Today I Honor my Mother, Warnita Pleasant

The Book of Ruth is one of my favorites, and not because I am preparing myself to meet “my Boaz” like some of my single sisters patiently waiting on God to send them a Husband! Good luck with that if you’re in the state of Louisiana! black wedding The character that fascinates me in this book is Naomi because she gives a truthful close-up of a Woman dealing with a multitude of issues. I love the way Solomon describes a “Virtuous” Woman in Proverbs 31:10-31, but let’s be real; We all know Bathsheba went through some things prior to becoming a woman of virtue….OK! We all go through some things prior to becoming the women that God ordained us to be; and Naomi in my opinion, does not get enough credit for being a female genius who sat her problems on a chessboard and strategically played her opponents; grief, heartbreak, poverty, shame, and mental instability, and in the end she beat the odds for herself and the daughter she acquired. CHECKMATE!

Naomi is the female version of Job. She had a husband, children, and she even acquired two daughters-in-laws. Naomi was not familiar with struggle because her family had wealth. She was happy and comfortable until God allowed for that life to be taken away from her, leaving her with nothing but a loyal daughter-in-law named Ruth who refused to live her while she was down. A daughter-in-law named Ruth who with Faith, told her mother-in-law Naomi, that she would go with her and whatever God she served, she would serve him too!

So together they went back to the home of Naomi‘s DNA; Bethlehem. Naomi was so broken that when her hood starting noticing her she said, “Don’t call me Naomi, Call me “Mara,” because the Almighty has made my life very bitter. 21 I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The Lord has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.

I believe that all of us has had a Ruth 1:20-21 moment! This moment creeps up on us when our lives our out of control to the point of having us questioning where is our God, and why is he allowing these circumstances to occur in our life. We feel restless and peace is far from us, and that is why The Book of Ruth is one of my favorites because it reminds me that whenever I feel like changing my name to “Mara,” there is always a Ruth, or a person that God has ordained with the FAITH to get me to my next level.

Naomi ends up getting her daughter-in-law married to a King McDreamy, balling out of control, and in generations to come; bringing forth a boy named David who would slay giants, write a book that is of full of praise and worship, and become a King.

So today on October 03, 2014. I need my mother; Warnita Pleasantme and mama to know that The Book of Ruth is one of my favorites because MAMA, you are my Naomi! You have been through hell and back and yet you taught me about your God and I am alive because of that.

You are my Naomi, because you taught me that action speaks louder than words and I know how to recognize the people who were really sent for my good.

You are my Naomi, because you put aside you “Mara” moments to teach me how to genuinely love people.

You are my Naomi, because when I’m having a “Mara” moment, you speak my life and future back into existence.

You are my Naomi, because you embedded in me to never have a “poor old me” attitude and that is why I just can’t give up now (in my Mary Mary voice:)

You are my Naomi, because I am a Beast because of you. There is no topic, no title, no nationality or culture, that intimidates me.

For the rest of my life, I will follow you and I will serve the God that you serve. I will honor who and what God created you to be. I will be there with you on top of the mountains, or trapped in the wilderness. I will cut up and act a fool to get you back when you go into LALA land. I love you MAMA!

Happy Birthday:)

The Five Lessons Arsenio Hall’s Return to Late-Night Television Taught Me.

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Arsenio Hall, the true King of Late-Night television has returned and I am praying that he climbs his way back to the top and kick that white ass off his throne! Mr. Hall is known for creating memorial interviews that will never be forgotten. Former President, Bill Clinton serenaded us with his saxophone on Mr. Hall’s stage. Ervin “Magic” Johnson introduced us all to the reality of HIV/AIDs and gave those infected hope that this virus was not an immediate death sentence. Popular Latino comic, George Lopez was introduced on this show and honestly owes the beginning of his career to Arsenio Hall.

Along with great guest, Mr. Hall provided a unique platform with a positive energy that made you want to watch show his show in its entirety. I never remember a boring show even when he had guests that I personally was not to fond of. That takes talent!

I will never forget the night when Arsenio Hall addressed his audience, the “Dog Pound”, and all of us viewers watching, stating that his network did not approve of Louis Farrakhan, the Leader of the Nation of Islam, to be interviewed on his show, and if he proceeded, his show would be canceled. Unfortunately, Mr. Hall did not believe that threat and had Louis Farrakhan on the show, and that decision resulted in to immediate cancellation.

I do not recall the nation fighting for him; however, a bunch of white folks were recruited in an attempt to fulfill his position. Arsenio Hall seemed to disappear into thin air and I was pissed! Why didn’t he try to fight back? Where was all of the people he helped? Were they helping and supporting him? These were the questions I was asking myself.

I found him again on Donald’s Trump Celebrity Apprentice show and I was pleasantly surprised by his peaceful demeanor and wise thought process through-out the competition. Instead of being angry and behaving as an contestant who deserved to win he was humble; and in the end, he was declared the winner.

Arsenio Hall taught me:

1. It’s true, How we handle Setbacks, effects our Comebacks!

2. Haters expect a Bitter demeanor, surprise them with a demeanor of Peace instead!

3. Be open to new opportunities, because you never know who is the key to your next level!

4. Draw knowledge everywhere you can, because when you meet opportunity you want to be prepared!

5. Don’t give-up! These words are so simple but the meaning of them are powerful. Life can beat the hell out of you and leave you for dead, but there is an Angel of Mercy for everybody. The hardest part is believing!

I’ve included a link if you would like to read more about this awesome man.

Ginger’s Thoughts – Yep, I stole one of my category titles from this man…”Things that make you say hm………………!”

Now This Is The Tea I love To Sip!

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Cuddos to Michael Blaustein, with the NY Post, for introducing us to Chelesa Fearce. Who is she you may ask? She is, (in my Alicia Keys voice, a “Girl On Fire!”

A recent graduate of Charles Drew High School, located in Clayton County, Georgia, Miss Chelesa respectfully earned the title of valedictorian for successfully maintaining a 4.466 GPA.

Wait, there’s more…

She scored 1900 (1900 is impressive) on her SATs, “The SAT Reasoning Test (formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test and Scholastic Assessment Test) is a standardized test for college admissions. Thank you wikipedia for that information!” and since she enrolled in college courses during her high school years, she will be attending Spelman College as a junior next year for biology.

I want to draw blood from this Teen Titan and inject it in my children, and myself too, because this is the Tea I been waiting to share; wait for it…(In my Steven Irvin…Katt Williams voice)

wait… for.. it…(In my Steven Irvin…Katt Williams voice again)

Chelesa Fearce, her five brothers, and her parents were homeless during many of her high school years. Miss Fearce, and the name fits her perfectly, was studying in homeless shelters! She says that she would use the light off of her cellphone to read when the shelters shut the power off for the night. Some nights the Fearce family would sleep in their car if they had one at the time.

In her valedictorian speech, she revealed two intimate worries she had during her high school years. Worries about food, because some days she was un-able to eat and worries about taking a shower, because shelters are pretty much, “first come, first served.” I mean this is a young woman…. She concluded her speech by telling her classmates “Don’t give up. Do what you have to do right now so that you can have the future that you want,”

Wipe…Wipe…Wipe….I am so touched by this story. Wipe… I am so impressed with this young woman. She’s beautiful and could have allowed herself to be taken over by men; she could have gave up and dropped out of school and found drugs as her way of escape; she could have let peer pressure of not being like other girls detour her into a dark, scary, place, but she didn’t. Destiny’s Child, “I’m A Survivor” lyrics are playing in my head.

Congratulations Chelesa! You have encouraged me; as well as, millions of youths and adults around the world. I pray blessings for you and your family beginning today until the continuation of each of your lives.