Friday, March 27, 2009
Mary Mary have announced dates for a North American spring tour. The tour will begin April 8th and contuine through to April 29th.
The Mary Mary 2009 spring club tour will mark their first live show since the beautiful gospel music singers took home this year’s Best Gospel Performance Grammy for “Get Up,” one of the key tracks on their #1 Gospel album, “The Sound”.
Mary Mary 2009 Spring Concert Itinerary
4/8: Annapolis,MD Rams Head On Stage
4/9: New York City Sound of Brazil “S.O.B.’s”
4/13: Alexandria, VA Birchmere Music Hall
4/14: Foxboro, MA Showcase Live
4/17: New Orleans, LA House of Blues
4/18: Lake Charles, LA Lake Charles Civic Center
4/24: Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
4/25: Phoenix, AZ Celebrity Theatre
4/26: Los Angeles, LA Sunset Strip House of Blues
4/27: Oakland, CA Yoshi’s
4/28: Sacramento, CA Crest Theater
4/29: Anaheim, CA House of Blues
Dr. Mattie Moss Clark was a gospel choir director and the mother of the world-renowned gospel vocal group, The Clark Sisters. Clark is credited for creating the three-part harmony (separating vocal parts into soprano, alto and tenor), a technique which is prevalent among gospel choirs today.
Born the seventh of nine children on March 26, 1925 in Selma, Alabama. She began playing the piano when she was six years old. By 12, she became the musician for her mother’s services at the Church of Christ and Prayer. After high school, she attended Selma University and received training in classical music and choral singing. In addition, she continued to travel with her mother and play at her mission services.
Dr. Clark moved to Detroit in 1947 and shortly thereafter organized the Southwest Michigan State Choir of the Church of God in Christ. In 1958, she recorded “Going to Heaven to Meet the King”, with the Southwest Michigan State Choir, becoming the first person to commit the sounds of a choir to record. She was also the first person to separate vocal parts into soprano, alto and tenor. She received three gold albums with the Southwest Michigan State Choir, and went on to write and arrange hundreds of songs and recorded over 50 albums.
In addition to being a songwriter, vocalist, pianist, arranger, and choir director, Dr. Clark was also president of the National Music Deptartment of the Church of God in Christ for 25 years, and founded the Clark Conservatory School of Music in Detroit. Her legacy has created and helped to shape some of the most successful gospel artists including Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Donald Vails, Commissioned, Esther Smith, Keith Pringle, Rev. Rance Allen, the late Rev. James Moore and her own daughters, The Clark Sisters. She taught that one should never try to sing, preach, teach, or reach without prayer and that Christ must always be the center of attraction and the center of one’s life.
Dr. Clark was diagnosed with Diabetes, but even as her health declined, she never lost the fire and passion for her mission. She learned to give all she had with whatever God gave her and believed He would do the rest. Dr. Clark died on Thursday, September 22, 1994 in Southfield, Michigan. The legacy of Dr. Mattie Moss Clark is one that will stand as a testament to the anointing of God and his gifts, what she accomplished is matched by only a handful of anointed vessels, cementing her standing as a exemplary woman of God. Dr. Clark would have been 84 today.
Yolanda Adams’s impressive musical range and undeniable charisma has helped her take over the Gospel world. She has accomplished what few singers before her have ever achieved and now she is branching out into the world of fashion. Yolanda recently stay down with Fox Television in Houston to discuss her new clothing line. Yolanda said:
My clothing line is definitely coming this year! We we’re trying to make sure we didn’t have any of the child labor law issues, that could have you stuck in court for several years. We finally have a America made manufacturer right here in the USA. I made my clothes as a teenager, because I couldn’t find them in the stores. So, I understand the heartache kids have with long limbs. I made the clothes with them in mind. It will be a affordable line, because I don’t want folks saying, “Yolanda Adams charging 35 dollars for a pair of jeans” And the clothes will be cute!
Yolanda is not forgetting her music career, she has a new CD coming out during the last quarter of this year. She promises some unexpected surprises on this one.
COP STOPS NFL'S RYAN MOAT'S FAMILY FROM SEEING DYING MOM: Dallas police chief apologizes for officer's behavior; family believes race was a factor.
*Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle apologized Wednesday for the behavior of an officer who stopped a family outside a hospital emergency room, reports WFAA-TV.
Officer Robert Powell has been placed on paid administrative leave in connection with an incident last week in which he stopped the family rushing to visit a dying mother, detaining them for 13 minutes to write a traffic ticket.
“His behavior, in my opinion, did not exhibit the common sense, discretion, the compassion that we expect our officers to exhibit,” the chief said during a press conference.
During the traffic stop, caught on the officer’s in-car camera, Powell berated the driver, ex-Philadelphia Eagles and now Houston Texans running back Ryan Moats, 26, and threatened him with arrest for running a traffic light.
“I can screw you over,” said Powell, 25. “I’d rather not do that.”
Kunkle appeared to bite his tongue a bit when expressing regret over the officer's actions.
“When we in the command staff reviewed the tapes,” he said, “we were embarrassed, disappointed — it’s hard to find the right words and still be professional in my role as a police chief.”
Moats rolled through a red light as he and his wife were en route to Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano. A Dallas police squad car pulled their SUV over near the hospital's emergency entrance and drew his gun. Moats and his wife begged the officer to let them hurry on to her mother's bedside.
“You really want to go through this right now?” Moats pleaded. “My mother-in-law is dying. Right now!”
His wife, Tamishia Moats, ignored the cop and ran into the hospital with her great-aunt. Tamishia's mother, Jonetta Collinsworth, was struggling at 45 with breast cancer that had spread throughout her body. Family members rushed to her bedside from as far away as California.
Ryan Moats, who stayed behind with the father of the dying woman, said Powell also pointed his gun at him. He said he put his hands on the car because he was afraid that he might get shot. He tried to explain the situation to the officer.
“I waited until no traffic was coming,” Moats told Powell, explaining his passage through the red light. “I got seconds before she’s gone, man.”
Powell demanded his license and proof of insurance. Moats produced his license but said he didn’t know where the insurance paperwork was.
“Just give me a ticket or whatever,” he said, beginning to sound exasperated and a little argumentative.
“Shut your mouth,” Powell told him. “You can cooperate and settle down, or I can just take you to jail for running a red light.”
There was more back and forth. “If you’re going to give me a ticket, give me a ticket,” said Moats.
“Your attitude says that you need one.”
“All I’m asking you is just to hurry up.”
Powell began a lecture. “If you want to keep this going, I’ll just put you in handcuffs,” he said, “and I’ll take you to jail for running a red light.” Powell made several more points, including that the SUV was illegally parked. Moats replied “Yes sir” to each.
“Understand what I can do,” Powell concluded. “I can tow your truck. I can charge you with fleeing. I can make your night very difficult.”
“I understand,” Moats responded. “I hope you’ll be a great person and not do that.”
Hospital security guards arrived and told Powell that the Moatses’ relative really was upstairs dying. Powell spent several minutes inside his squad car, in part to check Moats for outstanding warrants. He found none. Another hospital staffer came out and spoke with a Plano police officer who had arrived.
“Hey, that’s the nurse,” the Plano officer told Powell. “She said that the mom’s dying right now, and she’s wanting to know if they can get him up there before she dies.”
“All right,” Powell replied. “I’m almost done.” (For the complete dialogue between the two, click here.)
As Moats signed the ticket, Powell continued his lecture. “Attitude’s everything,” he said. “All you had to do is stop, tell me what was going on. More than likely, I would have let you go.”
It had been about 13 minutes. Moats and Collinsworth’s father went into the hospital, where they found Collinsworth had died, with her daughter at her side.
The Moatses, who are black, said Wednesday that they can’t help but think that race might have played a part in how Powell, who is white, treated them.
“I think he should lose his job,” said Ryan Moats, a Dallas native who attended Bishop Lynch High School and now plays for the Houston Texans.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Chris is trying to enroll for classes at Virginia's Norfolk State University. He and his mother attended this weekend's open house at the prestigious Virginia university - and were anxious to sign up for classes.
Word is Chris' mother thinks that getting a college degree would be a good move for Chris.
And we agree. At least now, if his career doesn't rebound - he can have a degree to fall back on.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
BOARD GAME PROMOTING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE HITS MARKET: Online version of popular board game includes homosexual option as way of life???
An online version of a popular board game includes an option for players to choose homosexual marriage and child-rearing as a way of life.
The game is on the Shockwave.com website where even children can download and play a free trail of The Game of Life. The first “Game of Life” was created by Mr. Milton Bradley in 1860.
The players’ first option in the online version is to choose a persona based on pictures that clearly depict men and women. Shortly thereafter, the game invites players to choose a spouse, regardless of the potential spouse’s sex.
One concerned mother wrote to WorldNetDaily about her experience with downloading the game to play with her daughter.
“You know how kids are,” the mother told WorldNetDaily. “My daughter noticed right away (even before I did) and clicked on one of the girls instead of one of the men and then asked, ‘Mom, how come I can marry a woman?’ and then that led into a lot more questions that, quite frankly, I was not ready to talk to my 6-year-old about.”
WorldNetDaily.com followed the mother’s example and played a game as “Jennifer,” who chose to marry another woman. The course of the game eventually added four children to WorldNetDaily’s lesbian couple.
The mother claims to have posted an objection on the game’s review board, only to have it removed by an administrator.
“I went back to the website and left a very respectful review of the game just stating that this kind of thing should be left out of kids’ games and the Shockwave.com administrator removed my post, stating it was inappropriate,” the mother said. “I had no idea how insidious they were being with pushing the homosexual agenda.”
The site again followed the mother’s example, posting the following comment under the screen name “Newseditor1.”
“Your guidelines ask us to ‘keep your language safe for kids,’ yet here’s a game where children may choose homosexual marriage and child-rearing.” WorldNetDaily wrote. “Many sections of society accept this as normative, but many also would consider this too mature a theme for children. Others would consider this downright offensive. Is it appropriate to include, for example, lesbianism in this game?”
Shortly thereafter, WorldNetDaily’s comment was posted, but the word “homosexual” was altered to *****sexual,” presumably because the stand-alone prefix “homo” is sometimes used in a derogatory fashion.
WorldNetDaily sought comment from Hasbro, the company that now owns the rights to Milton Bradley games, but received no response.
The original 1860 Milton Bradley game, known as the Checkered Game of Life, was completely redesigned in 1960 bearing almost no resemblance to the original. The new game board included the winding track, spinner and plastic buildings familiar to many. (Source: www.viklife.com)