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Kim Burrell has apologized after she threatened to sue bloggers for criticizing her recent sermon at Pastor Brian Carn's Kingdom Church, according to Icecreamconvos.

The 49-year-old gospel singer took to the pulpit and advised churchgoers not to make friends with broke people.

Burrell warned parishioners to interview potential friends to make sure they aren't in debt or have a history of not paying their bills on time.

She suggested that broke people who are always late paying their bills have bad character and poor judgment.

"You got to choose up. Find you some value, you know?" she said. "Sometimes before we get friends we have to do an interview. 'How long have you been broke? How many times have you changed your name on your light bill? How many of your bills are in your little cousin's name? Do you live in a trailer or a house?'"

She clarified: "And it's not about status or material things. It's just about choices. You know, life is different now. We are at church. Thank God that we're here — those of us who are walking by faith without a mask and no vaccine. And, so, we honor the Lord. God is good."

She went on to ask other church leaders to invite her to speak at their churches.

"I'm not as expensive as I seem. I don't know, maybe you got a little left over from your PPP loan — Prayer, praise and power. You understand," she joked.

A video of Burrell's speech went viral. Some viewers say her message could have been delivered with a little more tact and grace.

Burrell threatened to file defamation lawsuits against bloggers who dragged her on their blogs.

On Tuesday, Burrell apologized via her official Instagram page. She admitted her words were taken out of context, and that even a joke can be offensive.

"As a kingdom citizen, and a woman of integrity, I can acknowledge that some of my words, even if said in jest, can be offensive," she wrote.

"My intention is never to hurt anyone, but to spread love, laughter and more importantly, the gift which God has given me in song. If anyone was offended, I can sincerely say I apologize."

Burrell wasn't done. She mentioned messy bloggers who are guilty of the same things they accused her of.

She wrote: "With that being said, the irony in this is that those who are criticizing my statement are displaying the very thing they have accused me of. However, it's not been humorous or in jest.


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Beloved Gospel singer Tarrian LaShun Pace died from kidney failure due to chronic kidney disease. She was 60.

Pace passed away Monday morning, according to 11 Alive News.

The Atlanta native was on dialysis for 5 years waiting for a kidney transplant, her sister, Lydia Pace told 11Alive's Shiba Russell.

LaShun, a member of The Anointed Pace Sisters, was praised for her soaring vocals on her signature hit "I Know I've Been Changed."

A snippet of LaShun's 1996 hit "Act Like You Know" recently trended on TikTok. Lydia said LaShun was encouraged to begin working on another album.

Playwright Tyler Perry was moved to write a play inspired by LaShun's hit song "I Know I've Been Changed."

LaShun and Tyler remained good friends over the years. He even purchased a home in Atlanta for Pace's mother, Bettie Ann Pace, who died in 2020 at age 82.

Tyler's gift fulfilled the Pace matriarch's dying wish to became a homeowner.

LaShun is survived by seven of the nine Pace sisters and an adult daughter.

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Motown Gospel

Globally-acclaimed label Motown Gospel (a division of Capitol CMG/Capitol and Universal Music Group) is honored to announce the signing of legendary 4-time GRAMMY-winning superstar singer, musician, songwriter, entrepreneur, and First Lady of COGIC (Church of God in Christ) Karen Clark Sheard.

Under the new deal, in partnership with Karew Records, Karen Clark Sheard plans to release her first new album in over half a decade later this year.

It will follow Clark Sheard's 2015 live album Destined To Win, her highest-charting album in her solo career and her 2010 studio album All In One, which earned GRAMMY, Stellar, Dove and BET Award nominations and remains the largest selling release of her solo career to date.

"No other female vocalist in gospel music has had as broad an influence as the legendary Karen Clark Sheard," say Monica Coates and EJ Gaines, Co-Executive Directors of Motown Gospel. "She uniquely brings generations of gospel and R&B music-lovers together with the power of her voice and the purity of her spirit. We are so honored to work with her and the Karew team."

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"I am honored and excited to partner with Motown Gospel," said Clark Sheard. "I'm passionate about encouraging, inspiring and uplifting people through my music, and I can't wait to share it with my long-time supporters and with the world."

Karen Clark Sheard first rose to prominence as the youngest sibling in The Clark Sisters, the group credited with bringing gospel music to the mainstream. Formed by their mother, Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, when Clark Sheard was a teenager, the five sisters released their national crossover hit "You Brought The Sunshine" in 1981. The song reached churches and dancefloors alike, and climbed to the upper reaches of several Billboard charts in the process.

Karen Clark Sheard has proven to be a prolific solo force as well, releasing five studio albums, and two live albums, garnering multiple Grammy, Dove, NAACP Image, Soul Train and Stellar Awards and nominations along the way. Clark Sheard is renowned for her signature, multi-octave vocal range and has been cited as an influence by a variety of artists, including Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, and many more.

Currently, Clark Sheard serves as First Lady of the Church of God in Christ, not only a global Christian denomination consisting of over 8.8-million members, but also ??the largest Black organization in the world. She is married to Bishop J. Drew Sheard – who was elected Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ denomination last year – and together, they have two children, Kierra Sheard and John Drew "J. Drew" Sheard II, both of whom have followed in their mother's musical footsteps and collaborated with her on previous recordings.

Stay tuned for new music and more from Karen Clark Sheard later this year.

Source: From a press release

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Kierra Sheard-Kelly tells Page Six that she rents hotel rooms for her girlfriends to keep them away from her husband.

The anointed gospel singer says that when her girlfriends come to visit, they don't stay overnight in her home. She makes them stay at a hotel so her husband won't be tempted to have sex with them.

The 34-year-old Detroit native was brought up in a family of gospel singers in West Bloomfield.

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When it comes to men, Kierra learned from the best — gospel music legend Karen Clark Sheard, 61, who warned her daughter to avoid bringing her single friends around her man.

"My momma has already told me don't have too many people around your house. I don't care how good you trust them or whatever it is, I'm very mindful and careful. I would buy a friend a hotel room before I let them stay at my house."

She added:

"Am I supposed to let them into my home? Because we as believers, we believe that what we have we are supposed to share with others, but I'm not sharing my man. Since I'm not sharing my man, I have to be cautious with everything else that I share as far as with him being there too."

Kierra doesn't blame her man for being tempted. She understands that the male sex drive is very strong and men are wired to be sexually attracted to child-bearing women.

Instead, she blames women for tempting the weaker sex.

"I think it's such a thing as boundaries. Some friends don't know that balance and can't understand the balance," Kierra said.

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Kierra and her husband Jordan Kelly were married in a traditional wedding ceremony on Dec. 12, 2020.

So far, Jordan hasn't cheated on Kierra — and she plans to keep it that way.

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Gospel singer Darrel Walls deleted his Instagram page after a man he was intimate with leaked a video of them kissing.

According to, Walls initially shared the video to his close friends list on Instagram. But his lover apparently shared the video on his public Instagram feed, sparking an uproar among Darrel's gospel fans.

Darrel's female fans were particularly distraught over the news. But others were supportive.

"I love you Darrel Walls PERIIIOOOODDD!!! And you KNOW that ain't NEVER gonna change!!!" one person wrote on Darrel's Facebook page.

B. Scott said Darrel deactivated his IG page then reactivated it. Dallas-based journalist Shakari S. Briggs called Darrel's involuntary outing "sad" and "tragic."

"The sad part about the Darrel Walls situation is the other man making the decision to post the video of them in such an intimate setting. Darrel clearly hasn’t let the world know his stance on his sexuality, so why did the guy feel compelled to do it for him? Tragic."

The Black church frowns upon homosexuality. The church believes in the philosophy "Love the sinner, hate the sin."

Darrel is the eldest member of the Walls family gospel group.


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Superstar rapper Nicki Minaj's mother, Carol Maraj, says prayer and her strong Christian faith are the keys to Queens, N.Y. born Onika Maraj's success.

In an interview with Carol said, "I believe by her acknowledging the power of prayer, and her strong desire to tithe together with a praying mother, contributed to her success."

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When Beyonce and Solange Knowle's world was rocked by a viral video scandal, Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams galloped to the rescue by enlisting the sister's to join her on a spiritually uplifting gospel-tinged dance track titled "Say Yes".

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Teleka Patrick missing

Police are working to identify the body of a woman that was pulled from a lake in northern Indiana, NBC affiliate reports.

A fisherman spotted the body floating on Lake Charles around 7:10 a.m. Sunday. He called police and reported "something suspicious" floating in the water.

The Indiana State police SCUBA team and Porter Fire and Rescue responded to the scene and pulled the body out of the water. The body was described as that of a female dressed in dark clothing, according to a press release.

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Teleka Patrick missing

There is a new twist in the mysterious disappearance of a Michigan doctor. Authorities now know who Dr. Teleka Patrick cooked omelets and pancakes for in a scene from a bizarre romantic video. Patrick was reportedly obsessed with gospel singer Marvin Sapp, Target 8 News reports.

Patrick, a resident doctor at the Borgess Hospital in downtown Kalamazoo, vanished shortly after an unsuccessful attempt to book a hotel room on Dec. 5.

Police, who do not suspect foul play, had hoped YouTube videos would hold the key to Patrick’s disappearance. In one video, Patrick talks and sings to someone she refers to as “baby” and “love.”

In a request for a restraining order, the Grammy-nominated gospel singer wrote that Patrick was stalking him.

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A video showing gospel singer Kevin Terry performing a graphic sex act on another man has taken the Internet by storm.

Kevin Terry of Kevin Terry and the Predestined took to his Facebook page to call his predilection for men "a mistake."

“There’s nothing wrong with making a mistake, what’s wrong is not taking the effort to make it right. Soooo get up and Make it RIGHT!!!!!!” Terry posted on Facebook earlier this week.

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