I used to be the main one screaming at the top of her lungs about the commercialization of Easter. Ranting about how church folk, some of whom I hadn’t seen in the pews since Christmas or New Year’s Eve, use the day solely as an opportunity to show off their fancy, over-priced clothes instead of worshipping the risen Savior. I’d say, “don’t Black folk know the REAL reason why we get so fly on Sundays.” (research off-day for slaves) I’d go on and on about how department stores and companies take advantage of us. Read more…
We have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another —Jonathan Swift
And there’s the rub.
I do not prescribe to Religion (with a capital R; as defined by general society). I do pursue (follow, worship) Christ religiously. There is a difference. One is a noun that often implies that my practices and activities alone can get me to God and Heaven. The other is an adverb that describes the intensity and consistency of my desire for Him in my life. The latter indicates a relationship not unlike a child’s pursuit of a parent or, if that doesn’t grab you, a lover of their beloved.
However, I do think it’s important for me as a parent to examine my notions of religion in order to understand and position Christ as a viable option for my child who, inevitably—and if I’ve done my job right in teaching her to think critically—,will find herself skeptical of Christianity: The Religion. Read more…
START YOUR SUNDAYS OFF RIGHT WITH T.D. Jakes Presents: Mind, Body & Soul ON BET NETWORKS
SERIES Premieres October 6 at 12:00 P.M. ET/PT
Guests include Steve Harvey, LL Cool J, Luke James, Angie Stone, marvin sapp, devon franklin and more
(T.D. Jakes and Marvin Sapp on T.D. JAKES presents: Mind, Body & Soul debuting Sunday, October 6 at 12:00 P.M. ET/PT on BET. Marvin Sapp is a featured guests on the premiere episode. / Photo courtesy of BET Networks)
Gospel Recording Artist and BET’s Sunday Best Runner-Up Alexis Spight Releases Debut Album, L.O.L.: Living Out Loud In Stores March 12
New Single “Steady” Impacting Gospel Radio on February 25
Alexis Kicks-Off the L.O.L.: Living Out Loud Promotional Tour at the NBA’s All-Star in Houston This Weekend Read more…
HTML Online Editor SSEASON FOUR PREMIERE OF TV ONE’S WASHINGTON WATCH UP 35%, MIRRORS CABLE NEWS VIEWING TREND AMONG BLACK VIEWERS
Silver Spring, MD(BlackNews.com) — Today TV One announced that the season four premiere of Washington Watch, its Sunday morning news program hosted by popular news analyst and columnist Roland Martin, was up a sizable 35 percent* in HH. This marked the strongest season premiere for the weekly Sunday news and public affairs program since it launched on TV One in September 2009. Read more…
ROLAND MARTIN PROVIDES DNC POLITICAL COVERAGE TONIGHT ON TV ONE
September 6, 2012, CHARLOTTE – Roland Martin, host and senior editor of WASHINGTON WATCH WITH ROLAND MARTIN will provide political analyst coverage of the Democratic National Convention tonight on TV One beginning at 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT. Read more…
By Denene Millner
Have I told you lately how much I super heart Melissa Harris-Perry? Her self-titled show on MSNBCgives me life—not just because the Tulane professor is absolutely brilliant, but because she is one of the rare TV political analysts who actually talks masterfully—and gives a doggone—about issues affecting women in general and women of color in particular. Such was the case this past weekend, when she featured ballerina Misty Copeland and violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins in a discussion about the importance of the arts for black children, and dedicated a significant portion of her show to the pathetic Stand Your Ground law that threatens to send Florida domestic abuse victim Marissa Alexander to prison for 20 years for firing a warning shot as her husband attacked her.
I don’t always get to tune into Melissa’s Sunday morning show—sometimes, church calls. But when I do watch, I’m consistently tickled by the subjects she chooses and the mastery, wit and humor she brings to the discussion. She won me over months ago when she spent almost the entirety of her show talking to a panel of African American and Latina mothers about our value—our purpose in the upcoming presidential elections, and why our struggles make us a key voice that politicians need to pay attention to. Sure, some of my MSNBC favs, like Rachel Maddow (I’m a total Maddow stan) and Ed Shultz train their laser-sharp analysis on issues relevant to our every day lives, but there’s something to be said for the nuanced perspective that comes when a smart black woman brings her experiences and thought process to the table. Read more…
Music World Gospel recording artist and BET’s Sunday Best’s Season 3 first runner-up will release his debut solo CD project, The Best of Elder Goldwire McLendon on April 24, 2012. At 81 years old, McLendon is the oldest American contemporary solo artist signed to a record deal.
The spirited and charismatic McLendon has been singing for seven decades. Prior to his journey as a contestant on Season 3 BET’s Sunday Best, where he was first-runner-up to Le’Andria Johnson, he has been ministering to people in song and words in his native Florida and Philadelphia.
McLendon’s testimony is an inspiration to millions. “When I received a call that Mathew Knowles wanted to sign me to Music World Gospel,” says McLendon. “My daughter and I were stomping on the floor, and holding our mouths because we wanted to scream. I carried on and she did too.”
“Elder Goldwire has an ageless appeal—with the heart and soul of a man who has done a lot of living. He has the energy and enthusiasm of a young man,” says Mathew Knowles, founder, President and CEO of Music World Gospel. “As I watched him in Season 3, he competed with vigor and stamina. He proved that he can connect with people in a wide range of demographics as he won the hearts of over a million supporters—especially females.”
Mathew Knowles’ Music World Gospel Recording Artist Andrea Helms Releases New CD, MOVING FORWARD…In Stores March 6
Music World Gospel Releases BET’s Sunday Best Season 4 Winner Amber Bullock’s Debut CD Project on December 6…Bullock Joins Kirk Franklin on Fearless Tour in November
Mathew Knowles and Music World Gospel announce the release of BET’s Sunday Best Season 4 Winner Amber Bullock’s debut CD project, Thank You, in stores December 6. In addition, Music World Artist Management and Bruce Bean of JoBe Management Team have entered into a worldwide Co-Management Agreement with Bullock.
Bullock joins Kirk Franklin’s Fearless Tour as special guest artist, along with Isaac Carree, Deon Kipping and Jason Nelson. The tour starts on Thursday, November 3, at the Mabee Center in Tulsa, OK (see tour dates below). Bullock will perform a 15 minute set and join Franklin as one of his featured vocalists.
Thank You features new studio recordings of jazz infused and neo-soul inspired interpretations of some of Bullock’s most memorable songs performed on Sunday Best. The EP is produced by Eric Dawkins for E Flat Entertainment. The first single, Walter Hawkins’ “Thank You Lord,” will impact gospel radio in early November. Other songs on the EP include Kurt Carr’s “For Every Mountain;” J. Moss’ “We Must Praise,” Asaph A. Ward and Dorinda Clark Cole’s “If It Had Not Been For the Lord,” Chris Tomlin’s “How Great Is Our God, the Negro spiritual, “A City Called Heaven,” and Richard Smallwood’s “Secret Place,” the song she performed during the finale of season 4. Read more…