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Christian artist Anthony Evans, who you may remember from the hit TV show The Voice, is back again with his new album Back to Life, released in early February. Now, take a first look at the official music video for his song See You Again only on Beliefnet.

First appearing on the second season of The Voice, Anthony Evans has been taking the Christian music world by storm. Though he did not win the competition, the exposure helped him to start his career as a Christian artist. His last album, Real Life/Real Worship, proved to be a huge commercial success hitting number 4 on the Billboard Top Christian Album chart in April 2014. In addition, the album reached number 2 on the most sold Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.

Check out the full album and get your copy today.

CaptureHistory was made at the 2017 Academy Awards with a record number of wins by black stars. Furthermore, this was the most diverse group of Oscar winners since the show began in 1929. Until this year, the most diverse winner group was at the 2009 Academy Awards when three black stars won an Oscar.

In an upset that was made even more shocking by the way it was announced, ‘Moonlight’ won the Oscar for best picture, a crowning achievement for African-American filmmakers. Presenter Faye Dunaway, onstage with fellow actor Warren Beatty, mistakenly said that ‘La La Land’ had won the best picture award. The winners had already taken the stage when they were corrected. PricewaterhouseCoopers, which manages the balloting, took responsibility for the envelope mix-up.

This last-minute mistake allowed for the black community in Hollywood to make history by breaking the record number of wins.

History was not only made by the number of collective wins of stars of color, but also shattered records within many of the individual categories as well. Viola Davis took home the Oscar for best supporting actress for her role in ‘Fences,’ becoming the first black woman to win an Oscar, Tony and Emmy award for acting. Mahershela Ali became the first black Muslim actor to take home an Oscar for his role in ‘Moonlight,’ giving him a win for best supporting actor. In addition, Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alivin McCraney won for best adapted screenplay and best picture for ‘Moonlight,’ and director Ezra Edelman won alongside filmmaker Caroline Waterlow for best documentary feature for ‘O.J.: Made in America.’

The Academy has been increasing attempts to evolve it’s voting ranks following the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, as AMPAS President Cheryl Boone Issacs was the leader behind the campaign to diversify the organization’s membership last year. The Academy invited a record number of new participants, extending offers to 683 film industry professionals from 59 countries. Forty-six percent of invitees were female, while 41 percent were people of color.

Furthermore, four of the Academy’s 2017 nominees for best picture revolved around characters of color; Garth Davis’ ‘Lion,’ Theodore Melfi’s ‘Hidden Figures,’ Barry Jenkins’ ‘Moonlight,’ and Denzel Washington’s ‘Fences.’


John Cooper, lead singer and bassist of the Christian rock band Skillet, sat down and discussed his thoughts on the movie ‘The Shack’ and the song ‘Stars’ Skillet made for the movie. Cooper talks about how he believes the movie has great biblical truths and will inspire Christians everywhere.

‘The Shack,’ based on the novel with the same name by William P. Young, focuses on a grieving man who receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God. Starring Hollywood A-listers such as Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, and Tim McGraw, ‘The Shack’ will be released in theaters on March 3rd.

To buy Skillet’s new song, find it on iTunes.

58a5fa3a17d75.image13-year-old Josh Darrow of Virginia Beach was stumped on how to answer the $250,000 question on the hit TV game show, “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.”

Darrow had no lifelines left and said he has “no clue” for the answer to the question: “Before ultimately finding a permanent home in America, many Pilgrims took refuge in Leiden, located in which country?”

After a few minutes of debate, Josh decided to walk away. He decided to keep the $100,000 instead of risking an incorrect answer. While Darrow did predict the right answer, the Netherlands, he is not upset about his decision.

In his last appearance on three episodes of the show, Josh thanked all his teachers for their support and told the audience “studying has paid off.”

Liz Harris, co-executive producer, said Josh was smart and charming.

Josh’s mom said he’s an avid reader, trivia buff, a member of his academic challenge team at Old Donation School, a Boy Scout – and he takes piano lessons. It is quite a resume for a young teen.

“Josh had a contagious energy,” Harris said. “He played the game skillfully and is a contestant who, I can assure you, will never be forgotten.”

Why won’t he be forgotten? Well, the young teen is doing something honorable with his winnings.

Josh is donating a portion of his prize money to Virginia Beach City Public Schools Beach Bags program. The program provides shelf-stable meals and healthy snacks to students that might otherwise go hungry during weekends or school breaks.

Since the program was founded in 2009, more than 51,000 bags have been distributed. During the 2015-16 school year alone, more than 13,000 Beach Bags were provided to some of the neediest students. The Beach Bags program is funded entirely through donations by generous community members, such as Josh, and local area business, student organizations and schools. Volunteers then go to help assemble the bags each week.

At such a young age, it is inspiring to see a young man willing to donate a portion of his large earnings to the community that helped raise him. While he didn’t win the $1 million, he won the hearts of those who watched him and the children that will benefit from his donations.

Josh will invest the rest of his money in a college fund.