TLC’s Chilli, 112’s Q. Parker, Tony Gaskins & More to Discuss Love at Impact Church TODAY!

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LOVE, RELATIONSHIPS, AND FINDING THE ONE…

FOOD. MUSIC. VENDORS. FELLOWSHIP.

Indulge in an evening of fun, music, and fellowship as we discuss love and living on purpose with Tony Gaskins and the Real Love Panel. Join us Sunday, April 2nd beginning at 5 pm at Impact Church (2323 Sylvan Rd, Atlanta, GA 30344) for this life-changing event!

We’ve heard it before: “Love is not an action, it’s a choice.” It’s time to dive deeper into understanding how to love, love in a relationship, SELF LOVE and find the one that is meant for you. Let Brand Success Coach & Lifestyle Strategist April Love, Special Guest Tony Gaskins, and Sam Collier teach you the secrets of love and living your ABSOLUTE BEST LIFE.

About A Gathering of Champions

A Gathering of Champions is a global platform and safe haven divinely inspired by God to transform the individuals who desire to live a purpose-filled life. We serve a God who is the same today, yesterday, and forever but we recognize that as we progress through the years, we must create more elaborate ways of connecting people with Christ. We want to inspire people to live the life they have always dreamed of through the application of God’s word.

Entertainment Veteran & Lifestyle Strategist April Love created and curated this faith-based global platform to inspire and transform lives. The goal is to empower individuals to create balance throughout the various aspects of life and create a safe space for all walks of life through the following mediums:

Fellowship

“We are better together” is not just a cliché but a foundational principle of the A Gathering of Champions mission. Between work, family, and other curveballs that life may throw our way, it can get a bit difficult to acquire those Christ-like connections that we are looking for. We understand that this faith journey should not be done alone so each gathering provides the chance for individuals to build bonds. The ones that provide support, accountability, and more importantly – love.

Vendors

We truly appreciate our vendors because they provide the opportunity for us to create a two-way blessing between the business owners and our champions. Not only are attendees are able to patron and connect with our hand-selected medley of vendors, but are also able to formulate connections with these entrepreneurs as they share their story and provide insight on what it takes to be an entrepreneur.

“The Talk” + The Love Offering stage

Often times, people tend to lose their sense of direction in such a fast paced, ever-evolving world. Rather than comparing yourself to others or trying to fit in a mold that was not designed for you, we will explore various faith-based topics that will assist every Believer on their journey. Each monthly theme includes special guest speakers that will inspire, encourage, and motivate you into the next phase of your life.

Previous speakers include Digital Marketing Guru AJ Joiner, Minister Sam Collier, Food Network Chef Lisa Washington and the Love Offering stage has welcomed musical guests such as Janelle Monae, Pastor William Murphy, Bishop Paul Morton, Chrisette Michele and many more.

To purchase tickets, click on eventbrite.com.

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Tasha Cobbs Is Married Now! (PICS + VIDEO)

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There are very few things I love more than a good wedding! Although I’m not a personal friend of vocal powerhouse and Grammy Award winner Tasha Cobbs who is known for her stirring songs such as “Put a Praise on It” and my favorite “Jesus Saves,” I shared in her wedding bliss via her Facebook and Instagram pages and other social media pages of family and friends. Tasha, who hails from Jesup, Georgia (also the hometown of one of my Delta line sisters) married Franklinton, North Carolina native Kenneth Leonard, Jr., who is the musical director for his now wife, Anthony Hamilton and Tamia Hill.

The private wedding, which took place on Friday at 7 p.m.,  was officiated by Bishop Designee Bryan J. Pierce Sr. The ceremony included a Prelude in which Isaac Carree sang “Still in Love,” the Processional in which Kierra Sheard sang “Bless the Broken Road” and Recessional in which Kierra also sang “Make Me Better.”

Some of the guests at the Cobbs-Leonard wedding were Bishop William H. Murphy III and Pastor Danielle Murphy, Bishop Designee Bryan J. Pearce Sr. and Lady Debra Pierce, Bishop I.V. Hillard and Pastor Bridget Hilliard, Pastor Preashea Hilliard, Dr. Ireshea  Hilliard and Bishop Paul and Pastor Debra Morton, who were seated at Head Table B. Attorney Phaedra Parks from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and Gospel Singer James Fortune attended the nuptials as well. Entrees served at the reception were honey pecan fried chicken and braised short ribs with sides creamy corn souffle, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, sauteed spinach with pearl onion…(I promise you every time I look at pictures of the food from my wedding reception, I get hungry…yes, I’m just greedy like that! LOL)

Below are a few of the pics below…

The beautiful bride…

#leonard2infinity

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Presenting Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Leonard and their three children, a blended family according to Tasha’s Instragram page…

 

The Mothers: Ms. Bertha Cobbs & Ms. Sarah Arnetta Lewis via Tasha’s Facebook page

 

Check out a fun video from the reception below from Facebook!

And one last one…

💍 Mrs. Leonard! #leonard2infinity

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Congratulations to the happy couple and may God bless your marriage and life together as a family!

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Bossed Up: 100 Truths to Becoming Your Own Boss God’s Way – NEW BOOK ALERT!!!

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I have yet to visit Canada, but it is definitely one of my list of countries to visit in the not-so-distant future! But in the mean time, in between time, I’m taking us to Canada today via my interview with Tamar Huggins, a Canadian-based and award-winning serial entrepreneur who has been featured exclusively in media outlets around the world including Black Entertainment Television, Canadian Living, and The Huffington Post! Tamar is also the author of “Bossed Up: 100 Truths to Becoming Your Own Boss God’s Way,” which is available TODAY! Check out my interview with Tamar about “Bossed Up.”

1. Why did you decide to write Bossed Up: 100 Truths to Becoming Your Own Boss God’s Way?”

Seven years ago, my spiritual mother prophesied to me that God wanted me to write a book about business to help other women achieve success. I wrote Bossed Up” as a guide for entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs alike – to help them navigate the challenges and successes they would encounter on their journey.

2. Your book incorporates biblical stories and how they relate to modern day entrepreneurship. What is your favorite biblical story in your book and how does it relate to modern day entrepreneurship?

In the God chapter, I referenced 2 Kings 3 – the story of King Jehoshaphat and his army digging ditches in the desert. As they marched for seven days to get to Moab, they became tired and thirsty. King Jehoshaphat went to the Prophet Elisha to ask for guidance. The Lord spoke and said ‘Make this valley full of ditches.’ For thus says the Lord: ‘You shall not see wind, nor shall you see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, so that you, your cattle, and your animals may drink. And this is a simple matter in the sight of the Lord; He will also deliver the Moabites into your hand.’

As entrepreneurs, we must prepare ourselves to receive God’s blessings before they arrive, even if the blessing doesn’t make sense to us. In the case of 2 Kings 3, it didn’t make sense for the men to see rain in the desert – but it’s what they needed – and it was easy for God to do. If you ask God to increase your finances, for example, you need to take the necessary steps to prepare yourself to receive the blessing, otherwise you may risk losing your opportunity. 

3. Your book addresses business challenges that entrepreneurs may face such as family time management. How do you address this challenge in your book and in your own life?

In the Balance chapter, I provide several references for work-life balance. My favorite is Boss Truth #85 – Prioritize Your Family. 1 Timothy 5:8 tells us that if we don’t provide for our families, we are worse than an unbeliever. Our #1 ministry as entrepreneurs isn’t our business – it’s our families. It is with that mindset that I prioritize spending time and pouring into my husband and my daughter because at the end of the day, I am building my legacy for them. I tell myself I am not an ER doctor, I am an entrepreneur, so I can afford to take time away from work to be with my family. 

4. Tell me about the writing process for Bossed Up.” How long did it take for you to write the book? Was it easy or difficult to write the book? Did you learn anything from writing the book?

God planted the seed to write Bossed Up” within me 7 years ago, but it only took me 9 months to complete the manuscript in 2016. Spiritually, I grew a lot and my perseverance definitely increased. I truly experienced how creative the Holy Spirit really is when we allow Him to work through us. 

5. Many adult entrepreneurs show an interest in business as children. Tell me about your interest in business as a child and how it led to officially becoming an entrepreneur at 23 years old.

I always loved the idea of being a boss and that’s probably why I was a bossy child! My teachers always told my parents that I was a natural leader, independent, and charismatic. God built me this way because He knew what He wanted me to become. As a result, I naturally gravitated to opportunities that allowed me to operate in my gifts. It wasn’t until I lost my advertising job during the recession of 2009 that I accepted my calling as an entrepreneur. I was fearful of the unknown, yet optimistic about the freedom and possibilities that entrepreneurship was able to provide, especially during such a chaotic time. 

6. You live in Canada. Tell me a little about living life in Canada as a black woman and how it may differ from living in the United States as a black woman.

There is something to admire about the black business community in the United States – something that we just don’t have here in Canada. The level of support that black female entrepreneurs have in the States, whether financial or community-based, is much stronger than it is here. I believe this is due to a difference in our cultural mindsets. I always admired the black business communities in Atlanta and desperately wish people in Toronto had the same collaborative and supportive mindset.

7. Finally, how and when did you become a Christian and how has it impacted your life?

I was christened as a Catholic and went to Catholic school, so Christianity was always a part of my life. It wasn’t until about 15 or 16 years old that I gave my life to the Lord, and I was baptized in the Pentecostal church in my early 20s. I wouldn’t be where I am today without God as an active part of my life. I cannot take credit for any of my ideas or accomplishments because they all came from Him. God is truly the CEO of my business and my life. When you have the Creator in control, you can expect nothing but success and happiness.

For more information about Tamar, go to her website, tamarhuggins.com, and to buy “Bossed Up: 100 Truths to Becoming Your Own Boss God’s Way,” go to  Amazon.com.

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