It isn't every day that a middle school teacher walks away from their career to pursue hip-hop aspirations, but Dee-1 is following his God-given purpose and is allowing the world to hear a glimpse of that in his latest EP 3's Up.
Dee-1, the 29-year-old Christian rapper born David Augustine Jr., became a middle school teacher to pay back his student loans and change children's lives in the process. The New Orleans native soon realized that his students cared more about studying rappers' lyrics than doing their homework and decided that he would seriously pursue the passion for rapping that he had been honing since college.
During the day, David would help shape young minds in a classroom setting, while he would transform into Dee-1 to perform his latest lyrics at night. After two years of being called "Mr. Augustine" by students in the classroom, the educator shifted gears by transforming his night time rap hobby into a full-time career. more >>
It happens decades before it should. Sometime before a May graduation one or more members of a senior class could wake up one morning and never live to see another day. It makes no sense; these boys had their entire lives in front of them. None of us will ever understand such tragedy and we're not supposed to.
This past Sunday I awoke to the news that two young men from Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, TN lost their lives in a single car accident the prior evening. Colin Kilgore, a baseball player and teammate of my freshman son and Christophe Kesterson, a lacrosse player collided with a tree in the car they were in and died instantly. Both were accomplished student-athletes who had secured a spot at two great colleges and I'm sure felt as if they had the world in the palm of their hands. Yet it's times like this we realize it's not us but God who is in control.
Almost thirty-five years to the day I lost one of my best friends our senior year of high school. The news of the CBHS boys dug up a cadre of emotions for me. I would have never imagined the events of February 17, 1980 would come rushing back with such intensity yet all I could think about were the emotions that families, friends and loved ones of these boys would experience that dreadful morning and for years to come. more >>
Parents in a California coastal town are enraged at their local school district after they discovered that second graders are using their school-issued iPads to watch pornography and other inappropriate material while at home.
At last Tuesday's meeting of the Encinitas Union School District Board of Trustees, five parents voiced their anger at the fact that their children's school-issued iPads don't have filters or firewalls to prevent children from accessing inappropriate websites while they're off of school grounds.
Although the school district has installed a filter for when the the children are using the iPads on school property, the filter doesn't work once the children have left their school. more >>
Many government offices and services, and also some businesses, will be closed Monday as the nation celebrates Presidents' Day, originally known as "Washington's Birthday," in honor of the first U.S. President George Washington.
An annual federal holiday, Presidents' Day is always observed on the third Monday of February, and is a time of patriotic celebration and remembrance.
Established in 1885 in recognition of President Washington, who was born on Feb. 22, the federal government still officially calls it Washington's Birthday. However, it's often celebrated by remembering all the presidents, including the incumbent chief executive, and not just Washington or Lincoln. more >>
The head of a North Carolina-based organization that aids ministries for singles has said that too many churches consider the unmarried to be "invisible."
Kris Swiatocho, director of The Singles Network Ministries, told The Christian Post that "for most churches single adults are invisible. Mainly because most pastors, secretaries, deacons/elders are married with children. When they are in the pulpit they typically preach and identify with those that are like themselves."
"I have actually spoken with churches who are not sure they have any singles there mainly because they view singleness has a particular age-range vs. someone who isn't married from 18 to the grave." more >>
In response to the cinematic debut of the "50 Shades of Grey" movie, one Virginia pastor will look to respond via a sermon series meant to address various matters regarding sexual ethics, including pornography and gay marriage.
Rick McDaniel, pastor of Richmond Community Church, will be preaching a sermon series starting on Sunday meant to add a Christian moral perspective on controversial topics pertaining to sexual behavior. Known as the "5 Shades of Grey," the series will include issues like pornography, divorce, gay marriage, cohabitation, and adultery.
In an interview with The Christian Post, McDaniel explained that "God just sort of dropped an idea in my head" to do the series in response to the popularity of "50 Shades of Grey." more >>