Everybody wants a hook up nowadays. Internet stars seem to be born every minute, and everyone becoming an entrepreneur or building a brand. One of the most effective ways to market yourself in this climate is to hitch yourself to a big name, so you can be associated with a known figure. The right co-sign for someone who is already “poppin” can do wonders for your brand.

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At over 32 million units sold, Michael Jackson’s Thriller is by far the most successful recording in history. I just want that to sink in; after 35 years, no other record has sold more than this instant classic. It is the epitome of recorded music success, but at what point do we determine that it was a successful venture or not? We are talking about the critically acclaimed work, that millions of people around the world still listen to. This is the same record that catapulted Michael Jackson in to pop music royalty. When was this work a success?  (more…)

I’ve heard it seen at time and time again. A parent will get down on their knee and look their small child in the eyes and say something to the effect of, “I ain’t raising no punk. Now, don’t you start a fight, but you better not let them run over you.”   (more…)

It is inevitable. Everyone is going to want something that they do not need. Not only that, but we will all at sometime want something that is bad, dangerous, or down right fatal for us. At some level, we are all fascinated with the excitement of thrills. Being daring and even cheating death is attractive to us, but the reality is that we need to, in many degrees, calm that urge down.  (more…)

 

One of the biggest criticisms of Christian faith, especially among the African-American community is the “pie in the sky,” “sweet by-and-by” concept of heaven and eternal life. It’s argued that white slave masters taught black slaves this principle of Christendom in order to control the slave population; as to say, “if you obey me, I’m not going to pay you, but God will when you make it to glory.”  (more…)

From the Wizard of Oz to Aladdin, there has always been a fascination with wishing.  Birthdays candles, a stray eye lash, coins in a fountain, first and shooting stars, and the list of wishing traditions go on and on. Wishing is something borne deep into the human fabric. While it makes for entertaining stories and movies, wishing has to be one of the most fruitless acts that we encourage.  (more…)

I’ve been told all my life to never doubt God. Doubting what God can do has never been an issue for me, because I believe, and always have believed that God can do ANYTHING. Growing up with Old Testament stories of God’s miraculous power, and the New Testament examples of Jesus and the Apostles doing magnificent things caused me to understand God’s unlimited ability. My grandmother and my father always prayed the acknowledgement of God being able to do “anything but fail.” So, I never struggle with believing in what God CAN do. My struggle, like many of you, is with what God WILL do, and particularly FOR ME! (more…)