more.  Bounce has grown to be available in more than 94 million homes across the United States and 93% of all African-American (AA) television homes, including all the top AA television markets. Among the founders of Bounce are iconic American figures Ambassador Andrew Young and Martin Luther King, III.

Orlando Police Attribute Markeith Loyd Injuries To ‘Scuffle’

(Orlando Sentinel) – Murder suspect Markeith Loyd, seated in a Orlando Police vehicle being transported from Orlando Police headquarter transported Tuesday, January 17, 2017 to ORMC hospital after being captured earlier this evening. Orlando Police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, 42, was shot by suspect Markeith Loyd outside a Walmart store last week in west Orlando. (Red Huber/ Staff Photographer )

Markeith Loyd. Loyd, 41, was arrested at 7 p.m. in an abandoned house at 1157 Lescot Lane near Raleigh Street, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said at a press conference Tuesday night.

Since the killings and manhunt began, authorities scoured Central Florida and arrested several people accused of helping the convicted felon elude capture. On Tuesday, the U.S. Marshal Service raised the reward for a tip that led to his capture to $125,000.

But even before the most recent slayings, Loyd led a troubled life filled with crime. His extensive criminal history stretches back decades and includes a murder charge in 1995, for which he was never convicted.

Here’s a detailed timeline of the intricate case, told in reverse chronological order with the most recent events at the top, showing Loyd’s past and how deputies say he’s evaded law enforcement for weeks:

Jan. 17

Loyd is captured about 7 p.m. after being tracked to an abandoned house on Lescot Lane near Raleigh Street, police said.

He was wearing body armor and had two handguns. At first he tried to run but then dropped the weapons and surrendered, Orlando police Chief John Mina said.

He faces two counts of first-degree murder with a firearm and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm in Dixon and her unborn child’s deaths, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said.

Charges in Clayton’s death were not announced.

Loyd was hauled into Orlando police headquarters with a bloodied and swollen face, exclaiming to news cameras “They beat me up! They beat me up!”

Earlier in the day, police held a press conference to announce the U.S. Marshals Service has added Loyd to its top 15 most-wanted fugitive list.

Authorities also released a photo of Loyd with his head shaved, explaining he may have changed his appearance.

Jan. 15

As funeral services were underway for Deputy Norman Lewis, a SWAT team searched an abandoned building at the Rosemont Country Club Apartments.

The neighborhood was shut down as authorities canvas the area.

Loyd was not found.

Jan. 14

Orlando police Chief John Mina promoted Clayton posthumously to the rank of lieutenant during her funeral at First Baptist Orlando.

As Clayton was laid to rest, the manhunt for Loyd continued.

Jan. 13

Crimeline declined an offer to match the $100,000 reward for information on Loyd’s whereabouts, saying they didn’t need it yet.

Seminole County tax Collector Joel Greenberg offered to push the reward to $200,000 but Crimeline said the money didn’t seem to be helping track the felon down, even though they receive more than 1,000 tips.

Investigators continued searching in Polk County for Loyd.

Meanwhile, family, friends and fellow law enforcement officers gathered at the First Baptist Orlando church for a viewing for Clayton.

Jan. 12

Authorities searched more than 100 locations for Loyd and broadened the manhunt to include Polk County after authorities discovered he might have family in the Haines City area.

Crimeline received more than 800 tips but none of them yielded a location for the felon.

Mina offered new details in the case at a press conference, saying officers found Loyd’s clothing and that he was wearing a bulletproof vest at the time of the shooting.

Mina also said Loyd fired at Clayton even after she was “defenseless” on the ground.

Jan. 11

Two people accused of helping Loyd avoid capture were arrested.

Loyd’s niece, Lakensha Smith-Loyd, and his ex-girlfriend Jameis Slaughter were charged with accessory after the fact to first degree murder in Dixon’s death.

According to an arrest affadavit, Smith-Loyd called authorities sometime after Dixon’s death and told them Loyd may have shot Dixon in self-defense. She told them she would try to convince her uncle to give himself up. But then she became uncooperative.

Authorities found that she and Slaughter went to Loyd’s old job at New Texas Fried Chicken to pick up his last paycheck and give it to him.

Slaughter’s vehicle was also allegedly spotted near the Wal-Mart where Clayton was killed 90 minutes after the incident, the affadavit said.

Meanwhile, deputies from Orange and Lake counties looked for Loyd at a home near Bay Lake, a rural area near Groveland.

Jan. 10

As the manhunt for Loyd continued, law enforcement extended their search into Lake County and searched three homes.

Meanwhile, the first arrest in the case was made.

Zarghee Mayan, Loyd’s former boss, was charged with helping Loyd avoid capture after Dixon’s death.

He confessed to giving Loyd food from his restaurant, New Texas Fried Chicken, two days before Clayton’s killing, according to an arrest affidavit.

He also told officers he drove Loyd to several locations shortly after Dixon’s killing. Loyd even told him about the murder, records show.

Jan. 9

Someone who recognized Loyd flagged down Clayton at a Wal-Mart at Princeton Street and North John Young Parkway. She was on-duty, in uniform and wearing body armor, so she called dispatch, then started approached him.

Clayton yelled for him to “stop” but instead, he opened fire. She shot back. Later, based on evidence found at the scene, it was discovered that he had been shot.

He shot her multiple times, continuing to fire as she fell to the ground.

Backup officers who arrived 28 seconds later tried to save Clayton with CPR. She was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 7:40 a.m.

Shortly after

A short distance from the Wal-Mart, a captain at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office spotted Loyd near Pine Hills Road and North Lane. Loyd shot at the deputy as he pulled into an apartment complex. He wasn’t injured.

Then, officials say Loyd carjacked a vehicle and sped off. He ditched the car near Cinderlane Parkway.

A manhunt began.

SWAT teams, armored vehicles and a helicopter surrounded the Tradik Brookside apartments on Rosewood Way, near Cinderlane Parkway and Orange Blossom Trail.

Residents were forced from their homes as law enforcement broke about a dozen windows and doors in the complex, even using tear gas in the search for Loyd.

9:45 a.m.

Orange County Deputy Norman Lewis was responding to the manhunt while on motorcycle patrol.

As he drove down Pine Hills Road, he was hit by a van turning left onto Balboa Drive. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Ten minutes later, a second motorcycle deputy was involved in a crash a short distance down Pine Hills Road. He was hospitalized with minor injuries.

6 p.m.

Law enforcement pulled out of the Tradik Brookside apartments.

Jan. 7

Loyd showed up to the New Texas Fried Chicken and got a free meal from Mayan, records show.

Mayan told authorities Loyd was armed and had on a bullet proof vest, an arrest affidavit said.

Dec. 17

Slaughter stopped by Loyd’s home on 18th Street, records show.

She asked a woman who also lived in the home for rent money since Loyd was wanted by authorities, an arrest affidavit said.

The pair started arguing and one of them threatened to “jump” the other, an incident report stated. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate. No arrests were made.

Slaughter told authorities she went to the apartment to kick out the current tenants for not paying rent and not to collect money.

Sometime around this date, Loyd allegedly stopped by a relative’s home while Slaughter was there and he said “law enforcement would have to kill him before he went back to prison,” an arrest affidavit said.

Dec. 15

An arrest warrant was issued for Loyd on allegations he was not complying with terms of his probation.

Dec. 14

Detectives with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for Loyd’s arrest in Sade Dixon’s death.

Dec. 13

Dixon, 24, was found lying near the front door of her home in west Orange County just after 9 p.m. She’d been shot.

Her brother, Ronald Stewart, was found lying nearby and had also been shot numerous times. He was taken the hospital in critical condition.

Deputies who responded tried giving Dixon CPR but it was too late. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses told deputies Dixon’s ex-boyfriend fled in an older model red Buick Regal. That led law enforcement to Markeith Loyd. They got a warrant for his arrest the following day.

Later that night

After Dixon was killed, Loyd met Mayan at New Texas Fried Chicken restaurant at 400 South Orange Blossom Trail.

Mayan drove Loyd to a house either on Lee Road or Jackson Street then to another home in the Richmond Heights neighborhood, where Loyd’s estranged wife lives, an arrest affidavit said.

Loyd told Mayan to knock on the front door but he instead walked up then turned back to his vehicle. He told authorities he believes Loyd was planning to shoot the woman next.

As they were driving, Loyd admitted to Mayan he shot Dixon and said he would be sending someone to pick up his last paycheck, an affidavit said.

Dec. 12

Loyd posted to his Facebook, “…when you talk about street legends mention ME!!!!! Me!!!!”

Nov. 30

Loyd posted to Facebook, “Goals!!!! To be on Americas most wanted…”

The post was one of dozens that showed Loyd’s life of partying, lifting weights and disparaging women.

He regularly posed live videos that included him partying at a strip club. Another talked about him killing cops during a traffic stop.

But another showed him reading in bed with Dixon and even hearing the heartbeat of his unborn child during a sonogram.

Oct. 2015

Loyd’s wife, Lacarsha Robinson, filed a domestic injunction against Loyd on Oct. 26, alleging over the last seven months he had pushed her down the stairs, hit her, kicked her and broke one of her ribs, court records show.

In the injunction, she also claimed Loyd shot her in the leg but she didn’t call authorities because she was afraid, explaining he threatened “he would kill my kids and family. I am in danger and fear of my life,” court records show.

“He said he is not scared of the police and he would kill them,” she wrote in the injunction.

Three days later, Oct. 29, Loyd filed an injunction against Robinson, claiming she punched him in the face because she thought he was seeing someone else, the injunction states.

Loyd said his wife was clumsy and the injuries she noted were her own fault because she “hurts herself when she drinks by falling or whatever,” the injunction said.

He also claimed she was threatening him so he packed up and left their home.

Both injunctions were voluntarily dismissed.

April 2015

Loyd and Robinson get their marriage certificate.

2014

In July, Loyd is released from federal prison after serving time for two cocaine charges, records show.

He is placed on five years probation after release.

2002

Loyd was in the Orange County Jail when Corrections Officer Elana Pierce filed charges against him for battery. Pierce stated she asked him to get off the phone for mealtime, but he refused.

When she instructed him to turn around to be handcuffed, he “got into an aggressive stance, he swing toward my face, which was blocked by my right arm, which was struck,” arrest records show.

The charges were dropped, court records show.

1999

While serving time in state prison, Loyd was found guilty in federal court on two cocaine charges. He was sentenced to 12 and 1/2 years behind bars.

1998

In January, Loyd was sentenced to four years and 15 days in state prison for battery on a law enforcement officer or firefighter and resisting arrest with violence, Florida Department of Corrections records show.

He was released about four years later, then served time in federal court.

1995

Loyd and three others were charged in the death of Keith Hall on Nov. 17, 1995.

The 24-year-old victim had been shot several times at his home on East Wallace Street near Oak Ridge Road.

Investigators said the killers wanted drugs from Hall.

The charges were dropped after their prime witness, a 15-year-old girl, said she had lied about key information.

The information was an important link between the men and Hall’s death, prosecutors said.

 

{Watch) Cell phone Use Leads To Markeith Loyd’s Capture As It Appears He Was Severely Beaten During Arrest

(SL) – The week long search for Markeith Damengzlo Loyd is over. Orlando Police announced his capture about an hour ago. Reportedly, Loyd’s face was mangled as he implied that he had been beaten by officers.


Loyd has been the focus of a week long manhunt since Master Sgt. Debra Clayton was killed in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Before the Jan. 9 shooting, authorities had been looking for Loyd for questioning in the death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend last month. A second officer was killed in a car accident responding to the Loyd pursuit. Several people have been arrested for helping Loyd. He is accused of killing his girlfriend and unborn child.

The sergeant had been tipped off that Loyd was in the area while she was at the store. She was shot when she approached Loyd, who then fled. Loyd was allegedly caught after he used his cellphone. That’s how they found him. The house he was found in was abandoned but is believed to belong to someone he knows and ironically may be close to victim Deborah Clayton’s house.

His name was added to U.S. Marshals’ 15 Most Wanted Fugitives list earlier Tuesday as local, state and federal authorities scoured the area for him. There was a $100,000 reward set, with some some people as seen here on a facebook post, eager to cash in.

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Loyd, 41, had been sought in connection with the shooting deaths on Dec. 13 of Sade Dixon, 24, a mother of two who was three months pregnant, and of Orlando police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton during a confrontation on Jan. 9.

Police said Loyd is believed to have been wearing a bulletproof vest as he stood over Clayton and shot her to death. Orange County sheriff’s Deputy Norman Lewis, an 11-year veteran, was killed in a crash as authorities gave pursuit.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina tweeted that Clayton’s handcuffs were used to secure Loyd after he was captured. Allegedly, he was crawling from the house he was hiding in when a ‘scuffle’ ensued.  Judging from his injuries, it’s possible that his civil rights were violated in the capture.

 

Week Long Manhunt Is Over, Markeith Damengzlo Loyd Caught Near Valencia Community College

(SL) – The week long search for Markeith Damengzlo Loyd is over. Orlando Police announced his capture about an hour ago. Reportedly, Loyd’s face was mangled as he implied that he had been beaten by officers.

Loyd has been the focus of a week long manhunt since Master Sgt. Debra Clayton was killed in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Before the Jan. 9 shooting, authorities had been looking for Loyd for questioning in the death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend last month.

The sergeant had been tipped off that Loyd was in the area while she was at the store. She was shot when she approached Loyd, who then fled.

The U.S. Marshals Service had added Loyd to its list of most wanted fugitives Tuesday.

Dunleavy Fitting Right In With Hawks, Hits 20 In 111-98 Win Over Bucks

(SL) – Mike Dunleavy isn’t having any problems filling those empty shoes left by Kyle Korver. The sharpshooter is looking like a perfect fit  for the Hawks who have really redesigned their team.  Dunleavy was on target in the Hawks’ 111-98 victory over the Bucks.
It was just his second outing with Atlanta, but you couldn’t tell the way Mike dominated scoring 20 points off the bench and hitting 4 of 5 three-pointers. Kent Bazemore  is getting his mojo back too putting up a team-high 24 points and drilling 4 threes of his own as the Hawks went 13 of 26 beyond the arc.
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Post game, the Greek Freak, Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo said, “We cannot let Dunleavy come off the bench and have 20,””We did that. We didn’t defend the three-point line real well. We’ve got to do a better job rebounding the ball, especially in the second half.”
Antetokounmpo led the Bucks (20-19) with 33 points, eight rebounds, six assists, three blocks and two steals, but Milwaukee dropped its third game in as many meetings with Atlanta (23-17) this season. Bucks forward Jabari Parker barely missed a triple-double with eight points, a career-high nine assists and 10 rebounds.
Atlanta is back home on Friday against the Bulls.

Falcons Headed To NFC Championship Game, Will Meet Green Bay On The Field

(By Kennan Johnson) – This is the game we were all patiently waiting for. Waiting to see if the Falcons really have what it takes to prove all the doubters wrong and take their game to the next level. All eyes were on leading MVP candidate Matt Ryan, and he delivered in a major way and showed everyone why he will more than likely be the first Atlanta Falcons player to ever win the MVP Award in a couple weeks.

Both teams got off to quick starts. The Seahawks went 89 yards on 14 plays to score, and the Falcons responded with their 7th straight opening drive touchdown.

defense_0115A huge game changing moment came early in the 2nd when Devin Hester returned a Matt Bosher punt 80 yards, but it was called back due to a holding penalty on Seattle. Instead of a touchdown the Seahawks would have to work from their own 7 yard line, and Atlanta was able to capitalize after Russell Wilson was tripped by one of his linemen and fell in the end zone resulting in 2 points for the Falcons.

Atlanta owned the rest of the game. Matt Ryan was at the top of his game throwing for 338 yards and 3 touchdowns in this 36-20 impressive Atlanta victory. At this point Ryan now has two career postseason victories, both on them have come vs Seattle. Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn showed respect towards his former team by allowing Matt Ryan to kneel the ball on the goal line instead of running up the score in the closing minutes of the game.

960x0Matt Ryan wasn’t alone in keeping the Seahawks on their heels. The Falcons defense showed up and kept Russell Wilson in check for the majority of the game. Wilson was constantly forced out of the pocket to his left side where it’s a little more difficult for him to make some of those amazing on the run throws we are accustom to seeing from him.

Falcons fans also did a great job showing up and making life extremely uncomfortable for the Seahawks on the field, and now these fans will have the chance to show up and rise up in the Georgia Dome one more time as the Falcons take on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers for the NFC Championship!    

Megachurch Pastor Eddie Long Loses Battle With Aggressive Cancer

(SL) – He maintained his innocence, but the  scandal overshadowed his service and his word and ultimately destroyed his legacy.  Although he emphatically denied the claims, several young men charged the Bishop with having inappropriate dealings with them.

With oneeddie-long-accuser accuser, Cenitino Kemp, writing a book ‘First Lady‘ that went so far as to describe a whole sexual relationship with Mr. Long.

 Ironically, judging from his twitter posts, Centino Kemp appears to be suffering from some sort of illness.

Long reportedly settled with his accuser in a deal that is believed to be worth millions and conditional.

The boys are not allowed to talk about their accusations.  In 2010,  the suit filed by four young men who accused him of pressuring them into sexual relationships while they were teenagers and members of his congregation was settled.

Long, who preached passionately against homosexuality for years, denied the allegations.
In 2011, Vanessa Long filed for divorce. Shortly afterward, Long told his followers he was taking some time off to work on his marriage.  The couple later reconciled.
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Eddie Long, the controversial Georgia-based head of one of the nation’s largest megachurches, 63, died this morning after battling an aggressive form of cancer.

New Birth Missionary Baptist Church released a statement saying,”Bishop Long was known as one of the most influential faith leaders in the world,” the church said in the statement. “He stood strong as a Kingdom Builder, pioneering leader, and revolutionary mind changer.”
“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,” his wife Vanessa Long said in the statement.
At its peak New Birth Missionary Baptist Church had about 25,000 members. The church is an incredible piece of property, more like a compound. Really, I think all it’s missing is a grocery store.
Long is survived by his wife, four children and three grandchildren, the church said.