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Leadership: Ma$e Filed for Divorce From Twyla Betha

by on Mar.19, 2014, under African-American Community, Endtimes, Music

Pastor Mason Betha AKA Ma$e

There may be trouble in paradise for Pastor Mason Betha and his wife Twyla Betha.

According to TMZ, Mason Betha, a.k.a. Ma$e, filed for divorce in January, citing irreconcilable differences and claiming that the couple has been separated since August 2013. M-A-Dollar wanted full custody of their two children, plus child support.

However, Ma$e then filed to dismiss his divorce petition just over a month later.

The latter filing could be good news for his Atlanta flock at the El Elyon International Church, where he is based. The couple has been sharing their secrets to a successful marriage with the congregation via a literary series titled, What Do You Do After I Do, promoting a marriage that lasts a “lifetime” (Twyla Betha is also a pastor at the church).

Neither Ma$e nor Twyla Betha have responded to the report as of press time.

Meanwhile, the Harlem World rapper is still working on his new album, Now We Even, and of late has considered signing with Drake’s OVO imprint.

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Satan’s Altar Call: BR singer booked in domestic abuse complaint

by on Mar.04, 2014, under Music, Religious Cults

Allison Collins Rhys - Mugshot

Allison Collins Rhys – Mugshot

A local singer on the comeback trail was arrested Saturday afternoon near her home on Chelsea Drive on a domestic abuse battery warrant stemming from a physical altercation with her husband in December.

Allison Collins, also known as Allison Rhys, 38, 3875 Chelsea Drive, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison by East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies on a misdemeanor count of domestic abuse battery.

She was booked into Parish Prison under the name Allison Collins Rhys, online prison records show.

The arrest warrant says the altercation on Dec. 21 at her Chelsea Drive residence was over some adult photos that had been taken of her that she thought had been deleted.

Her husband, Kerry Rhys, ran out of the house to get away, but she followed him, ripped off his shirt and struck him, the warrant says. She went back into the home for a short time before leaving the area, the warrant says.

Kerry Rhys said in a telephone interview Saturday that an altercation did take place on that date and that neighbors had seen her hitting him outside their home.

But he denied filing the complaint, suggesting neighbors might have. A Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said records show that Kerry Rhys was the complainant in the initial report that led to the arrest warrant.

He did not say what the argument was about but said what the warrant says about the argument happening because of adult pictures is not accurate.

Online records on Monday showed that Allison Collins Rhys had been released from jail. Bail was listed as $500.

“I support my wife and love her very much,” he said. “I’m there for her. Whatever she needs, I’m there.”

Allison Collins Rhys has been a fixture in the Baton Rouge music scene since the mid-1990s with her band, The Allison Collins Band.

She took a break from the band from 2003-2009 to be soloist for Jimmy Swaggart for his church and television programs, Rhys said. She has performed in recent years at “Live After Five” concerts downtown.

Other recent gigs include the “United We Jam” festival sponsored by the Capital Area United Way on Oct. 10 and the Wildwood MX show in Kentwood on Sept. 14.

Scott Gaskin, owner of Green Frog Music, said in her heyday in the ’90s and early 2000s, the singer was popular but struggled to make a comeback on the local scene after leaving Swaggart Ministries.

He said the 30-and-older crowd is familiar with her music, but college students today are probably less familiar with her.

Two people called The Advocate to report the arrest of Allison Collins Rhys. One said he recognized the singer as she was being handcuffed outside her home.

Another, Devin Michaels, 37, Baton Rouge, called from Parish Prison where he was attempting to bond someone out when he saw deputies bring a tearful Allison Collins Rhys in.

He said he recognized her from her performances.

Karen’s comments from the time Allison was a part of the worship team at Jimmy Swaggart Ministries in Baton Rouge, LA.

“Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things:

they have put no difference between the holy and profane,

neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean,

and have hid their eyes from my Sabbaths,

and I am profaned among them.

Ezekiel 22:26

Swaggart has condemned contemporary Christian music for years. But now Family Worship Center hires saloon singers and rock musicians! Listen to what former FWC singer Allison Collins Rhys says about Christian music:

Collins never missed the smoke or the bars—she doesn’t drink—but after five years with Swaggart, she missed those nights getting loud and groovy with her favorite songs.

Collins and her husband left Jimmy Swaggart Ministries last year. For her, being a believer and an artist presents unique challenges, especially when her musical taste runs counter to a lot of mainstream Christian music.

“I don’t want to be labeled as a Christian artist because Christian music sucks,” Collins says. “I’m being blunt, but everything sounds the same, and you have a lot of Christian artists influenced only by other Christian artists. It’s this sameness, and it’s just not good. I’ve been influenced by the Stones, the Beatles, Blind Faith—why can’t I use that?” http://225batonrouge.com/news/2009/nov/01/return-allison-collins/

So, great Christians like Fanny Crosby, John and Charles Wesley, Martin Luther, Ira Stanphill, and other Christian musicians have not influenced Collins. She’s influenced by worldly musicians: the Stones, the Beatles, Blind Faith.

Swaggart hires saloon singers and rock musicians who despise sacred Christian music and want to sing worldly “Christian” music!

Swaggart has violated God’s law, and has profaned His holy things. By hiring saloon singers and rock musicians, JSM has “put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean.”

And other evil fruits…”

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