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    Dear Joy… Young & Married

    My name is Rosie & I’m a Christian, 22 year old college student. I also happen to be engaged to the Love of my life, Malcolm who is a 23 year old student; and our wedding is this September! It has been quite a journey leading to marriage, but since we got engaged this past Christmas, many people have taken the opportunity to give us advice. The general consensus on the advice given to us (a young Christian couple) is to not get married so soon, you are too young. A you tube vlog that I watched this week peaked my interest because she talked about being young and married. Her and…

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    Make Time

    by: Esperanza Cherry   Life with work and children can make it difficult for many families to find time to spend together. Our time with our family may feel like its over as soon as it starts. It is important to focus on what we do and say during these fleeting moments. So what is it that we do with the time we have with our loved ones? Do we spend it on our electronic devices, use it to complain, or place focus on our own needs and ourselves? Our time together may be short, but let’s value every moment of it. As wives and mothers, we have been given…

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    On the Bright Side featuring Amanda Patterson

    Meet Amanda Patterson, Medical School Graduate who will be staring her residency at Baylor soon! Editor: Who is Amanda Patterson? Amanda: I am 26 years old, born and raised on the south side of Chicago. I am a product of the Chicago Public School system. If I were to define myself I would definitely say I try to make sure that I am first and foremost a reflection of Christ and his love. Secondly, just walking in my purpose and understanding that my purpose is grounded in helping people. I am just blessed that my career kind of went in line with my purpose to be able to help people and…

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    Proverbs 31 featuring DarLisa Radford

    DarLisa Radford is the author of a new book titled It’s Been Too Long! Lessons Learned From Traffic Jams.  Editor: Who is DarLisa Radford? DarLisa: DarLisa is an author, public speaker and entrepreneur. I have come to the conclusion that over the years I have let society and my job title define who I was even though I already knew who I was on the inside. So from that I also named myself a Destined Leader Rising. I grew up on the south side of Chicago. I have overcome many obstacles in life, although at the time I didn’t really see them as obstacles. I graduated from Grand Valley…

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    Their Lives Matter

    The men in our lives give us so much life! Where would we be without them?? Everyone from our grandfathers, fathers, husbands, brothers, cousins and sons help us, motivate us, make us laugh, offer a shoulder to cry on and make us feel secure, so YES! Their lives matter! They set an example by working hard to be the best they can be in every aspect of their lives, including their careers, spirituality and family. Although we see our men as such strong characters in our lives, I must; however, disclose an aspect of life that men typically slack at… health maintenance. Some health care providers actually depend on the…

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    I’ve Got the Power!

    by: Joi Divine   According to a report by Nielsen, African Americans spend a trillion dollars each year from shopping trips. African American women also spend a large amount of money each year at health and beauty supply stores, making them “more relevant than ever”, as the title of the summary of the report says. That report was published in 2013, so you can imagine that the buying power has increased even more. In fact, the buying power is projected to reach $1.3 trillion by 2017. African Americans spend 9 times more money on beauty products than consumers of other races, yet when a lot of the female African Americans…

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    Happily Ever ….Life After Iyanla Fix My Life

    by: Anise Marshall   Imagine the joy of finding out that you were blessed with the privilege of creating a child with the love of your life. The thoughts of broken crayons lying on the floor and laughter echoing through the halls as you set the table for your family to sit and gather for dinner. Having a child is a joyous occasion, especially when it is shared with your partner. Now, imagine discovering that your husband/ wife had come to tell you that he/she was expecting the same “joy” with another individual. Our beginnings don’t always match up with where we thought we’d be, but our stories are created…

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    Gifts Do A Man Good

    Are you a woman juggling several priorities in your life such as spouse, children, and career? The department of Labor Statistics shows that nearly sixty-two percent of all married women work both inside and outside of the home. With all of those things going on, how would one find time to do something special for the person or people in their corner? This article will highlight ways to make the man or men in your life feel loved. There are plenty of unique and financially savvy gifts that will make your husband/boyfriend or your father realize that they are the real MVP in your lives. The significant man in a…

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    BreeAnn Hammond: Life with a Legend (Fred Hammond)

      Just as history was about to be made at Fountain of Praise church in Houston, TX I was privileged to interview the eldest child of gospel legend, Fred Hammond. While being backstage prior to a live recording or concert is based on granted access passes for most, it’s all too familiar for BreeAnn Hammond. There were people scrambling everywhere making sure everything was just perfect for the live recording that was about to take place and in the midst of all of the action here I was sitting across the table from FRED HAMMOND’S DAUGHTER. I’m sure that many of you, as myself, wonder what it would be like…