Carol Maraj could have been satisfied with giving birth to the Hip Hop sensation known to the world as Nicki Minaj, but the superstar's mother has much more to offer the world.
Carol has plans to showcase her own musical abilities while praising God and helping victims of domestic violence along the way. For years, the world has experienced the hard hitting vocals of Nicki Minaj, 31, who has successfully released two number one albums and become the most-charted female rapper in the history of the Billboard Hot 100.
While The New York Times named Nicki Minaj "the most influential female rapper of all time," it may have been her mother Carol's Christian faith and prayers that helped propel the Queens, N.Y. girl born Onika Maraj into an international superstar. more >>
Mali Music, an undeniably talented and inspiring Christian singer who ditched the gospel niche to find "freedom" in the mainstream music industry last year through a deal with RCA Records, released his first R&B/soul album with the company last week, but maintains that he is still on "assignment from God" despite critics arguing that he isn't.
"Sittin' back, reflecting on one of the most memorable days of my life!! A lot has happened and there's EVEN MORE to come. I'm grateful for and focused on my assignment from God. So stay tuned....it's gonna be a BEAUTIFUL journey!" wrote the 26-year-old singer whose real name is Kortney Jamaal Pollard on his Facebook page Sunday.
Mali Music, who released his first mainstream album with RCA on June 17, says many Christians were surprised when he announced he was going mainstream and made hurtful pronouncements on his decision without fully understanding what he would be doing. more >>
Opera singer Tamar Iveri has been released from her contract with Opera Australia and what was supposed to be her lead role as Desdemona in "Otello" next month, after controversial comments were uncovered on her Facebook page that compared gay and lesbian people to fecal matter.
"Opera Australia confirms soprano Ms Tamar Iveri will not be performing in 'Otello.' Opera Australia has reached agreement with Ms Iveri to immediately release her from her contract with the company," the company said in a statement on Monday. "Ms Iveri has unreservedly apologized for those comments and views. Opera Australia believes the views as stated to be unconscionable."
Australian Broadcasting Corporation News reported that the controversial comments on Iveri's Facebook page, which were posted last year but deleted shortly afterwards, described gay people as "sewage" and "fecal masses." more >>
Despite claims by Tim Lambesis, former Christian frontman for metalcore band As I Lay Dying, that no one tried to help him before he was convicted of plotting to murder his estranged wife, ex-bandmate Nick Hipa said he and the band had warned him about his untoward behavior "for years" but their warnings fell "upon deaf ears."
"They were all pretty aware of what was going on. But none of them called me out on it," Lambesis said in an Alternative Press interview last month shortly before he was sentenced to six years in prison for trying to hire a hitman to murder his estranged wife, Meggan Murphy Lambesis.
"Looking back, I wish they had been like, 'Yo, dude, is this really how you want your life to unfold?' I understand it was awkward. 'We know he's cheating on his wife, we know he's going to end his marriage, we know he's on steroids.' They all definitely knew I had [strayed] from my marriage and at least some of them know about the steroids," said Lambesis. more >>
Former members of the Tim Lambesis-led As I Lay Dying metalcore band have emerged from the murder-for-hire scandal of their former frontman with a new band called Wovenwar and they are all declared ex-Christians this time.
Shortly before Lambesis was convicted of plotting to murder his wife in May, As I Lay Dying released a statement published in Metal Injection noting that most of the five-member band were not the practicing Christians some fans had been led to believe.
The statement, later revealed to have been written by Lambesis without the knowledge of his bandmates (guitarists Nick Hipa and Phil Sgrosso, bassist Josh Gilbert and drummer Jordan Mancino), also highlighted that Lambesis' former bandmates would be starting the new band while he served out his prison sentence he later learned would be six years. more >>
A Swedish black metal band which openly professes their devout worship of the devil splattered fans with pig's blood poured from the skull of a goat, causing them to scream and vomit during a satanic ritual at one of their performances in Brooklyn, New York, Sunday night.
"You see the lead singer present the audience with a goat skull full of animal blood ... then drench the crowd. According to interviews with the band, they use REAL pig's blood. You hear audience members shriek ... and we're told some barfed and cried," noted entertainment website TMZ in a report on the event.
No one complained about Watain's ritual and its effects, according to the report and the health department did not raise any concerns. more >>