Talk:Jamal Harrison Bryant
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Puff/promotional piece for Rev. Bryant and his congregation
So, I'm going to make some edits here... b/c while there is some good information, this reads WAY too much life a puff/promotional piece for Rev. Bryant and his congregation. Seriously... calling him "affable?" That may be true. It sure as heck doesn't belong in a Wikipedia article. And listing all of the times/stations to catch the church worship broadcast? That's for the church website, not for this article. 220.127.116.11 (talk) 02:34, 27 May 2015 (UTC)
- But seriously, I don't even know where to start... this entire section is copied directly from his self-promotional website. "Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant has broken the stereotype of yesterday’s clergyman. He is the leader of a new breed of ministers who embrace the idea of capitalizing on the ever-increasing marketplace of Internet and technological innovations to spread the gospel. With more than 7,500 members attending weekly services at Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, Maryland, and approximately 35,000 followers on Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace, he believes that “God is not just in the church; He is also in technology.” His mission is to “empower people spiritually, develop them educationally, expose them culturally, activate them politically, and strengthen them economically.”" http://www.jamalbryant.org/flash/main.htm 18.104.22.168 (talk) 02:39, 27 May 2015 (UTC)
Edits of this date [Plagiarism and further self-published sections noted]
Formally calling for copyvio investigation first noted by IP editor in 15 and 27 May of 2015, and continuing despite that editor's substantial deletion.
Other edits of this day include checking sources, and finding that the Baltimore Sun citation—now quoted at length in the Footnote—did not support the statements to which it was attached. Also, Twitter and Youtube "URL-only" sources were moved to Further reading, leaving only one dead-link citation (Ebony), and the mis-construed Baltimore Sun citation whose use was corrected. (The one further "URL only" citation purporting to be an independent report of an interview, as yet not checked, is a dead link, and was moved with its content, into Talk, below, for its egregious BLP violations.)
Also noted that all information regarding children and paternity is unsourced—moved to Talk, below—which, alongside its plagiarism and notability issues, make this article a subject for complete blanking.
Potentially inflammatory unsourced personal information moved here to Talk
The following information appeared, prior to today, in the Personal life section of the article. It is moved here as inappropriate, as it involved minors, and other BLP individuals, and lacks any sources.
Bryant has a daughter, Topaz (born in 1998), with an Atlanta woman named Crystal Madison.
In summer 2007 rumors exploded in the church that Jamal had gotten a 17-year-old church member pregnant. Church leaders asked him to step down while they initiated an investigation and awaited paternity test results. Jamal only responded that it is a private matter. Months after the investigation, Jamal Bryant remained the pastor of Empowerment Temple.
After Michelle Wedderburn filed for a child support increase, Bryant finally acknowledged that he had fathered a daughter named Naomi with her in 2001. [BRACKETED IN-TEXT NOTE: THERE IS NO MENTION OF WEDDERBURN IN THE BALTIMORE SUN ARTICLE. DO NOT ADD A SINGLE SOURCE TO A SENTENCE MAKING MULTIPLE STATEMENTS OF FACT, WHEN NO FACTS IN THE SENTENCE ARE SUPPORTED BY THE CITATION. ESP. IN A BIOGRAPHY OF A LIVING PERSON.]
In 2010 Gizelle attended Empowerment Temple and was called wife and first lady by Jamal, causing many to wonder if they had divorced. In 2012, Jamal Bryant was interviewed by Roland Martin concerning his affair and divorce where Bryant confirmed that they were divorced,living together, good friends and were co-parenting their children well. He stated in the interview that had he not divorced her he knows he would have been unfaithful again.[full citation needed] [verification needed]
Please leave the statements here until the information on family and marital status are sourced in compliance with WP:VERIFY as it applies to BLP articles. Le Prof Leprof 7272 (talk) 01:12, 22 February 2016 (UTC)