August 7, 2013 |
The title of Tye Tribbett's new album, "Greater Than," leaves two words implied at the beginning ("He is") and one at the end ("anything"). A choir director and bible-study leader living near Philadelphia, Tribbett is one of gospel music's ascendant young stars, and the title track here catalogs some of the ways in which the Lord improves upon his rivals: He performs miracles, for instance, and takes disease from the body. Yet "Greater Than" also goes some way toward describing Tribbett's creative approach on a record that vastly expands the sonic idea of modern gospel.
July 1, 2013 |
On Sunday afternoon -- sandwiched between Beyoncé's Friday-night spectacle at Staples Center and Sunday evening's carefully planned BET Awards -- the gospel star Kirk Franklin made some room for the value of improvisation at the BET Experience. He was at Club Nokia for a show billed as Kirk Franklin & Friends, featuring the Grammy-winning bandleader along with Donnie McClurkin (with whom Franklin toured last year as the King's Men), Karen Clark Sheard, Kierra Sheard and several winners of "Sunday Best," the gospel singing competition Franklin hosts on BET. The goal, as a representative from the network put it in his opening remarks, was to replicate church in the midst of a busy music festival.
July 1, 2013 |
Should there be another commandment: "Thou shall not wear skin-bearing dresses when presenting religious awards?" That might be a consideration following Meagan Good's appearance at the BET Awards on Sunday, where she wore a low-cut, cleavage-revealing gown that left little to the imagination. Good, who starred in NBC's canceled "Deception" as an undercover detective, was on hand to present the gospel artist award, but many viewers felt her choice of wardrobe may have been a bit inappropriate, particularly since she was presenting the gospel award.
June 26, 2013 |
One of the most annoying habits of some of my liberal friends is their casual derogation of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Thomas is derided not just as an extremist, which is true when you plot the legal philosophies of the justices along a spectrum, but also a clone of Antonin Scalia and an intellectual lightweight. The latter two accusations are just false. Thomas and Scalia have disagreed in significant cases, and Thomas' opinions, however idiosyncratic, are often tightly reasoned and provocative.
June 20, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - There have been, in modern times, three Marilyns, a couple of Lulus and Lolitas, and many Moby Dicks with their own operas. Now, suddenly and out of the blue, we have two new operas, or in this case operatic Passion plays, about Mary Magdalene. Fast on the heels of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's premiere of John Adams' "The Gospel According to the Other Mary" last year and Peter Sellars' staging this year, comes Mark Adamo's "The Gospel of Mary Magdalene," commissioned by San Francisco Opera and given its premiere Wednesday night in War Memorial Opera House.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2013 |
Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti is preaching a gospel of civic rebirth in appearances across Los Angeles while gently lowering expectations about how much City Hall, and he himself, can do to bring about change. In a city of 4 million, "I can't be everywhere, I won't be everywhere and do a good job," Garcetti told a crowd of about 250 at Cal State Northridge on Wednesday, one in a series of "Back to Basics" forums in the weeks before he replaces outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on July 1. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article said that Pat Pope voted for Wendy Greuel.