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Pharrell Williams Launches Netflix Series On Finding Undiscovered Talent To Build Gospel Choir 

Posted by Azania Phillips Wednesday, July 8, 2020 7:31:00 AM

Netflix and popular music producer Pharrell Williams are scheduled to release a new unscripted project promoting gospel music.

 

According to Billboard, Williams, who was nominated for an Academy Award, announced that the streaming service ordered his docuseries “Voices of Fire.” The series is said to explore the entertainer’s hometown of Hampton Roads, Virginia, as it “builds one of the world’s most inspiring gospel choirs.” 

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Popular Missouri Christian Camp Shutters Site After Dozens Test Positive For COVID-19 

Posted by Azania Phillips Tuesday, July 7, 2020 8:35:00 AM

Kanakuk Kamps, a popular network of Christian sports camps in southern Missouri which has welcomed more than 450,000 campers since 1926, was forced to shutter one of its multiple sites Friday after some 49 campers and counselors tested positive for COVID-19.

 

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services confirmed in a Springfield News-Leader report that the infections are tied to Kanakuk Kamp's K-2 campsite in Lampe. Kanakuk Kamps had five overnight camps in operation this season including the K-2 site, according to its website.

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California Issues Ban On Singing In Churches Amid Rising COVID-19 Cases 

Posted by Azania Phillips Monday, July 6, 2020 8:23:00 AM

While you can still attend in-person church services in California, you can't sing.

The state, to curb a rapidly worsening pandemic, has temporarily banned singing and chanting in places of worship.

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Barna: Less Than 30% Of US Churches Actively Address Racism 

Posted by Azania Phillips Thursday, July 2, 2020 2:18:00 PM

Less than 30% of American churches are actively engaged in addressing racism or racial inequality even though most pastors agree that churches should oppose the social ills, according to recent research from Barna.

 

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Kanye West Announces New Christian-Themed Song and Album 

Posted by Azania Phillips Wednesday, July 1, 2020 7:58:00 AM

Rapper Kanye West has released new music that keeps up with his move toward Gospel and Christ-centered music.

 

In a tweet on Monday, West said a new song was on the way and confirmed the title of his new album. He revealed the song would made with video artist and cinematographer, Arthur Jafa.

 

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Hillsong Family Church Calls for The Wearing of Masks at Church After Pastor & Wife Team Test Positive for COVID-19 

Posted by Azania Phillips Tuesday, June 30, 2020 2:29:00 PM

Grace City Church, a fast-growing Hillsong Family church in Lakeland, Florida, waded into the divisive issue of mask-wearing in Florida Sunday when it announced that it would ask members to wear masks after the church’s husband and wife team of lead pastors revealed they had been infected with the new coronavirus.

 

During an online service Sunday, the pastors of the church, Andrew Gard and his wife Christina, confirmed their “mild” infection with COVID-19. The confirmation came after they gathered for the first time in person since the lockdown began for a church prayer night on June 14.

 

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Barna: 6 Out of 10 Americans Don’t Believe ‘Human Life Is Sacred’ 

Posted by Azania Phillips Monday, June 29, 2020 11:41:00 AM

A newly released survey has found that roughly six out of 10 Americans disagree with the notion that “human life is sacred.”

 

The data came from a survey conducted by the faith-based Barna Group, which contacted 2,000 adult respondents in the U.S., half by telephone and half via online questionnaires. Barna’s researchers defined the word “sacred” as “having unconditional, intrinsic worth.”

 

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‘Gone With The Wind’ Returns To HBO With Prologue On Racism 

Posted by Azania Phillips Friday, June 26, 2020 9:00:00 AM

The Oscar-winning film "Gone With the Wind" returned to HBO Max's streaming library on Wednesday with a new introduction highlighting the film’s problematic portrayal of slavery. 

 

The 1939 film depicts life at a pre-Civil War plantation and tells the story of Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh), the plantation owner's daughter. Despite winning eight Oscars, and Hattie McDaniel making history by becoming the first black actress to win an Oscar, its depiction of the Antebellum South has long received criticism. 

 

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California Bans State-Funded Travel to Idaho Over Law Limiting Girls' Sports to Biological Girls 

Posted by Azania Phillips Thursday, June 25, 2020 8:03:00 AM

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Monday announced that state employees would soon be banned from taking publicly-funded trips to Idaho because of two recently passed laws that it deems as anti-transgender. 

 

Becerra invoked Assembly Bill 1887, a California law that took effect in 2017 and limits travel to states that it says have engaged in discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. 

 

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Activist Says Statues of Jesus Christ Are a 'Gross Form of White Supremacy'...Tear Them Down 

Posted by Azania Phillips Wednesday, June 24, 2020 1:14:00 PM

Social justice activist Shaun King unleashed a barrage of comments on social media Monday claiming that statues of Jesus Christ are "a form of white supremacy" and should be torn down.

 

King is the co-founder of Real Justice PAC and shares his views on injustice through social media.

 

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'We Are All Children of God': Man Wrongly Imprisoned Saves Police Officer's Life following Fiery Car Crash 

Posted by Azania Phillips Tuesday, June 23, 2020 3:21:00 PM

Despite false imprisonment and lawsuits, Daylan McLee put his life on the line for a police officer this weekend.

 

In Uniontown, Pennsylvania, about 45 miles south of Pittsburgh, a police cruiser was involved in a car crash so loud McLee later recalled he thought it was a small earthquake. When he heard it was a crash, the 31-year-old Black man raced out of his house and pulled Officer Jay Hanley from the car as flames engulfed the cruiser.

 

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Black Practicing Christians Are Twice as Likely as Their White Peers to See a Race Problem 

Posted by Azania Phillips Monday, June 22, 2020 8:44:00 AM
Over the last few weeks in the United States, the black community and its allies have spoken out against the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. Powerful and at times contentious protests have taken place in every state and even other nations to call attention to racial inequality and police violence. Though the reach of these demonstrations and related actions are unprecedented, the divides they expose are not new.
 
A recent Barna study, undertaken with the Racial Justice and Unity Center alongside Michael Emerson, Glenn Bracey and Chad Brennan, highlights stark racial contrasts in perspectives,
 
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