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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Long to Resign As Mega Church Pastor?

In less than 24 hours, Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Cathedral in Lithonia, GA--who is being sued for manipulating spiritual authority while engaging in sexual acts with at least four young congregants--will return to the pulpit to address his church family.  What will he say?  CNN Contributor Roland Martin thinks it's imperative that Long should address the issue and step down.  Unconfirmed internet reports says he is expected to step down and that up to thirty other men, possibly ore have contact the accusers' attorney BJ Berstein to sue Long for the same thing.  Although the embattled Bishop has only communicated in a statement he categorically denies all of the allegations.
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Friday, September 24, 2010

Fourth Man Files Suit Against Bishop Eddie Long; Long Breaks His Silence


The AP is reporting that a fourth man, Spencer LeGrande has filed a law suit against Bishop Eddie Long for sexual coercion, the third such report this week. The press release is provided in its entirety:

"This afternoon, lawyers BJ Bernstein of The Bernstein Firm, Jay  Sadd of the law firm of Slappey and Sadd, and Katherine V. Hernacki of The Hernacki Law Firm filed a lawsuit on behalf of Spencer LeGrande suing Bishop Eddie Long and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. The lawsuit
alleges Breach of Fiduciary Duty; Negligence; Fraud; Infliction of Emotional Distress and other Counts based on Sexual Acts by Bishop Long against this young male church member.

"Mr. LeGrande has alleged in the complaint that he met Bishop Long when he was 15 years old at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC where he and his mother were among the founding families.  Mr. LeGrande accompanied the Bishop on several international trips, including trips to Kenya and South Africa.  Mr. LeGrande relocated to Atlanta at the behest of Bishop Long in order to attend Beulah Heights University.  Intimate contact began with the first Africa trip and extended through Mr. LeGrande's time living in Atlanta.

There will be no press conference, and no statements from the attorneys or this courageous young man, who is another David stepping forward against Goliath."


This past Tuesday, news broke that two young men from the Atlanta-based mega church pastor's flock had filed law suits alleging sexual coercion.  By Wednesday, a third man came forth with a similar claim.  All of the accusers were teenage boys when they first began interacting with Long as "spiritual sons."

CLICK HERE TO READ THE  FORMAL COMPLAINT FROM MAURICE ROBINSON
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FORMAL COMPLAINT FROM ANTHONY FLAGG
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FORMAL COMPLAINT FROM JAMAL PARRIS

By Thursday, a press conference and scheduled interview on the Tom Joyner Morning Show were canceled per the advisement of Long's attorneys.  The Bishop denied the claims in a statement read by his attorney.

Long is expected to speak to his congregation at New birth Cathedral this Sunday, September 25, but broke his silence first time since the accusations to the community of faith on a conference call today.

"We will arise through this situation, and go forward, and we are moving forward," Long said according to CBS affiliate WGCL.

Long asked for prayer for his family, children and church and he was praying for the accusers.

"I have never dealt with anything like this before. I have been under attack before, but everything else has been different levels and different challenges," Long said.

He did not answer any questions during that call since the case is in litigation, but said the truth will be revealed.
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Funeral Services for Bishop Kenneth Moales Announced

HOME GOING SERVICES ANNOUNCED FOR GOSPEL MUSIC ICON AND MINISTRY LEADER
BISHOP KENNETH H. MOALES, SR.
 
Bridgeport, CT - - The legendary Bishop Kenneth H. Moales, Sr., Presiding Prelate of the Pentecostal Churches of Jesus Christ and founding Pastor of The Cathedral of the Holy Spirit | Prayer Tabernacle Church of Love passed away on Monday, September 20, 2010, after suffering a fatal heart attack in Bridgeport, CTBishop Moales, known as the Elijah of Gospel Music, recently celebrated his 65th birthday with his family and a host of close friends.  Bishop Moales is a documented hero in the hallmark of preaching, music and leadership. There are few gentlemen that will live such a consecrated life of service for God and His people.
 
Bishop Moales presided over the states of Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. His dioceses also includes the Kunjalo Diocese of Cape Town, South Africa under the leadership of Bishop Hezekiah X. Walker.  He also served as President of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses, Inc. which recently celebrated 77 years of Gospel music ministry. He was inducted into the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum for his many years of committed work in Gospel music.
 
A native of Bridgeport, Bishop Moales was most noted for his contribution to gospel music and dedication to choirs.  He served as pastor of Cathedral of the Holy Spirit for 42 years and was named President Prelate of the Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ in 1995. Bishop Moales is also the author of the book Strategies for Spiritual Warfare: A Collection of Sermons.
 
Bishop Kenneth Moales, Sr. is survived by his wife of 43 years, Lady Peggy Ann Moales, three children, twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

ISRAEL HOUGHTON LAUNCHES LOVE REVOLUTION TOUR!

 
Multiple GRAMMY, Stellar, Dove Award Winner Highlights
No. 1 Album Love God. Love People., Fan Favorites On Tour
 
Tour Features Aaron Lindsey,
Special Guest Michael Gungor in Select Markets
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Israel Joins AIDS Benefit at The Greek Theater Sept. 26
Hosted by Magic Johnson, Blair Underwood
 
Multiple GRAMMY, Stellar and Dove Award winner, Soul Train Award winner and double RIAA certified Gold-selling artist Israel Houghton launched his “The Love Revolution” tour following the Aug. 31 release of his critically acclaimed, No. 1 selling album, Love God. Love People., on Integrity Music/Columbia Records. The major market tour began Sept. 5 in San Diego and traverses the nation before wrapping up Nov. 20 in Philadelphia , PA. (See tour itinerary below.)
 
Highlighting the greatest Gospel commandment with Love God. Love People., Israel played the title track of the recording for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno crowd as he sat in recently with Rickey Minor and the Tonight Show Band, and now carries that message into the “The Love Revolution” tour.
 
Love God. Love People. is a return to a simple, foundational Gospel command: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself,” says Israel .  “Virtually every song touches on this profound simplicity. It all comes down to ‘love God, love people.’ Period.”
 
In this spirit, and in the midst of the tour, Israel will also play songs from the new album for an AIDS benefit concert Sept. 26 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles .  Hosted by Magic Johnson and Blair Underwood, the benefit culminates the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s first annual “AIDS California Walk” to be held in Griffith Park .
 
In addition to featuring the new music from Love God. Love People. on tour, Israel will highlight his hit songs and fan favorites spanning nine best selling recordings as a solo artist and with New Breed. Joining Israel for the tour will be longtime collaborator Aaron Lindsey, along with guest appearances by Michael Gungor in select markets.
 
Released simultaneously with the CD, Houghton’s Love God. Love People. iTunes LP is available at www.itunes.com/israelhoughtonThe first ever Christian artist iTunes LP and first LP, mainstream or Christian, that includes interactive social network capabilities, a music mixer, Bible verses and the ability to create your own album cover, Houghton’s LP also interactively includes the new music, animated lyrics, chord charts, liner notes, performance videos, photos and other bonus materials.
 
Israel Houghton is signed to Integrity Music, distributed to Christian retail by Provident-Integrity Distribution and to the general market by Columbia Records/Sony Music.  For more information, go to www.israelhoughton.net.
 
Upcoming Israel HoughtonLove Revolution Tour” dates follow:
 
9/22   - Munster, IN (Chicago area)
9/23   - Detroit, MI
9/24   - Indianapolis, IN
10/3 - Fort Worth, TX
10/5   - Oklahoma City, OK
10/6 - Tulsa, OK
10/10 - Gaithersburg, MD
10/12 - Rochester, NY
10/14 - Toledo, OH
10/15 - Washington, DC
10/16 - New York City, NY
10/17 - Martinsburg, WV
10/18 - Long Island, NY
10/24 - San Antonio, TX
10/26 - Raleigh, NC
10/28 - Greenville, NC
11/3   - El Paso, TX
11/6   - San José, CA
11/12 - Seattle, WA
11/20 - Philadelphia, PA
 
* Tour dates subject to change.
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SINGER LUCINDA MOORE’S SECOND SOLO CD BLESSED, BROKEN & GIVEN EARNS 11 PRELIM STELLAR AWARD NOMINATIONS

Stellar noms are bittersweet in light of the death of Moore's mentor, Bishop Kenneth Moales, Sr.

Today should be a happy day for singer Lucinda Moore. It was just announced that she’s up for eleven Stellar Awards for her latest CD, “Blessed, Broken & Given” (Tyscot).  However, it’s bittersweet. Her mentor, Bishop Kenneth H. Moales Sr., has died. “I just spent time with him last week,” Moore says of the legendary pastor and president of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses. “I’ve known him all of my life. He was one of my spiritual fathers. He was scheduling a date to ordain me as an evangelist and have me do my first sermon at his church.”


The CD’s second radio single “Fire Baptized Medley” is currently on the Top 100 Nielsen BDS  Gospel Airplay Survey and building momentum around the country. The 20-year music veteran is best known for her 2006 breakthrough smash, “Pressure Into Praise.” This new CD has earned her the most Stellar Award nominations of her career in these categories: Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Female Vocalist of The Year, CD of the Year Producer of the Year, Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year, Traditional CD of the Year, Music Video of the Year for “Fire Baptized Medley” and “Blessed, Broken & Given,” and Praise & Worship CD of The Year. “I’ve worked hard all of my life and been through so much but this makes it all feel worth the ups and downs,” she says of the CD and its success. “I’m grateful to my producer Jojo Hill and my Pastor Kevin A. Williams for their part in helping making this project happen.”


Moore splits her time between her native Connecticut and North Carolina where she moved to care for her ailing grandmother. It’s another chapter in a life filled with trials and tribulations. In her youth, Moore battled childhood abuse; depression over her father’s death, and a 16-year marriage to someone she says “never loved me.” However, Moore’s has been a comfort through the hard times. Even as she was preparing to record the new CD, she was dealing with a rough patch. “I was going through a divorce,” she says. “Emotionally I was a wreck.” She wrote songs for the project that would encourage others. “I’m doing it to help other people come out of what they are coming out of,” she explains. “You don’t have to be unhappy and sit in abuse… This is the happiest time of my adult life.”
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

CENTRAL CITY PRODUCTIONS CELEBRATES 40 YEARS

Last week, Chicago dignitaries, gospel industry insiders and notable community figures gathered at the Dusable Museum of African American History to honor television programmer Central City Productions, Inc. (CCP)’s 40th Anniversary.

The event was hosted by ABC 7 Chicago’s news anchor Cheryl Burton, sports anchor and reporter Jim Rose, and WGN 9′s Bob Jordan. Guests enjoyed a video montage showcasing the past four decades’ greatest moments, musical tributes and commentary from special contributors. Performances included show-opener Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer Darius Brooks and gospel music legend Vickie Winans.

While she shared some of her musical talents, she also recognized Don Jackson’s undeniable support and influence.

“Because of him, my career is set and I appreciate that. He hired me to host, present and perform [on the Stellar Awards]. Don has the magic formula to keep things going,” Winans said.

Chicago-native Don Jackson founded CCP in 1970 as Central City Marketing, Inc. The company has since evolved, specializing in urban marketing, promotion, sales, and media production driven by faith and family values. Today, as CEO and chairman, Jackson maintains this inspiring message, proud to have created a launch pad in Black entertainment. CCP has been a vehicle to success for hundreds of African American actors, musicians and television professionals.
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KIRk WAHLUM COVERS DONNIE HATHAWAY

Los Angeles, CA — Eight-Time Grammy nominated saxophonist Kirk Whalum has already had a whirlwind year with the recent release of the long-awaited third installment in his popular genre-bridging gospel jazz series, The Gospel According To Jazz: Chapter III (GATJ3). GATJ3 debuted at #4 on the Billboard Jazz Album chart and #11 on the Billboard Gospel Chart.  After recently being named President & CEO of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music & Stax Music Academy, Whalum now caps off a stellar year with the release of Everything is Everything: The Music of Donny Hathaway on August 31st on Rendezvous Music, an imprint of Mack Avenue Records. To celebrate the release of his new CD, on Monday, August 2nd, Whalum is set to appear on The Tonight Show and will sit in with Rickey Minor and The Tonight Show Band. This is a reunion of sorts for Whalum and Minor who played together on the Whitney Houston ‘The Bodyguard’ World Tour.

Everything Is Everything consummates Whalum’s chart-topping For You and The Babyface Songbook trilogy to complete a collection that brilliantly exhibits Kirk’s singular interpretive skills. Donny Hathaway would have been 65 years old on October 1, 2010. Although the passing of this visionary and multi-talented artist left a significant void, his pervasive influence left an indelible mark on popular music. There could be no better standard bearer for Hathaway’s work than tenor saxophonist Kirk Whalum, whose work has similarly crossed the boundaries between R&B, gospel and jazz with an emotional immediacy that is beyond compare.
Highlights on Whalum’s Donny Hathaway tribute standards CD include “You Had To Know,” featuring a heartfelt performance by Donny’s daughter & neo-soul phenom Lalah Hathaway. Also, R&B crooner Musiq Soulchild gives a retro take on “We’re Still Friends.” This intricate and principled CD also features arrangements by Gil Goldstein and John Stoddart and collaborations from a virtual who’s who of contemporary jazz masters such as Rick Braun, Jeff Golub and Christian McBride.  Helping to push the boundaries on this musical tribute celebration is pedal steel scorcher Robert Randolph. All of these dynamic artists come together with Whalum’s passionate tenor to tell the musical story of one of the most important figures in popular music.
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In Atlanta: 'Riding for Our Women' Event Exposes Child Sex Crimes

Fill’n The Shoes Productions Inc in conjunction with the The Frazier Expeditionary Learning School will be hosting a community event entitled, “Riding for Our Young Women.” On Saturday, October 2nd, neighborhoods throughout the City of Atlanta are being invited to join forces with hundreds of communities for the “2nd Annual Riding for Our Young Women” (RFOYW) community event.

This event is to shed light on child prostitution and sexual exploitation in the Atlanta area. The City of Atlanta is the leading city for child prostitution and it’s time that we join forces to take our streets back and bring our young women home safely. We are asking for assistance from many business and communities alike, to make this event a big hit, for example the local police department, Community leaders, and other local area businesses.

This year our event will begin at the intersection of M.L.K. Jr. Drive/Fulton Industrial Blvd and end at the Stewart-Lakewood Library located at 2893 Lakewood Avenue, Atlanta 30315(all areas heavily infested with prostitution). The ride will begin at 10:30A.M. sharp and end no later than noon. Once the ride has concluded a community fair will be held at the Stewart-Lakewood Library where we will hold health screenings, career development workshops, addresses from political officials and performances. We would like to extend a request for you to participate by volunteering your services. We are estimating approximately 350 -400 residents will attend this celebration.

Fill’n The Shoes Productions, Inc is an organization established to reach young women who would not otherwise have an opportunity to receive training and guidance in positive lifestyles.

The Frazier Expeditionary Learning School is a charter school dedicated to helping inner city children achieve in every field of human endeavor.

Fill’n The Shoes Productions Inc, The Frazier Expeditionary Learning School look forward to your participation in this community service event as we join together to heighten the awareness of this crime. For further information, please contact me directly at (678) 732-4638 or via email at dianawatley@aol.com, (404) 291-6200 or via email at Nkiara05@yahoo.com. You may also visit our webpage at http://www.facebook.com/l/af144VJXXkSnihaiA-GD1rR7u_Q;www.fillntheshoesproductions.com, http://www.facebook.com/l/af144ycT7jnjKfVORS12cLqkSWA;www.TheFrazierSchool.org for more information on our workshops and community initiatives.
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