John Gray

Source: OWN

Pastor John Gray spent the first three and a half minutes of his Sunday sermon addressing the rumors and headlines surrounding an eviction letter that Relentless Church received this week from an attorney for Redemption World Outreach. Pastor Gray told the congregation that the leases and bills are paid. “We’re not being evicted because we’ve paid the bills,” he said. Pastor Gray told church members that the process of transitioning the two churches has been legally complicated. He said it is his hope that both sides will come to an amicable resolution. He also expressed disappointment that information in the letter was leaked to the media because he does not want the process to play out publicly. He told the congregation he will not engage in mudslinging and does not want the congregation to do so either.

Juice Wrld is dead after suffering a seizure at Chicago’s Midway airport, according to TMZ. The rapper, who is best known for his songs “Lucid Dreams” and “Wasted,” just turned 21 on December 2. According to the TMZ report, Juice Wrld, whose real name is Jarad Anthony Higgins, had recently landed at the airport following a flight from California. He suffered a seizure while walking through the airport. When emergency personnel approached him, he was “bleeding from the mouth.” Although he was still conscious when transported to the hospital, he died a short time later.

Are they miracles or a madman’s plot to throw the world into chaos? As CIA agent Eva Geller, gets to the bottom of the case in the first trailer for Netflix’s upcoming Mark Burnett-produced series Messiah.

Christian movie producer DeVon Franklin is excited to co-produce NBC’s new faith-based drama Kingdom Business. Kingdom Business will offer a behind-the-scenes peek at the gospel music industry—without the sugar coating. The TV drama portrays the “conflict and secrets that come with money, fame and success,” according to Deadline. Franklin shared his excitement with his Instagram followers , saying, “Can’t wait for y’all to see this!!!”

A heart-wrenching new inspiring film hits theaters today. Written and directed by Tarek Tohme, HOLD ON is a music-driven drama that is inspired by the true events of a young woman fighting to keep her dreams alive. Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, worship leader, actress, and model Micayala De Ette stars as overlooked singing prodigy Sidney Rhodes. The movie is inspired by Micayla’s real-life experiences with family tragedy, career setbacks, and all-encompassing grief and the fight to save her brother from a life of addiction on Los Angeles’ Skid Row.

Continuing to deliver top-tier talent and chart-topping new music, RCA Inspiration remains a dominating force earning major honors across all of Billboard’s 2019 Year-End Charts for Gospel and Gospel Songwriting. RCA Inspiration and its parent division Provident Label Group top the rankings across Gospel label charts. Provident Label Group has been named #2 on Billboard’s 2019 Year-End Charts for Top Gospel Album Labels and Hot Gospel Songs Labels. RCA Inspiration has been named #2 on Billboard’s 2019 Year-End Charts for Top Gospel Album Imprints and Hot Gospel Songs Imprints, with Verity also named #4 again on Top Gospel Album Imprints. RCA Inspiration’s honors on Billboard’s 2019 Year-End Charts include the latest projects and heartfelt classics from Kirk Franklin, Koryn Hawthorne, Donald Lawrence Presents The Tri-City Singers, Marvin Sapp, Travis Greene, and more on the Top Gospel Artists, Top Gospel Albums, Hot Gospel Songs, and Gospel Streaming Songs charts.

Kanye West and Joel Osteen will reportedly reunite at New York’s Yankee Stadium May 2 as part of the megachurch pastor’s “America’s Night of Hope” series. According to TMZ, Osteen will serve up his usual praise and worship sermon while West and his Sunday Service cult will provide the music. The event will mark Osteen’s third time bringing the “America’s Night of Hope” series to the venue, but his first doing so with Yeezy. Details are currently being finalized. Tickets for previous Osteen events at Yankee Stadium have cost around the $15, per the report. West joined Osteen at the Lakewood megachurch in Houston last month, and at one point he told attendees that he is “the greatest artist that God has ever created.”

Chart-Topping Stellar, Dove & BMI Awarding-Winning Producer & Recording Artist Isaac Carree Gives Us “The Gift” Chart-Topping Stellar, Dove & BMI Awarding-Winning Producer & Recording Artist Isaac Carree Gives Us “The Gift” Just in Time for the Holidays

The former Florida neighborhood watchman who was acquitted of killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin seven years ago is suing the dead teenager’s family and others who were involved in the racially charged case that divided the nation for $100 million. George Zimmerman claims in a lawsuit filed by his lawyer, conservative nonprofit Judicial Watch founder Larry Klayman, that the case against him rested on false evidence and is alleging abuse of civil process and conspiracy. Specifically, the suit contends that the prosecution’s key witness against Zimmerman at his 2013 murder trial, Rachel Jeantel, was an “imposter and fake witness.” Benjamin Crump, who is also named in the suit, is the lawyer for Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. He released a statement that dismissed the lawsuit as “another failed attempt to defend the indefensible and a shameless attempt to profit off the lives and grief of others.”

Spiritual leader Bishop T.D. Jakes is embarking on a seven-day journey at sea with the first-ever Faith & Family Cruise, Nov. 9-16, that includes carving out time to be offline. Passengers will be encouraged to embrace solitude as a means of allowing God to steer their own ships of life. In addition to the beauty and serenity of the Caribbean islands, passengers will enjoy programming favorites from Jakes’ bi-annual international MegaFest event, such as panels featuring the Jakes family—Serita Jakes, Cora Jakes Coleman and Sarah Jakes Roberts—and other special guests; performances by recently engaged Kenny Lattimore, Jonathan Butler, Pretty Ricki and more; themed parties; and a variety of family games and entertainment.

Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for “Just Mercy,” the powerful Michael B. Jordan film highlighting the themes of redemption, mercy and hope. Jordan stars as lawyer and social justice activist Bryan Stevenson. A Harvard Law School graduate, Stevenson takes his talents to Alabama to fight for those who were condemned for crimes they didn’t commit. The film is based on Stevenson’s 2014 book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Rob Morgan and Tim Blake Nelson also star in the forthcoming legal drama.

A woman accused of stabbing NFL wide receiver Terrelle Pryor was seen smirking in her booking photo. Shalaya Briston, 24, was arrested Saturday after she allegedly stabbed Pryor at his Pittsburgh apartment, police said. She was charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault. A witness told police Pryor was the aggressor in the incident and was waiting for Briston as she returned from a night out with friends, TMZ Sports reported, citing court docs. The witness said Pryor and Briston fought and it went into the kitchen, where she allegedly took a knife and stabbed Pryor. Briston is being held at the Allegheny County Jail and her bail was denied. She has a hearing scheduled for later this month.

Millions of people voted in an online poll in 2015 to have the face of Harriet Tubman on the US$20 bill. But many might not have known the story of her life as chronicled in a recent film, “Harriet.” Harriet Tubman worked as a slave, spy and eventually as an abolitionist. What is most fascinating is how belief in God helped Tubman remain fearless, even when she came face to face with many challenges.

Multiple Award-winning recording artist, songwriter, and author,Richard Smallwood, released his memoir TOTAL PRAISE: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY, with the Foreword written by Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad on November 11, 2019, two weeks before his 71 birthday. In TOTAL PRAISE, Smallwood chronicles his life as a musician and composer and the highs and lows of his music career. He also shares his journey of love, loss, grief, and his bouts of depression, mental illness and his obsession with suicide.

Dolly Parton is still achieving new dreams. On Wednesday, it was revealed that the country legend Dolly Parton, 73, has been nominated at the upcoming 2020 Grammy Awards for her recent work in the Christian music genre. Parton is up for best contemporary Christian music performance/song for her collaboration with for King & Country on the single, “God Only Knows,” as well as best song written for visual media for her track “Girl in the Movies” from the Dumplin’ soundtrack. In this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday, the star opens up about her decision to start making Christian music

Oprah Winfrey is hitting the road and coming to major cities around the United States. The mogul will embark on her 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus tour beginning in Florida, January 4. The shows will feature a different famous guest for each stop as the tour aims to ‘make 2020 the year of renewal and celebrate all we are meant to be,’ for audience members. Shows will be held every Saturday from January until the beginning of March, with nine total. Guests will include Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga and of course Oprah’s best friend and “CBS This Morning” anchor, Gayle King

RCA Inspiration has Grammy Nominations in the Best Gospel Performance / Song category Kirk Franklin (“Love Theory”), Travis Greene featuring Jekalyn Carr (“See the Light”) and Koryn Hawthorne featuring Natalie Grant (“Speak The Name”). In the Best Gospel Album category, Franklin, Donald Lawrence and William Murphy received nominations for their albums LONG LIVE LOVE, GOSHEN – Donald Lawrence Presents the Tri-City Singers and Settle Here respectively. The 62nd Annual GRAMMY® Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26, 2020 on CBS.

Los Angeles will be the top vacation destination for Christian Hip Hop, Latin Christian Hip Hop and Gospel Hip Hop fans next summer as 75 of the genres’ favorite artists will convene for the first ever 20/20 Summer Fest scheduled for Fri., July 17 and Sat., July 18 at the Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, CA. Multi-Platinum Christian Hip Hop artist Aulsondro “Novelist” Hamilton aka Emcee N.I.C.E. and Chantal “Chanie G” Grayson, co-owners of the Stellar Award-Winning God’s House of Hip Hop (GH3 Radio) station have finalized the deal with the Banc of California Stadium. Festival lineup announcements will begin in January 2

Top Singles For The Week:

27th Annual Stellar Awards Nomination Announcement & Concert

Source: Rick Diamond / Getty

1. James Fortune…I Am

ASCAP 2017 Rhythm & Soul Music Awards - Arrivals

Source: Prince Williams / Getty

2. Jonathan McReynolds…Make Room

John P. Kee At The 11th Annual Spirit Of Praise

Source: Billy Hart / Billy Hart Photography

3. John P Kee….I Made It Out

Stone Soul 2019 -- Jekalyn Carr

Source: The Jones Photography & Media Company / The Jones Photography & Media Company

4. Jekalyn Carr…I See Miracles

5. Zarcardi Cortez…You Don’t Know

Also On Praise Cleveland:
The Top Men Of Gospel [PHOTOS]
BET Celebration of Gospel 2014 - Show
22 photos