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Toby Mac’s Oldest Son Passes Away At 21 Years Old

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Our condolences and prayers are with Toby Mac and his family today as they have learned of the sudden passing of his oldest son Truett Foster. Very few details about his passing have been released. A representative has confirmed that Truett (aka truDog, TRU and/or Shiloh ) passed away at his home in Nashville sometime Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.

The cause of death has not yet been fully confirmed. But, we do know that medics were called to the home at around 11 a.m. on October 23 after a friend found McKeehan unresponsive. According to several sources, the 911 caller said that McKeehan had suffered from a cardiac arrest.

McKeehan was the oldest child of TobyMac and Amanda McKeehan. In addition to his parents, McKeehan is survived by his siblings, twins, Moses and Marlee, and sons, Leo and Judah. Toby was traveling back from Canada and did not get home to be with his family until after midnight last night so there is no statement. The family is asking for privacy during this time as they take this time to grieve their loss.

 

Last year, TobyMac released a song called “Scars” that reflected on how his relationship with Truett (his oldest son) started changing after he left home to live on his own to pursue music in Los Angeles. In a separate interview TobyMac said,

“As parents it’s an instinct to protect your children from “life’s hardships. So to see them go out there and do this real world, it’s painful. Up to now, [our home’s] been a safe harbor, a place of love… He moved to L.A. and he’s making music, and he’s doing his thing. But to watch him go through that, and watch him get bruised, it’s not easy. In that song, I just want him to know he’s not alone.”


 

SAMPLE MUSIC FROM TRUETT HERE:

 

 

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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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Should Christians Make Secular Music? A Conversation w/ Jam The Hype & The Founder of ArtSoul Radio

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Exploring ideas of creativity, faith and influence in culture.

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ArtSoul Radio’s founder Tamara Young was recently featured in a conversation with the newly revamped platform Jam The Hype. They discussed several controversial topics in the church…

“Should Christians do secular music?”
“How can we really influence culture as Christian artists?”
“How real can we really be as an artist in Christian music (Gospel Music & CHH)?”

Previously a platform that focused on promoting CHH artists, Jam The Hype’s new focus has shifted to now focus on developing urban leaders within the artist community so they can effectively influence urban youth culture to live transformed lives by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

As an advocate for creatives and the founder of two creative platforms, Tamara Young carries a strong passion for the promotion, development and guidance of creatives. Not only is she the founder of this platform ArtSoul Radio, but she is also the lead Founder of the ArtSoul Creatives Network which is a network that is designed to give creatives access to community and exclusive resources & benefits that will help them thrive.

In the video below, she speaks to the truth of many artists often believing that they need to choose between their creativity and their faith. In today’s controversial talk, she poses the question “Would artists need to choose if they knew they could do both in a way that still honors their faith?” This question which led to many other questions and ideals such as secularism, human expression, and more set the stage for a great conversation between her and the hosts of Jam The Hype. This has been an ongoing topic among creatives in faith based communities. Tune in below as they tackle these issues and as always leave your comments!

WATCH THE FULL VIDEO HERE:


Jam The Hype now exists to develop urban leaders within the artist community, so that together we can effectively influence urban youth culture to live transformed lives by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

MORE ABOUT JAM THE HYPE:

For those who have followed Jam The Hype over the years, you may have noticed that the platform has changed. Previously a space for promoting Christian hip hop artists, it is now a space for development. Under the umbrella of Urban Youth Workers Institute (UYWI), the Jam The Hype platform now exists to develop urban leaders within the artist community, so that together they can effectively influence urban youth culture to live transformed lives by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

“Our desire is to take our under-developed artists and creators and provide them the tools, information, and motivation to become Godly urban leaders first and artists second. We want to walk the journey with these artists much like and Artist & Repertoire would do with new artists at record labels. This transformation will be led by a new video podcast series created by our new JTH Senior Content Editor, George Moss.”

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Kirk Franklin & Fred Hammond Bring A Moment of Healing With Latest Versus Series

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Gospel legends Kirk Franklin and Fred Hammond recently teamed up for the latest ‘Verzuz’ session! But, instead of the typical battle, they turned the moment into a space for healing.

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Gospel legends Kirk Franklin and Fred Hammond recently teamed up for the latest ‘Verzuz’ session! But, instead of the typical battle, they turned the moment into a space for healing.

The world almost seems to be in a chaos of change lately. We are still learning how to navigate the new normal of continuing life in the middle of a pandemic. In addition, the death of George Floyd and the nationwide protests that have followed have only added to the challenges in our world today. This night of inspiration was just what we all needed.

Bishop T.D. Jakes opened the music event with words of hope:

“Darkness everywhere, seemingly everywhere,” he said. “Today we pray for light because we have seen too much darkness, from Trayvon to George Floyd. From 100K people dead from Covid … Lord knows we’ve seen too much darkness.”

Jakes continued, “I don’t know about you … but sometimes I feel like that knee is on my back and I can’t breathe. But let everything that has breath praise the lord.,” and led viewers with a prayer: “We pray back the darkness, we pray back the dark clouds … the injustice, the immorality … We pray it back out of our country, out of our world … out of minds, out of every crevice, out of every shadow, we cast you out! … Oh God, wherever there is pain, giving healing … Where ever there is despair, give hope … The joy is coming in the morning. I can hear the ticktock on the wall … We are getting closer and closer … To the morning … It will not be long until joy comes into your heart, our communities, our lives, our homes our churches. Joy is coming in the morning. And we will breathe again. Amen.”

 

Before the tracks were played, Franklin said, “It’s been a painful week. It’s been a difficult week. We want to make it a moment of healing for you. We have 42 songs to give to you. We know the pain, we see the pain.”

 

WATCH THE FULL VIDEO HERE:

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Obama Addresses Racism Pandemic In American Via MBK Town Hall Series: Watch It Here

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President Obama was recently featured in the MBK Alliance Town Hall Series where they discussed mental health and wellness in a racism pandemic.

In this conversation, Obama joined Congressman John Lewis, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson, Writer and Survivor of Police Brutality Leon Ford, Jr., and Youth Leader LeQuan Muhammad, in a conversation moderated by Activist and Author Darnell Moore.

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Over 1,000 people are killed by police every year in America, and Black people are three times more likely to be killed than White people. We can take steps and make reforms to combat police violence and systemic racism within law enforcement.
President Obama pushed many of these reforms during his time in office, and started the My Brother’s Keeper initiative (also known as MBK Alliance) in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s death to break down barriers and expand opportunity for boys and young men of color. But far more progress remains to be made. We’re inspired by those protesting for accountability and change, even in the face of a pandemic.

WATCH THE FULL TOWN HALL MEETING HERE:

The MBK Alliance shared the following statement:

“We work to help leaders change their world—and the world needs changing. The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the loss of far too many Black lives to list, have left our nation anguished and outraged. While now is a time for grief and anger, it is also a time for resolve.”

Visit their website directly to find resources and to learn what you can do to create a more just and equitable world: www.bit.ly/3cKcSng

[Be sure to read the statements from President Obama and Mrs. Obama on the killing of George Floyd, and learn more about the work of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.]

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