From Doomed to Doctor – NEW BOOK ALERT!!!

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I am a born storyteller. If you ask me a simple question, I am likely to give the answer plus many more extraneous details that you probably didn’t ask to hear. But I will tell you anyway because just about anything can be made into a story when that is your gift from God. And while that is true, there are stories. And there are stories that must be told because in their telling they have the capacity to bring joy, inspire change and unshackle chains. The best stories have these qualities.

Years ago, through some mutual friends, I met Dr. Bonita J. Gay-Senior, and as we became friends, as friends do, we shared various details from our lives. As she would share a snippet here or there, I began to realize that this woman had been through some situations that would have caused many people to collapse into themselves, sentencing their souls to be among the walking dead. Have you ever met a person who was so beaten up by life, they seem to operate on autopilot? I have, and it is startling. Others would have retreated to a maze of deadening behaviors to distract themselves from the pain. And some would have taken what was never theirs to take: their very lives. She shared about being mercilessly teased by not only by her classmates but by her brothers as well.  The teasing was so toxic, she was later diagnosed as having Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Her first boyfriend punched her face so hard that he broke part of one of her front teeth. On one occasion, he pointed a loaded gun at her face and threatened to shoot her. Despite the abuse, she dropped a warrant she had against him and had to go to jail for perjury (although she was telling the truth initially.)! When she was in her freshman year in college, she was raped by two men. Sometime later, while still in college, she got pregnant by another man. She watched a brother commit suicide by cop. Her only sister disappeared and has not been found to date.

And yet, the woman I met was a decorated teacher on the way to earning her doctorate in education at Clark Atlanta University. Laughter punctuated nearly all of her sentences. Her optimism rekindled that wonder that all children experience before the duties of adulthood and appropriateness take over. She had a trove of wisdom that she freely shared. ‘How did this woman come to be,’ I asked myself before I eventually found the courage to say the words aloud to her. She was surprised that I was surprised. She thought that many had suffered through similar challenges. I agreed that all of us suffer through challenges but not many people start from so low to ascend to so high. I know a good story when I hear one.

I kept telling her this until she decided to tell the whole story in a book From DOOMED to DOCTOR 280 Chestnut Street: Born in the Crack but Didn’t FALL Through.”  (In fact, she shouted me out in the acknowledgements!) On the very street, Chestnut Street (which has since been changed to to James P. Brawley Drive), where she experienced most of her childhood abuse is the very street where she received her doctorate degree years later at 48 years old (I was there cheering her on 🙂 )! It’s amazing how God can use the details of our lives to demonstrate that He has brought us from a mighty long way. And she says God is who redeemed her tests into a testimony. She is using her story to mentor other women who have experienced similar challenges.

If you would like to meet her and get a copy of her book, join her at the One Love Spiritual Center, 180 Lakepoint Lane, Fayetteville, Georgia 30215 (Lakemont Subdivision) TODAY at 3 p.m.  She is the featured Women’s History Month Speaker!

But if you don’t live here in the A but want to read her story, her book From DOOMED to DOCTOR 280 Chestnut Street: Born in the Crack but Didn’t FALL Through” is available on Amazon! And if you like to know more about Dr. Bonita, go to her website fromdoomedtodoctor.com.

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Patti LaBelle Cast on Season 3 of OWN’s ‘Greenleaf!’

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Ms. Patti On-My-Own, Why-Did-It-End-This-Way (Sung in My James Wright Chanel Voice), Mrs. Adele Wayne from “A Different World and Kick Off Her Shoes Off in a Concert Labelle is joining the cast of OWN’s “Greenleaf” Season 3 which kicks off this summer!!! Ms. Patti been cast in the recurring role of “Maxine Patterson,” a famous Christian motivational speaker and the CEO of a global Christian self-help empire. An old friend of Mae’s from college days, Maxine will be Lady Mae’s sounding board and greatest ally as Mae attempts to consolidate her power at Calvary.

Remember this hairstyle?

Officially, Ms. Patti , who is represented by WME Entertainment and WPR, is known and revered for belting out classic rhythm and blues renditions, pop standards and spiritual sonnets have created the unique platform of versatility. However, she has also written six books, Don’t Block the Blessings, LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About, Patti’s Pearls, Patti LaBelle’s Lite Cuisine, Recipes for the Good Life and her most recent, Desserts LaBelle. Several years ago, she introduced Patti’s Good Life, a successful product line that includes a variety of sauces, sweet potato pie, cobblers and cakes. She stars in her own highly rated cooking show, Patti LaBelle’s Place, which premiered its second season on the Cooking Channel in 2017. Additionally, Patti released her first jazz album, Bel Hommage, and a holiday album, Patti LaBelle and Friends – Home for the Holidays, in 2017.

World renowned for her dynamic career as an entertainer and entrepreneurial success, Ms. Patti’s work as a humanitarian is just as legendary. She remains an advocate for adoption, diabetes, cancer, HIV / AIDS and many other causes and non-profit initiatives. While she has reached the heights of success throughout her 50-plus year career, Ms. Patti has also endured and survived personal strife. Within a ten-year period, she lost her mother, three sisters and best friend to diabetes and cancer. In 1994, she was diagnosed with diabetes and shortly thereafter became a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association.

The same motivation that had Patricia Louise Holte blossom from a choir member to lead vocalist for Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles and later Labelle, to a solo artist is the same energy that keeps her fire burning at seventy-three years young. “Each year I grow, and that’s a blessing from God. I do what I can do. I do what I feel God has given me the energy to do, so I just go out there and I do it…It’s not about making money because I don’t need money, but I need to sing. With a voice or without, I’ve got to get on that stage.” And the world is thankful that Ms. Patti’s voice sounds so good to our ears.

I’m so here for Season 3 of OWN’s “Greenleaf!” Will you be watching Season 3 OWN’s “Greenleaf” when it returns this summer? For those of you who read my OWN “Greenleaf” recaps, would you like for me to interview Ms. Patti?

Any thoughts?

P.S. Why does Ms. Patti look as young as the now grown college students from “A Different World?”

 

Gospel Star Jekalyn Carr Releases Debut Book ‘You Will Win’ & Fourth Album ‘One Nation Under God!’

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Coming off of a banner year in 2017, which includes a GRAMMY® and two Billboard Music Award nominations for her 2016 Billboard No. 1 third independent project The Life Project (Lunjeal/eOne) and No.1 smash hit “You’re Bigger,” 20 year-old Billboard No.1 recording artist, actress, entrepreneur, motivational speaker and one of Ebony Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World recipient, Jekalyn Carr is poised for just as an impactful 2018! She is set to release her first book You Will Win!: Inspirational Strategies to Help You Overcome TODAY! Also, her fourth independent project One Nation Under God (Lunjeal/New Day) will be released this Friday, February 23rd! Carr’s current single You Will Win (her second consecutive No. 1 single) is spending its 4th week atop both Billboard and Mediabase Gospel Airplay charts with a listenership of over 2.7 million!

Jekalyn’s first book You Will Win!: Inspirational Strategies to Help You Overcome  is a printed and digital resource that will provide Biblical and relevant insight for believers including collections of Jekalyn‘s most inspirational exhortations, pointers and messages that will help readers conquer their storms, live in victory and maintain a winning attitude. As a young motivational speaker for over 10 years, Jekalyn has traveled the country speaking to audiences. You Will Win is a reminder that words have the power to create and speak happiness and joy into your life. Jekalyn provides 14 principles to follow and apply along the path to winning. She also offers 7 ways to win and 12 habits for a win. You Will Win is published through Trinity Broadcasting Networks (TBN) — the company’s first book release.

Jekalyn’s fourth project, One Nation Under God , is a call for all of God’s people to unite, removing the limitations of race, religion, denomination, organization, location, gender, or class. Carr addresses how God desires to see His people, and how we should see ourselves – as one united body of believers. The 15-track project features guest appearances from Donald LawrenceNariah SmithHope ChurchBrown Baptist Church and Ashley Mackey and is produced by Jekalyn’s father, Allen Carr, who’s produced and written her biggest records such as: Greater Is Coming and the GRAMMY® and Billboard Music Award nominated hit song You’re Bigger. The father-daughter duo proves again to be an awesome joint force in uplifting God’s name and His people.

WATCH JEKALYN CARR PERFORM HER BILLBOARD NO. 1 SONG
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Will you be buying Jekalyn’s new book AND new album?

Any thoughts?