One sided messages… Fornication

Here is my disclaimer:

I am in no way form or fashion blaming the churches for the world as a whole… I am asking that they take some of the blame for the portion of the world that they touch in this matter of Fornicating

For those of you who aren’t sure what Fornication means here is the definition : sexual intercourse between people not married to each other.

I recently sat in a Sunday School classroom where the topic was based around fornication. The subject came from 1 Corinthians 6:9-18. I watched each young person read a verse and then it was time for the teacher to take over… We danced around the subject, and finally it’s was touched on very briefly and very surface..

However this isn’t a brief or surface subject matter. Sex shouldn’t be a taboo thing when it comes to how you’re taught about it in church.. Understand the church is a building of people who have a common belief, that shouldn’t stop the conversation of sex from happening on both sides of the fence.

For the Virgins who haven’t participated in sexual intercourse you feed them by encouraging them to wait, giving them the tools they need to stay strong and such during the abstinent journey..

For the ones who are fornicating they deserve a totally different message, one that doesn’t condemn them straight to hell. But one that teaches them two things… How to stop and practice celibacy and one that teaches them how to stop the risk of premarital pregnancy and Sexually transmitted diseases.. This message is barely taught and very much so ignored. This could because no one has practiced celibacy from the pulpit. No Shade we are all human. We’ve all done and still do things that aren’t so great. If that is the case seek out some one in the congregation or from somewhere else that has practiced celibacy to teach that message. Teach them about contraceptives ( Condoms ,birth control) so that once they do make a decision on their own they make one that’s educated… (If you say that it’s the schools or parents job you are failing the next generation already)

The truth of the matter is you cannot control the world or people in it, but you can definitely educate them on right and wrong and how to protect themselves.. Sex is one of those topics that needs to have that type of teaching. It can’t be one sided or biased. That one sided conversation has only gotten a decline of young people in church and an increase on premarital pregnancy and STD rates… Remember when having conversations with them think about how you were once a teenager and how you would have liked to been approached about said subject. It’s all in the approach…

My purpose in this post isn’t to bash churches but to give them a small push in speaking on all sides of the spectrum when they speak about sex…

Zoe on top…

Scrolling through my Instagram today I’ve repeatedly seen this same video snippet that I love so much. From this amazing actress

Zoe Salanda

I decided to go to YouTube to find more of the video to get at least most of the conversation…

Here it is: http://youtu.be/C9m2luh8G_M

Tell me you don’t love her after watching this video… So real so raw. Something a lot of people especially women need to come to grips with

Seven eighty six presents Couture and Cocktails….

Ladies and gentlemen mark your calendars for July 31st this is an event you don’t want to miss out on…

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We are pleased to announce that Seven Eighty Six Fashion is taking a giant leap forward and hosting our first solo fashion showcase at Buckham Gallery on July 31,2014 entitled “Couture and Cocktails.”

After participating in a multiple shows in the flint area that showcased a large number of local talent at one time , Designer Brittany Barbee has decided to step out and host an event where she is the only designer featured. After relocating back to Michigan from Arizona , Barbee feels that this fashion showcase would be the perfect opportunity to create brand awareness and growth for Seven Eighty Six Fashions, while reconnecting with members of the community. Couture and Cocktails will be unlike any other fashion show produced in the flint area. Abandoning the traditional style of runway show, attendees are invited to come and get an up close and personal look at the collection in an art gallery environment .

Our mission is to create a meet and great environment for attendees to speak with the designer about the collection while having the chance to view the intricate details within the collection and networking with other individuals in the Flint fashion scene and other local young professionals.

Light Hors D’oeuvres will be served along with complementary cocktails for guest 21 and over . there will also be a limited cash bar available as well. Attendees are asked to come dressed in cocktail attire and advanced tickets are $12 . Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $15. Anyone interested in getting involved as a sponsor, member of the press, or volunteer should contact 786retail@gmail.com

Are you excited yet? Something with a different flavor brought to our very own city! Don’t hesitate to get your tickets!

$1,000 Super Talent Show Auditions

Auditions are opened to all ages and talent!

Anyone interested in online auditions must send a YouTube video to gary@raiseitupyouth.org July 1st through July 31st

For those who are interested in auditioning in person the dates and times are as follows:

July 23rd
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint
3701 N. Averill Ave
Flint, Mi 48506
7pm-9pm

July 24th
Flint Local 432
124 West 1st street
Flint Township, Mi
7pm-8pm

July 25th
Berston Field House
3300 N. Saginaw St.
Flint, Mi 48505
6pm-9pm

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Tupac Shakur

When I was young I read a lot, wrote poetry… I would’ve been a totally different person had I not been expose to these things… I’m not saying I’m going to change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world..- Tupac Shakur

These are sound bites that one of my favorite rappers Wale used on 11-1-11 Theory. Taken from different interviews from a great rapper Tupac Shakur.. Growing up we I lived in a house divided, my older brother was for Michigan and I was For Michigan State. And when it came to music he made his choice Biggie and I made mine Tupac Shakur.

Here’s my disclaimer though Biggie was a great artist as well however I liked Tupac. I was extremely young I mean like 6 years old when he died. I followed his work though, from the music to the movies. To this day I can’t watch Juice without Bishop giving me chills… This part specifically is one of my favorite: http://youtu.be/Cj2hBPsoNpg

Poetic Justice weaseled it’s way into being one of my all time favorite movies to watch. Tupac a part as Lucky was phenomenal.
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Once I graduated from Flint Southwestern Academy back in 2008 I paid small homage to Tupac legacy. With his hit I get Around being on of my favorite songs, when my name was called and it was my turn to grace the stage with my presence for my diploma I did the dance he did in the video ( lmbo)
Music video here: http://youtu.be/YqJAnQTwmJs

This man was a genius. He educated himself well on all issues and things that arise in our day to day lives that we ignore. His legacy will forever live on even though he’s went on. Every since I saw the Breakfast Club interview from June 24th 2014 with Angela Martinez and she spoken unreleased interview she has with him I’ve been listen to his interviews and music heavily. I even stumbled across this on Keke Palmers Instagram how Tupac felt about being a role model :http://instagram.com/p/pH94ypErg5/

Here are a few interviews I’ve listened to:
http://youtu.be/QIFmTSCAlMA

Part one: http://youtu.be/EsItj_NzbuI

Part two:http://youtu.be/ztqQyVonrUM

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From Hot97 to Power105.1

Last week the bomb was publicly dropped that The Voice of New York Angela Martinez was making a Power Move in her career. After years of devotion and loyalty to Hot97 she is taking her talents to Power 105.1 Breakfast Club.

This news had me so excited because since I was younger I’ve followed her radio career and thought she was dope. Her style wasn’t messy or never meant to inflict shame upon an artist name but to allow them to share their story with her and the network that follows her. I can identify with that because unlike most blog sites I try to stay away from the gossip and negativity of things and stick to uplifting and sharing great stories. This common factor is the thing in which made me LOVE who Angela Martinez is over the years.

Tuesday June 24th, 2014 I made sure I was woke and ready to listen to her interview with my other favorite people in radio Charlamagne The God, Angela Yee, and DJ Envy. That’s where I learned that Angela Martinez had an unreleased interview she did with my favorite rapper and very first celebrity crush Tupac. She speaks on how she was really uneasy with doing that interview due the thick of the beef amongst him and another great Biggie. With her being from New York and PAC residing in L.A she explains how things got a little sticky with that interview. Angela explains that her loyalty never wavered to Hot97, however the move was all about the opportunities that come with working at Power 105.1 and how it was an amazing offer with growth for her brand …

I am very excited that she made the move. The Breakfast Club is one of the best radio shows next to Tom Joyner morning show. And not to mention it’s the one I prefer to listen to everyday…

Congrats Angela Martinez!

Check out her full interview with The Breakfast Club here:
http://youtu.be/AIoBhYLDkFk

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When a rich nigga want cha…

About a week or two ago a well known pastor was criticized for this:

http://youtu.be/OLg36e8319I

Now this could be sort of weird to hear coming from the pulpit right? However the truth behind that statement we cannot deny. He could’ve possibly replaced Hoes with Girls. But his message was still well received and well balanced.

If anyone knows Pastor Jamal Bryant or have heard him speak I should say, they know his delivery is always very raw and extremely rare. He speaks to the congregation/ audience as if he is having a real deal conversation. His style of preaching will bring a younger demographic to a place of understanding Gods word as well as their purpose..

I’ve seen so many people say on social media

This is why I don’t do church..

And like my mother use to say to me all the time, Any excuse will do! … People don’t do church because they don’t want to. And if they are letting other people stop them from going thn frankly that is their own fault.

In my honest opinion, I did cringe a tad when he made the statement. However it’s definitely away to reach certain individuals. The individuals that aren’t necessarily “Churched” (raised in the church). Church isn’t just for people who are already there. It’s an out reach to get in tune with Jesus and the word of God. In order to reach those individuals you have to be able to meet them where they are in order to help them get to where you are. And that’s what I saw in that message along with his other messages as well. It was very relatable very down to earth but at the same time he went somewhere with the message in its entirety…

Watch the full sermon here:
Part 1 http://youtu.be/d1Mo5jALMWM

Part 2 http://youtu.be/wG_ES8bs2kc