FORGIVE & LIVE FEARLESSLY: A Conversation with Dr. Joan Samuels-Dennis PH.D

In this edition of summer preview season, I talk with Dr. Joan Samuels-Dennis PH.D. She is the director and founder of Becoming Inc. She practices and teaches a "holistic style" of forgiveness that has helped many overcome mental and physical health problems. She believes Forgiveness allows us to know our truth, speak our truth, and know when others are speaking truth. She lives and operates in Canada.

The Barber's Confessional: A Conversation with Wade Menendez

Wade Menendez known around the world as “Wade the Barber” is a master barber that has been the field for over 12 years. He graduated from Avara’s Academy of Hair Design, opening his first barber salon, “The W Hair Loft” in Glen Burnie, Maryland. He has second location in the Washington, DC area (opened in the summer of 2014). I had the privilege to sit down and have one of the most transparent conversations I’ve ever participated in.

Random Assignment?

God has a plan for everything. He has a plan for our health. He has a plan for our schools. He has a plan for our prisons. He has a plan for our law enforcement. It’s time to collectively seek His plan and, subsequently, be proponents of implementing it.

Altruism

Well, it’s this Love that, if we submit to it, can drive our speech, gestured, and conduct. This topic of “altruism” is obtainable if we drink from the well that never runs out. Those psychologists were partially right... we can’t NATURALLY be unselfish without disregarding our needs. God’s Love... is SUPERNATURAL. I encourage you to study these couple verses & allow it to transform your heart posture and, subsequently, your pattern of thinking…

Identifying Identity

Achilles responds, “and that’s why no one will remember your name.” Many of us look at the challenges faced simply by living completely in our purpose this way. We are scared we may lose something if we give God a complete yes, maybe our status in the world or friends that we have gathered over time.

emBODYment

You can’t offer others your best when your best is restricted. You can’t resemble the Love of Christ when you’re experiencing exhaustion every few weeks or every few days. Other contributing factors such as your diet and workout routine matter when it comes to being ready.

Who Are You & Who Ya Wit?!

 While learning your identity, God does not say remove everything from you. He keeps the parts of you that are of Him, even parts of your personality. One thing I did desired was to not become a new a person, but another person. God wants us to have individuality.

Coping with Depression

I encourage anyone who is dealing with depression to understand that you do not have to do it alone. It’s so important to have people in your corner who really care for you. Someone that you can trust and be transparent with.

Trust God

Let him literally become your everything. It won’t be long before you find yourself figuratively sitting in the passenger seat of your life while God is steering you in the right direction with full control of the wheel.

The No that Saves

In churches across the world many people are dancing, shouting and worshipping for the things that God is going to do for them. They are rejoicing for what he said yes to. To which I say rejoice, for the promises of God are indeed yes and amen (2 Corinthians 1:20) but what if He says no?

ACTIVE-ism

In all forms of media, you can find a tug of war between the dissatisfied patriots of this country and the elated activists of ‘black rights’. Subsequently, a few days later, Nike released a two minute advertisement featuring some of it’s premier athletes, building off of that idea while addressing contradicting biases. Not to mention, the man behind this popularized phenomenon, narrated and appeared in it at the end.

The Expense of Cultural Education: Black America Enslaved by Master Sallie Mae

The ability or opportunity to receive or rather purchase the tool of education is a deficit in many communities. For years it has been indirectly protected that the opportunity to go to college is a gift, almost a privilege. However, it is now becoming a necessity. This, education, is something we cannot afford to not have and something many can't afford to have. Could we be indirectly saying; "you can put me in chains again, just let me sign this MPN first"?