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“Coffee Hip Hop & Mental Health” Presents Conversation About Church Hurt

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Coffee Hip Hop & Mental Health is a new organization founded in Chicago, IL by Hip Hop artist / mental health advocate Christopher LeMark. Chicago’s own Christopher LeMark has been a voice in his hometown of Chicago since 2000. Originally, he began his music journey as a CHH artist under the name Focus. He later evolved into a playwright, a live concert producer and a public speaker. This past ArtSoulSpotlight artist has been known to consistently make music that features dialogue and encourages men and women who deal with rejection, identity and abandonment issues. His approach is unique, fresh and relatable. From pain, transition and triumph, he has a sound that resonates with the culture.

Lemark has been very vocal about his experience suffering in silence from PTSD due to a traumatic childhood. After years of doing life without doing consistent deep checkins on his mental health, Christopher was encouraged by a friend to take a break and seek therapy.  After reaching major strides in therapy, LeMark was inspired to launch a new initiative called “Coffee, Hip-Hop & Mental Health”. His goal with CHHAMH is to encourage the community to unpack and rebuild their minds through clinical therapy.

Christopher recently shared the mission for his newest endeavor with us:

“Our mission is to bridge the gap between community and mental health practitioners. In our effort to help normalize therapy, we plan to use various forms of art (especially hip-hop) to communicate effectively and to meet people where they are. The arts can provide a diagnostic image of culture and of the individual while providing healing for both mental and physical health. Studies show that artistic endeavors may reduce stress, health complaints, improve immune function, provide both physical and psychological benefits, and even help people live longer. We are motivated by the lack of resources and assistance in the midst of a mental health crisis. It is our hope to aid all communities by creating safe spaces to provide immediate assistance.”

 

Coffee Hip Hop and Mental Health presents a series of events that focus on a variety of topics. Christopher is clear that his goal is not to provide one or two major large events and then move on. His goal is to carefully unpack each topic that his events touch on. This means that these events aren’t the type to come to once and expect to hear the speakers touch on everything at once. These events are designed to create an ongoing discussion one topic at a time. The first CHHMH event focused on raising awareness of the importance of clinical therapy among men – a topic that is rarely discussed. From there, he slowly started tackling other topics such as “The decoding of Her” which was created to raise awareness of therapy for women. Therapists are present at every event in case anyone would like to find immediate assistance.

Christopher’s most recent event “Church Hurts” which takes place on October 19th focuses on discussing the need for therapy in churches and how it can prevent and heal many of the hurts that can happen within the church culture. This discussion is not had often enough inside of church circles, so Lemark plans to slowly unpack this discussion over multiple events just as he does with other topics. On October 19th, he will begin tackling this particular topic by first focusing on church leadership, their therapy needs, how it effects their personal life, their staff and their churches as a whole. Similar to his previous events, they will discuss solutions and have therapists on hand for anyone in need of immediate assistance.

RSVP for the next event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/508412746384764/

 

DETAILS FOR NEXT EVENT:

(Presented by Coffee Hip Hop & Mental Health, ArtSoul Radio and FCAI International)

Location: 3451 W 175th
Date: 10.19.19
Time: 4pm-7pm

Featured Panelists:
Apostle Ron Wilson
Tiffany Everage
Michele Aikens
Pastor Phil Jackson

 

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The 35th Annual Stellar Awards Will Now Be An “At Home” Virtual Presentation

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic closing venues in Las Vegas, we are producing our Stellar Awards as a virtual at-home television special to honor our Stellar Award 2020 nominees and winners…

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The Stellar Awards released an official announcement today that the 35th Annual production will be taped and broadcast as a virtual national broadcast television special. Kirk Franklin @kirkfranklin joins as additional co-host along with Jonathan McReynolds @jonmcreynolds and Koryn Hawthorne @korynhawthorne. ALL previously purchased tickets for the 2020 show will now be refunded by Ticketmaster. The show will return as a live TV taping in March, 2021!

The virtual presentation will now be a two-hour virtual awards telecast that will air during 3Q of this year. Replacing the live taping previously rescheduled for August in Las Vegas, the new show format will harness the power of technology and creative television production to honor the best in Gospel music. The virtual production will acknowledge all award winners from the Stellar Awards pre-show and main show, with select categories being presented in the broadcast. The broadcast will also feature inspirational performances from Gospel music’s most celebrated artists, and special tributes to first responder heroes on the front lines of the battle against the Coronavirus pandemic.


The Award show founder Don Jackson had the following to say about the recent changes:

“As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic closing venues in Las Vegas, we are producing our Stellar Awards as a virtual at-home television special to honor our Stellar Award 2020 nominees and winners, that will still raise the roof for our fans at home with great Gospel music performances in a new format,” said Stellar Awards Founder and Executive Producer Don Jackson. “Also, it gives us the opportunity to honor COVID-19 first responder heroes in appreciation of the great work they are doing to save lives during this pandemic. We hope to further inspire these heroes with tributes of thanks from our Gospel music cast of Stellar winners and performances.”

Joining previously announced first time co-hosts Jonathan McReynolds and Koryn Hawthorne is Stellar Awards veteran host, Kirk Franklin. The superstar trio will work together to keep the virtual television praise party lifted and flowing seamlessly throughout the evening. Confirmed performers include Donnie McClurkin, James Fortune, J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, Travis Greene, Pastor Mike Jr., Kierra Sheard, and Doe, with more to be announced.

An important tradition at the Stellar Awards will be held for next year’s 2021 show, where Jackson will bestow well-deserved special honors and recognition upon Gospel greats who have elevated the genre. The previously named recipients – The Clark Sisters, Lady Tramaine Hawkins, Pastor Shirley Caesar in addition to Gospel music industry leaders Dr. Leonard Scott, Skip Barrett, Kerry Douglas, and Dr. Teresa Hairston – will be celebrated for their contributions to Gospel music when The Stellar Awards returns to Las Vegas next Spring in March 2021.

Tickets purchased for 2020 Stellar Awards events that were scheduled for August 14–16 will be refunded. To submit requests or for more information, visit www.ticketmaster.com.

Previously announced nominees for the 2020 Stellar Awards includes, veteran Gospel collective, Donald Lawrence Presents The Tri-City Singers who leads the field of nominees with nine nominations. Other top nominees include Gospel icon and Stellar Awards Host, Kirk Franklin and powerhouse singer, producer and performer Tasha Cobbs Leonard with eight nominations each; JJ Hairston (7 Nominations), Bishop Paul S. Morton (6 Nominations), John P. Kee (5 Nominations), Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers (4 Nominations), William Murphy (4 Nominations), Pastor Mike, Jr. (4 Nominations), Maranda Curtis (3 Nominations), and Fresh Start Worship (3 Nominations) round out the field of top nominated artists.

For the complete list of the 35th Anniversary Stellar Gospel Music Awards nominees, please visit www.thestellarawards.com. More of the biggest names in Gospel and a few additional surprises are being added to the growing list of top performers appearing in this year’s show, presented by AT&T and also sponsored by State Farm.

“I am especially grateful and appreciative of the tremendous positive response we have had from Gospel music artists, our advertising partners and over 200 television broadcast and cable partners around the country who have agreed to support our 35th Annual Stellar Awards At-Home special honoring Stellar winners and first responder heroes,” said Jackson.

Stay tuned for future announcements and follow @thestellars for the latest news and updates about the greatest night in Gospel music.

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Remnant Conference Creates A Space To Remind Us “There Is More”

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What is Remnant Conference?

Remnant Young Adult Conference is an annual gathering hosted by Deeper Fellowship church where William McDowell is the lead Pastor. The gathering caters to young adults (ages 18-35) who, for two and a half days, desire to be transformed by the presence of God. Hosted by Caleb Grant, this conference was designed to create a space of permission for those who are hungry for more, and a place of invitation for those who might not yet know there is more. There IS more!

1 John 5:21 says, “Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.”

The world we live in today is filled with distractions competing for our attention. Whether it is the invasive nature of social media, the ambition to be successful, or the desire to be known there are many things trying to pull us away from our pursuit of Jesus. This year we are regaining our focus, but more importantly rekindling our first love. We are making a resounding call back to a singular affection (JESUS), and we are declaring war on any competing affections. On May 21st-May 23rd, young adults (ages 18-35) gathered together to immerse themselves in the presence of God, and to hear Him speak.

“It is in His presence where we believe you will be healed, delivered, set free, and set ablaze to live with an unending passion for Him. It is in His presence where we believe you will realize that He Is Enough.”

If you missed this conference, scroll down to catch each session and share it with a friend so you can watch it together!

WHAT YOU MISSED

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STAY CONNECTED TO THIS CONFERENCE:

Social Media – Instagram
Website – www.RemnantConference.com

 

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ArtSoul Radio Drops Episode 2 Of New IG LIVE Series “Song Stories” (Ft. Wande)

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ArtSoul Radio recently launched new IG Live series “Song Stories” hosted by DJ/Host “DJ Standout”! Song Stories is a new Interview Series currently hosted on IG LIVE that gets up close and personal with your favorite artists to learn more about the story behind some of your favorite songs and their journey along the way!

This past week, we dropped our second episode featuring Wande of Reach Records! We got up close and personal with Wande about the inspiration behind her latest album, her musical journey and how she became the 1st female to sign to Lecrae’s label Reach Records! We also touched on her Nigerian immigrant background and much more! Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to check out the full replay below today!

Be sure to stay connected for the next interview and don’t miss our weekly giveaways! Details for the giveaways are mentioned at the end of each new episode after the artist’s interview and live performance. So, be sure to watch all the way through. We’ll be sure to keep it interesting!

Scroll down to watch the replay of the full interview and to stream Wande’s newest project release “Exit”.

 

Watch The Full Replay of “Song Stories” Episode Two

 

New Video “Happy” By Wande

 

STREAM THE ALBUM HERE:

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