Pastor and gospel music singer Donnie McClurkin is showing love to "Empire" creator Lee Daniels despite being mocked on the hit FOX show in front of 16 million viewers.
McClurkin, 55, was mentioned on the season two premiere of the show when the homosexual television personality known as Miss Lawrence, from Bravo TV's "Fashion Queens" and "Real Housewives of Atlanta," announced that McClurkin would be a part of a fictitious LGBT awards show.
McClurkin has been vocal about being delivered from homosexuality, and the show's creator used this to push his series' gay storyline on prime time TV. more >>
Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly called singer Sir Elton John and agreed to meet with him in the future, only days after an apparent prankster had impersonated Putin in a phone call to John. The British musician has been urging Putin to meet with him to discuss gay rights in Russia.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed with the Russian state-run Sputnik news agency that a real conversation between Putin and John had this time taken place, and the Russian president has agreed to hold a meeting if their schedules coincide at a later date.
"I know you were called by pranksters; don't get offended by those guys, they are harmless, though this certainly does not justify their actions," Putin reportedly told John. more >>
Kirk Franklin recently announced that he is on a mission to help people lose their religion when he revealed his new album title is Losing My Religion.
Franklin, the 45-year-old producer, songwriter and recording artist, is releasing his first album in four years and took to his Instagram to introduce the name and album art while musing about the concept of religion.
" In the beginning religion created a MASK ... for generations church was where we went to go HIDE .... rules without relationship is empty INSIDE. ... There's room at the cross for everyone even ME ... religion is a prison, but truth sets us FREE," Franklin wrote. "The next time you THINK America, PLEASE include ME. ... The preacher isn't God, religion's first MISTAKE ... 'm losing my religion, THANK GOD ... Helping YOU lose yours is my job." more >>
Pop singer Selena Gomez has revealed her favorite Christian singer to be an award-winning Hillsong worship leader.
The "Same Old Love" singer, who regularly attends Australian megachurch Hillsong's U.S. branches, was asked to name her "favorite Christian artist" while promoting her latest movie "Hotel Transylvania 2." After briefly pondering, Gomez praised acclaimed New Zealand singer-songwriter Brooke Fraser, whom she also knows personally.
"I'm trying to think," Gomez, 23, told Breathecast's Jeannie Law in Miami last week. "I love Brooke Fraser. She's my favorite and I have the pleasure of knowing her and she's incredible. I've always loved her music." more >>
More than two decades after releasing her debut album Tisha, Hollywood actress Tisha Campbell-Martin is back with a powerful new single "Steel Here," which she said is about forgiving her alleged childhood rapist.
At age 3, Campbell, who's a Christian, was allegedly sexually assaulted by a man who apologized for the attack more than 40 years later via a five-page letter. She described the apology as a blessing and has since forgiven her attacker.
Fatherlessness in the U.S. remains a prevalent issue as the number of children living apart from their biological fathers is estimated to be nearly 30 percent (or roughly one in three), according to 2011 Pew Research data.
The number of children living apart from their biological fathers has more than doubled over the last four decades amid a growing decline in nuclear families.
In 1960, 11 percent of children lived apart from their biological fathers as compared to 27 percent in 2010. more >>