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Thursday

Record-Breaking Gospel Singer Lisa Page Brooks Releases "My Life" Album



Lisa Page Brooks has a reputation for being "real", the beautiful authentic spirit she shares comes with record breaking talent to match. In 2010 her #1 single "I Want To Thank You" pushed Marvin Sapp's "Best In Me" to the side on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart.

Her New Album "My Life" is also set to be a chart-topper and Gospel favorite.

Brooks sat down for an exclusive interview with Gospel Central to talk about her amazing new album and the wisdom she's acquired on her journey.




Check out her interview on the latest BOLD Podcast with BOLDJournal Founder April D. Byrd

 



Lisa Page Brook’s latest album “My Life” is available wherever music is sold and digitally. Connect with @BOLDJournal on Social Media for the latest inspirational news and updates.

Podcast: What The Devil Looks Like

Real talk about overcoming self-sabotage based on insecurity and a Dynamic Interview with Gospel Superstar Lisa Page Brooks about fulfilling our divine calling and NEW album "My Life". Listen to the FULL Episode at soundcloud.com/breathoflifedaily



Saturday

Putting GOD's Voice First Ft. Interview with David & Tamela Mann



This latest BOLD Podcast is a revelation about the love and unexpected blessings of GOD...like how gorgeous random sun showers can be created just for our enjoyment. Although it may seem strange at first GOD can gift us whatever He wants, whenever He wants, because truthfully He has gifted us with the whole world.

The insight is followed up by a special interview with Gospel Superstars David and Tamela Mann, currently on their "Us Against The World" tour and releasing a book of the same name. While they have some of the most amazing, gifted voices in the Gospel Music industry the couple discussed how they seek GOD's voice above all the noise. They shared that "Us Against The World" is truly a representation of what it means to put GOD's will above everything.


More information about "Us Against The World" with David and Tamela can be found at www.tillymannmusic.com

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Sunday

Remembering Ntozake Shange / How Her Rainbow Empowered Generations

My heart hurt when I heard. I've never met Ntozake Shange a day in my life, but to me she is family. In her work I found a sense of meaning not only as a black woman, but also as a creative writer. Ntozake Shange's life and work liberated so many people in numerous ways. I'm grateful for her boldness and that the positive impact she created will continue through her stories.

Famed ‘For Colored Girls’ Creator Ntozake Shange Passes Away At 70 Years Old

I remember sitting in a book store one day reading "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf" I felt empowered, understood, and connected. Also, that the choreopoem had so much more substance than the film. It was real, raw, and liberating. Reading the book by Ntozake Shange made me feel like I wasn't alone in the world and that I can also have a voice despite all the systemic "dilemmas" of black womanhood.

That's why hearing the news of Shange's death felt like a huge shift in the world. She is a legend that will be truly remembered. Ntozake Shanges work touched so many people, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf" was just one of her most popular pieces.


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Shange, born Paulette Linda Williams in 1948 in Trenton, NJ was a Poet, Novelist, and a Playwright. Some of her popular pieces were Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo (1982), Liliane (1994), and Betsey Brown (1985). "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf" produced in 1975 touched the lives of black women across multiple genrations and introduced the word "choreopoem" into the dictionary. 

In 2010 "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf" was adapted into a film, produced by Tyler Perry. Shange's work has won and been nominated for several major awards. Shange earned a Master's Degree in American Studies in 1973. She was one of the most notable creatives in American culture.

StarTribune reported that Shange died in her sleep "in an assisted living facility in Bowie, Md., where she lived." From her creativity and perhaps in her death, the peace of the rainbow was eternally on Shanges side. 


Pioneering ‘For Colored Girls…” playwright and poet, Ntozake Shange, dies at 70
For Colored Girls (Film Adaptation, 2010)

A prolific writer and creative Shange is survived by her relatives, and the countless lives she's touched through her amazing literary work.

How did Ntozake Shange's creative work touch your life? Leave your comment below and connect with us on all social media channels @BOLDJournal for more updates.

More details on Ntozake Shange's life from StarTribune:
http://www.startribune.com/obituary-ntozake-shange-pioneering-playwright-poet-and-novelist/498795391/

Monday

Resistance Will Adjust To Reach Target



Recently I started to realize that growth requires breaking through resistance. If you're the first in your family to accomplish something, or the fact that GOD gives us a mission for us specifically to execute as individuals means we have to break through comfortability. 

It's up to us to relenquish old ways and old habits and grow. You can never level up in any area until your character does. GOD has been dealing with me about character a lot lately and it's been coming through in my actions and everything I've been getting entagled in to show me where I really am. The realization that the areas that require growth and understanding are met with resistance in order to elevate to the next level was recently confirmed through some gym equipment with a similar message: "Resistance Will Adjust To Reach Target".

I couldn't help but to share it on Instagram in that very moment...

Everything that you have your sights on, the dream/goal that you're working toward for the kingdom will be met with resistance. Growth is evolution. You're pushing through all the dirt that has surrounded you to be emerged into the light of new life. Your "level up" requires your full attention. their will be distractions , but the intentional effort, focus, and overcoming will be WORTH IT! Praise GOD consistently and stay committed through the process.


Fearfully and Wonderfully Designed

Yesterday I was walking through the grocery store and I saw some corn puffs, I don't usually buy corn puffs, but there was something special about this bag. They were shaped like cheetah paws. 

The image immediately brought back memories of my childhood because I always bought the corn puffs that were shaped like paws. I picked up the bag immediately just because of the fact.

When I got to the car I thought it was kinda silly to buy some corn puffs just because of their shape, but as I reflected I thought "Somebody took the time out to make that shape, and to carry it through to be shared in stores." There had to be some special technology to get those cheetah paws and differentiate them from regular ol' corn puffs.

At that very moment it crossed my mind that GOD took his time out to make each and everyone of us with a "special shape". I suddenly appreciated the paws a little bit more and had gratitude for the amazing GOD that created the universe.

The psalmist in Psalm 139:14 declares: 
"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."
This is the feeling I had when I left the store with my cheetah shaped corn puffs. A feeling of thankfulness and gratitude that each of us are different, and all of us matter. Let this be your reminder that you are uniquely and Wonderfully made by the most dynamic GOD.

Iyanla Vanzant says it like this: "You matter"!

Thursday

Kingdomwood International Film Festival Brings in Faith-based Filmmakers, Fans and Celebrities To Atlanta, Ga.


The official Kingdomwood International Film Festival held in Atlanta Georgia from October 4-7 2018 brought out faith-based filmmakers and enthusiasts from all around the world. The Festival celebrated it’s 10 Year Anniversary with confirmation from Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and welcomed attendees with an exquisite celebration gala. #KIFF18, as the event was dubbed on social media, presented an empowering celebration of family-friendly creativity.

Held at the J.W. Marriott Buckhead, The festival included an exciting line-up. Activities included Film Screenings Independent and Studio Produced, a screenwriters’ LIVE presentation with ASPiRE and UPtv affiliate Tracey Tooks, Workshops/Panels with Executives, Celebrities, and Red Carpet events.  

Kingdomwood welcomed Steve Fedyski, President of Pure Flix Entertainment as a Keynote-Speaker during it’s Friday events. Actor/Director Corbin Bernsen of NCIS and Law and Order fame screened his film “Life With Dog”  and enlightened attendees with an exclusive Masterclass Q&A session.

A VIP Red Carpet screening of the film “Indivisible” premiered at the festival prior to it’s national release date. The film based on the extraordinary true story of Army Chaplain Darren Turner, includes Sarah Drew, Tia Mowry, Eric Close, and Michael O’Neill as a part of it’s all-star cast. The film will be released in theatres October 26, 2018.

The 2008 Film “Fireproof” produced by the Kendrick Brothers simultaneously celebrated the 10th Anniversary of it’s release. Kingdomwood hosted a special commemorative panel which included leading cast members Stephan Dervan and Erin Bethea, Founder of Argentum Entertainment Productions.

The special guest appearances and workshops continued with Actress Jen Harper and Actor L. Warren Young from the cast of Oprah Winfrey Network’s Show (Greenleaf), Famed Casting Director Nise Davies, Composer Karl Brunig, Story Creator M. Jayson Graham¸ Act Out Loud Acting Troupe, and a Producing Workshop by Producer Eugene Bush, who helped manage the festival’s Audio and Visual production.

Georgia Film Academy, Georgia Production Partnership and The Georgia Department of Film, Music, and Digital Entertainment participated in and helped sponsor the festival.

Kingdomwood Founder’s Audrey T. Thomas and Joe W. Williams presented statues to the winning films chosen at the Filmmakers/Screenwriters Award Show given during the the festival’s closing day.

The Film and Screenplay Winners can be viewed on the official festival website: www.kingdomwood.com along with other information. Kingdomwood’s founders extended a special thanks to all the filmmakers, screenwriters, actors, actresses, volunteers and amazing attendees that participated. In closing remarks the organization says it will continue it’s aim to “Reach”, ‘Teach” and “Inspire” through film.