Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson to speak at Franklin funeral
NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Cicely Tyson will be among the speakers at Aretha Franklin's funeral next week.
Spiritually Speaking: Those with strong faiths often face spiritual jailers
I heard Bishop T.D. Jakes of the Potters House in Dallas preach a sermon one night that really caught my attention. He reminded those in the audience that most of the Bible was written from a jail cell. I think his overall message had something to do with his prison outreach ministry, which I understand to be significant. I was so struck, however, by the reality of God’s Word and direction coming from the deep faith of those imprisoned, that the concept has never left me. What is it about being a believer, a walking talking believer that somehow frightens those in power, so much so, that a jail cell or worse is a reasonable solution to the imagined problem?
Jill Scott among headliners for Essence Festival Durban
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Neo-soul Grammy Award-winning songstress Jill Scott has been added to the lineup for the second edition of Essence Festival Durban in South Africa.
Scott joins the Rev. Al Sharpton and Bishop T.D. Jakes for the event scheduled Sept. 26-Oct. 1.
Essence preps for return to Durban, South Africa
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Fresh off the annual Essence Festival held over the 4th of July holiday weekend in New Orleans, organizers are now preparing for the festival's return to South Africa.
Essence on Thursday said the festival's Durban, South Africa, edition will take place Sept. 26-Oct. 1, featuring Bishop T.D. Jakes, a talk-show host, entrepreneur and best-selling author based in Dallas. Essence magazine's editor-in-chief, Vanessa De Luca, says they'll release the rest of the lineup later.
DALLAS (AP) — Thousands of visitors have converged on downtown Dallas for a faith-and-family festival organized by a Dallas-based church.
Megafest brings together Christian musicians and speakers to motivate audiences of all ages.
Director Bruce Lankford says the festival is one of the largest gatherings of African-American churches in the country and draws visitors from around the world. About 100,000 people have attended in the past.
Back in the day I remember Bishop T.D. Jakes preaching a sermon that still resonates with me today. He reminded those in attendance that a good portion of the Bible was written from a jail cell. Recollection has me thinking he was telling his followers about the church’s outreach prison ministry, which I understand to be significant. I just so happened to be struck by the reality of God’s Word and direction coming from the faith deep of those imprisoned. The concept of inspired revelation from jail has never left me. What is it about being a walking talking believer that scares the heaven out of those in power so much, that a jail cell is an inevitable and practical answer? History suggests that professing one’s belief in Jesus Christ as Lord can literally be a death sentence. The Bible teaches us that eventually our faith will be put to the ultimate test. Have you ever wondered why God’s teachings are so feared by those of other religions?
It’s not religious, but Jakes hopes new show will ‘minister’
NEW YORK (AP) — T.D. Jakes doesn't wave around the Bible or preach from Proverbs in his new OWN talk show; he's discussed plastic surgery obsessions, questioned Bobby Brown about his troubled marriage to Whitney Houston, and talked politics with the network's queen, Oprah Winfrey.
But the popular pastor still considers his host role an extension of his ministry.
T.D. Jakes believes that daytime TV can do better.
“It’s possible to tackle tough issues in a serious way on mainstream television and still make it entertaining,” the Dallas-based pastor, author and entrepreneur says. “That’s something I want to explore.”
Jakes hopes to give viewers the kind of discussion show “that mainstream America is hungry for.”
Jakes is promising content and a tone reminiscent of Oprah’s and Dr. Phil’s shows.
DALLAS (AP) — Nearly a week after five officers were killed by a gunman in Dallas, memorial services for three of them drew thousands of mourners Wednesday.
Services were held for Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer Brent Thompson, Dallas police Sgt. Michael Smith and Dallas police Sr. Cpl. Lorne Ahrens — all three slain in downtown Dallas Thursday by a sniper during a march to protest recent fatal shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana by police. The two...