Monday, March 07, 2005

Hip Hop church

Julie Kennedy posted on the forum about a church in Harlem called "Hip Hop church" where:
Two decades after releasing his breakout record, old school pioneer Kurtis Blow has instituted Hip-Hop church services at two Harlem parishes. "The kids need to learn about God, but even the ones who already know God don't like the church, because church is boring," Blow told the New York Post.

What we do isn't boring — it's energetic, it's uplifting, it's spiritual — and the kids can relate to it. We speak the word of God in a language they can understand — rap."

Blow rocks a DJ booth and commands the microphone at the weekly services held Fridays at Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church and Greater Hood Memorial AME Zion Church. During a recent service, Blow was supported by acts including Shades of Faith Introducing Prophecy, The Hip-Hop Church Band, guest rappers and break-dancers. In February 2005, Blow plans to enroll at New York School Ministry in his quest to become a minister.
My jealousy runneth over. I think this is a great idea. Why not use Hip Hop for good? The kids are already listening to it, and here is an example of one bad role model who is getting lots of publicity:

Jeffrey Atkins....aka JA RULE
U.S. rapper Ja Rule pleaded guilty to assault and was fined C$1,500 ($1,219) by a Canadian court for delivering "one punch to the eye" of a nightclub patron last year, his lawyer said on Monday.
The kids are listening to hip-hop anyway.What do you think of hip-hop in da house of da Lord? CLICK HERE to post your thoughts

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