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Jonathan Walton talks about his goals as a part of InterVarsity / New York City Urban Project (NYCUP) in fighting human trafficking, transforming lives and reconciling them to God. He illustrates and expounds on his experiences with human trafficking in New York City. We hope this pierce's your heart and encourages you to get involved or at least to support 'King Kulture: Stop The Traffic' so we can help Jonathan and NYCUP continue their fight.
Much of our human existence is characterized by an obsession with "now". And while instant gratification and present pleasure seem to constantly stoke our temporal fires, the truth is that none of us can escape asking one vitally important looming question: "What happens to me after I die?" Hip Hop's connection to the afterlife is well-documented and has included the predictable ("I wonder if heaven got ghetto" from Tupac), the thoughtful ("That's what Heaven look like" from Kendrick Lamar or "Live in the Sky" from T.I.) and yes, even the bizarre (…too many to even name here).
Jay Z tried his hand at an answer while promoting the song "Heaven" from his upcoming new album 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'. In a brief video, the Roc Nation mogul gives his own theological take on God's dwelling place. Jay says:
"No matter what religion you are, like, accept other people's idea. Okay, cause have you ever been to heaven? Have you ever seen it? Just from my ideas, heaven is in your daughter's laughter. Hell can be if your child was missing for three minutes; you're in three minutes of hell. It's just not my beliefs that you know, a just God would make you burn for eternity for free will that He gave."
He works eight hours during the day as a loan analyst, spends time
with his wife and kids in the evening, and writes and records the
vivid pictures that he paints with his rhymes throughout the early
mornings. Check out Collision Records newest artist Dre Murray’s
testimony and get a glimpse into his upcoming album 'Gold Rush: Maybe
One Day,' right now!
Leonce Crump II is the pastor at Renovation Church in Atlanta Georgia
I was recently invited to participate in an event as the guest speaker, and I said these words to a group of young men there. The event was called Camp Grace, a camp specifically for under-resourced, inner-city children. Many of the kids were from right around my neighborhood here in Atlanta, so it was a privilege to get to speak to them because who they become will not only affect their lives, but it may affect mine as well.
For them, these words have meaning because in their neighborhoods it is the strong or most violent that is counted courageous. The one who "Don't take no $#!@ off of nobody." But, if I could just get them to see that true courage is not always being able to win the fight, the argument, or the conflict by force, then it could fundamentally change how they interact with each other, and the other kids in their neighborhoods.
Jesus is the perfect example of this type of courage and strength.
Last night I was in a silly mood. Maybe it was because it was my birthday and I was coming face to face with my ever shortening mortality. Maybe it was because I have some really big decisions hovering over my head and I just needed a mental retreat. Whatever the reason, the sillies were alive in my head. While I had the sillies, I came up with the idea of a Christian rap name "Crawse." It made me laugh to myself and I shared it with some people around me. We all laughed and then...it hit me. "I wonder what other people would add to the discussion of something called #badchristianrapnames."
Check out our LIVE interview with Reflection Music Group recording artist Tony Tillman. His latest project, 'The Tillman EP', is available now on iTunes or AmazonMP3, and currently stands at #2 on iTunes' Christian & Gospel Chart.
No Malice knows the easy route. He lived it for most of his life. Following the flock, keeping on his cool, while setting out on a quest for the hip-hop dream. Well, maybe the street dream came first. But after the allure had faded, the physical fulfillment dulled by excess, it was time to look in the mirror. Who did he see? A successful rapper? A celebrity? He couldn’t see anything. Forget the money, the fans and the women. No Malice needed inner peace and it was in front of his face his whole life. When the word of God finally touched his soul, the Clipse half was a changed man forever.
His voice is amazing, his style is unique, and he has been featured on several songs; yet SPZRKT never made it past the first round of The Voice, America’s Got Talent, and American Idol. Lucky for us he is using his God-given talent to make awesome music...For FREE. Listen to his testimony and hear his music now!
Adam Thomason is the Pastor of Damascus Road Church in Flint, Michigan and CEO of Collision Records.
Belle Island—literally The Most Beautiful Island—was the most enchanted place to go to in Detroit from the 70’s-90’s. The island itself was seen as perfection. It had wild animals you could show your children, a zoo (if you needed something tamer), a mini theme park, a kite flying area, a lush botanical garden and green house. Belle Island was considered by many to be practically flawless. To the average kid or adult though, no one really cared how this Garden-of-Eden-feel was accomplished. Most just thought it was magical, as if the island took care of itself. All the majority cared about was partaking in its benefits with no concern of how and why such a place got to the state of beauty that was so consistently enthralling to experience and take from.