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Little Richard Hints He’s No Longer Gay: Says You’ve got to live the way God wants you to live.

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     Little Richard Hints He’s No Longer Gay

At age 84, Little Richard is opening up about his love for God and how despite people being gay or bi-sexual, the Lord still loves them. In the past, the rock ‘n’ roll legend described himself as ‘gay’, but now says he’s dedicating his final years to living holy “like Jesus”.  He also insisted men should live as men, and women should live as women, the way God intended.

“Give everything you’ve got to Jesus and you’ll feel oh, so much better.”

He continues,

“You know it’s just like everybody is turning one way or the other. This man here, when I first came into show business, they wanted you to look like everybody but yourself. And anybody come in show business, they’re gonna say you’re gay. Are you straight? Are you a homosexual something? They’re gonna say it. But the God, Jesus, made men, men, he made women, women, you know. And you’ve got to live the way God wants you to live. “

Richard, who no longer wears wig and make-up, also said that he believes if a person’s sexual orientation wasn’t in line with God’s design, that God is able to fix it.

“Regardless of whatever you are He loves you. I don’t care what you are. He loves you and He can save you, and He will save you and He can help you. He will help you. All you’ve got to do is say, ‘Lord, take me as I am. I’m a sinner.’ But we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. The only holy, righteous person is Jesus and He wants us to be just like Him because in order to go to Heaven, we’ve got to look like Him,” Richard said. “I don’t want to sing Rock and Roll no more. … I want to be holy like Jesus.”
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Little Richard (real name Richard Wayne Penniman, is an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than six decades. His most celebrated work dates from the mid-1950s, when his dynamic music and charismatic showmanship laid the foundation for rock and roll. His music also played a key role in the formation of other popular music genres, including soul and funk. Little Richard influenced numerous singers and musicians across musical genres from rock to hip hop; his music helped shape rhythm and blues for generations to come, and his performances and headline-making thrust his career right into the mix of American popular music.

Little Richard has been honored by many institutions. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of its first group of inductees in 1986. He was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.

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Spelman College held Special Screening of Digital Series ‘Giants’

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   GIANTS is a scripted drama digital series starring Bland, along with child star Vanessa Baden Kelly (“Kenan & Kel,” “Rosewood”) and newcomer Sean Samuels. The show follows three Black millennials nearing the end of their 20s. As they approach age 30, each battle their own inner giants as tougher obstacles of adulthood await. The stakes have never been higher. GIANTS takes things a step further than the typical coming of age story by pushing new boundaries of very real issues including mental health, sexual identity, religious skepticism and grave methods of economic survival.

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On last night a special screening of IssaRae.com’s GIANTS , was held at Spelman College in partnership with the Spelman College SGA, Eta Kappa chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and PULSE.

Our very own Michael Fanning (HeyMikeyATL.com) attended and participated in the post-screening conversation with Vanessa Baden Kelly (Rosewood, Kenan & Kel, Gullah Gullah Island).

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‘GIANTS’ Screening at Spellman College

The host for the evening was Spelman student filmmaker and advocate Lizette Terry. The evening closed with an intimate conversation moderated by Terry with Vanessa Baden Kelly who stars as “Journee” in GIANTS.

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‘GIANTS’ Producer’s Issa Rae & Jussie Smollet

 Insecure’s Issa Rae and Empire’s Jussie Smollett have teamed up to produce Giants, written and directed by James Bland. It is a six-episode series.

Via Essence:

“Giants takes a deep dive into mental health and sexuality, issues that are still somewhat stigmatized in the black community. The show also explores race, class, police brutality, and much more in a very honest and real way. The show finds a way to delicately balance humor with more intense moments, which is what makes it so relatable and heartfelt. Viewers will see themselves in the characters and laugh along with them as they find moments of light in dark situations.” 

“What applies to all of these characters is that they decided not to live life the way they’ve been told, and to find their own path to happiness,” Bland told Colorlines.com.

The new original series, premiered January 25 at 8pm. on Rae’s YouTube channel.

Check out the trailer below!