- Created on 04 April 2013
Grammy-Award winning star and Gospel music icon Kirk Franklin is joining forces with House of Blues and its venues across the United States to create a new Gospel Brunch experience as part of its year-long 20th Anniversary Celebration.
House of Blues Gospel Brunch has been a staple of Sunday morning family entertainment around the country for over two decades. Now House of Blues has reinvented the renowned dining entertaining experience with even more spectacular interactive energy and excitement.
Considered by many to be the most popular brunch experience in the country, Kirk Franklin’s Gospel Brunch at House of Blues will be unveiled for the first time at House of Blues locations across the country this Mother’s Day, May 12th. The new Gospel Brunch experience will be infused with the same kind of contemporary energy that has made Franklin the biggest selling Gospel Music artist in the world.
For the past few months, Franklin has been heavily engaged in creating the new Gospel Brunch experience, visiting many of the House of Blues clubs in person and tailoring each show to fit the club’s individual market. His aim is for Gospel Brunch guests be treated to an uplifting live music and dining spectacle that will bring them to their feet, have them clapping, singing and creating unforgettable memories.
“House of Blues’ Gospel Brunch is an American institution, so I am honored to be working hand-in-hand with them to revitalize the experience for music fans of all ages,” said Mr. Franklin. “This has really been a labor of love for me and I’m excited for everyone to see what we’ve created when we kick things off on Mother’s Day.”
House of Blues President Ron Bension said, “For two decades House of Blues has been a special place for fans and performers to share musical moments, memories and meals unlike any other place in the world. As we head in to our next 20 years we wanted to make this Sunday tradition even better by showcasing the greatest gospel music of yesterday, today and tomorrow with someone amazing like Kirk Franklin.”
The all-you-can-eat Gospel Brunch is a non-denominational, participative celebration of gospel music to help wipe away the week’s troubles and inspire the week ahead. With a buffet menu that is ever-evolving, it features southern specialties and morning feast favorites such as cornbread muffins and maple butter, Creole chicken and shrimp jambalaya, chicken and waffles, carving stations, plus create-your-own Bloody Mary and mimosa bars.
Founded in 1992, House of Blues are located throughout the United States and form the country’s pre-eminent group of intimate music venues. Each features state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology in one-of-a-kind custom designed environments aimed to bring fans as close as possible to the artists. Every location’s restaurant and bar is adorned with signature original folk-art – part of the world’s largest collection – combined with the House of Blues legendary hospitality and tantalizing cuisine.
Kirk Franklin’s Gospel Brunch at House of Blues will debut on May 12th at House of Blues locations which including Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Diego, Las Vegas, Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Chicago, Cleveland, Myrtle Beach, and Orlando. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 5 at 10 a.m. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the International House of Blues Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides arts and cultural educational programs and resources for youth in communities across the United States.
- Created on 03 April 2013
In recognition of National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, Healing of the Heart Ministries will host a conference offering discussion and dialogue for survivors and family members seeking help to handle sexual abuse crisis and conflicts stemming from homosexuality in the family.
Themed "Beyond Pain to Wholeness: Overcoming the Stigma," the conference takes place Saturday, April 6 at the Georgia International Convention Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The event organizers hope the conference will serve as training ground for mental health and counseling professionals, as well as pastors and church leaders, providing them with hands-on resources to confront and repair all areas of sexual conflict, trauma and abuse.
"When we read the stories in the media or hear admonishments from the pulpit, we can lose sight that there's a face behind every story of sexual abuse and struggle," says event organizer Dr. Betty L. Mitchell. "This conference equips those on the front lines of mental health and ministry with current techniques and methods to better help our clients and congregants."
For more than two decades, Mitchell has ministered to hundreds of men and women traumatized by the effects of sexual trauma. Mitchell holds her doctorate in Pastoral and Clinical Counseling along with a master's degree in education from Pepperdine University. She is a member of the National Christian Counselors Association and the Black Christian Council Association.
Presented in partnership with Open Word Christian Ministries and the Georgia chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses, the daylong event includes keynote speakers, a question-and-answer discussion and testimonials from survivors of sexual trauma.
- Created on 02 April 2013
This week the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel will host Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the International Association for Human Values and the Art of Living Foundation.
He will speak as part of a community-wide interfaith assembly and MLK induction crown forum ceremony at the chapel, which is located at Morehouse College as part of the 28th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. College of Ministers and Laity. The college reports that theme for this year is "Love and Forgiveness in Action."
The assembly will take place twice this week, first on Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. and again Thursday, April 4, at 11 a.m.
"On the eve and anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King, a 1948 graduate of Morehouse College, there is no better time to highlight the need for peace and nonviolence in the world," said a King International spokesperson.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel is located on the campus of Morehouse College at 830 Westview Drive, SW, Atlanta, GA 30314.
His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of Southern India, Founder of the Art of Living Foundation and the International Association for Human Values will be awarded the Gandi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Prize for his humanitarian work in 152 countries and in recognition for being one of today's leading voices of peace and non-violence.
The Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders prize symbolizes the tradition these giants of humanity share and, it is hoped, will inspire and empower every person to take responsibility for the improvement of the human condition. Prior recipients include: HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, Mr. Nelson R. Mandela, Mikhail S. Gorbachev, Michael Nobel, Betty Williams, F.W. De Klerk, Coretta Scott King (posthumously), Rabbi Michael Lerner and Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu among others.
- Created on 02 April 2013
The YWCA of Greater Atlanta and the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor recently hosted "A Fireside Chat" featuring a panel of executive women to mark Women's History Month.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Managing Editor Monica R. Richardson (center) moderated the event featuring Rabbi and physician Analia Bortz (from left); Nita Sardana, vice president American Cyber Systems; and Alvetta Peterman Thomas, president of Atlanta Technical College. They talked about the challenges of balancing work and family during the program at the Georgia Power Company auditorium.
- Created on 02 April 2013
Witnesses say the 25-year-old man accused of walking into an Ohio church and fatally shooting his father after an Easter service Sunday was yelling about God and Allah after the killing.
Police say Reshad Riddle walked into the Hiawatha Church of God in Christ in Ashtabula...