Country music star Dolly Parton credits her Christian faith instilled in her during childhood for her success and keeping her grounded.
After recently releasing her 42nd studio album, "Blue Smoke," the 68-year-old singer says she still holds onto the belief that her success is due to a higher power.
"It's all kept me sane. It's kept me stable. A belief in God is essential. You have to believe in something bigger than yourself. We grew up believing that through God all things are possible. I think I believed that so much that I made it happen," Parton said in an interview with Country Woman Magazine. more >>
Kierra Sheard has a lot to celebrate with a chart-topping new album and historic position on BET's "Sunday Best," but the daughter of a renowned preacher and gospel music legend has no problem admitting her struggles.
Kierra, 27, has always had a powerful voice that she has used to sing for the Lord in the choir of her father's church since the age of six. As the daughter of Grammy award winning singer Karen Clark Sheard of the gospel music group The Clark Sisters, Kierra is no stranger to the gospel music industry.
But with four albums under her belt, the daughter of Bishop J Drew Sheard decided it was time to offer the world something more than Sunday morning Praise and Worship songs. Kierra decided that her fifth album, "Graceland", would feature many of her own insecurities and issues on her walk with Christ. more >>
Rapper and mogul Jay-Z's recent affiliation with the 5 Percent Nation caused a media frenzy earlier this year due to some of the group's beliefs that include the thought that white men are devils.
A fellow hip-hop veteran and 30-year official 5 Percent member Lord Jamar of the group Brand Nubian weighed in on the matter via VladTV and answered the question about the group's controversial belief.
"Yep," answered Jamar when asked if the group holds to the teaching of the white man being a devil. "But now with that being said white people come from the black man. And the original devil, the strongest devil is a black devil. So, are the white people devils by themselves? No. They come from a stronger version of the devil, which was the original black man." more >>
Mason Betha, a multi-platinum selling rapper known as Ma$e, reportedly left his position as pastor of his multisite congregation, El Elyon International Church, to focus on his rap career full time.
TMZ reports that Betha has decided to leave his ministry behind following the divorce with his wife, which he kept secret from his church. The Christian Post contacted Betha and his church based in Atlanta but no response was received by press time.
"On-again, off-again rapper/pastor Mase has officially left his parishioners of the El Elyon International Church high and dry ... and has run back to the rap game full time … He's dropped all ties with both churches and is playing regular rap gigs around L.A., jumping back into his former lifestyle hardcore," reports TMZ. more >>
Sway Calloway interviewed Lecrae this week as promotion for his upcoming album Anomaly and asked a few off color questions during the segment.
One of them inquired about if he ever cursed or used the n-word in his music. Lecrae responded honestly.
"I'm good, no need [to curse], it [would be] too controversial," said Lecrae. "Not in my music, [but] you never know what might come out my mouth. I'm not perfect." more >>
When this old man hears a song that he loves come on, he does something that really astonishes the crowd. Sometimes music can speak to us and get us moving, even if we are feeling down -- or in this man's case, disabled. Here is a perfect example of that.
Holding two crutches when he starts to move, then gets rid of them and he feels no pain. You won't believe how well this man can move on the dance floor! Mostly everyone else on the dance floor is young, but the way he moves you can't even tell the difference.more >>