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Muhammad Ali – The Greatest of All Time taught us that we too can be great.

The Greatest of All Time taught us that we too can be great. Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali – The Greatest of All Time taught us that we too can be great.

As a young girl growing up in Newark, New Jersey, I had a loving and caring childhood that came equipped with bumps and bruises which most of us are afforded in life. Those character building lessons that we never get when school is in session. Like any other young adolescent, I wasn’t immune to that which was around me…people who magnified their presence, even the books I read I felt that there was kinship in anybody within that showed grit, integrity and an unabashed way of expressionism. I watched him from afar but close enough to know that this man was special. I remember seeing pictures of Muhammad Ali and my Dad and always thought they could be brothers. They were distant friends who had a wonderful respect for one another.

In my mind he was bigger than life, loud but not too vociferous where he was annoying. He had quite a bit to say and he said it with verve and a spirit unmatched by any man of color during an era where racism defined attitudes that didn’t look like him. What man was allowed to defy authoritative right, stare down the government, and back up claims of being The Greatest? Muhammad Ali was that man…and what a man he was! He influenced me to no end. Empowering, Enlightening, Engaging and Inspirational—all of which were accolades I’ve heard describing myself, but Mr. Ali exemplified all of that and more. If someone asked me what influence he had over me based on society, religion and politics it probably would take a millennium to answer fully…but push come to shove would find me gushing with pride as I would give my opinion as such.

On Religion—Any man having courage to denounce the spiritual mores that raised him for that of something different defines courage. He turned his back on Christianity and embraced the Nation of Islam. How many of us would dare to defy parental and familial order to change his (slave) name to that of a new way of expression? Not only did I admire that, it gave me a practical way of looking at spirituality from a different lens.

On Political Views—Always a critic of American racism, who refused military induction, who wasn’t afraid to align himself with anything that would uphold and uplift his people…well, that made an impression on me in the sense that he had an uncanny ability to take ideas and ideals and mold them, shape them into linguistic fortitude and be prolific in the process.

On Society—in my mind, Ali became a magnetic symbol of dignity and self-determination to several generations of African-Americans, a champion worthy of the title The Mouth that Roared!  Consider this: He introduced Black Power to white America; fueled the 1960s  Anti-War Movement; and gave pop culture an iconic face by being embraced as a rap star—long before the genre became fashionable. Muhammad Ali was rapping and rhyming and it became one of his legacies.

On Athleticism – Agile and full of life and vigor, he taught us that a sharp mind can never be accepting of a dull body. Through his dedication and spirit of a champion, we saw a man reach his physical supremacy. He backed up all of his words with action and never failed or lacked in vitality.

On Fatherhood – We saw a black man, publicly and unapologetically raising his children. Over the course of my lifetime, I have been a witness to the need to have more images of black fatherhood as it is very much alive and well and in existence. We know that all black man are not rapists, convicts, dead beat dads and only known for their sexual prowess – some type of imaginary boogeyman lurking in the shadows to kill, steal and destroy. We know that our black men are kings who are the rocks to many of our families. We also know that by portraying this fact doesn’t fit certain stereotypes and the stories that have been told to us and sold to us. It is a major reason I have published two anthologies in The Soul of a Man series to illustrate the flip side to what we see, hear and are fed in an attempt for us as a society to digest the wrong thing. Muhammad Ali’s fatherhood on display and his care for his children aided in dispelling many of the myths and rumors about black men. His presence and his life were so important for so many reasons. It’s levels to this.

Yes, we lost The Greatest, but his greatest tribute will be that of a man that was influential and was influenced by his own charisma, style and substance. My mantra and desire for all of you men and women is to carve your own niche, be as assertive as you can, but allow your life to define the purpose of your imagery. REAL LIFE, REAL FAITH can be attained if you stay focused on your mission and do so with courage by having the fortitude to forge new roads.

Be Great.

Be Empowered.

Be Inspired.

Be Unlimited.

 

Always and in All Ways,

I remain,

Elissa Gabrielle

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Elissa Gabrielle is the USA Today recommended author of Eye of the Beholder and President & CEO, Peace In The Storm Publishing, LLC, Imprints: After the Storm Publishing, Imani Faith Publishing, THE IMPRINT, Jessica A. Robinson Presents

 

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Take Time To Take Care of YOU!

SheriThe demands placed on today’s women are fierce. We work, we care for our spouses, we tend to our children, we educate ourselves, and we operate in ministry.  At times we are functioning in all of these capacities simultaneously. My experience, has taught me that in the process, we often forget to take care of ourselves and we end up feeling drained and exhausted all of the time.

As much as life demands of us, we must learn how to put on the breaks and take the time to rest our minds and our bodies. If we our immune systems are broken down as a result of fatigue, and our minds are overwhelmed with anxiety we will not be as efficient as we ought to be.

Women, we must master the art of saying “NO.”  Saying “NO” is not a curse word!  It is an underused BLESSED word! We are not obligated to attend every event and participate in every project that is asked of us; especially if it is not advantageous or beneficial to us.

Elect-ladies, when was the last time that you took a day off from meeting everyone else’s demands and spent time on simply pampering yourself? YOU DESERVE a spa day, a day at the beach, or simply time alone to recuperate and regroup!! Please take a day off to invest in YOURSELF and don’t feel guilty about it!  You not only deserve it but you NEED IT. You will be a BETTER YOU if you do!

 

Sheri Allen-Curvin
“Heart of a Woman”

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Do You Have a Garden? by Elissa Gabrielle

ElissaGabrielleBlackHeadShotBrickDO YOU HAVE A GARDEN?

The purpose of a garden is to plant, cultivate and nurture whatever it is that you are trying to grow so that in time you will be able to enjoy a harvest.

Put yourself on the list, Beloveds. I want you all to create a garden. And if you have a garden, encourage someone to create their very own. No one has to know about your garden. Your garden will be one or multiple things in your life that you want to fulfill. It can be your Secret Garden. A secret garden where there will be no vultures or snakes or anything that can attack it, because it belongs to you and you will keep quiet about the Harvest you are praying for and working to build. A garden where you plant your ideas, hopes, dreams for your future. Not only will you plant those hopes and dreams, you will tend to those goals daily in your garden.

Whether the goal is to be on a journey to become completely whole by way of spirit, soul and body, or to increase your finances, your education or to pursue one of your life’s purposes, you must do so by stepping outside of your comfort zone and stepping into your very own garden.

Get to planting, Beloveds.

I Love you to Life.

Always and in All Ways,
Elissa Gabrielle

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Elissa Gabrielle is the USA Today recommended author of Eye of the Beholder and President & CEO, Peace In The Storm Publishing, LLC, Imprints: After the Storm Publishing, Imani Faith Publishing, THE IMPRINT, Jessica A. Robinson Presents

www.PeaceintheStormPublishing.com

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Magazines: Real Life Real Faith, Journey to Wellness, Mommy Matters, Men of Faith, Women Walking by Faith, Wisdom for Everyday Life

Producer: “Real Life Real Faith with Cheryl Lacey Donovan”

www.RealLifeRealFaithMedia.com

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Who Sits On The Throne of Your Heart?

sheriblkandwAlas, it happened! All that you had been praying for, waiting for, and expecting God to do for you has arrived! However, after a few months, the novelty  of it all begins to wear off and you find yourself in the same place of discontentment, despondency, discouragement, and depression that you were in prior to the blessings being released in your life. How can this POSSIBLY BE?  This can happen when our heart has been convinced that material things and circumstances have the power to fill voids in our lives that only God himself can fill!

Women, a husband, a child, a house, career advancements, and even ministry advancements cannot fill the emptiness that we experience at times. God has allowed the emptiness to exist as a means of drawing us closer to Him. Many of us have allowed our craving for THINGS to become our central focus and thus have  ejected God from sitting on the throne of our hearts! This is why once we have obtained the things that we always desired our happiness only remains momentarily.

Material possessions will decay and people who we have pledged our allegiance to may disappoint us, however, God will always be a present help for us in our time of trouble. When God is allowed to sit on the throne of our hearts, “life can happen”, but we will not allow it to damage our positive outlook or our faith in God’s sovereignty.

Remember this: (Isaiah 6(b)-8) NLT
“people are like the grass.  Their beauty fades as quickly as the flowers in a field.

The grass withers and the flowers fade beneath the breath of the Lord.  And so it is with people.

The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.”

“Heart of a Woman”
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