As Atlanta prepares to welcome Gospel’s biggest music award show, Bear Tag Entertainment (BTE) under its CEO, Lamont Sanders is gearing up for a community event like none other. On July 14th, Sanders, and his partners Marie, Milliicent Brathwaite, Michael Gordon are hosting the official Stellar Awards Sanctioned Celebrity Basketball Game at 7pm at the Riverside EpiCenter located 135 Riverside Parkway in Austell, GA. The doors will open at 6pm with DJ Lil Will.
Pre-show with Agape Music Group and a smashing halftime show with Brea, Twyse & Canton Jones. Kicking off with Kim Burrell singing the National Anthem. National recording artist and former NBA player Ben Tankard, recording artists Tywyse, Canton Jones, Jor’dan Armstrong, Jermaine Dolly, Kelontae Gavin, Mali Music, Jason Clayborn and Cortez Vaughn are some of the confirmed players. Pastor Jamal Bryant of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, and national recording artist Zacardi Cortez will coach the East while national recording artist and pastor, Bishop Marvin Sapp and former NFL player Dr. Irving Fryar Sr. are serving as coaches for the West.
I can’t see Pastor Jamal Bryant and Bishop Marvin Sapp coaching basketball teams, but at the very least, it should be an entertaining game! LOL…
JOB RECRUITMENT AND MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS
BTE is partnering with Faith Broussard Cade, Speaker, Author, Humanitarian of Fleur De Lis Speaks to share about the state of Mental Health. Also, CTL Staffing Agency to provide on-site job recruitment for individuals seeking employment while offering mental health resources to attendees from various participating organizations including professionals from New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in the morning starting at 11am. It also is partnering with the nonprofit organization Supreme Gospel Entertainment & Ministries to distribute school supplies to area youth during the early afternoon.
ABOUT BEAR TAG ENTERTAINMENT (BTE)
Founded by international recording artist, entrepreneur, Lamont Sanders, Bear Tag Entertainment is a company that provides a global platform for entertainers (i.e., artists, models, singers, dancers, musicians, actors, actresses, etc.) in the industry to showcase their raw talent. BTE is committed to spreading the vision of God’s love and endless hope worldwide with thought provoking and life changing entertainment through sports and music.
ABOUT THE STELLAR AWARDS
The Stellar Gospel Music Awards show is Executive Produced by Don Jackson, with Jennifer J. Jackson serving as Executive in Charge of Production and Producer. The Stellar Awards recognizes the year’s best performances in the gospel music genre, honors gospel music icons, and acknowledges the accomplishments of individuals instrumental in advocating for the gospel music industry.
Bear Tag Entertainment’s Stellar Celebrity Basketball Game is sponsored in part by Indie Go Inspire, Gray Photo, Gr8trks, Gospel Music Buzz, Praise 102.5 (Radio One), Millions Billions Trillions, DJ Lil Will(St. Louis, MO), Reach Gospel, Merge Music Group, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, VTV Television, Walmart+ and CTL Staffing Agency, Faith Broussard Cade/ Fluer De Lis Speaks and GC Public Relations.
Tickets are currently on sale on Eventbrite.com! Click HERE to buy them…
The first time I officially danced with my father was during my wedding in 2013. It was one of the most special moments in my life because the first man I had ever loved gave me away to the man I will forever love. I don’t recall any of the schools I attended when I was growing up having a Daddy-Daughter Dance, but I hear about them all of the time now. Apparently, the school where Grace Bryant attends had a Daddy-Daughter Dance on Saturday as Bravo reported that New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Jamal Bryant took his daughter Grace to one. Grace is also the daughter of Gizzelle Bryant, who is on the cast of The Real Housewives of Potomac. Both of the Bryants, who are back together after being divorced for several years, posted about this special occasion on their Instagram pages. But Grace’s dress, which is somewhat short and tight and shiny, has received some critical feedback…Below are some of the comments and Pastor Bryant’s IG post…
“No Mam Grace. Come with a dress to your knees . Y’all look good but no Mam I’m old school.”
“Naw. Naw grace lookin to grown 😭”
“Tell her to get back inside and put a crinoline over that Sir 🤭😉😆”
But I must say, most of the comments were complimentary…So what do I think? Believe it or not, I started receiving attention for my backside when I was still in elementary school. As a result, as I growing up, I tried to wear clothes that weren’t too tight or too short because of the unwanted attention. That being said, that’s just me. If her parents are cool with it, then that’s that…
As you know, I.LOVE.BOOKS! And I’m a sucker for an intriguing title so when an email about an upcoming release Parable of the Brown Girl: The Sacred Lives of Girls of Colorshowed up in my inbox, I knew I had to share with you my dear After the Altar Call readers! And if you are intrigued, you can win a free copy of this timely book! Below is a synopsis followed by my Q&A with Kristin Lauren Adams, author and associate pastor at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, New Jersey. (My Greenleaf folk know I love a female pastor as well 🙂 )
The stories of girls of color are often overlooked, unseen, and ignored rather than valued and heard. In Parable of the Brown Girl (adult nonfiction), readers are introduced to the resilience, struggle, and hope held within these stories. Instead of relegating these young women of color to the margins, Adams brings their stories front and center where they belong.
By sharing encounters she’s had with girls of color that revealed profound cultural, historical and spiritual truths, Adams magnifies the struggles, dreams, wisdom, and dignity of these voices.Thought-provoking and inspirational, Parable of the Brown Girlis a powerful example of how God uses the narratives we most often ignore to teach us the most important lessons in life. It’s time to pay attention.
1. Where did you grow up and live now?
I grew up in East Brunswick, NJ. I have lived a few places; California, Washington, D.C, Virginia. Now I actually both live and work in Pottstown, PA at a boarding school called The Hill School. When I’m not at The Hill, I’m back in NJ with my family in East Brunswick. So, I like to say I live in both places; East Brunswick and Pottstown.
2. What is your education/career background?
I went to Temple University for my undergrad. There I majored in Advertising because I had big hopes of becoming an advertising exec and working on Wall Street. While I was there, I explored my faith much more and got involved in campus ministry. I decided I wanted to go into ministry during that time. I went to work as a youth specialist for my church’s Community Development Corporation for 2 years after college and then applied to seminary. I only applied to one seminary, which was Princeton Seminary where I wound up going.
I obtained a Master of Divinity from there and upon graduating went back to my church (First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens), but this time to serve as a Youth Pastor. I stayed there 3 years and then moved to Southern California and accepted a position at Azusa Pacific University as an Associate Campus Pastor for Preaching and Spiritual Programming.
After 4 years there I moved back to the East Coast and took a position at Georgetown University as a Chaplain in Residence and an Interim Protestant Chaplain at Georgetown Law Center. I loved DC, but eventually moved back to NJ to help out at my home church as an Associate Pastor for a few years and then wound up getting the position I’m currently in as Firestone Endowment Chaplain and Instructor of Religious Studies at The Hill School. I recently got into a Masters in Clinical Counseling program with Capella University that I plan to start in the Spring. I think it makes sense that I get a second Masters and look towards becoming a licensed clinician, particularly since a great deal of my work is in the emotional and spiritual health of youth and young adults.
3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? Or what first inspired you to write?
I used to enjoy writing plays and poetry when I was in college. I enjoyed seeing writing come to life on stage. I never thought about writing books until my Pastor (Buster Soaries) wrote his first book and one day said to me in casual conversation, “You know you should write a book.” I remember telling him that I didn’t have anything to write about and didn’t feel like I was an expert in anything. He said, “You write about what you know.” That stuck with me. At the time I didn’t think I knew anything, but I realized that I know what I know from my own experiences. It wasn’t long after that conversation that I wrote my first book.
4. What inspired your book?
My inspiration is the dedication to my book: “For all the black girls who courageously shared their story, their wisdom and their truths with me. Society may put you on the margins, but you are at the center of God’s heart.” The book is written for the black girls who have been unable to give voice to their lived experiences. I say this because I have had many conversations and crossed paths with many black girls who have so much to offer the world, but the world refuses to listen to or see them. I promised myself that if I were ever given the platform, I would place these girls at the center.
5. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?
I was amazed by how consistent many of their struggles are with the stories I have heard from other black girls and women inter-generationally. I recognize their struggles and experiences in my own life. As I walked through the Smithsonian African-American History Museum and read about the lives of other black women and girls dating back to the 1500s, the cultural similarities were astonishing. Young black women in contemporary society are confronted with similar issues as many of those who have come before them.
6. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I love to spend time with family and friends and playing with my dog, Daisy. I used to love training for and running half-marathons. I haven’t had a chance to train since I started working at The Hill School, but I’d love to get back into that at some point. Right now, I work out at a gym called Corefit and I like to do strength training a few times a week there.
7. Do you have a bucket list? What are some of the things on it?
I want to eat pizza in Italy. I’d like to go back to West Africa. I want to meet Oprah. I want to go to Essence Music Fest. I want to be a guest on Black Girls Rock. That about sums it up 🙂
Khristi Lauren Adams is the Firestone Endowment Chaplain, instructor of religious studies and philosophy, and co-director of Diversity at the Hill School in Pottstown, PA. Previously, she worked as Interim Protestant Chaplain at Georgetown University Law Center & Georgetown University, Associate Campus Pastor for Preaching & Spiritual Programming at Azusa Pacific University, and former Director of Youth Ministries at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, NJ. Khristi is also the Founder & Director of “The Becoming Conference” that began summer 2017, which is an annual conference designed to empower, educate & inspire girls ages of 13-18.
Khristi is a graduate of Temple University with a degree in Advertising and a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary where she obtained a Master of Divinity. Khristi is also currently an Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens. Her ministry and youth advocacy have been featured on CNN and her work has appeared in Huffington Post, Off the Page, and the Junia Project. When not in residence at The Hill School, she lives in East Brunswick, New Jersey.