Aretha Franklin was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Princeton University during its 265 Commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 5. This is Franklin’s 12th honorary doctorate degree. Franklin has received several honorary degrees, including an Honorary Doctorate of Music Degree, Yale University, 2010; an Honorary Doctorate of Music Degree, Berklee College of Music, 2006; an Honorary Doctorate of Music Degree, The New England Conservatory of Music, 1995; an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Wayne State University, 1990; an Honorary Doctorate of Music Degree, The University of Michigan, 1987; and an Honorary Doctorate of Law Degree, The Bethune-Cookman College, 1975.
Megachurch pastor and televangelist Creflo Dollar was arrested early Friday after authorities say he slightly hurt his 15-year-old daughter in a fight at his metro Atlanta home. Pastor Creflo Dollar’s 15-year-old daughter alleged her father grabbed her by the throat in the family’s home and pushed her to the ground and then beat her with his shoe, according to the incident report. The AJC is not identifying the girl because she is a minor. The lone witness to Friday morning’s altercation, Dollar’s 19-year-old daughter Alexandria, confirmed her sibling’s account, telling deputies their father “put both hands around her sister’s neck and choked her for about five seconds,” the incident report said. Alexandria Dollar said she then saw Dollar grab her little sister by the shoulders and slap her in the face. She says her sister tried to break free but was thrown to the ground, at which point Alexandria ran to get her mother, Taffi, whose arrival in the kitchen ended the fight, the incident report states. Sheriff’s spokesman Brent Rowan said the teen sustained “superficial injuries” to her neck. Deputies were summoned to the Dollars’ home around 1 a.m. after receiving a 911 call. Dollar, said he was merely trying to restrain his daughter, who he claims was acting disrespectful after he forbid her from attending a party. Pastor Dollar told deputies that while he was holding his daughter, she began to hit back. After wrestling her to the floor, the pastor said he then spanked the teen and sent her to her room, according to the report. “As a father, I love my children and I always have their best interest at heart at all times, and I would never use my hand to ever cause bodily harm to my children,” Dollar said in a statement released through his attorney, Nikki Bonner. “The facts in this case will be handled privately to further protect my children.”
It was announced this week by James Robinson, President of Light Records, the signing of former Destiny’s Child member and Broadway star, Michelle Williams. Williams, who is well known as one-third of record-breaking R&B and Pop sensation Destiny’s Child, is also a multiple award-winning international singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. Guided by her faith and deeply rooted in church, Williams will release an all-new gospel album set for a January 2013 release.
Israel Houghton returns with New Breed for their first live recording in five years, “JESUS AT THE CENTER” releasing Aug. 14 . Recorded live at Houston’s Lakewood Church, this double-CD, 17 song album with three additional studio singles features Israel & New Breed returning to their roots. Joining Israel & New Breed to produce the studio version of the released Christian AC single from Jesus At The Center, “Your Presence Is Heaven,” is hit maker Ed Cash, while acclaimed vocalists Jason Nelson and James Fortune are featured on the studio version of “It’s Not Over (When God Is In It).”
Minister William McDowell, will host a live worship concert and DVD recording. This is McDowell’s first DVD recording and it will take place Friday, June 29, 2012 at Faith Assembly, Orlando Fl.
Eunice Wright is scheduled to be a celebrity judge for Delaware Teen Idol 2012. Delaware Teen Idol began seven years ago as an extension of the Healthy Wilmington 2010 Health Plan. Presented by AIDS Delaware, in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club of Delaware, City of Wilmington Parks and Recreation.
Former Chart-Topping Hip Hop/R&B crooner J. Long is a Born Again Christian now and no longer performs secular music. Many remember J. Long for his smash radio single “Personal Freak” featuring platinum selling Hip Hop/R&B group Pretty Ricky off of his debut CD “GIRL LISTEN.”
Grammy award winning singer James Ingram will be performing live in concert at the world famous Whiskey A Go Go. A very special intimate evening to kick off their new Legend Series goes down Friday, 8/17/12. The opening act will be The Teddy Campbell Band.
Creflo Dollar’s MENtality Mens’Conference goes down June 14-16, 2012 at the World Dome in College Park, GA.
The Father’s Freedom & Praise Concert goes down Father’s Day Sunday June 17, 2012 at the Detroit Opera House in Detroit. J. Moss, Karen Clark Sheard, Kierra Sheard and Michon Young.
WE tv just announced that Mary Mary has been ordered for a second season. During their first season this gospel duo recorded and pitch their hit new single, “Go Get It,” as well as experienced their drama-filled, energy-packed multi-career lives. Erica has given birth to her baby girl Zaya this season, but next season we will watch Tina give birth to her fifth child. More music, more “mommying” and plenty of more drama – WE tv can’t wait! The second season of Mary Mary is scheduled for early 2013.
Hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, the nominees for the 2012 BET Awards has been announced and in the “Best Gospel” category the list include Yolanda Adams, Kim Burrell, James Fortune & FIYA, Fred Hammond and Trin-i-Tee 5:7. The 2012 BET Awards is scheduled to air live on July 1, 2011 at 8 p.m. at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
J. J. Hairston of Youthful Praise announces a new church choir contest. The winning church will get a free concert from J. J. Hairston and Youthful Praise.
THE TOP SINGLES FOR THE WEEK:
1. My Testimony…Pastor Marvin Sapp
2. Let The Church Say Amen…Pastor Andre Crouch & Dr Marvin Winans
3. I Feel Good..Fred Hammond
4. Awesome..Pastor Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago
5. After This..JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise
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