Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Welcome Home Beacon Light International Cathedral

August 29, 2014 was monumental for one New Orleans church. The Beacon Light International Cathedral led by Bishop Darryl S. Brister returned to it's pre-Katrina location after 9 long years of fellowship in a temporary location. The church, which was a beacon of light to over 9 thousand New Orleanians in and around the "Gentilly" area was catastrophically ruined after flood waters from the 17th St. Canal levee breach poured through the sanctuary following Hurricane Katrina.
Hundreds of people gathered in front of the newly remodeled sanctuary for what I call an EPIC ribbon cutting ceremony. Mayor Mitch Landrieu, newly appointed interim Police Chief Michael Harrison, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro, Congressman Cedric Richmond, about 10 Judges, the Beacon Light International Ministries Pastors, as well as several other Pastors and parishioners looked on as Bishop Darryl S. Brister spoke of the long, yet worth it journey back into the cathedral. "9 is the number of birthing," said Bishop as camera crews from all local news stations filmed.  He broke down the reason he chose the colors for the inside of the sanctuary, leaving the original Chinese tile on some areas of the floor as a symbol. "It has been proven that the color blue is most effective in a learning environment. Cream, which is on the inside walls means calmness," he said. The gray carpet on the floor stands for foundation. On this day everything meant something to Bishop Brister, who had come a long journey to get here. Having traveled over 320,000 flight miles between New Orleans and Houston, the Bishop received a Word from the Lord via another Bishop friend of his that "New Orleans was his assignment." It was time to come home. 

After going through about 7 lenders, the 8th lender Liberty Bank, who was the initial lender to fund the church before Hurricane Katrina gave way to a 3 million dollar project. I was excited to see the inside of the cathedral. If it was of Bishop's standard, it would have to be 5 star. Indeed it is a 5 Star Ministry. Ready with greeters at the door assisting you, The Beacon Light International Cathedral is back in full swing. 
It was a high time of praise and worship as members crowded the sanctuary with excitement. I looked around and it was almost as if the church had never flooded. It was back to it's pre-Katrina standing with hundreds of members there to support. Smiles laced the faces of everyone inside. "God will RESTORE," said Bishop as he spoke to First Lady Dr. Dionne and his children who happened to fly in just in time for the ceremony. 1 Peter 5:10 says,  And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

Beacon Light is indeed back, strong and standing on firm foundation. As Bishop said, they are "HERE FOR LIFE!" I'm excited about the future of this ministry. 


No Social Media Challenge (Week 2)

So I've managed to make it to week two without using social media. Here's what I've discovered. It's not as hard as I thought it would be without it. The ones who care about you are going to be hitting your phone when they feel they can't find you on Social Media. So it allows me to see who's really with me and who's just watching or rather "following" me. Of course it's only been 2 weeks, and more people may began to miss me on there and look for me via phone, but for the most part I get a glimpse of who is who and what's what.

I am missing the latest "tea" though. I don't know what's going on via my timelines, but I do try to keep up with the news now in entertainment and locally. I used to only rely on Twitter.com for news. Other than that I'm okay. I'm surviving. LOL!

Monday, August 25, 2014

NO SOCIAL MEDIA - 30 day Challenge (Day 1)

So I accepted the challenge. Lewis Williams of iHustlenation.com challenged his followers to do 30 days without using social media. This challenge is to empower your social life outside of the computer. While I've always been a social butterfly on and off the internet, I accepted the challenge. I am a Twitter fanatic. So I really didn't know how my day would go without looking at my timeline. So here it goes.

Day one was not as rough as I thought it would be. I actually got some things done that I would otherwise not have had I been tweeting all day. I cleaned the house, which was in desperate need of cleaning. You know what they say, a man wants to come home to a clean house. Well I'll even go farther than that. All things need to be done in decency and order. God created the Earth in 7 days and he did everything in decency and order. So the first day was a day of straightening things out. I got my house in order. Most times in order to get anything done, you first have to have your stuff in order. You can't walk in a dealership to buy a car or buy a home unless your credit is in order. Today I got my start on getting my things in order.

I challenge all of my readers to try this.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

New Movie: "Big Dawg" Starring "Hood Starz Ent & Clock Work ENT"

Hood Starz Ent. and Clock Work Ent. join together for the film "Big Dawg." The movie is based in the streets of New Orleans, LA and entails the activities of the underworld dealings in the city. Sex, murder, mayhem, romance for the streets.... This film is bound to have you spellbound. See what a N.O. street person sees on the daily. Special appearances by Calliope Var, Kato, Jesus, Pumpkin and more. Peep the trailer below:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New Music: Jeezy Feat. Jay-Z "Seen It All"

Jay-Z is featured on Jeezy's new joint "Seen It All." The aged Rapper tells MTV how tears came to his eyes as he wrote the verse for this song. He raps about his past days in the drug game with Emory Jones the former King-Pin who runs much of Jay-Z's 'Dusse' marketing now. he take sit back to his days in Marcy Projects. With bars like:
“Uncle died on the spot/ Pop killed the family with heroin shots,” as well as, “I got ‘em 5 grand a pop/ I had a plug in Saint Thomas on a trillion watts/ Flew him back to the States, park 92 bricks in front of 560 State/ Now the Nets a stone throw where I used to throw bricks.”
Listen to the song below:

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

New Mixtape: Blaze (Da Block Burnaz) - "No Reservations"













 If ever there were a veteran in the rap game, it is BlockBurNa Blaze. Blaze started rapping at a very young age & by the time he was a young teen, he had a deal from New Orleans based powerhouse, Big Boy Records. Blaze was one-half of the popular BlockBurNaz, a rap group that put the term “Work That Thang” on the map.

Blaze combines his crystal clear style of uber swift rapping with a crooning R&B, funky type of singing. No Reservations has been described as one of those albums you can put on and play all the way through – it’s just that good! Follow @blockburnablaze on Instagram & Twitter.

http://www.datpiff.com/Blaze-dablockburnaz-No-Reservations-mixtape.618386.html

Tracklisting:

1. Intro- BeYaself
2.Trophies- Remix
3.GrownSimba- Freestyle
4.OnEveryThang- ft JayJ0nes WallaceWalker3rd( WW3)
5.BlewDatShit- ft Jaze' (thesongbird)
6.Houston- Ft Militia KO
7.Versace -Freestyle
8.WinterScheme
9.Fkk What U Heard- ft JayJ0nes Mally Gambino
10.Summer Breeze- ft 3dNatee
11.Soo Faded
12.PlainToSee ft JayDaMenace
13.YoungKing ft LoKey
14.Cum Over ft Sty Amber Lashae
15.Venting ft Meana STY
16.A1sinceDay1- ft Kris Shelby
17.Great ft WallaceWalker3rd (WW3)
18.LuvinOnYa- ft JayDaMenace
19.UBaby ft KrisShelby KevinStyles
20.BreakUp2MakeUp
21.Cant Let Down- FreeStyle
22.Outro- ExtraHard


"No Reservations" is also available for download/streaming on all major mixtape sites, including Top Mixtapes, Audiomack, Mix Connect, Mixtape Factory, On The Ave, and many more, including international torrent sites!

For interviews, booking, features, etc., contact Arlene Culpepper of MIKODreamzPR at 504.233.3410.




Wednesday, June 11, 2014

New Video: King Joker "Proud Father"

King Joker hails from the 9th ward, CTC neighborhood. The Rapper got his first buzz on KUSH DVD vol. 2 when he was filmed by T.Hilly rapping outside of his "The Joker" themed car. After his first project, "Jokes On You," his 2nd daughter was diagnosed with leukemia making it hard for the rapper to focus on his rap career. After his 3rd daughter was born prematurely and deemed not to live, King Joker realized he needed to make a change. His daughter survived, although living with a permanent breathing tube. His first daughter began to win her fight with leukemia and King Joker began to write again. His newly released single, from his latest mixtape "All Jokes Aside," ( available on itunes and amazon.com) just in time for Father’s Day, “Proud Father” entails his struggle as a Father who had to deal with a cancer diagnosed daughter. Proud Father depicts Joker as the loving, caring Father he is, who stood by his fiancĂ© through their struggle and watched his young daughter overcome. This story is going to impact the life of every father and the video is sure to touch your heart. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

New Video: U Boy Rock Ft. B'Eric da Kidd & Keem "O.G. Status/Full Effect"

Rock of the U boys is branching out into artist management and he's found two young, talented individuals in B'Eric da Kidd and Keem. Check out his latest release as he introduces the world to his newly found talent. They hail straight from New Orleans Hollygrove 17th ward neighborhood and they are spitting nothing but fire.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Rest On Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014)



A Poet. A Dancer. A Grammy Winner. A Teacher. A Writer. Actress. Hollywood's First Female Black Director. A Best Selling Author. A phenomenal woman who said, “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” 

Dr. Maya Angelou had indeed gone through some changes. Born Marguerite Annie Johnson, she was raised in Stamps, Arkansas and later sent to live with her Grandmother in California. In her first autobiography, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," a memoir about the first 17 years of her life, Maya wrote about her rape by her Mother's boyfriend. The man was sentenced after 7 year old Maya testified against him, but was murdered (probably by her Uncles) before he could serve his time. The murder caused Maya to become a mute for 5 years. She thought because she had opened her mouth the man was murdered. It was because of a caring teacher that Maya found her voice again. At 17 Maya found herself a single mother. She did whatever she had to do to take care of her child. She was a fry cook, dancer, night club-Manager, prostitute, performer, etc. STILL SHE ROSE.

She started out as a Singer. In the 1950's, she toured Europe with the production of the Opera, "Porgy and Bess." She recorded her first album, "Miss Claypso." In the 1960’s she moved to Cairo and became a newspaper editor. Then to Ghana where she met Malcolm X. Her friendship with Malcolm would cause her to come back to the U.S. to help him start ‘The Organization of African American Unity.’ I’ll quote Maya, “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within you.” She met Billy Holiday on her singing journey and was told, “You’re going to be famous. But not for singing.”
In 1970, she published her first book, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” This book is how I learned of her. It is used in schools across the United States. This book led to her publishing more than 30 best-selling fiction and non-fiction stories, books and poetry. With friends like Nelson Mandela and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. SHE ROSE.

She wrote her first screenplay, “Georgia” in 1972, the first play written by a Black woman to ever be filmed and it was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. She played in several movies, opened the inaugural address for President Bill Clinton and was a mentor to Oprah Winfrey whom she met as a young television anchor. Her story can be found in her 7 memoirs. She was always enlightening, encouraging and sharing her life’s wisdom. She has been honored several times with Doctoral degrees and recently received the Highest honor a U.S. citizen can receive, The Presidential Medal of FREEDOM.  
“Still I Rise” is one of her poems I learned as a kid and is still relevant to this day.
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise. 
Maya Angelou
“Phenominal Woman” was another one that stuck with me over the years.
Phenomenal Woman
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size   
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,   
The stride of my step,   
The curl of my lips.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,   
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,   
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.   
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.   
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,   
And the flash of my teeth,   
The swing in my waist,   
And the joy in my feet.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered   
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,   
They say they still can’t see.   
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,   
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.   
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.   
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,   
The bend of my hair,   
the palm of my hand,   
The need for my care.   
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Indeed Dr. Maya Angelou was a phenomenal woman. A lover of music, art, poetry, hip hop, a writer who wasn’t afraid to tell her story. A bird, unafraid to sing her song. “A bird doesn’t sing, because it has an answer. A bird sings, because it has a song.” – Maya Angelou. She also said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.” Dr. Maya Angelou is an example of a woman of POWER. She went through and overcame. She should be inspiration to all women. Maya's life story is a mere indication that no matter what you go through, you too can STILL RISE. Brave, beautiful and bold Maya Angelou even days before her passing was sharing wisdom. Her last tweet:
  

Rest in Peace QUEEN.