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  1. español / Italiano Part of a series on: Jehovah's Witnesses > Baptized JW's Serena Williams- tennis player ; 8 Grand Slam champion. Her "baptized" status is disputed since she has never been disfellowshipped for having a baby out of wedlock with Drake or her publicly nude photographs. Let's just say she is now the most famous celebrity who CLAIMS to be one.Venus Williams - tennis player ; 5 time Grand Slam champion Damon Wayans - TV and Film Comedy Star. Part of "The Wayans Brothers" TV show back in the 1990's. - Their father was a JW (someone mentioned even Anointed) Michael JacksonMichael Jackson's Children and Mother Katherine JacksonRebbie Jackson - Singer, daughter of Katherine Jackson Prince Rogers Nelson Marques Houston - Singer and former member of the kid group "Immature" (and his manager) Luke Evans - Actor Coco Rocha- International Fashion Model Terrence Howard - actor; Ray, Hustle & Flow, etc. Children and brother are JWs. Studied when he was 17 years old. Bria Valente - Prince's Ex-GF back in 2007 - She has since remarried to another brother George Benson - Musician / singer (see also: George Benson and Friends - Sing Praises to Jehovah) **El General** - Panamanian singer Bobby Martin - Grammy winning producer. Mateo - African Musician Aoife Ní Thuairisg - Irish Television Presenter Tulsi Giri - Prime Minister of NepalBill Underwood - Reporter for the Phoenix Times ExaminerAlexander P. Stewart - US Civil War Confederate GeneralAllison Lozz - Mexican Actress (former). recently left novelas (soap operas) to be a more active in the ministry, Spanish speaking members would know them.Maurizio Bianchi - MusicianIvana Brkic - Croatian MusicianAngelo Palego - Leader of team searching for Noah's ArkFirpo Carr - Historian, author of Germany's Black Holocaust: 1890-1945; Wicked Words: Poisoned Minds - Racism in the Dictionary; founder: Scholar Technological Institute of Research, Inc. (STIR)Henry Carr - Olympian and NFL player (deceased)Herman Pizzanelli - Leading Uruguayan concert guitarist in the 1960s (convert to JWs)Willie Wise - NBA professional basketball player for Seattle Super Sonics and Denver NuggetsDave Meyers - Professional basketball player (Los Angeles Lakers in 1970s)Mark McCumber - Professional golferDave Pear - NFL professional football player for Colts, Buccaneers, and Raiders (convert)Kid Gavilan - welterweight champion boxer; elected to boxing Hall of Fame in 1990 (convert to JWs)Jorge Påez "El Maromero" - Boxing World Champion Pele Reid - Boxing ChampionShont'e Peoples - professional football player (Saskatchewan Roughriders); convert to JWsLa Lupe - Cuban salsa singer (convert)Janis Gill - ex wife of country music superstar, Vince Gill, is one of Jehovah's Witnesses. Vince Gill is NOT a Witness. He is strongly and violently opposed.Fedor Chistyakov - Russian SingerRichard Cameron - Dutch MusicianValerie Campbell - Mother of Naomi CampbellTom Edur - Former NHL ice hockey playerMrs.Ida Eisenhower - (Mother of President Dwight D Eisenhower)Leopold Engleitner - Buchenwald concentration camp survivor and centenarian Mickey Spillane - NovelistLarry Graham - Sly & the Family StoneDanny Granger - Indiana Pacers small forward; Professional Basketball PlayerTeresa Graves - Reputedly the first black woman to play the lead in a police movie, also a singer Gary Gygax - Co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons Scott Johnson - ActorPhillip Landry - MusicanMaher Shalal Hash Baz - Japanese musician, name comes from the Book of IsaiahMargaret Keane - "Big Eyes" artist who said converting "changed her life."Peter Knowles - Famous soccer player in England who quit his football career in 1970 aged 24 to join the Jehovah's WitnessesBrian Locking - Bass guitarist with The Shadows for eighteen months, but left to Jehovah's Witnesses activities.Hank Marvin - Lead guitarist for The ShadowsBohumil Müller - Czech survivor of the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp and underground religious leader under Communism.Viv Nicholson - famous London lottery winner in 1961. She then became a devout JW. The musical Spend, Spend, Spend was based on her story.Evelyn Ntoko (first wife of Nelson Mandela)Lieby Piliso - Nelson Mandela's younger sisterKen Richmond - The man who banged the gong in the Rank Organisation film logo from 1955 onward.**Gevorg Petrosyanm** -The Georgian-Armenian “Caruso,” who drives a taxi, but dreams of the stageMiu Sakamoto - Japanese Singer, a Daughter of Ryuichi Sakamoto andAkiko YanoDamo Suzuki (Converted in the 1970s, current membership status uncertain)Bobby Tambling - English footballerPhil Terry - member of the 60's R&B group The Intruders.David Thomas - Avant-garde rocker, "Jehovah's Kingdom come"[2][3]Jean Terrell - Replaced Diana Ross in the Supremes in 1970.Akira Toriyama - Japanese Mangaka(Cartoonist), Author of Dragon Ball(Manga)Yoshito Usui - Japanese Mangaka, Author of Crayon Shin-chanReena Virk - Canadian child murder victimLark Voorhies - actress, Saved By The BellLou Whitaker - Former MLB baseball player for the Detroit Tigers.Chet Lemon - played with the Detroit Tigers along with Lou WhitakerAkiko Yano - Japanese Singer, Former wife of Ryuichi SakamotoSolveig Romero - Mexico and Switzerland, Actress and wife of Martin Campbell, the director of James Bond Casino RoyaleChuck Winfield - Former Trumpet player for Blood, Sweat, and Tears.Rosalia Valdez - Former actress who left fame in Mexico to become a witness, daughter of famous Tin Tan Valdez.Carmina Villarroel - Filipino actressPatience Dlaminh - a weather forecast reporter in South Africa / Regional 'celebrity'Red Shea - Guitarist for Gordon Lightfoot (passed away in 2008)Tom Reynolds - He was one of the singers in the late 60's early 70's band 'Hamilton, Joe,Frank, & Reynolds.Toun Oni - Nigerian actress (featured in the TV drama 'fuji house of commotion') She was an active witness before her death a few months ago. In fact, she died of heart problems during the Lekki assembly hall construction work.Paul i.k Dairo (used to be one of Nigeria's top musicians); Last i heard of him, he is one of Jehovah witnesses.Wolf-Ekkehard Lonnig - a scientist from the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in GermanyHayden Covington - leading attorney for the Jehovah's Witnesses, Watchtower Society; won multiple U.S. Supreme Court cases; represented Muhammad Ali in court [not sure if he left eventually or not?]Chappel Fisher - Country Music DJ in Florida, USAMichael Worilds - NFL PlayerTony Garcia - Artist, DJ, Producer, Re-mixer, Arranger, Composer,Writer of Dance Music EDM, Funk Melody Freestyle Music Owner of High Power Records Honorable B. Dwight Goains - US Federal JudgeMicaiah and Tabitha Bethune - Owners of the Fashion Industry "The Wild Life Reserve" out of New OrleansAlex Rance - Soccer Star Pavel Pavlov & Aleksandr Kryukov - Ukrainian YouTube Stars Minh Hung Godenzi - Miss Hong Kong 1984 Danny Collision - NBA Player currently in California Clarion Chukwurah - Nollywood Actress Irina Bohr - Russian singer Alisson Euler de Freitas Castro - Brazilian Footballer Carlos Gonzaga - Brazilian Singer Andriy Mykolayovych Nesmachniy (Ukrainian: Андрій Миколайович Несмачний) PC-One - Star of Slam in Haiti Jacy Brean - Author Mina Godenzi - Actress, Model and Miss Hong Kong Phillip Ingram - Musician Ramón Gómez Valdés de Castillo aka "Don Ramón" - Famous Mexican Actor Kenya Moore - not sure as to her current status though. Anneliese Zelina - Model Darren Collison Raised as one of Jehovah's Witnesses Dwight D. Eisenhower - WWII General and Former President of the USA Childish Gambino Rapper, TV actorMichael Sam - First Gay NFL football playerNathan Day, frontman of grunge / Britpop group Darlia - "I grew up with a family whose parents were Jehovah’s Witnesses, so I felt very isolated."Kia Kahlo- Witness to rapJacqueline WoodsonDwight David Eisenhower who became the 34th President of the United States (1953–1961)Meg Myers - Musician / SingerNathan Haines - Saxophonist Shushila Takao - Actress in New Zealand show "Filthy Rich" Kim Holland - Dutch Porn Actress Little Scream - Montreal musician Kelsey Lu - Fashion model Rebekah Vardy - I'm a Celeb star Alex Avery - Comedian in Portland, OR List of former Jehovah's Witnesses Michelle Rodriguez - actress, raised by mother Donald Glover - (aka Childish Gambino) Gregg Alexander - The New Radicals' lead singer; raised by motherCarol M. Swain - political scientist; professor at Vanderbilt University; author of Black Faces, Black Interests and The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration; left the Witnesses at the age of 20, in 1975 (Ms. Swain was born in 1954 into an extremely poor household in rural Virginia, not far from Roanoke. She grew up with 11 brothers and sisters, dropped out of school in the ninth grade and married at age 16 -- in part, she says, because she saw no need to plan for a lengthy future. She was a Jehovah's Witness, and she believed that Armageddon would begin in 1975)Peter Andre - Singer raised in Australia, presently living in London with wife pin up model *JordanNaomi Campbell- Supermodel; Raised by motherGeri Halliwell - Singer (Spice Girls); Raised as a Jehovah's Witness[verification needed]Barbara Grizzuti Harrison - American writer of Visions of Glory: A History and a Memory of Jehovah's Witnesses(converted to Catholicism)Nancy Garrido - the now infamous kidnapper of Jaycee DugardLatoya JacksonMichael Jackson - Michael became a Jehovah's Witness but disassociated himself shortly after his hit album, ThrillerOlin R. Moyle - Former Watchtower Chief AttorneyDave Mustaine - Guitarist (ex-Metallica; Megadeth; ex- MD .45)Miki Nakatani - JapaneseActress, Raised as a Jehovah's WitnessGloria Naylor - novelist, author of The Women of Brewster Place (1982, American Book Award)Patti Smith - Singer and poetLeo VolpeJill Scott-Singer; raised as one of Jehovah's WitnessHinano Yoshikawa - JapaneseFashion model and actress, Raised as a Jehovah's WitnessK-os - Canadian R&B artist ; Raised Jehovah's WitnessRene Montes de Oca Martija - dissident human-rights activist in Cuba (son of JW)Selena Quintanilla Perez - __Tejano__ singer ; raised Jehovah's WitnessesSherri Shepherd from The View. Her father is an elder in his congregation.Jill Scott - a singer,poet & actress from USA, she played in the movie-'why did i get married'Maureen Mwanawasa, wife of late Zambian president, though she disassociated herself, but she still attends meetings. the late president was also studying with JWs, his mother was a JW. his children also attend meetings, i think one is a publisher.Thandiwe Banda our current Zambian first lady who was a JW until recently when she disassociated herself. Reportedly a former pioneer.Mamontha Modise was a JW. travels all over the world to report current news 2 South Africans.Ja Rule - Rapper - raised a jehovahs witness and is no longer one, in an interview he said his mother was disfellowshippedJaywon; currently a musician, was raised a witness, later decided to follow a way of life thats suits him.Rick Haynes - MusicianTravis Scott - NFL football player for Rams (raised JW)Scott Cheshire - Gotham City Writers Eddie Griffin - Comedian Leaders of the music band Shakespeare's Unit Rumors of: Eddie Murphy - Not verified yetJosh Groban - We don't know what to think yet.. ? Some have suspicions....Omarion - I believe he is only "studying" Jackie Chan - (I still don't believe the photo) Please Read Some people have wondered if we have listed people who simply studied briefly with Jehovah's Witnesses. As far as we know, this is not the case. Anybody can sit down and meet with Jehovah's Witnesses to study their beliefs. In no way would we consider that grounds for identifying somebody as a Jehovah's Witness. All of the people listed on our page have actually been considered Jehovah's Witnesses or considered themselves adherents of the faith, either by way of having been raised in the faith or because they were an active convert to the faith.Of course no insult is meant to Jehovah's Witnesses or anybody else by hosting this list. Personally, reading the biographies and faith statements of many famous Jehovah's Witnesses has helped tear down some stereotypes for me. It simply isn't true, for example, that this faith necessarily stifles creativity or achievement. Clearly, many adherents to the faith (including people raised in it as well as converts who chose to become Witnesses as adults) have been very famous creative people or have been very successful, as measured by worldly standards.Regardless of the obvious tensions between the pressures of worldly fame, versus remaining active in a religious faith which expects all of its members to live according to the highest Biblical standards of ethics and morality, there are indeed many "famous" adherents who have strived to remain faithful. Even for those who have failed to balance fame and success with the demands of their faith, the teachings and values they were raised with or embraced at some point as an adult remain forever an influence in their lives. Were this not true, these individuals would not be listed here at all. This list is based on what famous people themselves have said to interviewers and to the public. We have no access to actual Jehovah's Witness membership or attendance records. If a celebrity or famous person doesn't talk publicly about their experiences as a Jehovah's Witness, we would have no way of knowing about this part of their lives.The actions of a single individual should never be used to judge an entire group of people, and I believe most people realize this. Anybody who does try to condemn Jehovah's Witnesses by the behavior of their "worst" lapsed members or former members will stand instantly condemned themselves. This is because the cumulative behavior of the famous (and infamous) members of the group the accuser belongs to is far worse than anything they will be able to dig up relating to people who have been Jehovah's Witnesses. This is true of essentially any sufficiently large religious group. It is true also of anti-religious people, who are nearly always wise enough to avoid condemning entire groups by the actions of individuals, lest they be asked to answer for the hundreds of millions of murders perpetrated by Lenin, Pol Pot, Stalin, Adolph Hitler, Mao, Mussolini, Nicolae Ceausescu, Joseph Goebbels, Maximillien Robespierre, etc.
  2. Jehovah's Witnesses > List of Celebrity JW's > Coco Rocha (older posts in jw-archive.org) ------------------------------------------------- Previous posts of Coco Rocha
  3. Part of a series on: See also posts tagged Coco Rocha on jw-archive.org Destination Luxury had the esteemed pleasure of working with Americana Cinema to document the wedding of Supermodel Coco Rocha and artist James Conran. Shot at Chateau Challain in France, it was one of the most magical weddings captured on film.Directed by Gilbert Le, Americana Cinema
  4. MY STORY My name is Phillip Ingram and my background is from the Music Industry. I come from a musical family, but only 2 of us decided to make a living out of the Music Industry and that was my brother James and myself. In 1977 I was signed to Motown Records as part of the Platinum Selling Group, 'SWITCH'. SWITCH recorded 5 albums for the Motown label from 1977 - 1982, with such hits as"There'll Never Be"; "I Call Your Name", "I Wanna Be Closer", just to name a few. SWITCH's first album was Platinum with the second album being Gold. In 1982 I left the group and went on to work with some of the biggest artists in the Music Industry, singing on their records and/or live performances. Such artists as Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, Barbara Streisand, Julio Iglesias, Sheena Easton, just to name a few. I also have worked on many films, such as 'My Best Friends Wedding', 'The Little Mermaid', 'Shrek' and many more. So why would I decide to partner with a company that has nothing to do with the music or entertainment industry? It's very simple and I'll explain why. In the music industry, I set my own schedule, I collect residual income from projects that I've worked on in the past and I have the freedom to really do what I want to do, when I want to do it. But,even though there are a lot of positives in the industry, IT'S A FEAST & FAMINE INDUSTRY OR BUSINESS! When I was first introduced to the company that I've decided to partner with they had all of the positives of the music industry such as setting my own schedule, collecting residual income, having the freedom to do what I want when I want, etc. but the difference; IT'S NOT A FEAST & FAMINE INDUSTRY! As a matter of fact, when people don't have the money to buy a record or have the money to go to a concert, they're still going to brush their teeth, comb their hair, wash their clothes, etc. So from a business point of view, this spoke to my values of what I had already become and was used to; but without the ups and downs of the Music Industry. In the Music Industry, after a while, the residual income drops, some of my colleagues laughinly call it residue after a while.  What I noticed with the company I'm working with,the residual income is continuous, every single month. Now imagine not only having a great company to partner with but also imagine that the products are so good that both my wife Rebecca and I have had very positive experiences by going green. Briefly, I had sinus issues for most of my life. When we first used the products from this company, my allergies went away. My wife Rebecca used to have Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Again, I speak in the past tense because that's no longer an issue for her. Why, because by going green, ALL OF THE TOXINS WERE REMOVED FROM OUR HOME AND PRODUCTS, and that has made all of the difference. Something that simple,switching stores.  Today I still travel all around the world singing at various venues and recording at various studios working with many different artists. I've helped and worked with a lot of people in the Music Industry. The same passion that I have for the music industry, I've carried a similar passion over to this industry where I'm, in addition to the music industry, I'm helping people learn about what it truly means to be free. Years ago I sang on the first movie 'SHREK' of the 'SHREK' series. 'SHREK' was already green, now I'm loving the fact that I can help more people, inside and out of the Music Industry, Go Green. I look forward to hearing from you. Phillip Ingram Wikipedia Phillip Ingram Interview - 2011  Â
  5. -by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Katherine Jackson (Image Source: Screenshot) The 86-year-old Katherine Jackson has lived through a lot in her years. And while she put up with much of it, including her husband's infidelity, it appears that she may have finally reached her limit. She has been granted a temporary restraining order against her nephew, Trent Lamar Jackson. It's alleged in court documents that Trent, who is also a longtime driver for Katherine, has been accessing her bank accounts without her knowledge, using her credit cards for his personal use without her approval and also emotionally abusing her. The claims of abuse state that "Trent has manipulated Mrs. Jackson so much and preyed on her known kindness, that whenever the police arrive or efforts to press elder abuse charges have been undertaken, she ultimately recants or changes her mind." It wouldn't be the first time she changed her mind when looking for a better life for herself. She twice filed for divorce from the family patriarch Joe Jackson. She was tired of his affairs and filed in 1973, but her Jehovah's Witnesses church persuaded her to drop the divorce. She then tried to divorce him again in 1979 but was again urged to drop it. He went on to have a long-term affair with another woman and had another child with her. While Katherine and Joe remain married, they live in different states. The current paperwork also stated, "Mrs. Jackson does not want to hurt anyone and has always erred on the side of enduring abuse to save everyone else." Her lawyers speaking on her behalf say that she "will have moments of strength and tell her kids that Trent is abusing her, and by the time they get Adult Protections Services to the house, he has convinced her by crying or begging not to report him, and the cycle starts all over." Trent has not spoken publicly about the restraining order or the claims in the court documents. It's not known why Trent was given such previous power in his aunt's life. She has plenty of adult children and grandchildren to take care of her needs. She and 66-year-old daughter Rebbie went to go visit youngest sibling Janet recently to see her newborn son Eissa for the first time in London. "It seems like her family is staying close to help and support Janet," said a source, but it seems like maybe they need to stay close and help and support the family matriarch as well.
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  6. Nicolas King frequently sings with the Watchtower Chorus and had a supporting role in the DVD released at the 2014 convention. (He's on the bottom row, second from the right.) But he also is a jazz singer, traveling constantly performing at concerts, casinos, charity events, even a brief appearance on The Tonight Show. (Not much time left for service and meetings, now is there?) Besides that, he's hobnobbing with loads of worldly people, showing off on his Facebook page. So why is Sergei from the convention video not allowed to play his violin, but Nicolas can pursue his worldly career and get rewarded for it by the organization?
  7. He called me from New York and said: "I'm probably staying here." The news is shocking. The last thing you could expect from a person who sang (and sings): "I was born and grew up on Lenin Street". It's hard to imagine music more Russian than the one that Zero played, and Chistyakov continues to play. A brilliant album "No fools" and a few very strong singles have just come out, he has traveled around the country with concerts, he is at the peak of his form, he is finally all right after twenty years of depression and setbacks. So from what to run (and this is the escape)? Photo from the archive of Fedor Chistyakov ... The fact that Chistyakov is a member of Jehovah's Witnesses, an organization that has just been recognized as extremist, knew everything, but did not attach importance. It was believed that the rock star has such a fad. Prince was also a Witness. And Madonna is a Kabbalist. And Tom Cruise is a Scientologist ... However, Fedor, although he never spoke about his religion at concerts and very rarely in an interview, takes her seriously. This is not a fad, this is something for which he is ready to fight. "Witnesses" appeared in his life in the 90's, during the most difficult period. He just served an assassination attempt, went through a psychiatric hospital and was in a terrible state, on the verge of suicide. Now he does not drink, does not smoke and does not sing his old songs, where drugs are mentioned. But at the same time he did not lose the rock-n-roll drive, at the concerts he ignites in a way that few people can now. You can treat the Witnesses differently, but they rescued him, Fedor Chistyakov. Pressure on the "Witnesses" went for a long time. In 2004, the Moscow court dismissed the Moscow community. In 2011, several criminal cases were opened. And in 2009, the NTV channel showed the film: "Watch out: Jehovah's Witnesses". In addition to the attack on the Witnesses, there was a run-in and personally on Chistyakov. Televischiki represented him in the image of a zombified and seduced sectarian, which is not true by one percent. This can be confirmed by anyone who has been to Fedor's concerts and listened to his recent recordings. The zombies do not sing like that. The conclusion from the program was clear: look, the murderer and the addict preach the Bible! They, probably, are all like that. The act is sneaky, whatever one may say, but Chistyakov then restrained himself. He is generally patient, his life has been broken and continues to break, like few people, one must have a strong character in order to survive and not go insane in his circumstances. As the campaign around the Witnesses unfolded, he became gloomy, nervous, but he waited. There were weak chances that it would cost. Now there are no such chances. Since July, his co-religionists and he is outside the law. "You can regard this interview as my official statement on leaving the country," Fyodor said. "I just had no choice." - I was not going to emigrate. There are people who for years try to get a green card or somehow get to America. And I never had any thoughts of such, nor of the possibilities. I firmly settled in place, I am already fifty, where to go? Besides, right now everything is developing very well, as a musician I am on the rise: a good band, an established tour system, one after the other albums are out. And so we flew with a tour in the US. And on the eve of the trial, the result of which was the ban of the Witnesses. For me it was a shock. The likelihood that I will not return from the American tour started to increase strongly. And on July 17, when they rejected the appeal, I made the final decision. - What does this prohibition mean to you personally? - First and foremost: I can not openly profess my religion. This in itself is a trauma, even if you are not being put, but there are already plantings. In Orel, for example, they took and imprisoned a citizen of Denmark. Russians are not enough for them, they decided to wet it so that the ears rang. There are options for punishment: prison, forced labor, fine. If a person is fined 100,000, and he has a salary of 20, what should he do? After that, by the way, they can plant. "Such a situation makes any creative activity meaningless. What's the point, if tomorrow can come for you? " And musical activity is connected with long-term investments. I invest my personal funds in the project, my colleagues and investors are investing. I take on very serious obligations. Concerts are planned for six months, and I have no right to even get sick, I have to play live or dead. But how to work if you can be picked up at any moment? Then you have to change your profession, but I do not want to, I still have many plans. Last year, my spies were visited by searches of special services. Laptops, computers, hard disks were taken to find evidence of extremism. I was very worried about my home studio. It is absolutely inconceivable that my achievements are carried to an unknown place. So my move is not connected with the fact that I allegedly do not like Russia and sold to the Americans. This is a forced measure aimed at preventing me from disappearing as a creative unit. There was no other way out. "And so you left." What will happen to the band "Fedor Chistyakov Band"? Is the project closed? - In no case. Only the place of my physical stay has changed, nothing changes anymore. At least, I hope so. Now we are reshaping the schedules of tours taking into account the fact that I'm flying to them from America. In the near future the bandback of the group "Zero" - November 18, Moscow, "Izvestia Hall." If there is no force majeure, everything will be done. And then the recording of the new album, the material is written, you have to work with it. In addition, an American project is planned, with which I will be speaking, a contract has already been signed. - Do you plan on singing in English? "I'm afraid I will not succeed." Russian language, Russian thinking, Russian mentality with the move does not disappear anywhere. This is not the clothes that he took off, put on another and everything is okay. I remain the same as I was, I am still worried about things that are happening in Russia. And of course, I'm focused on the Russian public. But there is still an emigrant audience, it is not very large, but it is. I live in the area of New York, where on the street constantly hear Russian speech. And it's not even Brighton. - The song from your new single "Time to Live" begins with the words: "There is nothing to do, nothing to do, nothing to do, only to run ..." Just about running away. Coincidence or did you plan? - Coincidence, I was surprised to him. This is an old song "Zero", it did not have time to finish it in 1992, I do not remember what I meant at the time. Probably, flight from a difficult life situation, but not emigration exactly. We recorded it now together with Nichols, with whom "Zero" started sometime, it is possible with good conscience to consider this record as the new work of "Zero".
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  8. There are over 8.2 million practicing evangelical Jehovah's Witnesses worldwide. Many famous athletes are Jehovah's Witnesses. Several famous boxers, NBA players, and baseball stars follow the teachings of the Jehovah's Witness faith. Some of these athletes were raised in the faith, while others converted later in life. Two of the best female tennis players of all time are Jehovah's Witnesses. Who is the most famous athlete who is a Jehovah's Witness? Serena Williams tops our list. She and her sister Venus were raised as Jehovah's Witnesses and still practice today. Serena says, “I've been studying to be a Jehovah's Witness, so I go to Kingdom Hall. I grew up a Witness and it's what I know, and we teach things that come from the Bible." Danny Granger was raised in a Jehovah's Witness household. It is unclear if he still practices the faith today. On Dave Pear's blog he states, "I am one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and an advocate for justice!" Chet Lemon is a Jehovah's Witness. He almost died from a blood disorder in 1991, when he decided against surgery because his religion prohibits him from receiving a blood transfusion. Kid Gavilán became a Jehovah's Witness in the late-1960s. Do you think that being Jehovah's Witnesses helps these athletes to succeed in their professional careers? Share your thoughts in the comments section. Serena Williams was raised a Jehovah's Witness and still practices today. Venus Williams was raised a Jehovah's Witness and still practices the religion. Danny Granger was raised in a Jehovah's Witness household. It is unclear if he still practices the faith today. Baseball player was an active Jehovah's Witness and put the religion above his MLB career. Willie Wise was considering becoming a Jehovah's Witness minister before getting drafted to the NBA. On Dave Pear's blog it states, "I am one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and an advocate for justice!" Travis Scott was raised as a Jehovah's Witness. Chet Lemon is a Jehovah's Witness. He almost died from a blood disorder in 1991, when he decided against surgery because his religion prohibits him from receiving a blood transfusion. Dave Meyers is a Jehovah's Witness. He retired from basketball in 1980 to spend more time with his family and practice his faith Kid Gavilán became a Jehovah's Witness in the late-1960s. Mark McCumber is a devout Jehovah's Witness. He says, "It's a very misunderstood religion." 11 Athletes Who Are Jehovah's Witnesses 27 Famous Jehovah's Witnesses
  9. She left it all behind —a normal college life, her teammates, a skyrocketing volleyball career that would have gave her a crack at the national. All to become one of the Jehovah’s witnesses. Cebuana volleybelle Frances Karen Derder had everything going her way as she made it into the lineup of perennial UAAP champions Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Lady Eagles in 2014. But her stint with the Lady Eagles was cut short since, according to her, Ateneo coach Tai Bundit did not allow her to continue her religious service, a move which left some of the Lady Eagles faithfuls clueless to this day. “I transferred to Ateneo but I went back to Cebu in the second semester because Coach Tai was strict. He did not allow me to attend our meeting or worship. They all say the reason I went home was because I was homesick, but it is not,” she said. The 19-year-old Derder returned to Cebu and went on to help the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras win the 2015 Cesafi title while being recognized as the league’s best server. But little did anyone know that title-clinching game two years ago against the University of San Jose-Recoletos was going to be her last stint in the sport that she really loved. Although there are days wherein she’d like to play volleyball, the Minglanilla, Cebu-native has learned in the past few years that she can’t serve two masters at a time, quoting the renowned scripture from the bible known as the Matthew 6:24 which reads: “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else, he will hold to the one, and despise the other.” “To tell you honestly, I was really sad when I stopped playing because volleyball was my passion since elementary but when I learned the truth, I sacrificed my own interest to have a good relationship with Jehovah.” Regardless of the fact that her love for the sport is still in her heart, Derder said she has closed the doors on a return to volleyball, saying she has already found true happiness by preaching the word of God. Derder may have lost her chance on volleyball fame and glory. But in exchange, she received even more, something that people spend their whole life finding: the meaning of true happiness. source
  10. February 1, 2017 On Saturday, January 27, there was no maddening rush at the White House to reach Serena Williams, like in 1999, when she won the first of her 23 Grand Slam titles in Flushing Meadows. Or as it was when she won her third Wimbledon, a few months into Barack Obama’s first term. The din of Serena’s feat, now officially the most decorated player in the Open era, died out in the bustle of America’s latest, and loudest, president’s “extreme vetting” immigration diktat. Yet, the symbolism of Serena’s triumph couldn’t be more relevant. At a time when “America First” rings louder than ever, the greatest of its sporting icons, across genders, is an African-American woman, a Jehovah’s Witness from the wrong side of Los Angeles, where she had lost her eldest sister in a gang shootout, and the daughter of a father who was shooed off a tennis court by affluent whites. Even after she broke into the circuit, Williams has had to confront racism and racist stereotypes — from officials, commentators and even her adversaries. While it’s overreaching to imagine that her storied success would trigger a revolution in race relations in the US, it’s fair to assume that America’s greatest sporting specimen of the 21st century is an antithesis to its president’s vision for his country. She may not allay the sudden cynicism or the morbid fear of the discriminated and marginalised in the US — sport as a cure to societal dysfunction is grossly hyperbolic — but she stands as an indelible symbol of hope, or an escape. In a metaphorical way, with the mighty swings of her racquet, she’s penning as scathing a verse as Maya Angelou. It won’t seem out of place, if Serena were to recite Angelou’s Still I Rise (in fact, there’s Serena’s rendition of the poem on YouTube). Concurrently, any interpretation of Serena’s greatness shouldn’t be constricted to her context. These are mere embellishments in her grand narrative. Serena, as a player in isolation, is a worthy premise for weaving enough eulogies. Maybe she is not celebrated as much outside her country because her feats have come to a stage where her winning spree is taken for granted. Such has been the nature of her hegemony that often the rare opponent who beats her ends up being more glorified, ranging from one-season wonders like Samantha Stosur, to more recent peers like Angelique Kerber. There hasn’t been much of a rivalry to speak of, expect the brief but fiery rancour with Maria Sharapova or the more passionless exchanges with her sister Venus. Or, as some would say, there were no two equally gifted players playing at the same time. Earlier, it was a case of several similarly endowed players, outstripped by a force superior in craft, more athletic in build, more ruthless in execution of plans. Think of Sharapova, Justine Henin-Hardenne, Kim Clijsters, Dinara Safina or Amelie Mauresmo — the draw was far more competitive. And Serena, despite hitting the wrong side of her 30s, isn’t showing signs of fatigue or adieu. Or as some would nitpick, her game is graceless (sometimes with racist undertones). But there is a brutal beauty to her game — those booming serves and guillotine groundstrokes are a vindication — like in boxing. There’s a powerful symmetry to her movements. Then there is the spontaneous thrill of her athleticism. To put it simply, there has been no better player than Serena in the 21st century, or arguably ever in the history of tennis. That she happens to be the greatest American sporting icon in the Trump era is a mere coincidence, or perhaps, a bit of satire by the fates. source
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