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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

We Should Use Bishop Eddie Long's Situation To Examine Ourselves

I like many of you were saddened to hear the allegations against Bishop Eddie Long. When I first heard the allegations on CNN I could not believe that it. After hearing some of the details I felt that if it is true that other people had to know. Remember I said "if" it is true. I know that his stand on gay marriage has caused the allegations to get more attention.

I am concerned about how the media may use this situation to unfairly scrutinize the church. I hope that we don't lose sight that Bishop Ediie Long is just a man he is not God. I pray that God reveals the truth so that the healing can begin. I feel this is an opportunity for the body of Christ to address some issues that could help us grow spiritually.
Sunday, July 11, 2010

South Street Mobs

Tonight after attending a Femi Kuti concert at the Theater of the Living Arts (TLA) on South Street I witnessed something that I really don’t understand. There were mobs of young African- Americans everywhere. But so were the police. You could barely walk down the street. Now I don’t understand what the deal is about flooding South Street at a time when most of the stores are closed and restaurants are starting to shut down. I walked from 4th & South to 11th & South to wait for the 23 bus. As I was walking I saw a lot of young people who clearly were too young to be out on the street after 12 midnight. When I got to 11th & South I heard the police telling the crowds that were coming from Broad Street that they had to turn around because they would not be allowed to go any further.

After waiting at 11th & South for about 5 minutes a police told me and 3 other people that we could not stand on the corner to wait for the bus. He told us that we had to go either one block south or north to catch the bus. I decided I would walk one block south. Now there was a young lady and two guys on the corner with me and they started walking south also. I thought that they all were going to catch the bus.

 Apparently the young lady was going to catch the bus and one of the guys was trying to talk to her. I thought they were a couple because when I first got to the corner they were in a tight embrace (I mean so tight air could not get between them) against the wall. As they were walking the one guy was trying to get the young lady’s telephone number and was saying some things that I thought were very inappropriate. But the young lady was also saying things that were inappropriate, like making references to the size of the guy’s penis and how she did not feel anything when he hugged her. That made him angry and his friend encouraged his to stop talking to the young lady and walk to Broad Street.
Monday, May 10, 2010

The Movie “Just Wright” Is Just Right for a Conversation about Relationships

I went to a special screening tonight for the movie “Just Wright” starring Queen Latifah, Common and Paula Patton. I thought the movie was excellent and will go see it again this weekend. Before I expound on the movie I want to talk about the screening. I received an email from www.wheredastaintsat.com announcing the screening. I receive emails from them regularly and they often send me information that if I can’t use I pass on to my friends. I clicked on the link to register. I registered myself and a guest. I had asked my friend Valerie who just graduated from nursing school and passed the licensure test to attend the screening with me. I knew that nursing school was stressful so I knew that she would enjoy going to a movie.

 When I received the confirmation email it stated that I was registered for the screening in Atlanta. I knew that was a mistake and I quickly sent an email to the promotional marketing company that was overseeing the screenings. A very short time later I received a response from Felicia at Liquid Soul Media, www.liquidsoulmedia.com. The email informed me that there was a glitch and that they were working to correct it and that I have indeed registered for the screening in Philadelphia. I appreciated the very prompt response from Felicia.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

TURNING 50 MY YEAR OF APPRECIATION

In January, I started receiving initiations to join AARP. At first I was a little upset because no one wants to think of themselves as old. But the more I thought about it the more I realized that there was a part of me that did not want to accept that I was turning 50 in a few months. Yes, the big 5-0! Once I confronted the fact that time was marching on (no pun intended) I started to realize how much I have to be thankful for. There are so many friends and family that did not make it to the year 2010 let alone 50.

Because I have made a conscious decision not to dye my hair there are some who think that I am already 50. I prefer to think of my decision not to dye my hair is to let my wisdom show. I can tell you in the last few years I have gained so much wisdom and knowledge about myself and what I want out of life. One of the things that has helped me grow spiritually is reading Our Daily Manna (ODM), www.ourdailymanna.org. I read the Morning Prayer, Daily Devotionals and Daily Prophetic Declarations every morning. It sets the tone for my day. ODM also has another book entitled “Prayer Bullets for Winners”, which I use for specific issues. I called their main office in Lagos, Nigeria to let them know that they are greatly appreciated.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010

National Women’s and Girls’ HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 10th marked the annual National Women’s and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. It seemed to be appropriate to commemorate this day during Women’s History Month. Women are making history, especially women of color, sadly in regards to the number of new cases of HIV/AIDS.

According to the CDC in 2007, more than 25 percent of diagnoses of HIV infection in the United States were among women and girls aged 13 years and older. The numbers are unsettling: More than 278,000 women and adolescent girls in this country are living with HIV; and almost 94,000 American women and girls with AIDS have died since the epidemic began.