January 5, 2014 |
In December 2006, Bobby Bowden blew off an interview with a Los Angeles reporter who was in Tallahassee, Fla., to preview Florida State's upcoming Emerald Bowl game with UCLA. The reporter was me. Bowden had no time to explain as he rushed out of Doak Campbell Stadium on his way to a waiting plane. He said he'd give me all the time I wanted if I could stay an extra day (and he graciously did), but this was a pressing issue concerning the future of the program. Neither of us could have imagined that trip would lead to Florida State playing Auburn on Monday night in the last Bowl Championship Series title game.
November 26, 2013 |
ROME - Eight months into his headline-grabbing papacy, Pope Francis issued a wide-ranging manifesto Tuesday in which he sharply criticizes the excesses of capitalism and says he wants a decentralized Roman Catholic Church that is "bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets. " Francis' 84-page Apostolic Exhortation, titled "The Joy of the Gospel," gathers together a number of the causes he has championed in speeches and homilies since being elected in March, including the need for "a conversion of the papacy," to reverse the "excessive centralization.
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October 21, 2013 |
Jazz singer Gloria Lynne, whose roller-coaster career took her from hits like "I Wish You Love" in the 1960s to near-obscurity and then rediscovery, died on Oct. 8 in a Newark, N.J., hospital. She was 83. The cause of death was a heart attack, said her son Richard Alleyne, a rock arranger known professionally as P.J. Allen. Lynne was lauded for her interpretations of songs in a wide variety of styles, and "I Wish You Love," her best-known recording, scored high on the charts in 1964.
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.