Rev. Marvin Sapp's take on the reality show "The Sisterhood" &
The reality show "The Sisterhood" premiered on January 1, 2013 on the TLC network.  Of course like most reality shows on television today, it full of a lot of drama.  The show features five women who are the wives of preachers.  Preachers on a reality show has not only caught the attention of viewers like myself, but also big name gospel artists like Marvin Sapp.  On January 2, 2013 Rev. Marvin Sapp released a video about his own personal opinion on the show.  I say opinion, because that is exactly what I think it is.  I agree with most things that were said in the video about the reality show, but I have my own reviews too.  First, this is a new generation and most pastor's wife I know, are not optical figures I grew up in the church with.  However, I do feel the show will have a negative impression for those who are babe's in Christ.
Martial problems, financial struggle, and the point of trying to fit in with everyone are just a few of the problems encountered on the show.  But we all deal with those things on a daily basis.  When we start to see it unravel on television especially from people of the church, I believe we start to pass judgment.  You and I know for our-self some of the things the wives do on the show are not tolerated in the church.  On that note, you be the judge for you-self on the message being delivered on each show that airs. 
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Biblical Themed Game Show

There is a bible application for the smart devices, over a 100 bible translations, and now there is a bible theme game show.  It seems like over the last few years, the Bible's popularity has been increasing.  Making it harder and impossible to avoid the "word of God." Most of us really don't avoid the bible, but we make excuses when it comes to reading it.  One of the biggest excuses is "I don't understand the terminology."  That's actually not the whole truth. I believe we form those theories in our brain and we believe what we think.  Furthermore, with media stepping their game up and welcoming the bible into society more, there should be no more excuses.
Kirk Franklin, will be Jeff Foxworthy's co-host for the new season of "Biblical Themed Game Show" on March 31, 2013.  It will premier on the GSN television station.  The game show is aimed at raising
money for different charities.  The show will ask contestants not only Bible-based trivia type questions, but will also challenge them with questions that relate the Bible to modern issues and themes.  

Mahalia Jackson

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"The Queen of Gospel"
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana
Mahalia Jackson was born in 1911.  She grew up in a shotgun home in New Orleans, shared with 13 people.  When her mother died in 1917, her Aunt Duke took her in to raise her, but economic circumstances forced Miss Jackson to quit school and work at home only when she was in the fourth grade. 
She was very influenced by the entertainment while growing up in New Orleans, but her roots were in the church.  At the age of 12 they say her voice could be heard all the way to the end of the block and Aunt Bell once told her she would be famous one day walking with queens and kings.

Miss Jackson's first taste of success was her song "Move Up a Little Higher" in 1947, which sold a million copies.  She became more in demand making radio and television appearances.  Miss Jackson had a successful tour in 1952, which resulted in popularity in France.  Not only was she touring, but she had her own gospel television show on CBS television network in 1954 and scored a  hit run with "Rusty Old Halo" that same year. 

"We Celebrate Mahalia Jackson for her church roots, her civil rights movement, and for being the Queen of Gospel"
Miss Jackson became an active supporter of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.  She sang at the "March on Washington" at the request of her friend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963.  After King's death in 1968, Jackson sang at his funeral.  In the later years, Miss Jackson had several hospitalizations for various health problems.  She died of a heart attack on January 27, 1972.  She is remembered for her strong, soul-like delivery, her deep commitment to her faith, and her lasting influence on musicians from all of different types of music genres. 

Louis Armstrong "What a Wonderful World"
Born August 4, 1901 in New Orleans, Louisiana, in a section so poor that it was nicknamed "The Battlefield."  During his years of growing up in New Orleans Mr. Armstrong struggle with many challenges.  His father left the home shortly after his birth, his mother was a prostitute, and he left school when he was only in the fifth grade to start working. 

He worked for a Jewish family, who gave him a job of collecting junk and delivering coal, but they often encourage him to sing. 

On New Year's of 1912 Mr. Armstrong fired his stepfather's gun in the air and was arrested immediately.  He was then sent to the "Colored Waif's Home for Boys," where he received musical instruction on the cornet and fell in love with music.  After, about two years of being at the home he was released in 1914 and he started to live his dream of making music. 

In 1918 he married a prostitute named Daisy Parker, married Lillian Hardin in 1924, married Alpa Smith in 1938, and for the fourth and final time he married again 1942 to Lucille Wilson.  Miss Wilson was a "Cotton Club Dancer," and after growing tired of living out of her suit case, she convince Mr. Armstrong to purchase them a home in Corona Queens, New York where they lived for the rest of their lives. 

Before  marrying his third wife in 1938, Mr. Armstrong had started to appear in movies and made his first tour of England in 1932.  While he was beloved by many musicians, he was too wild for most critics, who gave him some of the most racist and harsh reviews of his career.  However, Armstrong did not let the criticism stop him.  He returned to Europe in 1933, where he begun an even longer trip there, but it was during that tour, that his career fell apart. 

Years of blowing high notes, had taken a toll on Mr. Armstrong's lips and following a fight with his manager Johnny Collins, who managed to get Mr. Armstrong in trouble with the American Mob left him stranded in Europe for about a year.

In 1935, he returned to Chicago no band, no engagements, and no recording contract.  His lips were still sore, he still had mob trouble, and around this time  his wife Lillian Hardin was suing him.  He turned to Joe Glaser, who fixed his trouble and within a few months Mr. Armstrong had a big band and a new recording contract. 

One of Louis Armstrong most definitive moment

Louis Armstrong did not speak much on politics and for many years it stayed this way until "Little Rock Central High School Integration Crisis" on television.  When he saw this he blew his top to the press, telling a reporter President Dwight D. Eisenhower had "no guts" for letting Fabous run the country, and stating "The way they are treating my people in the South, the government can go to hell."  Mr. Armstrong's words made front page news around the world.  Even though he had spoken out after years of remaining publicly silent, he received criticism from black and white public figures.  Not a single jazz musician who had previously criticized him took his side.  Today this is seen as one of the bravest and most definitive moments of Mr. Armstrong's life. 

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