NEW YORK — Trip Lee, award-winning rapper, author and influential speaker, gave a few fans an exclusive preview of his upcoming fifth studio album, Rise, during a recent private listening session in New York City.
Although the special Rise listening session was a treat for fans, Trip and Producer Gawvi clearly were having most of the fun, unpacking each track and sharing how the whole album came together through a year-long process.
While Gawvi said he was honored and grateful to work with Trip on Rise, the rapper said he felt likewise and thought the LP features some of the producer's best work. In addition to being good friends, Trip and Gawvi are both signed to Reach Records, the label founded by Lecrae. more >>
NEW YORK — Hundreds of NYC-area nonprofit and church leaders — young and old, red and yellow, black and white — are mobilizing as one body for the very first time in an effort to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in one of the world's most unique urban centers, thanks to an initiative organized by the Luis Palau Association.
New York City has seen a surge in the past decade or more of contemporary, Millennial- and usually white male-led churches, who stand in contrast, in some ways, to the old guards who put down spiritual roots in the big city decades ago.
Among the veteran leaders are people like Jim Cymbala (Brooklyn Tabernacle) and African-American pastors and civic leaders A.R. Bernard (Christian Cultural Center) and Floyd Flake (Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral), whose combined congregations number more than 60,000 New Yorkers. more >>
President Barack Obama has sparked a storm of criticism over what many have branded a disrespectful act to the military when he saluted a pair of United States Marines while holding a Styrofoam cup of coffee in his hand on his arrival in New York City for the 2014 United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
The White House first posted a short video clip of the incendiary salute on Instagram Tuesday showing him with First Lady Michelle Obama in tow.
"President Obama just landed in New York for #UNGA2014," the White House noted in part of the message accompanying the video. more >>
A series of six controversial ads seeking to "tell the truth" about Islam and jihad are set to run on 100 New York City buses next week, arguing that distinctions between "moderate" and "extremist" Muslims are useless.
The ads, reportedly costing $100,000, are run by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which describes itself as a group acting against global jihad and "Islamic supremacism."
One of the ads refers to the recent beheading of American journalist James Foley at the hands of ISIS militants. The militant suspected of carrying out the execution, London-based rapper Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, is shown in side-by-side photos — one portraying him as a rapper, and one an image of the beheading video where he is standing next to Foley. "Yesterday's moderate is today's headline," the ad warns. more >>
NEW YORK — The #FloodWallStreet campaign converged in lower Manhattan on Monday, bringing Wall Street to a screeching halt as thousands of protesters sought to bring attention to "the climate crisis" and made calls for the end of capitalism.
"Join the flood on September 22 starting at 9 am," reads the pledge for potential protesters on floodwallstreet.net. "The economy of the 1 percent is destroying the planet, flooding our homes, and wrecking our communities. After the People's Climate March, wearing blue, we will bring the crisis to its cause with a mass sit-in at the heart of capital."
One of the calls to action in the pledge was for interested participants to "join the sea of bodies disrupting business as usual (and risk arrest)," which essentially describes what happened today, with the iconic Charging Bull statue serving as ground zero for the protest. more >>
Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen made a faux pas this week when an inspiration message posted to his extremely popular ministry Facebook page suggested that Moses was alive during Joshua's leadership and even when the prophet Daniel was taken into Babylonian captivity.
"God said in Numbers 11:23, 'Moses, is there any limit to My power?'" reads the Bible-inspired message on the Joel Osteen Ministry Facebook page.
The JOM Facebook page moderator goes on to suggest of God: "He was saying, 'Moses, you saw Me part the Red Sea, stop the sun for Joshua, keep three Hebrew teenagers safe in a fiery furnace, don't you realize that I can bring water without rain?' There's no limit to God's power." more >>