Sounds of Inspiration

Chicago unites with Alabama was a huge success recently when Pastor Deandre Patterson and Donald Buster Woods spearheaded a gospel concert to raise funds to help college students and victims of the state hit hard by killer tornados.

Chicago unites with Alabama was a huge success recently when Pastor Deandre Patterson and Donald Buster Woods spearheaded a gospel concert to raise funds to help college students and victims of the state hit hard by killer tornados. President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency for the Alabama areas affected by the twisters. Let’s continue to pray for our sisters and brothers.

Dr. Luvonia Whitly celebrated 25 years in radio. To climax the recent celebration she had, she invited a bevy of women who inspired her during her career, including Pam Morris, Angela Martin, Karen Fletcher, Sandra Robinson, Janet Sutton, Sonya Blakely and Rev. Felicia Campbell.

Lonnie Hunter is telling the world in his brand new single "I’m Back!" Hunter signed to Blacksmoke records and is among the top five selling gospel CD. "I’m Back is an anthem for believers who didn’t give up during the struggle" said Hunter. The former minister of music for St. Mark Church Cathedral in Harvey, Ill. now works with Bishop David Evans in New Jersey.

Congrats to Ricky Dillard and New Generation Chorale on the new single “God is Great.” The Stellar Award-winning choir celebrated with an “all white” album release concert at St. Mark Cathedral. Dillard is adamant about continuing the choir sound as part of the worship experience. His latest project, “Keeping Alive”, is burning up the billboard charts.

Kudos are in order for “Your Gospel Sister” Pam Morris who was tapped once again to head Gospel Music Day during the Taste of Chicago on June 26. Due to budget cuts, the city cut the Gospel Music Festival to one day to take place during the Taste of Chicago. Local talent will be featured for a salute to Mahalia Jackson and a tribute to the Queen of Gospel, the late Albertina Walker. Word has it that Donald Lawrence will close out Gospel Music Day. We will keep you posted for schedules and times.

In the meantime, Bishop Larry Trotter is getting serious as he pushes to outlaw Blunt-brand wraps used in marijuana. “Having this product in mainstream stores in Chicago is like having drug pushers in our neighborhoods,” said the pastor of Sweet Holy Spirit Church who is looking to spread awareness throughout Cook County.

Farewell blessings to Oprah Winfrey who has left a stellar legacy in Chicago and the world for the past 25 years. May the next chapter of her life and the OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) be even greater … the world is waiting.

Happy bday blessings to Donald Lawrence.

“Remember you are Blessed by the Best!”

Effie Rolfe is the religion entertainment columnist and author of The (K)Nots Prayer Journal. Contact her at info@supersizeyourthinking.com

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