Beyonce recently shared the inspiration behind her Grammy performance after it sparked controversy on Sunday night.
The iconic pop star belted out a heartfelt rendition of Mahalia Jackson's "Precious Lord, Take My Hand," which was recreated by singer Ledisi in the Academy Award-nominated film "Selma." She said the performance was inspired by her family ties to the civil rights movement.
"My grandparents marched with Dr. King and my father was part of the first generation of black men that attended an all-white school," Beyonce said in a rehearsal interview. "My father has grown up with a lot of trauma from those experiences. I feel like now I can sing for his pain, I can sing for my grandparents' pain. I can sing for some of the families that have lost their sons." more >>
Pharrell Williams gave a nod to Ferguson, Mississippi during his performance at the Grammys on Sunday night and also took a moment to praise God.
The Grammy award-winning artist and producer teamed up with acclaimed pianist Lang Lang and respected composer Hans Zimmer for a compelling rendition of his mega hit "Happy," which scored him Grammys for Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Video.
"Thank you, God. I forgot to say it earlier, but as you can see, I am at your service, Lord," Williams told the crowd at the end. more >>
Lecrae took home his second Grammy this week as he won the award for Best Contemporary Christian Song/Performance for his song "Messengers," which also features the Christian music group for KING AND COUNTRY.
During his acceptance speech he took some time to reflect on his faith in Jesus Christ.
"Love and respect to everybody out here because this is a celebration of gifts. And there's so many people out here who are gifted, but obviously you can't celebrate gives without celebrating the giver of all gifts. So I want to celebrate Jesus for gifting us all with the gift of love and sacrifice," he said. more >>
Brittany Koper, a granddaughter of Paul Crouch Sr., founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network, the world's largest Christian network, alleged in a lawsuit filed Thursday that top bosses in the organization threatened her life with a gun and fired her and her husband, Michael, after she refused to illegally funnel some $100 million of charitable assets to their personal accounts.
"The nature of these illegal activities involved the systematic diversion of defendant Trinity Broadcasting's charitable assets through unlawful distributions to defendant Trinity Broadcasting's directors through numerous channels. The magnitude of these unlawful and related financial schemes uncovered by or disclosed to plaintiff Brittany Koper is on the order of $100 million," alleges the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court Central District of California.
The document lists Trinity Christian Center of Santa Ana, which also does business as Trinity Broadcasting Network; International Christian Broadcasting, which also does business as Heroes Under God; Matthew Crouch, Brittany's uncle; Janice Crouch, TBN's senior vice president, board member and wife of the-late Paul Crouch Sr. who died in 2013; and John Casoria, Brittany's cousin, as defendants. more >>
The "Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller" has named award-winning producer Phil Cooke as its executive producer, seeking to take the televangelism program to a "new level."
"We're thrilled that Phil will become our new executive producer," said Schuller, who leads Shepherd's Grove Church in Orange County, California.
"He is a dynamic communicator and has worked with incredible ministries and religious leaders. We're eager to take the program to new levels and produce compelling content that will entice and excite people with the message of the Gospel. Phil is the perfect partner to help us accomplish this." more >>
An attorney involved in a civil lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America over the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old boy by an adult volunteer says documents kept by the organization for nearly a century known as the "perversion files" reveal a "sordid history of child sexual abuse."
The attorney, Tim Hale, made the statement in California Monday at a civil trial on behalf of the victim who is now 20, according to the Associated Press. The victim, who was not identified by the AP, but listed in court documents, is suing the Boy Scout of America as well as a local scouting council for punitive damages for the 2007 abuse. He alleges the Boys Scouts were negligent because they failed to warn and train parents and volunteers about sex abuse.
Hale is being allowed by the court to access 30 years of "perversion" files which include 16 years of documents from 1991 to 2007 that have never been seen before. more >>