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Sunday, August 22, 2010

We need some Uplifting Spirt in the House



Number 20
Have we lost it!!! Have we finally lost our damn minds!!!!! Why do we continue to talk, talk, talk, and more talk about, “that is so sad about that woman who drowned her two kids in South Carolina.” “That’s pathetic that that woman went back to that man after he beat her over and over again.” “What is the world coming too when our President wants to allow a Mosque to be built around ground zero.” “Why can’t black women find a good man?” “Why can’t our children read?” Why can’t parents read to their kids?” “When am I going to get a job?” When is the economy coming back?” “When am I going to get some more money to buy more things I really don’t need, but I want?” “Why did the Essence magazine hire a white woman editor when it’s a black magazine?” (Don’t know if you don’t know this, but Essence is own by white folks, not us.) As the author Karen Hunter stated at the Christian Writers Conference held at Howard University in Washington, DC, “if you don’t like that Essence hired a white fashion editor, remember, we sold out, start your own magazine.”

You know why we are doing the “whys" and "whens". Some of us just sit there, talk and do nothing. We know adults or children who cannot read. We know a woman, man or child who is being abused. We know where there are jobs, but few will move to another city or state to get one. We know the answers we just don’t want to do it. Everyone can do something, anything to help. You really can. You can take better care of yourself, Mentally, Spiritually and Financially. You can go next door, down the street, downtown, uptown, at a school, church or recreation center and volunteer to help in any way you can. You can be a mentor. The next time you go shopping at the grocery store, buy an extra can of fruit or vegetables or something to give. You can listen, read and promote people who are trying to make this world better. You can talk to your child each and every day about everything and anything. Talk to your child, wife, girlfriend, significant other, and friends who you know are trying to help. Help them. Help yourself. Stop looking at news 24 hours a day. Do you know how depressed that can be? Stop looking at the most inane piece of crap call reality shows. Give me a damn break. Do they really offer anything that will help this world become better? Do seeing videos with our black young men and women telling us how “he” got the “booty” because she looks so “nasty” in those shorts! Shorts! Doesn’t’ it just give you a headache? Don’t you get tired of hearing bad stuff all damn day? Damn it, I tired of it. Aren’t you?

Let’s get some uplifting today:

KAREN HUNTER - (Website - http://www.karenhunterpublishing.com)
STOP BEING NIGGARDLY: AND NINE OTHER THINGS BLACK PEOPLE NEED TO STOP DOING - $9.99

PEARL CLEAGE
TILL YOU HEAR FROM ME: A NOVEL - $13.75

VIRGINIA DeBERRY
UPTOWN: A NOVEL - $9.99

ERNESSA T. CARTER
32 CANDLES: A NOVEL - $11.99
I just ordered 8 of this book for another book club that was started because I pushed everyone to at least read something every month. It worked.

VANESSA DAVIS GRIGGS (Website - http://www.vanessadavisgriggs.com/books.html)
THE TRUTH IS THE LIGHT (BLESSED TRINITY) - $9.60
STRONGHOLDS (BLESSED TRINITY TRILOGY) - $4.47
BLESSED TRINITY - $4.47
In Griggs's faith-filled third novel (after 2005's Wings of Grace and unfortunately it is not on the Kindle and so far only one 1st edition exist and it costs $217.63, but there are paperbacks for at little $7.99. There’s also the audio for $27.28 which is read by Lizan Mitchell. A very well versatile African American women). The story features charismatic, dreadlocked pastor George Landris, George and his wife, Johnnie Mae Taylor, have left their Atlanta mega church to start afresh in Johnnie Mae's hometown of Birmingham, Ala., where the pastor believes God sent him to begin a new congregation. Financial troubles and a hostile reception from power-hungry local ministers stall George's plans, but he puts his trust in God and soon builds a thriving congregation, Followers of Jesus Faith Worship Center. The pastor and Johnnie Mae face another challenge in three mysterious new churchgoers: the controlling diva, Faith Alexandria Morrell; Faith's more cautious, shy identical twin, Hope; and their plain easygoing sister, Charity. This inspirational novel leaves the reader eager to know what Griggs plans next for this spiritual family.

MICHELE GRANT
HEARD IT ALL BEFORE - $8.96
If you are one of my friends on face book, you know that I am currently reading it and enjoying it. One of the comments I like in the book is that one of the characters actually lay out and iron all her clothes to where for the whole week or two. I thought I was the only one who does that. I hate to iron, so I do what my grandmother and mother taught me, “get it done on Sunday, so that you don’t have to look Monday thru Friday, it saves time, child, it saves time.”

Hollar!!! We need some uplifting!!!