Happy New Year!!! Throughout the month, I will be posting on New Year themes because I allot a month to converse with God, mediate on Scripture and reflect on my life before I’m ready to declare my God-given New Year’s goals and or resolutions. One of the ways that God communicates with me is through gospel music! And if that is true for you too and or even if you just enjoy gospel music, tune into ABC’s “Good Morning America” tomorrow at 7 am! Grammy Award-winner Tasha Cobbs Leonard will be performing songs from her third album HEART. PASSION. PURSUIT. Check out a snippet below of Tasha Cobb Leonard’s song “The Name of Our God!”
For the first time in its award show history, voting for the 49th NAACP Image Awards will be open to the public! Viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite nominees in 36 different categories across film, television, and music.
In previous years, winners of the awards were selected only by members of the NAACP. This year, members of the public who are not NAACP members may cast votes by visiting the NAACP Image Awards online at Naacpimageawards.net.
“We are excited about the opportunity to open voting to the public,” said Derrick Johnson,NAACP President and CEO. “The Image Awards represents a universe of powerful stories and images, told in ways that express our beauty and make us proud.”
Since 1967, the NAACP Image Awards has been the preeminent multicultural awards show celebrating the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and has also honored individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.
While, this year, voters do not have to be members of the Association, the NAACP encourages those who participate in this year’s voting process to become members. “To become a member of the NAACP is to join a community of individuals from all facets of life who like you are committed to the elimination of discrimination of any type and making our nation a better place for all people,” said Johnson.
The deadline to cast votes for the 49th NAACP Image Awards is Friday, December 15, 2017. Viewers can watch the winners claim their trophies just one month later. The Two-Hour LIVE TV special, hosted by Anthony Anderson, will air on TV One on Monday, January 15, 2018, at 9pm/8c, with a One-Hour Live Red Carpet Pre-Show at 8pm/7c. The evening will be the culmination of a day of volunteer service, citizen action, and celebration on the national holiday honoring the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Check out this video about the 49th NAACP Image Awards below!
Download the nominees list HERE!!! For all information and the latest news, please visit the official NAACP Image Awards website at: naacpimageawards.net.
I don’t know about you, but the Bible is the foundation of my life! Without the wisdom woven through its words, I would be an anxious mess. Without the encouragement embedded through its expanse, I would be overcome with sadness. Without the direction doled out through its dimensions, I would be completely lost. That is why I’m been following the construction of the Museum of the Bible in our nation’s capital since I first heard about it a couple of years ago, and as of yesterday, just in time for the holiday season, it is open!!!
The Museum of the Bible invites all people to engage with the Bible through museum exhibits and scholarly pursuits. Dedicated to the history, narrative and impact of the Bible, the museum, located at 400 4th St. SW, is three blocks from the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
Exterior rendering of the eight-story, 430,000-square-foot Museum of the Bible. Photo credit: SmithGroupJJR
Below are some statistics about the museum:
Total square footage: 430,000
Floors: 8 (including two basement levels and two new floors constructed on the existing rooftop)
The museum is approximately 170 feet in height from the lowest level to the rooftop
Central exhibit floors: 3 (History, Narrative and Impact of the Bible)
Construction and property costs: More than $500 million
Workers on-site daily at construction’s peak: 500 – 600
Time it takes to read every placard, see every artifact and experience every activity in the museum: 9 days at 8 hours per day
Floor height (in feet) needed to accommodate exhibits: 20 (approximately)
Length (in feet) of giant LED ceiling screen running the expanse of the museum’s
grand lobby: 140
Biblical garden: 1 on rooftop
Ballroom: Dinner seating for 420, lecture-style seating for 630
Performing arts hall: 472 seats
Number of biblical texts and artifacts on display on the History floor alone: More than 500
Number of blocks from the National Mall: 2 (approximately three minutes walking)
See a video tour of the museum:
Check out some highlights from some of the museum’s floors:
Floor 1: Overview – Courageous Pages Children’s Area
From the Pit to the Palace: This pedestal game uses a maze and a rolling ball to tell the story of Joseph, from his coat of many colors to his various imprisonments to his ascent as second-in-command of all Egypt.
Walking on Water: This is a mesmerizing illusion that uses high-end technology to project a watery surface in the middle of Courageous Pages. Kids marvel as they stand “atop” the water and inspect the animated marine life below them.
David and Goliath (game): This game puts players in the center of the action of this well-known story as they pitch soft “stones” at a mobile Goliath target.
Floor 2: Impact of the Bible – Bible in the World
Biblical Names: Guests see how thousands of names can trace their origins to the Bible.
Education: A schoolroom setting lets guests experience firsthand how the Bible has inspired educational efforts around the world. Media traces many biblically founded universities and colleges around the globe, and guests compete against each other in a Bible quiz.
Fashion: Mannequins on a runway feature biblically inspired designs. A “magic mirror” allows guests to design their own fashion.
Floor 3: Stories of the Bible – The World of Jesus of Nazareth
A completely immersive, themed environment called The World of Jesus of Nazareth transports guests to a meticulous re-creation of a first-century village. Photo credit: Alan Karchmer
Parable Theater: This cozy standing theater offers guests filmed representations of some of the most arresting of Jesus’ parables.
Synagogue: Guests take in a jaw-dropping re-creation of a typical village house of worship
Typical House and Cooking Courtyard: These two areas detail the private life of Nazareth villagers, allowing guests to walk through a typical village home and see how they slept, prepared meals and performed other daily chores.
Below are some photos from the grand opening:
U.S. Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry Black Photo Credit: Museum of the Bible
Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser Photo Credit: Museum of the Bible
Gospel artist CeCe Winans Photo Credit: Museum of the Bible