Karrueche Tran, the 25-year-old model dating troubled singer Chris Brown, has revealed that she spent Thanksgiving with him.
After reports about Brown being sentenced to three months in a rehabilitation center, Tran took to her Twitter to post a picture of the pair on Thanksgiving.
"Happy turkey day," Tran captioned the image of Brown looking at her make a playful expression with her tongue sticking out. more >>
Monday a video called "What About Holy Hip-Hop?" was posted online at Ncfic.org, the website for the National Center for Family Integrated Churches. I know little about this group and do not want to insinuate that the families and churches involved with it believe as these panelists do on this subject. That the question was raised at one of their conferences, however, indicates it is on the minds of the attendees. The moderator even states they have received the question in various forms. From the introduction:
One of the questions we received was: "Any thoughts on reformed rap artists? … Their musical styles would be considered offensive to some, but the doctrine within the songs is sound."
I'm not a particular fan of the hip-hop or rap styles, though I did watch with interest when a slew of bearded gospel men got their bells rung by Propaganda's "Precious Puritans" a while back. While not a fan of rap and hip-hop, neither am I an opponent. I do know there is a difference between rap and hip-hop. This puts me a step or three ahead of the six panelists. more >>
Tamar Braxton recently picked up three Soul Train music awards and let people know that she served as proof that people can accomplish their dreams at any age.
Braxton, the 36-year-old singer-songwriter, received awards for the Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Song of the Year for her hit single Love & War and the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award. Still, the singer let it be known that her journey as an award winning singer has not been easy.
When accepting one of her awards, Braxton addressed the issue of her age. more >>
Nicki Minaj is encouraging all women to read a book speaking about Christian values.
Minaj, the 30-year-old rapper, took to her Instagram to promote "The Supernatural Woman" which is a book written by her pastor friend.
"A must read for all women," Minaj wrote about the book. "On amazon.com - written by my great friend Pastor Lydia Sloley - be inspired." more >>
Billboard announced yesterday that they will update their Christian and gospel song charts by including digital download sales and online streaming data in addition to their existing radio airplay method to determine song rankings.
The music chart company will implement the new change beginning Thursday and considers the effort a "major consumer-influenced facelift." Currently, their charts are monitored by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems and will now incorporate information derived from YoutTube, Spotify, Xbox Music among other data sources, bringing the charts up to date in its ranking system like the Billboard Hot 100, country, hip-hop and rock songs lists.
"We are extremely excited to add Christian and Gospel to our growing list of consumer-influenced rankings, which are in the mold of our flagship songs chart, the Hot 100," said Silvio Pietroluongo, Billboard director of charts. "Incorporating download sales and streaming data to existing radio airplay provides a more holistic view of a song's popularity." more >>
Christian artist Amy Grant will be making an appearance on the "Katie" talk show tomorrow, Nov. 27.
Hosted by TV personality Katie Couric, Grant will speak about the holiday season, her family and her new album How Mercy Looks From Here, which was released earlier this year. Grant will also perform the holiday classic "Tennessee Christmas." The show will be on the ABC local channel.
Every December, Amy Grant performs at select engagements with her husband, Vince Gill, in celebration of the Christmas season. They will be playing shows in Atlanta, Cincinnati and Nashville, and will showcase their Christmas set alongside the skilled symphonies of each respective city. more >>