Today is the day that the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born. It also happens to be my father's birthday. The Most High, God, also performed a miracle today. This is a praise report that I must share. A few days ago my best friend texted me and said she needed to talk, but she was walking into a doctor's appointment. I told her to let me know how it went and call me afterwards. Sometime later, I hadn't heard back and decided to reach out to her. She texted me back and said her blood pressure was high and that she had to be admitted into the hospital. I was very concerned because she was also pregnant. I prayed for her and sent in some prayer requests. She said they had induced her labor and she was under some stress, but her pressure was going down. I had planned to call her that night after I got my own 2 children to bed. However, I have a tooth infection and the pain is literally worse than when I gave birth. So, I'm on an antibiotic and a pain medication that makes me sleepy. So, I quickly sent a text to check on her and got in bed. Just before I dozed off she texted back and said that the doctor's had called a code blue on her earlier and she almost lost her life. I began to pray and then fell asleep. At 1:58 a.m. she texted me, but I didn't hear the phone. However, my son woke up crying and as I soothed him back to sleep, I checked my phone. It was now 2:02 a.m. and it was mean't for me to see. She said they were about to do an emergency C-section on her and she wanted me to pray. I prayed and even texted her a prayer. I was scared for her because one of my cousins died after giving birth to her 1st child, another cousin died giving birth to her 3rd child, and I knew another young woman who had also died giving birth. Though, I had not lost hope. I thought of my friend who's blood pressure had skyrocketed and came out just fine. I told God that I did not want to lose my best friend and I wanted her to experience motherhood. I had faith that by His stripes, she was already healed. I went back to bed and when I awoke the next morning, I hadn't heard from her. I knew she could be busy or tired, but given the circumstances, I was worried. I prayed and sent her a text. I asked Siri on my iPhone to play some gospel music by Donald Lawrence, hoping she'd play the music by him I had already downloaded. Instead, she chose to play some of his popular songs that weren't in my playlist. The very first song she played, I had never heard before. After the song had played for some time, Donald Lawrence pauses and says, "Everything that you'll ever need, has already been taken to Calvary." I was so moved by what he said that I even shed a few tears. I was reminded of just how good my God is. Almost as soon as he said it, I received a text from my best friend. There weren't any words, but there was a picture. A picture can say a thousand words. The picture was of a beautiful baby girl. I shed more tears, tears of joy and thankfulness. I knew my friend was safe, I knew her baby was healthy, and that God had heard my cry.
I'm reminded of the story in the bible of the woman with the issue of blood. She was sick for 12 gruesome years. She went to every doctor and had done all that she could, in search for a healing. When she heard that Christ was coming to town, she had faith that He could heal her. There was a crowd around Him, but the woman pressed her way through. She figured if she could just touch the hem of his garment, she'd be healed. The bible says that when she touched the hem of His garment, instantly she was made whole. (Luke 8:43-48).
Go forth today being grateful for life and knowing that God is a healer!
Posted by: Candace
Contrary to popular belief, being pro black does not make a person anti white or anti any other ethnicity/race/nationality. We have the right to celebrate our culture, study our history, and embrace our people. That doesn't make us racist. All different cultures embrace who they are.
Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "Nobody else can do this for us." Nobody else can stand up for the injustices of our people like we can. We all have our own different experiences with racism and even colorism within our own people.
When I say I'm pro black, I'm for black unity, uplifting and educating my people. I'm for letting my people know that we don't need others approval to be "good enough." The Europeanized idea of beauty is NOT the only beauty.
We've barely been taught our own history in schools and most of what we have been taught is either untrue or we didn't get the whole story. The media has portrayed us harshly. Even if you look in the thesaurus, the word black means: ugly, dirty, etc.
I'm not interested in just convincing other cultures that we're beautiful, we're human, or that our history began way before slavery. I'm more interested in educating my own people that we're beautiful and deserve to be treated fairly. I want to uncondition your minds and set you free from the mental slavery that would have you think that you are less than anyone else.
So, just because I'm proud to be black and think that black is beautiful and that black lives matter just as much as other races lives does not make me a racist. ✊
Posted by: Candace
This is one of my favorite poems ever. The artist is unknown, but enjoy!
Lord, Lord, Why did you make me black?
Why did you make me someone the world wants to hold back?
Black is the colour of dirty clothes; the colour of grimy hands and feet.
Black is the colour of darkness; the colour of tire beaten streets.
Why did you give me thick lips, a broad nose and kinky hair?
Why did you make me someone who receives the hatred stare?
Black is the colour of a bruised eye when somebody gets hurt.
Black is the colour of darkness.
Black is the colour of dirt.
How come my bone structure's so thick; my hips and cheeks are high?
How come my eyes are brown and not the colour of the daylight sky?
Why do people think I'm useless?
How come I feel so used?
Why do some people see my skin and think I should be abused?
Lord, I just don't understand, What is it about my skin?
Why do some people want to hate me and not know the person within?
Black is what people are "listed" when others want to keep them away.
Black is the color of shadows cast.
Black is the end of the day.
Lord, You know, my own people mistreat me and I know this just isn't right.
They don't like my hair or the way I look.
They say I'm too dark or too light.
Lord, Don't You think it's time for you to make a change?
Why don't you redo creation and make everyone the same?
Why did I make you Black? Why did I make you Black?
Get off your knees and look around, Tell me, what do you see?
I didn't make you in the image of darkness, I made you in the likeness of ME!
I made you the colour of coal from which beautiful diamonds are formed.
I made you the colour of oil, the black gold that keeps people warm.
I made you from the rich, dark earth that can grow the food you need.
Your colour’s the same as the panther's, known for her beauty and speed.
Your colour’s the same as the black stallion, a majestic animal is he.
I didn't make you in the image of darkness; I made you in the image of ME!
All the colours of a heavenly rainbow can be found throughout every nation; but when all those colours were blended; YOU BECAME MY GREATEST CREATION!
Your hair is the texture of lamb's wool such a humble little creature is he.
I am the Shepherd who watches them.
I am the one who watches over thee.
You are the colour of the midnight sky; I put the stars' glitter in your eyes.
There's a smile hidden behind your pain; that's the reason your cheeks are high.
You are the colour of dark clouds from the hurricanes I create in September.
I made your lips full so when you kiss the one you love, they will remember.
Your stature is strong; your bone structure is thick to withstand the burdens of time.
The reflection you see in the mirror...the image that looks back is MINE!
So get off your knees, look in the mirror and tell me what you see?
I didn't make you in the image of darkness...
I made you in the image of ME!
Posted by: Candace
It is important that we take time out of our busy lives to fast. The Word says WHEN you fast, not IF you fast. We have to put down the food, TV, and music and focus on the word of The Most High. He wants to do great things in your life. Some things can only be done through prayer and fasting.
Matthew 17:20-21 KJV
20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
There are different types of fasts: The Daniel Fast, fasting from sunrise to sunset, and countless others. No matter which one you choose to do, remember to not brag about fasting.
Matthew 6:16-18 KJV
16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
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Stuart Orlando Scott, an inspiration to blacks, journalists, sportscasters, and sports fans around the world; died this morning after a long battle with cancer. Scott, known for his catchphrases, "boo-ya" and "cool as the other side of the pillow" battled with cancer 3 times. Moments of silence were held today during football games in memory of Stuart Scott. He is survived by his 2 daughters, Taelor and Sydni; both parents, and 3 siblings. He was dating Kristin Spodobalski. Stuart was 49 years old.
Stuart Scott was born in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated high school in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In 1987, he graduated from the University of North Carolina. He was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He worked at TV stations in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina & Florence, South Carolina. In 1993 he went on to work for ESPN. That same year he married his wife Kimberly Scott who, according to court documents, he divorced in 2007 after 14 years of marriage. Despite paying alimony & child support, he continued to fund his daughters' education, activities, and had 529 College education plans for both girls.
He suffered an eye injury in 2002. Read more: here
Scott has covered events like the Super Bowl and NBA Finals & has interviewed Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama. He was the commencement speaker at UNC in 2001.
Posted By: Candace
This lovely Los Angeles native and R&B singer rocks an enormous Afro and tells Essence Magazine that she has never had a relaxer.
Corrine Bailey Rae
A British singer and songwriter with over four million album sales and gorgeous natural tresses.
Daughter of Rev. Run from Run DMC and Co-founder of Pastry a junior girls clothing and shoe company.
Bassist, vocalist, and composer from Portland, Oregon. “I've been natural my entire life! My mother didn't believe in relaxers,” Spalding tells CurlyNikki.com
Actress best known for her role as Winifred “Freddie” Brooks on the hit show, A Different World.
A jazz musician and vocalist from Jackson, Mississippi, Wilson keeps it natural with dreadlocks.
Posted by: Candace
52 Mondays: The One Year Path to Outrageous Success & Lifelong Happiness, by Vic Johnson; is a great book to start off your New Year! If you can't start January 1, 2013; that's okay. Just start it when you can and if you try to do what the book says, I believe it will change your life. I'm currently reading this book and I try to read it every Monday. The book description really says it all:
"If You Knew What Can Happen In The Next 52 Mondays It Would Take Your Breath Away"
For my 52 weeks, I am taking piano lessons. I learned how to read music in elementary school. I played in the concert band for 3 years in middle school and the marching band in high school. I've played the clarinet, bass drum, and cymbols. I learned to play "Silent Night" on the piano a long time ago, but I've always wanted to learn how to play the piano well. I'm purchasing a keyboard soon to practice at home. I was introduced to a computer program called, Sibelius, recently that helps you to compose music. I'm looking forward to the end result of my 52 Mondays.
What will you do in 52 Mondays?!