Lauryn Hill's Talent Makes History Again

*source: theroot.com

One night after consistent replays of "Doo Wop That Thing" by Lauryn Hill I found myself listening to her whole unplugged album and realizing how deep she was spiritually. It was refreshing to hear how conscious she was and how it reflected in her music. It was very inspiring. I knew her work was something really special. That's probably why her  album "The Mis-Education Of Lauryn Hill" became a classic. Hopefully she'll be prompted to come back and gift us with another classic. The Library Of Congress is adding her legendary album to it's archive. 

-- According to the Library of Congress press release, among requirements for inclusion in the archive are that the recordings be “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” and be at least 10 years old. The Library of Congress gave a lengthy explanation as to why it chose Hill’s debut album:
"Lauryn Hill’s debut solo record, following the breakup of the Fugees, is a work of honesty in which Hill explores her feelings on topics that included the deep wonder of pregnancy, the pitfalls of modern relationships and the experience of the sacred. The album effortlessly fuses soul, rhythm and blues, rap and reggae. Hill’s vocal range, smooth clear highs and vibrato are stunning. The rapping is rhythmically compelling while always retaining, and frequently exploiting, the natural cadences of conversational speech. Standout guest performances include Carlos Santana’s soulful acoustic guitar solo on “Zion,” and duets with Mary J. Blige and D’Angelo on “I Used to Love Him” and “Nothing Even Matters,” respectively.

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Atlanta Helps Launch New Youth Initiative

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Mayor Kasim Reed and the Atlanta metropolitan YMCA were apart of launching a new youth initiative by the U.S. Interior Department to get kids more active outside. The Event is launching nationwide. The city of Atlanta was among the first selected to participate. The official kick-off was last Saturday. 

The next step in the campaign is a community wide summit to be hosted by the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta to discuss new strategies and partnerships to help implement this program. The Program is a part of President Obama’s “Every Kid in the Park” Initiative. 

If you’re a parent, community member, organizer, non-profit, or you just want to attend this summit. BOLD Journal will continue posting the latest updates and developments on this story. You can follow @BOLDJournal on Twitter to be the first in the know.

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The Experience That Changed My Life Forever...Why It Still Matters Today

Several years ago I had a life changing experience. I went to a church with a friend, her parent was the Pastor, as the Pastor spoke, the words hit my belly. I felt like I was injected with instant freedom. It felt as if though someone had literally given me medicine...a wave of release came over me.

That day continues to stand out in my mind as one of the most significant days in my life, because I'd never felt anything like that...ever. I knew that, this church was where I needed to be if I wanted to experience God on a deeper level. I continued to attend and be an active part of the church, and the ministry started a serious growing process for 5 years. We met regularly, hosted conferences, participated in outreach, and souls were saved. However, when tragedy struck unexpectedly, along with the majority of the economy the church lost everything... and gave the remaining resources (All of the furniture, appliances, etc.) to another church that could use them.

The Pastor who was the ministry's sole means of support at the time lost her income, she lost her home, and after surviving a deadly car crash, she became sick to the point where she almost lost her life. Until just three months ago she was homeless for over a year. 

Fortunately, God saved her life, restored her a home, and is now bringing the ministry back together. Services are being held in a new location:

Lions Of Judah Center
6202 Memorial Dr.
Stone Mountain, Ga.

The church is currently holding an active fundraiser online at Gofundme.com/topministries to help raise funds for the meeting place, and to help jump start the restoration process. 

If you can help this ministry through giving, it will be going toward a good cause. Many more lives will be saved, and transformed through life changing empowerment services and the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We had a successful recovery service on Sunday March 1st, but all are welcome to come out and be empowered each and every Sunday. You're officially invited to come experience the TOP!! TOP Ministries continues to operate in God's grace so that anyone who is suffering can have a life changing experience for the better. Please support.

Ways to help: You can Share this news with someone, Donate, Partner with us, and also Pray.

You can learn more about this project in the video below and visit Gofundme.com/topministries to donate.

If you would like more details about how to get involved and support, email topministries.info@gmail.com or contact the church Facebook page at Tabernacle Of Peace Ministries International. Thanks for your support!!


Broken Crayons Color Better In Christ

Have you ever witnessed young children coloring? At some point, the inevitable will happen where a crayon will break. For some small children it is heart breaking if it is there favorite color. Nonetheless, you will never see a young child stop coloring forever because one crayon broke. They may fuss, but if it is their favorite crayon they'll continue to use that crayon.

I love the analogy of the broken crayon still coloring. When we get older we begin to lose our ability to dream and life begins to break us down, year after year. Eventually we begin to forget we are beautiful and created to shine. We can still be used for remarkable things when we yield to our Creator who can restore us to fullness. It does not matter how we became broken beings, we can still be used for greatness.

In Psalm 51, King David is writing of his brokenness. At this time, he had sinned and felt the remorse of his actions and was brokenhearted for his actions. Even in his brokenness, he knew that God could restore him when he repented and sacrificed his broken heart to Christ. King David knew that his broken and contrite heart could draw him closer to the Lord instead of driving him further away. The sacrifices of God can be our broken spirit and through the broken pieces light can shine through.

Today, in this moment, your future is brighter. Your broken pieces can be used for more than regret and shame, but instead to inspire and uplift another soul. Brokenness brings us closer to Christ. At the valley, the lowest point, the Lord restores when you hand those broken pieces to Him. If you don't believe this, perhaps in time you will, but know broken crayons still color. 

*They work even better for the fulfillment of God's purpose in our lives through Christ.


BOLD Event: Ladies Night In: "SHEEP"

Partiez by Leslie Event Planning Co.

"Ladies Night IN" is a global empowerment initiative and informational event series that helps inspire women to reach their full God-given potential. The Ladies Night IN series will be making a stop in Georgia on April 25th, 2015. You don't wanna miss this GREAT event!!  More details about this years Ladies Night IN experience in Georgia, is shared in the information given (below):


Where: Best Western
                   155 Bourne Avenue
                   Pooler, GA 31322 (Savannah Airport Area)

When: April 25th, 2015 | 7 pm

Cost: Tickets are Free!!

As women most of us were taught to be strong, independent and goal oriented creatures. However, there aren't too many workshops or seminars for servitude or even when not to lead, but to learn to follow! We are taught to be on the front lines for everything...to carry the cross. After experiencing a trying time in her business, one of Leslie Wright's darkest periods, she learned a great deal about the dynamics of trust, loyalty, principle, and strength.

A great lesson came from the aspect of Sheep: Sheep aren't weak, they are trusting their is a difference. Knowing when to lead and when to follow is critical to a woman's virtue. So sometimes being a sheep isn't so bad... when you're following the right person!

When to lead or be led...that is the question!

If you are in the Georgia area come out and be a part as the Director & Founder of Partiez by Leslie Event Planning Co., Leslie M.Wright shares her story in the beautiful city of Savannah, Georgia.

There will be Shopping, Contests, Food, Door Prizes, Raffles, and more...

Ladies Night IN: SHEEP is also a proud sponsor of Tabernacle Of Peace Ministries Restoration Project. For more information on this event you can contact Leslie Wright directly via her email Lez2006@yahoo.com or by phone at 336-937-0189


Show Up

Reading the word and coming before God in the morning definitely helps me make better decisions than I would have otherwise made. Wisdom and spiritual awareness is key, and that's what the word of God provides, whether it be spoken revelation or biblical text. 

To present ourselves before God makes a big difference in how we go about our day. I commented on Facebook yesterday that I wan't to be "in God's way", I want to be moving the way He's moving. If I'm moving with God, I feel invincible, like nothing can go wrong. If anything does go wrong I feel better prepared to handle it. 

The bible reads in 2 Timothy 2:15  to "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth." 

When we present ourselves, we show up, presenting ourselves to God means clearly making it known to that we are open, willing, and available to His power by taking the time out to show up. Make time for God. Presenting ourselves is submitting ourselves, life is so much easier when we submit ourselves to God's authority.

When we submit ourselves completely in spirit, we also submit our problems. Taking time to just meditate and focus on the goodness of God before we proceed with our day is a blessing. There is much work to do on a daily basis, We don't have to carry this load by ourselves, we can put our trust in God and let Him handle it. Whatever you do, just show up...show up before God's presence and allow His wisdom to take the lead.


BOLD Event: Voices Of Kings Forum

by: BOLD-Impact

Atlanta, GA.

Voices Of Kings: Words Of Wisdom From A King's Heart is a live panel being hosted on February 28th, 2015. Fanny Quioto, the Author of "He's Worth The Wait" is presenting this discussion where women will be able to gain more insight and hear established, noteworthy men share their concerns, loves, desires, fears, faith, and understandings in the area of relationships....unfiltered.

The event will consist of a fabulous brunch, live entertainment, provoking conversation, and giveaways as the Godly men express themselves in ways many women haven't heard them tell it... from the heart! 

Both perspectives of the partnership in relationships will be expressed...in sincerity and truth. Spread the word and partake the knowledge in this insightful event!

Food, Fun, Giveaways, and wisdom from a King's Heart!! You can't beat it.

Where: BQE Restaurant and Lounge
             262 Edgewood Ave. S.W.
             Atlanta, GA. 30303

When: February 28th, 2015 | 12 p.m.-3 p.m.

Cost:  $10

If you have any questions you would like to ask a man on relationship, sex, love, business, education, marriage, finances, vision, etc. or to get more info on this event, e-mail quiotof@gmail.com to contact Fanny.