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JUICE by Dr. Anthony Neal

There were times that even I found myself saying “Say it ain’t so!” However, after the defense presented its case, I found myself with a reasonable doubt.  It did not fit.  Therefore acquit. We all remember the split screen showing Whites bewildered while Blacks cheered the verdict.  Over time many Blacks came to believe that Juice had actually committed the crime of murder.

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Flashback Friday | “Count It All Joy” by The Winans

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I Really Don’t Care What People Think! by Scott Williams

I have always been amazed by the number of people that I know, meet, work with…. that are “People Pleasers.”  You know the person that tries to camouflage themselves through chronic niceness, super-holiness, overly-concerned and simply wanting to make everyone happy. 

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Take a Listen | “Running Back to You” by Big Redd ft. Fred Hammond

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Live The Life You Sing About: How To Live With Integrity In The Gospel & Christian Music Industry by Andrea R. Williams | Book Review

Music is one of the most precious gifts God has ever given to His creation. For believers, music has been designed as a sonic offering of honor and praise to our amazing God. Those who have been called to music ministry have been given an enormous blessing as well as an enormous responsibility.

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THE LEARNING PROCESS FOR EZEKIEL ELLIOTT by Mike Patton

Ezekiel Elliot was a player that many teams coveted last year heading into the draft. After much wonder where he could do, the Cowboys could not pass him up, as they took him with the fourth pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. Elliot’s combination of size, speed and agility intrigued the Cowboys and they were hypnotized thinking of having him behind that offensive line of theirs.

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“I Caught My Wife Cheating: What Now?”

You may have suspected. After all, she has seemed somewhat distant for a while. But you never thought it would happen to you. The moment the undeniable evidence was confronted, it was like being hit by a truck. She’s having an affair. Whether it is an emotional or physical affair, the betrayal is just as deep.

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Gospel Blue M.I.C. Top 20 Singles | June 2017

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The Paradox of Self in the Art of Service by Steve Wickham

God doesn’t need us, but, shudder to think, He wants to use us to build His Kingdom for His glory.  For, when His Kingdom is built, it is for His glory, which also means it’s the best result for all concerned — beautiful outcomes of love merged with truth.

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Thank God It’s Monday | “LOVE THY HATERS” by Eric Thomas | Summer Encore Series

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The Bookends Of The FEDS by Mike Patton

Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz are very talented players that have Philly buzzing. The 76ers took Simmons with the first overall pick in 2016 with the thought of him being a game-changing player.

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IS RUSSIA MORE THAN JUST ANOTHER COUNTRY? by Dr. Anthony Neal

America’s twenty-four hour news cycle has been dominated by news of the Trump Administration and its Russia connection. First of all, Trump does not care that much about democracy.  He approaches governing from an authoritarian business perspective.  His heart gravitates toward “strong” dictatorial type leaders. 

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Gospelove w/ Demeris & Leslie: Can’t Get Enough of This LOVE|Podcast

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Why You’ve Never Lived Until You’ve Been Undone By Loss by Steve Wickham

NOT everyone who reads the title of this article will agree, and many will disagree with its content. But I write out of experience, and my experience is pretty much a Gospel experience; one that millions have come to attest to in their experience.

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Thank God It’s Monday | “PERSONAL FREEDOM” by Eric Thomas | Summer Encore Series

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WHEN A NATION CHANGES ITS MIND by Dr. Anthony Neal

 What type of nation is it when we no longer have separation of powers?  America is not the same nation it has been for the pass fifty years.  Something has gone terribly wrong.  There are only two questions left.  When did America change its mind?  Why did America change its mind?

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Alone With God by Scott Williams

Shh, quiet can you hear it. In the still of the night I hear God’s whispers. You know why I can hear His whispers? It’s because I’m Alone With God!

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Take a Listen | “Grace” by Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago ft. Le’Andria Johnson

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3 Steps to Reducing Everyday Stress by Steve Wickham

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Thank God It’s Monday | “STOP BLAMING, START BALLING! ” by Eric Thomas | Summer Encore Series

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THE BIRTHDAY OF A NATION by Dr. Anthony Neal

Frederick Douglass asked the question “What is the Fourth of July?”   What is the Fourth of July to your fellow human beings who are hobbled in chains?  Douglass, speaking in 1852, was addressing the plight of enslaved Africans a few years before the Civil War.

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Flashback Friday | “Whatever God Says” by Estee Bullock

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Blake Griffin: Decision Time Is Coming by Mike Patton

Key free agents have big decisions coming up. Do they want to stay where they have called home for a while or do they leave to chase further adventures, money or potentially a ring? These are the questions that Los Angeles Clippers power forward has to ask himself these days, as he heads into free agency.

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Get Your Behind Off the Sidelines! by Scott Williams

If a coach continually asked/encouraged you to get in the game and you responded by saying I am just fine sitting on the bench, watching the game, enjoying the music, consuming, eating donuts and drinking water.

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Curtiss Glenn & Freedom Movement “Oh My God” (Lyric Video)

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9 Great Exercises for Men in 10 Minutes

1. Traditional Sit-Ups.

Sit-ups are the quickest and cheapest way to work on strengthening your abdomen. This is the one area where most men struggle. Take care to perform them correctly and do as many repetitions as you can hand

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10 Ways to Teach Your Children a Great Work Ethic

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“Hold Me Together” by Young Saint ft. Chandler Moore | Video

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PEACE When Your World Is ROCKED by Steve Wickham

Perceive what is going on;

Explore what you are feeling;

Allow the experience to happen without judgment;

Calm yourself through trusting yourself to calmness;

Experience joy and hope because of your courage to face fear.

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Gospelove w/ Demeris & Leslie: FROM A MESS TO MAGNIFICENT | Podcast

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LOSING THE REPUBLIC by Dr. Anthony Neal

From Paul Ryan’s touting the virtues of President Trump’s ineptitude to Mitch McConnell’s shameless Senate Majority Leadership, Republicans are on the verge of losing the Republic. Immediately after the Capitol Hill shooting, instead of offering a way out of violence, Republican Representative Chris Collins boasted about deciding to carry his concealed weapon on more occasions.

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A CHANGE OF PLANS FOR THE CHICAGO BULLS by Mike Patton

The Chicago Bulls may not have been looking to trade Jimmy Butler, but they were listening. The calls were coming from Boston, Cleveland and Minnesota among the teams that were trying to pry him out of the Windy City. Meanwhile, Jimmy Butler was at one point reportedly going to Cleveland before all the reports came out about Cleveland players telling him not to come there.

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“Do You” by Scott Williams

“Do You” is not a question, but rather a statement that I came up with to describe “being yourself.”  Many times we go through life and try to mimic the likes of other people.  You know what I’m talking about, you find some attributes that you admire in a boss, friend, public figure, family member or mentor and attempt to replicate those things and literally try to become that person. 

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A House Divided

There’s been a disagreement and somehow it became major. The intensity continued to rise until it was out of control. Both of you have fired your shots in a brutal battle. Amidst the smoke and destruction, she has now retreated to the bedroom leaving you standing in the kitchen.

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Dwight Howard’s On The Move Again by Mike Patton

The career of Dwight Howard has had a few turns along the way. It all started when he was the 1st overall pick by the Orlando Magic back in 2004. The height of his time there was him being a part of a team that made it to the NBA Finals. But after that season, things began to go downhill.

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Indie Artist Spotlight | Estee Bullock

Gospel performing artist, songwriter, producer, and director Estee Bullock is releasing his second studio album entitled For the One I Love.

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7 Ways to Have a Perfectly Miserable Life

“The good life consists of deriving happiness by using your signature strengths every day in the main realms of living. The meaningful life adds one more component: using these same strengths to forward knowledge, power or goodness.”

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Choose Estee Bullock’s 1st Single from “FOR THE ONE I LOVE”

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Take a Listen |”Hills and Valleys” by Tauren Wells

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Do You Want Your Life to Improve? by Steve Wickham

The best choice we can make to live the happiest life, one adjusted best to our personal realities, is to live not for ourselves, but for Jesus. All else works out. Trust it. It works.

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What’s The Next For Paul George? by Mike Patton

The speculation has been out there for a while when it comes to Paul George. The star of the Indianapolis Pacers was eligible for an extension with the Indiana Pacers that could have paid him $177 million over five years. But what was noticed was the stalling in making that decision from George.

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Take a Listen | “Close” by Marvin Sapp

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Basic Skin Care Tips For Men by James Johnson

Men’s skin can be more susceptible to damage that women simply because it is exposed to a different range of climatic conditions. Apart from office workers, the vast majority of men work outside where the sun, wind, ocean and humidity can cause skin cell damage. Or they work in factories where their skin is often exposed to dust, dirt, chemicals and additives that are equally harmful.

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Summer Saving Tips $$$$

During the summer time when kids are home; people are looking for any way to save money that they can. Savings ideas are important all year long but we will focus on the summer.

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10 Things Scripture Says about Being a Father

There is nothing easy about being a dad. Especially nowadays, if conversations around the water-cooler are anything to go by. Well, we hear your pain. But, an honest look at history reveals a comforting familiarity to the foundational premise.

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Steve Dalton & The Leviticus Singers of Charlotte: Delivering Gospel Music That Changes The Soul & Revolutionizes The Culture by Andrea R. Williams

True faith is meant to intersect with all facets of our lives. Injustice, violence and senseless acts against innocent people are travesties which are happening more and more. Gospel artist Steve Dalton, the leader of an award-winning ensemble, believes that the Church should address issues that affect our brothers and sisters.

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Hope That’s Vanished Will Once Again Abide by Steve Wickham

If you hold on, despite what you’re feeling right now, and delay what dangerous thing you wish to do, hope will once again abide. Like it did before. Or, like it never has. If you believe.

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Catch My Breath by Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Bronner

Like a marathon runner who just ran twenty-six miles and needs to catch her breath, we at times need to catch our breath or have our soul restored or renewed.

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AMERICA’S SELF-INFLICTED WOUND by Dr. Anthony Neal

Most of the American electorate thought it was normal campaigning during the 2016 presidential race when President Obama and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton warned America that the Republican nominee for the Office of President was not fit for the office.

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Flashback Friday | “Uphold Me” by The Winans

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15 Things You Need To Stop Doing… Right Now! by Scott Williams

We live in a world of to-do lists, goals and New Years Resolutions. Everyone is looking forward to starting something, going to the gym, starting the conversation, starting the journey… Instead of focusing so much energy and attention on what you need to start, you should try a different approach.

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5 Traps Every Man Needs to Avoid

A friend once told me that there’s a fine line between being faithful and foolish. So what’s the difference? I think faith is taking a step to change even when the change is uncertain.  And foolishness is expecting things to change in your life without making any changes.

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Tips on How to Save Up Money

Do you wish to save up money? Did you know that when you know how to handle your cash well, you would be able to keep some for the future? In this article, you will learn about some of the wisest tips in order to save up.

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5 Levels of Communication Your Marriage Needs

Almost every time my wife and I speak at a marriage retreat I share a story from early on in our marriage where we had a drawn out communication failure. The result of the failure ended in a blow up where I left our home and wasn’t sure when I’d come back.

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Kevin Durant: The Evolver by Mike Patton

One thing many harped on when Durant headed to the Bay Area is his defense. In Oklahoma City, Durant could be seen taking plays off and not exactly giving that max effort that plenty felt that he needed to give. As a result, he was maligned for his defense for most of his career in Oklahoma City. With a change of scenery it seems that Durant has taken the defensive part of his game to the next level.

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9 Restorative Good Relationship Moments by Steven Wickham

If we don’t think life is all about our relationships, have a think about how miserable we are when they go poorly. I want to share with you what I think are nine restorative relationship moments.

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Think Before You Act by Shad Comeaux | Devotional

It is very tempting to retaliate when someone does something wrong against us. As children, we were taught to defend ourselves. Although I agree, some actions go beyond defense and turn into retaliation.

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Regular Exercise – Why is it Essential to Exercise? by Andrew Jones

 As you become older, your metabolism slows down and your body uses up fewer calories, so you need to remain active throughout life to avoid the pounds creeping on.

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ANTI-OBAMA STILL RULES AS REPUBLICAN’S GUIDING PRINCIPLE by Dr. Anthony Neal

The Trump Administration’s only claim to fame is still the trashing of President Barack Obama. This is a White Supremacist element masquerading as “patriotism” and “nationalism.”

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Flashback Friday | “Got Jesus” by Sensere

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7 Reasons Why She Wants You Even Though You’re Married by Romel Gibson

One of my friends posted something on Facebook that I told him I had to write about.  His status said this: Happily married men, don’t fall for it.  The “other woman” is only attracted to you because of the joy and confidence created by your wife.” 

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Take a Listen | “See You Again” by Anthony Evans

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TAKE SIX: GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS by Mike Patton

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TAKE SIX: CLEVELAND CAVALIERS by Mike Patton

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Out Of Position by Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Bronner

Well, we will not settle and we strive to get up from places and situations that want to confine us. Listen and obey Jesus’s voice “GET UP” and seize your responsibilities. We have the ability to try. “Out of position” and get in the right position and TRY.

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The Starting 5 Podcast | NBA FINALS PREVIEW

The Starting 5 debut podcast as we discuss the #NBAFinals we give out previews & predictions, we discuss these 3 match ups & we even have discussion about hip hop!!!

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3 Traps Single Fathers Fall into (Part 3) by Matt Haviland

I wonder how many single fathers have fallen prey to being knocked off course by various scenarios—only to find themselves over enemy territory? Keeping stride with this series, let’s look at three more traps a single father can fall into if they are not careful.

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“STAY” by Parris Bowens | Lyric Video

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Do you see the test? by Steve Wickham

INESCAPABLE. Reality is unavoidable if living an abundant life is our serious goal. Truth is inexorably relevant for understanding and exploring purpose. Purpose is the underpinning premise of life. And yet, what comes with the territory of truth, purpose, the abundant life, and reality, is the test.

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REPUBLICAN THUG LIFE by Dr. Anthony Neal

In Montana, Republican Greg Gianforte was elected to fill a vacant House seat made vacant when the former Representative was chosen to be part of Trump’s Cabinet. On election night eve, Gianforte was involved in physical altercation with a reporter.

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Friday Flashback | “He’s Able” by Voices of Unity ft. Darwin Hobbs

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Dead End, No Outlet by Scott Williams

As long as my wife knows her destination, it does not matter how many wrong turns she makes the navigation system will re-calculate until she reaches her proper destination.  This story sounds like the journey of a Christ follower. 

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Men: We Have More Than One Emotion by Romel Gibson

Although more men were honest with me than I expected, the overall consensus from the vast majority of men I heard from suggested that to cry is soft.  Communicating this to me helped me to further understand the problem of our current generation of young men.

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Take a Listen | “Everlasting God” by William Murphy

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The Starting 5 | Episode 3

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Indie Artist Spotlight | Rodney Douglas, Jr.

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Life is Not about Me

Moral lessons from a Will Ferrell movie? There is a lesson everywhere when we look for it. Ricky’s journey took him to eventual life victory by learning people matter over place. Being second is our topic here today.

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A GAME OF ANOMALIES IN CLEVELAND by Mike Patton

One of the biggest anomalies happened with the guy that replaced Isaiah Thomas in the starting lineup. Marcus Smart has been known for his hustle, heart and his defensive ability for pretty much all of his career. He usually comes in off the bench and gives them that toughness they need along with a jolt of energy.

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No Such Thing As Not Enough Time by Steve Wickham

It’s all we have – time. We have nothing else.

Looking back through the porthole of the past, all we ever had was time.

Everything else we ever had in life was delivered to us through the context of time. Through space we had being and through time we had entity.

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Could Donald Trump Be Anti-Christ? by Dr. Mark Williams

The anti-Christ is described as a deceiver and we are warned that if anyone comes to you and does not bring the doctrine of Christ (e.g., redemption through forgiveness and the blood of Christ) to not welcome them in our homes and don’t even wish them well or we’ll become partakers in their evil.

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Thank God It’s Monday | “I GOT A DUMB TV ” by Eric Thomas

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TRUMP: THE POLITICAL VERSION OF BERNIE MADOFF by Dr. Anthony Neal

Two interesting things happened almost simultaneously this weekend. Saturday night HBO premiered its “Wizard of Lies” film. The film is about Bernie Madoff who made national and international headlines based on his  $50 billion Ponzi scheme, which discovered near the end of 2008.  As I watched the film it occurred to me that Madoff made me think about Donald Trump.

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Nutrition Tips to Live By | Cliff Pape

Although it has been a few months since people have made New Year’s resolutions, (going on a diet being the most popular) as time goes by, it gets harder and harder to stay focused and easier to succumb to temptation. Try to focus on all the benefits that will come with staying on track instead of falling back to old and unhealthy habits. Remember what your health will be like in the long term, how much better you will feel, and also how energetic you will be. Here is a list of a few nutrition tips to live by.

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Gospel Blue M.I.C. Top 20 Singles | April 2017

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Don’t Shortcut The Process by Scott Williams

Sometimes people try to shortcut the process. You may be thinking, What’s the process? Well the process is different depending on the situation. The process for a leader may be learning, putting in hard work, failing and paying your dues.

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Looking for Loopholes: The Attack on Sexual Purity by Romel Gibson

I read a book authored by Pastor Thomas Key entitled: “Drugs, Lust, and Hip Hop- The Guide to Reaching Teens on Their Turf.”  It’s a short book (only 83 pages), but it does contain some information that has had me thinking ever since I put the book down. Amid the popular subjects discussed in the book comes perhaps the most popular subject of any generation- Chapter 6 “Birds and Bees, Honey and Trees.”  T. Key talks about the way teenagers view sex. 

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Take a Listen | “Come and Knock on Our Door” by Jermaine Dolly

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My Friend is Cheating: What Do I Do?

I couldn’t believe my ears. My friend Jake had been married for over a decade with four young children. He was someone I admired as a dad, but even more so as a husband. Now around their twelfth anniversary, he was complaining to me about his marriage. The more he went on the more unbelievable it seemed. He discussed their lack of compatibility, lack of intimacy, and even how he wasn’t sure he ever actually loved her.

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When You Are Dropped by by Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Bronner

Similarly, many people feel disappointed and ashamed after being dropped in life either from being mistreated, misplaced or from dealing with their mistakes.

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I Should Have Punched Him In The Face! by Tank Jones

“Dude, we were over here!” he says to me upon getting in the car. It was very obvious that they both really drunk. I tell him, “I’m sorry, your dot on the screen had you at the bar across the other side of the street.” “Obviously, we were here,” he retorts. So this ride was getting off to a great start.

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Family, Work, Priorities: What Really Matters?

Mike started to look at his work through the lens of faith and family. His wife wanted him as part of the home team; his teenage son needed some quality time with Dad; the preteen girls were looking for his face around the house; the family desperately needed uninterrupted time.

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Travis Greene |”You Waited” (Official Music Video)

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The Misunderstood Power of Brokenness by Steve Wickham

The word “broken” has many connotations. It is not usually thought of as a good word in terms of people, i.e. of being a broken person, but God makes it possible for brokenness to be strangely good.

Indeed, there is a type of brokenness, a biblical frailty, that is especially spiritual.

The outer person has been penetrated. God has access to the inner being. This is brokenness.

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Five Healthy Eating Habits To Develop This Week by Gregory Gomez

Let’s face it, it’s not an easy thing to improve your daily eating habits on a consistent basis. This is especially true if you have been eating in an unhealthy matter for quite some time and are desperately trying to turn this around. Naturally it’s gonna be tough to change your habits and kick the fast food habit if you’re used to eating that daily. Nevertheless, if you have a goal to lose weight, one of the first things you must get a strong handle on is your daily nutrition. Weight loss success is 70% dependent on your nutrition so it’s vital you get a good handle on this first…..

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Let’s Keep It Real With Colin Kaepernick by Mike Patton

The reality of the matter is Colin Kaepernick is being blackballed out of the NFL. You can say whatever you want, but check out the uncertain quarterback issues for the New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars and tell me that he could not have the potential to start for either of those teams.

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Thank God It’s Monday | “HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!! ” by Eric Thomas

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COMEY: IT’S COMPLICATED by Dr. Anthony Neal

It is clear that the President is out of control. It is also clear that a Republican controlled Congress has erased the “check” in checks and balances. This 115th Congress, controlled by Republicans, has also eclipsed the “separation” in separation of powers.  Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, and Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, seem inept, feeble, and weak. They are simply lower tier lackeys in Trump World.

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Flashback Friday | “How Much You Mean to Me” by Ted & Sheri

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Doing Right in a Do Wrong World by Romel Gibson

Better yet, it saddens me that there is no clear definition of what “doing right” even means.  I think Christians have a manual called the Bible that lays out what “doing right” means. 

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“My World Needs You” by Kirk Franklin | Official Lyric Video

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Are You Taking These 3 Things for Granted?

I remember being frustrated almost every day. Our home met all of our needs, with the exception of one thing. I wanted a sectioned-off office but the only available space in our home was the loft area where the kids also played. I didn’t also appreciate our house. That is until we had to move from that home because we couldn’t afford to live there.

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What’s Next For Gordon Hayward? by Mike Patton

The Utah Jazz finally made it back to the playoffs. Years and years of stockpiling young talent were followed by bringing in veterans like Joe Johnson and George Hill resulted in them winning eleven more games than the previous season and rising from their ninth-place finish to fifth this year. Veteran leadership helped them get where they got this season, but so did the production of Gordon Hayward. The seven-year pro enjoyed what was his best season, averaging 21 points and five rebounds a game while playing in 73 games.

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Your Fitness Motivation – How to Renew and Maintain It By Kurt Schmitt

Poor fitness motivation is everywhere, and big business doesn’t help. The diet and fitness industry sells billions of dollars worth of products, memberships, gimmicks, and pills every year. That alone is proof enough that most people are searching for an answer. But is that the right answer?

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The Starting Five – Episode 1

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What I’d Wish I’d Known at 19 by Steve Wickham

Ever wished you’d known something before you stepped into it? Many times, I’m sure.

But there’s a problem with knowing things before we step into them. If we knew what we were about to step into we would never step.

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The End Of The Road For Kyle Lowry by Mike Patton

Kyle Lowry has the ability to end his road in Toronto potentially this off season. The talented veteran point guard will be able to opt out of the last year of his current contract and hit the free agent market. While some may think that this is a no-brainier that he is coming back to Toronto, don’t be so sure that this one is already written in stone.

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Thank God It’s Monday | “THE CYCLE BREAKER” by Eric Thomas

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POLITICAL MALPRACTICE by Dr. Anthony Neal

What do Republicans have against increasing the number of Americans who can gain access to health care?  What do Republicans have against Medicaid?  What do Republicans have against people who are sick and ill through no fault of their own?  What do Republicans have against the elderly? Moreover, why are Republicans so hell bent on destroying the nation’s fragile health care system? 

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Christians Make Me Sick by Scott Williams

Christians make me sick when they are judgmental, hypocritical, self-centered, weird and just plain stupid.  You know the ones who think it’s all about them, their style of worship, their style of music and their style of dress.

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“How Come He Don’t Want Me?” by Romel Gibson

Attempting to act as if the absence of his father didn’t bother him, Will eventually broke down to Uncle Phil and asked him why his father didn’t want him.  This scene stands out to me because I hear variations of that question nearly every week.

 

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C1 Radio THE ZONE | Season 2 – Ep. 2 ft. Sean C. Johnson

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WASHINGTON MUST FIND THAT FIRE AND DESIRE by Mike Patton

The NBA playoffs can bring out the best and the worst of players. Going into this series between the Celtics and the Washington Wizards, people expected the energy to be high and the tension to be thick enough to cut through with a knife. So far, the tension has been there in some instances, but the passion has only been consistent from one side.

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Walking in the Word: A Spiritual Sweet Tooth by Shad Comeaux | Devotional

Do you have a spiritual sweet tooth?  Do you crave to learn, memorize, meditate, and practice God’s word leaving you praising Him by saying, “How sweet your words taste to me.” 

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Nutrition Tips to Live By by Cliff Pape

Although it has been a few months since people have made New Year’s goals, (going on a diet being the most popular) as time goes by, it gets harder and harder to stay focused and easier to succumb to temptation. Try to focus on all the benefits that will come with staying on track instead of falling back to old and unhealthy habits. Remember what your health will be like in the long term.

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Confession: I’m Distracted

It was one of those unproductive days.  There were many things to do but I had been distracted throughout the day.  A quick Facebook check had gone on too long.  A YouTube video someone emailed me turned into several.  A text to a friend turned into a long back and forth.  Hours flew by without much accomplishment.

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Take a Listen | “Free Falling” by Dante Bowe

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TORN ON WHAT TO DO IN CLIPPERLAND by Mike Patton

Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and the Los Angeles Clippers have been together for a while and have taken the Clippers organization to heights they have never been to. But with more winning, the expectations have risen and they quite frankly have not met the rising expectations. This year, even more pressure was on them to win because Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were free agents. The goal again was to win a title, but they fell ridiculously short, losing on Sunday to the Utah Jazz in the first round.

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Why I Cannot Tell You About My Mental Illness by Steve Wickham

Dear friend, thank you for your interest, but I cannot share with you, for I fear you won’t understand. You can’t possibly understand. And even if you would understand, me thinking you don’t or can’t won’t help me open up to you, nor does it ever help when I think you could be judging me without letting on.

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HOUSTON WISHED UPON A STAR by Mike Patton

The Texans traded their 25th pick in this draft along with a 2018 first rounder to Cleveland for the rights to the 10th pick in this year’s draft. With that complete, the Texans were able to nab their guy: Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. There were plenty analyst that were not high on Watson. They ignored his winning pedigree and were stuck on things like arm strength and accuracy. 

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Thank God It’s Monday | “ STOP BLAMING, START BALLING” by Eric Thomas

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L.A. by Dr. Anthony Neal

Rodney King was beaten by several White police officers. The beating was captured on tape. In the court of public opinion, there was no way that the four policemen charged in the beating could not be found guilty.  An all White jury in Simi Valley, California acquitted the officers. When the verdict was handed down, violence began to erupt into several days of rage from April 29th to May 4, 1992. 

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Flashback Friday | “Trust in God” by Men of Standard

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“Driving Without a License” by Romel Gibson

Judging by the article I wrote last week: “Climax Without the Covenant: Pornography and the Church,” conversations about sexuality are hot topics.  I received a few personal messages from individuals who thanked me for being bold enough to write about topics that really need to be discussed.  A few others even told me that the struggle was simply “their struggle” until they read my article.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Be Doing The Work That You Love by Scott Williams

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Take a Listen | “There Is No Way” by The Williams Singers

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You can’t reach the top carrying someone else! by Tony Gaskins

I will teach you how to climb.

I’ll even show you workouts to help build your muscles.

But, I will NOT carry you to the top!

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Help, I’m in Love With a Shopaholic! by Kenny Pugh

Love and money are a great combination when two people are able to manage each with respect and appreciation. Unfortunately, money is one of the greatest causes of discord in today’s relationships. When finances are in order, life can be very harmonious. When finances are out of order, life can become a nightmare.

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If It Rules You by Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Bronner

Humorously people can’t help themselves when a particular thing or situation confronts them. Take potato chips for example. People seem to lose all self-control when potato chips are around them. Lays or Ruffle potato chips can dull the senses. It seems potato chips rule or control people’s ability to make the right dietary decision. They give into the temptation of the greasy potato chip and find themselves eating not one, but the entire bag. They have become a slave to the joke “I bet you can’t eat just one.”

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3 Traps Single Fathers Fall Into (Part 2) by Matt Haviland

Tailing off part one of this topic, we can reiterate the fact that there are many traps single fathers can fall into. These are just a few more examples, like loss of identity and temptation. Find encouragement that though you may have stumbled into any of the ones listed, there is a way out and the ability to stay free once and for all. Let’s dig a little deeper…

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Words | A Poem by Lauren Killian

I remember when they first told me, 

Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words would never hurt us. Well they lied
Because I was sitting in the back of a home that appeared to me to be built of broken down stone that Daddy use to call, A traphouse?

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LOST WITHOUT RONDO by Mike Patton

The Bulls appear to be lost without point guard Rajon Rondo. The veteran point guard joined the Bulls this post off season and despite the bumpy ride, he was the straw that stirred the drink when it came to playoff action. The Bulls got out to a 2-0 series lead as the eighth seed versus the top-seeded Celtics and Rondo was definitely the ring leader of the surge (was averaging 11.5 points, 10 assists and 8.5 rebounds through two games). But due to a thumb/wrist injury, the tables have turned on the Bulls.

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Take a Listen | “Can’t Leave” by The Williams Singers

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Left or Right – Who Are You? by Steve Wickham

People have forgotten what a democracy does in enlisting change. Maybe social media in a postmodern age has killed any chance of democracy. It’s a runaway train ……….

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BILLY DONOVAN’S GAME FOUR WAS A SHAME by Mike Patton

The Thunder were on the verge of tying up the series versus the Houston Rockets, but due to some decisions that were made, the Rockets were able to escape with the win and push their series lead to  three games to one. The Thunder were right there, but they failed unfortunately and now they face high elimination as they head back to Houston for Game 5.

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Thank God It’s Monday | “ONE DAY AT A TIME” by Eric Thomas

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THE ECLIPSE OF BLACK POLITICS? By Dr. Anthony Neal

When Barack Obama was elected President in 2008, an article was published in the New York Times entitled “The End of Black Politics.” The accompanying graphic or photo showed silhouettes of accomplished Black male elected officials and activists.  The most recognizable image was that of Georgia Congressman, John Lewis.  Lewis is the perfect study of movement/activist politics transformed into electoral politics.

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Flashback Friday | “Give Me You” by The Winans

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How To Know When Your Life Is Out Of Focus by Scott Williams

Often times the key to a successful life is when things are in proper perspective and proper focus. I’m not talking about balance, I’m talking about focus and priorities. Focusing on God, Family and Everything Else — In that order. On the flip-side, the shortest route to failure is a life that gets out of focus.

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The Climax Without the Covenant: Pornography and the Church by Romel Gibson

Pornography gives you the ability to bypass the covenant, but experience the climax “alone.”  That’s like rejecting God but requesting the goods of God.  It is offensive to Him.  Anything that offends Him should offend those who claim to belong to Him. 

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Choice Fruits by Answai White | Devotional

Mother Teresa once said, “Love is a fruit in season at all times and within reach of every hand.” 
 What about you? Are you cultivating spiritual fruit that you can serve to others?

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Do Teens View Sex as a Way to Get to Know Someone?

There are few among us that are comfortable with engaging our kids in conversation when it comes to sex. Recently I was making my daily scan of the news keeping myself informed, and a headline from USA Today made me double-take. It read, “Survey: Sleeping together before a first date is a-OK, but cracked phones are a put-off.” I responded out loud, “Wait…what?”

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Sean C. Johnson – “Save Me” (Official Video)

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SOMEONE PLEASE CALL 911 FOR BOSTON by Mike Patton

The Celtics, who are the number one seed, were expected by some to roll over the Chicago Bulls, who had to scrape and claw to make the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. In Game 1, the Celtics got a shot to the system when the Bulls came out and took care of business 106-102, taking the quick 1-0 series lead. After that game, many thought the Celtics would come back strong and win Game 2.

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Street Sermonz w/ Keno | Lecrae Interview

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Take a Listen |“Trust In You” by Anthony Brown & group therAPy

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Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say by Steve Wickham

It will take a special courage of vulnerability with ourselves to risk the exposure of our own feelings in saying what we mean and meaning what we say.

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CAN SOMEONE WAKE UP KYLE LOWRY? by Mike Patton

Lowry is a very talented point guard. He has been in the NBA ten years and is known as a bulldog defensively and a guy that hits tough shots offensively. You would think his ability to hit clutch shots during the regular season would pay off for him in the postseason. Well, it, unfortunately, is not that way for him in his postseason career. Lowry has solid numbers for his career in the postseason (he averaged 19 points per game last postseason and has averaged 14.5 points per game in his postseason appearances).

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Thank God It’s Monday | “WESTBROOK THEORY 2.0” by Eric Thomas

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MAXINE WATERS by Dr. Anthony Neal

Congresswoman Maxine Waters first came to my attention during the presidency of  George H.W. Bush.  She challenged President Bush for having a meeting in the White House to discuss the Los Angeles Rodney King riots without inviting her. Her message through the media told the President that she was on her way.  She also stated that she was not intimidated because according to her way of thinking, “the White House is the people’s house.

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I AM by Answai White | Devotional

In the midst of a heated exchange with the Jews and the religious leaders following the incident with the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1–11) an exchange that saw Jesus call them children of the devil and the Pharisees call Jesus a Samaritan possessed by a demon they asked Him in John 8:53 (NKJV), “Are You greater than our father Abraham, who is dead?” To this, Jesus responded, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day, and he saw it and was glad” (John 8:56 NKJV).

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Take a Listen | “Every Time I” by Quinese

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5 Healthy Eating Do’s and Don’ts For Weight Loss by Greg Gomez

So you’ve decided to focus on healthy eating and in turn, improve your daily nutrition in order to lose weight. Awesome! That can likely be one of the most important decisions you make for your health and the direction your future takes. Before you dive headlong into the weight loss process..……

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Who’s on your team? by Sedrik Newbern | Book Excerpt

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Take a Listen | “Forever Mercy” by Lamont Sanders

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5 reasons to help save a life by Dr. Shanicka

Over 120,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for an organ transplant. It’s estimated that every day in the U.S. 21 patients die because of the lack of donor organs. Being an organ donor is a generous and worthwhile decision that can be a lifesaver.

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Unpack Now – Get Rid of the BAGGAGE in Your Relationships by Sedrik Newbern | Book Excerpt

Are you finding it difficult to trust others? Does it feel impossible to move on? In this book, the author, Sedrik Newbern, shares personal stories and provide tips to help you unpack the baggage people have a tendency take from relationship to relationship, so you can let go and move on.

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Thank God It’s Monday | “ONLY WAY I EAT” by Eric Thomas

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BRADLEY, WASHINGTON, & DINKINS by Dr. Anthony Neal

At first glance at the title of this article, one could assume that I am writing about a law firm or a musical group. Yet, the names in the title carry just a little more weight than attorneys or musical performers.  All three individuals once served as elected leaders of America’s three largest cities. Moreover, as African American high-profile chief executives, all three mayors served as precursors to Barack Obama.

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AMAZING …. Seahawks are listening to offers for Sherman by Mike Patton

AMAZING, you have to say that it is amazing what is going on in Seattle right now. The Seahawks are looking to make some noise again, but right now they are making some noise that no one thought they would see this off season.

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#C1TV’s “The Zone”|Season 2 – Episode 1

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Serial Dating in the Church by Romel Gibson

Serial Dating- Lining up many dates with multiple partners, choosing not to center on one person.

Single Christians have it hard.  I know I highlighted a Biblical standard a couple of weeks ago that is easier said than lived by.  I suggested that only married people are approved by God to have sex.  I received questions from several single people who are doing everything they can to hold on to what is right as it pertains to keeping themselves.

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Think Fit: 5 Ways to Using Your Mind for Fitness by Robert Choat

Our thoughts govern every aspect of our lives. Most people go about their lives in mostly a non-thinking mode. Their thinking is non-thinking because they tend to let others control them instead of taking control themselves. I see many people get caught up with some reality TV show when they could be focused on taking care of themselves. They tend to live their lives through the people on the shows.

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Christian Character Series: Get Off the High Horse by Shad Comeaux

We should not be conceited, rather we should associate with the lowly, that is the only way we can live in harmony with one another. Paul was not saying that people are lowly in God’s eyes, people of a low position are only identified as such by the world’s standards. Christ thought that everyone was worth dying for, and if Christ died for us all.

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2017 Gospel Blue M.I.C. Nominations

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Nature’s Symphony | A Poem by A. C. Clark

Have you ever heard the symphony
outside your window pane? 
Or moved your body to the rhythm
of the percussion of the rain?

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Patrick Ewing is Coming Home by Mike Patton

Patrick Ewing may not be originally from the DC area, but it seems like that is where he is beloved. The former big man for the Hoyas was around when Georgetown was experiencing great success when he was a part of them winning their only National and a contender for the title every year he was there. Well, now he has a chance to return back to Georgetown and get them back where they used to be.

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3 Traps Single Fathers Fall Into by Matt Haviland

No matter how you slice or dice it, single parenting brings in brokenness: a broken home, a broken marriage, and often a broken heart. I was a single father for over nine years, so I get it. I also remember the wave of emotions, struggles, and challenges during those years.

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5 reasons sugar is not your friend by Dr. Shanicka

It is addictive – Yup! It releases dopamine to the same pleasure center in your brain as heroin and cocaine! Just like any drug detoxification, you must do the same to get unhooked off the fake stuff ………..

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As God’s Kingdom Purpose Increases in Us, Our Fear Decreases by Scott Wickham

God doesn’t delight in empty sacrifices, but He does so when we’re broken spirited. Even though Peter had made an error, He experienced Jesus’ grace. Indeed, we could venture to say that when it’s hardest, to tell the truth – when we have to tell on our pride – Jesus understands all the more what repentance has cost us. God loves it when we’ve had the courage to acknowledge the truth.

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I Am A Black Man in America | A Poem by Jason Clark

I am a black man in America 
And I want my life to count 
My forefathers and mothers 
Fought for the many freedoms 
That we enjoy today
But still it feels like something’s feeling

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Thank God It’s Monday | “WESTBROOK THEORY” by Eric Thomas

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WAITING ON OBAMA by Dr. Anthony Neal

Not only is Obama recognized as an amazing orator, but he also has two bestselling books, which means that his writing is not too shabby either.  I am not sure when his White House memoirs are due out. Yet, I am personally assured it will be well worth the wait. Moreover, there is also planning for Obama’s presidential library.

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“Can’t Truss It” by Mike Patton

Every time riots like this happens (and it happens very frequently in college sports), the excuse is made for those that are involved that these were just “young kids acting out” or “they are just kids”. It’s almost is like this incident is excused.

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What Men Look For in a Church by Romel Gibson

The vast majority of churches are led by men, but primarily attended and supported by women!  This is not a cultural or ethical truth.  It is true across the board of most Christian churches.  Why is this the case? 

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Flashback Friday | “Well Done” by Sean C. Johnson

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The 85-15 Rule For Healthy Eating by Tim Reynolds

I love food. I love all kinds of food. The problem is that I am also very health-conscious and it turns out that not all the foods I like are healthy. I don’t think I am alone. How do we justify our (sometimes uncontrollable) desire to eat something delicious that may not be “good for us” and at the same time remain true to ourselves in eating healthy and maintaining a healthy lifestyle?

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5 People You Shouldn’t Talk to About Your Marital Problems by Ben Foster

“Beware of speaking to people about your problems who can’t see past their own bitterness.”

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Christian Character Series: Love and Hate by Shad Comeaux

It is pretty much an oxymoron to use the words love and hate in the same sentence. Their meanings are very opposite of one another and if a person is to love, then how can they hate also? As Christians love is to be top priority.

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MAKING THE POSSIBLE: VASHTI HURT by Mike Patton

The art of being a business owner and a journalist has always been there within her. But over time, circumstances and personal drive, it was finally brought out. Now here she stands, a website owner making moves in the industry and moving up in the website world, one powerful step after another.

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STOP LYING TO YOURSELF! You Cannot Multi-Task and I Can Prove It by Tank Jones

So, there is this ongoing debate about people being able to multi-task.  There is an argument that some people are better at multi-tasking than others.  There really is no debate, however, because it’s been proven over and over again that we as humans CANNOT MULTI-TASK.  Rather, we are not able to do two things at the same time with full concentration.

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“The Church” by The Ambassador (Feat. PT) | OFFICIAL VIDEO

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Your Fitness Motivation – How to Renew and Maintain It By Kurt Schmitt

Let’s face it, being fit is better. You feel better when you’re physically fit and you’re more equipped to handle life’s challenges. You have more endurance and don’t get tired so easily. Given the choice, most people would say that they want to lose weight and get in shape.

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Jesus’ Upside Down Kingdom Works When Life Turns Our World Upside Down by Steve Wickham

On September 22, 2003, my life was turned upside down. At 8pm that evening my wife told me she wanted to take a break from our marriage. The fact was, although I fought for it for 9 months, our marriage was over.

That night I drove and drove and drove. For hours. I had never, ever felt like this. Completely out of control. As if my world had completely caved in. Many days for months afterward seemed like entire weeks, and many weeks felt as if they were long months. It was desert winter season where loneliness and depression moved in and stayed as I grieved what hit me like a ton of bricks.

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Think about it ……| Choice Fruits by Answai White

 “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Proverbs 25:11 (NKJV)

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Thank God It’s Monday | “CONTROL WHAT YOU CAN CONTROL” by Eric Thomas

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OBAMACARE by Dr. Anthony Neal

Just over sixty days into the Trump Administration and an attempt to replace the Affordable Health Care Act failed.  It was a rushed job that had little practical policy applications aside from just replacing anything with President Obama’s name attached to it.   No sooner than the law had passed, Republicans started trying to take down the law and end health coverage for Americans.

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THEY DON’T DANCE NO MORE IN THE NFL by Mike Patton

We used to see guys like Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson freely expressing themselves in the endzone with whatever dance they wanted to do. Most fans loved it while there were some that were the party poopers and talked badly about it. Eventually, the NFL began to crackdown and now we don’t know if someone is going to be penalized or not when they dance in the endzone all thanks to the confusing rules of what is excepted or not.

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Flashback Friday | “Uphold Me” by The Winans

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It’s What’s On The Inside That Matters by Scott Williams

We may not be born with courage; however we are born with potential. Find that courage on the inside and reach your potential on the outside. It’s What’s On The Inside That Matters! Dig Deep!

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The Church and the Elephants We Ignore by Romel Gibson

Blended families! Masturbation!  Ethnic Self-Hate!  Racism! Sexism! Having Children out of Wedlock! Mental Illness! 

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Ways to Be a Fit and Healthy Individual on a Budget by J. Smith

Finding the time to lose weight may be a huge issue, but finding the money to slim down may be even more of a challenge. Certainly a luxurious gym membership with a personal trainer to guide you every step of the way through your weight loss adventure is ideal, it simply is not practical for most adults due to the extreme cost of it. Considering your health is something that should be a priority, it is best that you find other alternatives to less expensive methods of fitness.

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Why Won’t You Apologize?: Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts | Book Review by Cyrus Webb

“Most wonderfully, Lerner tackles absent apologies that hurt and demoralize. She considers forgiving vs. letting go and shows readers how to have one without the other…Highly recommended for mental health professionals and anyone struggling to offer an apology, hoping for one, or wishing to move on – with or without forgiving.”–Library Journal

“Soulful, compassionate, and oh so right.”

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Spring Cleaning! Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet! by Dr. Shanicka

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MICHIGAN: THROUGH THE FIRE by Mike Patton

Many looked for Michigan to have a solid season this year and they started off well, sporting a 10-3 record to start the season, including wins against the SMU and Marquette, when they headed into Big 10 play. But when they entered Big 10 play, the steam came out of the hot start by the Wolverines.

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The Love Paradox by Steve Wickham

LOSS taught me that love in a paradoxical reversal of fortunes. What was loss was gain. And it could be learned no other way. Like Jesus said, I had to lose my life to save it.

I learned more about love from loss than I could ever learn about love otherwise………

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Thank God It’s Monday |“TAKE ME TO YOUR BEDROOM” by Eric Thomas

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SANKOFA WITH ME: LEANING BACK IN ORDER NOT TO FALL BACK by Dr. Anthony Neal

One must go back to get guidance from the ancestors in order not to lose ground or lose oneself. This can be achieved individually or it can be done collectively……….

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“08XVI” by B-Luv featuring Darion Ja’von | Official Video

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Gospel Blue MIC Top 20 Singles | February 2017

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THE UNPREDICTABLE..IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT by Mike Patton

Much like the spontaneous things that can happen in a relationship, there are plenty of unpredictable things that can happen in the NCAA Tournament. Teams expected to do well can fall early and teams that are expected to not do much can end up toppling the whole bracket. So let’s take a second and check out what could and could not happen as we get introduced to this year’s version of March Madness.

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The Nontrepreneur by Scott Williams

There are so many entrepreneurs that never seem to get their entrepreneurial ship to set sail. They have the ideas, the vision, the story, the expertise, the ability… but they lack the faith to make it happen.

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Flashback Friday | “Keep On Praisin’ ” by Fred Hammond

Live @ The Potter’s House was released marking  the 25th anniversary of Fred Hammond career as a recording artist. Recorded live at the Potter’s House Church in Dallas, this concert was it was a praise party and worship experience like no other. Songs include “L.O.U.D.,” “This is the Day,” and many others among the 15 presented. 

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Fences | A Film Review for DVD Release by Kam Williams

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“Reach for the Sky” Official Video by Charles Jenkins

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WELCOME BACK LARRY SANDERS by Mike Patton

Big man Larry Sanders has been missing in action since the 2014-2015 season. For whatever reasons, Sanders stepped away from the game and pursued other things that life had to offer. But just like Mase decided to come back, Sanders has decided it is time to step on the court again.

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What I’d Wish I’d Known at 19 by Steve Wickham

Ever wished you’d known something before you stepped into it? Many times, I’m sure. But there’s a problem with knowing things before we step into them. If we knew what we were about to step into we would never step.  Thirty years on from the time I was 19, there are some things I wish I’d known back then. The trouble is had I known now what I wish I’d known then, I would not have had the tenacity to do the ensuing thirty years.

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Overturned by Lamar Giles | Book Review by Iris M. Kirkwood

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Thank God It’s Monday | “LOVE THY HATERS” by Eric Thomas

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ALT RIGHT V. DEEP STATE: THE PARANOID PRESIDENCY AND DETRIMENT OF SELF-FULFILLING PROPHECY AS POLICY by Dr. Anthony Neal

Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s racial animosity toward former President Barack Obama is deeper and more disturbing than I had initially understood.  We recall McConnell saying that his reason for living would be to make Obama a one term President. Late on, as Senate Majority Leader, McConnell denied Obama an appointee to the Supreme Court by simply refusing to meet with his nominee or hold hearings. We recall hearing Rush Limbaugh stating that he hoped Obama would fail as President.

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The Obama Years: The Power of Words | Film Review by Kam Williams

Barack Obama has ostensibly left behind not just one but a cornucopia of historic orations likely to be remembered for generations to come. That is the contention of The Obama Years: The Power of Words, a riveting documentary which discusses, in non-partisan fashion, a plethora of his addresses for the ages. 

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Flashback Friday | “Surgery” by L. Spenser Smith & Testament

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This Is How And When God Will Open Doors For You by Scott Williams

We have all seen and walked through the automatic motion type doors at various businesses. It’s a simple concept, the heat motion opens the door as you are walking towards the door. The challenge for those doors is that if you are outside of the motion area the doors won’t open.

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Take a Listen | “Arise” (You Are Good) by William Murphy

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The History of Africa and the Transatlantic Slave Trade Era by Frank Martin

The transatlantic slave trade era in African history began when European empires began to flourish in the New World but needed a workforce. African slaves were brought over to do the work, and were found to be “excellent workers” — they had knowledge of cattle management and with agriculture, and they were used to working in tropical climates. So, beginning around the 15th century, people were captured from Africa and then brought to the New World to work in mines or on plantations.

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To Be Healed We Must First Accept We’re Sick by Steve Wickham

Having spent the first thirteen years of my Christian journey living as if I was already healed, having no idea I was further from healing than ever, because of my legalistic faith, I then began my trek to Christ, finally.

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BEWARE OF TRUMP AND THE BLACK PHOTO OP! by Dr. Anthony Neal

President Trump is not a person of genuine good will.  Therefore, my only conclusion is to beware of the Trump and his Black photo op.  It is not important as to what is going on in front of the camera.  It is extremely important what is going on out of the reach of the camera.  Moreover, how can one support a White politician whose sole reason for existence is to erase and assault as much of the legacy of the first Black President as possible?

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Thank God It’s Monday | “INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED” by Eric Thomas

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Flashback Friday | “Over & Over” by VaShawn Mitchell ft. Kim Burrell

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Why Individuals Settle For Mediocrity by Scott Williams

It seems like I’m in constant conversations with organizational leaders, groups and individuals about settling. By settling, I mean they see a better way, a better plan, a better relationship and a better situation; however they choose to settle for their existing state of mediocrity.

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Take a Listen |”Because of You” by Sherwin Gardner

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5 Family Financial Priorities

According to a recent article in the Dallas Morning News, the top financial priority of American families is to simply get caught up on the bills. This is complicated by a record number of Americans completely out of the work force and not actively seeking employment. The new jobs being created are temporary and low income in nature. And traditional jobs are being replaced by automation. The “American Dream” is being transformed, or at least altered, and a lot of people are struggling with that reality.

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How to Lose Weight the Correct Way and Keep it Off by Robert Choat

After watching The Biggest Loser after many seasons, it seems that all one has to do is to work really hard and eat right to lose massive amounts of weight quickly. Oh, and have a couple of good trainers. That’s all well and good. It sure seems easy enough, right? Wrong!

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How to Avoid Sleeping On the Couch in Your Marriage

I hate to admit this, especially as someone who is a big opponent of doing this, but I have slept on the couch many nights in our home. And if you asked my wife, she has done so as well. The nights I slept on the couch wasn’t because she made me, it was by choice. The same for her.

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BUILT LIKE A TANK by Tank Jones

My lesson for today was when we are feeling down, we need to take time and count our blessings. On any given day, our blessings out way anything negative going on. Focus on those things that are good, pure, praiseworthy…

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THE CROSSROADS FOR THE TORONTO RAPTORS by Mike Patton

The Raptors, they are still here alive and breathing. Like all teams in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, they are chasing the Cleveland Cavaliers for the right to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals. With the new additions of PJ Tucker and Serge Ibaka, the Raptors were looking to be loading up for a run at the Cavs when it counted. But all that changed once the news dropped about their starting point guard.

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Take a Listen | “Sanctuary” by Joel Buckner

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When I Least Expect It, Then HE Will Come by Steve Wickham

Sitting up at 2.15 in the morning, all of life seeming not quite right, just feeling a little stuck, I wait, and He just doesn’t come. Not yet. I search His Word. I ponder. I wait. Patiently, it seems. And still, God does not come ……….

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NOT MY PRESIDENT: PERSONAL INSIGHT INTO THE INDIVISIBLE ANTI-TRUMP MOVEMENT by Dr. Anthony Neal

Since the election of Donald Trump there has been and an upswing in overt racist activity.  Across the country, anti-semitic bomb threats have increased. In Kansas, two visitors from India were shot one killed. The alleged shooter was heard to have said, “Get out of my country.”  Such verbose hatred echoes President Trump’s vile rhetoric.

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Thank God It’s Monday | “SIMPLE FORMULA 4 EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS” by Eric Thomas

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Flashback Friday | “Be There” by Lexi

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You Thought That You Were Succeeding But You Actually Failed Big Time by Scott Williams

While you are busy succeeding, your children are busy growing and you don’t even realize it. While you are busy succeeding, you are not spending quality time with your spouse.

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“Stop Judging the Fruit and Deal with the Root” by Romel Gibson

Understanding the root of her misconduct could have caused them to approach her differently and the incident may not have escalated to the point that it did.  This generation can and will be saved if we stop judging them for their fruit and learn to deal with the root.  

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THIS IS IT….FOR CHRIS PAUL by Mike Patton

Chris Paul is nearing the end of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers and will be a free agent this offseason. There were some that floated out the idea that he would potentially return to New Orleans and play with Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. Imagine Cousins and Davis on the fast break being fed a precision pass by Paul as one of them finish with ease. Well, that thought may just have to stay in the dreams of many.

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Robert E. Person and Pianist Allyn Johnson Collaborate to Release “LET MY PEOPLE LIVE” for Black History Month

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3 Ways to Create a Healthier Lifestyle for Free

Looking far out into my future, I see a man playing with his grandchildren and I can hear the laughter from decades away. Long-term vision is critical for the success we wish to see and the decisions we make now will make all the difference. There are no promises in our health, but we can certainly start by making simple and healthy decisions.

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Black History Month – Not Just History For History Sake by Anthony Stewart

Dr. Woodson in “The Mis-Education of the Negro” showed that Blacks were not educated to be citizens, they were miseducated to be tools of service to his once slave master. Therefore the Black perspective of Government and Politics, in general, was never based on a proper perspective of either. You can’t truly demand that which you don’t believe you are entitled to.

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Artist Spotlight | Anthony Evans’ Back to Life

“Over the last year, God has given me one revelation after another through life experiences,” explained Evans, deciding on the ever so appropriate title Back To Life.

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UP JUMPS DA BOOGIE…OUT OF SACRAMENTO by Mike Patton

The rumors had been around that he could be moved, but then the Kings would come out and say they were not moving Cousins and in fact thinking of giving him an extension. Well, whoever said all those things about him not being moved and getting an extension was telling a lie.

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Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise | Film Review by Kam Williams

Maya Still I Rise

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Thank God It’s Monday |“DON’T TALK TO ME LIKE THAT” by Eric Thomas

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A SIMPLE QUESTION OF HEALTH by Dr. Anthony Neal

Nearly seven years down the road after Republican race baiting, fear mongering, and demagoguery over the Affordable Care Act of 2010, what we are seeing in Congressional Town Hall meetings across touted “Red” districts and counties are throngs of everyday people who are simply concerned about their health.

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Hidden Figures | Movie Review by Kam Williams

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Flashback Friday | “Well Alright” by Cece Winans

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Everything Doesn’t Require A Response by Scott Williams

In the world of social media and the day and age of everyone constantly trying to prove themselves, you are probably wasting way to much time, energy and breath on things that don’t deserve either of the three.

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Should I Confess Secrets to My Wife?

We all have secrets. Things that we did, things we’ve thought, and all things we hide. Show me a closet with no skeletons in it, and I’ll show you the closet of a liar. No one gets out of this life with a perfect record.  The entire world does not need you to share your secrets. But does your wife? Yes, she most certainly does.

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The 4 Best Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund by Tony Mase

Americans receive some serious money from tax refunds. In fact, the average federal income tax refund is more than $3,000! And, more than 75% of federal tax returns result in a refund – meaning most people get a fairly sizeable check when tax season rolls around!

But, what should you do with your tax refund?

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TIME TO GET GONE REGGIE JACKSON by Mike Patton

Reggie Jackson and the Detroit Pistons have had a two and a half year relationship. He arrived on the scene from the Oklahoma City Thunder as he wanted to be a starter and was not going to be so with the Thunder as long as Russell Westbrook was there. His arrival meant that Stan Van Gundy got his point guard that they sorely lacked at that time. But oh how things can change over time.

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Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson | Book Review by Kam Williams

Tears We Cannot Stop A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson

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Why Faith Makes So Much Sense by Steve Wickham

Faith makes so much sense when we look back with hindsight. We trusted in good things to occur. We believed enough to do the right thing. We decided that even if things wouldn’t turn out one hundred percent of the time – and rarely do they turn out with such unerring reliability – that it was worth the pitch.

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Take a Listen | “Never Have to Be Alone” by CeCe Winans

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Couples That Prays Together, Stays Together? by Phil Turner

We are now living in a meme society. Many are looking for that saying to get the most likes or retweets. Yes, these sayings are great BUT if one is not clear how to implement them, it can become a huge problem. For example take prayer: This year my inbox has been filled with individuals who pray with their spouses but get angry or argue afterwards. Enter the short Description here……….

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Watching the Super Bowl While Black: to Those Who Don’t Like Politics & Sports to Touch by Charles Badger

Since last Sunday’s Super Bowl, wailing and lamentations have been heard from all quarters. Ads by 84 Lumber, Coke, Budweiser, and Airbnb, have spawned screeds online like, “I Was a Huge NFL Fan, But Now That It Politicizes Everything I Quit.” And, of course, Twitter Fingers McGhee weighed in from the White House.

But I feel compelled to point out: sports shouldn’t “get” political is an extraordinarily white thing to think. Sports has always been political.

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Thank God It’s Monday |“OPPORTUNITY IS HERE” by Eric Thomas

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AMERICAN (LES MISERABLES): TRUMP AND THE PERSONAL PRESIDENCY by Dr. Anthony Neal

For example, even though Trump’s travel/Muslim ban has been halted in the Federal Courts, he insists on writing issuing a new travel ban to stop the hordes of refugees and illegal immigrants crossing America’s borders.  Moreover, his insistence on masses of people voting illegally sets up a three prong attack on three sectors of America’s population.

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IT FEELS SO GOOD TO BE LOVED SO BAD by Mike Patton

Thomas was an exciting young player coming out of the University of Washington. He was a point guard in position only because of his height (only 5’9″) and that seemed to hurt him coming out of school. Many wondered if he could truly play the point guard position or would be an undersized scorer that would struggle in the NBA.

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How To Know When Your Life Is Out Of Focus by Scott Williams

Often times the key to a successful life is when things are in proper perspective and proper focus.

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Flashback Friday | “Why” by Jonathan McReynolds ft. Corey Barksdale

Who am I to have your ear
When-ever I call your name
And who I to be forgiven
When certain things just don’t change
And I haven’t done a thing to
Deserve your favor and your grace
After all the hurt I’ve cause you
Lord I must say you got me wondering

Why oh why

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The Pressure at Work is Overwhelming

The pressure at work is overwhelming because your wife and kids are counting on you to provide. I have dealt with this scenario first hand. When everything is on the line and your boss is hovering, it can be paralyzing. It can cause health concerns and relational difficulty at home. When the pressure at work heats up, here are 5 things to relieve the stress. 

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Get Fit Tough! How to Go From Where You Are At to Become Powerfully Fit – Part 1 by Robert Choat

You can begin with walking 10,000 steps and work your way up to 15,000. If you can only do 5,000, then start there. Each day challenge yourself to go a little bit further. Get a pedometer to count your steps.

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The Reasons by Mike Patton

terrell-owensWhen you look at his numbers, Owens is a definite Hall-Of-Famer. He has over 1000 receptions, over 150 receiving touchdowns and almost 16,000 yards. Those numbers are outstanding and are at the top of the wide receiver rankings all-time. If these numbers belonged to anyone other than wide receiver, then that particular player would be in the Hall Of Fame on the first try no question at all.

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Valentine’s Day, It’s Not About You

It’s here, fellas. Valentine’s Day is upon is. To some, the mere thought may cause you to break into a cold sweat. It’s the one day of the year where we are supposed to be, no, have to be romantic with our spouse.

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MYSTERIOUS WAYS by Tank Jones

The Lord works in mysterious ways; I can unequivocally attest to this firsthand…

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Take a Listen | “It Didn’t Prevail” by Jason White & New Day

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The Truth About ‘Alternative Facts’ by Steve Wickham

So, Kellyanne Conway was right. There are alternative facts. How reprehensible that she and the current U.S. Administration are using alternative facts. But, wait. Everyone’s been using alternative facts, including past administrations, other world leaders, and yes, you and I.

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What Four Slaves Taught Me About Success by Frankie Wilson, Jr.

I recently read a story of four slaves who rallied together around an idea. That idea was for their children and the future generations of others children. What they did was spend years saving their money and putting it into one big pot, until one day they had enough to purchase 4-acres of land. This is already incredible as – in case you missed it in the beginning – they were still slaves.

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ROCKING WITH THE G.O.A.T. by Mike Patton

One player in the NFL that has been coming for his haters a lot these days is Tom Brady. Those that love him see his greatness and those that don’t like him see the things that have happened with the Patriots over his time there. Plenty have called him the G.O.A.T. already.

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Thank God It’s Monday |“ PRESSURE MAKES PERFECT” by Eric Thomas

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ABOVE THE LAW; YET BENEATH THE DIGNITY by Dr. Anthony Neal

For the past week, we have been in the throes of legal, moral, and cultural battles concerning President Donald Trump’s Executive Order restricting travel to the United States from seven Muslim countries. The order also prohibited Syrian refugees from entering this country indefinitely. Popular opposition to the President refers to the order as a Muslim ban. The administration, at its Orwellian best or worst, refuses to call the order a ban even after calling it a travel ban.

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Flashback Friday | “Teach Me” by Hezekiah Walker & the LFT Choir

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What Used To Work… Is No Longer Working! by Scott Williams

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The Rap Battle by Mike Patton

Over the month of January the Cavaliers have gone 7-8, which is one of the worst months that any team LeBron has been on has had. When you are used to winning, frustration can come and LeBron is not any exception. He has more recently let his frustrations boil over with his talk about his team’s need for another playmaker.

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Delayed Saving: Starting Late in Life to Save for Retirement by M. Pope

“The best time to plant an oak tree was 20 years ago… the second best time is today.” – Chinese Proverb

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4 Ways to Love Your Wife If You’re Verbally Challenged

If you strategically ask these four questions in the right way, at the right time, and with the right follow-up questions, this could easily be a 45 to 60-minute meaningful conversation with your wife in which she feels valued, loved, and listened to. The best part is you barely said a word.

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A Thin Line Between Love & Hate by Mike Patton

The trade rumors have been talked about a lot in regards to Carmelo Anthony in the last week or so. There were reports of him going to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a trade that would send Kevin Love to New York. That was quickly shot down by the Cavaliers and rightfully so. There was no way that he would fit there.

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We Are the Body of Christ by Demeris Johnson

Believers need to know what this declaration truly means, then we need to believe this truth to the degree of living it spontaneously. Living in the power of God begins with knowing. Knowing is the bridge that connects potential of purpose, to the fulfillment of purpose.

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Thank God It’s Monday |“Don’t Compete…DOMINATE” by Eric Thomas

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AMERICA? by Dr. Anthony Neal

America’s “brand” has been severely harmed. One way to repair this damage to America would be for Donald Trump to make history and become the second President to resign the Office of President.  Donald Trump is not only toxic for America.  He is toxic for the world.

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Flashback Friday | “Holy One” by Tramaine Hawkins

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IS IT REALLY A RIVALRY? by Mike Patton

There is always that one team that you don’t like. Anything from how they act to how they talk can cause an anger to fester. When these teams or people meet, there is always a different level of energy and the games tend to have captivating finishes along with some blowouts that go either way. Such is the feeling that some get when the Cleveland Cavaliers face the Golden State Warriors.

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The Nontrepreneur by Scott Williams

Entrepreneurs are individuals who take a series of faith steps to pursue what’s already inside of them ………..

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Take a Listen | “Persona” by Corey Barksdale

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Why You Should Be a Mentor?

Have you heard someone say, The more you know, the more you realize how much you don’t know? I’ve heard it, and I’ve said it. It is inevitable that as you learn more about something or someone you realize how clueless you actually were up to this point. That’s what happened when I became a parent and at various stages of development for my kids. And it also happened when I married my wife. I really needed a mentor to guide me during those days.

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The Real Apprentice: Donald J Trump, President of the United States by Tracy Brittain

Historians will write about the election phenomenon of 2016, for many years to come. The questions they will ask are: what role did the media play? What did other political party members say? How did foreign entities get involved in our elections? Why was President of Russia Vladimir Putin interested in our country’s election? Why did women reject a woman for President? How was the media totally irresponsible and inept in their reporting?

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Take a Listen | “I Got Out” by Bryan Popin

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FAST – Your Way To Health | My 21 Day Journey by Tank Jones

Back in December, my church had a “Juice Lady” come in and speak on the health benefits of juicing. This is nothing new for our church. Our pastor has long educated the congregation that, we cannot neglect our physical health in our pursuit of spiritual health. For the entire hour, she spoke about the health benefits of juicing. She spoke on how she had been healed of several physical ailments, including a massive tumor …

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Challenges for single, custodial dads

Don’t hesitate to take advantage of your friends and family when they offer to help. You do need to get away and have adult conversations every now and then ……….

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Question: With Type 2 Diabetes – Can You Lose Weight Just By Exercising?

Some people wonder if it’s possible to lose weight without exercise. It’s certainly a doable feat, but there are no reasons why you shouldn’t exercise while looking to lose weight. Physical activity of all forms increases your caloric expenditure, which in turn facilitates your weight loss efforts. Besides, there are many health benefits of regular exercise. Ideally, a healthy eating plan and regular physical activity will produce the greatest results.

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Democracy’s Fall, the Day of Deja Vu by Steve Wickham

The signs of trouble are obvious. Take three salient examples, for I’m hardly a politics-watcher: the rampant intolerance with the media, the egotistical use of social media, where the word “me” is so regularly used, and the nationalism of Make-America-Great-Again-and-to-hell-with-everyone-else-not-with-my-agenda, particularly with separatist overtones. Calling some News organisations “fake news” because they are anti should ring warning bells of déjà vu. Can a President of the United States use Twitter like he has?

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The Packers and Steelers Got a Heat Check by Mike Patton

The Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers both did not start the season off very well. They were both dealing with injuries along with bad play. With the starts that they had, there were some that wondered if either would be making the playoffs. Well, both seemed to catch fire midway through the season and with that, they both put themselves in position to make the playoffs.

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Thank God It’s Monday |“DOMINATE YOUR FIRST QUARTER” by Eric Thomas

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OPERATING BENEATH THE DIGNITY OF THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT by Dr. Anthony Neal

Three days in office and Donald Trump is already the worst President in the history of America.  I have no qualms about making this assessment about a man who loves to tout superlatives about himself and everything he does.  It is time for Trump’s supporters and backers to wake up and burn away the fog that is hindering them from seeing Trump for who he is ……….

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Flashback Friday | “How Much We Can Bear” by Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Crusade Choir

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This Is How And When God Will Open Doors For You by Scott Williams

God opened the door for the Philadelphians once He was able to feel their motion. It was an after effect. Let God feel your presence and feel what you’re doing in His name. He will open doors that you don’t have the strength or ability to open and no one else has the power or ability to close.

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Farewell to President & Mrs. Obama by Khalid White, PhD.

The Obamas possess the grit and that Windy City tenacity of Chicago’s Evans family. The Obamas boast the Ivy League pedigree and professional acumen of Dr. and Mrs. Heathcliff Huxtable. They enjoy the capacity to joke, to publicly show affection and to keep it real with each other, just like Martin and Gina did.

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Take a Listen |“I’ve Seen Him Work” by Anita Wilson

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3 Ways To Increase Your Exercise Motivation by Gregory Gomez

The role of exercise motivation and three ways to keep you inspired at a peak level. Maintaining an exercise commitment on a continuous basis can be tough. Sure it might not be terribly difficult to get off the couch and go running once or twice a month, but what if you want to truly focus on fitness and get into much better shape?

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Take a Listen | “Thank You Jesus” by Miami Mass Choir (feat. Zacardi Cortez & Ja Lisa Faye)

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4 Reasons Why Families are Too Busy and What to Do about It

I often get to the end of the week and wonder what happened to my time. Between school, activities and sports for the kids, and work, PTA, and other commitments for parents, those 168 hours disappear before our eyes.

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JASON CROOM-THE NEXT LEVEL by Mike Patton

Jason Croom is getting ready to make himself known on a bigger stage. The tight end is preparing for life after college at the professional level. Leading up his first exhibition for the professional scouts, the Tropical Bowl, Croom can be seen after practice on Saturday on the field catching passes in the end zone and working on his footwork as well.

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Welcome Your Weaknesses or Hold Back Your Strengths by Steve Wickham

Strength and weakness go hand-in-hand,
all along life’s long length,
We have to acknowledge our weakness,
before we can embrace our strength.

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Dr. Martin Luther King and the Elephant in America’s Room by S. Jones

What’s left to be done to this day, despite the election of Barrack Obama, is to clean up and chase out the ideology that still treasures the dung that was left behind by the elephant in the room. There are still quite a few people left who ignorantly cherish and follow the racist dogma that has held the United States down, almost since its inception.

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THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT by Dr. Anthony Neal

We had always wondered who would be the first even though we had always believed that there would never be a first.  Ingrained in our history was this notion of second class citizenship and pariah status that dictated to us our place even though we had always known we are a great people. There was something about the way this society had been created that rendered our opinions of none effect.   We were present but we were not relevant to the American conversation.  

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Flashback Friday | “I Love You So Much” by Kevin LeVar

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Take a Listen |”Pray And Don’t Worry” by GI

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Different Foods to Help You Lose Weight by Cliff Pape

Have you ever thought that eating delicious foods that are also good for your diet is an idea that is too good to be true? When dieting is it obvious that in order to lose weight, you need to eat less calories than you burn. There are a few foods out there that pretty much help you lose body weight because they keep you full, and pretty much destroy cravings. There are also others that aid in boosting up your metabolism. Here are some different foods to help you lose weight.

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Got A Goal? Let Your Goal Determine Your Approach by Vernon Myers

What are you striving for? How are you planning to get there? Is it important for you to hit what you aim at? How can you ensure that when you go after a goal that you will achieve it?

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Entrepreneurs Don’t Go It Alone by David Scott

For some time I have, like many others, become saddened at the negative political climate and attacks. I usually try to avoid discussing what are fundamentally deeply personal choices. However I think it is worth examining what I believe to be a growing problem which can effect our ability to reach our goals as micro-entrepreneurs.

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What Cost Alabama In The National Title Game? by Mike Patton

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Single Dads: It’s a Small Club, Right?

You never asked to be single, but there is much joy ahead with your children if you can navigate these tricky waters well.

You’re not alone. Not by a long shot, guys. Did you know that since 1980 the number of single dads in the US has doubled to nearly 1.6 million? That’s a lot of us. I’d bet the census count missed a few too. Single dads are growing 6 percent a year- that’s double the rate for single moms. That means almost 15 percent of us men are running a dad-only household. What does that mean for the single dads out there?

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The Opposite of Gratitude by Steve Wickham

Entitlement begins the downhill passage into something more sinister and potentially destructive. Like with gratitude, entitlement kick-starts a process.

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TO RESOLUTION OR NOT TO RESOLUTION? by Tank Jones

I did a survey on my Facebook page, asking people if they did New Year’s resolutions or not. I got a variety of answers from folks. Some gleefully typed, “Yes, I do them every year.” Others complained, “Why? They don’t work.” Or, I got more altruistic statements like, “I don’t have to wait for the new year to try and better myself.”

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THE MIAMI TRIP WAS NOT THE REASON FOR THE GIANTS’ LOSS by Mike Patton

The crew was relaxing on their off day in Miami and there were plenty that thought that was the wrong move. And after Sunday night, those people have plenty of ammunition as to why it was a wrong move. The Giants lost to the Packers at home 38-13, ending their season.

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3 Reasons to Care About Russian Election Interference by Harold Respass

Let’s be clear. Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election. In the states that mattered, more voters showed up for Trump than for Clinton. The question that lies beneath it all is: What information did these voters operate on?

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HEARTLESS REPUBLICANS by Dr. Anthony Neal

What kind of party is the Republican Party?  What kind of world do they truly want to see?  It is only the actions of cold hearted ideologues who could advocate repealing a health care law that has help more than 20 million people in the United States.  The Republican’s only argument is that the law is bad for small businesses.  They do not talk about pre-existing conditions.   They do not talk about unemployed youth who can stay on their parents’ health coverage until as such time as they can get on their own two feet.

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Friday Flashback | “We Are Not Ashamed” by Andraé Crouch

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“It’s All in HOW You Go Through!” by Romel Gibson

See God in the valley by taking advantage of the rivers or streams he has given you access to.  You wouldn’t have had that access had you still been on the mountain.  Let what appears to be a low time in your life actually teach you how much God is orchestrating the affairs of your life.  The enemy would love for you to get frustrated and give him the credit for it. 

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You Suffer From Paranoia by Scott Williams

Often times people become so consumed with what people think and trying to please people that they truly suffer from paranoia.  All of their thoughts are from the lens of wondering how others will receive or perceive what they’re doing.  

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What Not To Say to Your Wife During a Fight

When I was young, like most teenagers, I could be brash and blunt with little wisdom to guide my words. One particular night, I was out with a group of friends (guys and girls) when a female friend and I started to make fun of each other. The verbal jousting quickly got competitive, even heated. Finally, I said something regrettably cutting, hurtful, and humiliating towards her. What I said is unimportant, but immediately after saying it, I wanted to grab it all back.

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Who Is Coach Of The Year In The NFL? by Mike Patton

There is always one coach that is recognized as the NFL Coach of the Year and receives the award, but there is always more than one coach that could of won the award. And this year we not only have one or two viable candidates, but we have three.

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10 Financial Opportunities to Consider in 2017

The start of a new year is a great time to take stock of your financial life. Have you done all that you can to put yourself in the best possible position? Or, have you missed out on some important financial opportunities? Take a look at where you stand and consider these key opportunities that could make a big difference in your financial life in 2017 and beyond …. 

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Do Your Priorities Match Your Actual Real Life?

We talked about what came up, especially the items that kept repeating. Then I asked them to list the reality that takes up the majority of their time (other than sleep). Answers included things like work, television, chores, and chauffeuring the kids.

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Take a Listen|”Free Indeed” by Timothy Reddick

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Whole Body Health Systems:Thinking to Getting and Staying Healthy and Fit by Robert Choat

Your whole system is designed towards consistency. Simply exercising once a week or eating healthy every once in a while doesn’t get it. Be aware of your thoughts which lead to your actions. Change your thoughts if necessary so you will take action towards health and fitness.

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Sports |17 PREDICTIONS FOR 2017 by Mike Patton

The end of the year is here and 2017 is right around the corner. And with that being said, there will be some things that will happen in sports. I don’t profess to know all of them, but I surely will take a shot at trying to figure out some things that happen in 2017. Here are the General’s predictions for 2017!

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2017 (A Political View) by Dr. Anthony Neal

I must admit that I approach this New Year with a great deal of reservation.  I am extremely elated to cross over into 2017.  Yet, I remember that we had a presidential election in 2016.  I remember that my candidate, Hillary Clinton, did not win.  I recall that her opponent was elected although she had close to three million more votes.  After the election, the victor caused a great deal of rumblings.

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Brotha Magazine’s | Artist of the Year for 2016 | by Charles Clark & Micah Smith

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 “My purpose is to make God-honoring music that edifies the body of Christ.” Sean C. Johnson

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Brotha’s Best Albums of 2016

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Brotha’s Best Singles of 2016 Playlist

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Best Books of 2016

In not specific order, this selection of books (in the genres of poetry, fiction, memoir, etc.) inspired, empowered, motivated, and entertained readers all over the word.  These are not all of the books, just a few of our favorites. 

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KWANZAA by Dr. Anthony Neal

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A Prayer for Those Who Struggle at Christmas by Steve Wickham

Eternal God,

We know there are people who suffer during Advent, and perhaps additional loneliness because they cannot connect with the joys of Christmas. Your heart is for them. You know their plight. You hate it that they’re disconnected from community when Christmas is supposed to connect people. You understand and You accept why nothing, at this time, for them, can change this for them. Yet, You are close to them whether they feel You or not. You are there. Eternally there. Give them hope through the presence of a special heart, one ethereal soul, that may, at this time, connect with them.

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Take a Listen |”Silent Night, Holy Night” by BeBe & CeCe Winans

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from the Bodega – Part I| Short Story by Detrick Hughes (excerpt)

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Take a Listen |”God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by Take 6

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“Reflections of a Serial Dreamer” by Tank Jones | Vblog

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10 Ways Not to Break The Bank for Christmas

Male or female, young or old, religious or not, everybody seems to love Christmas. The fun, the giving, the excitement, the children, the food, the tradition – what’s not to love? Yet, every year without fail, so many of us arrive at December 25th tired, disappointed, overextended, and — in a word — broke.

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Holiday Shopping Tips – Gift Shopping in the 21st Century

The holiday season is here with its large crowds of holiday shoppers moving quickly among the stores. Large green and white festive Christmas trees will adorn the walkways and entrances of your favorite malls and stores. You’ll see colorful ornaments, lights, reindeer, and many other holiday favorites all around you while you’re shopping. So, here’s the real question. Where do you start your search for gifts and begin your holiday shopping?

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Take a Listen | “What Child is This?” by Marvin Sapp ft. Commissioned

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4 Reasons Black Millennials Should Worry About a Trump Presidency by Harold Respass

With the election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States, black millennials have cause for concern. President-Elect Trump has asked the black community, “What the hell do you have to lose?” Perhaps the four points below can serve as an introductory guide to why black millennials should worry about a Trump presidency.

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Thank God It’s Monday | “The Gift of Change” by Eric Thomas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Everyone’s buying gifts, families are coming together. There is love and happiness in the air. When the joy clears, and January 1st rolls around, you will wake up the same person you were in 2016……..

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CONNECTING THE DOTS: HOW REPUBLICAN RACISM AND MISOGYNY PLAYED INTO RUSSIAN HANDS IN 2016 by Dr. Anthony Neal

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Flashback Friday | “I Come to You More Than I Give” by Kim Burrell

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“Pressure To Soar Again” by Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Bronner

In her autobiography, Simone Biles, an incredible gymnast, captured the world with her gold medal winning ways and achievements. She soared above all of her competitors and teammates. One of her teammates said in essence, we could only come in second places because Simone was in a class by herself (Courage to Soar). She accomplished much living with pressure. 

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NFL PROCLAMATIONS- WEEK 15 by Mike Patton

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Take a Listen | “Fix Me” by Tim Bowman, Jr.

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The Six Steps To Effective Money Management by John Singh

There are two reasons why effective money management is important.The first is that it will enable an individual to cut their bad debt and live within their means. The second is that it will start a cycle of saving that will allow a person to move proactively towards investing.

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Give Yourself Away by Joel Buckner

You pray and surrender to me at the moment of ministry but where are you throughout the week.” It made me think about all the times I begin fasting, praying and building myself in the word right before an engagement, when God was saying He wants access to me at all times. It’s almost like we give Him, His “15 minutes” of fame when He is the Famous One! God desires more from us, He wants our lives!

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It’s Okay To Be Mis-Understood by Scott Williams

mis·un·der·stood [mis-uhn-der-stood] adjective
1. improperly understood or interpreted. failure to understand correctly; mistake as to meaning or intent.

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“Hang On” by GEI ft. Kierra Sheard | Official Music Video

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Are You a Master of Time? Do You Get the Most Out of Your 24 Hours? by Darrin Bentley

The fact is, if you’re not successful in life, a big part of it probably has to do with poor time management skills. I can guarantee you that almost every successful entrepreneur has spent a LOT of time learning how to manage their time effectively. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be successful.

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Phil’s Gonna Phil by Mike Patton

The New York Knicks did not have a bad offseason this year. They upgraded their point guard position with the acquisition of point guard Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls. And in upgrading that position, the Knicks got rid of Jose Calderon, whom the Knicks could not use, and Jerian Grant, whom it seemed like they did not believe in. Add in the addition of veteran guards Courtney Lee and Brandon Jennings along with veteran center Joakim Noah and it looked like the Knicks were a playoff team.

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Thank God It’s Monday |“PRESSURE MAKES PERFECT” by Eric Thomas

Diamonds are made under extreme heat and pressure. Diamonds are highly sought after. Diamonds are one of a kind. Diamonds are extremely durable. You can’t get to the highest level without being cut, without being placed under extreme pressure, without getting burned.

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Winter Fabrics: Suede, Cashmere & Denim by Akil McLeod |Dapper Advisor

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WAGGING THE DOG: THE WILLINGNESS OF DEMOCRATS TO ROLL OVER AND PLAY DEAD by Dr. Anthony Neal

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Stop Chasing Your Competition by Scott Williams

STOP Chasing Your Competition… START chasing your dreams.

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Friday Flashback | “We Sing Glory” by Fred Hammond

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NFL PROCLAMATIONS-WEEK 14 by Mike Patton

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Take a Listen | “Mary, Did You Know?” by Jonathan McReynolds

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5 Ways to Fight Apathy in Your Marriage

There they both sit night after night. A couple not acknowledging an unhappy marriage, as they go through the motions of necessity. The kids put to bed, the toys somewhat put back in place, and they stare at the television as bed time quickly creeps up. He looks her way and has a romantic intention, but it evaporates as fast as it came. “Too much work,” he thinks as he mentally resigns to self-satisfaction. As she weakly smiles his way, in her mind races a million different thoughts.

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6 Goals, 6 Weeks, New Rhythm! by Joel Buckner

It is critically important to understand and learn your personal energy cycle so that to the best of your ability, you are depositing energy into areas and things that steer you towards productivity, positivity and possibility. Sounds easy in theory, now how about in practice?

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THE CHAMPIONSHIP MALAISE HITS CLEVELAND by Mike Patton

The Cleveland Cavaliers are the defending NBA champions. As crazy as that sounds still to people, it is the reality of the world that we live in. LeBron finally brought a title back to the city that he broke their six years prior. Couple that with the Cubs winning the World Series and people may think we are living in an alternate universe. But nevertheless, the Cavs come back this season as a more confident group and a group that is more comfortable with who they are.

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Signs of These Tumultuous Times by Steve Wickham

Is it just me or is there a divided world emerging? We probably all know it’s always been there. But with the advent of society’s problem with and reaction to political correctness gone too far, the divisions are emerging everywhere and they’re affecting lives – separating good friends, for instance, because the sharp misalignment of even one passionately felt issue disintegrates their affection.

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Thank God It’s Monday |“RUN TO IT” by Eric Thomas

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Watch Those Who Are the Closest by Romel Gibson

How could you see the rise in Trump encouraged blatant racism and still vote for him?  I will not go into the varying thought processes that have been presented to me concerning making such a decision.  I have chosen to believe that most of my Christian friends who voted for Mr. Trump don’t personally have a racist bone in their bodies.  Notice I said, “I have chosen to believe…” 

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THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY FOR SELF DEFENSE by Dr. Anthony Neal

As a consequence of police brutality in the Black community, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense founded.  Names such as Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver, Bobby Rush, Elaine Brown, and Fred Hampton have become major components of the folklore surrounding the Black Panthers.

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“Pressure To Compare” by Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Bronner

It is said that imitation is the best form of flattery. There is a benefit to being a copycat, as long as you are copying the right cat. It is an honor to a have a model or paradigm to structure your life around and follow as an example.

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Flashback Friday | “You Bring Out The Best In Me” by Vanessa Bell Armstrong

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WHAT A DIFFERENCE TWO WEEKS MAKES FOR VANDY by Mike Patton

When Derek Mason took over at Vanderbilt, there was a level of expectation set for him. With the previous coach, James Franklin, the Commodores had experienced their best years of success in what seems like a lifetime. And with Mason, it was expected that the level of success could continue. But unfortunately, the first couple seasons of Mason’s program was not as successful as some had hoped for.

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Keeping Out Unity by Demeris Johnson

We (The Body of Christ/The Church) have a mandate! Our mandate is to possess the land we live within, to occupy the territory that we abide. The only way we will fulfill this mandate is via our corporate connection. The only way we will fulfill our mandate is walking and working TOGETHER. We must stand united to take dominion, possess America, and bring healing and health to our land.

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Take a Listen | “Luke Cage” by Sean C. Johnson

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BEING A BETTER DAD (6 Essentials) – Part 2 by Tank Jones

In Part 1, I mentioned how other parents felt they were trying to “prepare me” for upcoming stages of my child’s life. I rarely heard the positive comments first. I always heard the “wait and see…” comment, followed by some sort of Doomsday prediction that was going to culminate into a Tsunami of nuclear warheads detonating and completely obliterating my relationship with my child, my sanity, my sleep, my life…STOP!

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THE TITANS’ ADJUSTMENTS HEADING INTO THE BYE WEEK by Mike Patton

The Tennessee Titans once again had another opportunity to get to .500 on the season. This time they were headed to Chicago to take on the lowly Bears. Chicago has not been good in a couple of years and came into the game starting former USC quarterback Matt Barkley, who was making his first start in the NFL. All signs pointed to the Titans coming to town and making it happen as they headed into their bye week.

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Depression – Bravery and Safe Exposure for Vulnerability by Steve Wickham

When depression hits there is vulnerability everywhere. At a time when we least wish to be exposed, we find we are, and feeling especially self-conscious, without having the ability to protect ourselves appropriately, we’re easily crushed under the weight of a life that is far too big, at that moment, to manage. It’s like we’re in a chess game and every piece that could protect our king has been taken.

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Trump Camp Calls for Romney to Humiliate Himself to Become Secretary of State by Harold Respass

Mitt “47 Percent” Romney is no favorite of the left. He lost the 2012 election badly, against a vulnerable President Obama who bombed the first debate amid a sluggish economic recovery. His track record on outsourcing, his views on average Americans, and his rigidity as a candidate all bogged down what might have been a winning campaign.

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TANTALIZING RECOUNT: TO CONSPIRACY OR NOT TO CONSPIRACY? By Dr. Anthony Neal

“We live in a Republican form of government which was set up to quail democratic impulses which could threaten the rights of a minority.  At the time of the writing of the Constitution, White male property owners constituted this minority which needed protecting from the vast majority of the have-nots. “

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Thank God It’s Monday |“KNOW YOUR CORE” by Eric Thomas

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A Healthy Thanksgiving – Don’t Eat 5,00 Calories In One Day! by Greg Gomez

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Be Thankful!! by Tony Gaskins, Jr.

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Pressure To Fight A Bully by Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Bronner

We must rise above bullies and the bullying spirit. Now it’s not easy to deal with a bully, especially when there is a domestic situation. Some of those issues can become volatile and may require legal intervention. By the way, domestic disputes are not always a man abusing a woman, but a variety of things and combinations.

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The NBA Resting Game by Mike Patton

The NBA season is still young. Some teams are still trying to find their identity. And while some are still trying to find their identity, there are others that are trying to make sure to be there in the end. And all mixed in that are players sitting out games. There was John Wall sitting out a game for the Wizards one night because of his off-season surgeries and the Wizards trying not to overuse his knees at this point. And then there is the Spurs that seem to rotate sitting out healthy players and have been doing so for what seems like a decade. And more famously, LeBron James sat out a road game even though he was completely healthy.

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Thank God It’s Monday |“YOUR WORD” by Eric Thomas

Look, I miss the good ol’ days. The days when you could look someone in the eye and shake their hand and say, “You have my word..” Back then your word meant everything. It took me a while to get used to contracts, because my contract was my word. If I promised you something, you better believe I’d execute that promise.

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THE NORMALIZATION OF BIGOTRY by Dr. Anthony Neal

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Brotha Magazine’s Men of the Year for 2016

These men were chosen for their commitment to one or all: service, faith, education, & community.  They exemplify through their actions the key principles in which Brotha Magazine was founded.  To fully engage, inspire, inform, and educate our community and the world at large not only with lip service but through the work they do. 

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Take a Listen |”Lord You Are Good” by Todd Galberth

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Losing Weight Is Hard, Being Fat Is Hard Too! by Greg Gomez

One of the most popular reasons why many people do not achieve, or sometimes even attempt to lose weight is because they feel it’s too hard. Are you possibly one who fits into this group? Well! guess what, being fat is hard too!

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The Grizzlies Are Paying For Mediocrity At Best by Mike Patton

The Memphis Grizzlies were looking to make some changes this offseason. Their head coach last season, Dave Joerger, is now the head coach of the Sacramento Kings. He was essentially positioning him to be either there in Memphis or gone to the highest bidder anyway, so that did not surprise people after that was found out. But what did surprise people is the coach the Memphis hired to replace him. Former Heat lead assistant David Fizdale was named the head coach and his hire made people scratch their heads.

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6 Essentials to BEING A BETTER DAD – Part 1 by Tank Jones

I LOVE being a dad; I really and truly do. Watching my children grow up is an absolute delight for me. I have honestly marveled at something they’ve done at every stage of their development, from the diapers to now, as two of them approach the teen years. Children are our gifts. They carry our namesakes, they carry our DNA, “they” are our legacy.

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Because You’re Mine, I Walk the Line by Steve Wickham

BECAUSE of what’s mine, I walk the line – I do whatever God requires of me, to live, to work, to prosper, to support; anything and everything He requires.

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Thank God It’s Monday | “LEAVE YOUR MARK” by Eric Thomas

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WHY DOES POLITICS HAVE TO BE SO SAD? by Dr. Anthony Neal

Driven by racism, hate, bigotry, fear, xenophobia, misogyny, and an astounding level of ignorance, just over sixty million Americans elected Donald Trump to be the 45th President of the United States. However, close to sixty million and four hundred thousand voted for Hillary Clinton. The hate mongering coalition did not form the majority.

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Friday Flashback | “Optimistic” by Sounds of Blackness

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NFL PROCLAMATIONS-WEEK 10 by Mike Patton

Week 10 upon us and the season is closing in on the home stretch. The cream is rising to the top and the not so pleasant part of the concoction is resting at the bottom. But like everything in a mixed drink, you don’t know what all will add to the flavor and what will take away.

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Take a Listen | “Speechless” by Monica Lisa Stevenson ft. Lisa Knowles

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THIS ONE’S FOR YOU, GRANDDADDY by Tank Jones

I shed many tears as a youngster, watching the Cubs lose over and over again. I was crying in the back of my grandfather’s station wagon over the Cubs. I think we had also lost badly in Little League. I couldn’t take it anymore. I was a little kid………..

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TENNESSEE FALLS SHORT AGAIN IN SAN DIEGO by Mike Patton

The Titans had won three of four going into their game this past Sunday. They were running the football well and were making things happen defensively. It finally seemed like they were getting an identity on both sides of the football. And for fans of the team, the momentum was starting to move in the right direction. Granted the wins they have had were against teams that are considered not very good, but the level of expectation was rising. And in this game against the Chargers, the Titans had a chance to validate themselves not only for a potential playoff run but to their fans.

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Don’t Focus On Your Job! by Scott Williams

If you want to get better, you need to Focus On Your Job! I would agree that it’s important to give attention and priority to our jobs, as they are the primary source of paying the bills, providing for our families and fulfilling the mission of the organization we have committed ourselves to.

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“DON’T BOO! VOTE!!!” by Dr. Anthony Neal

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19 Things God Taught Me In My Handyman Job Today by Steve Wickham

#7. Don’t be daunted by the size of the task ahead. Start the work, set your mind on the things above, and ask God to bless every second of your work for Him. And He will. Too much of the time we defeat ourselves mentally before we start.

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Take a Listen | “Mr. Superman” by KJ Scriven

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3 Things You Should Never Forget Once You Are Married

Each day when I log onto Facebook one of the first things I see is a Facebook Memory. Each memory is something I or someone else posted to Facebook in the past. I then have the option to repost or share this memory. It’s cool when I see a picture of our kids four or five years ago and relive the memory.

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In Trump, the Republican Party’s Chickens Have Come Home to Roost by Charles Badger

On November 8, there will be a many car pile-up on the exit ramp off the Trump Expressway. Republicans will be stepping all over themselves to Matrix-like erase this election from national memory. Every Republican leader will pretend they don’t know who Trump is.

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You Have Time: 3 Ways to Assure That You Get the Important Things Done by Romel Gibson

Your life is a result of the choices you make.  If you don’t like your life, it is time to start making better choices.

-Unknown 

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Thank God It’s Monday |“THE POWER OF 2” by Eric Thomas

The year is almost over! Will the year end with the success you envisioned, or will you find yourself stuck–spinning your wheels? Maybe you’re trying to reach your goals alone. Look, you may think it’ll feel good to tell everyone you made it to the top all by yourself, but here’s the truth, no one becomes successful alone.

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REAL TALK ABOUT CAM NEWTON with NFL LEGEND WARREN MOON by Mike Patton

Cam Newton is a player that many love to watch play football. The Carolina Panthers quarterback has had what some would consider a successful career so far in the NFL. But even with that, there are some things that draw some criticism his way. And when he stormed out his press conference after the team fell to 1-5, that drew the ire of some right then and there. So it leads us to wonder who really is Cam Newton?

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WHY DO BLACKS DENY THEMSELVES THE RIGHT TO VOTE? by Dr. Anthony Neal

What is it about voting that makes many Republicans want to keep Blacks from voting.  Even the current Republican nominee for President has alluded to election being rigged. Such an accusation only plays to the more extreme elements of American society that see the Black vote as being a fraudulent vote.  

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The One Simple Thing I Wish The Voting Public Would Do by Scott Williams

This election is absolutely crazy. It’s not the first time we’ve had a crazy election; however it’s the odds on favorite to go down in history as the craziest ever.

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Flashback Friday | “Journey” by Richard Smallwood & Vision feat. Kim Burrell

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NFL PROCLAMATIONS- WEEK 8 by Mike Patton

The harsh reality has hit many teams in the face at this point. They realize that those high hopes they had to start the year were nothing but hopes and dreams. But on the flip side, some teams started out with little to no expectations at all. And despite what many thought of them, they have risen in the football ranks each and every week and showed those that doubt them that they were for real.

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YES, THERE ARE ISSUES WITH GOLDEN STATE’S SUPER TEAM by Mike Patton

Going into the off-season, many wondered what would happen with the Warriors. Well, that resounding answer happened when the Warriors signed superstar Kevin Durant to a contract to join the team. And when that happened, plenty began to jump on the bandwagon and say that they would win the title without seeing a game being played.

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Take a Listen | “From the Outside” by Bizzle

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TWO FOOTBALL REASONS THE NFL IS SUFFERING IN POPULARITY by Mike Patton

The NFL is on in a ton of homes every single Sunday. The passion, pride and energy pumped into it by fans of teams has become something that can either consume you or overwhelm you, depending on your level of love for the game. And heading into this season, that level of enthusiasm was still there.

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Sho Baraka – Road to Humble, 1979 (Official Music Video)

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Past Breaking Point, Beyond Tests, Into Discoveries of Resilience by Steve Wickham

“The trials that confront us are faced by all human beings; however, God is dependable: he won’t allow you to be tried beyond the limits of your endurance, but with the trial [he] will also provide a means of escape, enabling you to endure it.”

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WHY REPUBLICANS FEAR OBAMA by Dr. Anthony Neal

The Obama legacy is not only about the imprint of his image and signature policies on America, but it is about the Obama Coalition as well. The Obama Coalition is composed of a majority of African Americans, people of color, Latinos, Asians, youth, women, and a small plurality of white males. If the Republicans cannot crack this coalition, it will be a long time before another Republican is elected to the White House.

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Friday Flashback| “Over and Over” by Vashawn Mitchell feat. Kim Burrell

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NFL PROCLAMATIONS- WEEK 7 by Mike Patton

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Entrepenuer’s Don’t Go It Alone by David Scott

Lately I have, like many others, become saddened at the negative political commercials and attacks. I usually try to avoid discussing what fundamentally deeply personal choices are. However I think it is worth examining what I believe to be a growing problem which can affect our ability to reach our goals as entrepreneurs.

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Sean C. Johnson | “UP” (Part 5 of 6) #RaceTheSun | Video

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5 Common Mistakes Husbands Make in the Heat of the Moment

In the heat of the moment, we often don’t think clearly and react poorly. My worst marital offense of this occurred many years ago. My wife and I had been out with friends and started arguing in the car on the way home. It spilled over into the house as I continued to lose control of my anger. My wife is difficult to rile but I kept on until I got her there………

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Gospel Indie Spotlight | Aaron Clark & Ministry

Walking in faith is never easy. Even though the Bible tells us not to be afraid, fear is something many believers struggle with. Gifted singer, songwriter, and ensemble leader Aaron Clark has had his share of fearful times, but he’s determined to put it behind him. Through his upcoming musical release, No Fear, All Faith.

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The Jets Got Hoodwinked By Ryan Fitzpatrick by Mike Patton

Heading into the off-season, everyone knew there was going to be a stalemate between Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and the New York Jets. After having a career-high 31 touchdown passes in 2015, the veteran quarterback was a free agent, free to sign with anyone he wanted to……….

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Why Forgiveness Is Not Just About You by Steven Wickham

FORGIVENESS is a relational thing – it’s never just about us. Being relational, and being that it usually involves two protagonists, one of whom has resolved to reconcile matters, forgiveness is about brokering things relationally – making the effort, over and over again if need be, to ensure the other party knows we have forgiven them to the point of loving them.

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OVERTLY RACIST, OVERTLY MISOGYNISTIC, OVERTLY XENOPHOBIC, OVERTLY OFFENSIVE AND UNAPOLOGETIC by Dr. Anthony Neal

Intense is a word that has been used to describe various aspects of the 2016 Presidential Campaign. I concur. This campaign season has been intensely racist, intensely misogynistic, intensely xenophobic, intensely offensive and intensely unapologetic. 

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Pressure to Go Back Again by Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Bronner

Unfortunately, the people placed limitations on God and God’s sovereign power. They had no fight to believe God, and had no determination to get back in the game again and war for their purpose. Instead, they were willing to return back to mediocrity and perpetual disappointments.

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Thank God It’s Monday |“Make A Wish” by Eric Thomas

I received a call form Make A Wish Foundation. They informed me that a young man, Sean, wished for me to come to his school to speak to the entire school and then have a private session with his football team. I was shocked! I always thought kids wished for actual celebrities, like Tom Brady, Cam newton, Steph Curry–or they wished for a trip to Disney World. This kid asked for me to come speak.

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NFL PROCLAMATIONS-WEEK 6 by Mike Patton

Week Six is upon us in the NFL. And just like there are some teams that have done better than expected, there are some that have neglected to show up. And up to this point, there are still some teams pretending while there are some that are actually contending. All while this is going on, there are some players that have shocked us with how well they’ve played and others that have yet to hit the alarm clock. Maybe some of those playing well come back to Earth and maybe those that are asleep awake from their slumber. But one thing is for sure in Week 6: there will be some expected and unexpected performances. Let’s dive into the General’s Proclamations for Week 6!

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Birth of a Nation | A Review by Jason Clark

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Are We Less Picky the Older We Get? by Romel Gibson

Have you ever seen a scrub holding hands with one of the most beautiful women you’ve ever seen and wondered, “How in the world did he pull her?”  If you’d be honest, you’ve said to yourself, “He must have money” or “She’s turned on by the bad boy personality.”  Although those things could be true, let’s be honest.  The scenario of the dime piece woman and the penny male is very common.

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#C1TV’s The ZONE | Episode 11 ft. Derek Minor

This week we sit down with Derek Minor to talk about police brutality, running a label, and more! PLUS New videos from Da T.R.U.T.H., Andy Mineo and More!

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Pressure To Be Close by Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Bronner

“Peter had followed Him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest; and he was sitting with the officers and warming himself at the fire” (Mark 14:54 NAS).

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ELI MANNING’S HAVING A FORGETTABLE 2016 SEASON by Mike Patton

Coming into this season, it was expected that Manning would be even more comfortable in the system that he has been in the last two seasons. With McAdoo as his head coach now, some thought that there may be even more freedoms allowed to him. Well, as things have gone so far, Eli is off to a rough start. After starting the season with three touchdowns and one interception, Eli has thrown a total of two touchdown passes and three interceptions during the Giants three-game losing streak. 

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5 Ways to Bond Through Reading

Hey dads, here a simple question: How much do you read with your children? Once a day, once a week, all the time, not sure if I do…? It turns out that anywhere is a good place to start, and there are so many great reasons to ramp it up.

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Take a Listen | “Don’t Leave Me” by Joshua Rogers

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Once a Problem, Always A Problem by Steve Wickham

There is but one worship, or many. One worship will help us wrestle to freedom. Many worships will just continue to confound us.

Recovery is about a worship of trust in God.

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Support is Funny … by Tony A. Gaskins, Jr.

Don’t worry about who will support you. Just do the work. What’s for you is for you and you’ll get it when you’re supposed to. If a person isn’t supporting you for a selfish reason, that’s their harvest that will be ruined. Just keep being the best you can be and let the rest fall into place. 

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Thank God It’s Monday |“NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS” by Eric Thomas

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THE SAGA OF PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES By Dr. Anthony Neal

One thing that is certain is that this latest installment of Presidential debates will have been one of the more dramatic and intense debates of this long saga of individuals hoping to curve the debate stage in their favor.

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NFL PROCLAMATIONS-WEEK 5 by Mike Patton

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I Wasn’t Next! Who Will Be? by Romel Gibson

This week, I heard stories that disappointed me to the core.  I had a teenage boy to tell me that the cops pulled a gun out on him.  When I asked why, he explained that he was caught out past his curfew as well as “doing things he had no business doing.”  Because of that, when the police saw him and questioned him, he took off running.  They chased him for some time until they threatened to take other actions if the boy didn’t stop running and get on the ground.

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Flashback Friday |”Nobody-Higher(Remix)” by CD Porter

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#C1TV’s The ZONE | Episode 10

This Week on The Zone we go to the iconic Hot 97 in NYC to talk the DJ and host of their first Christian Hip Hop show “Stree Glory” Tony Simmons aka DJ Tony Tone BKS! Plus new videos by Sensere KingdomTherapy and Thi’sl, The OADA Top 10, and more! 

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Arguing Will Get You Nowhere and What to Do About It By Robert Choat

Have you seen two or more people believing that they are right and the other side is wrong? That seems to be quite typical. In politics it can get quite heated. Religion is no exception. Each one will scream that they are the only one. Siblings, friends, customers, managers, other family members and the list can go on and on.

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Making the Most of Long-Distance Fathering

There are such men who are recognized for wanting to be successful in the eyes of their kids, despite the distance. But for many long-distance dads, life is anything but glorious. Sometimes it seems you receive nothing but contempt from society at large. If you are divorced, here’s how to make the most of fathering from a distance.

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Take a Listen | “Turnaround” by Candy West

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Discouragement’s Importance In Every Person’s Journey by Steve Wickham

Discouragement is both a temptation and a test. It depends on how we think about it. It’s our thinking that has to be challenged. If we continue to think fearful thoughts, we’ll succumb and isolate. But if we acknowledge how we feel in our thinking, telling ourselves it’s okay – indeed, understandable – God can give us the strength to manage the thinking moment.

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WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES IN CAROLINA by Mike Patton

The Carolina Panthers had an outstanding 2015 season. The offense was explosive and physical last season and was one of the top offenses in the NFL. And for the defense, the Panthers were as physical as they always were and brought tons of pressure. They took that formula along with some great individual efforts and rode that to the playoffs. But that was not enough for them.

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Thank God It’s Monday |“TRIPLE DOUBLE TIM” by Eric Thomas

How does one person execute in all the different areas and aspects of their life?

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FOR SUCH A TIME AS THESE: THE OBAMA LEGACY-PART I by Dr. Anthony Neal

President Obama is currently in a battle to preserve his legacy. We understand it as the 2016 Presidential race.  President Obama has stated that his legacy is riding on this election. Can you imagine the first African American President being succeeded by Donald Trump? 

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NFL Proclamations-Week 4 by Mike Patton

The NFL season is just about to the quarter mark. So far, we have seen some teams be worse than we thought they were. And others have been better than expected. Somewhere in the middle of that, there is some teams that have been hot and cold during the first three games of the year. And along with the hot and cold teams, there have been some hot and cold players out there.

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Flashback Friday | “More of You” by Fred Hammond

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Take a Listen | “Hang On” by GEI Choir ft. Kierra Sheard

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Focus on Being Healthy Not Being Skinny by Gregory Gomez

Here’s one of the most important points to keep in mind if you are longing for weight loss success – don’t focus on being skinny, just focus on being healthy. All too often folks get the notion that the only way to successfully lose weight is to starve yourself and that you must turn out looking like one of the skinny models in the many magazines plastered on newsstands and the supermarket aisles.

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Racial Tension: What Are We Teaching Our Children? by Benjamin Watson

Recent racially charged events have left many of us parents wondering. What do we tell our children?  As we read about the latest shooting, protest or riot on our twitter feeds or watch footage on the nightly news of growing racial tension, we wonder how our kids are processing all of this.  Along the lines of sex and relationships, race can be a difficult topic to discuss with our children. It is vital that we approach this topic intentionally with grace and truth. Our job as parents is to teach them how to properly view themselves and others.

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WHAT THE TITANS OFFENSE NEEDS by Mike Patton

The Tennessee Titans season has not gotten off to the start they expected. They have been in every single game they have played, which is an improvement for them. But what they have not done is be able to finish off comebacks against teams. In their first game, they turned the ball over in a variety of ways to lose to the Vikings. In the second game, the Titans were able to score two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to come back and win against the Lions. And against, the Oakland Raiders, the Titans just were not able to make the plays to complete a game-winning drive.

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Between Hope and The Dream In the Land Between by Steve Wickham

The land between good places is littered with bitter, humiliating, and despairing experience. This is land between hope and the dream, never quite either, terrain tantalisingly alien to both.

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Take a Listen |”Winning” by Charles Jenkins – (Official Video)

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Pressure After The Valley by Rev. Dr. T Anthony Bronner

Sometimes, however, after the vision there are valley moments…moments of hopelessness and uncertainty; but we can handle the valley if we know and trust that God is with us.

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Change Your Life and Lose Weight by Cliff Pape

Wanting to lose that extra weight keeping you down, and achieve that body you have always wanted? The first thing you are going to want to do is change your daily lifestyle habits and replace your bad habits with healthier ones. Here are a few changes you can make to lead to that happy and healthier life that will keep you energized and strong. Stay strong and stay dedicated!

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Surrender Fast 2016 – Day 1

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Thank God It’s Monday | “THIS IS WHY I GRIND” by Eric Thomas

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POLICE AUTHORITY, PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE, AND THE PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE by Dr. Anthony Neal

How often do we hear that an individual is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law?  These aforementioned episodes of police violence would beg to differ with Criminal Justice 101.  Keith Lamont Scott, Terence Crutcher, Philando Castile, and Alton Sterling never made it to a court of law.  As a matter of fact, we are destitute in our search to find a reason as to why they would have had to be in a court of law period.

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Can You DIGG It? by Mike Patton

The lead wide receiver for the Viking is someone that no one expected to be who he is. In fact, the Vikings were not even expecting Diggs to be their main receiver. If you watched Diggs in college at Maryland, he was a very exciting return man. That excitement is what got him drafted by the Vikings in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. But what he has shown the Vikings is that he is more than just a return guy. Diggs has become what the Vikings thought previous draft pick Cordarrelle Patterson would be.

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Da’ T.R.U.T.H. – Why So Serious ft. KB | Official Video

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Take a Listen | Million Dollars by Lisa McClendon (feat. Sean C. Johnson)

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The Secret to Intimacy In Marriage by Steve Wickham

Nothing will block intimacy in marriage more than vital truths withheld. Conversely, nothing will liberate two people united in their love together more than the respectful refrain of truth in all their communication.

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LAMAR JACKSON IS MUST-SEE TV by Mike Patton

Quarterback Lamar Jackson was an incredible talent when he played high school in Florida. But the funny thing is Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino never got to see him throw in person. Even without seeing him throw in person, Petrino saw the talent that was there within Jackson. And in his freshman season, we got to see some glimpses of what he could be.

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Thank God It’s Monday | “I DO IT BETTER” by Eric Thomas

This week I’m here to tell you once you DOMINATE your lane, your next move is to DOMINATE THEIR LANE. Now I know someone is saying, “ET you told me to stay in my lane, and master one thing.” Yeah I told you that, but when you MASTER that ONE thing, I believe it will open doors for you to use that ONE thing to dominate in other arenas.

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HILLARY CLINTON AND THE ILLUSIVE ISSUE OF “TRUST” by Dr. Anthony Neal

I trust Mrs. Hillary Clinton. The issue of trust between Hillary Clinton and the antics of her Republican adversary has risen to a level of false equivalency. National polls constantly show that a majority of potential voters trust Hillary Clinton’s Republican opponent more than they do her. Every time I hear these reports, I shake my head in disbelief. Strangely enough, people cannot give a specific reason as to why they distrust Mrs. Clinton.

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Victims of Hypersexuality by Romel Gibson

Hypersexuality in its most common name is “sexual addiction.”  It is often unidentified, overlooked, and commonly mistaken for simply an unusually high sex drive.  In actuality, it is much more than that.  Although I will not dig deep into the symptoms of sexual addiction, I’ll just say that it is most commonly overlooked and sometimes even praised in men.  This dangerous approval of such behavior is affecting much more than the individuals who are the addicts.

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Take a Listen | “Real” by FreeWill

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IT’S TIME FOR AMERICA TO OPEN THEIR EYES by Mike Patton

The NFL has become a battleground for many fans and some players these days. It all started when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to sit down during the national anthem. He had been doing so since the beginning of the preseason but many did not notice what he was doing until the third game of the preseason, which was his first time dressing in uniform. Many did not notice it at first, but after it was put on social media, many began to wonder why he was sitting during the national anthem. And then he went into why he did and explained the reason he would be not standing during the national anthem going forward. Of course, he has been getting crucified on social media by some.

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Caring for Aging Parents

With the growing concern about how to care for aging parents, today’s adults are learning first-hand about the reciprocal nature of parent-child relationships. Life expectancy is rising and quality of life for seniors is improving, but those factors can increase the complexity of family commitments when it comes to elder care.

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When the “Vision” Is an Agonizing, “Wait!” by Steve Wickham

God has His purpose in calling us to a halt. Sometimes, even as we steam along the path He’s called us to, we approach a dead-end, and it makes absolutely no sense at all. To us. But not to Him. Often these dead-ends are incredibly inconvenient, humbling (possibly humiliating), and even enraging… as if God’s defaulted on a promise.

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Take a Listen | “Rescue” by Brittney Wright

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7 Ways to Get Fit and Stay There by Robert Choat

Getting fit seems to be getting harder for many in today’s world. If you’re one of the lucky people, you are able to go to a high stress job so you can earn enough money to pay your bills and even go out sometimes. Yes, you are working and because of that, you may tell yourself that you don’t have enough time to get fit.

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RELAX! IT’S ONLY WEEK ONE by Mike Patton

Darrelle Revis was one player that many expected to play as well as he always does in the first game of the season. Revis is considered by many to be at the top of the list as it relates to top corner backs in the NFL. And in his first week of 2016, he had the pleasure of lining up against Cincinnati star wide receiver AJ Green. Plenty looked forward to the battle between the two, but it did not pan out the way it was expected to. Revis was out shined and outplayed all game long by Green.

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WE SICK: A PERSPECTIVE ON MILLENNIAL BLACK CONSERVATISM by Dr. Anthony Neal

 Uncle Tom is a concept that has been used in Black America to describe a Black person whom the community believes acts adversely to Black interests and bends over backwards to appease Whites in general and oppressive Whites in particular.  In one respect, it could be argued that the concept “Uncle Tom” is a relative concept whose meaning resides in the eye of the beholder.  

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Thank God It’s Monday | “DOMINATE YOUR LANE” by Eric Thomas

“There’s LEVELS to this.” You’ve heard CJ say, “Master the LEVELS.”, but my boy Mason said something to me that blew my mind! Once you master the levels, you must DOMINATE YOUR LANE!

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NFL PROCLAMATIONS-WEEK 1 by Mike Patton

The preseason is finally over. No more vanilla defenses and offenses holding things back for the regular season. The next game we see will be a real one that will count. And now we will get the real look at what teams are and what they could be. Just like the unpredictable nature of what could happen in these games, there will be some performances that will blow your mind and others that will leave you confused. And those performances could come from a familiar face or from someone no one expected. The game we all love is back and Week 1 is finally here. And with it comes the proclamations for Week 1 in the NFL!

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How To Know When Your Life Is Out Of Focus by Scott Williams

Often times the key to a successful life is when things are in proper perspective and proper focus. I’m not talking about balance, I’m talking about focus and priorities. Focusing on God, Family and Everything Else — In that order. On the flip-side, the shortest route to failure is a life that gets out of focus.

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#C1TV’s The ZONE | Episode 9

This week we catch up with Erica Campbell talking about her new Mary Mary video and how she really feels about the CHH Genre! Plus new videos from Erica Mason, Chris Jackson and Legin, and a special live performance!

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Three Cords to Identity – Knowing, Accepting, Embracing by Steve Wickham

Frustration is something I’ve been pondering in a season where exposure to frustration has been a cherished opportunity, yet only cherished as a product of later reflection. Gradually God has been teaching me something about frustration through my immersion in it. Not that I haven’t had significant immersion in frustration beforehand; just that this season has sprinkled frustration throughout my experience effervescently.

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How to Get People to Hear and Receive Hard Truth by Romel Gibson

Too many Christians are attempting to speak the truth to individuals we have not proven our love for first.  I’m not suggesting that we must be in deep relationships with everyone we minister to.  What I do believe though is that truth is better received from people who we know have our best interest at heart.  So, let’s change our approach. 

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Hurt People, Hurt People

Don’t deny they are there. If you get angry when talking about something from the past or someone that hurt you, that is a good indicator that there is a significant wound that has not been healed. Admit it. Unpack all of it. Figure out why it happened. Think about it’s significance and why it cut so deep.

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Indie Artist Spotlight | CJ King

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Donald Trump’s Black America…and Other Imaginary Places by Charles Badger

Donald Trump says Detroit is Detroit because they elect Democrats. But the weight of evidence says: Detroit is Detroit, because they were intentionally made to be so. “The ghetto was a deliberate policy invention,” Matt Yglesias notes. “And investing in a path out of it would have been completely contrary to the point of creating it.”

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Thank God It’s Monday | “FINISH FINISH FINISH” by Eric Thomas

This is probably one of my most powerful messages to date. I say this because I LIVED this and got through this and PRACTICE this principle daily. What I’m talking about is the ability to FINISH!!! That’s right! Sounds simple right? It’s not. So many people are plagued with the START-STOP-START-STOP syndrome. We get a new idea, we get excited, we gather our resources and we START, right!? What happens next? After a few strong days, weeks, months we hit adversity and we STOP!!

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KAEPERNICK by Dr. Anthony Neal

We have been here before.  Colin Kaepernick was not making a show of his not standing to sing the National Anthem.   However, when he was asked by a curious reporter as to why he was not standing, he did not hesitate to state his position.  In short, the specter of police violence against unarmed civilians with no accountability was the principal reason for his protest. 

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Flashback Friday | “Early (Live)” by Micah Smith

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL EXPOSES THE NCAA’S GREED by Mike Patton

The college football season opens up this weekend. And like any season, there are many teams that began the season with the hope of bringing home the National Title. And while some have title aspirations, others just want to improve and actually make a bowl game. Along with the aspirations of teams, there are also big games and big venues that will be used this weekend as well.

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5 Distinctions Of A Next-Level Leader by Scott Williams

The definition of a Next-Level Leader is this- A leader that not only elevates their personal leadership to the Next-Level but elevates the leadership of their team members, peers, their organization and competition to the Next-Level. They challenge the status quo and elevate the level of performance of those around them; both friends and foes.

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#C1TV’s The ZONE | Episode 8

From Flame to Social Club Misfits he’s directed some of the best music videos out there, but rarely do we get to see the face behind the camera. Crazy One sits down with Will Thomas to discuss his love for CHH, his crown jewels, and biggest challenges in directing Music videos.

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Take a Listen | “Highest Praise” by The Wardlaw Brothers ft. Dorinda Clark Cole

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4 Creative Ways to Date Your Wife When the Kids Go Back to School

If you aren’t careful, the summer can end and you’ll realize you had a blast, but you didn’t get as much one-on-one time with your wife. Back to school time provides a great opportunity to get some of that lost “adult time” back.

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THE HILARIOUS VIEW OF PLAY IN THE NFL PRESEASON by Mike Patton

The preseason is coming to a close and there has been some stars come of it. Dak Prescott of Dallas comes to mind as one of the main stars. The former Mississippi State star came to the Cowboys as a guy that some thought would play and others thought would eventually get there. But as the preseason has gone on, Prescott has shown many that he actually knows a thing or two about playing quarterback and has Dallas fans excited for what he could become.

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Want to Heal? Be Real About How You Feel by Steve Wickham

Our soul must feel to be freed to heal; if it’s to be released of the baggage it’s asked to pick up and carry because of life’s tumults. But if we negate our soul’s access to our feelings we force those feelings downward into the crevices of our innocence that were never designed to deal with such junk.

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You Can Quit Your Job Sooner Than You Think!

I don’t believe God puts passions in our gut and dreams in our heart just to frustrate us! However leaving your job for your dream is no picnic. One of the biggest hurdles to jump over, probably the scariest, is the BIG I – Income. Today I want to offer you some insight on how to go for your dreams faster by simply tweaking what “Full-Time {Insert Your Dream}” means to you.

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6 Easy Tips To Save Money on Back to School Essentials

No sooner had the school holidays arrived than they’re nearly over, and recent research has suggested parents are paying in excess of $1000.00 per year to send their children back to school. And whilst we all want the best for our children, the back-to-school shop needn’t be so expensive.

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Take a Listen | “On the Daily” by Carrington Gaines

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Thank God It’s Monday | “KEEP FIGHTING” by Eric Thomas

Many of you give up so easily. When things get hard, you stop. Listen you are just one more hour of studying away from your breakthrough, one more NO away from your breakthrough, one more phone call away from your breakthrough, but you stopped short. You will never realize your potential if you keep stopping.

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BACK TO SCHOOL: FIRST YEAR COLLEGE STUDENTS AND RULES TO THE GAME By Dr. Anthony Neal

For first-year college student, there is the added complexity of registering for classes that already filled.  There is the seeking out professors to try and get special permission to pick up a course discovered at the last minute.  Orientation sessions seem endless and are only matched in excitement by the first full lecture from that professor who was sought after for the special permission. Nervous parents escort their forever toddlers to the dorms on move-in day.  Those eighteen-year-old toddlers try to walk ten paces in front of their parents so as to impress their classmates who severed the cord only two days prior.  

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STAND FOR SOMETHING OR FALL FOR ANYTHING by Mike Patton

While the national anthem was playing on Friday night before the Green Bay Packers/San Francisco 49ers game, there was one player that was noticeably sitting down during the anthem. Yes, Colin was sitting during the anthem and there were some that were wondering why he was doing so. Well, that question got answered quickly after the game. Here is what Colin had to say NFL media, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

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10 Reasons Why You Should Be Doing The Work That You Love by Scott Williams

“STOP worrying about what would happen if you made those tough decisions and took the big risks. START worrying about the haunting regret you will experience if you never make the tough decisions, take the big risks and your life remains the same.”

 

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Sean C. Johnson – “Uno” (Part 4 of 6) #RaceTheSun Video

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Take a Listen | “Sweeter” by Wynetta Hall-McElveen

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The Hardest Thing to Learn About Brokenness by Steve Wickham

The purpose of life is not learned at the pinnacle, more so at the precipice. The purpose of life is learned in the abyss; in clawing our way out through a hope that vanished long ago, that is clung to anyway. The purpose of life becomes apparent when an old life is discontinued for a new one that hasn’t arrived yet. Yes, in the now-but-not-yet reality, in the land-between-land.

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How to Get Out of a Rut

All men are susceptible to getting into ruts where it’s hard to break free. The definition of a rut is a “fixed and usually boring routine.” They can occur in our marriages, parenting, friendships, careers, and the things we do outside of all of those.

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AN ABRUPT ENDING TO KARLOS WILLIAMS IN BUFFALO by Mike Patton

The onus in this whole matter falls on Williams. He was already skating on thin ice when he entered camp with the Bills. He was going to miss four games to start the season because of violation of the league’s policies on substance abuse. That in itself was something that was not looked upon well for him. But when he showed up to camp out of shape, that is when the real concern happened. When you have a job, your responsibility is to do it to the best of your ability. Your responsibility is also to make sure that you are in the best shape to handle your responsibilities.

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Holla by Sensere Featuring MoBless | Official Video

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Thank God It’s Monday | “ONE FALSE START” by Eric Thomas

I love the Olympics! It’s not about the events, the drama, or the excitement. What I love about the Olympics is the moment. You get ONE SHOT for the gold. Particularly I’m a fan of Track and Field, the sprints and relays and it’s not because of Usain Bolt, NO – it’s the FALSE STARTS. That’s right the false start. You’ve trained for 4 years straight. You’ve made major sacrifices. Your life is consumed with training for the Olympics in hopes for getting the gold. You go through all of this and false start. INSTANT disqualification.

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THE OLYMPICS AND A CONNOTATION OF PEACE by Dr. Anthony Neal

Jesse Owens won four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin, Germany.  What history records from his triumph is a blow to Adolph Hitler’s belief in “White” supremacy.  Owens’s accomplishments against the political backdrop of Hitler’s Germany and America’s Jim Crow were recently captured in the film “Race.”

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Flashback Friday | “Does Anybody” by Sean C. Johnson

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“You Can Do it All” by Romel Gibson

If you have never struggled with time management, you are not living a maximized life.  For those of us who have to revisit our time management structure pretty often, it can become stressful to lay out all of the things you “have to do” and try to make them fit in the course of a day/week.  If you add on the things you “want to do,” you can easily become depressed when you realize that “the have to’s” have left no room for “the want to’s” in your life.  In fact, some “have to’s” take up so much room that other “have to’s” can’t fit either. 

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Are You Choosing Excellence? by Scott Williams

Often times Excellence is viewed as this moving, high-level target that only a select group of fortuitous individuals can achieve. Excellence is simply a choice, it’s choice to ……….

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5 Questions with DEMERIS JOHNSON

Demeris has been a dream chaser all of his life. Having fulfilled his first two dreams, he is now embarking on a third. His first dream was to play football in the NFL. Demeris accomplished that by playing wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins and the Buffalo Bills. Once Demeris was done playing professional football, he possessed his second lifelong dream- to own his own business, building a very successful high-performance sports training business.

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“This…Shall Be a Government for White Men”: Donald Trump’s Blood-soaked Ballots by Charles Badger

On Friday, Donald Trump told a rally, “Don’t just vote…go around and look and watch other polling places.” For me, this immediately evoked Congressman Alfred Moore Wadell’s words in Wilmington, North Carolina on November 5, 1900:

“Go to the polls tomorrow, and if you find [a] Negro out voting, tell him to leave the polls…if he refuses, kill him. Shoot him down in his tracks. We shall win tomorrow if we have to do it with guns.”

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Take a Listen |”You Deserve It” by J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise

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ENOUGH WITH THE GABBY BASHING by Mike Patton

But despite all those achievements, it seems like people just want to be distracted by all the others things that don’t even really matter. Douglas has been the target of social media folks with the constant talk about her and her actions. And quite frankly, it has been hurtful and unfounded by many who want to hide behind the computer screen. But enough is enough and this needs to stop right now.

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Top 5 Mistakes Parents Make at the Beginning of the School Year

It seems like the summer ends a few days sooner every year. What happened to all that time when we thought we had on the calendar? No need to worry about school, summer’s only just started! But then there it is: SCHOOL STARTS in bold font and all caps on the calendar. What happened?

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Are You in a Sexless Marriage?

Are you in a sexless marriage? If the answer is yes, or close to it, then please don’t feel lonely. It’s an epidemic. In all the countless conversations I’ve had with other men or couples about marital troubles, without fail lack of sex is always mentioned…prominently. It’s a big deal. Why is this happening? Where did the burning passion go for each other?

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ROME MADISON: The Everyday Superstar – Part 2 by Charles Clark

From unemployed and broke with no options….to corporate VP with stock options, Rome Madison knows the importance and reward of rebranding your self-image. After 17yrs as a superstar sales pro & executive leader in the medical industry, he teaches and coach clients how to better their best to achieve SUPERSTAR SUCCESS. His keynote speeches, book, blogs, and training sessions will instill the habits, insight and skills of Superstar performers to elevate your performance and multiply your results. 

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TYROD TAYLOR SIGNS AN INTERESTING EXTENSION IN BUFFALO by Mike Patton

Tyrod Taylor was very much an afterthought last offseason. He was a free agent last offseason and many were not itching to bring him into their team. But one team finally took a chance on him. That team was the Buffalo Bills. And although it seemed like a longshot for the veteran quarterback become the starter there, that is exactly what happened. He outperformed EJ Manuel and Matt Cassel to take over the starting job in Week 1.

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President Hillary Clinton by Dr. Anthony Neal

The title of this article may come across as being a little presumptuous;  however, on the other hand, really?   This is the title that America needs to see if it is to maintain its standing in the world.  The Bible states that the prophet is not without honor except in the prophet’s own home.   This is the situation with Mrs. Clinton.  Foreign Heads of State would welcome a Clinton Presidency because a Clinton Presidency would not be an international joke.  Clinton  would re-enforce the respect that President Obama has earned in the world. 

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Greatness Is Always A Matter Of Choice by Scott Williams

We live in a world where there is greatness all around us. We get to watch our favorite TV programs with all of the great actors and actresses. Right now we are in the middle of the MLB World Series where we get to watch the greatest baseball players in the world battle it out on the field. We get to attend conferences and hear from some of brightest minds and the greatest speakers of our time.

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Farewell John Saunders by Mike Patton

 He was hired on at ESPN back in 1986. And despite all the personalities that were on that network over the years, he always held his own and was one of the best on that network. But who would have thought that he would be leaving the earth on Wednesday? Saunders passed away at the age of 61.

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Flashback Friday | “Here I Am” by Marvin Sapp

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Ethan Kent’s Get The Glory ft. Bre Botello (Official Music Video)

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What if Melania Trump Were Black? A Case Study in White Privilege by Charles Badger

First, she plagiarizing the First Lady. Then, she deleted her website after getting caught lying about graduating from college. Now we learn Melania Trump may have done the very thing her husband wages his entire campaign against – worked as an undocumented immigrant ……….

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The Bigger Picture by Anwsai White

It’s true, God is love (1 John 4:8); and love is the basis by which He desires for us to relate to Him. However, His love doesn’t completely exclude hatred. In fact, love requires that there be some measure of hatred. If God only loves, then He can’t truly love at all because then He would love sin. So we need to understand that there are certain things that God does hate, and that’s a good thing.

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USA DOMINANCE OR GLOBAL COMPETITION? by Mike Patton

The Olympics are underway and there are plenty of athletes trying to put on a good show for their countries. And there are others that are sent there to dominate. The USA men’s basketball team is there to make sure that US domination remains on the basketball court. And after their first game, they have shown that they are ready to obliterate the completion.

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Take a Listen | “We are Waiting” by Uncle Reece ft. Casey J –

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The Single Dad’s Role in Back to School

Back to school for single dads and their kids brings some unique challenges. If you are divorced and do not have custody of your kids, you can still be involved in your kids education and even the back to school process.

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GIVE IT UP DEREK FISHER by Mike Patton

Reports are out there that Derek Fisher is interested in playing again in the NBA. He is working out and actually hoping for someone to give him a call for his services. And with the money being thrown around these days to guys that have yet to really prove themselves, who can blame him? He can knock down an open shot, which is a huge thing in today’s version of the NBA. But at 41 years old (he will be 42 by the time the season starts), Fisher is not exactly the first guy teams are going to look at.

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Three Mindsets to Make Criticism Work for You by Romel Gibson

Constructive criticism is usually well reasoned.  It involves both positive and negative feedback.  One who receives constructive criticism is usually made better by the outcome.  They can accentuate the positives, work toward correcting the negatives, and end up on top. 

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DONALD TRUMP: AMERICA’S NATIONAL DISGRACE by Dr. Anthony Neal

 Let us not forget that Trump rose to national political prominence as the Birther in Chief.  His call for the nation’s first Black President to produce a birth certificate was racism par excellence.   Consequently, President Obama finds Republican leaders’ continued support of Trump mind-boggling and disturbing.   The President stated that responsible Republican leaders must say, at some point, that enough is enough.  That point has not come yet.  Yes, Donald Trump is a national disgrace.  Moreover, I find those in positions of leadership, who continue to support him, disgraceful. 

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Flashback Friday | “Addictive Love” by Bebe & Cece Winans

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“She Didn’t Have To Die” by Vincent Clark

Here’s what seems evident; Korryn Gaines had the misfortune of being Black AND mentally impaired. So, does that mean that she deserved more or less professionalism by law enforcement? Does that mean she deserves more or less of our empathy, compassion, and outrage over her plight?

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JoVonta Patton Debuts at #1 w/ “Finally Living”

Singer/songwriter Jovonta Patton makes his national debut this week as his third album “Finally Living” (Jovonta Patton Ministries)  trailblazes its way onto three coveted Billboard Magazine charts  – without the assistance of radio airplay and no established sales history for the artist – for the week ending August 6th. The project opens at No. 1 on the Billboard Gospel Albums sales chart, No. 12 on the Billboard Christian & Gospel Albums sales chart and No. 21 on the Billboard Independent Albums sales chart.

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Stop Chasing Your Competition by Scott Williams

A major problem when it comes to the success or lack there of for an individual, organization or brand is the fact that they are always chasing their competition. They make moves based on what their competition is doing and what they think their competition is thinking. These types of moves are not limited to the corporate giants or major brands, it also  happens on a daily basis for individuals, ministry’s and non-profits; although they don’t claim to “see others as their competition.”

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Things You Must Do to Get Back to a School Routine

The summer days and nights can be pretty unpredictable for our family. We always get excited about “summer break” (even though we are a homeschool family we still take summer break). But we soon realize our summers are shorter than we expect and can be downright hectic.

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REGGIE BUSH is Newest Member of the BUFFALO BILLS by Mike Patton

Buffalo was looking to make a change entering the 2015 NFL season. And along with having a new head coach in former Jets coach Rex Ryan, the Bills had aspirations to make the playoffs. But unfortunately, that did not happen. The Bills finished the season 8-8, good enough for third in the AFC East. The Bills are hoping to make the playoffs this year ……….

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Are You Stuck Trying To Lose Weight? by Greg Gomez

The main problem with attempting to achieve a weight loss goal is that it does not happen overnight. If an individual has a substantial amount of weight to lose, this process can take a year or more. That is a hefty amount of time to stick with an intended objective and often the reason why most weight loss goals are never met. Sure it might not be terribly difficult to stay focused for a month, but what about for a year or more? Herein lies the issue………..

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Learning How to Accept Change by Felicia Stoute

The biggest reason to accept changes in life is, you have no choice. So many things happen that are beyond your control, and it is fruitless to give them much thought or concern. For example, you may have some bills due and the house may require a few repairs. At the moment you might not be able to afford these things. Getting upset over these issues will not put money in the checking account or make home repairs. In fact, it can serve to make matters much worse with stress.

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Tips for a Healthier Heart

It is clear as crystal – your diet has a profound effect on your physical and mental health. When combined with a regular physical exercise routine, adequate sleep and minimal stress lifestyle, you pave the way towards a long and healthy life!

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Take a Listen | “Celebrate” by Jeremy Wilder

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“Celebrate” is the lead single on JWilder’s  upcoming  EP titled “Day One.”

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Exploding 5 Myths About Depression You Thought Were True by Steve Wickham

I’m no world authority on depression, and I certainly don’t have a PhD, but I have suffered what many term ‘the black dog’ and so I may have something to contribute. I know what it’s like to be depressed, to have depression, and to guide others through such a spiritual nemesis.

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Wade Comes Home to a Familiar Role by Mike Patton

Whose team was it? That was the question that lingered over the Chicago Bulls with the emerging Jimmy Butler and hometown kid Derrick Rose. Last season, it seemed like Butler was trying to be that leader for the Bulls. And unfortunately for him and the Bulls, it was not as successful as he wanted. The Bulls did not make the playoffs. And along with that, the transition to new head coach Fred Hoiberg’s system was not as smooth as the organization felt it would be.

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FOUR SPEECHES FROM THE DNC 2016 by Dr. Anthony Neal

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Last week the Democrats put on an amazing national nominating convention.  One obvious triumph, unlike the Academy Awards or the Republican National Convention, was the force of diversity which was up front and center. 

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Friday Flashback | “He’ll Work It Out” Min. Charles Woolfork & Praise Covenant Choir

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“He’ll Work It Out” is taken from “Givin’ Up the Praise”.  Album was released in June 1994 and produced by Fred Hammond. 

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Are The Olympic Games This Year Worth It? by Mike Patton

The Olympics are what young athletes in many different countries think about. They imagine themselves winning an event and representing their country while doing so. This year, that opportunity for some to shine is in Brazil. Rio De Janeiro will be the host city in Brazil this year when the games start on August 5th. And with the Olympics, the cities know well in advance that they are hosting the games. But unfortunately, it looks like Rio De Janeiro is not ready. Apparently, the Olympic village is not fully ready nor close to it.

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Getting to Where You Really Want to Be in Life by Romel Gibson

On any journey, be it weight loss, debt freedom, or even living out your dream, you are stuck where you stop!  The ONLY WAY to get to your destination is to keep going. 

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Basic Summer Exercise Tips

The summer is a great time to stay active with the warm weather and days made up of longer hours. However, although a large amount of people across the nation cherish every moment of the summer months and all the recreational activities that the glorious sunshine can bring, there are many who simply can’t wait for the fall to return. Some may prefer cooler temperatures and the lack of humidity, while others are simply not very body confident and lack self-esteem when it comes to their overall health and wellbeing, and how “in shape” they think they are.

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#C1TV’s “The Zone”|Episode 7

The Zone is on the road as we catch up with Swift (Swift215) To Talk about His new album Higher Learning, Why he moved to ATL and a Cookbook? New Videos from FLAME , Mary Mary,  Plus a Live performance!

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11 Key Attributes Of Great Leadership by Scott Williams

There are many attributes that various leaders possess, many of them positive and unfortunately some not so positive. People are looking for particular attributes in leaders they want to work for. Leaders that possess these attributes generally have a positive, healthy work environment with minimal turnover.

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From the Editor’s Desk| “SHUT UP ….. PLEASE”

Micheal Wilson, I heard this morning on NPR, you stated, “He’s going to bring jobs to the black community.” Oh really? He won’t pay the individuals he’s hired for his own company and he’s going to give you a JOB?

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5 Summer Ideas to Help Your Child Be Successful Next School Year

How do you keep your kids engaged and learning during the summer break?

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THE END OF THE ROAD FOR AMAR’E STOUDEMIRE by Mike Patton

In 2002, he started his next chapter, as he was drafted ninth overall by the Phoenix Suns. Fast forward to 2016, and the career of Amar’e Stoudemire has officially come to an end. The talented big man has decided to sign a one-day contract with one of his former teams, the New York Knicks. And with that, he can now retire as a member of the Knicks organization. The NBA chapter for Stoudemire has closed. But what will we remember most about it?

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Dear Jesus, Now, About Submission by Steve Wickham

Why is submission so hard, Lord? Why do I get it right some of the time, yet at other times I don’t? Why is it that I must suffer this pride that hates being prideful? How is it that I’m encumbered by this overweening need to be humbler than I am?

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HOW TO MAKE OR BREAK YOUR MARRIAGE | All Day With The Ali’s – Vblog

In today’s vlog we’re discussing the ways to make or break your marriage. Look and see if you see a bit of your reality in these comical skits.

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Take a Listen | “Uno” by Sean C. Johnson

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The#RaceTheSun series continues with the next musical installment. Part 4 is titled “UNO” and picks up where Part 3: “Angels” left off and lets listeners know that there is only ONE true God who is often imitated, but never duplicated.

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Le’Veon Bell Cost Himself in More Way Than ONE by Mike Patton

Not only would Bell be losing money and possibly a job in Pittsburgh, but now he has shown that he is not dependable. To the other 52 players on those Sundays he will miss, he let them down. Now we all know the Steelers will still be a very good team without Bell out there, but what will the trust level be? After this latest incident in which he evaded drug tests, can anyone really trust him right now?

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Thank God It’s Monday | “NO NET” by Eric Taylor

Last week I told you guys to MAKE YOUR MARK on the world, but before you can make your mark you must trust the vision, believe it can happen then go after it with no safety net. I’m sure many of you are working or have worked at a job you didn’t like or maybe you did like it but wanted more.

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HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON AND AMERICA by Dr. Anthony Neal

Hillary Clinton was appointed Secretary of State by President Obama early in 2009.   She served in that position until 2013.  When she left, it was highly speculated that she would make another run for the White House.  Consequently, in the middle of her presidential campaign is where we are today.  There are two lingering negatives that have persistently dogged Clinton since she left the State Department. 

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Flashback Friday | “A Song Of Consecration” by Ron Winans

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Now I See It’s YOU I Need – With Your Help, Deny Myself – And Put My Hand In YOURS!

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SEX FROM A MARRIED CHRISTIANS PERSPECTIVE by Shareef Ali II

Shareef discusses challenges as a married man when it comes to conversations about sex. This video is from the YouTube Channel “All Day With The Alis

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10 Great Leadership Lessons From The Life and Career Of Tim Duncan by Scott Williams

Not only did the Spurs have a great team but they were smarter, more disciplined and better coached than any other team in the NBA. The Spurs have been led for years by the veteran of all veterans, Tim Duncan. Duncan will go down as one of the greatest NBA Superstars ever. Duncan now has the most playoff games and double-doubles of any player in NBA history. Duncan is a SuperStar who shined bright like a diamond while staying outside of the spotlight.

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Take a Listen | “Lead Me” by KJ Scriven

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5 Ways of Dealing with Stress to Stay Cool

Stress strains relationships. Stress makes parenting significantly more difficult. Stress has serious health ramifications. Stress kills. Do we have your attention?

The top ten causes of stress, according to the American Psychological Association (2013) American Institute of Stress, are job pressure, money, health, relationships, poor nutrition, media overload, and sleep deprivation.

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Single Dads and Expectations

If you’re a recently divorced dad, be prepared to see a side of your kids you’ve never seen before. Kids who have been through a divorce often act in certain ways. As a single dad, you need to know what to watch for and how to respond. Co-parenting with an ex-spouse creates a number of challenging situations. It can be difficult to know how to handle them in a way that cultivates peace in the family and consistency for the child.

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We have Lost our Message? by Vincent Hill

I begin to examine myself – wondering was I living an honest life? Was I creating from my honest place as an entrepreneur or was I status quo in my production. I thought about the kickback of being honest, having to show your vulnerability, having to expose yourself and your weakness to the world.

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Take a Listen | “Victory Belongs to Jesus” by Todd Dulaney

“Victory Belongs to Jesus” is taken from Todd Dulaney’s recent project “A Worshipper’s Heart” which includes the #1 hit song “The Anthem” 

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A DECISION LOOMS FOR JR SMITH by Mike Patton

Smith and the Cavs have not been able to agree to a deal at this point. And there are rumors out there that Smith wants at least $15 million a season. Of course, we don’t know if that is true or not, but that decision has to be made soon. And if LeBron James has anything to do with it and wants Smith back, then the Cavs will be paying Smith what he wants. If anyone doubts that, then remember what happened last offseason.

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Thank God It’s Monday | “I MADE MY MARK” by Eric Taylor

Many of us die without ever creating a legacy, or leaving our mark on the world. It’s time to stop crying and complaining about what you want, or what you don’t have and get up and go after your dreams. It’s not easy and it’s not supposed to be easy. No one ever gave us a loan, or a grant to start our company.

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THESE AWFUL HEADLINES by Dr. Anthony Neal

The attempted coup in Turkey failed. However, it did not fail before hundreds of people were killed in the attempt.  This attempted coup comes on the heels of the terrorist bombing at a major airport in Turkey.   Two African American men were fatally shot by police in the respective cities of St. Paul, Minnesota and Baton Rouge, Louisiana only a day apart.  Both killings were caught on camera.  Five police officers were shot and killed in Dallas, Texas in the same week as the killings in St. Paul and Baton Rouge.

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Flashback Friday | “Not The Time, Not The Place” by Marvin Sapp

This is not the time for giving up

This is not your place where you should be

Not the time or the place to lie in defeat

You got to hold on, you got be strong

This is not the time to question your faith

This is not your place of destiny

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CHAD JOHNSON: FROM PLAYER TO COACH? by Mike Patton

Chad Johnson has been out of football for a while. But when the talented wide receiver was on the field, he was more than entertaining. In fact, the No Fun League, as some call it, took away the flamboyant touchdown celebrations in part to what Johnson used to do once he got in the end zone. But other than those dances and choreographed end zone celebrations, Johnson was a part of helping Cincinnati gain some relevance in the Marvin Lewis era. He was loud, talented and unapologetic as to who he was …..

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Black Men on Television: We Must Do Better by Romel Gibson

Say what you will about Bill Cosby.  You can believe what you want to about his personal life. It is my personal opinion that nothing he could have ever done or will ever do will discredit the fact that he portrayed one of the greatest African-American males in television history. 

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#C1TV’s “The Zone”|Episode 6

This week we go on location at the ACELife Concert in Boston, MA and talk to homie Dee-1! We even get a Live Performance!

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Divine Disruptions by Reginald Charlestin

Interruption is to stop or hinder by breaking in, to break the uniformity or continuity of something while a disruption is the disturbance or problems that interrupt an event, activity, or process. What does it look like when God steps in and disrupts the course of our lives and shifts us from where we desired to go and to where God wants to go?

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Take a Listen | “Lies” by William Murphy

The single “Lies” is the latest release  “DEMONSTRATE” from William Murphy.  Song reminds the listener that the devil is a liar and stop listening to him and spend time knowing God voice. 

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TIM DUNCAN CALLS IT A CAREER by Mike Patton

But the scoring was not the only thing that made Tim Duncan who he was. Despite being arguably the best player of his generation, Duncan was as unassuming as a 6’11” big man could be. He was assertive enough to make big plays when his team needed it. But he was also smart enough to know when his team had someone with the hot hand. That is one mark of a great player checking his ego at the door.

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Thank God It’s Monday | “CHOOSE AMAZING” by Eric Taylor

Look I’ve been giving you all the tools you need to succeed this summer young people. I’ve been telling you to believe you are amazing! Now that you believe, you must make the right choices. More than that, you must make AMAZING choices ……….

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THREE DAYS IN JULY by Dr. Anthony Neal

Outrage over the back to back police killings prompted nationwide protests and renewed calls for more accountability from America’s police departments.  Keep in mind that these events come in the midst of a possibility that all the police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray will more than likely be acquitted.  People all across the country took to the streets.  One must realize that Black Lives Matter has three components.  First, it is an organization. Second, it is a movement.  Third, it is the truth irrespective of a nation that constantly attempts to tell us something different.  As a consequence, not everyone who protests is a part of Black Lives Matter.  On the other hand, everyone who protested knows that Black lives do matter. 

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#C1TV’s “The Zone”|Episode 5

THE ZONE | Episode 5 features videos from Rodnie Graham, Sean Plummer, Richard Dauphin, Quehemiah Edmonds, Deitrick Haddon and more!!!

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Being black in America is stressful by James Causey

Cops who kill blacks most of the time get away with it. Sure it may go on their record, but for the most part, they keep their jobs and continue to work as police. This is what citizens have a problem with and the numbers back this up. Based on The Counted’s data, black males between the ages of 15 and 34 were nine times more likely to be killed by police than any other demographic. This group accounted for 15% of all 2015 deaths from law enforcement encounters, despite making up just 2% of the U.S. population. 

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“Free State of Jones” |Movie Review by Kevin Booker, Jr.

The movie tells the true story of Newt Knight, a Southern Farmer who descended from the Confederate Army after realizing that the Civil War was really a rich man’s war – poor men were losing their lives in battle so the rich could keep their slaves and make money ……

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Take a Listen | “Mountains” (Official Video) by Sean C. Johnson

Sometimes we find ourselves in dark places because of our own decisions and actions, but other times our ‘mountains’ serve another purpose…to take us HIGHER!! …..

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5 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer

It’s a well-documented fact that the long summer months can produce social tension. The kids are bored; it’s way too hot and the house won’t stay cool; the drive to vacation world isn’t all that relaxing; there’s no money for vacation; the kids are going stir crazy in the house; the comforting routine of school and work is another several weeks into the future; you’ve about had it up to here ……….

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Healthy Weight Loss For the Summer by Jackie Reid

Eating healthy these days can be quite a challenge. It is not so much that you do not try but every corner that you turn there is always some food that you have to be watching for. Take for example you have a salad, that is great but if you do not watch the amount of salad dressing and the bacon and croutons that the meal comes with and you can say goodbye to your eating healthy.

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Gospel Blue MIC Achievement Awards Nominees for 2016

Founder Charles Clark was asked why he decided to release the nominations on July 4th he stated “what better way to honor indie artists than on INDEPENDENCE DAY”………..

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Decision Time on Russell Westbrook for OKC by Mike Patton

The decision whether Westbrook is there next season or not falls on the Thunder. If they decide to keep Westbrook next year, we will finally get to see what he can do on his own full-time. Remember when Durant was hurt a lot in the 2014-2015 season? At that time, many wondered how Westbrook would respond without his superstar teammate. Well, Westbrook not only responded but he showed out ……….

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Flashback Friday | “Moving Forward” by Jessica Reedy

Reedy’s debut album, From The Heart was released on September 27, 2011. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Gospel Album Chart.  The album was received positively by reviewers including Jon Caramonica of the New York Times, who called it “mature and thoughtful”.  Album included “Blue God”, “Put It On The Alter”, and others. 

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#C1TV’s “The Zone”|Episode 4

This week we deal with some matters of the heart with videos from Da T.R.U.T.H., Richard Dauphin, Social Club Misfits, and KB and more! Also The Throwback of the week and DJ TRANZFORMED Mix of the week! #Like and #Share

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When Can I Retire?

Everyone dreams about retiring or at least not having to go to work. Unfortunately, most of us don’t do a good job of planning that far ahead. And some of us don’t think about fluctuations in the economy or government decisions that can have a significant impact on our retirement plans………..

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5 Things I’d Do Differently If I Could Marry My Wife Again

Sometimes we regret or second-guess things that have happened in our marriage. I have absolutely zero regrets when it comes to my marriage and my family. We’ve had some rocky times, really rocky times. Fortunately, we’ve been able to use marriage challenges to bring us closer and to appreciate both the good and bad. But sometimes, I do think, if I had a “do-over,” I’d do the following differently……….

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Take a Listen | “There Will Be Peace” by V. George Smith

“There Will Be Peace” is taken from V. George Smith’s compilation “Hello Beautiful People”.  Smith’s says “I named this album Hello Beautiful People not so much for me, but songs the people would like to hear. Surveying what’s going on in the world and addressing certain issues”.  This track features Paula Champion & Doobie Powell.  

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Change Your Life and Lose Weight by Cliff Pape

Wanting to lose that extra weight keeping you down, and achieve that body you have always wanted? The first thing you are going to want to do is change your daily lifestyle habits and replace your bad habits with healthier ones. Here are a few changes you can make to lead to that happy and healthier life that will keep you energized and strong.

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A New But Old Beginning for Derrick Rose by Mike Patton

Derrick Rose has been through a lot of things in Chicago. When he first came back home after his one year at the University of Memphis, it was thought he would take the Bulls back to the Promised Land. The 2008 number one overall pick started his career off in style, obtaining the 2008-2009 NBA Rookie Of The Year award after averaging 16 points and six assists a game for Chicago. And it would only get better for Rose in his first three years. In 2011, he became the youngest MVP in NBA history at 22 years and six months old. The sky seemed to be the limit ……….

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Indie Artist Spotlight | C.J. King

C.J was constantly surrounded by musicians at church and at home. Ironically enough, he was not allowed to listen to hip hop until the age of 14. It was then that he fell in love with the classic T-Bone album “Gospelalphamegafunkyboogiediscomusic”. From then on, C.J King fell deep into the world of hip hop……….

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THE COLOR OF CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE by Dr. Anthony Neal

The House sit-in was interesting for a number of reasons.  First, civil disobedience and nonviolent direct action are considered tools of those not in power.  A member of Congress would be considered an insider and not an outsider in this dynamic.  It was astounding to see insiders use the tool of outsiders to bring attention the injustice of inaction. Second, this dynamic somewhat flipped the script on Dr. King’s assessment of “just” and “unjust” laws.  The current House of Representatives is dominated by the Republican Party which holds a commanding majority.  

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Thank God It’s Monday | “UNTIL YOU BELIEVE” by Eric Taylor

Growing up I thought I didn’t belong here. My parents weren’t married and I eventually learned that I wasn’t planned. I BELIEVED I was an accident. I didn’t think I was amazing and as a result, I didn’t do amazing things. Once I realized I was special. Once I realized I was amazing and that I was not an accident, my life changed.

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DECISION TIME FOR THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS by Mike Patton

The Golden State Warriors had a historic regular season. They topped the Chicago Bulls’ record of 72-10 this season, winning one more game and going 73-9. But unfortunately, the regular season dominance did not translate to a championship postseason. The Warriors made it all the way back to the NBA Finals and were up 3-1 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. And all thought they would close out and finish them off. But they were on the opposite end of history this time, allowing the Cavaliers to be the first team to come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA title……….

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What More Can She Do? Working Beyond Twerking by Romel Gibson

Men Want Life Partners

By “life partner” I mean someone who we can really do life with.  Life is hard!  We want a partner with whom we can navigate through the difficulties of life.  What work are you/career are you pursuing?  What can we build together?  Can I trust you with my seed?  Can I share my dreams with you?  Do you have dreams of your own?  Can I ask you questions that sex can’t answer and be confident that you have something of value to say? 

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#C1TV’s “The Zone”|Episode 3

The Zone Episode 3| This week we’re featuring the Throwback Video of the week, and the Video Mix of the week featuring DJ TRANZFORMED!! The OneAccordDJs.com Top 10 of the week and the BEST Urban Gospel and CHH videos around! 

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How to Talk to Your Son about Sex

Is your son old enough to carry the weight? Like me, you may have been putting it off for as long as you could. The last thing you want is for your son’s first discussions about sex to come from anyone else. You probably know that it’s time to talk about it, but it’s tough to know what to say. Here’s how to talk to your son about sex.

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Sean C. Johnson – “Angels” #RaceTheSun Series | Video

The #RACETHESUN series continues with the visuals for PART 3: “Angels”. This video picks up where PART 2: “Sonic Boom” left off and reassures listeners that “Nothing can separate us from the love of God.”

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The Best Personal Trainer by John Riely

An excellent fitness trainer can understand the necessity of your daily regimen. It is up to that person to provide variations in your routine to keep your fitness program intact and create effective results.

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Take a Listen | “Move Foward” by Flame ft. Jai

Showcasing a variety of hip-hop styles from bass heavy to contemplative tracks, highlights of Forward include “1st Freedom,” “Know the Times,” “Positively Eternal,” “Believe That” and “We Gon’ Reign.” The collection also features appearances by Dove-nominated Gospel artist Melinda Watts on “Let It Shine,” and Mike REAL on “Had Me Flexin.’”

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Stay Humble!! by Tony Gaskins

In my mind, there’s no excuse for arrogance. Don’t confuse confidence with arrogance. It’s fine to know who you are and what you bring to the table, that’s confidence. Arrogance is when you look down on people and you treat them less-than. Arrogance is when you feel you’re too special to be treated like everyone else.

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The ‘Roots’ remake may be better than the original by James Causey

Since Memorial Day, a “Roots” remake has been playing on the History and A&E channels and it may be better than the original. The eight-hour miniseries features a more edgy Kunta Kinte; the events were more brutal; and, as an adult, I have a greater understanding of slavery today when compared to the original.

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It All Started With A Unity Jersey For The Cavaliers by Mike Patton

The Cleveland Cavaliers were getting outplayed by the Golden State Warriors after four games. And at that point, plenty believed the series was over. Again Cleveland would be let down and continue the history of letdowns by their professional teams. But there was one group of guys that did not believe this series was over.

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Thank God It’s Monday | “YOU ARE AMAZING” by Eric Taylor

There is greatness in all of you and many of you just need someone to tell you that you are amazing and that you can make your dream become a reality.

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WHEN WORDS AREN’T ENOUGH by Dr. Anthony Neal

 As the overall body count rises in America from mass shootings, we seem fixated on the individual numbers as if we are keeping score as to which incident topped the other incident.  What we are experiencing is a ritual of death.  Even as I write, the airwaves have gone silent.  The Senate is scheduled to vote on gun legislation, but nothing is expected to change.  People become famous for filibustering.  A filibuster simple means holding the floor in the Senate by talking; by offering words upon words.  I am back to watching the Price Is Right and Family Feud.  Nothing has changed. 

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A Place Where Young Boys Are Raised To Be Young Men by Scott Williams

In my world, the barbershop affectionately known as “The Black Barbershop” is not just a place you go to receive a haircut – it’s a place that you get information, culture, talk about hot-button issues and a place the word of God is preached. The barbershop is also a place where young boys are raised up to be young men. It’s also where elderly men pour their gray-haired wisdom into the next generation.

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Flashback Friday | “Meantime” by Bebe & Cece Winans

“Meantime” is a track from the multi award winning album “Heaven”.  BeBe & CeCe Winans then known as the brother and sister of the Winans, came into their own with their third album.  “Meantime” won a GRAMMY for Best Gospel Performance, Male at the 1989 awards show. Other tracks included now classics “Lost Without You”, “Heaven”, “For Always” and more.

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5 Reasons Why You Don’t Want to Be Married by Romel Gibson

“Dude, she wants to know my whereabouts at all times.  I’m a grown man.  What do I look like checking in?”

“Man, she had the nerve to tell me that she was tired of my mom being in our business.  She wanted me to pick between her and my mom.  Really?”

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Take a Listen | “Best Praise” by Myron Butler & Levi

The song begins with a fast-paced, almost tribal drum beat that then opens up to a world of melodies and instruments. You almost feel you’re in the room with all of the incredible singers who fill the song up with their joy and praise! “Best Praise” is just that indeed.

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Everyday Is a Health and Fitness Resolution by K. Clifford

Keeping physically fit requires resolve! Nothing is more important than deciding to follow a fitness plan. Around the holidays so many of us make a New Year’s resolution to get fit and healthy, but I’m here to tell you that everyday is the time for a health and fitness resolution! Though we often blame outward circumstances for our poor health (e.g. office treats, fast food, “the holidays,”) in reality, the true barrier to preventing us from reaching our fitness goals is our own procrastination.

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The Greatest Lesson I’ve Taught My Son

As parents, we often wonder what our children observe and learn from us. We strive to be good examples, say the right things, teach right from wrong, demonstrate our faith, and probably most importantly, let our actions speak louder than our words. Our kids learn most from what they see us do and whether our words and our actions align.

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Take a Listen | “Better” by Hezekiah Walker

With an award-winning and chart-topping recording career spanning three decades, Hezekiah Walker is one of the most prolific and influential creators of choir music in gospel music.

And he’s BACK with his brand new hit single, “Better” !

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You and Your Children’s Mother: Overcoming Anger For Your Kids’ Sake

The real danger of not overcoming anger is that it can easily cloud your thinking and make you temporarily forget one of your most valued priorities in life, your kids. What’s really best for you and them? Do you really get that much satisfaction out of hating your former wife? Who’s really being hurt here? If there’s a constant pain in your stomach, it isn’t her that’s bleeding; it’s you-and the kids.

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Kevin Love’s a NO-SHOW in the 2016 NBA Finals by Mike Patton

Kevin Love signed back in Cleveland with the thoughts that he would grow more with LeBron and Kyrie this season. And during the season, it seemed like all three were gelling well with each other going into the postseason. As the playoffs were going forward, Love was also playing well but then the Toronto series happened and he hit some speed bumps. And unfortunately, he has not been the consistent third scorer they were used to ever since that series. Offensively, he is averaging only seven points per game. Yes, Love is not even averaging double figures at all. Love has been getting open looks and matchups all series long. The Cavs usually put him in the post to get him going. And in this series he has had plenty of favorable matchups there…….

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2016: THE YEAR OF THE WOMAN AGAIN by Dr. Anthony Neal

Carol Moseley Braun became the first African American woman to be elected to the United States Senate in 1992. This was also year that Bill Clinton was elected President introducing us to First Lady Hillary Clinton. In 1992 sixty million women voted electing 24 new woman to the House of Representatives and increasing the number of women in the Senate from two to five. Many assert that the travesty of the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings galvanized woman to organize, register and vote in 1992. Reports state that the down side of 1992 came in 1994 when sixteen million women decided not to vote. Ironically, this was called the year of the “angry white male” and Republican took control of both the House and Senate.

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How to Pray Through Adversity and Inconvenience by Answai T. White

I struggle with something I’m a little ashamed to admit. Sometimes, I have a really hard time praying through adversity. That’s painful to say, especially because I’ve been a follower of Jesus for a few decades. I hope it is not the same for you.

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Thank God It’s Monday | “NOW” by Eric Taylor

Listen, I believe that this summer can be greater than any other you’ve experienced! Whatever it is that you desire for your future will become a part of your reality if you embrace this unique concept. It’s time to start thinking beyond what your life is now, and make a plan to begin to planting seeds that will bring life to your future. You can only become great at what you commit to practicing consistently, right NOW! Let me break the word NOW down for you guys.

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Pressure Will Play a Key Role in Game 4 by Mike Patton | NBA 2016

The Cleveland Cavaliers came out and played like a desperate team in Game 3. From the start of the game, the Cavaliers were the more aggressive team. Their defense was attached with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson pretty tough to start this game. And along with the defensive intensity, the Cavs were attacking the basket with fearlessness as they tried to preserve their season.  The Cavs ultimately won the basketball game and cut the series lead down to 2-1. And immediately after that game, the media and others began to speak on the response by the Cavs and the momentum switching addresses.

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Flashback Friday | “Always” by Josiah Martin

“This song will definitely bless you and it’s a reminder of who to “Always” give the glory, honor and praise too!” – Claude Deuce

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Reinventing Yourself by Romel Gibson

This morning I stumbled upon an article that really challenged me.  No, it was not an article on leadership or anything that pertained to self-improvement.  It was an article about ten successful businesses that have had to reinvent themselves.  In fact, a few of the businesses mentioned have had to reinvent themselves several times over.  They were faced with the challenge of meeting the needs and desires of an ever changing culture and forced with having to make the decision to either reinvent themselves or keep things the same and risk dying.

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So a Friend Sharpens by Charles Johnston

I challenge you to seek out a group of men, men that share similar values and form a group. Make it a regular event whether by phone, or in person to check in with each other regularly. Put it on the calendar, hold each other accountable. Unashamedly speak the truth with the men you choose, confess as well as celebrate. Nowhere does it say that you have to do all this life that God has given you alone.

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Take a Listen | “#YDIA” by Zacardi Cortez

Taken from “Kerry Douglas Presents Gospel Mix 2016”.  “The song is getting a great response,” says Douglas. “People are responding to the beat and to the message. YDIA means You Did It Again. In other words, Lord, you did it again. It’s a song thanking God for another day of his tremendous blessings.”

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5 Tips for New Dads

The birth of my first child was nothing like the movies. My wife’s water breaking was the first surprise. Before that moment, I imagined a water balloon popping requiring some cleanup. I didn’t anticipate it being like a running faucet. That was the moment I realized that I probably should have read the books. Well, at least I knew that when the water breaks, it’s time to rush to the hospital. Nope ……….

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3 Women You Should Avoid by Romel Gibson

It is recommended in a marriage that we be considerate of our spouse’s feelings.  However, if you are being controlled by your spouse’s reactivity, you are not only being considerate of her feelings, you are disregarding your own.  That’s a dangerous relationship ……….

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Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving have to SHOW UP by Mike Patton

Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving have been the second and third options for the Cavaliers all season long. And in the playoffs, Kyrie was actually leading the Cavaliers in scoring until the Eastern Conference Finals. But when the Cavs got to the Eastern Conference Finals, Games 3 and 4 shook Love and Irving off their rhythm. They recovered enough to win the series against the Raptors in six games, but those troubles in Games 3 and 4 against Toronto have seemed to follow these two to the NBA Finals.

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Take a Listen | “Follow You” by Christon Gray

“Follow You” is taken from his Fo Yo Soul Recording debut “THE GLORY ALBUM”..…..

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5 Encouragements for Single Dads

When you are a father, you are hit daily by a world of challenges and stressful situations. Even when you have a wife to help you, fatherhood is the most challenging thing in the world. However, it is even more difficult when a man is charging forward alone as a single father.

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Pressure to Build by Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Bronner

People who know the word, teach the word and study the word, but they don’t have the word rooted in their heart. “But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a dumb carpenter who built a house but skipped the foundation. When the swollen river came crashing in, it collapsed like a house of cards. It was a total loss”

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A Little Bit of Desperation for Cleveland in Game 2 by Mike Patton

The Cleveland Cavaliers were flying high heading into Game 1 of the NBA Finals. They would be appearing for the second year in a row in the NBA Finals and they would be at full strength with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving fully healthy. And along with them being at full strength, they would be facing the same team they faced last season in the Golden State Warriors.  It all looked like a favorable situation to some. But those good feelings turned into frustration by the end of Game 1.

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Thank God It’s Monday | “YOUR WORD” by Eric Taylor

Look, I miss the good ol’ days. The days when you could look someone in the eye and shake their hand and say, “You have my word..” Back then your word meant everything. It took me a while to get used to contracts, because my contract was my word. If I promised you something, you better believe I’d execute that promise.

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ALI by Dr. Anthony Neal

From time to time I ask students in my classes to try and recall their earliest political memories.  In other classes I ask students to think back as to when they first realized that they are the particular ethnicity or race with which they identify.  The exercise is a beginning point towards one’s self-examination and self-understanding.  I believe it also makes one more acutely aware as to how intertwined their life is with the larger surrounding world.   It is also possible to apply this exercise to various other aspects of one’s existence.   For example, “What is your earliest recollection of Muhammad Ali? 

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Take a Listen | “Testimony” by Monica Lisa Stevenson

As soon as a single note is dropped from her mic, you know you are in for a musical experience that you won’t forget. Monica Lisa Stevenson is that vocalist who provides a commanding presentation and a life impacting spiritual encounter through every song she sings.

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You’re Hooked by Romel Gibson

Are You Tired Yet?

In many ways, He’s simply allowing you to beat yourself.  God is patient and longsuffering.  He will wait for you to get tired of fighting. 

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Take a Listen | “Persona” by Corey Barksdale

Corey’s single, “Persona” is a theme song of identity, declaring the importance being who God has called us to be. It encourages listeners to ignore the distractions of the world and live a life of purpose, rather than simply existing.

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A Tale of Two Underdogs in the NBA Finals by Mike Patton

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors are back in the NBA Finals. The Cavs made it there rather stress-free, as they did not lose a game until the Eastern Conference Finals. The Warriors, on the other hand, had a more strenuous journey to the NBA Finals, having been pushed to the limit by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals. But no matter what happened before getting here, all that matters is they both made it back for this rematch. And once again, there scales tip in the favor of the Golden State Warriors.

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Are Your Fitness Goals Realistic? by L. Miller

Are you setting yourself up for success or failure in your fitness journey? It’s far too common to get excited about starting a new diet and/or exercise program only to get discouraged and quit after a week or so.

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Making Sure My Kids Know a Father’s Love

It was a long day, but a good one. My family had finished dinner and I was cleaning the dishes. As I washed off the last cup, I felt a gentle tap on my hip. I looked down to see my daughter’s innocent brown eyes staring up at me. In her tender voice, she asked, “Daddy, do you love us more when it’s our birthday? I mean do you love whoever’s birthday it is, more than the other kids on that day?” I knelt down and put my hand on her shoulder. Then I explained to her that my love doesn’t change based on birthdays. It doesn’t increase nor decrease based on the circumstance. My love is unconditional.

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Pressure to Soar by Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Bronner

Have you ever heard of the story about the baby eagle who was raised by chickens? No…then listen up. There was this eagle who was tutored and trained to act like a chicken. It was taught how to flap its wings and fly like a chicken, how to cluck like a chicken and scratch the dirt to look for worms like a chicken. This eagle lived as a chicken. One day by revelation, the eagle knew he was a bird of the air and not of the earth. So he soared from his chicken surroundings and stopped acting like a chicken.

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The KEVIN DURANT Sweepstakes Are About to Begin by Mike Patton

The Oklahoma City Thunder were hearing questions about it all season. Would he leave or would he stay? That guy everyone was speaking of was Kevin Durant. The small forward of the Thunder was playing his last year under his contract with the Thunder this season and many wondered what decision he would make all year long. And at times, many wondered if he would even consider staying in Oklahoma City after they fired a head coach he liked in Scott Brooks and brought in former University of Florida head coach Billy Donovan.

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5 Questions w/ Darnell Moore

Having shared the stage with artists such as Daryl Coley, Brent Jones, Kim Burrell, Tye Tribbett, Earnest Pugh and Phillip Carter, Washington D.C. native Darnell Moore, prepares to encourage the world to worship with his upcoming CD Accept My Praise, setting the stage with his new single “You Are Holy.

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MEMORIAL DAY by Dr. Anthony Neal

Memorial Day, which is a celebration and remembrance of America’s war dead, has been recognized since 1868.  Consequently, we must remember that Memorial Day is more than just an official beginning to the summer season of sun and fun.  The war dead has to be remembered. 

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You Must Have Someone You Can Be Honest With by Scott Williams

You Must Have Someone You Can Be Honest With and more importantly that person must have “permission to” and be “willing to” be totally honest with you. ……….

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Flashback Friday | “Who” by Sean C. Johnson

“WHO”, was the first single off of Sean C. Johnson’s third album “Simply A Vessel Vol 3: SURRENDER ALL” released in April 2012.  Other cuts included: “No Never”, “Dear Me (Letter to Self)”, Pass Me Not and more………..

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Indie Artist Spotlight | BRADLEY

Coming from a family whose roots are in music, Bradley grew up singing in his church choir and begin playing the guitar at the age of 16. It was at that point where Bradley established his own love for music, playing the bass guitar in church and later moving on to further his study in music engineering and recording.

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How Do You Value Yourself?

Recently, I’ve had to relearn something. And it has to do with my self-worth. I had been looking at myself and had become disappointed with some of the results I was getting: having a lack of punctuality, a lack of success or lower financial standing than I’d hope to be at this age, even a lack of courage to step out and take on certain challenges.

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“Who Wants it More?” by Romel Gibson

Are you studying more?  Are you networking and/or pursuing internships while everybody else is sleeping or planning hangouts with friends?  Are you willing to do what I call the “dirty work?”  I’m not advocating that you be dirty.  What I mean is that there are jobs that are not glamorous, but must be done in order to reach certain goals.  Rebounding and playing good defense is dirty work.

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Things looking bad for America’s Favorite Dad by James Causey

I used to love “The Cosby Show.” Bill Cosby gave Americans a different view of what an African-American family looked like. 

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What’s the Importance of Regular Physicals? – Staying Healthy

Preventive care to avoid a chronic disease doesn’t only happen in the doctor’s office. In life, individuals should watch how they live, learn, exercise and work. Taking control of health care is only one step. Getting that yearly physical exam is crucial to staying in good health, and should be a necessary part of everyone’s routine.

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Why Forgiveness Isn’t About Justice At All by Steve Wickham

Forgiveness is not about justice any more than justice is about reality. Justice is about right and wrong, whereas forgiveness is about reconciliation, and there’s not much justice in this broken world of ours.

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Wise Money Moves by Daniel Ricardo

Will 2016 be the year that you start building your real wealth? I hope it will be mine. It can be ours if we set our minds to do it.

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Take a Listen | “You Are Holy” by Darnell Moore & Company

Award Winning Singer/Songwriter is back with his new single “You Are Holy” backed by the Company. Darnell says  “You are Holy shares a message about why we worship God!”

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I Sing Because The Pressure Is Gone by Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Bronner

We too can find peace in our hiding place and sing songs of victory and deliverance IF we are willing to confess our wrongs (see Psalm 32). As believers, we just can’t sing and worship if our hearts are laden with sin. We must admit our sins and God will forgive us of them ……. 

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Lebron’s Flops Bring up the Issue of HYPOCRISY by Mike Patton

The Toronto Raptors are heading to Game 4 looking to even the score after they beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-84 Saturday night. The results of the game were ugly for Cleveland, as Toronto came out with more energy and was more physical. But above the result of the game, there were two plays by LeBron James that took over social media.

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BLOOD ENDORSEMENT: TRUMP AND THE NRA by Dr. Anthony Neal

The true heartless people here are Trump and the NRA.   They have turned a deaf ear to the cries of countless mothers who have lost their sons to gun violence. Those same ears are deaf to the cries of countless fathers who have lost their daughters to gun violence. On the same day that Trump was promoting the proliferation of guns in America, there was a shooting outside the White House. 

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Pastors, Leaders, People… Stop Having Affairs! by Scott Williams

It doesn’t matter whether we are talking about the President, Politicians, Teachers, Pastors, Coaches, Worship Leaders, Sports Superstars…  These individuals who have been blessed and entrusted with the responsibility of leadership influence should hold that influence tightly, lightly and responsibly all at the same time.

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Take a Listen | “Angels” by Sean C. Johnson | #RaceTheSun

The #RaceTheSun series continues with the next musical installment. Part 3: “Angels” picks up where Part 2: “Sonic Boom” left off and reassures listeners that “Nothing can separate us from the love of God.

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Take a Listen | “Holla” by Sensere

SENSERE, an award-winning nine-piece South Floridian band of an eclectic mix of vocalists and instrumentalists has announced the release of their second radio single “Holla”  The new single is lifted from the group’s critically acclaimed Billboard Top 15 independent sophomore project Kingdom Therapy.

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The Wisdom in Dealing with Anger

Anger is a very powerful entity. American business icon, Lee Iacocca, said of anger…”In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.” It’s a very potent tool with the power to destroy, but also with the power to achieve great things when channeled correctly.

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TRISTIAN THOMPSON: The Dirty Work Guy by Mike Patton

Not only does Thompson affect the offensive end, but the defensive end as well. Thompson was moved to center later in the season and many felt that he would be taken advantage of. But those same people overlooked the size of his lower body. He may be a shorter center, but he boxes people out very well.

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Which Man Are You? (Part 2) by Kenny Pugh

To be honest, I have found myself as Mr. ‘Insecure’, Mr. ‘Good Guy’ and Mr. ‘Bag Man’ at various points in my life. However, my relationship with God has given me the courage to acknowledge and address my shortcomings.

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Another racist cartoon of the first lady by James Causey

Cartoonists are allowed a certain liberty when they draw, and they often exaggerate features.

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Take a Listen | “Immediately” by The Showers

Immediately” is a universal praise and worship song that showcases this singing family’s peerless vocal harmonies. Fellow national recording artist Paul Porter has seen the group many times, and says: “While traveling across the country singing and interacting with different artists, working with The Showers has always been a great experience. They are a family that is truly touching lives through song.” 

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5 Secrets Spouses Keep That Hurt Their Marriage

Problems below the surface eventually show themselves. Many times in ugly or explosive ways. Keeping secrets from a spouse is one of those problems. If love, trust, and intimacy are the oxygen that fuels your marriage, having secrets is like putting faulty wires in the tank. The results can be catastrophic. On the surface, it may seem like your marriage is smooth sailing, but one minute later, ………………

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“Pressure To Get Up And Run” by Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Bronner

Likewise, in life we stumble and even fall, but we should have godly fortitude to get back up and keep running. We are commissioned by God to finish our assignment and responsibility.

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IT’S TIME FOR SERGE IBAKA TO STEP IT UP by Mike Patton

During the season, everyone talked about the duo of Durant and Westbrook being lethal. But while everyone has talked the Thunder’s dynamic duo, they forgot about the third option of this team or lack thereof. All season long, there has been a rotating cast of people try to fill that role, but no one fill it on a permanent basis. But in looking at the Thunder team, there is one guy that is getting paid like a third option and many considered him to be the third option going into the season. His name is Serge Ibaka.

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Thank God It’s Monday | “LET “NO” EXCITE YOU” by Eric Taylor

How many of you guys out there hate the word NO? Be honest. How many of you get discouraged by the word? How many of you have been broken by the word NO? I have a good friend in sales who created his own philosophy for NO. He says, “A person has to tell me no 8 times before I take them seriously. Whatever I’m selling they need it, they just don’t realize it yet.” How powerful is that? He’s actually FUELED by rejection.

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FROM GRADUATION TO COMMENCEMENT by Dr. Anthony Neal

The commencement season is once again upon us. Families are making long distant treks to see their loved ones take a few final steps across a stage. Families are proud to see their loved ones march.   Across the country, there is an assortment of colors that rest upon the basic black gown.   Tassels swing in the wind like wind chimes.

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C1 Radio Movie Review | Captain America: Civil War

“Theater Hoppers” Dre and TQ are back just in time for the summer blockbuster season! Check out our review for Captain America: Civil War from the date night perspective! …

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Flashback Friday | “No Never” by Sean C. Johnson | Official Video

This is the official music video for “NO NEVER”, the 2nd Single off of Sean C. Johnson’s critically acclaimed album “Simply A Vessel Vol 3: SURRENDER ALL”

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“Lessons from the Web” by Romel Gibson

What are you desiring to experience in life that you have convinced yourself will never happen?  Get rid of the stinking thinking called “I can’t” …………

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Eat Those Words by Billie Miller

Have you ever heard of the phrase, “You’re going to eat those words”? This is a true statement. Everyone will eat their words. You will be filled with what you eat. If your mouth is filled with doubt and unbelief, then your life will be filled with doubt and unbelief.

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Tips for Healthy Living by Cliff Pape

Go out and enjoy the scenery around you, whether it be a stroll around the neighborhood, a local park, or just around the city. Walking is greatly known for elevating mood and reducing depression and will help immensely in keeping you motivated to staying healthy.

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I’m excited about Black Panther by James Causey

My only problem with comics is that they lacked diversity. That was until I discovered Black Panther, who was introduced to a number of you when you see the superhero blockbuster movie “Captain America: Civil War” last week.

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When You and Your Wife Have Nothing in Common

I recently came across a show where a husband was calling in to discuss problems he was having in his marriage. He and his wife had been married for over ten years and he was clearly frustrated. His main issue was that he and his wife had nothing in common.

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THE STEPHEN CURRY TAKEOVER by Mike Patton

For most of the game, Curry looked like he was getting himself together. He checked in midway through the first quarter and was looking like he was still trying to get his rhythm. He was trying to do a few things that he used to do early in the game.

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Take a Listen |”I Believe” by Phillip Bryant

The upbeat single has faith written all over it. If you’re looking for something to add to your affirmation playlist, this is it. And there might be more.

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Which Man Are You? (Part 1) by Kenny Pugh

Generally speaking, the issues we possess may not seem as deep as those of women on the surface, but our issues appear in so many shapes, sizes and forms that I can now understand why women have a difficult time figuring us out. The way we present ourselves to women can serve as a disguise masking what our true intent or purpose is. Some of us approach women with an outward appearance of desiring a serious relationship. However, the outward appearance is a mask to the true desire of only wanting to have sex with them. In the end it leaves our sisters isolated, frustrated and confused. More importantly, someone has to deal with the result of our negligence.

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6 Ways to Make Sure You NEVER Get Rich by Mark Anthony McCray

I can’t think of much that galls me more than conspicuous consumption. This is mostly because most conspicuous consumers can’t afford to conspicuously consume. They are the ones who need to be living BENEATH their means for a season or two and – if they did so – would find their futures changed positively forever. And ever.

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Young black men are still dying at the hands of police by James Causey

The man was tased by the police and then left to die on the floor of a jail cell. He was 24, mentally ill and he was black.

In the surveillance video, Brandon Bethea is hit three times with the stun gun during the March 2011 incident while being restrained by leg shackles. He dies on the floor of the cell in the North Carolina jail. The video was finally released last Tuesday.

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Thank God It’s Monday | “Stay Hungry” by Eric Taylor

How many of you give your all everyday to make your dream a reality? Be honest. What can you do today to put forth more effort? What can you do today to push yourself closer to your dream. Remember, whenever you feel like you’ve given your all, take one more step!

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The Failure of the Republican Party by Dr. Anthony Neal

On June 15, 2015 Donald Trump announced his candidacy for President of the United States.  On January 20, 2016 Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump for President.  On May 3, 2016 Donald Trump became the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party for President of the United States. However, many Republicans who hold positions of power decided not to immediately support this outcome. On the other hand, the lineage of bigotry and hate within the Republican Party has come to the forefront to endorse Trump whole hardheartedly. 

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Cavaliers and Hawks are Trading Offensive Places by Mike Patton

The Cleveland Cavaliers were coming into this current series with the Atlanta Hawks undefeated. They were played tough for most of the series versus the Detroit Pistons. But at important parts of those four games, the Cavaliers came through while the Pistons faltered.

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Don’t Get Distracted by Scott Williams

Distractions are the biggest inhibitors to reaching goals and a become great roadblocks on the road to success.

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My talk with Tavis Smiley felt like a talk among friends by James Causey

PBS talk show host and political pundit Tavis Smiley was in Milwaukee recently to talk about educational initiatives across the country and the current political landscape. Before his talk to 1,000 students at MATC, he sat down with me.

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9 Ways Dads Can Get Fit and Stay Fit

May is National Fitness Month, so that means it’s time to get fit. Your health and fitness can be one of your biggest assets or worst liabilities. It will affect how you interact with your family, how you perform at work, and your life overall.

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A Breakdown of the Wild Finish Between the SPURS & THUNDER in Game Two by Mike Patton

The San Antonio Spurs dominated the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first game of the NBA’s Western Conference semifinals. So in the second game, the Thunder had to answer. If they went down by two games to the Spurs, then you may as well say the season is over.

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5 Ways to Make Mother’s Day Special for Your Wife

Making the day about her means doing the things she loves to do, either with her or creating space for her to go alone, although most moms I know would rather be with the family on this day.

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Who is Sean C. Johnson? #RaceTheSun | Video

Get to know the heart behind Neo-Soul Gospel Artist Sean C. Johnson.

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2016 NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS PREVIEW by Mike Patton

The warm-up round is officially over in the Eastern Conference and now we move on to the semifinals. Competition was tough for the Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat, having to go to Game 7 to move on. But they are here in the next round and get to face each other starting on Tuesday.

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Thank God It’s Monday | “Cookie Gut” by Eric Taylor

Are you willing to risk your long term DREAMS and GOALS to fulfill a short term WANT? I’m sure most of you are saying, “No way!” Think about this for a moment. How many small goals have we set for ourselves where we fell short?

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OBAMA: Unleashed and Unfettered by Dr. Anthony Neal

The last Saturday night of April 2016 found President Obama delivering his last address, as President, to the White House Correspondence Dinner. This is an annual dinner that allows the President to roast the national media, opponents, and members of the respective political parties.  In the broader picture, it was another public address by President Obama which has become a major hallmark of his presidency.

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Flashback Friday | “Lord You’re Mighty by JJ Hairston & YP ft. Deon Kipping

“Lord You’re Mighty” is a from the phenomenal album “Resting on His Promise” by JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise which featured singer/songwriter Deon Kipping.

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20 Things God Says About You by Scott Williams

Often times people go through life seeking affirmation from people and things. These places of affirmation leave people searching, empty, and lost.

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Take a Listen | “Such A Time As This” by Bryan Popin

“This song was born through a very confusing time in my life,” says Popin. ” “I’ve felt what so many people feel, but don’t always say-– one moment you experience favor and a blessing you don’t deserve, then the next you are so beat down you feel like it’s all over.

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5 Ways to Use Your Tax Refund to Start a Business by Kenny Pugh

As we continue through tax season, why not consider doing something radically different with your tax refund? Why not take the funds normally allocated for buying a new TV, car, home decor or taking a vacation, and leverage a portion of the money to start your very own business? In addition to the future tax benefits, starting a business gives you an opportunity to invest in yourself.

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BE VULNERABLE by Joel Buckner

For years I had been building up walls around my heart; protecting myself from pain, agony and the trouble of life. I became a pro at knowing how to keep people at the right distance and even keeping God at a distance as well. My heart was my own and I would never allow anyone to be close. Over a period of time, I became very cold and did not even know it. The biggest change was I noticed was how I lost my passion for worship. When you stop being vulnerable, you cease the flow of worship.

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Ground Rules for Fighting in Relationships

Does the idea of rules for fighting sound strange? Some guys think so; but the energy you spend with your wife to generate a couple of basic, inviolate rules for conflict will repay any amount of discomfort you incur upfront….

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Can Deflategate Be Over ALREADY? by Mike Patton

The battle between the Patriots, Tom Brady and the NFL has been a long one. At the beginning, the suspension was levied and there was two different reactions. There was one side of the equation that was happy that Brady got suspended, whether they be Patriots/Brady haters or league supporters. And then there were others that believed the league was singling out the Patriots and Brady and wanted Brady to fight them.

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Identifying Information Gaps by Romel Gibson

During the thought provoking social media conversation, one of the commentators stated that there are a lot of information gaps that are created/left when it comes to money and sex.  He went on to say that any time there’s a gap, there’s room for misinformation and lies to be inserted.  I told him that I was considering using this thought for my next article.  Now, here we are.

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Pressure To Speak Up by Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Bronner

It is indeed sad when good people say nothing when they see evil and wrong being done. It does something to the spirit to witness tragedy, trauma and transition against others, especially the undeserving and never speak up.

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Take a Listen | “Live Again” by Jonathan Baker

Jonathan Baker has this cool mellow vibe to him that easily spills over into his music.  Live Again, has a cool neo-soul vibe to it. 

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Life Without Stephen Curry by Mike Patton

The return of Stephen Curry Sunday was expected by many. After all, many thought that he would sit out until the Warriors lost to the Rockets or moved on, whichever happened first. Well, on Friday they lost to the Rockets, so Stephen was back out there contributing for his team. He looked a little rusty while he was out there and that was expected. He missed a few shots that he would normally hit. But he also showed the flashes of what makes him one of the most dangerous players in the NBA.

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Five Healthy Eating Habits To Develop This Week by Gregory Gomez

Let’s face it, it’s not an easy thing to improve your daily eating habits on a consistent basis. This is especially true if you have been eating in an unhealthy matter for quite some time and are desperately trying to turn this around. Naturally it’s going be tough to change your habits and kick the fast food habit if you’re used to eating that daily.

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Thank God It’s Monday | “DON’T TALK TO ME LIKE THAT” by Eric Taylor

Look, I’m getting right to the point today! I’m tired of hearing people express their negative thoughts, doubts and fears when I speak about my dreams! Trust me, I understand where they are coming from, THEY don’t believe it can be done..

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Born to Learn by Scott Williams

Where should I be learning from? I’m not even sure if that question is proper English; however I do know that it’s a great question to ask. The answer to the question is this:“from a variety of places.” If we want to grow we must learn from many different places, especially places outside of our normal purview.

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Speed Bump ….. PROCRASTINATION by Alton Jamison

Everyone I meet these days seems to have one predominant thing going on.  They’re busy.  Busy with this, busy with that; it’s almost as if there isn’t an end.  It is extraordinary the amount of things we need to do these days! “I need to get Grandma a birthday card,” “I’m dreading that phone call with my client,” or “Targets been calling my name: paper towels, toothpaste, baby food…” and I can’t help but think about my own mental task list each time I talk to someone who is telling me about their own.  I find myself beginning to get bogged down by their list.

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“Sonic Boom” by Sean C. Johnson |#RaceTheSun (Part 2 of 6)

The term “Race The Sun” is an allegory that represents our life here on Earth. Essentially everyone is in a race against the sun. A race to accomplish our purpose before our sun sets. My purpose is to make God honoring music that edifies the body of Christ. With that in mind, I’m starting a yearlong audio-visual series called #RaceTheSun. Every two months I’ll be releasing a song and a video (6 songs & 6 videos total). The theme for this year will be “Home” and tell a story about redemption.

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Obey Your Thirst by Dr. Eddie Connor

Back in the 1990s, a very popular Sprite commercial for the soft drink soda, had a popular catch phrase. It said, “Image is nothing, thirst is everything.” The commercial culminated with the words, “Obey your thirst, Sprite.”

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2016 NBA 1ST ROUND PREVIEW: WESTERN CONFERENCE by Mike Patton

The NBA’s Western Conference has been excellent this year. With the Warriors winning a NBA-record 73 games and the Spurs only losing one game at home this season, there are many that see the road to the NBA Finals going through Oakland or San Antonio. But along with that, there are some other interesting teams that have made the field. And as the playoffs go on, it will be interesting to see if another challenger to the Warriors rises up. But first, let’s get into the first round.

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Signs of an Emotional Affair

It normally starts with a rough patch in the marriage. One spouse feels rejected. She doesn’t feel like he pays attention to her or he feels like she is never interested in sex. Someone gets hurt, maybe even repeatedly. The feelings and voices replay over and over again, “He doesn’t appreciate me.” “She never shows me affection.” “He takes me for granted.” “She doesn’t love me.”

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Take a Listen | “By Myself” by Deon Kipping

“By Myself” taken from Deon Kipping’s “Place Called Victory” EP reminds the listener no matter what we have help, comfort, love, peace, joy, in the hands of the savior Jesus Christ. 

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The Four Pillars of Fitness: Making It Work for You by Robert Choat

While fitness will still be strong when anyone of the pillars is not in place, it takes all four to truly be completely fit. Those pillars are Mindset, Diet & Nutrition, Exercise and Sleep. Studies have shown that each area is important for full functioning of our body. You need each area and I need each area for optimal fitness.

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Pressure To Be One On The Team by Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Bronner

“Out of respect for Christ, be courteously reverent to one another” (Ephesians 5:21 MSG)

A couple of weeks ago the college basketball national championship was held, and Kris Jenkins of Villanova University won the game for his team. Throughout the post-game interviews Kris kept emphasizing he was part of a team. He wasn’t acting like a star or celebrity; he was merely promoting the Villanova and his team.

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THE BERNIE SANDERS INSURGENCY by Dr. Anthony Neal

In the interest of full disclosure, the writer of this article is a Hillary Clinton supporter. This primary season seems like it is déjà vu all over again.  Early in 2007 when candidates began declaring their candidacy for the presidency of the United States, popular wisdom had crowned Hillary Clinton as the inevitable nominee of the Democratic Party. She invariably carried this status throughout 2007 all the way until the Iowa Caucus early in 2008. Hillary Clinton was defeated in the Iowa Caucus by another U.S. Senator named Barack Obama. 

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Thank God It’s Monday | “DREAM IT” by Eric Taylor

I know it’s not easy to change! I remember the process it took for me to move beyond homelessness. Nothing positive happened in my life until I was ready to make new decisions. I went from being a homeless high school dropout because I can to believe that I didn’t belong where I was. I had dreams and visions about the person I was meant to be and the things I was meant to accomplish before any of it was apart of my reality.

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2016 NBA 1ST ROUND PREVIEW: EASTERN CONFERENCE by Mike Patton

The NBA’s Eastern Conference has been better than its been in the past this year. Cleveland was the big dog in the conference to start the season, but now many have picked up their chase for them. Teams like Toronto and Boston believe they have a chance and so does Miami. That first step starts with Round one. Let’s dive into each match up.

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Relax, It’s Just Sex by Romel Gibson

Relax- Be at ease

It’s “JUST” Sex- Sex is no big deal.

What they are implying is that the world should just be at ease about sex because sex is not that big of a deal.  My take on it may initially surprise you.  On one hand, I think the church has done a great disservice to its members by not talking about sex as much as we should.

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The Prospects for Buddy Hield in the NBA by Mike Patton

The Oklahoma Sooners were a team that some thought could make it happen. They returned great guard play and were solid in the post. And when the season started, the Sooners were rolling. They even got as high as number one in the country. But they eventually fell back to earth in the Big 12 conference. They regained their footing as the conference tournament approached and caught fire in the NCAA Tournament.

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“It’s All in HOW You Go Through!” by Romel Gibson

Last week was a very trying week for me.  This week hasn’t started so well either.  I would never use the phrase “everything that could go wrong did go wrong” because it is my belief that if I’m alive to make that statement, it’s not a true statement at all.  Everything that could go wrong did not go wrong.  However, there were a few things that I deem to be necessary for me to fulfill my everyday obligations that suddenly stopped working.  Due to those things malfunctioning, I had unexpected expenses to pay.

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Thank God It’s Monday | “ENVIRONMENT” by Eric Taylor

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THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING by Dr. Anthony Neal

We are bounced around in our existence seemingly held captive by centripetal and centrifugal forces indifferent to out plight to survive. We are told that there is a universe. Some scientist argue that it is expanding.  Some scientist argue that the universe is contracting. Therefore, is it safe to say, metaphorically, that the universe could just be breathing? In our existence of inhaling and exhaling we are also caught between amazing instructive contradictions. On the one hand we experience life at the material level via technology. This instructs us that things are moving toward improvement or “getting better.”

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Is Uncertainty Affecting Your Relationship? by Phil Turner, Jr.

  • You are checking your mate’s cell phone…
  • You break into their Facebook account…
  • You check the house phone to see who has called looking for something…
  • You smell your mate’s clothing for abnormal fragrances.
  • You break into their email accounts…
  • You are recording the phone to see if your mate is talking about you….

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Take a Listen | “Fall At Your Feet” by J Moss

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How Your Pornography Use Affects Your Wife

I wonder what he was thinking on the ride home that night. Earlier in the day, he received a call from his wife. She was doing some work on the computer and found a bunch of porn sites in the Internet history. “Have you been looking at porn?” she said as her voice cracked. His silence said it all. As she started to cry, she hung up the phone. He tried calling her back, but she texted him saying she was too upset to talk and that they would talk about when he got home.

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Can You Be Emotionally Attached to Food? by J. Smith

Remember being a child when you were attached to an item such as teddy bear or a blanket and how it made you feel secure and happy? That feeling is the exact same one that millions of overweight people struggle with on a daily basis to overcome their emotional attachments to food. Can you be emotionally attached to food? Absolutely, and more people are than those who are not and they generally are not even aware that they are which is how and why the weight becomes an issue.

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How Your Pornography Use Affects Your Wife

I wonder what he was thinking on the ride home that night. Earlier in the day, he received a call from his wife. She was doing some work on the computer and found a bunch of porn sites in the Internet history. “Have you been looking at porn?” she said as her voice cracked. His silence said it all. As she started to cry, she hung up the phone. He tried calling her back, but she texted him saying she was too upset to talk and that they would talk about when he got home.

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