June 23, 2016 |
THIS MEAL'S not happy, it's praiseworthy. Wednesday, the 2016 McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour comes to the Dell Music Center (2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive). Tickets are free (at www.365Black.com , while supplies last) and concertgoers can enjoy uplifting music and help a good cause, Ronald McDonald House Charities. Now in its 10th year, this edition will be hosted by Stellar-nominated artist and radio personality Lonnie Hunter and feature performances and inspiration from Donald Lawrence , Bishop Marvin Sapp , Karen Clark-Sheard , Pastor Charles Jenkins , Christian rapper Canton Jones , Gospel crooner Jonathan McReynolds , Williams Brothers member Doug Williams and Christian comedienne, Small Fire . There also will be a presentation to the 2016 Anthony DeLuz Black History Maker of Today, educator Omar Barlow . Doors open at 6 p.m. The show begins an hour later.
June 14, 2016 |
CHANCE THE Rapper's most significant new song doesn't even appear on his acclaimed new mixtape, Coloring Book . On the jazzy, gospel-influenced outtake "Grown A- Kid," left off the project due to difficulties with sample clearance, the Chicago emcee affirms what he'd been hinting at for years: "Everybody can finally say it out loud / My favorite rapper a Christian rapper. " It may not have seemed like a big deal, but there it was, out in the open, possibly the most overt declaration of Christian faith from a secular rapper since Kanye West's seismic single "Jesus Walks.
May 26, 2016
By Ed Stetzer 'Preach the gospel at all times; if necessary, use words," St. Francis of Assisi is supposed to have said. The aphorism, often quoted, expresses a well-meaning viewpoint of many Christians today. They are concerned that we've been too loud, demanding, and angry. Now, they say, we need to show the gospel by our lives. It's a good sentiment, and I certainly agree that we need to demonstrate the gospel change in our lives by caring for others. But there are two problems with the Assisi quote.
May 8, 2016
Zero K By Don DeLillo Scribner. 288 pp. $28 Reviewed by John Domini Don DeLillo began his crescendo of celebrated work - one cymbal crash after another through the 1980s and '90s - with a novel that may be his quietest. The Names , from 1982, doesn't investigate a president's assassination, like Libra (1988) does; rather, it details a family breakup, reducing a tragedy to mute, scattered fragments - suited perfectly to the primary setting, an archaeological dig. So when I say the new Zero K recalls that '82 work, it's high praise.
March 22, 2016 |
If modern gospel music's male division had but one figurehead, it would be a tough battle to see who would top that mountain. Certainly, there are young Winans to contend with, along with Fred Hammond, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurki, New Jersey's own Tye Tribbett. If, though, the peak were reserved for those whose albums had charted into pop, soul, and hip-hop territory along with topping the sacred charts, there is but one clear leader: Kirk Franklin. Genre-stretching aside, the 46-year-old Fort Worth, Texas, native said that with his newest tour, coming to the Tower Theater on Wednesday, "You've never seen anything like this from me before, I promise.
March 20, 2016 |
The Texas-born gospel artist's arrangement of "Ultra Light Beam" on Kanye West's The Life of Pablo has been called "the most powerful thing I've heard in my earthly existence" by - who else? - Kanye West. Wednesday at the Tower Theater.
November 24, 2015 |
The first influence that Christian McBride mentioned at the Merriam Theater on Saturday night was not one of the four civil-rights icons paid homage in his epic suite The Movement Revisited . Appropriately for a hometown performance, the bassist/composer instead began the evening by talking about his grandmother, whose hoard of Ebony and Jet magazine back issues provided his earliest introduction to African American history. He made fun of her pack-rat tendencies back then, McBride concluded, but now has her to thank for planting the seeds of his most ambitious work as a composer to date.
November 24, 2015 |
The man known as Philly Jesus has launched an Internet fund-raising campaign seeking to raise $70 million to expand, perhaps even make global, his LOVE Park-centered street ministry. Mike Grant, as Philly Jesus is otherwise known, wrote on his GoFundMe page, launched Nov. 9, that he needed the millions to further his ministry. To do that, he highlighted many anticipated expenses, including: "A building/stadium for the Philly Jesus Ministry. " "A helicopter/jet for the Philly Jesus Ministry to transport the ministry from and to future speaking engagements across the WORLD to share my testimony how JESUS saved me from the dark hole of addiction and despair . . . and to spread The Gospel of Jesus Christ to every creature in existence.
November 22, 2015 |
Ten years ago, Young Jeezy, hip-hop's self-proclaimed "snowman," released his debut album, Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101 , a record filled with the allure of drugs and the sale of anything that wasn't nailed to the floor. As Young Jeezy, he kept to this single shtick for nine years, until he wasn't all that young any longer. By 2014, the un-young Jeezy was less restless (or sales-oriented) and more ruminative, hence the thoughtful soliloquies of the album Seen It All . Fronting his new album, Church in These Streets , and preaching the gospel of empowerment, Jeezy hit Union Transfer on Wednesday to speak his own sermon on the mount.
October 9, 2015 |
By instilling a love of reading in her students, Chelsea Collins has become "the embodiment of what a teacher should be," according to one of her supervisors at the Woodstown Middle School in Salem County, where she has taught language arts for four years. And that quality may be what earned the sixth-grade teacher the distinction of being named the 2015-16 State Teacher of the Year. Her school is in the Woodstown-Pilesgrove School District. Collins, who lives in Elmer, and four finalists from throughout the state were honored Wednesday in Trenton at a ceremony with New Jersey Education Commissioner David Hespe.