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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Regarding Donald Trump’s domination of the GOP presidential contest, National Review’s Jonah Goldberg has recently remarked: “Well, if this is the conservative movement now, I guess you’re going to have to count me out.” In response, Breitbart’s Ben Shapiro has noted that Goldberg and other “establishment Republicans” are, at the very least, inconsistent on this score, for they have had no ...
[caption id="attachment_32923" align="alignright" width="146"] Copyright 2015 20th Century Fox[/caption] "James Bond? Jason Bourne?" Our hero is being asked for the inspiration for naming his dog JB. "No," he explains, "Jack Bauer." This is a cheeky, nasty, meta, po-mo update of the spy genre, self-aware enough to name-check not just Bond, Bourne, and "24," but also "Nikita," "Trading Places ...
Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. 1. Christian retailer gets into movie-making biz. Family Christian Entertainment (FCE), the recently-launched sister company of Family Christian Stores, has announced its first project. Production of 90 Minutes in Heaven will commence January 26th in Atlanta. The film is based on the 2004 New York Times bestselling b ...
Michael Jackson was a recognized genius of his time who died way to soon. In every way his legacy continues to inspire, inform and entertain and for some reason on this day, I can't help singing.... "Wanna be starting Something. Got to be starting something." Today is the day to start something loving, to ignite the flame of truth and restore the heartbeat to something long thought frozen o ...
Is it possible to feel like what your job actually feels like play? Growing up, I didn't know that was possible, but jobs look glamorous through a child's eyes. I thought my parents' jobs looked cool. They looked really fun. My dad was a bartender. That soda gun with different flavor was power, baby. He had limitless maraschino cherries, lemons, olives and....SODA!!! I loved eating olives a ...
Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. All-star cast for Same Kind of Different as Me . Principal photography has begun in Jackson, Mississippi on the Paramount Pictures film starring Greg Kinnear, Djimon Hounsou, Renee Zellweger and Jon Voight. The inspirational Same Kind of Different as Me is based on the best-selling nonfiction book by Ron Hal ...
This was my first time at New York Comic-Con and it was a blast. Highlights included: Copyright 2014 Nell Minow About 30 people dressed as Deadpool danced onstage to "We Need a Hero." Just Dance 2015 had a great set up right in the middle of the Exhibition Hall, and I could have stayed there all day watching people dressed as superheroes dancing to songs like "Happy," "What Does the Fox ...
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