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China McClain Quits the Black Lightning TV Series & Dedicates Her Career to God

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“I’m doing God’s work now and I’m not doing anything else” says China.

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Upon the recent news of the cancellation of the “Black Lightning” TV Series, Disney star China McClain announces that she quietly decided to leave the show prior to it’s cancellation. On a recent Facebook Live she remains vague about her full reasons for walking away, but stresses that it was not because she didn’t like the cast she was working with. China praised the cast and encouraged fans to watch the coming spin off featuring Jordan Calloway (AKA Pain Killer).

In the video below, China speaks about her next moves.

“All this is an illusion. It’s an illusion. This industry for what it is and everything people look to and praise, it’s not important,” she said. “God is moving me in more ways that’s bigger than this show. I’m doing God’s work now and I’m not doing anything else. I’m just going to put it plainly. I’ve never felt more awake in my life.”

In the video, China speaks more about the start of her own production company and everything God has been teaching her during the quarantine. While her full reasons for leaving the show seem to remain purposely unclear, she simply encourages fans to trust her decision.

Since the passing of Chadwick Boseman, China has been speaking more about God and other challenging topics that she has been wrestling with during this year and throughout the quarantine season. In the video she addresses her recent changes saying, “It’s been put on my heart to say these things and I want to take that same energy and put it into my movies.”

With tears in her eyes, she spoke more saying,
“I’m creating things now for y’all and it’s not to get a check. It’s to teach you something or to show you new avenues that entertainment doesn’t show you right now. We need the Spirit man in these projects. I don’t know where it’s gone. I can only pinpoint a few now and the rest of them hurt me to watch. A lot of people say they want change but, I’m ready for things to change and I want to help. I’m done teeny bopping around here. It’s not about making the best next move. I don’t even care about that anymore. I want to be apart of the good. If I’m not really apart of it and helping to push it forward, then I don’t know what I’m doing here. So, that’s what I want to do.”

We don’t know where these new decisions will take China next, but we and all of her fans will be ready to stand by with prayers and continued support! The Black Lightning Chapter in her life may be closing. But, it’s clear her journey continues and it’s full of promise!

There’s still one last season left of Black Lightning. So, be sure to watch! If you’re late to the party, catch up on all previous seasons on Netflix.

Tamara is the founder of ArtSoulRadio.com and a contributor for Ebony/Jet Magazine and other publications. She also works in TV/Film production and has a strong passion for the arts, community outreach, teaching and working with the youth. Learn more at www.tamarallyoung.com and follow her on social media.

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    May 4, 2021 at 8:02 am

    I love China!…and truly respect her decision! I watched her grow up in movies! China, you are awesome Do YOU!! many blessings on your next chapter!! Huge fan!

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R&B and Gospel Singer Kelly Price Reported Missing in Georgia

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Police in Georgia have listed gospel and R&B singer Kelly Price as a missing person after being unable to find her during a welfare check last weekend.

Price, 48, posted a video on July 29 saying she had COVID-19 and was having trouble with the symptoms. Her family told TMZ she was admitted to a hospital about a week later and then taken to the Intensive Care Unit when her condition worsened. Kelly Price’s last Instagram post was shared on July 29 and it featured the songstress announcing that she was battling COVID.

The family told TMZ that they were in touch with Kelly while she was in the ICU which included several visits from her children. But, they were soon “shocked” to hear that she was discharged just three weeks later as she was “still not fully healthy.”

And while authorities allege that Kelly’s boyfriend was “cooperative” when they spoke to him, Kelly’s family told investigators that he’s been “keeping friends and family members from visiting her home.”

The family and friends of Kelly Price are especially concerned for her safety now that she hasn’t been seen in a month.

According to Cobb County officials who spoke with TMZ, Kelly was officially listed as a missing person following a welfare check conducted at her home last Saturday. They reportedly found no evidence of foul play. They have also talked with Kelly’s financ’e at the residence.

While reports have surfaced that Kelly has been found safe and is back with family, Cobb County officials confirmed with The U.S. Sun that the news is “false.”

“No one in our division has been contacted by her family members to confirm Kelly is back home and safe. Any reports stating otherwise are false and unauthorized as of right now. 

“We hope to find Kelly safe and when that happens, we will let the public know,” authorities told The Sun. “We hope to find Kelly safe and when that happens, we will let the public know.”

This is still a developing story. However, as of now, Kelly Price is still listed as “missing” in the National Crime Information Center. We are sending prayers her way for a fast and safe recovery.

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Jonathan McReynolds Earns 4th Billboard #1, ‘Grace’ + Tours w/ Mali Music

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GRAMMY® and Stellar Award winner, Jonathan McReynolds, continues his reign in gospel music by adding another #1 single to his resume. The single, “Grace” (lifted from the PEOPLE EP), has earned #1 status on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart. Along with this milestone, McReynolds celebrates winning 3 Stellar Awards forMale Vocalist of the YearProducer of the Year and Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year, during the 36th Stellar Gospel Music Awards telecast. Jonathan McReynolds current EP, PEOPLE, is available wherever music is sold and streamed now.

Beginning September 30, Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music will take their GRAMMY® winning collaboration on the road, embarking on a multi-city tour simply titled Jonny x Mali. Tickets are available for purchase at JonnyXMali.com.

“I told Mali at the recording, being a gospel artist is simply more fun for me when he’s around. We are the perfect odd couple of musical creativity. I love it. I draw the lines; he colors the picture. Magic and Bird love. A teacher and a poet. I think people will hear it and love it too,” shares Jonathan McReynolds.

The PEOPLE EP by Jonathan McReynolds boasts collaborations with Mali Music, The Walls Group and Pastor Mike Todd. It is available now everywhere that music is streamed. Impacting radio now are the singles “Grace” and “Best Thing.” The new #1 single, “Grace” marks McReynolds’ fourth #1 single preceded by “Movin’ On,” “Make Room” and “Not Lucky, I’m Loved.”

For more information on Jonathan McReynolds visit jonathanmcreynolds.com; on Facebook at Facebook.com/jmcreynoldsmusic; on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube using the handle @jonmcreynolds

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JONNY X MALI – Tour Dates

  • September 30th: Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
  • October 1: Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC
  • October 3rd: Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia PA
  • October 4th: Sony Hall, New York, New York
  • October 5th: Toad’s Place, New Haven, CT
  • October 7th: Lincoln Theatre, Washington DC
  • October 10th: Chicago IL, House of Blues
  • October 13th: The Novo, Los Angeles, CA

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eOne brings to market both original and existing content, sourcing IP from Hasbro’s portfolio of 1500+ brands, and through a diversified network of creative partners and eOne companies including: international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Daisybeck, Blackfin and Whizz Kid Entertainment; live entertainment leaders Round Room Live; world-class music companies Audio Network, Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location.

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The Rise of Maverick City Music

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A collaborative group of worship singers come together to write and create songs to show their hearts for God and ended up making history.

Maverick City Music has reached listeners from the church to some of the biggest entertainers today. Their music has millions of listens and views on every music streaming platform and YouTube. This year they have won awards such as Billboard’s Top Gospel Album and The Stellar’s New Artist of the Year and Album of the Year.

Naomi Raine

The group was originally started in 2019 to just write songs. Tony Brown, the founder of Maverick City Music, reached out to artist like Naomi Raine to come along and collaborate to write songs for artist. The singers and artist eventually were asked to sing and preform them. After releasing these songs, it turned into to something that none of them would have ever expected. Maverick ended up breaking the record for the most streams in the Christian genre in one day. When asked did they plan for it to be as big as it is Naomi expressed, “To me it was just going to be something fun that we did with friends, that no one really knew about. I couldn’t have expected what has happened with it.”

Maryanne George

“I think going into it with no expectations was probably the best thing to do because it gave room for the Lord to surprise us along the way” said Maryanne George, a Maverick City singer and worship leader. Major recording artist outside of the Christian genre have mentioned how they have been impacted by Maverick City Music. Just recently, national recording pop artist, Shawn Mendes, mentioned in an interview while talking about the power of music, that he encountered Jesus through Maverick City Music, even though he grew up having Atheistic beliefs.

Dante Bowe

“I use to think, oh we’re called to the church. Now it’s like I got to say no because God is showing us something else! The facts are the facts, like SZA is playing us in the background on her live” says Maverick City and solo singer and songwriter Dante Bowe. Maverick currently has over 2 million listeners monthly on Spotify, with their most popular song being “Promises” sung by Joe L. Barnes and Naomi Raine at almost 25 million streams.

This collective of artist has released 11 music projects over the span of 3 years and with their most recent releases this year being the albums “Old Church Basement” and “Jubilee: The Juneteenth Edition.” Some of the artist have released their own projects recently such as Joe L. Barnes’ single “Come Back Home,” Dante Bowe’s sophomore album “circles,” Naomi Raine’s “Back to Eden, Part II,” and Maverick’s joint album with Elevation Worship.

Maverick City Music will be going on tour starting this fall to cities near you. To find out more information, visit their website and follow them on social media.

Maverick City Music latest release, “Joy of the Lord”

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