An Oklahoma missionary who is accused of raping and molesting ten children at the Kenyan orphanage where he was working claims he was possessed by a demon named Luke, federal prosecutors say. In text messages released in court documents, 19-year-old Matthew Lane Durham talked to a friend about his supposed alter-ego: ‘Literally he takes me at night and there is nothing I can do to stop him. Prosecutors have alleged that Durham of Edmond engaged in sex acts with as many as ten children aged 4 to 10 – including one who is HIV positive – while volunteering at the Upendo Children’s Home near Nairobi from April to June 2014. Read more.
Broadway cast of ‘The Lion King’ takes over NYC subway, sings ‘Circle of Life’
You might recall back in April when the Australian cast of The Lion King provided in-flight entertainment on their journey from Brisbane to Sydney, serenading passengers with “Circle of Life.” Not to be outdone, The Broadway cast of The Lion Kingin New York City recently boarded an “A” train subway car and gave riders an unforgettable surprise. June 28, while on a break between a matinee and evening performance, nearly 30 cast members raised their voices and delivered an a capella rendition of “Circle of Life.” Read more.
WorldStarHipHop Is Coming to the Big Screen
Just in case you can’t get enough of ratchet videos on WorldStarHipHop, the popular website is now headed to the big screen. According to Deadline, Paramount Insurge is the studio behind the film, and Russell Simmons will take the helm as producer, along with the site’s founder, Q Worldstar. The idea of the film was pitched by Ian Edelman, creator of the popular, yet canceled, HBO series How to Make It in America. Read more.
Boko Haram Kills 100 As It Sets Fire to And Seizes Another Major Town
Extremist group Boko Haram has reportedly seized yet another major Nigerian town, killing at least 100 civilians in the process. Nigeria’s Daily Post reports that Gwoza, one of the most populated areas in the northeastern Borno State, was seized by the group at dawn, who came in using armored tanks and Toyota Hilux pickup trucks. Local news agency Sahara Reporters says that the attack began at dawn, and the town was under Boko Haram control by late morning. Nigerian soldiers were reportedly outmatched by what SR calls, worryingly, Boko Haram’s “increasingly sophisticated weaponry.” Read more.
MSNBC’s Joy Reid: Israel’s Attacks on Gaza Equal to Hundred 9/11s
This week, MSNBC’s Joy Reid looked at the number of reported deaths in Palestine and equated it to “the population equivalent to 100 9/11s.” While Israel has been consistent in its framing of Hamas as a “terrorist” organization, Reid appeared to be saying that it was Israel’s actions that more resemble “terrorism.” Read more.