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Desmond Pringle Returns with New Music

Desmond Pringle Returns with New Music

Desmond Pringle, who has released several albums and worked with such figures as Yolanda Adams and R Kelly, has released a single, “I Am Praying For You”, produced by Grammy-winning Cedric Thompson. Pringle has recently completed a prayer clinic, linked to the National Day Of Prayer, in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina. Speaking about prayer, Pringle said, “In this season, my attention and affection […]

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July 10th, 2019

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The Wingate Concert Series returns with a Gospel Celebration

The Wingate Concert Series returns with a Gospel Celebration

EAST FLATBUSH – The free and popular Wingate Concert Series is back in Brooklyn for the next two weeks with five events. The series is hosted by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and will take place at Wingate Park (opposite Kings County Hospital). Gates open at 6 p.m. and the shows start at 7 p.m. The Wingate Concert Series kicks off on Tuesday, July 9 […]

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July 10th, 2019

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Tasha Cobbs visits Tiny Desk Concerts

Tasha Cobbs visits Tiny Desk Concerts

Her Tiny Desk set started out with one of her favorite songs and her most popular tune, “Break Every Chain,” an anthem that reminds many of us that “there is power in the name of Jesus.” Her second song, “You Know My Name,” is one Cobbs Leonard wrote a few years ago with South African musician and friend, Brenton Brown. Before beginning she explained that […]

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July 9th, 2019

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Marvin Sapp is leaving Grand Rapids Church

Marvin Sapp is leaving Grand Rapids Church

On June 2, Grammy-award winning Gospel artist Mavin Sapp announced he is leaving the church he founded in Grand Rapids, Mich., to take a position as the senior pastor at Chosen Vessel Cathedral in Fort Worth. Still in the airport returning from his latest music tour, he spoke with The Dallas Morning News by phone about the reasons for that decision and his plans in […]

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July 9th, 2019

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Financial Wellness with David and Tamela Mann

Financial Wellness with David and Tamela Mann

On Friday’s Essence Festival Power Stage in New Orleans, David and Tamela Mann joined State Farm agents to tell festival goers how they can make power moves with their finances. While speaking with ESSENCE’s news and politics editor, Tanya Christian, they shared their journey toward retirement planning and what steps they took to secure their family’s assets. “Each of our children was able to balance checkbooks by […]

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July 9th, 2019

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Erica Campbell sues over Solo Album Royalties

Erica Campbell sues over Solo Album Royalties

Erica Campbell — half of the gospel duo Mary Mary — released two solo albums over the last few years, but she’s suing her record distributor because she claims she never saw a dime from the album sales. According to a lawsuit obtained by The Blast, Campbell’s husband’s record company, My Block Records, entered into a deal with Entertainment One US LP to distribute two Campbell […]

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July 9th, 2019

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Kirk Franklin Declares, “Long Live Love.”

Kirk Franklin Declares, “Long Live Love.”

More than two decades after he revolutionized gospel music by mixing hip-hop backbeats and contemporary urban sounds into his songs of praise, Fort Worth native Kirk Franklin remains at the top of his genre. With “Love Theory,” the lead single from his new album “Long Live Love,” Franklin tied the record for most No. 1 hits on the Billboard Gospel Airplay chart. Last month, when […]

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July 9th, 2019

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An Essence Celebration For The Clark Sisters

An Essence Celebration For The Clark Sisters

The “Strength of a Woman” Brunch hosted by Mary J. Blige is always a star-studded Essence Festival highlight. And the third annual brunch, held this past Sunday, did not disappoint. This year’s honorees included The Clark Sisters, the authors of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics,” and the legendary Cicely Tyson. And the likes of June Ambrose, Monica Brown, La La Anthony, Cynthia Enrivo […]

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July 9th, 2019

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Jazz Legend Nancy Wilson Has Died

Jazz Legend Nancy Wilson Has Died

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning “song stylist” and torch singer whose polished pop-jazz vocals made her a platinum artist and top concert performer, has died. Wilson, who retired from touring in 2011, died after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, a California desert community near Joshua Tree National Park, her manager and publicist Devra Hall Levy told The Associated Press […]

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December 13th, 2018

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The End of Madea?

The End of Madea?

Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Farewell Play Tour” January 26 @ The Dolby

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December 13th, 2018

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