Kirk Franklin's Losing My Religion album was more than just music but a powerful statement that his protege Christon Gray wants to carry to the next generation.
"His last album, Losing My Religion, I think was a statement and a challenge not only to the Gospel community but to the Christian community as a whole," Gray, the 30-year-old musician signed to Franklin's Fo Yo Soul record label, told Parlé Mag. "And he's the one that could make that statement so I think me being a little bit younger and representing the next generation I can continue to carry that message."
Franklin, 46, previously told ABC News 13 in Houston, Texas, that he believes his decision to spark the controversial conversation concerning religion was needed. more >>
Gospel star Kirk Franklin received the Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award at the BET Awards Sunday night.
Hand-in-hand with his wife of 20 years, Tammy, a humble-looking Franklin took to the stage to accept his award after hearing his name announced in a field that included other talented artists such as Erica Campbell, Lecrae, Tasha Cobbs, Anthony Brown & Group Therapy, and Tamela Mann.
In a year that has seen multiple shootings and the deaths of legendary pop artist Prince and sports icon Muhammad Ali, Franklin told the audience: "I know these are very, very difficult days and we've had a lot of loss and a lot of hurt — and I want you to know that even when you feel like you've hit rock bottom, often you find that God is the rock at the bottom." more >>
The 16th annual BET Awards aired live Sunday night from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, and actor Samuel L. Jackson said God was to be thanked first for his lifetime of achievements.
The show, which is meant to honors artists, actors and athletes across 20 categories for their impact on black entertainment, awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award to the veteran actor who has become the face of Marvel's character Nick Fury. The night also featured tributes to Prince and a surprise performance by Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar. Grey's Anatomy star Jesse Williams also delivered a passionate Black Lives Matter speech after winning the Humanitarian Award.
When Jackson received the Lifetime Achievement Award, he spoke directly to the audience. more >>
Travis Greene is the latest gospel music singer who is taking his ministry one step further by starting his own church.
Greene, 32, made the announcement on Instagram about his place of worship opening its doors next August in South Carolina.
"It's About to Go Dooooown!!! So excited about the Official Launch of Forward City Church @4wardcity on 8/21/16," the message reads. "Mark your calendars & get to Columbia, SC!!!! More info coming soon." more >>
Anthony Hamilton and Fantasia Barrino are known for being R&B and soul singers, but gospel music singer Tasha Cobbs believes their joint tour showcased a form of godly worship.
Cobbs, 34, tuned into a show on the tour that Barrino co-headlined with her fellow crooner Hamilton. Both Hamilton and Barrino grew up singing in church.
After Cobbs live-streamed their concert, the gospel singer walked away from the service glorifying God for their talent. more >>
Christian rock band NEEDTOBREATHE is set to release H A R D L O V E on July 15 and the band opened up about their new sound and the road that helped them to get there.
The Grammy-nominated band is not only a household name in the Christian world but their mainstream success has opened the door for them to be the opening act for one of the highest grossing pop artist, Taylor Swift, on her world tour.