Friends, I will be releasing my new weight loss book, Journey to a New You in a few short weeks. Until the official release, I am sharing weight loss knowledge via blogs as promised. To get a preview of the book, please check out my product link on my GBS profile. Today’s topic is a tough one, eating for purpose vs pleasure!
Thanksgiving Feast– damage assessment time! In my family, Thanksgiving has always been a happy holiday in which the family could come together and “feast” and fellowship.
May I please share? Friends, this is my recollection of my childhood Thanksgiving family feast in North Carolina. My aunts and my mom would divide and conquer Thanksgiving dinner. Someone would prepare the turkey, dressing and gravy. Someone else would prepare the ham, another person would prepare th... Continue Reading...
…Let us rise up tonight with greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation…
…I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land.
Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. April 3, 1968, Memphis TN
Forty-five years ago, on the evening of April 4, 1968, a watershed date with a tragic unfolding of history that still yielded triumph on the sojourn for justice, Dr. King’s legacy was cemented. I was thirteen years old and deeply affected whe... Continue Reading...
Let the countdown begin. In 30 days, it will be a new year. It is interesting to listen, watch and read about people starting anew, having New Year’s resolutions, parting ways with old habits, and wanting to lose x amount of weight. Have you ever really thought about why the last 30 days of the year inspires people? It is something about the last 30 days that cause people to reflect on their lives and think about what they should, could, and would do. This is amazing when you think about it. It makes you question the other 335 days in the year. Why aren’t those days just as important or is it that society just hypes up the last 30 days. Whatever the case may be, make the best of it, because when it’s over it’s over.
Take a look at what has transpired in your life and decide what it is you... Continue Reading...
- black community
- black family
- black men
- Boston globe
- Center for Church and Prison
- correctional supervision
- criminal justice system
- mass incarceration
- Trotter Institute
- Trotter Review
- University of Massachusetts
- war on drugs
The Boston Globe recently published an article based on research work our organization, The Center for Church and Prison, Inc. embarked upon from 2009-2010. The findings of the research were published in the Trotter Review of the Trotter Institute/University of Massachusetts. The research entitled: “Studies on Religion and Recidivism: Focus on Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan,” captures the systemic implications of the disproportionate incarceration of Black men in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan/Boston and its impact on families. The Trotter Review article can be found at our website: Studies on Religion and Recidivism: Focus on Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan
Incarceration is creating a social and economic crisis in Boston’s black community, leaving families without breadwinners, c... Continue Reading...
College and university prices continue to rise; yet we know that college graduates typically tend to make more than those who do not have a college degree. A road map to success is to encourage your child to take advantage of Advanced Placement (AP) classes as well as dual credit courses offered by local colleges and universities. One size does not fit all and it never has. Students can earn up to two years of college credit while still in high school – imagine the savings to family budgets!
In order to receive college credit for AP classes, students must make a certain score on the end of course exam. In order to receive credit for dual credit opportunities, the student must pass the class. Know your rights, opportunities, and avenues available to turn vision into reality. Education... Continue Reading...
Friends, while I was writing my weight loss book, Journey to a New You, I made a shocking discovery. To some people, the “D” word is a bad word. Why? Because those people lack discipline and talking about their lack of discipline makes them feel some type of way. How do I know, I used to be one of those people. Some people are not aware of this but they have very strong discipline in many different areas but when it comes to healthier eating, their discipline goes straight out the window?
Friends, are you one of these people? If so, don’t worry, I am about to share some knowledge with you that won’t make you feel some type of way other than good!
Do you feel as though you lack discipline when it comes to healthy eating? It’s OK, we have all been there, but the key is to know that discipli... Continue Reading...
The family is the foundational unit of a successful community. From improving your marriage to tips on raising successful children, these GBS speakers can teach you how to strengthen all aspects of family life.
- slick rick
- underground philosophy
Slick Rick did it best, and Outcast was a classic as well—the Art of Storytelling. Though the title strikes instant memory of my favorite hip hop artists, the context goes much deeper. The art of storytelling is a time-honored skill that has preserved the history and heritage of many people, places, things, and events. It has also motivated thousands to action with heroin tales of overcoming obstacles against all odds. It is still an art, just de-valued when diminished to a host of elaborate excuses to escape responsibility. Even if there is validity to the story, I still beg to question, what is the desired outcome wished to be reached?
The desired outcome we have for our children should be to produce responsible and critical thinking contributors to society. That does not need discussion... Continue Reading...
Friends, did you know that “9” out of “10” people are not happy with their body shape? WOW, that’s amazing isn’t it? In my effort to help people fall into the category of folks that are happy with their body, I decided to write a weight loss book! Journey to a New You is a transformational guide to weight loss success. The countdown is on and the book release of Journey to a New You is rapidly approaching! Get ready friends, to look and feel sensational!
While I was writing my new weight loss book, Journey to a New You, I made a shocking discovery– most people want to look good quickly. Yes, friends, some people are so anxious to look and feel sensational that the urgency becomes overwhelming and it often times becomes a “barrier” on their weight loss journey.
In an effort to help folks re... Continue Reading...
I am a coach. It is not a decision, but more of a calling. Most coaches you run into who are passionate about what they do are called to do so. Money is not the motivating factor (although, it IS a factor). Coaching is a profession, and this means a coach needs to treat it as such. Nobody is born coaching, just like nobody is born a doctor. It takes time preparation and a zeal to want to help others.
I say that to say to all coaches out there or all aspiring coaches, you need to always look to improve your craft. How do you do that? First, you need to get a coach. That may sound strange to some of you who think you know everything. Well, you don’t. Everyone can be taught something. Secondly, you need to read, listen, and watch others in your field so that you can become smarter about that... Continue Reading...
What would we do today without GPS technology. It was not that long ago when we used maps to guide us. We would also stop by the nearest gas station to ask for directions when we had lost our way. Men would be too stubborn and too proud to admit that they were lost. As a result the family trip would get even further off the path. Again, what would we do without GPS technology. Simply type in your destination and GPS will take you directly to your destination’s front door. No more getting lost and no more straying off the path.
There are hundreds of thousands of Christians that have lost their way. Off Will, Off Purpose and Off Path. Disconnected from God. Lost in total Darkness..The directions that they follow are filled with the distractions and dead ends of this world. Prayers are not a... Continue Reading...
15 years ago Malcolm D. Lee, first cousin of, famed director and innovator, Spike Lee pulled together a cast of Hollywood’s young African Americans on a shoestring budget to make a movie depicting relationship interaction and woes of college friends. What he ended up having on his hands was a cult phenomenon across racial lines that grossed over 34 million worldwide.
Considered a classic; The Best Man covered an array of relationship issues form infidelity to jealousy. Within the concept of college friends who are re-connecting after a few years sparks old emotions that are challenging to get over to say the least.
This weekend, Lee is at it again and it appears he has once again struck gold. The Best Man Holiday arrives just in time for the season. Lee has reunited heavy hitters like Tay... Continue Reading...
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