Carl Lentz, the popular pastor of Hillsong Church in New York City, officiated the wedding of Raptors' shooting guard Landry Fields and his model girlfriend, Elaine Alden, Saturday.
Lentz shared in an online photo of himself, wife, Laura Lentz, and the bride and groom, "It's a special thing to be a part of a couples wedding and marriage." He added, while tagging Fields and Alden, "Love you both!"
Landry, formerly of the New York Knicks and who considers Hillsong NYC his church family, also shared an image online of he and his new bride making it official and described his wife as a "trophy of God's GRACE." more >>
Ja Rule, rapper and I'm in Love With a Church Girl star, shares in a recent radio interview how his early experiences as a Jehovah's Witness left him disenchanted with religion, why he and his wife decided to get saved at Hillsong NYC church, and why he finds Pastor Mason "Ma$e" Betha's explicit rap lyrics "very confusing."
Ja Rule, born Jeffrey Atkins, appeared on the popular radio show "The Breakfast Club" on Thursday to promote his new memoir, Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man, a new MTV reality show with his family, and other projects. The bulk of the interview, however, centered around religion.
Ja Rule, who previously shared being raised as a Jehovah's Witness, revealed that what turned him off from the religion was how his family members shunned his mother once she was disfellowshipped from the faith community. more >>
A 22-year-old mother from Queens, New York, who allegedly suffocated her 11-month-old son because she "didn't want him anymore," is now in police custody and facing the scorn of shocked friends and family who cannot understand why she would do something so sinister.
The mother, identified as Nicole "Nikki" Kelly in a PIX 11 report, has been charged with second-degree murder. Her son, Kiam Felix Jr., was pronounced dead at Elmhurst Hospital Sunday after his father brought him to the emergency room.
Kelly lived with her son in a rented a room in the home of a woman who declined to speak about the shocking revelation except to say that the boy was a "happy baby." The boy's father did not live with them. more >>
Film actor Pierce Brosnan revealed that his Catholic faith helped him deal with a number of life's tragedies, including losing both his first wife and his adopted daughter to ovarian cancer.
"I would say faith, being Irish, being Catholic, it's ingrained in my DNA," Brosnan responded to a question about what helped him through his dark days, according to NY Daily News on Monday.
Brosnan, most famous for starring in the "James Bond" series, made the comments at the New York premiere of his new film, "A Long Way Down," where he plays a depressed television personality contemplating suicide. more >>
NEW YORK — Christian hip-hop has made some notable inroads in the last few years, especially in the mainstream market. Popular rapper Lecrae has won Grammy, Stellar, and Dove awards, and he, along with other Christian artists, appear regularly on networks like BET and MTV. Does this mean the movement that emerged in the early '80s as Gospel rap has finally arrived?
The question might be especially relevant after it was reported that recording artists Flame, Lecrae, and others filed a lawsuit against pop singer Katy Perry and Capitol Records for allegedly stealing and "irreparably tarnishing" a 2008 song of theirs titled "Joyful Noise." The rappers claim Perry's "Dark Horse" single released in 2013, infringes on the copyright of their "Christian gospel song," and therefore are demanding an "injunction, damages and the defendants' profits gained from the unauthorized use of "Joyful Noise.'"
Lecrae is arguably the most popular Christian rapper in recent years who has managed to garner cross-over appeal among a mainstream audience. He and his Reach Records label have been credited with opening the doors and providing exposure and a platform for many other artists in the Christian music industry. Andy Mineo, a New York City rapper who is also on Reach Records, has been following in Lecrae's footsteps, with outlets like BET and MTV making much of his latest album and EP releases, Heroes for Sale and Never Land, respectively. more >>
An intense video of an unidentified black man being arrested for what he claims is sleeping on a the train, and according to the NYPD "occupying more than one seat," is now going viral on YouTube eliciting strong reaction from the public.
"This video says it all. ... The cops have way too much power. They are now the aggressors in our society, not the average citizen," wrote John Jenkins on the YouTube video posted Wednesday by 60th Street Watch.
The NYPD told Gothamist that the arrest took place on a nearly empty northbound F train on May 30 at about 4:18 a.m. because he was in violation of MTA's rules of conduct. more >>