2015 Stellar Awards Moves to Las Vegas on March 28

The biggest night in Gospel music, The Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, is moving to a new venue and taping date in celebration of its 30th Anniversary milestone.   The show’s producer announced today that the telecast will be taped in front of a live audience at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with a new Spring production date, shifting from January to March 28, 2015.

“I am excited about moving the Stellar Awards to the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas to celebrate our 30th Anniversary in a bigger, more elegant venue,” said Don Jackson, founder & executive producer of the Stellar Awards. “The 30th Anniversary of the Stellar Awards will mark the longest running Black awards show in television and we wanted to commemorate this historic occasion in a first class venue that we know our Gospel music stars and guests will enjoy.”

Annually the Stellar Awards recognizes the accomplishments of Gospel music icons and individuals instrumental in advocating for Gospel music. The show will air in broadcast syndication on 150 stations in over 125 markets around the country during the Easter holiday season from April 5 – May 3, 2015.

Artist submissions for Stellar Awards consideration will be accepted from September 1 – September 30, 2014. Per changes to last year’s eligibility criteria, projects qualified for consideration this year must have a release date between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014. Additional rules, regulation and the online submission form will be posted at www.thestellarawards.com.

The show is open to the public, with hotel and ticket packages on sale beginning July 26, 2014. Package prices range from $600-$1000 per person and include premium or deluxe accommodations as well as priority seating at the live taping and ancillary events. Individual show tickets for SAGMA members will go on sale August 15, 2014 and general public show tickets will go on sale August 29, 2014. Show ticket prices range from $50-$200.

Prior to the Stellar Awards taping, The Stellar Gospel Music Awards Pre-Show will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015 to announce winners of the non-televised awards categories.  Additionally, The Stellar Awards Gospel Radio Awards & Showcase will be held the morning of March 28 to honor the top radio stations serving urban Gospel music audiences.  Tickets for each event are $30.00.  Advance tickets for SAGMA members can be purchased starting August 15, 2014 and general sale tickets will be sold beginning August 29, 2014.

“We are also pleased that the Orleans Arena complex will provide our guests with a one stop destination to attend all of the new and exciting events taking place for our 30th Anniversary production,” says Jackson.

For additional details, visit the Stellar Awards website (www.thestellarawards.com).  To join the conversation on social media and receive up-to-the minute update on this year’s show, “Like” The Stellar Awards on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/StellarAwards) and follow the Stellars on Twitter (https://twitter.com/TheStellars).

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PREACHERS OF LA” EXPLORES FAMILY TIES, STRENGTH IN “HONOR THY FATHER AND MOTHER

Season two of Oxygen’s “Preachers of L.A.” is full of self-discovery and change with growing families and ministries, incredible women of strength beside the preachers, and ever-changing relationships.  In this week’s episode premiering on Wednesday at 10/9c p.m. ET,

family ties are tested all around as Pastor Wayne’s mother and stepbrother clash; Ron goes to extremes to protect his niece; and Dominique challenges Deitrick to pull his full weight, both in and out of the pulpit.  

KIERRA SHEARD MAKES THIRD DEBUT AT #1 ON BILLBOARD

Kierra Sheard’s fifth studio album, GRACELAND, debuted at number one on Billboard’s Gospel Albums chart and number 33 on the Top 200 chart this week. “Mainstream, urban gospel, contemporary are all labels that could definitely fit the description of her new album,” says Latrea Morrow from Chicago Gospel Music Examiner.

The newest judge on BET’s 7th season of “Sunday Best” gets personal on GRACELAND and shares her ongoing inner battle between self-conviction and condemnation. Gail Mitchell from Billboard states, “Sheard’s triumph over turmoil ultimately triggered what is arguably her best and most versatile work to date. GRACELAND brims with self-introspection and lessons learned as a fearless Sheard bares her soul and shares a revelatory, yet joyous journey that everyone can personally embrace.” Kierra collaborated for the first time with celebrated pop songwriter Diane Warren (Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Céline Dion) and rising songwriter/producer Harmony Samuels (Ariana Grande, Fantasia, Michelle Williams).

In addition to promoting Graceland, Kierra recently launched a signature hosiery line distributed by Walgreens and recently finished filming the second season of her family’s BET weekly docu-drama, “The Sheards.” Kierra’s philanthropic campaigns include her youth organization: BRL (Bold! Right! Life!). The Non-profit is fifteen chapters strong and is staging its 9th annual conference (Aug. 7-9) in her hometown Detroit. Sheard recently launched a PSA campaign with Saving our Daughters to support young girls battling homelessness and date abuse.

There’s nothing wrong with Sonnie Badu dancing to ‘Adult Music’ – Kwabena Kwabena

Award-winning highlife musician Kwabena Kwabena has expressed disappointment over the criticism directed at gospel musician Sonnie Badu for dancing to his “Adult Music” song during his wedding ceremony.

According to the artiste, he doesn’t see anything wrong with the gospel musician dancing to his music and urged critics to get over it.

“I see nothing wrong with it,” he stated in an interview with Hitz FM and rather admonished people to support the gospel musician now that he is married not criticise him.

Sonnie Badu got married to his long-time girlfriend Ann-Marie last Saturday, August 23 in Northumberland, London. 

During the ceremony, Sonnie Badu and his wife Ann danced to Kwabena Kwabena’s hit song “Adult Music” which featured dancehall artiste, Samini.

The dance has generated a huge public debate with many condemning him, a Man of God, dancing to a secular song.

Notable among the critics is Rev. Isaac Owusu Bempah, General Overseer of Glorious Word Power Ministry International.

He stated that playing a secular music in the house of God is against the word of God.

“A worldly song should not be played in the house of God. If a Christian is marrying in the presence of God and pastors in the church premises, you cannot play child’s game there. No matter the status of the person in the society – whether pastor, musician or anybody, if you are getting married in the house of God, you should never play a secular music” Rev. Bempah explained.

 

Source: myjoyonline.com

Lecrae’s New Album:Anomaly

I recently found out that my brother in Christ, Lecrae, is dropped another awesome album called Anomaly.Church Clothes 2 Mixtape went hard, and had a lot of powerful truths portrayed in it. But, like many have asked, what is this word “anomaly”? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary it’s this:

Anomaly: something different, abnormal, peculiar, or not easily classified…

And for me, that’s exactly how Lecrae can best be defined. He’s not a Christian rapper, but a rapper who so happens to be a Christian. He’s not ashamed of the Good News, as many have believed. He just hates being classified. He doesn’t fit in with the perverted secular rappers who only rap about wrong things, nor does he fit in with the Christians who only sing hymns. He’s Lecrae, and according to him, he just wants to be the man God called him to be. That simple.

Will you be an anomaly?

We all know that as Christians, we should be the light of the world, as Matthew 5:14 states.

 You are the light of the world. A town built on a hilltop cannot be hidden.

Living in a world of darkness, we’re supposed to shine and well, be different. Many of us desire to fit in, but God’s Word says clearly in 1 John 2:15: “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.”

The reality is, like all of us, Lecrae isn’t perfect. Not at all. Paul, Peter and the apostles weren’t perfect either, but they inspired us to put God first. Being an anomoly is a day-to-day practice. It’s about being different, standing out for Christ, being unashamed of who He is and being the light He’s called us to be.

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God’s Not Dead – 2014 Film

Present-day college freshman and devout Christian, Josh Wheaton, finds his faith challenged on his first day of Philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson. Radisson begins class by informing students that they will need to disavow, in writing, the existence of God on that first day, or face a failing grade. As other students in the class begin scribbling the words “God Is Dead” on pieces of paper as instructed, Josh find himself at a crossroads, having to choose between his faith and his future. Josh offers a nervous refusal, provoking an irate reaction from his smug professor. Radisson assigns him a daunting task: if Josh will not admit that “God Is Dead,” he must prove God’s existence by presenting well-researched, intellectual arguments and evidence over the course of the semester, and engage Radisson in a head-to-head debate in front of the class. If Josh fails to convince his classmates of God’s existence, he will fail the course and hinder his lofty academic goals. With almost no one in his corner, Josh wonders if he can really fight for what he believes. Can he actually prove the existence of God?gods-not-dead-movie

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome Responds To Divorce & Adultery Allegations – “I’m A Man Of God”

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome has finally responded somewhat to the allegations made by wife Anita.

The pastor talked about the whole issue during the church’s monthly global communion service, saying that he was a man of God and not a preacher, and that the allegations were crazy.

“I heard that some media houses – especially in Nigeria – are writing some things against me. All sorts of frivolous charges, that’s crazy,” he said. “You have to understand something about a man of God. A man of God is not just someone who worships God or preaches God. A man of God is handpicked by God, set on course by God. If you study the scriptures, you will not find one man of God go against God, sinning against God. “The only things you might find will be a man of God, maybe in two different kinds of ways. Moses, for example; when he struck the rock twice, [he] was provoked by the anger of the people. [It was] not because he wanted to do something against the Lord. No man of God does something against the Lord. “Are you hearing me? A man of God is set on a course; there is a type of life that he is given. Then you have a young man, a young prophet; he wasn’t named; he was deceived by another man of God and so he went in a direction that God said ‘don’t go’. “That is the only kind of thing you find about a man of God when he misses the message of God or he acts beyond what God said. But a man of God settles himself in the fight against the world… like those writing those silly things about me, that I did this and I did that. “You don’t know who a man of God is. I don’t go in that direction. I wasn’t accused of the things you said, nor did I commit those silly things that you said and I don’t need to go into that level in such discussions.

Jesus Christ was accused by many – a lot of frivolous charges. There will always be those who would like for it to be true. But you know, in spite of the accusations against Jesus, It didn’t change who he was. It didn’t change him. “There are preachers and there are men of God. I am not a preacher; I am a man of God and I go in the way I’m asked to go. It may cause some troubles with individuals but that’s not because I have done something wrong and when it comes to Reverend Anita, what I will say to you is ‘pray for her’. “Don’t act like those people. If you are married to a man of God, it doesn’t make you automatically mature. You can make mistakes; you can do something that is wrong. But some people expect the wife of a minister to definitely be at the level of that minister and so they may be looked upon and the expectation may be like that, but it’s a positional thing. “If a man of God is married, it doesn’t automatically mean that the wife of a man of God is therefore a woman of God. That’s not the way it is in the Bible.

That’s why you don’t really find the wives of men of God mentioned in the Bible. How many of them? Who was Peter’s wife, did you ever know her name? You never find that out. Who was John’s wife? Did you ever read the name? What about all the other Apostles? How many of their names are written in the Bible. You never find their names.” At this point, one of the female pastors sought to know why the names of wives of the men of God were not found in the Bible. Oyakhilome’s response was that she should ask God whenever she finds him. “Why? You ask God when you find him. Ask God when you find him,” he exclaimed. “So, they are little things; don’t try to make something big out of them. So when journeying, doing the things that God called us to do, Christians should not have a divorce; it shouldn’t be but you see, that doesn’t mean a Christian may not take the step. “They may do it but [they] have to make things right and we shouldn’t take one another to court. But when it happens, not that we don’t just want to go, it means someone is taking us there. That’s a problem, but be wise and stay focused in the word of God and don’t let those who want to feast on things like this, including Christians… “There are Christians who like things like this; they want to make something big out of this: ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, we said it’. You said what? Judge nothing before the time. Be wise. Glory to God. “So we are not working in sin and living in sin and hoping that we can mix sin and righteousness together. We are the manifestation of his righteousness. We walk in that light only, and that’s the way it’s gonna be.”