President Obama, his wife Michelle, and their two daughters attended service at the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia on Easter Sunday. The church has been around for centuries, tracing back to the era when Thomas Jefferson served as president of the United States. The leader of the congregation, Rev. Howard-John Wesley, called the Obamas a “gorgeous family.” It was their second time attending the church on Easter. During the service, the choir sang a song titled “Yes, He Lives” and Rev. Wesley delivered a sermon about having faith that God can get you through the struggles you are confronted with. “No matter what you’re going through, you don’t have to be afraid because God can handle it,” he said. The First Family spent an hour at the service and then headed back to the White House. The Easter Egg Roll is slated to take place on the South Lawn on Monday. Read more.
Microsoft Apologizes for Racist and Sexist Chatbot
Microsoft found itself in hot water after their new chatbot spewed out sexist and racist Twitter messages. The bot, dubbed “Tay,” was created to become smarter as more humans utilized it, but after it picked up on hateful statements shared by Twitter users, Microsoft put an end to it. It was initially designed to see how artificial intelligence programs could interact with people online. “We are deeply sorry for the unintended offensive and hurtful tweets from Tay, which do not represent who we are or what we stand for, nor how we designed Tay,” wrote Peter Lee, Microsoft’s vice president of research, in a blog post. “Although we had prepared for many types of abuses of the system, we had made a critical oversight for this specific attack. As a result, Tay tweeted wildly inappropriate and reprehensible words and images. We will remain steadfast in our efforts to learn from this and other experiences as we work toward contributing to an Internet that represents the best, not the worst, of humanity.” Read more.
Ravens Cornerback Tray Walker Remembered at Miami Funeral
Scores of people gathered at the 93rd Street Community Baptist Church on Saturday to mourn the loss of Ravens cornerback Tray Walker. His loved ones, teammates, and coach spoke about how dedicated Walker was to the game of football. Ravens coach John Harbaugh spoke about his infectious spirit. “The first thing I noticed was the smile, that big Tray Walker smile,” said Harbaugh. “That smile can light up a room. Tray Walker, we love you, we’re going to miss you.” “My heart is filled with pride and joy,” said Walker’s godmother, Dionne Pollock. “Don’t cry for him. He lived his life. He beat the odds. He graduated from high school. He was going to make a difference in somebody’s life with his diploma.” He was buried at Caballero Rivero Dade North cemetery. Walker succumbed to his injuries on March 18 following a motorcycle accident. He was 23. Read more.
Tracy Morgan Contemplated Suicide Following Accident
After surviving a traumatic car accident that left his friend dead, comedian Tracy Morgan revealed he contemplated suicide. In June of 2014, an 18-wheeler collided with Morgan’s limo bus, taking the life of James McNair, injuring two other passengers, and leaving Morgan with serious brain injuries. “I said, ‘If my funny ever went away, I’d die,’” he said during a recent interview with Rolling Stone. “And I thought I was going to die for a long time. My thoughts — I was in a very dark place. I was sitting right here, contemplating suicide. I couldn’t walk.” When talking about the loss of McNair, he said it was emotionally hard to deal with. “I asked everybody to be there that night. I have to live with that. But I had to forgive myself. I know Jimmy would want it like that.” Morgan has bounced back career-wise. He’s doing a standup tour called “Picking Up The Pieces” and will soon return to television. Read more.
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