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Last night, we taped our 11th installment of BET’s Celebration Of Gospel and even as I type this I’m still “IN.” It probably sounds like we say it every year but it’s true, it was one of the best ever! The night was full of highlights and moments and the Celebration Of Gospel veterans and newcomers all tore it down. Here’s the rundown. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s official: Celebration Of Gospel is returning on January 30, 2011 for its 11th year! Steve Harvey returns as host and this year’s talent lineup is fun and shall I say rather FRESH. There are some new faces in the bunch, some R&B legends as well as some amazing gospel mainstays that I think will provide a good mix that Celebration of Gospel strives for.Â There will also be special tributes to Bishop Walter Hawkins and Albertina Walker in this year’s show!
But that’s enough talking; check out who’s performing and appearing! Read the rest of this entry »
Sup folks! Maybe it’s just me but I’m noticing the saints are trying to get in shape these days. Follow any number of gospel artists and preachers on twitter and you’ll see tweets that go a little something like this: “On my way to the gym.” “Lost 10 pounds, only 20 more to go.” “I’m on day so and so of P90X.” And so forth and so on.
It’s a good look because as church/gospel folks (black folks in general) we haven’t always been the healthiest of folks. (One day I’ll stop overusing the word “folks” but until then, sorry folks…) We love to eat (Lord knows I do) but most of us (self included) don’t exercise like we should to counteract all that eating we do. Well, fitness expert Donna Richardson-Joyner (you probably remember her from the “Sweatin’ In the Spirit” Days) teamed up with Beachbody (the makers of P90X) to make “Body Gospel.” So I’m assuming it’s like P90X for the saints… well kinda. I can dig it, because I saw one of those P90X DVD’s one time and just cried like a baby at the thought of doing THAT. I’m going to work out one of these days but not like that! Ha!
Anyway, Body Gospel is a DVD workout DVD series set to gospel/inspirational music. (See, you guys who claim you don’t go to the gym because of the secular music they play there no longer have an excuse. Ha!) To celebrate the release of the DVD along with her birthday, Donna’s husband radio host Tom Joyner threw her a birthday bash. Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Shirley Murdock and other celebs were there. (Tom, Donna, Dallas is not that far from NYC, I’m just sayin…) Check out the pics below. And if you’re trying to get your fitness on, check out the website www.bodygospel.com to pick up your DVDs! Who wants to show some before and afters???? That might be fun… Just a thought! Read the rest of this entry »
Today marks the one year since the “Anniversary” of the death of the Chief Minister of Pop Music, Minstrel Michael Joseph Jackson. The saints love a title don’t we? Ha! But seriously, gospel artist or not, Michael Jackson was one of the most influential artists of all time and his influence didn’t stop with pop and r&b.Â His music and career despite the the hiccups were just as relevant to those of us who proclaim to love gospel music.Â So with that in mind, I’m reposting a blog I did right after his funeral close to a year ago.
What’s interesting is that it seems like it was only yesterday that we found out the news that Michael had passed; but at the same times, it feel like it’s been a good while since so much has happened in the past year.Â The funeral, the movie, the charges, etc. It’s all been so much in so little time that I sometimes have to remind myself that he really is gone. I won’t put many disclaimers in this part of the post because I get that out of the way in the beginning of the repost, so I’ll just say “It’s my blog and I can blog what I want to!” (*In my best Cyndi Lauper voice.*) RIP MJ!
***passed mic to myself*** Read the rest of this entry »
Sup folks. Episode 10 of Sunday Best 3 was a tough one. It was emotional, anointed, dynamic and a little sad. We had to say goodbye to a crowd favorite Durward Davis.Â Like we’ve said a million times, anybody going home last night was going to be hard. But something about Durward not advancing stung a little bit for me.Â I was really one of his biggest fans.Â But I won’t go into again. Everything happens as its meant to, so I digress.Â But Durward Davis is going to give his own perspective on his time on the show and his exit so ladies and gentlemen, here he is!
***passes mic to Durward*** Read the rest of this entry »
Sup folks. On Sunday, we said goodbye to Tiffany Carlin-Laird from Sunday Best 3. It’s been bittersweet the last few weeks because like we keep having to remind ourselves, great singers will be going home. Tiffany is obviously one of those people it hurt to see leave but I predict and believe that she just left the show, but not the gospel music industry. We’ll be seeing and hearing her again, but until then here’s Tiffany in her own words. Read the rest of this entry »
Hey folks, this will be quick! A lot of times I read through the comments and try to respond as much as I can, but sometimes it can get to be too much but what IÂ notice most is that you wonder when past Sunday Best contestants CD’s are coming out. Well, you all know by now that Y’anna Crawley’s CD is dropping July 13. But I also get asked alot, “when is Jessica Reedy coming out, where is she,” etc. Well, I still don’t have a date for you, but I do know she’s been recording, just had no way of proving it to you.Â Well I finally have a little something to show and tell. Read the rest of this entry »
This week I finally got the chance to sit down with Kirk Franklin, an artist who is arguably one of the biggest and most influential gospel artists of the 20th and 21stÂ centuries.Â There are only a few artists who’s names automatically equal gospel music to ANYONE you mention them too.Â Kirk Franklin definitely falls somewhere on the top of that list, so to finally have him come to and stop by “The GospelÂ According To Torrence” was a huge deal for me.
*Churchy voice* “He didn’t have to do it but he did! (Hup!) Read the rest of this entry »
And the saga continues.Â Or maybe not, not sure what to call it.
I won’t completely rehash the details of Tye Tribbett’s” sabbatical” and all that jazz. That was so 2009. But almost 6 months into 2010 and after disbanding his group/choir/ensemble/dance crew (whatever you want to call them) Greater Anointing (GA is probably how they were best known) in January to continue as a solo artist, it seems Tye wants to share the stage with another set of folks.Â And from the looks of his latest tweets and video postings, he wants a NEW group of folks to do what the old one did…. *blank stare and huh? face*
Take a look at the video below to see what I mean… Read the rest of this entry »