Richard “The Rev” Hartley is the founder, pastor and choir master ofHaven International Ministries in Queens, NY. For years he traveled the world building and coaching choirs, and working with an “A-List” of artists like Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, and more; but now he is home with his family and congregation. Now that may sound normal… but it’s far from it as Reverend Hartley is dealing with his high-spirited yet loving family, pastor his church and using his musical skills to make his church’s choir top notch.
This is how the USA Network show “The Rev” came about. So, our conversation was about his amazing musical journey, an uplifting song done by one of his choirs in Japan and trying to get his grown children out of the house… something many of us can relate to.
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Confessions Of A Gospel DJ
Black History Spotlight: Richard Hartley on Music, Family & Being “The Rev”
Today I talked to Bishop J. Drew Sheard, Senior Pastor of Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of Church of God in Christ right here in Detroit. Bishop Sheard and his family have been personally impacted by COVID-19 but in the midst of it all have been a tremendous help to people and churches by offering additional COVID relief money to local communities, providing monthly food donations, raising $100k for churches around the country that have been adversely affected by COVID-19 and more.
A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Bishop Sheard is the co-founder (along with his Wife Karen Clark Sheard) of Karew Records, a record label focusing on Gospel, Christian and inspirational music. As a prominent leader in COGIC, he is currently running for Board as he hopes to elevate and impact the ministry for the modern day church.
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Confessions Of A Gospel DJ
Today In Black History: Bishop J. Drew Sheard & How Churches Have Had To Pivot In This Season
On February 28, 1984, Michael Jackson won an amazing eight awards at the 26th Grammy Awards show: Best R&B Vocal, Male for ‘Billie Jean’, Best R&B Song (Songwriter) for ‘Billie Jean’, Best Rock Vocal, Male for ‘Beat It’, Producer of the Year (Non-Classical), Best Pop Vocal, Male for ‘Thriller, Best Video Album for ‘Thriller, Best Recording for Children (Quincy Jones (Producer) & Michael Jackson for ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’, Record of the Year ‘Beat It’, Album of the Year for ‘Thriller’ on this day. (Source: peoplesworld.org)
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Thriller by Michael Jackson is the second highest grossing albums of all time.
Debi Thomas became the first African-American athlete to earn a medal in the Winter Olympics when she took the bronze in women’s figure skating in 1988.
Thomas was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, and started skating at age 5 winning her first competition at age 9. She led all skaters heading into the long program at the 1988 Olympics in Calgary and finished third winning a bronze medal. She was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2000. (Source: The Undefeated)
The Skating Champion and former orthopedic surgeon declared bankruptcy in 2014. Thomas has publicly spoke out about losing everything to bankrupt, being bipolar, losing her surgical practice, and living in a trailer home. Thomas told the New York Post, that she even lost her Olympic Bronze Medal in the bankruptcy saying, “They can take away the medal, but they can’t take away the fact that I won it.” (Source: face2faceafrica.com)
Last year, Thomas was spotted on Youtube in Egypt endorsing “BlockCard” which converts cryptocurrency into a Visa debit card. Praying that life is on the upswing for this talented athlete and doctor.