Three American college students were among the 20 hostages slaughtered by ISIS terrorists who raided a Bangladesh café Friday. Continue reading “3 American College Students Among 28 Dead in Bangladesh Terror Attack”
On July 4, 1776, America declared independence from British rule. The extraordinary Declaration of Independence remains the centerpiece of the Fourth of July holiday which is still observed in America today. Continue reading “As We Celebrate Independence Day This Year, Alveda King Reminds Christians to Pray”
Before I knew anything of hip-hop, I knew the gospel. Growing up in a southern Baptist home can be an insular experience. God and Christianity were a serious affair, and a conservative, largely unquestioned way of life tended to follow. Dresses and suits were required to step into church, profanity and promiscuity were considered sinful. That pretty much made hip-hop the devil. Still, maybe ironically, it was a gospel song that first ushered rap into my household: Kirk Franklin’s 1997 “Stomp (Remix)” was an unprecedented megahit, slyly blending Christian messages with secular sounds. It featured a new jack swing beat built around the funky disco of Funkadelic’s “One Nation Under A Groove,” as well as a little hip-hop courtesy of Salt of Salt-N-Pepa. Anchored by “Stomp,”God’s Property from Kirk Franklin’s Nu Nation, the songwriter and producer’s fourth album, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and topped the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. Both feats were a first for a gospel album. Continue reading “FADER Magazine Credits Kirk Franklin With Revolutionizing Gospel Music and Making Hip-Hop a More Spiritual Place”
Israel’s military said it hit four Hamas sites in Gaza on Saturday during airstrikes ordered after militants fired into Israel. Although there were no reports of injuries on either side, buildings were damaged in the strikes. Israeli officials said they conducted the strikes in response to an earlier rocket attack by militants that saw a kindergarten in southern Israel hit on Friday. No one was reported injured in the rocket attack.
SOURCE: The Daily Beast Cheat Sheet
Marshall may be a drama, but that doesn’t mean there can’t be some fun on set.
While filming the biopic about the U.S. Supreme Court’s first African-American justice Thurgood Marshall, actors Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, and Sterling K. Brown got together — still in costume — and sang a cover of Boyz II Men. The trio gave new life to “Motownphilly” in a three-part harmony that almost rivals the Boyz’s.
From director Reginald Hudlin, Marshall will track the titular lawyer (Boseman) in the early part of his career, including his work at the NAACP after World War II. Gad stars as Samuel Friedman, Marshall’s green law partner. Meanwhile, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story standout Brown will play the man Marshall and Friedman will have to defend.
See the trio flex their golden pipes below.
SOURCE: EW – Will Robinson
Antarctica’s ozone hole finally is starting to heal, a new study finds.
Taraji P. Henson urged viewers at Sunday night’s BET Awards to take the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency seriously.
Environmental scientists have declared a “global climate emergency” after the Northern Hemisphere Jet Stream was found to have crossed the equator, bringing “unprecedented” changes to the world’s weather patterns.
Women who attend religious services at least once a week may have a lower risk of suicide than those who never attend services, according to a new study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.