Madonna's international "Rebel Heart Tour" is continuing to draw the ire of Catholic leaders, the latest is Bishop Patrick Dunn from New Zealand.
"There is no question in my mind that some of Madonna's material is highly offensive to Christianity and will be found just as offensive to the majority of people of religious faith, as well as many cultural sensitivities," Dunn said in an NZ Herald report. "Here in New Zealand religion is not always taken very seriously, yet in addition to Christianity there are people of many other faiths, all together representing over half our population. In a multi-cultural and multi-faith society like New Zealand, it is imperative that entertainers not presume their own cultural perspective is that of the majority. Often it is not."
The singer will perform two shows at the Vector arena in Auckland, New Zealand, on Saturday and Sunday evening. According to the Herald, Madonna's stage at the arena is set in the shape of a crucifix with her Rebel Heart tour logo at the end of it. more >>
Iyanla Vanzant, the spiritual coach on OWN Network's "Fix My Life," is praying for Kanye West.
Vanzant has attempted to help people with troubling behavior like rapper DMX, former NFL player Terrell Owens and reality television star Evelyn Lozada. Now, she wants to help 38-year-old rap mogul West.
Last month the rapper publicly engaged in some volatile behavior that included tweets verbally attacking his ex-girlfriend Amber Rose and her child, speaking negatively about producer Bob Ezrin for criticizing his new album, and asking billionaires, including Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, for money. Vanzant thinks West needs an intervention and saw similarities in him to now deceased troubled entertainers indirectly crying out for help. more >>
Erica Campbell says she isn't ready to reveal whether she'll be replacing her sister, Tina, in their gospel music group Mary Mary, but fans will soon find out.
In a new season of their hit WE tv reality television show "Mary Mary," fans will witness the group's producer and Erica's husband, Warryn Campbell, threatening to replace Tina. After pursuing solo music efforts for the past two years, the sisters are speaking about coming back together to meet contractual obligations for their original group.
When Hip Hollywood questioned Erica about replacing Tina, the former revealed why her husband had to give her sister an ultimatum. more >>
In the midst of recovering from major cosmetic surgery, Kierra Sheard says she's trying to heal emotionally by tackling body image issues with help from God.
The 28-year-old daughter of Grammy Award winning singer Karen Clark Sheard, of the gospel music group The Clark Sisters, admits she's experiencing immense pain as she heals from the cosmetic surgery performed on her body. And she's being transparent about the painful emotional journey of examining self love.
"If I was able to lose 80 pounds on my own then surely I can trample over the doubts and lack of self discipline that I am currently experiencing. I am ready for this to be over and I cannot believe that I actually have staples in my arms, all for wanting to look a certain way," she says in her blog that was posted on Friday. "I laid on my couch last night in pain and in tears because I say I love myself but I wonder if I love my body the way I truly should." more >>
Pattie Mallette gave birth to Justin Bieber 22 years ago, and in a birthday message to her son she asked God to give him everything she couldn't provide.
The pop star's mother said: "22 years ago I was 18 years old, pregnant and scared. But God," she wrote on Twitter. "Lord encounter @justinbieber for his bday! Give him all I couldn't in Jesus name."
Mallette has witnessed her son go through some tough times since rising to fame at the age of 13. In 2014, Bieber had an especially tough year after he was accused of assaulting a limousine driver in Toronto, egging his neighbor's home, was arrested for a DUI and questionable driving in Miami, and allegedly taking part in lewd acts like urinating in a prison cell. more >>
Commemorating the life and love he and his late wife shared while she was alive, gospel singer Marvin Sapp offered his followers practical advice on real love.
"Real love is about finding or being found by the person that will stick with you through the thick storms and the thin victories," he wrote. "Real love doesn't just take sacrifice, it is based on sacrifice. Real love is founded on the notion that sometimes you may have to give part of yourself to someone else in order for them to be able to make it through, with the understanding that this person will do the same thing for you in your toughest times. more >>