• Cover Story

    Aventer Gray – Faith & Favor

    Aventer Gray is to Pastor John Gray as Michelle Obama is to former President Barack Obama. She is the depiction of the Proverbs 31 woman and defines what it means to be a wife and mother for her family in a way that inspires other women. -Meet Aventer- Aventer hails from the southern city of Dothan, Alabama, where she graduated from Northview High School, with honors. During her childhood, she participated in various competitions from oratorical to pageantry. She attended the illustrious Historical Black College/University (HBCU) Florida A&M University (FAMU) and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Cardiopulmonary Science, and earned her Master’s degree in Health Service Administration from…

  • Feature

    Aleka Thrash: Planting, Pursuing, Prospering

    Meet Aleka Thrash. She is an entrepreneur based in the state of Michigan. She is a natural hair blogger (NaturallyACT) as well as a photographer (ACT Photomedia). Aleka began her journey as a natural hair blogger when she came up with the idea of doing something with her love for natural hair. She didn’t know what direction to take. She sought a confidence coach, Veverly Austin, of Confident Living. The coach asked Aleka “What problem are you going to solve?” That question sparked something within Aleka. She learned that she needed to think about what would set her apart from other hair bloggers. Aleka admitted that at times she can…

  • Health

    Homegrown – 8 Herbs to Grow Indoors

    As we approach the spring and summer months, it is a good time to grow herbs in your home that you can use all year round. You don’t need special lights to grow herbs because certain herbs grow with natural light that comes in through windows. Which herbs can you grow indoors? • Basil • Bay Leaves • Chives • Oregano • Parsley • Sage • Tarragon • Thyme Basil likes a lot of sun and warmth. Plant the basil seed in a pot that is sitting in a south facing window. Basil needs at least six hours of sunlight; but will also grow under fluorescent light. If fluorescent light…

  • Feature

    Sheridan Davis on New Release “I’m Nobody’s Ruth”

    Sheridan Davis is not a stranger to the scene in her role as an author. Ms. Davis is a 25-year-old young woman from the city of Chicago. She is a “preacher’s kid.” Her mother is recording artist, Pastor Trina Davis and her father is Apostle, Prophet Joseph E. Davis (Word for the World Ministries International). Ms. Davis has answered the call to ministry herself and has taken on the roles of actress, director and author. She purposes to “present God in a way where he seems tangible and not like some myth.” She believes it is possible to live a life pleasing to God and that life be enjoyable. Ms.…

  • Inspirational

    A Pastor’s Inspiration – Pastor Melissa McKinnies –

    It was at the young age of 15 that I discovered my life verse in the Bible. It is found in Psalm 37:4. It reads, in KJV, “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” That verse kept me in the darkest of hours, in the strongest of storms and during the loneliest times of my life. It was an anchor for me; a refuge. It was my source of hope. When I was tempted to question the seasons or the timing of things in my life, I would revisit this verse. I would write it out in my journal day after…

  • Feature

    Shanta Atkins: from the Background to the Forefront

    Shanta Atkins began singing at the tender age of eight and hasn’t stopped since. She is coming on the scene as a solo artist in the gospel genre. In 2015 she released her self-written single, “I Will Follow” on SoundCloud. Not too long after that the song became available on iTunes, Amazon, and Google play. Shanta received experience by singing background for album recordings as well as touring during her down time from school beginning at the age of 14. She has sung with Jason Champion, Yolanda Adams and of course her older sisters, Mary Mary. Shanta admits that she originally began doing background vocals to make extra money but…

  • Finance

    Female Financial Freedom

    Being a financial guru is not for everyone, but learning the ways of the gifted can increase the likelihood of obtaining financial successes. Money matters rule the world, but few are privileged to gain knowledge for financial growth. One may assume that these matters are handled by men; but there are women who are just as savvy with money. It is no secret that women have had to fight the stigma of being treated unfairly in the work place. From not being able to get certain jobs, to being paid a lesser wage for the same job as their male counterparts. In honor of National Women’s Month (March), this article…

  • Editorial

    The “I Do”

    What is marriage? I mean, if you had to define the word “marriage” how would you define it? If you had to describe it, what would you say? Would your definition or description be a combination of what you’ve heard others say? Or, would you use your own experiences and combine that with what you think it should be? Would you use a cute cliché, or quote a scripture to sound deep? Well, after 5,315 days of being married allow me to share my definition. Marriage is what happens when a triangle and a circle become a rectangle. Marriage is the perfect blend of R&B, Jazz, Pop, Hip Hop, Rap,…

  • Beauty

    What Lies Beneath

    Hello Beauties and Welcome Back! Today we’re going to talk about beauty and the skin you’re in. It doesn’t matter if you love makeup, you hate it, you wear it every day or only on special occasions. There are several things that are important and many things that factor into the success of your glam look no matter how fabulous or basic. Your Canvas Your skin is your canvas and whether you do or don’t care for it can affect the way your makeup looks and can affect your life. There are many different skin types, oily, dry, combination, clear, textured (acne- prone), mature (seasoned) and hyperpigmented (discolored). Every canvas…