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Gospel’s Legendary Clark Sisters Celebrate New Year, New Music, and New Movie – VIDEO

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*It’s been 47 years since The Clark Sisters, who were barely teenagers, released their first gospel album titled “Jesus Has a Lot to Give.”  Since the classic recording, The Clark Sisters have had much to give the world through their epic gospel songwriting, singing, recordings and live performances.

With a huge portfolio of songs recorded over the last six decades, some of the group’s biggest gospel hits have included “He Gave Me Nothing to Lose,” “Name it Claim it,” “Hallelujah,” “You Brought The Sunshine,” “Ha Ya,” “Expect Your Miracle,” “Blessed & Highly Favored,”  “Is My Living in Vain?” and more.

Now, just weeks into the New Year, The Clark Sisters, the best-selling female gospel group ever, are ecstatic about dropping new music and starring in a new made-for-television movie.

The recording, the group’s 20th album (which, as of this posting, is still un-named), features the vocal offerings of four of the five Clark sisters:  Jacky Clark-Chisholm, Elbernita “Twinkie” Clark, Dr. Dorinda Clark-Cole, and Karen Clark-Sheard.

“We are really excited about this new album in our lives,” said Clark-Cole.  “It always gives us such great excitement to know that after being here for over 40 years, God has allowed us and afforded us the opportunity to sustain, be relevant, and carry on the gospel legacy of our mother, the late, great Dr. Mattie Moss Clark.”

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Clark-Cole said the album’s first released single, “Victory” carries a timely message, as it currently climbs major music charts for the three-time Grammy Award-winning gospel group.

“There are some devastating things that are happening in the world today,” explained Clark-Cole.  “So the only victory we have is through Jesus Christ.  In this song, we just want to sing out to people who are going through something that they will always have victory because God is the ultimate source of their strength and source of getting through life.”

Several major producers have attached their names and talents to the group’s new single and upcoming gospel album, to include Jermaine Dupri, Rodney Jerkins, Kirk Franklin, Warryn Campbell, Donald Lawrence, Kurt Carr, and Mano Haines.

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Clark-Cole said The Clark Sisters are also extremely happy about the new made-for-television movie about the group, which debuts on Lifetime, Easter Sunday, April 12.   The movie’s title is “The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel.”  The biopic will chronicle the life and times of Dr. Mattie Moss Clark and all five Clark sisters, including Denise Clark-Bradford, who sang, recorded, and performed with her sisters until 1986.

“We are very happy about the movie,” Clark-Cole said.  “People have always wondered how it was growing up in the Clark house in Detroit, beginning in the 1960s.  Viewers will now see how it all started for us – from little girls singing at home and church – to where we are now.   The biopic shows our ups and downs, our triumphs and challenges.”

“Our story is so unique because we were raised in the church by a mother who was saved,” Jacky Clark-Chisholm, the oldest of the sisters, has said in numerous interviews.  “Because of her believes and our commitments, our mother told us to use our anointment to always sing together.”

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When asked about the patented “Clark Sisters Sound,” Clark-Cole credits her mother, who was an international-renowned gospel songwriter, singer, pianist/organist, arranger and choral director.

“Our mother would get us up early in the morning, because God would place a song in her mind,” recalled Clark-Cole.   “Although there were tape recorders back in those days, our mother would rather give us our parts to sing and tell us to sing it again, sing it again, and sing it again.”

Gospel music historians and aficionados have described The Clark Sisters’ signature sound as high and complex acrobatic vocals trills, riffs, and growls, which emanates from the voicing, range and strength of each sister, to contribute and generate an uncanny three-part sweet, powerful, and unique harmony.  The group’s technique is widely used by today’s contemporary gospel ensembles.

The Clark Sisters, according to Clark-Cole, have other endeavors that they would like to pursue this year, such as performing overseas, including England, where the sisters are ultra-popular.  Each sister continues to minister the word of God on multiple audio and visual platforms, and have enjoyed solo recording projects and performances in the past.

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Collectively, Jacky, Twinkie, Dorinda and Karen, are all long-time members of Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ in Detroit, where Karen’s husband, J. Drew Sheard is bishop.  The sisters’ strong connection and membership, said Clark-Cole, to the same church in the city where they were born, raised and continue to live is a major reason for the group’s success and longevity.

“When you’re committed at home and God can trust you with home, He will allow you to expand,” said Clark-Cole.  “God gives us great territory, and He’s able to trust us to where we are about to go.   However, you have to have a spiritual base to continue to flourish.”

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And before we close out our story on the Clark Sisters, we want to also congratulate them on their NAACP Image Awards nomination for “Victory.”

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Nona Hendryx to Host Global Virtual Event with Special Guest Appearance by Angela Davis

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*Singer, songwriter, and activist Nona Hendryx in conjunction with Nubian Q.U.E.E.N.X., have partnered with the international feminist group JASS (Just Associates) to present a “Musical Meditation and Celebration of Radical Healing” on Friday, August 14, 2020. This global, multi-artist virtual online event is designed to share and affirm our connections and power in a time of uprising and crisis through music, dance, poetry, and guided meditations. Featuring female performing entities from around the world, including noted activist, academic, and author Angela Davis, this one-of-a-kind event will be live-streamed on the StreamYard platform beginning at 4:00 p.m. EST/1:00 p.m. PST/2:00 MT/7:00 p.m. UCT.

JASS was founded in 2003 by activists, organizers, popular educators, and scholars from five continents, including Lisa VeneKlasen, who recently stepped down as Executive Director, and Shereen Essof, the current Executive Director, who are connected by their commitment to grassroots feminist organizing and justice through shared political struggles from Central America to Zimbabwe, South Africa, and the Philippines.

Hendryx – a former member of Grammy Hall of Fame trio LaBelle – and VeneKlasen have long wanted to collaborate politically on an event spotlighting women’s often invisible role in the ongoing fight to address unfinished struggles of our liberation – violence, inequality, racism, discrimination, stigma, and more. Initially planning to partner to celebrate Women’s History Month in March, then Black Music Month in June, they postponed plans when the country was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as by the global outcry for racial and social justice. With numerous artists and organizations taking to online platforms for performances and fundraisers, Hendryx and VeneKlasen decided that August was a stronger opportunity for the two women-focused entities to address both the hopeful possibilities and trauma and pain of these times.

“By radical healing, we’re acknowledging the power of music to lift our spirits and connect us across all our differences,” says Hendryx. “We recognize that we can’t build and sustain strong movements for the long haul with broken people who bear the brunt of crises and violence. We need moments of shared joy and connections as much as information and strategy.” Adding that women’s role at the forefront of numerous movements has been powerful and consistent, she also notes, “some of the most amazing music ever created has been birthed from struggle.”

Shereen Essof, JASS Executive Director, adds, “In the face of crises and violence, feminist organizers believe that our collective healing is vital to building strong, agile movements for the future. Songs, music, dancing, and poetry are part of a long tradition of activism and communities organizing for justice globally. We are incredibly excited to co-create this moment of radical healing with these extraordinary artists.”

Hendryx will perform with New York-based collective Nubian Q.U.E.E.N.X. (Quantum, Unique, Evolving, Essence of Nubian Sistas), a musical meditation on the affirmation of healing traumas of the past and present while answering questions and exploring ways to move forward. First presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., in September 2019 with special guests Divinity Roxx, Be Steadwell, Liza Jessie Peterson, the group will be joined by Sophia Ramos for the August 14th performance.  Q.U.E.E.N.X. is a multi-generational, multi-disciplinary blending of music, spoken word, hip-hop, funk, rock, and avant-garde. The group has been hailed for its unique performances that embrace a broad range of audiences, particularly the African American, Latinx, Indigenous Natives, and LGBTQI communities.

Also joining Nubian Q.U.E.E.N.X. for this special presentation in radical healing will be noted women artists from around the globe, including South African actress and poet Lebo Mashile; indigenous Guatemalan singer Sara Carruchich; Zimbabwean singer and Mbira player, Hope Masike; and Filipina theater actress and singer Monique Wilson.

For more information and reservations for this event, please go to https://nona-hendryx.squarespace.com/nubianqueenx and https://www.justassociates.org/

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Evelyn Lozada Gets Emotional Recalling Ochocinco Abuse [VIDEO]

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*Evelyn Lozada has responded to the recent comments her ex-husband, former NFL star Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, made about his 2012 domestic violence case.

“I lost my temper for once in life for 3 seconds & it cost me a lifetimes worth of work,” he tweeted without mentioning the incident. “I got it all back plus some after getting a 2nd chance & NOTHING will ever get me out of that happy space again.”

As reported by thejasminebrand.com, Johnson was arrested and charged with domestic battery in 2012 following an altercation with Lozada. She filed for divorce days after.

He pleaded no contest and struck a plea deal and served a year-long probation sentence.

Johnson was also dropped by the Miami Dolphins after his arrest. He and Evelyn also filmed a VH1 realty show that never aired. 

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The “Basketball Wives” star released a tearful video Thursday in response to Johnson’s tweet.

She captioned the 5 minute clip: “I’m sorry to my kids, my family & friends, my fellow cast-members, their kids & family, the viewers & anyone else I hurt or affected with my actions. I hope & pray my message is received and that this video makes sense. I’m sorry for being so upset but this is HEAVY on my heart. #ILoveAllOfYou”.

In the video Lozada makes clear that Ochocinco was abusive on more than one occasion.

Hear/watch her tell it via the YouTube clip above. 

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Johnson’s spoke about his troubled past after social media users asked his advice on how to stay positive.

“What’s the secret? How do you stay so positive? Was it therapy? Not being funny…really asking for myself,” wrote one fan.

Evelyn and Chad were married for only 41 days before she filed for divorce after they had a violent brawl.

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Stephen A. Smith Says NBA Players Will ‘Struggle’ with Sexual Frustration in Orlando / WATCH

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*As the NBA prepares for the conclusion of the season in Orlando, Florida, Stephen A. Smith thinks the biggest challenge players will face in the city is the lack of sex due to the COVID-19 lockdown. 

“Do we really think that the ‘recreational activities’ that these guys are accustomed to are going to be compromised for three months?” said Smith on Tuesday’s edition of First Take, per 97 The Game.

The NBA recently shared a photo of courts for the Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic being set up inside the bubble at Disney World, offering a first look at team practice rooms being set up in hotels. 

As noted by CBS News, ” as teams start traveling to Orlando next week, we should start getting more information about how everything in the bubble is going to look,” the outlet writes. Adding, “Teams will practice at staggered times in order to promote social distancing and keep everyone healthy. “

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Smith added, “Forget three months. They’re gonna’ struggle with three weeks. Why you think they wanted Vegas?” asked Smith.

Hear him tell it via the Twitter video above.

Meanwhile, Jesse Pantuosco of 97 The Game writes, “the NBA has made its Orlando accommodations as player-friendly as possible with table tennis, on-site barbers, movie-viewing areas and other entertainment options. But even with all those amenities at their disposal, Smith predicts players will leave the premises to fulfill their sexual appetites.”

“They’re gonna’ violate the bubble. That’s what I’m telling you,” Smith insisted. “Somebody’s gotta’ say it.”

Meanwhile, when asked what he would like to see when the league restarts in Florida, Lakers player representative Danny Green told ESPN.  “We got to continue to speak up, continue to figure out ways to affect change as a group,” said Green. “We’ll be competing against each other and focusing on winning, but we still need to focus on what’s the bigger picture.”

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