Gospel artist BeBe Winans opens up about Whitney Houston

(RNS) Gospel artist BeBe Winans has written a new book about his 28-year friendship with Whitney Houston. In an interview, he talked about Houston's faith and why he won't rush to see her performance in “Sparkle,” the movie that opens Friday (Aug. 17). By Adelle M. Banks.

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Faith, not spinning heads, takes center stage in ‘Exorcist’ play

LOS ANGELES (RNS) Mention the word “exorcism” to most people, and you get descriptions of levitating bodies, spinning heads, oozing green bile and hissing serpentine tongues.  But don’t expect to see these eye-popping visual effects in this summer’s stage version of “The Exorcist” at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. By Angela Aleiss.

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As Cornerstone wraps up, Wild Goose Festival takes off

(RNS) This summer will be the last call for Cornerstone, one of the oldest Christian music and arts festivals in the U.S. Yet as Cornerstone and its heavy metal lineup exit the stage, the young upstart Wild Goose Festival is doubling its size in only its second year. By Greg Horton.

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‘True Blood’ sinks its teeth into religion and politics

(RNS) On HBO's “True Blood,” politics is literally a bloody business. The show's fifth season — which coincides with a U.S. presidential campaign — returns Sunday. “We wanted to play with the politics/religion angle, since that seems to be something that never stops,” creator Alan Ball said. By Bill Keveney/USA Today.

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Miss America has a faith-based platform for kids of prisoners

AUSTIN, Tex. (RNS) Laura Kaeppeler travels nonstop, wears stylish new outfits daily and attracts TV crews in every city she visits as the reigning Miss America. But the glamorous appearances go for a most unglamorous cause: a faith-based platform for the 2.7 million kids who have an incarcerated parent. By G. Jeffrey MacDonald.

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