• Beauty

    Help! I’m Melting…

    Summer is officially here and I want to talk about a few things concerning the heat and our beautiful faces! First off, who here is a major sweater during the summer months? (insert hand raised high) Le sigh! Yes, yes, I know, some of us don’t sweat. As I was told by someone a few years younger than myself, “I don’t sweat, I glisten.” Well, well, young child when you mature, you just may sweat. I am a SWEATER! So, I’ve decided to do my first product review on MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation with MAC prep + prime and MAC Fix plus along with NYX Proof It Eyebrow…

  • Cover Story

    Lights, Camera, Action

    The entertainment industry can bring out the best and worst of the people involved from singers and dancers to actors and athletes and everyone in between. The “church” has a way of demonizing anyone who isn’t specifically working for a Christian organization, but let’s face the reality of it all. We are not of this world, but we do live in it. While we are being realistic, let’s keep it 100 and admit that our televisions and stereos tune in to plenty of sitcoms, movies, reality shows, and musical recordings that aren’t produced by a Christian company for a Christian audience. Whether you’re a fan or not, by now you…

  • Inspirational

    Pastor LeAundre Hill: Disciplined Servant of God’s Servant

    God calls those who have character and will not call us to where our character cannot keep us. Every chosen servant of God possesses certain types of characteristics that God uses for His Glory. Moses, who was one of the first biblical examples of a chosen servant has been noted as being a man of great character. He was an obedient, visionary with integrity and had compassion for God’s people as a leader. Moses character allowed him to faithfully and successful serve God as he led the children of Israel out of bondage. To serve God, servants must have integrity so that they are trusted and followed by those whom…

  • Feature

    Faith Fueled

    DeAndre (Relentless) Holmes and Richaun Holmes are two of the four sons born to Richard and Lydecia Holmes. They were raised in a Christian home, both parents are pastors of Morning View Word Church on the south side of Chicago. They are a true testament of what can happen when your faith and work ethics drive you to pursue your dream. Today DeAndre is a rapper on the rise, recently releasing his latest single “Rise Above It,” and Richaun is an up and coming NBA player from the Philadelphia 76ers roster. Both share so many similarities when it comes to their outlook on applying faith to works, because faith without…

  • Editorial

    When Better Gets Worse: Hear No Evil, See No Evil…

    Nita, a vibrant, beautiful young woman loves her church and she loves serving. She’s been in church all her life. She was born and raised in the Christian faith and considers her relationship with God the strongest one she has. Second on that list is her charismatic and friendly husband, Shawn. Nita and Shawn have been married for eight years. They were high school sweethearts and went off to college together. They enjoy serving in the Young Adult Ministry and Worship Team at their Church. Their pastors often ask them to host guests that come into town. Today is a wonderful day for Nita and Shawn because they will find…

  • Finance

    Even the Score for Financial Freedom

    Proverbs 13:11 reads “Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow (NLT).” Dishonest money dwindles…let that resonate for a little bit. Really think of the words and picture the dollar bills shrinking in size to nothingness. Can you see it? Can you feel the panic at the thought of losing money? Now couple that feeling with the guilt of doing something wrong and you get a good lesson on ethics. It is imperative that finance professionals follow strict ethical rules because money or lack thereof can cloud a lot of decisions. This article will discuss some major cases that have fallen into troubles because…

  • Feature

    Human Trafficking: Where is the Church?

    You may think you know what human trafficking is, but do you know what you can do about it? I surely didn’t, until I began doing research for this article. A misconception about human trafficking is that the victims are girls who are runaways or tourists in a foreign country that are lured away by a stranger and taken captive. Do these situations happen? Yes, they do happen. But, this is not the only way human trafficking occurs. Just recently there was an incident that made nation-wide news in the United States about a deadly human trafficking issue in San Antonio, TX. A truck was found with over two dozen…

  • Health

    My Body, His Creation: Altered By Surgery

    Have you considered having surgery to improve your appearance, but refrained or are on the fence because of your religious beliefs or others’ opinions? Are you a person feels that others should not undergo surgical procedures to enhance their appearances? Well, I had the opportunity to interview two women who graciously shared their stories. As you read these narratives, I implore you to have an open mind to receive the stories in their entirety. Obesity is one of the leading causes of most preventable medical conditions, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, some cancers, sleep apnea and more. Individuals living with obesity also suffer from eating disorders, malnutrition, depression,…