My Truth – Mama, oh Mama  

Parenting is hard. There’s no play book or guide. When you’re in school there are so many things that you can’t be taught and so you spend a significant portion of your life in a trial-and-error mode. Fortunately for me, my mother lived long enough for me to “get it,” to have an understanding of many of the “whys” we lived through and that I questioned. 

Words of the Week – Overcoming the Pain of Your Past                                

Scripture John 5:1-9 When Jackie and I went to Alabama for my brother’s memorial service in August she notice the furnishing; lounge and rocking chairs, and tables on some of the front porches in the neighborhoods. She asked did people still sit on their front porches and socialize with their neighbors? I said yes they still do. Interestingly enough for us because rarely in California do we even know our neighbors. A man went over to his neighbor’s house to visit with him. While he was there he noticed the man’s dog lying on a board with a nail in

Houchen Uses His Gift and Passion to Heal Others

Patrick “Shaka Man” Houchen is a beloved and honored husband, father, master drummer, musician’s musician, and friend to many, who has aided many people in being healed by the power of God.

New York’s Second African American Mayor, Eric Adams, Takes Power

Adams was sworn in at seven minutes after midnight on January 1, 2022 in Times Square. “A better city is not just about doing something new. It’s about doing something right. It’s not about showmanship. It’s about showing up,” Adams tweeted on his first day as Mayor of America’s largest city.

Wendy’s Window – Two Days to Remember and Never Forget

June 20th is Father’s Day, the day we celebrate the 70 million fathers in the United States. The reason this day plays a pivotal role in my life is because of the tumultuous relationship I had with my father had a chance to be restored before his death.  Without going into detail my father was not always there for me when I needed him most and his lifestyle in my formative years was quite questionable.

#ACCESS901: Memoir Provides Lens to ‘See’ Cyntoia Brown-Long

As for “Young Cyntoia” specifically, “I would tell her, you don’t know half the things that you think you know,” she said. “I thought I knew better than my mother and anyone else around me. You couldn’t tell me anything! I would tell (Young Cyntoia), ‘you have no idea what life is really about. You’re not equipped, you’re not ready…to be grown… God has it so you’re in your home with your parents for a reason… so you learn the ways of the world.’”

Words of the Week – When Despair, Pain and Misery Come… Jesus Will Answer! – Part 3

 “Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.” -Psalm 126:5-6 I remember feeling lost after my father passed away, kind of like losing a compass and having no direction. Not hearing his voice in the house was strange — not hearing the Volvo roll into the driveway, his laugh, which was hearty or hearing him sing to himself — which I’m fondly remembering as I write this article. I missed my Dad greatly. My sister’s death left me

Hill Headlines Southern St. Paul’s Anointing Service

  Southern Saint Paul Church will hold an Anointing Service to extend prayers and blessings to people suffering from physical, mental or emotional pain. According to Pastor Xavier L. Thompson, the special worship takes place on Sunday, January 27 at 5 p.m., in the Southern Saint Paul sanctuary located at 4678 W. Adams Blvd. in Los Angeles. Apostle Ronald C. Hill, pastor of Love and Unity Christian Fellowship in Compton, will be the guest preacher. “The ministry of healing, as instructed in James 5, provides healing from brokenness. This brokenness may come from sin, grief, or loneliness; it may come

Episcopal Priest Shares Story of Cancer and Healing

“You have cancer,” said the oncologist/surgeon doctor. “It will require surgery and we’ll figure out what happens next.” I took a deep breath and felt an immediate sense of gratitude – even joy. A rather strange reaction one might think. Gratitude because IT was caught in time, gratitude because I have a wonderful support team, gratitude because I have full health insurance, and gratitude because I have faith – deep faith. Surgery…double mastectomy with countless nodes under both arms (also cancerous) and therefore removed. An eight-hour surgery. Six and a half years later the breast cancer returned, metastasized to bone.