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An Intimate Conversation w/ Grammy & Dove Awards Winner – TAKE 6‏

According to the book of Genesis, God took six days to mysteriously create the magnificent heavens, the replenishing earth and all marvellous living creatures, before resting on the seventh day. According to wikipedia, it took six students from the campuses of Oakwood College to create an international following for their uniquely brand of a capella music and appeal towards a contemporary Christian lifestyle.

It took BlackGospel.com six months to feature this awe-inspiring tale involving the lives of Alvin Chea, Cedric Dent, Joey Kibble, Mark Kibble, Claude V. McKnight III and David Thomas. We invite you now to take six minutes out of your busy schedule to read our colorful conversation with one of the most identifiable groups associated with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, six vocal virtuosos known as TAKE 6.

Christopher Heron: Take 6 has been together for about 25 years. Was there ever a period that the men considered taking a collective time off, or has it always been clear that Take 6 would be committed to this ministry for life?

MARY MARY PERFORMS AT THE WHITE HOUSE: Sisters Erica and Tina Campbell join others in a performance to honor Steve Wonder

Mary Mary joined Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, Will.i.am, and others on, Wednesday, February 25 when they performed in honor of Stevie Wonder, who received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, at the White House.

President and Mrs. Obama was also on hand to honor the legendary genius and the once-in-a-lifetime concert that was broadcasted on PBS stations across the country the following night.

The year of Mary Mary continues as the dynamic Gospel duo of sisters Erica and Tina Campbell continue their award winning year with the announcement of the 2009 Dove Awards. Mary Mary garnered four nominations for Contemporary Gospel Album (“The Sound“), Urban Recorded Song (“Get Up” and “Love Him Like I Do“) and Group of the Year. On the heels of the Dove Award announcements the sisters win a 2009 Grammy Award and NAACP Image Award.

Erica and Tina are excited about the success of their breakthrough album, “The Sound,” but can’t thank God enough for the many blessings He continues to bestow upon them.

“Words will never be able to express how thankful we are that God continues to give us favor and allows us to minister the good news of the gospel in the unique way He gave to us,” says Erica.

“Just look at God!,” Tina concurs. “Erica and I are excited about what God is doing in us, through us and for us and we plan to enjoy the path that He’s taking us and use every open door to introduce others to His goodness and love.”

In addition to their multiple nominations, producer Warryn Campbell of My Block Records, Inc. (Erica’s husband and long time Mary Mary producer and co-writer) also received accolades of his own, garnering five Dove Award nominations for both Mary Mary’s “The Sound” and Kiera Sheard’s album, “Bold Right Life.”

Mary Mary and “The Sound” have achieved the highest chart debut on the Top 200 of any gospel album in 2008. Beyond the music, “The Sound” also marks the launching point for a new phase in the sisters’ career. The singers will continue to expand the Mary Mary brand to territories such as bath and beauty with their line ‘Be U’; the ‘Be U’ book (to inspire young girls and women); children’s books and music, and television.

Soon you will be able to see Mary Mary reprise their role as judges for the hit Viacom/Black EntertainmentTelevision (BET) series Sunday’s Best and the Gospel pair are in the process of finalizing plans for their first US tour in two years.

WILL SMITH GIVES A BORN-AGAIN CHRISTIAN BASED ORGANIZATION $250,000: A-lister and wife, Jada gave over a million to religious, civic and arts groups.

Just-released tax returns for movie star Will Smith’s charitable foundation show that he and wife, Jada, gave $1.3 million in donations last year to a variety of religious, civic and arts groups. Will Smith’s biggest single contribution was, as usual, Yesha Ministries of Philadelphia.

He gave the born-again Christian based organization run by Reverend James Robinson a whopping $250,000. That’s a hefty raise from the $140,000 he gave them the previous year. Another $200,000 went to a Christian ministry outside Los Angeles called Living Waters

He also gave a combined $122,500 to the Church of Scientology, broken into these donations: $67,500 to the New York Rescue Workers Detoxication Fund, $50,000 to the group’s Celebrity Center in Hollywood and $5,000 to ABLE, another Scientology offshoot. Will Smith and Jada have also supported a private school called New Village Academy they opened this fall in suburban Los Angeles that uses Scientology learning concepts.

The rapper turned film star of movies such as “Hancock,” “I Am Legend,” and the upcoming “Seven Pounds” also donated thousands of dollars to a Los Angeles mosque, other Christian-based schools and churches, and to the Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Center in Israel. And though Smith is not featured in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” he also sent $25,000 to the Progeria Research Foundation. Progeria is a disease that causes rapid aging.

The newest federal tax filing for the Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith Foundation covers 2007, and there is no donation to New Village Academy. So far there is no listing with guidestar.org, the website that tracks charities and not-for-profit institutions, for New Village. That seems odd since it was announced more than a year ago that Smith had given them a $1 million endowment.

According to an article by Roger Friedman (www.FoxNews.com) it’s the Smiths’ intense and sudden friendship with Tom Cruise over the last couple of years that sparked speculation the superstar couple had joined Scientology. But Smith told him earlier this year that he was definitely not a Scientologist.

He told “Access Hollywood” some time before that, “I was introduced [to] it by Tom and I’m a student of world religion. I was raised in a Baptist household, I went to a Catholic school, but the ideas of the Bible are 98 percent the same ideas of Scientology, 98 percent the same ideas of Hinduism and Buddhism

Pastor Apologizes To Congregation For Misuse Of Church Credit Card

John J. Hunter, the pastor of First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, apologized to his congregants last Sunday for any embarrassment caused by disclosures that he had used church credit cards for sizable personal expenses and had failed to pay federal taxes for several years.

Hunter, 51, used church credit cards to pay for at least $122,000 in personal expenses, including family vacations, clothes, jewelry, bikes and auto supplies, the L.A. Times reported. The pastor and church finance officials said he had signed an agreement to repay the money and instituted stricter accounting policies, such as spending guidelines and more frequent audits, to guard against future problems

Bishop T.D. Jakes & Pastor Jamal Bryant Join Bishop David G. Evans For His Anniversary Celebration

Bishop David G. Evans, one of today’s most prophetic and provocative pastors, is preparing to celebrate his 18th year as pastor. Evans, pastor of the 27,000-member Bethany Baptist Church in Lindenwold, New Jersey, is setting the standard in ministry. With a weekly broadcast, The Power of Revelation, airing on BET, TBN and Streaming Faith, he’s one of the best-selling authors in Christendom having moved over 400,000 copies of his debut writing of Healed Without Scars. Bishop David G. Evans is also a Billboard charting artist and leader of Prelate of the Abundant Harvest Fellowship of Churches consisting of over 175 churches worldwide.

He is preparing to commemorate 18 years as pastor of Bethany Baptist with an event featuring some of the best-loved pastors on Sunday, July 27, 2008. Pastor Jamal Bryant, leader of the Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, Maryland, will be the guest speaker for the 8AM & 11AM services. Bishop T.D. Jakes, pastor of Dallas’ The Potters House, will be joining Bishop David G. Evans as the preacher for the 7PM service. Bethany Baptist Church is located at 1115 Gibbsboro Road in Lindenwold, NJ.

Join Bethany Baptist Church as they celebrate the profound leadership and anointed teaching of one of the most gifted preachers of our day.

CHRISTOPHER LEWIS HAS RELEASED HIS NEW PROJECT “CRISIS” ON TYSCOT RECORDS:

Christopher Lewis is a man of the people, with a deep seared passion and heart after God. Christopher Lewis is no stranger to the industry, with “Eyes Toward The Sky” and “The Spirit of a Born Worshipper“. He and his untiring team at Frontline Entertainment Inc., are adrenalized by their most recent partnership with Indianapolis-based, Tyscot Records, the nation’s oldest running Gospel independent label — all this, in conjunction with the impending release of Christopher Lewis’ 5th project entitled “Crisis“.

Christopher Lewis continues to garner local and global recognition alongside numerous award nominations to include being named “Georgia Music Industry Songwriter of the Year and Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) Songwriter of the Year in 2002. He has performed with some of the country’s most well known artists to include Kirk Franklin, Trinity 5-7, Daryl Coley, Donnie McClurkin, Darlene McCoy, Ron Winans and Tremaine Hawkins and a host of others.

SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS NEW CD “KINGS & QUEENS” OUT NOW: What is schedule for 2008

The life-changing, soul-healing music and message of “KINGS & QUEENS” makes it much more than just another CD. “KINGS & QUEENS” is a ‘Movement’ for Self-Respect and Positivity – to help stop the violence in our streets, schools and homes. “KINGS & QUEENS” will have a positive impact on the lives of our Youth, our people and this entire nation – all with your support.

The heritage and legacy of Soul, R&B, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Blues, Spirituals & Gospel are the keys that Sounds of Blackness will use to open the minds of the KINGS & QUEENS of today and tomorrow. “KINGS & QUEENS: Message Music From The Movement” represents an ongoing commitment by the Sounds of Blackness. As a result, the Sounds will be partnering with the NAACP, Rainbow PUSH, ADIDAS and with Domestic Violence Agencies to promote self-respect, and help stop street violence and domestic violence.

BISHOP CARLTON PEARSON SCANDAL

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Bishop Carlton Pearson. For those who have any interest in the debate concerning beliefs around eternal destiny, aka Heaven and Hell, this man’s journey is significant.

Bishop Carlton Pearson was branded a heretic by the Joint College of African-American Pentecostal Bishops in 2004, for his version of UR, called the “Gospel of Inclusion”. For the sake of his doctrine (read “faith”), in giving up hell, he found that his congregation fell by over 90%, he was forced to give up his church building, and he virtually lost his entire ministry.

Most painfully, he fell out with many friends and loved ones including the great (in pentecostal-charismatic terms) Oral Roberts who saw him as a son. He paid a heavy price to break away from the 1500 year old ideology of Ultimate Fear, and embrace a radical expression of Grace.

The scandal of Bishop Carlton Pearson is qualitatively different to what we have come to expect from the Church. Crucially it has not involved hypocrisy, as in extramarital liaisons, pedophilia, embezzlement, or substance abuse. No, the scandal of Bishop Carlton Pearson is not unlike the scandal of Christ, who took on the religious-political-cultural establishment for the sake of God rule of Love and Justice.