American Idol contestant Angela Martin of Chicago has made it to Hollywood Week for the third time, but her journey has been rough to say the least.
The first time she made it to the next round she found out her father had been murdered. The second time she had to drop out of the competition to settle a traffic ticket in court! And now the talented singer's mother is missing and has been since Christmas.
After her mother Viola Brown Martin didn't show up for Christmas dinner Angela's family filed a missing person's report. On New Year's Eve Viola's car was found in an unfamiliar neighborhood, but she has yet to be found. Angela says:
“We haven’t heard anything yet. The detectives have been calling my sisters and myself, and just keeping us informed. They say they are still just looking and asking us more questions, if we know anything but her friends are calling us, so it’s hard.”
“We haven’t stopped looking. We’ve been out in the cold, and before I left to go to Hollywood, we were looking. I think what hurts us the most was they found her car but they didn’t find her. It was abandoned in a forest preserve in the dark. We just want to know, what were you doing over there?”
On top of everything Angela has a 10-year-old daughter with the developmental disorder Rett Syndrome that she's trying to provide for while participating in the competition as well.
It's hard to believe but Angela has kept up her positive attitude:
“Music heals my soul and it heals my heart and I tell everyone, I have a Band-Aid on my heart right now and I don’t know if it is going to fall off soon, but it’s keeping me whole and it’s my music.”
Angela and her family are in our thoughts and we hope they find her mother soon!
On Friday, Ken Adkins handed himself over to Georgia police for charges of child molestation and aggravated child molestation, after a young male from his congregation made some upsetting allegations.
For those of you who might not remember, the Brunswick pastor shared an incredibly homophobic, insensitive, and highly offensive tweet about how the Orlando shooting victims "deserved" to be killed in that horrific massacre at Pulse nightclub that killed 49 people.