A Look at Famous Seventh-day Adventists (Part 2)
Fame is not one of the things that usually comes to mind when thinking of Seventh-day Adventism. Christianity is not usually a topic included in pop culture and the mass media. Although it is not usually mentioned, there are many famous people that have either grown up in the Seventh-day Adventist church, or are still part of it. In our second installment of this article, The Pioneer will look at four more famous people who have ties with the Seventh-day Adventist church.
1. The first person on our list of famous Seventh-day Adventists is Keidran Jones, better known by his stage name Iyaz. Iyaz is an R&B singer, rapper, and song writer, who was discovered by Sean Kingston in 2008. Iyaz signed a recording contract with Time is Money/Beluga Heights and released a song in 2010 called “Replay.” “Replay” reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on charts in other parts of the world, such as the United Kingdom. Iyaz grew up in the Seventh-day Adventist church and still goes from time to time.
2. The second person on our list is Judge Greg Mathis. Greg Mathis is a retired District Court Judge. He is a syndicated tv show judge. There has been a spiritually based play called Been there, Done that based on his life that toured twenty-two U.S. Cities. Judge Greg Mathis has published a memoir called Inner City Miracle. He grew up with a mother who was a devout Seventh-day Adventist and used to attend church but his membership lapsed.
3. Next up on our list is Malcolm Little, better known as Malcom X. Malcolm X was an influential human rights activist. In the 1960’s he spoke out against the opression of African-Americans during that time. Malcolm X’s mother was a Seventh-day Adventist and raised him in the church. He later converted to Islam.
4. The fourth person and last person on our list is Little Richard, born as Richard Wayne Penniman. Little Richard is a singer, songwriter, musician, recording artist, and actor. His music falls into a variety of genres such as rock, R&B, and gospel. Little Richard has had many popular songs and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003. He was raised Seventh-day Adventist and still considers himself to be Adventist. He has attended Ephesus Adventist Church in Los Angeles and some others. At one point, he became a preacher.
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