Carnegie Hall Presents Juneteenth Celebration
New York City’s Carnegie Hall will be hosting its annual Juneteenth celebration in association with The Healing of the Nations/Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference. The two-hour program will be free to the public. Opal Lee known as the “Grandmother of Juneteenth”, because of her push for what is now a federally recognized holiday and poet Sonia Sanchez will be this year’s honorees. The hosts will be Rev. Dr. James Forbes Jr. and Rev. Dr. Iva Carruthers and actor/comedian David Alan Grier will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. Musical guests will be pianist Joseph Joubert and gospel artists Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir and others. The Celebration will be held on Sunday, June 19th at 7:00 pm.
Honorees Announced for 1st Annual Quartet Awards
Honorees have been announced for what will be the first awards ceremony to exclusively celebrate gospel quartets. The 1st Annual Quartet Music Awards (The QMAs) will take place in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, June 18th at the Center Stage Theater. The show which will be hosted by Dr. Bobby Jones and Justin Rufus, is the brainchild of D. Chubbs Morton. “Major awards shows have refused to include our artists on their main stages. It’s time we become the change we want to see,” said Morton. Special honorees for the inaugural awards will include the late Lee Williams, George Dean, Evelyn Turrentine-Agee, Tiffanie Tutu-Agee, Spencer Taylor, Harvey Watkins, Jr, the late Percy Griffin, and Cleve Graham.
Churches Rethinking Vigilance in a New World
Churches are now rethinking what it means to be vigilant during time where mass shootings are becoming more commonplace. Traditionally, churches were considered as safe spaces for communities but now many have been forced to rethink their strategies for becoming more vigilant in safeguarding and protecting their members. In two separate and unrelated incidents last week, intruders were said to have entered church sanctuaries but thankfully there were no incidents reported. In Warner Robins, GA, an 18-year-old White male raised concerns after he entered a predominately Black church and behaved suspiciously. Meanwhile in Jasper, TX an unknown man entered an Evadale church during a service and sat in a back row brandishing a firearm at his waist. The man left before deputies arrived. Both incidents were terrible reminders of the tragedy that took place in 2015 in Charleston, SC where 9 parishioners were killed by a white supremacist.
Activists Disrupt Service at Joel Osteen’s Church
In an unexpected outburst of defiance and protest, two female abortion activists disrupted stunned churchgoers at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, TX. Just as Pastor Osteen stood in front of the megachurch reciting his customary opening “This is my bible; I am what it says I am I can do what it says I can do…” The women jumped up and stripped down to bras and undies with painted green hands and yelled this is my body, my choice and shouted expletives. The women who were escorted out of the building, were identified as a part of the group called RiseUp4AbortionRights who recently stormed priestly ordinations in San Francisco at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption.
Hezekiah Walker Launches New Church in London
In a recent post on Instagram Bishop Hezekiah Walker announced the launch of a new church in England in a city called Leyton located in East London. The launch, that had been sidelined due to the COVID-19 pandemic is back in action and scheduled for Sunday, August 14, 2022. “Meet us, your life will never be the same,” Walker posted beneath his picture of himself and Pastor Ashley Taylorwho will serve as the Senior Pastor at the church in London. The church will be named The Kingdom Church Love Fellowship Tabernacle London making it the third location for Walker’s ministries already established in Brooklyn, NY and Bensalem, PA where he currently serves as Senior Pastor.