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Rev. Kwame Kilpatrick preached his first sermon since he was pardoned by former President Donald Trump on his last day in office.

The 51-year-old disgraced politician walked out of prison a free man in January after serving nearly 8 years of his 28-year sentence for bribery, racketeering, extortion and fraud charges. The crimes were committed while he was Detroit mayor.

By law, Kilpatrick cannot hold public office for 20 years after his conviction. However, Kilpatrick needs money fast.

His family and his debtors were happy to see him released from prison.

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In a recent interview Kwame announced he is about to be remarried. Kilpatrick's first wife, Carlita Kilpatrick (pictured), divorced him in 2018 after 23 years of marriage.

After a crash course in bible studies, Kilpatrick made his first public appearance in the pulpit, preaching a sermon at Historic Little Rock Baptist Church in Detroit on Sunday.
 

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Black pastors say they will adopt a wait-and-see approach rather than recommend the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine to their congregations.

12 Black pastors interviewed by Reuters news agency cited concerns over the rapid development of the vaccines and the lack of evidence for or against long-term side effects.

A.R. Bernard, pastor of a Brooklyn megachurch, said he is concerned that Black people are being singled out as guinea pigs for a vaccine that is not fully tested.

"We're concerned about it being tested on persons of color," Bernard told Reuters.

The Centers for Disease Control has urged all 50 states to consider giving Blacks and Hispanics priority over whites when distributing the vaccines.

Bernard and other Black pastors declined a major healthcare organization's invitation to sit on a committee aimed at promoting the vaccines within the Black community.

Bernard, who was hospitalized with the virus in March, said he wants to take a "wait and see" approach until there is more information about the vaccine's long-term effects.

Dismayed health officials had hoped that the Black clergy could convince Black people to roll up their sleeves for the vaccine.

A recent poll revealed that just 49% of Black people say they will take the vaccine vs. 63% of white people.

Black pastors cite a deep-seated mistrust in the government and the medical establishment among Black people.

"What we're dealing with right now is the byproduct of... generations of distrust, suspicion and fear with regard to how medical systems work," said Edwin Sanders, head of Metropolitan International Church in Nashville, Tennessee.

"I can't in good faith tell my people to accept this wholesale, but I also am not trying to support any type of baseless conspiracy theories. It's a tightrope that I have to walk here," said Earle Fisher, pastor of the Abyssinian Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee.

Of the 12 pastors interviewed by Reuters only 1 said he is willing to take the vaccine but he wouldn't recommend the shots to his parishioners.

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Former comedian and Nickelodeon star Kel Mitchell is now an officially licensed pastor after graduating from theology school.

Pastor Mitchell currently serves as youth pastor at Spirit Food Christian Center, a church in Southern California, according to WENN.com.

Mitchell, 41, is best known for his comedy hijinks with sidekick Kenan Thompson on Nickelodeon's hit 1990s series All That.

They were so popular that Nickelodeon rewarded them with their own TV spin-off, Kenan and Kel.

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The guys used their television success as a launching pad for movie fame. In 1997 they starred in the movie Good Burger.

They also appeared together in an episode of Sister, Sister with Tia and Tamera Mowry, four episodes of The Steve Harvey Show, and an episode of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.

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The Chicago native has a 2-year-old daughter, Wisdom, with his 2nd wife, Christian rapper Asia Lee (pictured above), whom he married in 2012.

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Asia, 41, is stepmother to Mitchell's two children, Lyric and Allure, by his first wife, Tyisha Hampton, whom he divorced in 2005. Kel and Tyisha are pictured above during happier times in 2004.

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