DAUGHTERS OF THE KING
When rapper Don Gordon was asked to be a part of the Too Blessed Dance Extravaganza at Morning Star Baptist Church in Clairton, he didn’t hesitate to participate. In fact, he saw it as another opportunity to spread his testimony of God’s grace to another audience.
VICTORIOUS PRAISE DANCE GROUP (Photos by J.L. Martello)
“I wasn’t raised in the church. By the time I was 16 I was an alcoholic and I had kids by the time I was 18,” said Gordon, who attends Mount Olive-based Lighthouse Cathedral where Maurice C. Trent serves as pastor. “I was a pill popper and by the time I was 25 this was a hindrance in my life. I had dreams of becoming a rapper and God answered my prayer to rap about him and breaking chains.”
Gordon performed a song he wrote himself entitled, “Glorious,” during the dance concert.
CHRISTIAN RAPPER DON GORDON “CHURCH BOY” PERFORMS HIS SONGS
“Being a part of this was a chance for me to spread the gospel and simply give me another chance to express or tell what God took me from and where he took me to. God can pick you up and I go where God tells me, no ifs, ands or buts,” he said.
Along with Gordon, about 15 Christian acts performed during Too Blessed Dance Group’s first gospel dance extravaganza.
Entertainers from various dance ministries in Morning Star Baptist Church and other churches throughout the Mon Valley including Lighthouse, New Birth, Mount Olive First Baptist Church in Clairton and New Beginnings, joined in the festivities.
“We want to bless the Lord in all we do and we are going to get excited here today and do what God put us here to do,” said Rev. Crawford James, founding creative director of Too Blessed, who served as master of ceremonies for the event.
Too Blessed Dance Group was created from an idea that James and other members of Morning Star had about creating a dance group in the church. The group consists of teen and 20-something female dancers. It has since branched off to include a group of young female dancers with another group called Too Blessed Too.
CHRISTIAN RAPPER “CASO” RAPS AS YOUTH CROWD AROUND STAGE.
Too Blessed Too also performed in the concert. Several of Morning Star’s other dance ministries—Daughters of the King and Victorious Praise—danced at the event.
Rapper Caso got the audience involved in his performance of “Soul Gang,” a rap he penned that spoke about saving souls.
“The media focuses on murders and drug dealers, but I want to minister to young people so they can showcase their gifts. My objective is to save souls,” Caso said. “God can save anyone through preaching or dancing and God sent me to minister through rap.”
Singer Natasha Scott blessed the crowd with an acappella version of “Indescribable,” which she said “showed how she feels about God.”
There was no shortage of mimes on the program.
Macedonia Baptist Church’s Hassan Allen performed twice and had the crowd on its feet as did McKeesport-based mime group, The Word I Heard.
Living Tract Ministry, of Duquesne, presented a theatrical skit about two sisters, one was on her walk with God and the other was an alcoholic. After much talk from her sister and a terrible car accident, the alcoholic sister turned her life around and decided to follow Jesus.
“There is so much talent in the house of God,” Rev. James said of the plethora of acts that participated in the concert. “We are happy that he allows people to bring it out in various ways.”
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