Uplifting our Beautiful Black YOUTH!

Youth of ________________ Church. I would like for you to know that it is an honor to know and study African Americans that have paved the way for you and me; we are able to walk, talk, and accomplish our goals with ease; it is truly a blessing, because we do not have to endure what they did.  We as black people should be truly grateful for their sacrifices, their persistence, and their determination to achieve equality.

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Understanding the importance of the color of your skin will help you in understanding the significance of this month.  The significance of this month is to commemorate our African American ancestors that have conquered the tumultuous battles of being harshly mistreated and to uphold their legacy through accomplishing the very things they desired and could not.  Not only is it meant to commemorate our ancestors, but to recognize the current African American leaders who so admirably are still reaching new heights and new depths that we thought we would never see because of the color of our skin.

I personally want you to understand that the:

The color of your skin does not define your circumstances and your circumstances does not define the color of your skin. Meaning the color of your skin does not predict who you are and what you want to be and your situation and environment will not predict where you end up… That means you can be the President of the United States like Barack Obama the first African American president, a CEO like Ursala Burns who was the first black woman to take head of a fortune 500 company, a gymnast like Gabrielle Douglas first African American to become the individual all-around champion in the Olympics, a ballerina like Misty Copeland who was the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer, an astronaut like Guy Bluford who was the first African American to fly into space,  a district attorney like Haben Girma who is the first deaf and blind African American to graduate from Harvard University, just to name a few…  We need to be proud of the color of our skin because we keep surpassing the odds of being a success and inspiration to many.

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He sent his only begotten Son to show us the way.  We need to embrace the Light.  Our Father is the owner of both Heaven, Earth, and everything therein.  He wants us to have it and we can if we simply walk by faith.

I would like to encourage you youth to be great soldiers for Our Lord by establishing a personal relationship with the Him.

Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

By keeping God first, As you continue on with the stresses of your academic journey and choosing your career path remember to

Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken as Psalm 55:22 states.

Lastly, I want encourage you to be the best and choose to do the best in all that you do, that encompasses school, beginner jobs, and most importantly your relationship with Christ.  When you feel that you want to give up I want you to repeat to yourselves what Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.”

Remember you cannot do anything on your own, you need Jesus.  Faith and belief in God, good deeds and charity, hard work and to never give up, will allow all of you to not just follow the path, but to make your own!!

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You, are the children of our future! Skin color and all, you, are the children of our future!!!

I will leave you with this quote. Youth please repeat after me:

“If it is to be, It is up to me!” -CMC Kemp

#upliftouryouth #black #blackisbeautiful #blackleaders #thefuture #ourfuture

My Black History Month Speech

This was my speech for Black History Month:

Good Afternoon – faculty, staff, and friends.  I am honored to speak at this year’s 2016 Black History Month Program.  Giving honor to African Americans that have paved the way for me to be able to walk, talk, and accomplish my goals with ease is truly a blessing, because I do not have to endure what they did.  I am truly grateful for their sacrifices, their persistence, and their determination to achieve equality.  Some may associate Black History month with more prevalent African American names such as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks. Some may also associate Black History Month more so with the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-1900s.  Yes, it is true these legends carried a heavy burden on their shoulders in the “Fight for Right.” But this battle, this fight started since earlier settlers of America decided they needed assistance in the production of tobacco in 1619.  For every year we were entrapped in these harsh circumstances was an African American that dedicated his/her life through fighting, dying, and writing to bring us one step closer to equality.  This speech will encompass those Black heroes that history rarely mentions or credits.

“Liberty is equally as precious to a black man, as it is to a white one, and bondage equally as intolerable to the one as it is to the other.” Lemuel Haynes, an influential African-American religious leader who argued against slavery, wrote this in response to Thomas Jefferson’s, Declaration of Independence famous introduction, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

In the history and founding of our country We credit various white leaders and dedicate statues to these monumental figures, never once reasoning that it took an army, a multitude of diversity to get to where we are today.  Growing up I remember studying in my history textbooks people such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin, and maybe a few other names signed on the Declaration of Independence solely responsible for the founding of this great nation.

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Our generation is quick to recognize these political figures as, what we would call, ‘mainstream’ politicians and soldiers of the 17 and 1800s; as the historical heroes, but what about the rest, what about the Blacks that advocated for America’s fight?

 

This country has failed to recognize the diverse effort dedicated to building this country by preachers and politicians, blacks and whites.  The irony of it all is, modern society does not credit these iconic African American figures, but yet our Founding Fathers had the decency and respect to recognize these notable people in their journals and other written works.  You actually will discover that they have an extremely different list of people who are responsible in the founding of our great nation.  People like John Adams pointed to not only white preachers such as, “Rev. Dr. Johnathan Mayhew & Rev. George Whitfield” but to prominent African American preachers, as well, such as Richard Allen (an African American religious leader, first and founder of the African American Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, and a renowned advocate of individual rights of all Americans including African Americans),

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Absolem Jones (the first African American preacher ordained in the Episcopalian church, and an active abolitionist who petitioned the wrongs of slavery and the slave trade), John Marrant (an African American preacher whose sermon became famous and preserved on the ‘equality’ of all men), and Lemuel Haynes (a patriot hero and African American pastor who was most known for his manuscript “Liberty Further Extended”) .  Along with these individual achievements, these African American men emphasized the importance of individual rights to include those of African Americans which helped lay the foundation for the America we know today!

But no one knows them!!!!

Not only is it rarely recognized that blacks assisted in the foundation of this country but it is seldom taught that blacks and whites were fighting side by side to win this country and their freedom!!!!

Everyone knows the famous “Midnight Ride of Paul Rivere” but what we do not know is that simultaneously Wentworth Cheswell, a renowned black civic service leader holding various positions in office and local government, rode North on the same mission. He was also an honorary patriot leader who was hand-selected by his community to serve as the messenger for the Committee of Safety.  This committee was known as the central nervous system of the American Revolution that carried intelligence and messages back and forth between strategic operational centers.  He undertook the same task as Paul Revere, making an all-night ride to warn citizens of imminent British invasion.

But no one knows him!!!!

Most are unaware that Peter Salem, a black patriot, was the hero in the Battle of Bunker hill.  Although, he is clearly painted in a famous picture, received special honors, awards and commendations for the killing of British Major John Pitcaim and the preservation of many American lives in this battle…

…No one knows him!!!

Even in the famous picture of “The great crossing of the Delaware River” …George Washington was accompanied by Prince Whipple and Oliver Cromwell.  2 African Americans that served throughout the American Revolution with the general and the general’s staff.

But no one knows them!!!

And, even at the last battle.  “The Battle of Yorktown” — Accompanying Gen. Marquis de Lafayette was James Armistead. The first African American double agent who risked his life in an attempt to gain the trust of British Generals Cornwallis and traitor Benedict Arnold.  In his efforts to gain their trust he was successful in obtaining information from the British and supplying crucial military information to the continental army which ultimately led to America’s victory in the American Revolution.

But no one knows him!!!!

Although, historically we have many African American heroes that contributed to the foundation of the United States of America, we only have one statue located in the District of Columbia to commemorate the fight, the struggle, the bloodshed, the protests, the walks, the many innocent killings, and the sacrifices of and for the many African Americans that served selflessly for the rights of many.  Knowing that we have finally earned a spot in D.C. to honor a magnificent contributor, Martin Luther King Jr., for equal rights of African Americans, it feels even better to understand that we have a piece of our past, our legacy that is engraved into American history.  That is more exhilarating than you will ever know!!!

 

 

I will close with a quote by our President Barack Obama.

 

 

In accepting that there is only one America does not mean that we erase our past, but we embrace our history and preserve our culture to emanate in a progressive future of intellectual growth, wise decisions, and momentous movements.

 

(Inspired by a sermon by Dave Burton.)

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My interpretation of focus and the end result…

I want to encourage everyone to remain focused.  Even if that means eliminating unnecessary drama, people, materialistic objects, basically all mediocrity out of your your life and starting completely over. Putting God first and the power of prayer can take you further than what you think you can do on your own! 

Romans 8:5 “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit” (ESV).

Also read: Matthew 6:33, Psalm 1:1-6, Proverbs 16:3, Luke 17:1-37.

 

A Black Topic

It was Martin Luther King, Jr. that said “We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.” —–> Boycotting the Oscars??

Not that it needs to be Black History Month, but it is the idealistic time to discuss the controversy of an All-White Oscars.  Just to ask a relevant question how many blacks do we know off the top of our heads that have been nominated and won an Oscar?

Well I know of three people:

Denzel Washington – Training Day

Halle Berry – Monster’s Ball

Jamie Foxx – Ray

We all have an idea of what happened in those films and the scrutiny that lies behind them in their relation to winning the Oscar.

Below is the link to view blacks who have been nominated and won an Oscar:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_black_Academy_Award_winners_and_nominees

I do not solely blame Whites for racism or unfair decisions for the Oscar nominees.

I also blame black people who choose to separate themselves from their culture and roots to identify with something they never were and never are going to be.  I blame people of color for not expanding their wealth to ensure other blacks are taken care of in the United States of America. So many celebrities donate millions upon millions of dollars to Africa and third world countries before they donate and uplift the poverty stricken black communities in America.  I blame black people that started from humble beginnings but somewhere along their journey they forgot who they are and where they came from and now they have let the ways Hollywood consume them.  They can stand up so boldly and express “They do not consider themselves black.” Not only was it your raw talent that got you this fortune but a great deal of the black audience who has graciously supported you and afforded you those multiple house and car investments, and the finest of the finest clothes, jewelry, and anything else your heart desires.

The same people you do not want to be anymore, the same people you do not want to represent, and the same people you do not want to keep their dream alive; I can promise you there is a white person out there, that irregardless if they appreciate black iconic figures that have progressively struggled to create an equal opportunity environment for their generation and future generations to come, will willingly to take on the challenge of writing, filming, producing, and directing films of a race they know nothing about. What films am I talking about?  Selma,  Straight Outta Compton, The War Room, The Express, Remember the Titans, Django all great films with outstanding performances by extraordinary black actors, but guess what??? ALL films emphasized or portrayed the life/lifestyle and the struggle of black people but were directed/produced by mostly whites.  (Like, I don’t understand!!!)

My question is, do you really need an Oscar to validate who you are as an actor/actress? I mean if this False Idol has that much control over your life, then you really have no sense of pride, self-esteem, morals, or values.  You have let the whites on the board of the Oscars determine why you do what you do!!! (If that is even the case) Oh and not to mention, you have eliminated and undermined all the thoughts and opinions of your millions upon millions of followers and fans (nationally and internationally) and resorted all your attention to gaining the approval of a a group of people that call them the Oscar Board…(I really do not know how else to word that)

You want to win?? Open up your creative side.  Stop becoming so closed up and uppity due to your new societal status or letting materialistic fortune consume you!  I have heard or seen post from friends describing just how rude some black celebrities are in person/reality.  The lack of consistency of being able to maintain a humble mind and who you were when you first started out is a problem.  You no longer know who are you are, where you came from, and who you want to represent! Branch out to some of these communities or conduct contest for plays, films, script-writing, etc. See what ideas are out there!!!  Do some simple soul searching…  Be more of a role model through proactive efforts and not just showing up to a school to talk to children or throwing a block party/fun day, etc.  Enrich a child’s life through proactive educational activities that can help you and them grow socially and intellectually… You want to win??? You need to bring meaning back to your life and most of all take claim back of your heritage and embrace it!!!!

1st Post of 2016, PRIORITIES!

There are always a whole bunch of topics that go through my mind on a day to day basis but the first and most important that I can think about now is PRIORITY!

I asked myself these questions while I had time off for the Christmas Holidays:

DO I HAVE MY PRIORITIES TOGETHER?

What do I need to do to prioritize my schedule to ensure the most effectiveness and productivity?

Am I maximizing the time I have to get my priorities in order?

Last but not least, to ensure thorough completion of my daily or long-term priorities am I giving it my all, my best effort?

Prioritizing is the key to a healthy life style and future success.  We cannot just depend on people to have our best interest at heart and to constantly remind us of accomplishing our future goals/dreams.  In order to execute a plan and follow it through to its entirety we have to prioritize.

We may find these issues when applying for college, joining the military, stabilizing finances, finding time in the day to exercise, incorporating more family time in your schedule or having an organized schedule, and most importantly developing a sturdy relationship with God.

I believe that nothing is real until your write it down. That is the first step in prioritizing. Once, you write it down, well, maybe you want to share it with a trusting friend, spouse, significant other. (Maybe they can assist and encourage you in reaching your full potential)  You can invest in a big 2016 Calendar, white/chalkboard, journal/notebook/daily planner, anything that you feel would help you in remembering and doing.  After you make it known what you want to do and accomplish, now it is time to execute your plan of action.

These are examples:

I know I want to get all debt paid off this year, manage my finances better, and most of all save!

    

(Just to think about:  Get paid on the first and 15th or Monthly, instead of spending excess money on fast food or mediocre nonsense set up an automatic allotment to an IRA or Roth Certificate, savings account, or shoe box, anywhere you can’t touch this money.  If you got a raise and live perfectly fine off of your fixed income then the difference of your raise amount can go towards your savings, retirement plan, stocks/bonds, house or car savings plan.

I need more time to get chores done:

(Just to think about: Since, it is just my husband and me we do a main chore aside from fixing the bed.  So, Monday-Clean/Mop ALL floors, Tuesday-Clean Bathroom, Wednesday-Clean the Kitchen, Thursday-Give the dog a bath, Friday-Low/High Dust, Saturday-Laundry Day. You do a chore a day and maintain a neat and organized house/apartment throughout the week, you can relax for the most part on the weekend.)

I want to go to college or finish college:

  • Decide what career field interests you the most.
  • Look for colleges that meet your interest, ensuring they are accredited institutions.
  • Research application requirements. (Write down, type, or print what you need to do to get accepted including all due dates for essays, test scores, and applications. Make not of financial aid, housing costs, etc. and their due dates as well.)
  • If there are entrance examinations required ACT, SAT, etc. invest in preparation material, schedule a date to take the exam, schedule time to prepare for examination, and finally, ACE the examination!
  • Submit application to the college of your choice.
  • Research the types of financial aid you qualify for and make sure to apply for FAFSA or other financial aid grants or scholarships.

 

I need to lose weight to better my health in preventing diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. but my extensive work schedule prevents me from doing so… No, No, No!

It’s time to schedule your time to meet and maintain your health needs.  So on your work calendar block off the time you need to go to the gym, sacrifice the some sleep and get up in the morning to go to the gym, or go to the gym immediately after work.  You do not even have to go to the gym. You can go on walks or tuns on the nearest bike paths or around the block a few times and you can also create your own at-home exercises. You have time, it just depends on how you are prioritizing it!!!!

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I do not force anything on anyone, but faith is one of my priorities.  So I am just going to leave this here:

A – Admit that you are a sinner.

B – Believe that Jesus walked the earth and was a living sacrifice for us because of our sin.

C – Confess Jesus as your Savior!

No one is too busy for what they need to do to better their lives and what they find important.  It is about prioritizing your schedule to meet your expectations and goals only to reap the results of your productivity!

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New Year – New Toast

Let’s make a toast for the past, present, and future… We may not be where we want and may not have achieved what we have wanted to by now but that’s not to say we are not SCHOOLIN’ LIFE…

This fun, lighthearted song portrays the confidence needed to be successful (and, yes, I highly support getting a degree). But who’s to say you can’t be successful without one, you are the shot caller for your life, but are you necessarily making the right decisions to get to where you want to be?

HAHAHA So it’s back to the basics —-> New Year, New Expectations, New Opportunities, New Successes and New Failures!!!

What are you going to do with this new year filled with endless opportunities to make your life better?

People you cannot get wrapped up in what everyone else thinks about you or is saying about you.  You have to start living your life for yourself in accordance with God’s standards and the people that are important to you (meaning doing right by and for your children).

That’s why I say if New Year, New Me is the expression of your choice for 2016 then let it be YOUR choice!!! There is nothing wrong with opening your mind up to new experiences and going to different places, that is when we truly start to develop and grow from our surroundings.  When we do not experience new things and learn new things we tend to be domicile.  When we think of being domicile we think of being at home in PJs, sitting on the sofa, changing channels, challenging nothing but our jaw muscles and thumb’s range of motion. 

Even the judgmental ones that have criticized people for saying “New Year, New Me” have improved in some way or form to better themselves and their situation.  So instead of criticizing maybe it is time to start being a role model, extending a helping hand, and uplifting others around us!

Everyone has different ways to setting goals.  I like to write my goals down or either I am impromptu and spontaneously decide it is time for something new.  But I know there are some people out there who are different. Maybe you should invest in a 2016 Daily Planner (they have really cute ones at Target) and start organizing your life.  This is for your eyes only, everyone does not need to know what you are working on (why? so they can criticize you and then play copycat)… No, No, No!!!! It is time to grow up and know who is for you and what is for you, aside from God Almighty.  The only way we know that is by praying and letting the Holy Spirit guide our lives.  You do not need to be praised by everyone on social media to know that you are someone special and that you can be successful.  It is none of their business.  It is time to start believing in God and yourself!

Let’s make a bet… Let’s write down our goals via pen and paper, daily planner, electronic calendar, Microsoft Word, etc. and put it somewhere we can see it everyday without someone else seeing it (for women, maybe your wallet, purse, or inside of your closet, or save it on the desktop of your computer… for men the same).  This way you will be constantly reminded of the goals that you set for yourself and cross them out when you accomplish them.  When something else comes up and forces you to have to push your goals back a little, do not get discouraged.  Simply work harder.

A really great quote I heard off of a movie this weekend was “If you have energy left to swim back to shore that means you did not swim hard enough away from shore.”  It is your life, your future, your New Year. If the waves get tough pray; pray all the time not just when you need words of encouragement!!!

I plan to blog it out this year, in hopes to touch and change hearts all over the world for the purpose of edifying the body of Christ and uplifting others.  I also plan to attempt to read the all the way through the Bible with a simple schedule found through Google search engine.

http://www.biblica.com/en-us/bible/reading-plans/  (here is the link if any of you all care to join me)

I will not reveal to you any of the other goals I have set for myself, because that is between God and me.  I can only pray and begin my journey in hopes to achieve them before 2016 is over.

Be all that you can be and less of what you desire to be, so that you can become what you desired to be.  Meaning you have to put your plans into action to officially start your self improvement journey, you cannot just keep wishing on a star.   You are the only person holding yourself back!

For all the kids/teenagers now keep believing in yourself you can be whatever you want to be! (cliche but true)  For all the grown ups who lost yourself, now its time to find yourself and start believing in yourself. You can still be what you want to be, the younger generations need us to be their role models!

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Share your New Years Resolutions or thoughts if you have time, if you need feedback just let me know… Keep God first and may He bless your 2016, Love you all!!!

Spread a Little Love

In case you didn’t read before… A few words on encouragement for the holidays 💛❤️💛❤️

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So I know a lot of you have been hurt this year by human error, whether it be lied to or cheated on by significant others, deceived by people we called friends which resulted in loss of possessions or financial instability.  You also might be feeling downtrodden due to a deceased family member. Ultimately, you have been betrayed or have lost the love that once thrived through your very soul.

Well, I am here to encourage you and say everything will be alright! You see sometimes we get so caught up in people, we think they can bring us happiness, joy, strength, hope, motivation, or boost any of our personal quality traits.

Just to share my personal experience, I was adopted and growing up was very hard at times, not my physical state but my mental state.  Luckily for me I was placed in a good, loving home at three…

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