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He is best known for his hit rap songs “U Can’t Touch This” and “2 Legit 2 Quit”. He is the first artist to gain diamond status for an album and has sold 50 million records throughout his lifetime. He is remembered for a rapid rise to fame, flashy dance moves, choreography, and his trademark parachute pants. His superstar status and entertaining showmanship made him a household name and hip-hop icon in the 1980s and 1990s. He was also a TV producer, television show co-host, and is the head of his own music management firm. A self-described “super-geek”, he is currently either investing in or consulting for eight technology companies. He was one of the first celebrities to embrace social media and spends 10-12 hours daily working on his technology projects.
He grew up in a Pentecostal church, however, he admits that he strayed from the faith during the years of his success. Even during this period of backsliding though, he promised to dedicate one song to God on each of his albums, and one of his most popular singles was the song “Pray.” However, it took a bankruptcy, a fall from favor in the music industry, and what he calls a bout of “official backsliding” to turn him back to the church, Jesus Christ, and a commitment to preach. He has since been ordained in the Church of God in Christ, preferring smaller pulpits “where they don’t expect to see someone famous.”
He says, “I am honored that Jesus has taken a wretch like me and said I got some work for you to do.” Today, he devotes his time to prison and youth ministries. His name is Stanley Kirk Burrell, but he is better known as M.C. Hammer, and he now says that “M.C.” stands for “Man of Christ.”
May 20, 2013
Pastor Donnie McClurkin is in this hour soliciting prays from the saints plus his many fans/followers. Pastor Donnie stated today on his Facebook page that the doctors found a cyst on his left vocal cord which had burst causing damage to the cord. He said his singing is strained and hoarse and he’s concerned but trusting in God!
Our prayers are with you Donnie.
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Beginning shortly, Oxygen Media will start filming scenes for its newest reality show, Pastors of L.A.
The docu-series aims to give viewers a candid and revealing look at the personal and professional lives of the following six world renowned pastors: Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Noel Jones, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Pastor Wayne Chaney, Bishop Ron Gibson and Pastor Jay Haizlip.
“Pastors of L.A. documents these larger than life characters who are rock stars in their communities, with a fresh, unique perspective that will resonate with our young audience,” said Rod Aissa, Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Development, Oxygen Media. “By teaming up with Lemuel Plummer and Holly Carter, who are some of the best creative minds in the business and heavily respected within this community, we can deliver this authentic series with integrity, while also staying right on brand with Oxygen.”
Pastors of L.A. is slated to premiere on Oxygen this fall.
Are you excited to see some of the most popular pastors on reality TV?
Motown Gospel is pleased to announce the signing of celebrated artist Micah Stampley. Known for his worship-filled style and stunning vocal range, the Atlanta-based singer/songwriter came to national prominence in 2005 with the release of the critically acclaimed album The Song Book of Micah. That project, which was released on Bishop T.D. Jakes’ Dexterity Sounds/EMI Gospel label, featured the instant smash, now classic anthem “Take My Life.”
“I’m excited to be working with Ken Pennell, Larry Blackwell, and the Motown Gospel family to take my ministry and career to the next level,” Stampley says. “It’s great to be home with a new start, a new vision, a new passion, and a new sound that I’m ready to share with the world.”
Slated for release in Winter 2013, the yet-to-be-titled studio project is produced by multi-award-winning producer Asaph “Alex” Ward (Kim Burrell, Dorinda Clark-Cole), and will feature guest appearances by Gospel legends Donnie McClurkin and Karen Clark-Sheard. The album will also feature a cover of the chart-topping Chris Tomlin hit “Our God.”
“This is a very exciting time for me right now,” Stampley says. “I’m honored and overwhelmed to be working with such a genius like Asaph ‘Alex’ Ward, one of the most profound producers I have ever had the opportunity of working with.”
The admiration is mutual: “Micah Stampley is at his best yet!” says Ward. It is a pleasure to be working with an anointed passionate singer. I am very excited about this record. It’s going to bless everyone.”
Everything seemed normal when Jmaal Malik Keyeshad breakfast with his roommate on April 25. There were no red flags. No signs of distress.
But later that day, he walked out of the dorm they shared at Middle Georgia State College’s campus in Cochran and hasn’t been seen or heard from since. He left all his belongings behind.
Shawn Douglas, MGSC Chief of Police, says the video of Keyes leaving his room is the last anyone has seen of him. More than a week later, Douglas says they’ve followed up on phone tips and leads from Facebook. They’ve knocked on doors in the neighborhood around the campus. They’ve posted flyers. Agencies nationwide are on the lookout for him.
Still no one can find Keyes. He hasn’t called any friends or family. His girlfriend hasn’t seen him. His instructors don’t know where he is. Authorities around the Atlanta area, where he’s from, are trying to find him too. His family says he has never done something like this. He has no history of mental illness, no known health issues.
And he has no car. That’s one of the reasons Douglas says school officials are so concerned. It’s hard to get far from Cochran on foot.
“We have had some students, especially around finals, go stay with friends for a couple days, but they come back,” he says. “It never goes this long.”
His family was concerned after he’d gone a couple days without calling home. So they asked the campus police to do a welfare check. That’s how the search began. Douglas says they’ve even asked the GBI to get involved, to make sure he hasn’t missed anything.
“We have a couple of things we’re following up on now, and we hope they pan out,” Douglas says.
In the meantime, they’re asking for the community’s help. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Jmaal Keyes is asked to call Middle Georgia State College Police Department at 478-934-3002.
The sixth season of the popular gospel singing competition is going to be taped in Atlanta and BET is giving fans a chance to see the constestants up and close as they battle it out for the title of Sunday Best.
To receive the freee tickets you will need to e-mail email@example.com. BET Sunday Best will tape on the following days:
May 10, 2013 at 3:00pm and/or 6:00pm
May 14, 2013 at 3:00pm and/or 6:00pm
May 17, 2013 at 3:00pm and/or 6:00pm
May 21, 2013 at 3:00pm and/or 6:00pm
Please include your first and last name, contact number, email address, the number of CONFIRMED guests (3 max) including their names and the taping day and time you would like to attend.
Please be patient to receive a ticket confirmation as BET Sunday Best Audience Department receives hundreds of requests a day. With that being said, only one entry is necessary. Please be advised no cameras or recording devices are allowed in the studio. Bring a valid photo I.D. for check-in. No children under the age of five are permitted.
I can’t believe the show is on its sixth season! I’m soo ready for the show to air. Looks like the old team is back: Kirk Franklin is hosting and the judges will be Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams and CeCe Winans.
Are you ready for the new season of Sunday Best? Who are some of your favorites from past seasons?
y Melissa Barnhart ,CP Contributor
This year's theme for the National Day of Prayer is a call for believers to "pray for America," and it echoes the words of Martha Washington, by honoring today as a day to "remember that God is our only sure trust." The scripture selected this year is Matthew 12:21, which reads: "In His name the nations will put their hope."
In his proclamation, the president asks all Americans of faith to pray for healing for the nation following the aftermath of the violent shootings in Newtown, Conn., the Boston Marathon bombings, and the fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, Texas. He also requests prayers for the first responders who put themselves in harm's way to protect their fellow Americans, and for the safety of the members of the U.S. Armed Forces and the families.
Observing the power of prayer in times of prosperity and during moments of hardship and struggle, Obama noted that throughout the nation's history, Americans have turned to prayer to unite and sustain the country. "…Americans have prayed as a means of uniting, guiding, and healing. In times of hardship and tragedy, and in periods of peace and prosperity, prayer has provided reassurance, sustenance, and affirmation of common purpose," Obama said.
Obama said communities can come together through prayer to support and strengthen each other. "In the aftermath of senseless acts of violence, the prayers of countless Americans signal to grieving families and a suffering community that they are not alone."
"Their pain is a shared pain, and their hope a shared hope. Regardless of religion or creed, Americans reflect on the sacredness of life and express their sympathy for the wounded, offering comfort and holding up a light in an hour of darkness," he added.
"All of us have the freedom to pray and exercise our faiths openly. Our laws protect these God-given liberties, and rightly so. … Let us give thanks for the freedom to practice our faith as we see fit, whether individually or in fellowship," Obama said.
This year's 62nd National Day of Prayer honorary chairman is prominent California minister Greg Laurie, the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif., and the speaker for the Harvest Crusades. The group's chairperson is Shirley Dobson, the wife of Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson.
On Wednesday Laurie provided Americans with a word of encouragement, and asked believers to "pray for the United States of America."
"What do we pray for?" Laurie asked. "Well first of all, let's pray that our country turns back to God. America needs a spiritual awakening; let's pray that a revival will come to our shores again. With all that's happening in our country, the attack of the two young terrorists in Boston effectively bringing one of the great American cities to a standstill, we realize how much we need God's help. Let's turn to the Lord and ask him to bless out nation as we turn from our sins."
Laurie's speech and prayer will be broadcast live on the internet from the National Observance of the National Day of Prayer that will be held in the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill from 9 a.m. to noon, Eastern Time.
If winning two Olympic gold medals and being one of the only African Americans to do it weren’t enough of an overachievement, add publishing two books to the list.
In a follow-up to her December 2012 memoir, “Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith,” Olympic gymnast Gabrielle Douglas is doing just that.
To commemorate the release of her second book, “Raising The Bar,” Tuesday, Douglas chatted with The Huffington Post about traveling the globe, finding time to date, and how life has changed since she stole our hearts in August 2012.
Your quote the bible throughout the book. Is your faith a hard time to maintain and speak about among your peers?
No, not at all! I’ve always relied on my faith. It’s funny, every time I watch the footage from the Olympics, you can see my lips and they’re moving because I’m praying. It’s always been a part of me. I’ve always used it during trainings or competitions.
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Bishop Larry D. Trotter, Senior Pastor of the Sweet Holy Spirit Church of Chicago- recently announced to his congregation and associate churches that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo surgery on May 22nd.
The initial diagnosis came during Bishop Trotter’s annual physical in March of 2013 and was confirmed by tests. Doctors have informed Bishop Trotter that the cancer is in its earliest stages and that his prognosis is good.
“Thanks to routine screening this was diagnosed early and I expect a full and speedy recovery,” says Bishop Trotter. Trotter adds, “After reviewing all the options with multiple physicians, I decided to take a proactive approach and have surgery.”
“Additionally, I am encouraged that God will heal me of this as he has done other illnesses in the past. Sweet Holy Spirit Church and friends are fighting with and for me…I KNOW A MAN”.
Bishop Trotter is prepping to release his forthcoming album with his church choir Sweet Holy Spirit Combined Choir entitled PRAISE UNLIMITED on June 25.
Our Prayers are with you Bishop Trotter.