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The Pulse of Entertainment: Blues Living Legend Rev. John Lee Hooker, Jr. Releases Gospel CD ‘Testify’

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Rev. John Lee Hooker, Jr.

*“I received my first Grammy nomination in Blues in 2004,” said Rev. John Lee Hooker, Jr. about his career accolades. Rev. Hooker, Jr. just released his first Gospel project “Testify” featuring lead guitarist Alvon Johnson. “My second Grammy nomination was in Traditional Blues in 2008. I’ve gone from Blues to the Good News.”

The first single off the Detroit native’s “Testify” album is “My God is Holy,” written by Rev. Hooker, Jr. It was released with an accompanying music video. “Testify” is produced by Grammy Award winning Larry D. Batiste (Charlie Wilson, Michael Bolton).

“I wrote ‘Testify’. It has my (Blues) sound, but the lyrics are about testifying to the power of the Lord, Jesus Christ. I went from darkness to light. I’ve been shot, stabbed, homeless and He delivered me.”

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Like most, Rev. John Lee Hooker, Jr. took the Light of God for granted, succumbing to the hopelessness that the “dark” can bring. Being raised in the church because his grandfather was a Pastor, Hooker, Jr. knew about the light and the hope that it brings. Christ never leaves us sometimes we get blinded by the darkness and can’t see our way to the light.

“In 1987-88 I was ordained,” he informed me. “Then I went into the world of music. I learned I can’t mix church and the world.”

Rev. John Lee Hooker, Jr. started singing at the age of eight, live, on the radio and was touring the country with his father, iconic Blues singer and lead guitarist John Lee Hooker known for creating the “Boogie” and was labeled soon after the “king of the Boogie.” Rev. John Lee Hooker, Jr. made a big name for himself in the music business as a Blues singer. His vocals have supported such icons as Betty Wright and Grammy winning Larry Batiste. He has performed alongside B.B. King, Lenny Kravitz, Etta James, the Rolling Stones and Snoop Dogg. In 2018 Rev. John Lee Hooker, Jr. received the “Bobby Blues Bland Life-Time Achievement” Award.

“My main objective is to spread His name,” Rev. Hooker, Jr. said about his first Gospel project. “To show those who may be going through something that He’ll get you out of it. I spent a lot of my life in jail. I’m going back to the Super Max Prison, where I was at 23, to perform. It’s so surreal.”

Rev. John Lee Hooker, Jr. will be touring to promote “Testify” with his band – bass player John Pride; guitar player Jeffrey Horan; drummer Mike Rogers; keyboard player Elder Paul Sylvester; guitarist Rick Mightybone; trombone player Feliciano, and sax player Doug Rowan. www.JohnLeeHookerJr.com

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference (ULMII), founded by Eunice in 1999, is into its 21st year. Next events are coming to Los Angeles in November, 2020 and to Baltimore Saturday April 17, 2021. The ULMII event is a free conference offering an Entertainment Business Panel Q&A Session, a Talent Showcase and Talent Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) where aspiring artists have a chance to receive over $15,000 valued in prizes/product/services.  Log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com for more information.

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Must See: Mike Tyson Stuns Lil Boosie: Asks Rapper If its Possible He’s ‘A Homosexual’ / WATCH

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*Poor Lil Boosie. Like they say on the streets, he ain’t see it comin’. No he didn’t. Dude had no clue that Mike Tyson, of all people, was gonna rock his world.

All Tyson did was brilliantly ask the Louisiana rapper something that social media has been asking him for years,  but of course it was never to his face and it came a physical force that was also intimidating.

Anyway, Lil Boosie, as you know (if you follow him) has VERY STRONG opinions on gay and transgender people. Remember the incident not too long ago where damn near demanded that  Dwyane Wade not cut off his son-now daughter’s penis.

With no hesitation, Tyson incisively and quietly  asked Boosie is it possible he is a “homosexual” and that is why he lashes out.

Boosie stuttered a bit before answering.

Below is the full interview followed by some of the Twitter reactions.

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Naturally, folks couldn’t wait to chime in

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Larry Buford: Judgment or Test? America’s Job Experience

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Illustration of Job in the Bible

[This is a chapter from my book, “Things Are Gettin’ Outta Hand, first published in 2007. Although many other tragic events have happened in the 13 years since then, including the current global pandemic, I think it is still relevant as history continues to repeat itself]

Breaking news: Bridge Collapses, Victims Killed; Miner’s Trapped, Victims Killed; Record Flooding, Victims Killed; Senseless Shooting, Victims Killed; Raging Fires, Victims Killed; and the list goes on!!

While it seems like all hell is breaking loose, one may ask, is America being judged or tested?

The biblical character Job received (heart) “breaking news” [Job chapter 1]: “And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them: and the Sabeans fell upon them and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword…While he was speaking, there also came another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them…”

In the end, Job had received back-to-back reports from four different messengers that he had suffered great losses including his children. Job even lost his health, but eventually regained everything even more in abundance. It was a test to see if Job would deny God.

Prior to the 911 tragedy, we seldom heard of God or Jesus in mainstream media. Since then it has become acceptable, and more and more prevalent with each new turn of tragic events. Is God testing America to see if we truly are a Christian nation? Or is this judgment on a nation that has turned its back towards God?

If it’s a test, we as a nation should hold steadfast our convictions as did Job. If judgment, God says in II Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

There is yet hope for America!

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Larry Buford is a Los Angeles-based contributing writer. Author of “Things Are Gettin’ Outta Hand” and “Book To The Future” (Amazon); two insightful books that speak to our moral conscience in times like these. Email: [email protected]

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Rapper Offset Pulled from Car & Detained by Cops for Driving Through Trump Supporters! (Watch)

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*If you haven’t heard, rapper Offset was almost arrested while live-streaming himself driving through a pro-Trump rally on Saturday.

Yep, the guy who’s currently married to Cardi B, was pulled over by Beverly Hills police after he drove through a crowd of Trump supporters and allegedly waved a handgun.

Beverly Hills police surrounded Offset’s vehicle with guns drawn. He refused orders to take his hand off his steering wheel and turn off the engine.

Offset: “I’m not finna do that.”

Cop: “Why not?”

“Because you got guns out. I’m not finna move my hands from my steering wheel.”

Offset live-streamed the traffic stop, telling police “Do you know who I am? I’m Offset from the Migos!”

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When a female officer told him he was seen waving a gun in the air, Offset said, “You just watched somebody beat my car up with a flag. What are you talking about?”

Another officer approached the car, reached in the driver’s side window and unlocked the car door. The officer then snatched Offset out of the vehicle. We’ve learned that he was only detained and eventually released.

Beverly Hills police also confirmed they detained a man for pointing a gun at Trump supporters.

Apparently they man they arrested for possession of a concealed loaded weapon is Marcelo Almanzar, Cardi B’s cousin.

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