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John Givez pens open letter to Christian hip hop

Dear CHH…

I want to start by thanking the folks that found my music & supported me thru the mediums of Rapzilla, Guerilla Cross, Jam the Hype etc… I do realize that by me allowing myself to be associated with those particular mediums its allowed the following to grow. I thank God for the understanding & supportive hearts out there buying & sharing the music.

up until this point I haven’t made any huge public statements about what I think about the CHH sub-genre OR Christian culture as a whole because I haven’t been mature enough until this point to consider all the hearts emotionally invested into this community. this is not about to be a “break up letter” or an attempt to throw shade on the community. this is a letter about reexamination.

it’s been brought to my attention that some think my motives are off. or that I should check why I’m doing this. (*que Kirk Franklin* to those of you who think we’ve gone to far, that we’ve gotten to radical with our message LOL)

let me assure you I’m aware of myself. I know when my heart is bent on evil doing. I hate my sin.

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which brings me to what I really want to say. why is CHH (artist & consumers) afraid to embrace people like me? … because, this is a letter that question is rhetorical. I pose that question as a sentiment for all the PEOPLE in this world that Christian CULTURE has turned away.

as a kid I grew up in baptist church. learned all the ways of the church. my mom was a choir director & my dad preached sometimes. at about 11 years old my Dad got mentally ill & my family started to crumble.

In that time I began to rebel to the point of denouncing God as an author/authority in my life. I hated my dad for the strange things he was doing to my family & I grieved my mom by the way I started to live.

It got to the point where other parents in the church wouldn’t want their kids around me because of “bad influence” which ultimately pushed me further away. no one understood what I was going through but always wanted to correct me.

It wasn’t until about 18 or 19 I began to see that I hated God even while he lovingly kept me in my rebellion. I repented & re-dedicated my life to making it known how God kept me.

I’m almost done. I’m 23 now. that’s 5 years on this true Journey with the Lord.

KEY WORD: with. in these five years I’ve had time to reflect. on my whole life. in my music I do a lot of sharing my life. the good & the bad.

I linked up with Beleaf & Ruslan at around 19 after Beleaf married my sister. they introduced me to the scene that is CHH.

I wasn’t welcomed easily because of what some would call my “edge”. I’ve never felt emotionally apart of CHH but always respected the rules CHH keeps in the 5 years I’ve been around it.

At this point I’ve thoroughly seen how well some of you mean. I’ve also seen how scared some of you are. to embrace me. my culture. because it is in some of your eyes “of the world”.

I want to say to those of you that think I’m “of the world” because of the things that I say. I think you’re scared. I challenge you to embrace people like me.

It wasn’t until God showed me he understood me that I could love Him & further more love people like yourselves. the “good” ones. I want you to listen to my music & think about all the kids out there that you would “shut up” because they aren’t up to your standard (that you so effortlessly call Gods).

God didn’t give me a platform to be perfect. He gave me a platform to be genuine. my motives are not off. my motives are focused on being genuine in all that I do.

so in closing. yes, Im plugged into my local church & under pastors. yes, I love Jesus. no, I’m not perfect.

I’m not doing this for God, I’m doing it with God & by His power. & don’t try to shut me up cuz I’m not going anywhere. & I’m gonna tell my story to the world(ly).

peace.

http://www.johngivez.com/

Christon Gray signs with Kirk Franklin’s Fo Yo Soul Recordings

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Christon Gray has a new home, and its with a label founded by nine-time Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin. 

The artist formerly signed to Collision Records announced on Saturday that he is now on Fo Yo Soul Recordings, a joint venture between Franklin and RCA Records, which is a label under Sony Music Entertainment. Gray made the announcement on the main stage of the Christian music festival Alive in Mineral City, Ohio, about a two-hour drive from his hometown, Columbus.

Tasha Page-Lockhart and The Walls Group are also signed to Fo Yo Soul.

Gray's debut solo album, School of Roses, peaked at No. 44 on the Billboard 200.

Lecrae becomes first rapper to win Best Gospel Artist at BET Awards

A first for Lecrae is also a first for the BET Awards.

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On June 28.2015 , he won Best Gospel Artist at the 2015 BET Awards. The only other hip-hop artist to be nominated for the category is Kanye West, who lost to Donnie McClurkin in 2005.

Lecrae earned this year's honor — his first BET Award — over Mali Music, Erica Campbell, Deitrick Haddon, Fred Hammond and Michelle Williams. In 2013, Lecrae lost Best Gospel Artist to Mary Mary.

The 2015 BET Award is the fourth major accolade that Lecrae has collected this year. He won Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song at the Grammys, Rap/Hip-Hop CD of the Year at the Stellars and Top Christian Album at the Billboard Music Awards.

Believerz n Da Hood

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The Lord gave me the idea to start this Ministry. The purpose is to minister the Word to people in very poor places or what we call the HOOD. The reason why we filmed it and posted it on YouTube is becuase currently Social Media is BIG! When I was in college in Florida, I would watch a gangster DVD called Dem Dam Dawgs.

They would show gangsters in the Hood holding guns, money and drugs. I watched this DVD every day. Soon, I was out there doing the same things the gangsters were doing and I thought I was cool. Young kids are very influenced by what they see, just as I was in college, and I wanted to be a gangster. Now that the Lord changed my life, He has led me to make a video showing true believers preaching Christ, saving souls and doing good things for the people in the Hood.

I truly believe this will motivate young kids, youth, and adolescents to go out and preach the Word and want to be a TRUE Believer in Christ! I want to show the Youth that being a Believer in Christ is cool and it’s not for people who are soft. We know that our Savior was the toughest man to EVER walk this earth. They need to see that we are from the streets just like them, but we're different, we Live different and Love God!

Michael Ray Garvin
@BelieverZNDaHood

www.believerzndahood.com

Christian Crawford makes impromptu prayer following seizure at graduation

By Myriah Towner For Dailymail.com

Published: 01:03 EST, 26 May 2015 | Updated: 02:59 EST, 26 May 2015‚Äč

A graduating student made an impromptu prayer following a medical emergency during his high school graduation ceremony.

During the ceremony at Clay-Chalkville High School on May 21 in Alabama, a woman in the crowd suffered a seizure.

This prompted Christian Crawford to take the podium and deliver a powerful prayer that has since gone viral.

Speaking to more than 1,000 people, Crawford was greeted by a roar of applause after leading the nearly 300 graduates, along with the audience, in prayer for the ailing woman, according to the Trussville Tribune.

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