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Posted 3/4/13 at 4:20 PM | CP Blogs

TV Series to Feature Gospel Group Forever Jones

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In 2010 the Gospel group forever JONES release their first album which received a Grammy nomination. The band from Shreveport, Louisiana, includes 7 family members.

Member Dewitt Jones IV explains the group's mission in the band's bio, "We want to write and sing music that speaks to somebody’s spirit ... It’s really powerful whenever you hear a song or an artist and the anointing speaks to you."

According to Broadcasting & Cable magazine, a reality TV series about the music group foreverJONES will premiere this summer on Bounce TV, a broadcast channel that competes with BET for African-Americans viewers.

The band has already found an audience on Bounce TV. Last year the group produced a Christmas special that showed the band preparing for a concert.

Posted 3/4/13 at 11:58 AM | CP Blogs

Giuliana Rancic: Healthy Marriage Comes Before Children

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E! News Correspondent Giuliana Rancic and husband Apprentice Alum Bill insist their marriage is priority above their son Duke despite raising cricisms.

Rancic said in a February interview with US Weekly, "We're husband and wife, but we're also best friends, and it's funny because a lot of people, when they have kids, they put the baby first, and the marriage second," says the 37-year-old breast-cancer survivor. "That works for some people. For us, I find, we put our marriage first and our child second, because the best thing we can do for him is have a strong marriage."

While some affirmed her view, others felt the Fashion Police co-host's priorities were out of order.

Commentor Reesheda Evans wrote, "The idea of putting your husband or wife over your child's well being sounds ridiculous regardless of whether its a dangerous situation or not. The children are defenseless as a grown up you are not and I dont know about you but I would give my life for my child and if i had to make a choice of saving my husband or our child i would save our child and he would doe [sic] the same thing. As a parent you are supposed to be selfless."

Another commenter Tisha Kreutzer-Barela wrote, "I love my husband, but nothing, and I mean nothing compares to my children." FULL POST

Posted 2/28/13 at 1:06 PM | CP Blogs

Member of the Winans' Family Sentenced to Nearly 14 yrs In Jail

Michael Winans Jr., member of the famous Winans gospel family, was sentenced Wednesday to 13 years and 9 months in a federal prison for leading a Ponzi scheme from the church pulpit.

Detroit Judge Sean Cox denounced Winans for deceiving "good, decent, church-going people," before he announced the sentence. The maxium penalty was 15 and a half years in prison according to the sentencing guidelines.

Winans plead guilty to wire fraud in October 2012 after federal investigators discovered the former music producer used his family name and access to Michigan churches to collect investments, ranging from $1,000 to $7,000. Victims who testified in the hearing Wednesday said that Winans told them they were investing in Saudi Arabian crude oil bonds and promised them high returns.

The Huffington Post reported the victim Tara Hunt told the judge, "There are lots of marriages that have been destroyed. I know family members who aren't speaking to each other" as a result of Winans' scheme.

It is believed that Winan took as much as $8 million from 1,000 people. According to the Huffington Post, Winans used some of the payments to repay his earlier investors. However he still owes $4.7 million to approximately 600 people.

Winans is the nephew of gospel brother and sister duo Bebe and Cece Winans and the grandson of the Winans family's Gospel patriarchs David Delores and David Winans.

Posted 2/27/13 at 9:50 AM | CP Blogs

Justin Bieber Shout Outs Christian Post on Twitter

Apparently Candian pop sensation Justin Bieber loves it when the Christian Post talks about him.

Yesterday CP published an article entitled, "Justin Bieber's a 'Spectacular Young Man,' Says Pastor Judah Smith." The singer loved the headline so much he decided to share it with his Twitter friends -- all 35,080,749 of them. The move prompted a flurry of retweets from fans.

Beiber is the most followered person on Twitter according to website Twitaholic. Lady Gaga and Katy Perry are ranked the second and third most followed users respectively.

Smith, the pastor of The City Church in Seattle, has a close relationship with the Bieber family and mentors the singer when he is on tour.

A self-proclaimed Christian, Bieber recently praised the pastor for his newly released book Jesus Is: Find a New Way to Be Human on Instagram. He wrote, "So proud of my pastor. This book comes out on the 26th. Judah is the best speaker of our generation. Read this book [you] won't regret it."

Smith paid Bieber back on FOX and Friends saying that Bieber is a "spectacular" teen and who "makes fantastic decisions in his life."

Bieber apparently liked the statements and wanted to vouch for their authenticity. He tweeted back "@ChristianPost the man doesn't lie :)" FULL POST

Posted 2/25/13 at 11:49 AM | CP Blogs

Gag Paper Apologizes for Quvenzhané Wallis slam

The Onion, the satirical paper known for tweeting comical headlines, apologized Monday after calling the child star of indie film “Beasts of the Southern Wild Star,” a derogatory term for the female genitalia.

The gag publication published the apology on Facebook.

Dear Readers,

On behalf of The Onion, I offer my personal apology to Quvenzhané Wallis and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the tweet that was circulated last night during the Oscars. It was crude and offensive—not to mention inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting.

No person should be subjected to such a senseless, humorless comment masquerading as satire.

The tweet was taken down within an hour of publication. We have instituted new and tighter Twitter procedures to ensure that this kind of mistake does not occur again.

In addition, we are taking immediate steps to discipline those individuals responsible.

Miss Wallis, you are young and talented and deserve better. All of us at The Onion are deeply sorry.


Steve Hannah
The Onion

The offending tweet stated "Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a cunt, right? #Oscars2013"

Wallis, 9, won the Critics' Choice Award for best young actor/actress at the Critics' Choice Awards. She thanked God for all his blessings in her acceptance speech. Wallis was also nominated for the Oscars' best actress award and walked the red carpet Sunday wearing a blue Armani Junior dress and shawl with a puppy dog purse. Silver Linings Playbook star Jennifer Lawrence won the best actress catagory.

The tweet, which no longer appears on the Onion's twitter page, prompted at least one black actor to fire back on Twitter.

Treme and The Wire actor Wendell Pierce tweeted "Identify the writer. Let him defend that abhorrent verbal attack of a child. You call it humor I call it horrendous."

Others tweeted, "Quvenzhane Wallis is a nine year old woman of colour. Let's let what @TheOnion did sink in and remember that Dakota Fanning never had this" and "An apology is due to Miss Wallis. Deleting the tweet does not make it go away. Would The Onion let this die if a celeb had said it?”

Posted 2/21/13 at 1:02 PM | CP Blogs

"A Different World" Actor Lou Myers Learned Performance in Sunday School

Lou Myers, an actor and entertainer who played a janitor on the Crosby Show spin-off about about life on a historically black college campus, died Tuesday night according to the Associated Press. Tonia McDonald, the president of Myers' non-profit Global Business Incubation Inc. confirmed the news to the news agency.

The West Virginia native known to many as Vernon Gaines on A Different World, acting in a number of Broadway shows, films and shows including the Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Wedding Planner along side Jennifer Lopez and Touched By an Angel. He even won a NAACP Image Award for his portrayal of the Stool Pigeon in the play King Hedley II.

Myers was also a pianist and singer. He traveled the world singing jazz and blues with touring company "Negro Music in Vogue." Myers wrote and performed songs for children. In a video interview, Myers said his knack for entertaining children began in "Sunday school." It is unclear what his faith convictions were.

The 77-year-old also invested in his community, helping small businesses and aspiring actors flourish through his companies Global Business Incubation Inc. and the Lou Myers Scenario Motion Picture Institute/Theatre.

McDonald reported to the AP that Myers had been in and out of the hospital since before Christmas and had even collapsed prior to his death. FULL POST

Posted 2/15/13 at 1:02 PM | CP Blogs

Christian Singer Reveals Battle with Cancer

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Musician and evangelist Carman Licciardello revealed on Facebook Thursday morning that he has myeloma cancer and asked for fans to pray.

“I have delayed writing this," he shared. "but those of you I call friends and supporters, who have prayed for me and this ministry need to know about this new battle that lies ahead. One week ago I was diagnosed with myeloma cancer. It is incurable and I've been given a 3- to 4-year window of time.”

Licciardello toured with southern gospel music legend Bill Gaither in the '80s. He was also Christian publication Charmisa Magazine's first “Favorite Male Vocalist of the Year” for the years 1987 to 1989. Billboard magazine also recognized Licciardello as the first “Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year” in 1980. According to Charmisa, the 57-year-old has "15 gold and platinum albums and videos, and has sold more than 10 million records."

Licciardello expressed optimism despite the dire prognosis. He told fans he plans to continue touring and ministering through song. FULL POST

Posted 2/14/13 at 1:07 PM | CP Blogs

Actress Meagan Good Talks "Kingdom Love" for Valentine's Day

Meagan Good & Devon Franklin attends Warner Music Group 2013 Grammy Celebration

 Actress Meagan Good and her husband Hollywood film executive DeVon Franklin celebrated Valentine's Day by recounting how the Lord brought them together in a church talk entitled Kingdom Love.

Good, a Christian, shared that God revealed that Franklin would be her husband nine months before they began their relationship.

"I had a lot of emotional baggage, and damage, and things that I went through," said Good. "So, I was praying about that and then I started praying about my husband and God told me flat out that DeVon was my husband."

Good knew Franklin through the film industry and had occasionally ran into him in as she auditioned for roles.

Yet the Deception star quietly waited for Franklin to notice her despite believing she had received a word from Lord. Franklin did eventually notice Good on the set of Bishop T. D. Jakes' film, Jumping the Broom.

"We started reconnecting as friends and talking about church, and talking about God and Christianity, and all these things. We started noticing that as friends we had a spiritual connection," Franklin explained. FULL POST

Posted 2/11/13 at 12:36 PM | CP Blogs

Lecrae Wins Best Album at the GRAMMY Awards

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Mary Mary, One of Sunday GRAMMY Winners

Days after Christian rapper Lecrae's recording "Fakin'" topped MTV.com's Top Music Video's Picks after premiering on MTV and MTV2, the Houston, TX native won a GRAMMY for his Sept. 2012 album Gravity Sunday night. Lecrae won Best Gospel Album, becoming the first Christian hiphop artist to do so.

Lecrae thanked God and his family of devoted fans for his accomplishment on Twitter. He tweeted, "Just won a Grammy. I dedicate it all to the Unashamed fam all over the planet. 1.1.Six-To God be the Glory."

Other big names in Christian Music were also recognized during 55th annual GRAMMY Awards.

TobyMac, One of Sunday's GRAMMY Winners

Matt Redman took home two GRAMMYs for his song "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)." The worship song won Best Gopsel/Contemporary Christian Music Peformance and Best Contemporary Christian Music Song. Redman shared the title of Best Contemporary Christian Music Song with Worship leader Israel Houghton and choir New Breed's "Your Presence Is Heaven" in tied win. FULL POST

Posted 2/7/13 at 1:18 PM | CP Blogs

NFL Player Joins CP Blogs as Featured Blogger

Cleveland Browns player Eddie Williams joined the Christian Post to give some insights as a Christian in the National Football League.

As a member of the CP blogging community, Williams will share lessons he’s learned in leadership, faith and the unique struggles as a professional athlete.

The Christian Post intends to bring our readers more "insider" news accounts from the decision makers, entertainers and cultural influencers around the world.

A California Native, Williams is a self-described follower of Jesus Christ as well as a husband, father of one and a minister at Mountain Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Covington, Wa. Williams is also pursuing a MA in Divinity.

Williams said he hopes his blog will get the message of Jesus into demographics that it might not otherwise reach.

Read his blog here.

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