Covering Our Leaders, the Nation, In Prayer

It’s the year of change, and in such a time, one thing that should continually be coming from our lips, along with celebration, is prayer – for our nation, for our leaders, especially for President Obama who will be carrying the weight of the nation on his shoulders. I pray that God’s will be done, and that our nation will rise to greater heights in the Inauguration year.

I came across this video tribute on Youtube that was really beautiful. I believe the video was created by the founder of 1800Gospel.com, a Gospel news site. I love the song that is in the video, “Cover Me” sung by 21:03, and featuring Fred Hammond, J. Moss and Smokie Norful. I’m sure it’ll move you as it did me!


God is Doing a “Nu Thang” – Throwback Video from DC Talk

(Updated Note: No this isn’t that video of the kid that went viral but the DC Talk one is just as entertaining;).

I remember jammin’ to this song on the radio back in the day when I was only about 5 years old (I thought it was the “bomb” back then but now when I look back at the clothes we want to forget they wore, the hair, the rapping – only in the ’90’s!:)

On a more serious note, God can truly do a “nu thang” in our lives, if we let go of the reigns and let Him show us what He has in mind. This year we can either do the same thing we’ve always been doing, or we can do something bold and fresh; something that others may not understand, but that embodies the unique purpose God placed in us. Are you doing a new thing in your life to match His promises?

Here are some of the lyrics:
dc Talk “Nu Thang”
My God is doin’ a brand nu thang
But, since time began, He remains the same
Faithful, forever to His word
And solid, a cornerstone unstirred
But, look down through the ages and you will find
God doesn’t change, but He knows the time
From harp to piano, and song to rap
Ya know, God’s with us, so we can not lack and so

(chorus)
God is doin’ a nu thang, in our lives so… We’re doin’ a nu thang, through Jesus Christ.
God is doin’ a nu thang, through our music
We’re doin’ a nu thang, so He can use it…


Not Easily Broken In Theaters January 9 and Chocolate Pages Interview with Morris Chestnut


Not Easily Broken, the movie based on Bishop T.D. Jakesbook of the same title, comes to theaters on January 9th, 2009. The uplifting drama stars Morris Chestnut and Taraji P. Henson, and tells the story of a husband and wife’s struggle to keep their marriage together when life’s situations press upon them. I’m really excited to see the film, and am sure anything produced by Bishop Jakes will be inspiring and moving!

Here’s part of the plot summary from the movie’s website:

Chronicling the story of one couple’s love, loss and ultimate faith in one another, “Not Easily Broken” follows the lives of Dave (Morris Chestnut) and Claire (Taraji P. Henson) Johnson in their second decade of marriage. Dave’s dreams of major league baseball success were dashed by an injury in college, leading him to a steady but unfulfilling career as the head of a small construction firm. Clarice is basking in the glow of real estate stardom, creating a life that revolves around her rise to the top. She has become blind to Dave’s needs, the most important being his desire to become a father and start a family with her.

They face a total disruption in their lives when a car crash seriously injures Clarice, whose meddling
mother, Mary (Jennifer Lewis), blames Dave for her daughter’s leg injuries and derailed career. Help comes in the form of kind-hearted physical therapist and single morn Julie Sawyer (Maeve Quinlan), whose son Bryson (Cannon Jay) is coached by Dave and his pals Brock (Eddie Cibrian) and Tree (Kevin Hart) in Little League baseball. Though Clarice is helped by Julie’s care, she becomes concerned that her constant criticism of Dave has pushed her husband away possibly into the arms of the empathetic Julie. Soon Dave and Clarice must face a married couple’s most serious questions: are we really meant to be together, and if we are, how do we fight to keep what we have built as man and wife?

To learn more about the movie, cast, and more, click here to visit the website.

Pam Perry, president of Ministry Marketing Solutions and founder of the Chocolate Pages Show and Network, did an interesting interview with Morris Chestnut about his role in the movie. You can see the video of the interview below:

“Not Easily Broken” Interview with Morris Chestnut – Host Pam Perry, Chocolate Pages




2009 Stellar Awards

Stellar Gospel Music Awards – Saturday, Jan 17, 2009,
Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville, TN

This year’s Stellar Awards will be hosted by comedian Sinbad and Dorinda Clark-Cole. Also announced are some of the confirmed performers for the star-studded awards show, which include Deitrick Haddon, Heather Headley, Mary Mary, Tye Tribbett, Dionne Warwick, and gospel rapper Da’ T.R.U.T.H..

The Stellar Awards will be honoring the following artists with special awards this year. The James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Daryl Coley, the Thomas Dorsey Most Notable Achievement will be awarded to Vickie Winans, and the Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Award will be given to The Rance Allen Group. Each of these artists will recieve a special tribute during the Stellar Awards celebrations in January 2009.
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21:03, Crystal Aiken and Others at the Christian Music Awards

21:03, Spensha Baker, Merche Moore, Crystal Aiken and many other artists were among those that attended the Christian Music Awards.

21:03 has backstage footage of them at the awards show red carpet, which you can view below:

Click Continue Reading to see the winners at the event.
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