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Positive Black Male News: Football players team up to sing in ‘NFL Players Choir’

Positive Black Male News: Football players team up to sing in ‘NFL Players Choir’

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A group of NFL football players have teamed up to showcase some of their talents off the field.

Over 40 professional players have banded together to join the NFL Players Choir — a group of former and active athletes who prove that their talents run the gamut from having stellar stamina and physical agility to impressive vocal skills.

The choir was formed in 2008 and made their debut in Phoenix, AZ, at Super Bowl XLII. Some of the players include Carolina Panthers player Cam Newton, Jacksonville Jaguars’ Justin Forset, Philadelphia Eagles’ Dereck Faulkner and Washington Red Skins’ James Davis, among others.

Grammy-Award-winning gospel artist Donnie McClurkin leads the choir, who have performed around the nation and recently sang alongside legendary singer Patti LaBelle on Good Morning America. 

On Wednesday, the choir performed at a McDonalds in New York City just days before the big Super Bowl game Sunday.

Watch footage from their performance above and tell us your thoughts below.

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Source: The Grio 

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Positive Black Male News: Rapper Lecrae talks southern hip-hop and the church

Positive Black Male News: Rapper Lecrae talks southern hip-hop and the church

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Rapper Lecrae is making history.

He was the first ever rapper to win a Grammy for Best Gospel Album earlier this year for Gravity, and he believes the recognition has been a long time coming.

“It’s nice to see how gospel and music in general has evolved to the point where I have the ability to make honest music,” Lecrae said. “It was an honor to be recognized by the Grammy foundation.”

Lecrae has eschewed the stereotype of Christian rap being too “preachy.” He’s an legitimate emcee who’s collaborated with the likes of Big K.R.I.T.Bun B, and David Banner. They all hail from states within the Southern Bible Belt. So it’s not surprising that they found common ground.

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“We all have a ‘big mamas’ in the church,” Lecrae, a native of Houston Texas, stated about working with more secular artists. “We were raised in it so it’s in our DNA.”

Check out what else Lecrae had to say about religion and hip-hop in our Grio interview.

You can check out Kyle’s musical coverage on theGrio music page, and follow Kyle on Twitter at@HarveyWins.

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