NEW YORK — He was selling dope by age 11, eventually got hooked on crack cocaine, and wound up in prison twice. He could have been killed countless times and once, as he tells it, was even attacked by a witch. But the man who yearned as a youth to become a god of the streets by building a drug empire, is now a man on mission for God.
Dimas Salaberrios, in his 40s, pastors a flock that meets in a community center at the Bronx River Housing Projects, known historically as ground zero for hip-hop and for being infested with crime. He is also president of Concerts of Prayer Greater NYC, a multiracial and cross-cultural organization of pastors and churches believed to be the largest of its kind in New York City. Salaberrios was also among those who successfully fought against officials' attempts to bar churches from renting city-owned community centers and public school spaces for worship services. His family's supporting presence in Charleston, South Carolina, at Emanuel A.M.E. Church earlier this year also gained notable attention.
That is what the married father of three has been up to in recent times. Thirty years ago, it was an entirely different story, one in which, for all intents and purposes, he was an enemy of God. more >>
Lecrae made history Tuesday by becoming the first purely hip-hop artist to win Artist of the Year at the GMA Dove Awards. But not everyone is celebrating this achievement by the rapper and outspoken Christian.
Meeke Addison, a spokeswoman for Urban Family Communications, an organization dedicated to delivering "biblical truth" to the black community, feels that the industry shouldn't reward Lecrae since, in recent years, the artist has distanced himself from being known as a "Christian rapper."
"What he has consistently and repeatedly rejected is the genre of 'Christian rap.' He has repeatedly rejected it," said Addison to One News Now earlier this week. "So why then does this Christian award outlet need to award him 'Artist of the Year?' Why? It is unfair to actual Christian rappers." more >>
Bobby Jones' longstanding BET staple, "Bobby Jones Gospel," is airing its final season, which the music pioneer said is comparable to losing a loved one.
"Oh my goodness, it's like losing a child," Jones told The Root in a report published earlier this week.
Although Jones' statement to The Root was followed by laughter, the 76 year old has publicly acknowledged the affect that ending the show will have. more >>
Jeremiah Wright, the former pastor of President Barack Obama, spoke at the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March at the National Mall in Washington D.C. on Saturday, in which he condemned the "demon" of racism, militarism and capitalism of oppressing minorities. The controversial pastor also asserted that Jesus Christ "was a Palestinian."
"The same issue is being fought today and has been fought since 1948, and historians are carried back to the 19th century … when the original people, the Palestinians — and please remember, Jesus was a Palestinian — the Palestinian people had the Europeans come and take their country," Wright said in his speech, according to The Hill.
He further attempted to link the suffering of African-Americans, Native Americans and Palestinians, and said: more >>
Students across the United States get to enjoy a day off school Monday in honor of the famed and mythical Renaissance Era explorer.
Columbus Day, an annual federal holiday named after Christopher Columbus, is a holiday that invokes ethnic pride for some and shameful historical memories for others.
Some, especially many in the Italian-American community, see it as a day of celebration honoring one of their most famous countrymen. more >>
A Pakistani Christian family in Britain claims they are being threatened and harassed for renouncing Islam and have accused the Church of England of failing to support them.
In 1996 Nissar Hussain, his wife, Kubra, and their six children converted to Christianity from Islam and they never imagined the violent backlash that would ensue. The former Muslims said their decision to leave Islam led to somewhat of a community hate campaign that drove them out of their family home in Bradford, England, in 2006.
Car windows were smashed, the family's house was egged and they were even attacked in the street by neighbors who deemed them to be "apostates" or traitors to Islam for accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior. more >>