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Andraé Crouch, gospel great passes


Many followed his crossover path
Andraé Crouch, vocalist, composer, arranger, producer and pastor who was widely regarded as the father of modern gospel, is gone. Credited with helping to pave the way for early American contemporary Christian music in the 1960s and ’70s, Crouch was well known for his compositions “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power,” which he recorded with Billy Preston in 1960 as a member of Church of God in Christ Singers; “My Tribute (To God Be the Glory)”; and “Soon and Very Soon.”

Indicating his significance as a recording artist, he’d backed up on session such stellar figures as Joe Sample, Phillip Bailey, Stevie Wonder, El Debarge and The Andraé Crouch Singers. During the 1980s, Andraé Crouch collaborated with Wonder, Elton John and Quincy Jones and conducted choirs for Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” and Madonna’s “Like a Prayer.”

His affiliation with Light Records was essential in recruiting Walter and Tramaine Hawkins, Jessy Dixon and The Winans to the company, where they all saw successful gospel music careers. His influence extended to the likes of such Christian artists as BeBe and CeCe Winans, The Clark Sisters, Wintley Phipps, Anointed and Israel Houghton. His arrangements are featured in the films The Color Purple and The Lion King as well as the television series Amen starring Sherman Helmsley, Anna Maria Horsford and Clifton Davis. Continue Reading →

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Retired baseball player brings attention to autism


By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer



One in 88 U.S. children — boys are about five times more likely than girls — is diagnosed with autism according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). However, the federal research agency also points out that the greatest rate of increase is among Blacks and Latinos. According to, there are several reasons why Black children are not diagnosed and treated earlier, including lack of access to health care, distrust of medical professionals, racism and class. It also reports that too often Black children with autism are more often misdiagnosed with other disorders or behavioral problems, especially young Black boys at school. “There are so many dynamics to autism,” says former major league baseball player Reggie Sanders, who started the Reggie Sanders Foundation in 1992 primarily to help provide resources and promote more public awareness on autism. Continue Reading →

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