Read the essay Michael Jackson wrote for Beliefnet about his childhood, going door-to-door as a Jehovah's Witness missionary, and how he "wished to be a normal boy."
While Michael Jackson's memorial service could highlight funeral rituals associated with a particular faith, it may ultimately demonstrate the power of celebrity as a new kind of sacred.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach reminisces over the death of his estranged friend, Michael Jackson
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I came on to Michael Coren’s TV show in Canada to simply talk about my new book Kosher Jesus, which has received wide attention throughout the world. I left dazed, having heard from him that Jews refuse to appreciate Christians, depict them negatively, and essentially control Hollywood. Now Coren has shoved his foot far deeper into his mouth with a personal diatribe against me. Personal insults ...
Watchwoman: I have not addressed Whitney Houston's death, for one, because the media has been covering it to the point where I'm beginning to dislike the song, "I have always loved you." The media goes berserk over every star's death, ad nauseam. Secondly, I am grossly uninterested in Hollyweirdos mega rock star’s sin-filled lives and God-hating carrying on. In fact, I wouldn't be writing a ...
Man on a Mission: Rick Bieber ("The 5th Quarter") signs 3-movie deal with major faith-based distributor
Here are today's dispatches from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. 1. Rick Bieber on a mission. Mission Pictures International has inked a three-picture production deal with Rick Bieber, the writer,director and producer of the Golden Crescent Best Film award-winning film The 5 th Quarter . The movies will be co-produced by Mission's Cindy Bond and Chevonne O’Shaughnessy . ...
Joyful indeed -- this movie is pure cinematic sunshine, guaranteed to brighten the heart and gladden the spirit. Super-divas Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah play rival gospel choir leaders in an inspiring and heart-warming story filled with love, laughter, music, and praise. G.G. (Parton) is still mourning the loss of her husband Bernard (Kris Kristofferson) when she receives another blow. She ...
More awards are rolling in as we get ready for the big three -- this week's Critics Choice Movie Awards this Thursday night on VH1 (Twitter hashtag #ccma), the Golden Globes on Sunday, and of course the Oscars coming next month on February 26. I'm honored to be a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists and very proud of this year's honorees. "The Artist" continues to build momen ...
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