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Grammy award winning gospel artiste arrives in Guyana for what is said to be a night of powerful praise and worship.
The event is set for the Guyana National Stadium and according to Inspire Inc. promoters the stadium will see numbers greater than that of previous gospel concerts.
“What weather? i see great weather with blessings from above,” Yog Mahadeo CEO of Inspire Inc. remarked in response to concerns raised about the overcast weather conditions currently in Georgetown Guyana.
Featured Singer Israel Houghton says he is honored to be in Guyana with his entire band and believes that something great will happen tonight.
He further states that the more exciting moment in the performance is that point when he as a Performer/Worshiper fades away from the spotlight and the audience is guided to God who is the center of it all.
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BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
HOWARD Brown is the epitome of determination.
After five successive years of entering the competition, he was selected this year’s winner in the Jamaica Gospel Festival finals at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew on Sunday.
Howard Brown performing at the Jamaica Gospel Festival finals at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew on Sunday. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)
An emotional Brown, with tears streaming down his face, broke down as he performed his entry A Word From You.
“I’ve been trying for five years. This is the first time I am in the finals,” he told the cheering crowd as his voice cracked.
“Follow your dreams. When people tell you that you not gonna make it, follow your dreams,” he continued, after pausing from his song to speak with the audience on hand.
The singer had to be helped from the stage.
In an with interview with the Jamaica Observer, the singer was still teary-eyed.
“I am so grateful. I’ve been trying for years, but it’s just God, He did this,” he said, before being led away by a member of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s team.
For his victory, Brown earned $400,000, a plaque and gift baskets. In addition to the main prize, Brown also won the Spirit of Praise Award for his song.
Other winners for that evening were: second-placed winner Vennica Nicholson, who earned $200,000 for her entry song Victory; and third-placed Leroy Richards for Mi Nah Give Up.
Best Arranged Song went to Taneisha Mills for Never Give Up On Jesus while Vennica Nicholson earned Best Performance.
Earlier in the programme, all finalists started off performing their choice of past entrants before singing their own.
Finalist Dionne Collins gave a highly charged performance with her entry song I’m Going Through.
“I was ready to give up and commit suicide. I said I was going to church for the last time, but I got a word not to give up,” she said during her performance.
“Any problem you’re having, trust God,” she encouraged.
Guest artistes for the evening were Jermaine Edwards and last year’s winner Levy’s Heritage, who spiced things up with their jazzy One Touch.
Donnie McClurkin was invited to perform at the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement in Washington, D.C. This event was a government-sponsored concert with other singers at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Saturday evening. But after the gay rights activists got wind of his participation, the fight was on to disinvite the Grammy Award-winning singer from this amazing event. Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s office asked him not to attend the concert where he was considered a headliner.
Why? Because gospel singer Donnie McClurkin has said God delivered him from “the curse” of homosexuality.
How can you disinvite a black man from attending the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement? Let’s get one thing straight, people: Homosexuality is not a civil rights issue!
Is Homosexuality a Civil Rights Issue?
Homosexuality is not a civil rights issue. I am black. I became a lesbian. They are not the same.
I did not choose the color of my skin. I did choose to enter a lesbian relationship and to live a homosexual lifestyle for 14 years. I also chose to leave that lifestyle, but I cannot choose to stop being black. There is a difference. The color of my skin is an immutable quality of my being while my lesbianism was a deliberate series of actions resulting in a lifestyle choice.
It is a mockery to everything the black community suffered and the rights we fought for to claim that homosexuality is a civil rights issue. There is simply no comparison. Gays and lesbians have never been forced to ride at the back of the bus or to eat at separate restaurants. They didn’t attend separate schools. They have never been made slaves or been considered by law as less than human. The African-American church needs to stand up for itself on this issue, because even though I am a former lesbian, as an African-American I am insulted that the homosexual community would even attempt to compare gay rights to civil rights.
A homosexual has the same rights that a heterosexual person has. Every single right is exactly the same. They have the right to vote and be counted not as three-fifths of a person but as a whole person. They have the right to own property, and they also have the right not to be property. They have the right to learn to read and to obtain an education. They have the right to eat at any restaurant, shop at any store and enter any public place they wish. They have the right to cross state lines without fear of being hunted, beaten and imprisoned. They have the right to let their voices be heard without being lynched. These are all rights blacks had to fight for through hundreds of years of struggle, but homosexuals do not deal with any of these civil rights issues.
Again, there is absolutely no comparison. Gay rights activists will cite the tragic and gruesome death of Matthew Shepard, which was wrong in every sense of the word. However, Shepard’s death was an isolated incident and by no means represents either the treatment of or the sentiment toward homosexuals in the United States. His death is but a drop when compared against the ocean of atrocities committed agai
nst blacks during slavery and segregation.
Even now, so-called homophobia pales in comparison to racism. Homosexuals are not routinely pulled over by police at a higher rate than heterosexuals. Neighbors will not complain about a gay couple living next door decreasing the value of the houses in their neighborhood. Very few people will become frightened if approached by a homosexual on the street. Employment and educational opportunities as well as standards of living are much higher for homosexuals than they are for blacks.
Blacks cannot hide their blackness; it is apparent to everyone who sees them. However, not everyone who looks at a homosexual will be able to determine their sexual orientation. The difference between black skin and homosexuality is that black skin is a physical characteristic while homosexuality is a behavior.
Put simply, there is no civil rights struggle for homosexuals. While there is some validity to claims of discrimination based on sexual orientation, it has been blown far out of proportion. I have suffered far more discrimination being a black woman than I ever did for being a butch lesbian. Many claims of homophobia are intended to create a victim mentality within the homosexual community and a belief that homosexuals are being oppressed in society at large. This tactic has play
ed well in media circles and in political arenas and has gained many supporters for the normalization of the homosexual lifestyle and the campaign for same-sex marriage. However, the desire for the legitimization of a lifestyle does not equal a struggle for existence and equal rights. Homosexual rights are not, nor should they be considered, a civil rights struggle.
In October 2005, I lobbied in Washington, D.C., against a hate crimes bill that was trying to make its way through the Senate and House. If it had been signed into law, the bill, S. 1145, would have expanded the legal definition of a minority group to include groups that share a similar behavior, with sexual orientation being an example of shared behavior. By painting such a broad definition of a minority group, the legislation would have made the term meaningless. If a behavior such as sexual orientation makes a community a minority group, then any group that exhibits similar behavior could qualify. It is conceivable that any person could make a claim to belonging to a minority group based on shared behavior with as little as one other individual. Crimes against a minority group count as a hate crime, the conviction of which carries an increased judicial sentence by law.
S. 1145 also claimed that in expanding the definition of a minority group, it would erase the memory of slavery. Such a claim is as ridiculous as it is foolish. The very idea that the memory of slavery would, could or should be erased is a slap in the face of every black person living in the United States. If we erased the memory of slavery, we would erase the proud history of the civil rights movement, we would erase the uniqueness of black culture, and we might doom ourselves to repeat the sins and tragedies of the past.
Hate crime bills that attempt to legally associate sexual orientation with race are but another attempt to promote the false idea that there is a homosexual civil rights movement. S. 1145 failed, as have many other bills of the same type, but I don’
t doubt that similar bills will be tried in the future.
As a member of th
ity, I believe it is time for us to stand up for ourselves and our heritage. Black churches may be ignoring homosexuality more than any other group of Christians, if simply because we don’t want to admit it could happen in our families and in our churches. While it is important for us to minister and reach out to individuals struggling with homosexuality, we also need to stand against the progression of homosexuality in our society, and that is a message the black church and community can vocalize. I want to encourage every black person reading this to make it known to senators, to churches and to society that trying to make homosexuality seem normal is not and never will be the same thing as our long and hard struggle for civil rights.
The color of my skin is something I cannot alter, but God’s gentle call and His love changed my life. His love was reflected through the obedience of a woman in a grocery store, a women’s Bible study and a family willing to take me into their home.
I want to encourage churches, both black and white, to come together to send out a consistent message about homosexuality, one that speaks and acts in love while not compromising values or becoming accepting of sin. This we can do by making our own hearts and lives right with God and then by following the Holy Spirit’s direction by ministering to those who struggle with homosexuality. I truly believe that what God has done in my life, He can do in the lives of all who call on His name.
Let’s stop hiding our heads in the sand; this is no time to play peek-a-boo!
As Donnie said, he was “delivered from
The Bible says in Leviticus 18:22, “Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin” (NLT).homosexuality,” and there are many more of us like him around the country that have left the life of homosexuality. They talk about equality, but how about treating those who have chosen to walk out of this lifestyle with respect as well?
Leviticus 20:13 says, “And if a man lie with mankind, as with womankind, both of them have committedabomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them” (ASV).
1 Corithians 6:9-10 says, “Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God” (NLT).
Yes, I am aware that is not the only s
in the Bible speaks of; however, it’s one sin we are being asked to celebrate, and therefore it needs to be addressed.
What happened to free speech? Oh, that’s
Church, we must continue to make a stand. Let me share this last excerpt from my book Called Out,addressed to the church:right! Free speech is only for the gay community. Free speech is not for those of us who speak about the redemptive love of God who has compelled us to walk away from that lifestyle! If we voice our opinion, the gay community behaves as a big bully and discriminates against us because we don’t share their views. Gay activists want us to shut up and go away. That will not happen! They feel that I, along with many others who have left homosexuality, were more valuable living as homosexuals than we were once we came out. If the gay community is so happy with themselves, why do they feel threated by our testimonies?
Our loss of focus on Christ has caused the church to be caught by surprise in a number of ways as we suddenly find our beliefs and our actions becoming more like the rest of the world. Although there are many areas in which we have failed to guard against this, one such area that has crept up on us is the growing issue of homosexuality.
As homosexuality has become more common, Christians have struggled with how they should respond. Some have taken to the streets in protest, proclaiming that God hates fags. Others have openly embraced homosexuality, allowing gays and lesbians into the pulpit and leadership positions in their churches. And, overwhelmingly, most Christians are simply trying to ignore homosexuality, hoping they can wait out the issue until it goes away because they don’t want to deal with conflict or sin.
Dear church, we can be apathetic no longer. We cannot ignore homosexuality. The homosexual community is small, but it isn’t going away. Instead, it has become a vocal and influential part of our society. The church has been responding to homosexuals and homosexuality with mixed signals, but now we must speak with one voice and act. We must speak and act with God’s love.
The Bible clearly states homosexuality is a sin. Those who try to explain away the Scriptures dealing with homosexuality as being culturally and morally outdated are growing in number, but they are wrong. Parts of the Bible cannot be ignored or taken out simply because they tell us things we don’t want to hear. When I was living in homosexuality, I knew I was sinning. The Bible told me, my conscience told me and many people in my life told me. Unfortunately, I also had many people telling me what I was doing was simply a lifestyle choice and not a sin—people including the priest Haley and I went to for counseling. As Christians, we cannot make excuses for sin—any sin.
We must make a stand for righteousness and purity. It must begin in our own lives and be demonstrated by the church as a whole, by everyone from pulpit to pew. We must set an example by the way we live our lives or we will have no moral authority to lead others. There must be a concentrated effort to renew the family life by preaching and practicing abstinence until marriage, marriage for life and stronger parental involvement in the lives of children.
Janet Boynes is the founder of Janet Boynes Ministries, a nondenominational outreach that ministers to individuals questioning their sexuality and those who wish to leave homosexuality. As the author of Called Out, Boynes chronicles her story of living as a lesbian for 14 years until God called her out of that lifestyle. – http://www.charismanews.com
“This is my last performance on Reggae Sumfest, my last performance in the dancehall, I am going to do gospel music,” Saw declared, hoping to convince herself and this writer that this time around she meant every word.
Refusing to do any interviews backstage, the woman who has changed the face of dancehall for women in this country said she was returning to the church.
“I am retiring because I hate the business. Dancehall too wicked. I am not loving it anymore, so I am going to be baptised.”
This would be her second baptism, calling this one the last time.
“Renewing my vows with the Lord is going to be much better than what I am experiencing in the dancehall,” she told The Gleaner, adding that her new role would mean getting many souls for God.
In the last six months, Lady Saw’s life has been tumultuous. Her common-law husband John John, whom she has lived with for 17 years, allegedly cheated on her, resulting in the ending of a relationship that had become the fabric of the dancehall queen’s existence.
Her situation has not got better, and even with the release of the chart-topping song Heels On, she has been having a war of words with her protégée, Macka Diamond, whose Dye Dye has been burning up the airwaves.
Qualifying that John John had nothing to do with her decision to return to the church, Lady Saw said last February she went to a worship centre in Florida and on the first night the holy ghost was about to take her over, but she denied it by leaving the premises. However, she was drawn back the following night, and for the next two to three days she knew her life was changing.
Not about John John
“It was not about what John John did to me, because I wasn’t aware then about his relationship. I had an intuition, but no concrete evidence,” she noted, adding that when you are with someone for 17 years, after a while you are able to decipher.
Her decision, she said, was spurred by the hatred being spewed in the dancehall.
“I hate the people who get up every day to tell lies on me,” she argued, clarifying that she has never paid a disc jockey to play her music, “much less to say I am paying persons to block someone else’s song.”
The artiste has been accused of blocking Macka Diamond from performing on shows she is booked on, something she denies vehemently.
She said her age is now a problem, with her enemies criticising her for being in the dancehall for too long, stating it was now young people time.
“Did they tell Beres Hammond and Marcia Griffiths to leave the business?” she asked.
She feels she is being called by God, who has a hand in getting them to terrorise her and push her towards Him.
She also said God used John John to open her eyes. “God is a jealous God, I spent more time with him than God.”
She is convinced she is being punished by her saviour.
|Mr. Brown’s ‘After laugh is Cry’ show cancelled –ticket purchases to be refunded|
|Written by guyanachronicleonline.com|
|Sunday, 28 July 2013 01:29|
|ALTHOUGH we know the entertainment fraternity and the myriad fans would be sorely disappointed, we have no choice but to report that Mr. Brown’s ‘After Laugh is Cry’ show, which should have kicked off since May of this year, has been cancelled.
Folks at the Kingdom Dynamics entity say they were forced to call off the event after exhausting all efforts to secure corporate sponsorship to assist in alleviating expenses. Management of Kingdom Dynamics regrets any inconvenience this cancellation has caused.
by: Alain Scott
The long anticipated wait for the stage show “After Laugh Is Cry” featuring the ever popular Mr David Mann aka Mr Brown and team is now upon us. This stage play has been dubbed as the funniest show of 2013 and is being brought to the nation by the recently established group, Kingdom Dynamics, who seeks to restore core family values to our nation through various forms.
Though this project is under the umbrella of Kingdom Dynamics it comes with the full support of the Ministry of Human Services and several corporate sponsors. The thrust of the stage show is to address the issues of Domestic Violence which has become a plague in our society, especially in the light of an increase number of instances being reported.
The play which was originally slated to happen in May was rescheduled because of medical reasons from the Mr Brown camp will now happen on Tuesday 30th July, 2013 at the National Park. Mr Mann, aka Mr Brown is reported to have recovered and is in excellent condition and ready for his trip to Guyana along with a team of ten (10) others.
The show begins at 7:00 and will feature many local acts who will pave the way for the visiting team, which also includes Brown’s wife Tamela Mann aka Kora, who acts as his daughter in the Tyler Perry plays.
Tickets for the event are available at Ashmins, Fon Roje, GI Taxi Service, Rainbow Fashion/August Beverages, Giftland Office Max and Chetsons. The Guyanese public is urged to go out and secure their tickets at the earliest opportunity and take advantage of a special officer on tickets over this weekend at all locations, where you buy on and get a free general seating ticket.