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“I Don’t Condemn Homosexuality” Gospel Singer Tye Tribbett Says Being Gay Is Natural

March 19th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: WENN

Source: WENN

As a black Christian who doesn’t believe homosexuality is a sin, I’m constantly disheartened to hear some Black Churches and black leaders speak out so vehemently against the lifestyle. It’s infuriating and embarrassing to say the least. So it’s  refreshing to hear someone so closely connected to the church say something even remotely less homophobic than what we’re used to.

And that’s what gospel artist Tye Tribbett is doing…kind of. In the April 2014 issue of Sister 2 Sister magazine, Tribbett spoke about homosexuality and why he believes Christians can reach more people through love rather than hate.

In reference to the way pastors deal with homosexuality, Tribbett had this to say:

“I just think their approach is militant, and I think a lot of times when your sin is not somebody else’s sin, it’s so much easier to condemn. It makes you feel better about your dysfunctions when another person’s dysfunctions are seemingly worse.”

While Tribbett acknowledged that the church has improved over the years in their stance, he spoke further about homosexuality  and whether or not it was God’s best for His people.

When the Sister 2 Sister interviewer stated that she believed homosexuality was natural, Tribbett agreed.

Yeah, I definitely understand. Well, I want to respond to that: There are lots of things that are natural to us that may not be God’s best for us. That’s my only thing. I’m not saying that homosexuality is not natural. I agree with you that it is. There are several things that come naturally that’s not God’s best. Children 2 years old, “Did you eat that cookie?” “No.” Lying came naturally to them.”

Nobody taught that kid how to lie. It came in the flesh package, but that’s not God’s best. There are certain things that can trigger the not-so-great natural in all of us. But is it God’s will or God’s best for us, period? And I don’t condemn homosexuality, but I don’t believe it’s God’s best for our lifestyle, according to the Bible.


I don’t know if I should view this as progress or what. It kind of reminds me of Malcolm’s knife quote. Tye just attempted to pull the knife out six of nine inches. In my opinion he’s still wrong though. If he believes a person is born gay but being in a gay relationship is not God’s best for that person, then what is he or she supposed to do? Live a life denying their natural urges? No one ever tells straight people that. The solution is marriage. I’ve been in church all my life and never have I seen, even the topic of premarital sex  discussed with the same passion and disgust as homosexuality.

But it is encouraging to see the stance softening at least.

What do you think about Tye’s comments? Do you agree that though being gay is natural it’s not God’s best for His people? And if so, what is the solution?

You can read the rest of Tribbett’s interview in the April issue on next month.

I Never Dreamt Of Singing Professionally: Yolanda Adams Talks Her Dreams With MadameNoire

March 11th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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Photo: Gregg Newton

Photo: Gregg Newton

If you’re a gospel fan, chances are Yolanda Adams’ music has inspired you over the years. Well, this weekend Adams used her music and her story to inspire the 100 high school students at Disney Dreamers Academy this weekend. MadameNoire had the chance to speak to Yolanda about how she started singing professionally, though she never had an interest in doing so. She also talked about how the high school students ended up inspiring her as well.

Unwed ‘Sunday’s Best’ Gospel Singer’s Pregnancy Upsets Some Fans

April 13th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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It’s tough to be a Christian in the spotlight, and Sunday’s Best season 3 winner Le’Andria Johnson is finding that out the hard way. This week, the singer confirmed speculation that she really did have a baby bump at BET’s recent “Celebration of Gospel” event, and while some people were supportive of her situation, others expressed grave disappointment.

“In recent weeks, there have been numerous published reports stating that I am pregnant. I would like to take this time to confirm that I am pregnant and due in September,” she wrote. “I have been feeling well and maintaining a healthy appetite. I have been busy traveling around the country with my music ministry. One can only imagine that as a mother and mother-to-be, my plate is quite full—taking the kids to school, doing homework, cooking—regular mother duties. I have been blessed to have the love and support of my church, family, friends, label, management, and fans. I have received so many beautiful and thoughtful notes and prayers from people all over the country. I ask that you continue to pray for me and my family. I cannot do this alone. I will continue to pray for God’s guidance and protection over my life. I love you all very much and I will be in touch soon.”

In September, Le’Andria spoke to Eurweb about the difficulties of trying to make relationships work. The 29-year-old has had two failed marriages and is a single mother of three. At the time she said she was dating a man God chose for her,  and sources have said the father of the child she’s pregnant with is a musician who has been in her life for about 18 months and that marriage is in her plan.

Amongst the well wishes Le’Andria spoke of was a comment from a very upset fan who expressed their frustration with her pregnancy on her website:

“Honestly Le’Andria I am disappointed,” she wrote. “To deny that I am not would be a gross lie. I look up to you and the anointing that exudes from you, I really do. Fornication is a serious sin and it is not one to be jumped over lightly or ignored.”

This news could likely be quite damaging to the young mother’s image as people develop their initial opinions about her behavior, but as these judgements typically do, it will likely blow over in the end.

Do you think it’s a big deal when a gospel singer has a public slip up like this?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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Never Would Have Thought It: Marvin Sapp and Imani Showalter are a Couple?

March 2nd, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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This is even more weird than Toni and Eddie. “Basketball Wives LA” star Imani Showalter took a long break from the dating scene after calling it quits with ex-fiancé and NBA star Stephen Jackson, but it seems she was just waiting for God to lead her to the right man.

A source has told that Imani has managed to snag Grammy-nominated gospel singer Marvin Sapp and the two could be on their way down the aisle. Imani supposedly met Marvin in LA when he was judging the Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound choir competition at the Staples Center in October. After meeting before the show, the source says:

“The two exchanged information and immediately started corresponding after the show. A week or so later Marvin flew her to Grand Rapids to visit him and so she could experience his church.”

That sounds typical for a christian brother. Since then, though, the source says the two have been inseparable, with Marvin flying Imani out for various concert dates and preaching engagements. She supposedly traveled with the Lighthouse Full Life Center Church preacher to Chicago for a concert at the New Life Covenant Church in late December and was also by his side when he co-hosted the Stellar Gospel Awards in Nashville during Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend.

“They’ve been spending quite a bit of time together. They’re definitely falling in love and I wouldn’t be surprised if they ended up getting married,” the source said.

Imani was one of the more calm members of the LA cast so this relationship may not be as taboo as it seems on the surface; although there is the issue of that random bikini photo she uploaded to Twitter not that long ago. The source says if Imani thinks the church members are going for that she better think again.

“If she seriously wants to be with him and plans to become the First Lady of his church, the last thing she needs to be doing is tweeting risqué photos of herself. That’s just a big no-no!”

If these two do somehow make it down the aisle, they’ll be raising a Brady bunch. Imani has three kids from her relationship with Stephen, and Marvin Sapp is also a widowed father of three. In September 2010, Marvin lost his wife Malinda to colon cancer.

What do you think about these two? Jesus be a fence or Jesus take the wheel?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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