Celebrating Juneteenth, the Federal Holiday!!!

Hello World,

In honor of Juneteenth becoming a federal holiday as of last week, I wanted to share an excerpt of an article I wrote for Urban Faith about Juneteenth. It’s particularly sad that Rev. Ronald V. Myers Sr., chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation, who I interviewed for the article in 2016 did not live to see this milestone in African American history in this country happen…See “National Observance of Juneteenth Still a Struggle”…

With the release of films such as 12 Years a Slave and The Birth of a Nation and the re-make of the “Roots” mini-series in 2016, we have seen our fair share of the history of black slavery. However, the past few years may have marked the beginning of a burgeoning interest of millennials and younger in exploring slavery, the eventual emancipation of slaves and beyond.

While the official date of the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves was enacted on Jan. 1, 1863, it would take two years for slaves in Galveston, Texas to learn of their freedom on June 19, 1865 when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in the city and told them they were free. In years since, June 19 began to be celebrated across the country as Juneteenth and in 1980, the Texan legislature established Juneteenth as a state holiday. Still, the celebration of Juneteenth, which has been inconsistent throughout the course of history, has yet to achieve the recognition and popularity of other official American holidays.

Rev. Ronald V. Myers Sr., chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation, has been working since 1994 when he helped organize the foundation that is working to have Juneteenth recognized as a national American holiday. “Forty-five states recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or a special day of recognition or observance. We’re still missing North Dakota, South Dakota, New Hampshire, Montana, and Hawaii,” says Myers.

Myers learned about Juneteenth through celebrations in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “We had one of the largest celebrations around and it was then that I began to understand the history of our freedom in America, and I took that with me wherever I went.”

Read the rest HERE.

Thank you to 94-year-old Ms. Opal Lee who continued Rev. Myers’ work!!! There is more work to be done, but this federal holiday is a cause for celebration.

Any thoughts?

Why Cheating Christian Relationship Expert Derrick Jaxn’s Wife Da’Naia Jackson Needs Prayer Most of All…

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I’ve had an eventful week so I’ve been off of my blog schedule, but I’m back! Although I wasn’t blogging, I was paying attention to the stories at the “cross section of faith, relationships and pop culture” because that is what I specialize in here on After the Altar Call, attempt to humbly anyway…

One such story is the whole saga of Christian relationship guru Derrick Jaxn who confessed in a true spectacle of a video on YouTube that while he was building his relationship expert brand by advising single ladies how to have relationships with men, he was also having relationships with the single ladies. Maybe that would be okay as a single man, but Derrick Jaxn is a married  man. His wife, Da’Naia Jackson, who was garbed in a beret, which looks like a night bonnet, and misshapen clothing, said that she was aware of his cheating and that they had worked through what he did and are now moving on with their lives as a married couple. I only mention what she was wearing because there has been much controversy about her choice of attire and overall appearance while he appears well groomed. Attire isn’t always important, especially at home, but often it is an announcement to the world how we feel about ourselves.

As far as the content of his confession is concerned, it appears that what he said about his cheating being in the past is not true allegedly as another one of his alleged mistresses popped up this week. I don’t have the time nor inclination to run down the whole matter, but this Christian Post article provides an excellent summary…. Please see the article below…

“Derrick Jaxn’s Christian wife rebukes critics as new mistress calls his apology for affairs a sham” by Leonardo Blair 

The defiant wife of embattled Christian relationship guru Derrick Jaxn invoked Scripture and the “blood of Jesus” against critics of their marriage Wednesday, as a newly revealed mistress called him a “sex addict” and alleged his recent confession of being a changed man is a sham because they had sex only days ago.

“I did not come here to play games and to play dress-up. I came here in my battle suit. I came here in the battleground covered in the blood of Jesus. I received the anointing of the warrior and I spill the blood of the enemy,” Jaxn’s wife, Da’Naia Jackson, declared in a broadcast on Instagram Wednesday.

Jackson’s response came after critics raised concern online about how she was dressed as well as her mental health when she appeared with her husband in an apology video on Monday, in which the man who helped promote a “Black Men Don’t Cheat” campaign confessed to cheating on his wife of four years with multiple women.

“You see a bonnet, I see the helmet of salvation. You see an army green shirt, I see the breastplate of righteousness. I see the belt of truth, I see the sandals of peace, the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God and the shield of faith. And I’ve come to the battleground covered in the blood of Jesus to proclaim victory over sin,” Jackson declared to her critics, insisting her marriage will survive her husband’s scandal.

Read the rest HERE…

Now, my first reaction to this saga was my humorous Facebook post on Friday below…

I’ve been silent ’bout this all week, but your first mistake is trusting a dude with the last name Jackson spelled Jaxn #Huh #SMH

Posted by Jackie Holness on Friday, March 26, 2021

I think I saw one of his popular YouTube videos years ago, but I had no idea that he had since blown up. Now, I was joking in my post, but one person who commented brought my attention to a disturbing and serious sexually explicit recent IG post from his wife Da’Naia Jackson. If you click on Facebook post, I think you can find a link to it. However, this post below is also a good example of her state of mind.

From all of her IG posts, it is evident that she is a strong Christian who is knowledgeable about the Word. And that is admirable and necessary. In her latest post, she is literally describing her self as a Christian soldier on the battlefield for our Lord and for her marriage, which is also admirable and necessary. But on this Palm Sunday, I’m reminded that Christ died so that we can live abundantly right here on Earth before we ascend to Heaven. And another one of my favorite verses is the joy of the Lord is our strength. From the IG posts that I have seen on her profile, I don’t see a woman living an abundant life in the joy of the Lord. Now, I know that we all have crosses to bear as Christians and we will have trials in our lives, but there is something about Mrs. Jackson’s demeanor that makes me fearful for her sanity. Now what happens between a married couple is their business but since they have made their business public and continue to do so, I think the public is not wrong in evaluating what has been shared so publicly.

I was thinking of closing this post with a Scripture, but Mrs. Jackson has shared them all. At this point, I think she needs to stop with the Scriptures and seek help. God gave us the Bible but He has also given us Christian professionals such as therapists for example who will help us sort out such issues. So let’s pray that  Da’Naia Jackson also stops the social media and seeks help privately…

And for the record, here’s a Christian relationship expert and psychologist, who doesn’t hide the fact the is married, who I think should be followed on social media…

 

 

 

I guess that’s all I have to say on that…

Any thoughts?

 

Kim Kardashian West Files For Divorce From Kanye West While Mother Kris Jenner Prepares to Speak at Faith-Driven Business Conference TMRWLive!

Hello World,

A week ago the world over was celebrating love as it was Valentine’s Day, but as you know, things can can change in an instant in God’s world.

Sadly, Kim Kardashian has officially called it quits from her soon-to-be-ex-hubby, Kanye West, who was most recently named Billboard’s Top Gospel Artist of 2020. I can bet that he will be listening to some gospel music in the very near future if he’s not already. Nothing like some good ole gospel music when you’re going through. Below are a few details about the divorce, according to Page Six.

Kim Kardashian has filed for divorce from Kanye West after seven years of marriage Page Six can confirm.

Kardashian’s well-known divorce lawyer Laura Wasser filed the papers on Friday.

We exclusively revealed in January that Kardashian, 40 and West, 41, were headed for a split.

“Kim got Kanye to go up there [Wyoming] so they could live separate lives and quietly get things sorted out to separate and divorce. She’s done,” a source told us at the time.

While West was photographed this week still wearing his wedding band, separate photos of Kardashian indicated that she had already started going without hers.

Per TMZ, Kardashian has filed for joint legal and physical custody of the couple’s four children: daughters North, 7, and Chicago, 3, and sons Saint, 5, and Psalm, who turns 2 in May. The outlet quotes sources who say Kanye has accepted the custody arrangement and that the pair are committed to co-parenting.

The couple have a prenuptial agreement in place, and TMZ’s sources add that neither is interested in contesting it, saying that Kanye and Kim have already begun to settle property issues.

The prenup guarantees Kim $1 million for every year of marriage, according to previous reports, though the couple’s respective net worths have skyrocketed since it was drafted. The prenup reportedly states that “Money [Kim] earns from … the Kardashian clothing line and promotional appearances, will be considered her separate and sole income,” and that whatever she makes from “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” is hers to keep as well.

Read the rest HERE.

Kim is her twin fo real, right?

Speaking of millions, billed as “The Millionaire Maker,” Kris Jenner, who is an ordained minister, is a special guest speaker for the TMRWLive! to be held on March 24-25, 2021. Below is more information about the conference.

TMRWLive! was created exclusively for the faith-driven businesswoman who seeks both purpose alignment and millions in revenue. It is for the woman who refuses to compromise her faith for success – for the woman whose ambition is calling her out from among everything that’s familiar to her.

The TMRWLive! virtual experience is a one-of-a-kind, online event that grants you access to next level business strategy, a curated community of progressive entrepreneurs, and resources that will be catalysts to expanding your global reach, impact, and influence. This two-day accelerator event uniquely fuses time-tested, faith-based principles with sound business strategies creating a formula to consistently produce abundance in your business.

Below is more information about Kris Jenner:

Kris Jenner, entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author and creator, executive producer, and star of the award-winning reality series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, will join TMRWLIVE! for an up close and personal conversation about achieving multi-million dollar success and building billion-dollar brands.

CEO of Jenner Communications, Kris Jenner is widely known for managing the careers of her six children: Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Rob, Kendall, and Kylie. She is an instrumental and guiding force behind all their successful family brands, including Kylie Cosmetics, Kylie Skin, KKW Beauty, SKIMS, Good American, the Kendall+Kylie collection, POOSH, Halfway Dead and Arthur George.

The conference includes an impressive slate of other speakers including but not limited to: Sarah Jakes-Roberts, co-pastor of The Potter’s at One LA and The Potter’s House Denver; Janice Bryant Howroyd, who is billed as the first black woman to build a billion-dollar business and Lola Tomorrow, former White House Associate, multi-million dollar event planner, and creator of the TMRWLIVE! Virtual Experience.

For more information about the conference and its offerings and how to register, click HERE.

Any thoughts?