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Here’s whats happening in the world of Gospel Music:

During the BET Awards 2012, Sunday Best’s elite ladies took the stage for an unforgettable, spirit filled performance of the Clark Sisters’ “You Brought The Sunshine”. Yolanda Adams, who is a host on the upcoming season of Sunday Best, lead the quartet consisting of Y’Anna Crawley, Amber Bullock and Jessica Reedy. Yolanda Adams won the BET Award for Gospel Music as well..

Coming off of a phenomenal play run during the Father’s day weekend, Shirley Murdock is heading back out. This time she is off to Dallas, TX to share the theatre stage with a few friends. On Friday, June 29th, Shirley Murdock will star in Tiffany L. Warren’s play, “The Replacement Wife” at Christian Chapel Temple of Faith in Dallas, TX.    Xist Music and UpLift! Group have joined forces with the child-sponsoring organization Compassion International to present the MOVE TOUR—the highly anticipated follow up from the producers of the acclaimed 25-city MISFiT Tour 2011. MOVE TOUR 2012 is a movement to challenge, refresh and ignite the world through a life-changing MOVE of God.

Michael Ealy, who appears in films like Think Like A Man and Barbershop, stars in the upcoming Christian/Faith based film, “Unconditional.” Ealy plays Joe, a childhood friend of the main character, Samantha, played by Lynn Collins. In the movie Samantha’s life is a storybook life. She’s happily married, she lives on a ranch where she keeps her beloved horse, and the stories she’s told and illustrated since childhood have become published books. When her husband Billy is killed in a senseless act of violence, Sam loses her faith and her will to live. However, a death-defying encounter with two children leads to a reunion with Joe. As Samantha watches Joe care for and love the kids in his under-resourced neighborhood, she begins to realize that no matter life’s circumstances, the love of God is always reaching out to us. The movie is scheduled to premiere in theaters on September 21, 2012.   BeBe Winans, recently announced that his book, “The Whitney I Knew”, will be released on July 31, 2012. The book is based on the friendship he had with the late singer, Whitney Houston. “The Whitney I Knew” will feature photos of the singer with BeBe’s personal account of his relationship with the superstar.

James Fortune and his wife, Cheryl Fortune, are being sued for an incident that occurred in 2001 involving James and his stepson, who is Cheryl’s biological son. James is accused of allegedly burning the child, leaving him disfigured with second and third degree burns on a majority of his body. According to the civil lawsuit, James picked up the child from school and the teacher claimed he misbehaved in class. James took the child home, scolded and berated him, then prepared an extremely hot bath for the boy. He then told the four year old toddler to remove his clothes before whipping him and pushing him into the scalding hot water, causing the burns and disfigurement of his body. The young child was flown to a nearby hospital, however, they said the damage was too extensive and he had to be flown to another hospital that specializes in burns. He was permanently disfigured from the incident and had to undergo numerous skin grafts to most of his body. Charges were filed against James at the time of the crime and in 2003 he plead guilty to Felony Injury to a Child and received six years deferred adjudication. The child, who was four at the time, is now 15 years old, and his biological father is responsible for the lawsuit, suing the Fortunes for 5 million dollars. The money is said to be to pay for the child’s plastic surgery as a result of the incident in 2001. In regard to the current lawsuit, James had this to say, “I recently became aware of a civil suit pending against my wife, Cheryl Fortune and I, for an incident that occurred in 2001 involving my stepson. There was a criminal investigation and all matters were resolved in 2003. Since that time, my family and I, including my stepson, have continued with family traditions and always have a loving family environment. We are shocked by this lawsuit but understand people are free to use the court system to pursue claims, whether they contain merit or baseless matters. We are confident through this process, if it proceeds to a judge or jury, the ultimate decision maker will render a decision that is favorable to the circumstances and timing surrounding this situation. We believe in our American justice system and know it will work for us as it has for millions of other Americans. I love all my children, including my stepson, and I ask for your prayers as we deal with this matter privately. Thank you for your continued support for me, my family, and ministry.

Amber Bullock, winner of Season Four of BET’s Sunday Best, releases her sophomore album, “So In Love,” July 10, 2012. The lead single is “Lord, You’ve Been So Good To Me.”

Sheri Jones-Moffett is finalizing plans for her first live recording, to be held in Memphis on July 21, 2012! The project will be her sophomore solo albumn the follow-up to her 2009 debut, ‘Renewed.”

Tye Tribbett is recording his next project live, from coast to coast, this August. The CD/DVD recording, titled Greater Than, will take place first in Miami, on August 17th, then in Los Angeles, on August 31st.

The Top Singles For The Week:

1. Awsome..Pastor Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago

2.Let The Church Saw Amen..Pastor Andre Crouch/Dr Marvin Winans

3. My Testimony…Pastor Marvin Sapp

4. Shifting The Atmosphere..Pastor Jason Nelson

5. Go Get It..Mary/Mary

article courtesy of GospelSpotlight.com/Billboard.com

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