Former inmates were applauded Sunday morning at T.D. Jakes’ renowned Dallas megachurch as they graduated from a program designed to help them succeed and keep them out of jail. “I feel like I’m accomplishing something when everyone told me I wouldn’t have anything,” said Lakitha Dardin, 31, who was in prison for nearly four years […]

When it was time to record his next Verity album, Marvin Sapp decided not to tamper with the live formula he used on his 2007 best seller, “Thirsty.” So on Oct. 16 last year, he returned to the same site-Resurrection Life Church in Grand Rapids, Mich.-with the same talent-including writer/producer Aaron Lindsey and backing vocals […]

Via: *Investigators said arsonists in Rutherford County, Tenn used an unthinkable item to add fuel to their fire, the Bible. Authorities said a group of teens used the pages to set fire to a church bus. Fire officials believe this is the work of some teens trying to have fun, but investigators and church […]

Via: Gospel music was represented well at Friday’s 41st Annual NAACP Image Awards. Joining fellow performing talent Keri Hilson, Wyclef Jean, and Jill Scott, both Mary Mary and Tamela Mann took the stage at Shrine Auditiorium. The latter of the two, Tamela Mann (pictured) turned out the show with a rousing tribute to Chairman […]

Via: // WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama took aim Monday at the nation’s school dropout epidemic, proposing $900 million to states and education districts that agree to drastically change or even shutter their worst performing schools. Obama’s move comes as many schools continue to struggle to get children to graduation, a profound problem in […]

Via: // The greats of the gospel music world came out in full force for the 25th Annual Stellar Music Awards, which airs Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 8:00 PM (ET) on the Gospel Music Channel. Here at Elev8 we were privileged to get our hands on a few photos that give a sneak […]

Via: // CHICAGO – The odds of obesity appear stacked against black and Hispanic children starting even before birth, provocative new research suggests. The findings help explain disproportionately high obesity rates in minority children. Family income is often a factor, but so are cultural customs and beliefs, the study authors said. They examined more than […]

Via: // CONCEPCION, Chile – Police fired tear gas and imposed an overnight curfew to control looters who sacked virtually every market in this hard-hit city as Chile’s earthquake toll surpassed 700. President Michelle Bachelet promised imminent deliveries of food, water and shelter for thousands living on the streets. “We are confronting an emergency […]

Christian video game makers Left Behind Games and Digital Praise have entered into a merger agreement that they believe will significantly raise the visibility and appeal of the Christian video game market. The merger, announced Wednesday, will bring together the financial resources of Left Behind and the popular games of Digital Praise, which include Dance […]

Tyler Perry reigned supreme at the 41st NAACP Image Awards on February 26 in Los Angeles, where he was honored for both his small-screen and feature film efforts. The NAACP event, which aired on Fox, drew high-profiled celebrities and dignitaries, including Sandra Bullock, CNN’s Roland Martin, Jill Scott, Cicely Tyson, John Legend and Anika Noni […]