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‘Sisterhood of Hip Hop’ to Premiere Tuesday, August 12 on Oxygen

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June 9th, 2014
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OXYGEN MEDIA ROCKS THE MIC THIS SUMMER WITH NEW SERIES “SISTERHOOD OF HIP HOP” PREMIERING TUESDAY, AUGUST 12 AT 9 PM ET/PT

Meet The ‘Femcees’ In A Preview Special Tuesday, July 22 at 8:15 PM ET/PT

NEW YORK, NY – June 9, 2014 Oxygen Media introduces the next generation of female emcees in the new docu-series, “Sisterhood of Hip Hop” premiering Tuesday, August 12 at 9 PM ET/PT.  From 51 Minds (“TI and Tiny: The Family Hustle,” and “Below Deck”) comes an empowering series that showcases female artists chasing their dreams in a music genre traditionally dominated by men. Discovered and mentored by the biggest names in hip hop, Bia, Brianna Perry, Diamond, Nyemiah Supreme and Siya each bring a unique voice and style to the table.  The eight episode series will also include appearances by hip hop icons, mentors and friends such as Eve, Lil Jon, Travie McCoy, Rick Ross, Tank, and Irv Gotti among others.

To introduce the up-and-coming stars of hip hop, Oxygen will air a preview special on Tuesday, July 22 at 8:15 PM ET/PT, giving viewers a look at what makes these five women worthy of the sisterhood.

With Grammy-Award winning recording artist T.I. serving as Executive Producer, along with Christian Sarabia, Rabih Gholam and Roy Orecchio, this new series gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the music business and what happens when women want to change the game to root for each other and not against each other. Despite the sacrifices they often make in their personal lives, these “femcees” are determined to succeed, but not at the cost of the sisterhood they have built while overcoming the barriers and challenges that come with a rise to stardom.

“The talented artists featured in ‘Sisterhood of Hip Hop’ are vibrant characters that will resonate with Oxygen’s young, female viewers,” said Rod Aissa, SVP, Original Programming and Development, Oxygen Media.  “The optimistic and empowering nature of the show is truly unique and we look forward to rooting for each woman’s success and giving fans the opportunity to follow along on their journey.”

For more “Sisterhood of Hip Hop” content, fans can visit the official show site to see exclusive video, behind-the-scenes photos, cast blogs, news, interviews and bios.  While each episode premieres, viewers can see and interact with real-time content synched to the show, including chats, photos and more in Beamly TV rooms on the website. In addition, fans can check out the official Facebook page and join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #SisterhoodofHipHop.

Meet the Cast:

BIA @BiaBrokeMyHeart

A breaking new artist from Miami who sacrificed everything to follow her dreams and better learn her craft from Famlay and Pharrell, Bia is the New Girl on the scene.  Ever since she was in a life-threatening motorcycle accident, Bia has taken life by the bullhorns and refused to let go.  She’s dropped everything for her music and is confident it will pay off.  Being on Pharrell’s team has allowed her to be in the right place at the right time landing placements with TI, Jennifer Hudson, and Usher.  Although she has gained the respect of Pharell’s co-sign, Bia knows that all eyes are on her and she’s got to deliver.  Rarely do you get more than one shot – especially as a female emcee in this industry.

BRIANNA PERRY @BriannatheYRB

Brianna Perry has been around the music business for as long as she can remember and is ready to show the world what a lifetime of hip hop education can do for your career. Brianna’s skills have been recognized by top artists like Beyoncé, Trina and Missy Elliot and she’s been praised by press outlets such as The New York Times, Time Magazine, Complex, Vibe, The Source, XXL, and The Miami Herald for her unorthodox style.   Brianna is going to do more than tell the world what she is capable of, she is going to show them with her debut album. The gorgeous MC has charisma, style, and even dance skill to go along with her lyrical talent. Describing her own music as “refreshing, young and relatable to her fans,” Brianna is restoring innocence to the female rap game and she refuses to compromise the femininity and the edge she needs to survive in today’s hip hop world.

DIAMOND @DiamondAtl

Diamond enjoyed the sweet taste of success at age 14 with her former crew, Crime Mob, whose track “Knuck If You Buck” went platinum in 2004. Signed to King Of Crunk mentor Lil Jon's label BME, the group's success continued with the singles "Rock Yo Hips ft Lil Scrappy" and “Stilettoes." Since leaving Crime Mob in 2007 to strike out on her own, she has worked with hip hop luminaries such as Ludacris, Trina, Eve, Nikki Minaj, Waka Flocka Flame and Gucci Mane. Her singles “Lotta Money” and “Loose Screws” left enough of an impression to make her a nominee for “Best Female Hip Hop Artist” at the 2011 and 2012 BET Awards. In 2014, she signed to Polo Grounds Music joining a roster that includes Pitbull & A$AP Rocky, and with the release of her debut solo album this year, Diamond hopes to climb back to the top of the charts, a decade after Crime Mob made waves in the hip hop scene.

NYEMIAH SUPREME @NyemiahSupreme

Jamaica, Queens native Nyemiah Supreme began her career as a back-up dancer in the shadows of such well-known acts as Chris Brown and Lil Mama. After high school, she spent a year and a half working as Juelz Santana’s intern, where she got to see some of hip hop’s most notable names drop beats and rhymes in a studio setting. Inspired by her experience and a serendipitous encounter with Jim Jones, she got a break when she was asked to step up to the mic on Jones’ single “Everybody Jones.” In late 2012, Nyemiah had a late night chance studio meeting with super producer Timbaland, where he put her on the spot to write a few verses and from there took her under his wing. Today, Nyemiah has two mix-tapes under her belt, a new EP, and over half a million views on her YouTube videos. She released her single, “Rock ‘n’ Roll” with Timbaland appearing on the hook, handling the production, and appearing in the video back-to-back with Nyemiah. A former background dancer thrust to the foreground, Nyemiah Supreme stands a serious chance of having a career that lives up to her bold moniker but has a lot to prove to herself, her mentor and her fans.

SIYA @SIYA

Born in California and raised in Bed-Stuy, a legendary Brooklyn hotbed of influential hip hop music, Siya overcame many challenges early on including a drug-addicted mother and incarcerated father, as well as her own run-ins with the law. Siya’s true support came from her grandmother who took her in, but also from the streets of Bed-Stuy.  Music became an outlet for her and after moving to Atlanta to pursue her dream, she eventually built a rep for herself and caught the attention of many major labels and well-known artists. While some people in the industry were afraid of how an openly gay female rapper would fit in the genre, Siya remained determined and refused to compromise who she is, always staying true to her own unique voice and style.   One of Complex magazine’s rappers to watch out for in 2012, word around the industry is that Siya is the next big thing.

“Sisterhood of Hip Hop” is produced by 51 Minds with Christian Sarabia, T.I., Rabih Gholam and Roy Orecchio serving as Executive Producers.

North Carolina Pastor Reaches Young Adults With New Hip Hop-Based Church

By Jessica Martinez, CP Reporter
June 6, 2014 | 9:24 am
 
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Pastor Quinn Rodgers leads hip-hop-based worship services at GeneratiONE Church in Huntersville, N.C.

A North Carolina pastor has initiated an effort to reach the young and unchurched with the launch of his new hip-hop-based church.

Pastor Quinn Rodgers held service for the first time at GeneratiONE Church in Huntersville last weekend after prayerfully considering the church concept and feeling the need to offer a relevant form of Christianity to young adults.

"Most people said that this was the most liberating worship experience they had ever had," Brandi Williams, public relations director for GeneratiONE Church, told The Christian Post. "It was not a confining worship experience and people were able to express how they felt about Christ without limits. This is the culture of hip hop. Hip hop is a very expressive art form; therefore, our worship is very expressive."

About 200 people attended the first service and while traditional hymns or contemporary Christian music is the norm in most churches, GeneratiONE Church worshipped while hip-hop music was played instead.

In order to attract youth, church services begin with a happy hour (sans alcohol), which they have dubbed as a Christian networking event, followed by their praise and worship service.

Rodgers' intention is to deviate from the negative connotation attached to the musical genre and replace it with a grounded Christian doctrine.

Although the concept is different, Williams says some attendees were even crying and thankful for the worship experience.

"The Bible declares 'let everything that has breath praise the Lord,'" said Williams. "It doesn't say how, it says let everything praise the Lord."

She also noted that Rodgers felt compelled to start the church because young adults are seeking Christ in a "different and unique way."

According to a Pew Research study, young adults between ages 18 to 29 are becoming less religiously affiliated compared to older adults, which is why Rodgers hopes the youth community will be receptive to his church's unique approach.

While the idea of a hip-hop church is rather new, another congregation in San Diego is embracing the concept as well. The Body Church in San Diego attracts young adults through urban worship experiences, which has led to its development as a multicultural congregation with the majority of its members under the age of 30.

"… The hip hop and urban culture influences and transcends almost every race and ethnicity within our city," Pastor Victor Schloss told The Christian Post, in a previous interview. "Therefore, it is imperative that we incorporate redeemed elements of the hip hop and urban culture into our church so that we can contextualize the gospel and communicate its relevance to the lives of its hearers."

On the Web: www.generatiONEchurchcharlotte.org

Christian Hip Hop Artist MR. DEL Releases New Album ‘HOPE DEALER 2′ July 7

First Posted: Jun 05, 2014 03:36 PM EDT
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Christian Hip Hop Artist MR. DEL Releases New Album 'HOPE DEALER 2' July 7

Delmar Lawrence, who goes my Mr. Del, is a pastor, author, producer and artist who has been releasing solo projects and developing Urban Gospel and Christian artists and groups for over ten years with his Holy South and Dedicated Music Group labels.   After a successful career in mainstream hardcore rap, the Memphis music mogul made the life changing move to Christian music.  Mr. Del raps and preaches an raw message of righteousness and hope through his non-traditional sermons and unfiltered hip hop music.

HOPE DEALER released in 2007 from Mr. Del brought such hits "Oh My God", "U Can Do It 2" and a special guest feature from Grammy Award Winning Jazz great Kirk Whalum.  The innovator and Godfather of Christian Hip Hop and kingdom swag is dealing a second dose of HOPE.  HOPE DEALER 2 is set to release in all digital music retail outlets on July 7.

HOPE DEALER 2 will feature great collabs with Christian Rap and Urban Gospel's most dynamic artists and Mr. Del's long-time friends and colleagues: Canton Jones, Uncle Reece, The Gospel Gangtaz, Pettidee, Andale', D-Maub, Still Trill Christians, Freeway Ricky Ross and The DMG Family. HOPE DEALER 2 releases on Mr. Del's Memphis based Urban music label Dedicated Music Group (DMG) and Universal Music Christian Group.  

Mr. Del continues to grow his evidential brand in Christian Hip Hop Music, impactful Urban Ministry, mass Guerilla Marketing and signature Kingdom Swag.  His discography of hits and projects span over 15 years and include: THE FUTURE (EMI Gospel, 2005); HOLY HIP HOP: Taking The Gospel To The Streets, Vol. I (Grammy® nomination Best Rock Gospel Album); and THRILLA (2010 GMA Dove Award nomination Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year, debuted at #2 on Billboard Christian R&B/Hip Hop Chart).  

Mr. Del's longevity and innovativeness in music has garnered the respect and collaborations with legendary hip hop artist Cheryl "Salt" James of Salt-N-Pepa, Fabo of D4L, world renowned jazz artist Kirk Whalum, soulful singer Lisa McClendon, CCM multi-award winning group Out of Eden, musician and singer Debra Killings and label mate Canton Jones.  He released his first book in 2013 titled, Soul Ties: How to Detox From Toxic Relationships.

As I Lay Dying Singer Tim Lambesis Said He Became Atheist But Kept Claiming to Be Christian to Keep Selling Music to Faithful

By Leonardo Blair , CP Reporter
June 17, 2014 | 4:01 pm

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Tim Lambesis.

Tim Lambesis, lead singer and founder of Christian metalcore band As I Lay Dying, recently confessed that he and other members of his band had become atheists but kept claiming to be Christians so they could keep making money selling records to Christians.

In a wide-ranging interview with Alternative Press shortly before he was sentenced to six years in prison last month for attempting to hire a hitman to murder his estranged wife, Meggan Murphy Lambesis, the singer addressed a claim he made last year in a YouTube video about his spiritual allegiance after fans started saying he had become a Satanist.

"A month before your arrest, you posted a YouTube video addressing fans who felt your new side project, Pyrithion, was 'satanic.' I remember watching the video at the time and noticing you never gave the easy answer: 'Of course not. I'm a Christian!' You knew people thought of you as a Christian. Weren't you lying by omission?" asked AP's West Coast editor, Ryan J. Downey, of the singer in the interview.

Lambesis responded: "Yes. If you say, 'This is what I believe, you can count on this. If you believe the same things, I'm on your team.' A lot of Christian parents said, 'Yes, you can buy this As I Lay Dying CD, because they're a Christian band.' They don't even think to actually check the lyrics. So when you change your views, you kind of owe it to the fans to be honest."

He explained that he was afraid of revealing his true thoughts about God because he was afraid it would affect the record sales of his band; so he simply chose to just say, "I'm not a Satanist" as a cover.

"As far as the [YouTube] video I did explaining Pyrithion's lyrics … I was trying to put out a fire. I was afraid it would affect As I Lay Dying sales, which would affect my overall income. I was trying to put out the fire by saying the easiest thing, 'I'm not a satanist!'" he explained.

"Truthfully, I was an atheist. The 'strategy' I had at the time was cowardly. Two of the songs on that record were about coming to grips with the idea that life has no purpose, no meaning. These were negative themes I wasn't 'allowed' to deal with in As I Lay Dying songs. I thought making As I Lay Dying darker would be bad for my career. That was my thinking," he said.

Lambesis noted that the majority of "Christian bands" he encountered while he was on tour had taken similar positions – where they were simply working to collect a check.

"We toured with more 'Christian bands' who actually aren't Christians than bands that are. In 12 years of touring with As I Lay Dying, I would say maybe one in 10 Christian bands we toured with were actually Christian bands," he said.

He also explained that he wasn't the first member of As I Lay Dying to give up on Christianity.

"I actually wasn't the first guy in As I Lay Dying to stop being a Christian. In fact, I think I was the third. The two who remained kind of stopped talking about it, and then I'm pretty sure they dropped it, too," he said.

"We talked about whether to keep taking money from the 'Christian market.' We had this bizarrely 'noble' thing, like, 'Well, we're not passing along any bad ideas. We're just singing about real life stuff. Those kids need to hear about real life, because they live in a bubble,'" he added.

He said after a while, the double life had become awkward.

"I remember one Christian festival where an interviewer wanted one of the guys [in the band] to share his testimony, and he just froze up and let one of the guys who was still a Christian at the time answer the question. We laughed about it afterward, but we were only laughing because it was so awkward," said Lambesis.

"When kids would want to pray with us after shows, I'd be like, 'Um, go ahead and pray!' I would just let them pray. I'd say 'Amen.' If praying while I have my hand on their shoulder makes them feel better, I didn't want to take that away from them. When they would specifically ask me to pray for something, I'd say, 'I don't really like to pray out loud, but I'll take that with me to the bus," said the singer.

Lambesis was arrested on May 7, 2013, in Oceanside, California, for attempting to hire a hitman to murder his estranged wife and subsequently sentenced to six years in prison on May 16, 2014.

As I Lay Dying bandmate Nick Hipa responds to Tim Lambesis' interview, here.

READ COMPLETE AP INTERVIEW HERE.

Contact: leonardo.blair@christianpost.com; follow me on Twitter @leoblair