Official Video – “Joy Comes in the Morning” – Sybrina Fulton f. T-D.O.G.G.

A couple of months ago, GMF informed you that Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, had released an inspirational single in collaboration with T-D.O.G.G. (see Trayvon Martin’s mom releases new single featuring gospel’s T-D.O.G.G.”).  Here’s the official music video.

Trayvon Martin's mom releases new single featuring gospel's T-D.O.G.G.

Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, has released an inspirational song entitled “Joy Comes in the Morning.” Her collab with gospel hip-hopper T-D.O.G.G. is receiving positive reviews, especially from the numerous families affected by senseless gun violence.

T-D.O.G.G. wrote the inspirational piece after Fulton reached out, requesting that he compose a song based on her experiences.  Though she does not sing on the track, she uses the power of spoken word to encourage the brokenhearted.

“Joy Comes in the Morning” is available at CD Baby.  Proceeds will be used to make additional copies of the song.

Teen’s song about Trayvon Martin creates buzz on “The James Fortune Show”

Click here to listen to the song from teen singer/songwriter/guitarist Carvena Jones entitled “I Am Trayvon Martin”.

Pastor Shirley Caesar to dedicate Youth Night of her 2013 annual conference to Martin

The 41st annual conference of Shirley Caesar Outreach Ministries will be held August 4-9, at the Mount Calvary Word of Faith Church in Raleigh (see flyer).  This year, she is making a call to all the youth.  Read more here: Pastor Shirley Caesar shows support in memory Trayvon Martin!

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"It Could've Been My Son" – John P. Kee

“It Could’ve Been My Son”
John P. Kee

Last month when I expressed my outrage about the Trayvon Martin case (see related story), I reported the gospel community’s response and voiced my hope for the momentum to continue.

Pastor John P. Kee has set to music the sentiment of millions of parents all over the country with his brand new single, “It Could’ve Been My Son.”

Once a street thug and drug dealer, the father of nine witnessed firsthand the senseless violence that occurred in his neighborhood, including the untimely death of a close friend.  Since his spiritual transformation, the award-winning singer and Charlotte pastor has pursued an aggressive street ministry, especially to inner city communities.  For the past five years, Kee has hosted a gun exchange program–allowing people to trade in their guns for gift cards.  The guns are then given to the police to be destroyed.

“It Could’ve Been My Son” is available on iTunes.

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Members of the gospel community support justice for Trayvon Martin

Members of the gospel community support justice for Trayvon Martin

By Libra Boyd
Gospel Music Fever

Utterly tragic is the February 26th murder of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin.  Utterly outrageous is that Sanford, FL police state they don’t have sufficient evidence to refute the gunman’s claim of self defense, and therefore can’t arrest him.
Are you kidding me?  Martin was unarmed, carrying a bag of Skittles and a bottle of iced tea.  George Zimmerman, the gunman, pursued him, despite being told by a 911 dispatcher not to.  Details of the case are too many to recall here; you can refer to ABC News for the overview.
This matter reeks of the racism that remains alive and pervasive in this society.  Martin is Black; Zimmerman is White and Hispanic.  I posit, however, that even if one removes the notion of race as a factor, the matter is equally egregious: an adult followed and murdered an unarmed child holding some candy and a drink.
Numerous congregations wore hoodies yesterday, symbolic of their stand against senseless violence and injustice.  I wore mine also–along with a badge of Trayvon Martin and me pictured in hoodies, side by side.  Underneath was a scripture from 1 Samuel 17:29: “And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?”
And like Mahalia Jackson, Sallie Martin, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other gospel singers and clerics who were vocal about the issues of injustice in their day (especially during the 1960’s civil rights movement), people from the gospel community are speaking out in their own way regarding this injustice.
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“Where’s the justice?” asked James Fortune on Twitter.  He also changed his avatar in protest.
Brian Courtney Wilson tweeted, “Still expecting justice for #TrayvonMartin.” 
“So Zimmerman says he’s sorry for shooting #Trayvon Martin?” producer Kevin Bond posted on Twitter just this morning.  “Yet you were standing your ground? #FOOLISHNESS and #RACIST!”
Perhaps with reconciliation at the heart of his tweet, Pastor John P. Kee posted, “Wish I could grab 3 of my nephews! We’d roll into Florida and find Zimmerman and pray with him!”  He, too, donned a hoodie in his avatar.  (See more photos of other gospel artists who are showing support for Trayvon Martin at  NuthinButGospel blog.)
Today, Pastor Jamal Bryant and others will lead a National March of Justice at Centennial Park in Sanford, FL.  Accordingly, the prominent pastor tweeted this morning, “Dear Lord 2day get justice 4 TRAYVON, redeem those who’ve been done wrong, protect kids from harm & don’t let us wait long!”
I am glad to see the gospel community join this fight, and I hope the momentum continues.  In his work, Privilege, Power, and Difference, sociologist Allan G. Johnson asserts, “There is no such thing as doing nothing. There is no such thing as being neutral or uninvolved. At every moment, social life involves all of us.”