Earlier this year, an event happened that did not receive wide notice. The last of the Von Trapp Family Singers, the last of the children---the real ones---died.
Her name was Maria---not to be confused with the lady played by Julie Andrews, Maria Augusta Trapp, who died in 1987. Maria Von Trapp's death in February 2014 marks the end of an era.
The Sound of Music deserves its accolades as the Movie of the Year (1965) and one of the finest films ever made. Even my one-year-old granddaughter is mesmerized by the puppet scene. more >>
A Rochester, New York rapper runs the street ministry M.O.G. (Man of God) where he mentors drug kingpins and has the full support from the city's mayor based on his contributions to the area.
D-Will (David Williams), a native of the city, aspires to be more than just a musician and has already broken serious ground for God in his community. He even won the mayoral volunteer service award for efforts with M.O.G.
"The whole purpose of M.O.G. [is to unite the body of Christ]. And if we're going to do so, we have to start with the men," said D-Will to The Christian Post. Us, as men, we've taken a back seat and have gotten lazy [in the church]. You see a lot of the women doing outreach. And with that I said [us men] have to take our place, and not as a sexist, but we need to take our place back with being the leaders in our communities and homes." more >>
Erica Campbell could have relied on a high profile music video director to create a treatment for her new single "You Are," but instead she is enlisting fans to help create the visuals for her upcoming video.
Campbell, 42, has Grammy, AMA, ASCAP and Image awards among others as a member of Mary Mary. After her first solo album "Help" debuted with the top spot on the US Billboard Gospel Albums charts last March, Campbell recently released her third single "You Are."
Now she is giving groups of fans the opportunity to not only appear in her upcoming video, but to create a concept for the visuals. more >>
Mary Mary's Erica Campbell recently received four Dove Awards nominations as her solo album continues to gain steam this year.
Released in March, Campbell's solo album "Help" has swept the nation with singles such "A Little More Jesus" and "You Are." Furthermore, the album earned four Dove Award nominations earlier this month, including Gospel Performance of the Year, Contemporary/Gospel Urban Album of the Year, Traditional Gospel Song of the Year, and Contemporary Gospel/Urban Song of the Year.
In addition to the four award nominations, Campbell will be performing at this year's televised Dove Awards ceremony. Other Dove Award nominees include Lecrae who appears on Campbell's "Help," Hillsong, Natalie Grant, Mandisa, and Jason Crabb, among many others. The awards event will be taped on Oct. 7 in Nashville, Tenn. and will air later this year on Trinity Broadcasting Network. For the full list of nominees, visit here. more >>
Secular hip-hop music sometimes features strong sexual language, cursing, misogyny and murder. So why are some churches using it to engage the youth?
"Misfit the Conference," a youth and young adult event that took place in New York City this month used Iggy Azalea's summer smash "Fancy" to engage the crowd. The song features braggadocios lyrics, a bit of foul language and a bridge that talks about getting drunk at the mini bar.
The band at Misfits chose to leave out the lyrics and played the instrumental from the song. The DJs spun beats from some classic hip-hop and EDM records that also featured questionable content in their original forms. The event's coordinator, Christ Tabernacle Church's Pastor Chris Durso explained the decision to play these records during Misfits. more >>
These deaf campers put a whole new perspective on the "Happy" song and dance. From the 2014 Deaf Film Camp in NYC, these campers get "Happy" with their ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation of Pharrell Williams' hit song.
This video will have you smiling from start to finish. It is videos like this that show people who have disabilities striving to do what they love no matter what. The camp they are performing at is dedicated to deaf and hard of hearing teens who have a passion for filmmaking.
Watch this inspiring video below: more >>