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    Summer Shaping Fun

    Beaches, amusement/ water parks, family vacations, back yard barbecues, outdoor exercise classes, mommy get-a-ways…Yes, honey! Summer is here! Summer time brings about various memories and good times with family and friends. To ensure that you enjoy it to the fullest, I’d like to discuss a few health maintenance topics.   Fun in the sun! Who doesn’t want to be outside enjoying the summer breeze and sunlight? Prolonged exposure to the sun can lead to hideous sunburns and tans. You know, the ones that make wearing that beautiful prom, wedding or summer dress almost impossible? It can also lead to wrinkled or early aging of skin, skin cancer and cataracts of…

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    I Weathered the Storm!

    by: Anise Marshall   Vanessa Murray’s testimony is the definition of what it means to be a bold believer, bold dreamer and bold achiever. Vanessa’s dream as a teenager was to become a successful meteorologist. As a child, she was always intrigued with the inner workings of weather. She had her entire life planned out and thought about her plans daily. As for many, when we desire to accomplish something, everything and anything happens to deter us from moving forward. During the interview, I was beyond grateful to be able to hear her testimony and unbeknownst to Vanessa, she was encouraging me. Vanessa has faced so much in her life. At only 26…

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    LXW Chicago, A League of Their Own

    In 2014, gospel singer and pastor, Deitrick Haddon, introduced LXW (League of Xtraordinary Worshippers) to the gospel scene. With hits like “Great God” and “Just Like He Said He Would,” this amazing group began to take flight. Fast forward to 2015, where Haddon and Eric Rideout (Co-founder of LXW Chicago) came together to form LXW Chicago. According to Haddon’s wife, Dominique Haddon, and Eric Rideout, Co-founder, the group is an identical replica of the group located in L.A. “Due to costs, there were two groups created so that LXW L.A. could handle west coast engagements, and LXW Chicago could handle mid-west and east coast engagements.” Though a young group, the…

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    The “F” Word

    Pastor Harmon is an evangelist with a strong desire for people to know they are never too broken or lost. Everyone is someone else’s miracle. When God brings you through something that is now a testimony to share with someone to help them. Pastor Harmon mentions, “Forgiveness can catapult you into your purpose and we have glossed over forgiveness. There is a lot of sickness, bondage and pain that happens to us from not forgiving people.” Forgiveness is sometimes the “f” word that we would rather not use and if we do, it’s forgive but not forget. People harbor bitterness but Jesus’ message was forgiveness. The sacrifice of his life…

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    Byron Rideau & Mariah Houghton: First Comes Love, Then Comes…

    If you are a pessimist, thinking that true love doesn’t exist and people don’t really fall head over heels in love anymore, take it from me, when I say, Byron Rideau and Mariah Houghton’s relationship will renew your faith in God having your ideal partner. In March of 2016, the couple announced their engagement through social media. If the photos connected with this article don’t emanate the joy of young love in your heart, you may need to visit the Wizard of Oz for a heart check. Okay, just kidding! But they are oh so cute!   Boy Meets Girl Mariah Houghton, that last name may sound familiar to you,…