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July 1, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
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.
May 21, 1985 | Associated Press
A Roman Catholic student leader assailed Pope John Paul II today about church policies on birth control and liberation theology, saying they are "far removed from reality." Veronique Oruba, 22, who is of Polish origin, spoke to the Polish-born Pope at an outdoor meeting attended by 30,000 people at the University of Louvain, the French-speaking branch of the Catholic university that is a bastion of liberation theology, a philosophy of social activism.
April 23, 1986 | STEVE POND
Vern Gosdin has a string of country hits covering almost two decades, and his songs have been recorded by the Byrds and George Jones, and he's sung with Ernest Tubb and Emmylou Harris. But all of this wasn't quite enough to fill the Palomino on Monday night. Aside from a few purists, it seems, most people might remember Gosdin only as the guy at Farm Aid whose set had to be repeated when Sammy Hagar's foul mouth got the live broadcastknocked off the air.
April 23, 1995
On behalf of everyone of Jewish descent, I wish to thank Larry Stammer for his outstanding article "Good Friday Renews Focus on Roots of Anti-Semitism" (April 14), and to The Times for publishing this expose of the origins of prejudice and hatred on the front page where it belongs to be every year. Unknown to many Christians and certainly to all anti-Semites, the Gospel of John was written 100 to 150 years after the death of Jesus. This was a time when the primarily Jewish leaders of the fledgling Christian religion decided to devote their major efforts to converting the all-powerful Roman Empire to Christianity, rather than continuing their relatively unsuccessful efforts at converting all Jews (Jews accounted for almost 10% of the population of the Roman Empire at that time)
April 19, 2008 | Francisco Vara-Orta, Times Staff Writer
Theresa Fajardo had a moment of fright Friday afternoon as she waited to sing her solo in front of a nearly full house at Walt Disney Concert Hall. But as the gospel-style Christian anthem "Let Everything That Hath Breath" simmered to the drum beat, Fajardo, 18, felt at peace. Mid-song, the Agoura High School senior fell out of line to stand apart from the other singers -- one of about 900 from 28 Southern California schools gathered for the 19th annual High School Choir Festival.
October 13, 1986 | PAUL GREIN
Michael W. Smith's music is based on the idea that Christian kids like to rock too. Smith's show Saturday at the Greek Theatre featured the usual rock show trappings--fog, strobe lights, power chords--but his songs also conveyed religious messages. In fact, Smith was so conscious of appearing hip and contemporary that he and his five-man band didn't really connect until a third of the way through the set.
Anticipation ran high on Saturday among the nearly full house at the Greek Theatre for what was billed as Little Richard's first L.A.appearance in 20 years. Would his voice be weak from constant rounds of self-promotion? Would he be back in one of his recurring gospel-only phases? Would the show be a stunning comeback for one of rock's most influential and commanding figures or a big wop-lop-a-loo-bop-a-wop-bam-fizz ?
It did not move him to shout, "Good golly, Miss Molly." "Awop bop a-loo bop, awop bam boom" did not screech from his lips. He did not appear to shake a whole lot. That all came later. Instead, getting the first look at his wax likeness at the Movieland Wax Museum Thursday, Little Richard, 64, was plainly honest. "It makes you look like [you] died when you look at this thing," he said with a chuckle, posing for news cameras as Dick Clark mopped Richard's sweaty brow.
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