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Kanye West Gives Lincoln Center an Opera for Christmas

Kanye West Gives Lincoln Center an Opera for Christmas

Fans talk outside “Mary,” West’s version of the Nativity story with his Sunday Service choir.
Kanye West Is Operatic. His Opera Isn’t.

Kanye West Is Operatic. His Opera Isn’t.

“Nebuchadnezzar,” presented Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl, is a passionate but puzzling work employing the rapper’s latest provocation: his salvation.
All the Wrong People Love Jesus Is King

All the Wrong People Love Jesus Is King

Like many black folks, I grew up in a deeply religious household. That meant prayers before every meal, three church services a week on Sundays and Wednesdays, and pretending like a lot of gospel
Kanye West, Heretic by Nature, Finds God

Kanye West, Heretic by Nature, Finds God

On “Jesus Is King,” his ninth album, the rapper turns to gospel music, suggesting a shift in his public image that’s actually not much of a change at all.
Kanye West Releases His Gospel-Themed Album ‘Jesus Is King’

Kanye West Releases His Gospel-Themed Album ‘Jesus Is King’

After announcing, then missing, his deadlines, the rapper put out his ninth LP and an Imax film capturing one of the Sunday Service concerts that inspired it.
Kanye West and the Cult of Personality

Kanye West and the Cult of Personality

The artist’s Sunday Service concerts have afforded him grace in the face of controversy. But a lot has changed since he made “Jesus Walks.”
Kanye Only Wants to Make Gospel Now. But He’s at His Best When He’s Blending the Secular and the Sacred
Kanye West Teases ‘Jesus Is King,’ a New Album With No Cursing

Kanye West Teases ‘Jesus Is King,’ a New Album With No Cursing

At his third listening party in three days, the rapper showed off a fresh side of himself with a gospel-tinged record that has yet to be released.
Episode 3: The Birth of American Music

Episode 3: The Birth of American Music

For centuries, black music has been an expression of artistic freedom. No wonder everybody is always stealing it.
Live Review: At Coachella, the Gospel According to Kanye West

Live Review: At Coachella, the Gospel According to Kanye West

Kanye West performed atop a miniature mountain made specifically for his set at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Easter Sunday.
Amazing Grace Is a Cinematic Blessing and a Transcendental Spiritual Experience

Amazing Grace Is a Cinematic Blessing and a Transcendental Spiritual Experience

Aretha Franklin was a national treasure. A gift. An icon. When Aretha Franklin passed, the world unequivocally lost one of the best voices of all time. Read more...
“My Soul Is Satisfied”: An Intimate New Documentary, “Amazing Grace,” Explores the Source of Aretha Franklin’s Power

“My Soul Is Satisfied”: An Intimate New Documentary, “Amazing Grace,” Explores the Source of Aretha Franklin’s Power

Emily Lordi writes on Aretha Franklin and the film “Amazing Grace,” directed by Sydney Pollack, which documents the recording of her live 1972 gospel album, at the New Temple Missionary Baptist
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The Culture Kings Jacquis and Edgar take the culture kingdom to church!
Barack Obama Joins Lin-Manuel Miranda on a ‘Hamilton’ Remix

Barack Obama Joins Lin-Manuel Miranda on a ‘Hamilton’ Remix

Barack Obama, who delivers part of George Washington’s farewell address in a gospel remix of “One Last Time,” in the recording studio.
“Amazing Grace” Gives Us Aretha Franklin at the Spellbinding Height of Her Powers

“Amazing Grace” Gives Us Aretha Franklin at the Spellbinding Height of Her Powers

Vinson Cunningham reviews “Amazing Grace,” a film by Sydney Pollack that documents Aretha Franklin’s recording of the live album “Amazing Grace” over two nights in January, 1972.
Critic’s Notebook: Aretha Franklin Didn’t Want You to See This Movie. But You Must.

Critic’s Notebook: Aretha Franklin Didn’t Want You to See This Movie. But You Must.

Aretha Franklin recorded her live album “Amazing Grace” over two nights in 1972. The footage in the concert documentary of the same name shows the transcendent process.
Aretha Franklin Gospel Film Finally Has a Release Date, 46 Years After It Was Made

Aretha Franklin Gospel Film Finally Has a Release Date, 46 Years After It Was Made

The documentary “Amazing Grace,” with Aretha Franklin’s 1972 performance of the song, will have its world premiere Nov. 12 in New York at the festival Doc NYC.
Aretha Franklin Gospel Film Finally Has a Release Date, 46 Years After It Was Made

Aretha Franklin Gospel Film Finally Has a Release Date, 46 Years After It Was Made

The documentary “Amazing Grace,” with Aretha Franklin’s 1972 performance of the song, will have its world premiere Nov. 12 in New York at the festival Doc NYC.