Loren Skinker

Loren is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute.

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‘God always has a plan’

Sports | Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa acknowledges God’s sovereignty in season-ending injury
by Loren Skinker
Posted 11/29/19, 03:37 pm

University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban rarely cracks a smile on the sidelines, but he couldn’t suppress a grin when his star quarterback told him during a timeout he wanted to keep playing in a blowout against Mississippi State two weeks ago. Tua Tagovailoa, a junior and a projected first-round pick in next year’s NFL draft, was nursing a sore right ankle and his backup, sophomore Mac Jones, could have used some more time under center, but Saban embraced his quarterback’s enthusiasm and agreed to leave him in.

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A seat at the show business table

Entertainment | Media mogul Byron Allen takes on cable giants in court
by Loren Skinker
Posted 11/22/19, 04:56 pm

Since comedian Byron Allen performed on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson at age 18, many of his high-stakes business ventures have paid off. His talk show Kickin’ It With Byron Allen started in 1992 and went on to become one of the country’s longest-running TV series. In 1993, Allen founded Entertainment Studios, which became a launching pad for eight 24-hour TV channels, including Cars.TV, Pets.TV, and others. Last year, he bought The Weather Channel for $300 million.

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Wary welcome

Culture | Critics and Christians scratch their heads over Kanye West’s gospel album
by Loren Skinker
Posted 11/01/19, 04:27 pm

Whether it’s the work of a repentant convert or an insidious con artist, Kanye West’s gospel album Jesus Is King has vaulted to the apex of pop culture in its first week of release. Secular and religious critics have denounced West as a heretic who is commodifying the gospel for the spotlight and personal benefit.

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