Very touching concept for this video, as Musiq Soulchild has been named Ambassador for the Susan G. Komen's "Circle of Promise", a movement designed to further engage Black women around the globe in the fight against Breast Cancer. Musiq will help raiseawareness about the importance of early detection. His new video for the song, "Yes" drives this point home.
Young Nadin Khoury was bullied and beaten by several older kids and thought he was going to be seriously hurt or worse. Listen to this very brave young man tell his inspiring story and receive a wonderful surprise on "The View". Heart-warming....
When I think of all the troubles and anxieties of this world, a strong belief in FAITH has never been more needed!! From Wars overseas and even right here at home with healthcare and the plummenting economy, not to mention domestic violence among couples and families, our faith gets pretty tested on a regular basis. But I take comfort in knowing that inner peace that will always remain from within. Matthew 7:7-8 states...'Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking and it will be opened to YOU. For everyone asking receives, and everyone seeking finds, and to everyone knocking it will be opened.'
Our faith never comes in short supply, but endures everlasting when we take the time to pray and meditate daily when problems arise in our lives. Even in these days of uncertainty my faith will not wane, and hoping yours will not either...here's to ALL of us keepin the FAITH!!
An unknown author once wrote....'one day your life will flash before your eyes. make sure its worth watching.' Indeed as 2010 alone seems to be flying by at the blink of an eye- are you watching the world or is the world REALLY watching you?! Living life to its fullest has never been more prevelant, but is it full of the everyday blessings- that despite the struggles we ALL confront on a daily basis, you still give thanks- or you've decided to 'stay mad at the world' because you feel that you've been singled out because 'bad things' seem to keep coming your way!
I like to say..there are NO bad days..some days just provide a BETTER outlook than others, as everyday of course won't be perfect...but YOUR life continues to have a story to tell..it's just up to you as to whether it can have a happy ending...here's to more of those HAPPY endings than not!!
As a another holiday weekend is upon us, so is the celebration of liberty for these United States of America! But in addition to the fireworks, parades, barbecues, concerts, sporting events, and perhaps a political speech or two, what freedoms are the most precious and valuable that carry you through the toughest of times, yet continue to make you proud to be called an 'American!'
It's that time again and it's been a incredible 8 years to see and hear about the lives that have been saved during the Take A Loved One To The Doctor campaign. It changes just a little bit this year in that now it has officially been extended as a season to take better care of not only our loved ones, but just as importantly ourselves.
For me personally, since turning the big 4-0, I'm starting to see and feel the difference in my body...beginning with getting more than 4 hours of sleep, although I can still function with that amount, it's amazing how well rested the body and mind feel the next early morning before heading into the station..there's the excercise and I've been encouraged by soooo many wonderful instructors, nutrionists, trainers and the like who have made excercise fun and the people I work out with who listen to the Best R&B and Old School...you're the best in keeping me motived!
Even in recent conversation with my own Mamma, she recently joined an area YMCA to keep herself in good shape...way to go Mom..you know I'm proud of ya! So in the season of taking better care of ourselves, which I want to continue to do with better eating habits...a slow process, but one I know I can overcome..let's be each other's support system, so we ALL can make fewer trips to see the good Ol Doc, or if we have to make that visit we walk away(literally) with better health in mind!
We have lost not one but two champions of the Civil Rights Movement in Benjamin Hooks and at the reading of this blog Dr. Dorothy Height who lived 98 years young, along with brother Hooks who was 85 at the time of his passing, and both who dedicated a large majority of their lives in the fight for equality for all men, women and children in our communities.
These losses leave incredible shoes to fill in carrying on not only their legacies, but in taking the lead in ALL communities(not just African-American and other minorities) to ensure equal rights for every human being!And may we not just rely on our local and national leaders to address the issues(and sadly the continued problems) of race, unemployment, the increased need for voter turnout, etc.,but set the examples of being the BEST community leaders we know how to be within our OWN families, churches, the workplace, and the like!
More importantly and lastly, encourage this generation of young persons who can be the future Benjamin Hooks' and Dorothy Height's for their generation and future generations to come, because the flame of equality and equal rights for ALL should never be extinguished!
After a beautiful and blessed Easter weekend, I take this time to reflect on what would have been the 2nd year since the passing of my Grandmother...April 3rd, 2008 and I spent part of the holiday visiting her grave and placing flowers...along with other members of my family that I still miss so dearly! It still comforts me to be able to speak to my loved ones who are no longer with me in the physical sense, but their spirits follow me everyday and everywhere I go.
In fact, and I don't know if you will call me crazy after sharing this with you...but most mornings as I head out the door(still dark outside mind you), I pass by a set of solor lights that are placed along the walk-way of the front porch and one will light right up as if to say...'have a good day and I love you', which my Grandmother used to always say while she was still living...that's my daily blessing and my moment of inspiration that always starts my day off right!...talk about GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME AND ALL THE TIME GOD IS GOOD:)
For those of you (happily) married to your one true love...I dedicate this blog to you! I shared this story Friday morning on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and was just estatic to read that the world's longest marriage on record belongs to a wonderful couple from New Bern, North Carolina..NC represent:) They are 104-year-old Herbert and his beautiful wife of 85 years, 101-year-old Zelmyra Fisher...in fact come May 13th, the happy couple would celebrate their 86th wedding anniversary...God Bless'em and I hope they indeed live to see it and celebrate with family and friends! The were married in 1924 and just THIS past Valentine's Day were on Twitter sharing their love and longevity of marriage to other couples. The lovely couple credits their marital success to their faith in God, a loving family, and a few big fusses over being married for such a long period of time! What a beautiful story to pass along to all of us who have 'loved' that special someone!!