YOU SAID you couldn’t read…I showed you Floyd Mayweather and Fantasia.

YOU SAID you’re homeless…I showed you Tyler Perry and Tiffany Haddish.

YOU SAID you thought you couldn’t get past a dark place…I showed you Jennifer Hudson.

YOU SAID you were nothing but a drug addict…I showed you Samuel L Jackson.

YOU SAID your appearance would hinder your opportunities…I showed you Lizzo.

YOU SAID you were molested…I showed you Oprah Winfrey.

YOU SAID nobody could beat cancer….I showed you Robyn Roberts.

YOU SAID life was over because you were HlV+…I showed you Magic Johnson.

YOU SAID the odds were against you because you were adopted…I showed you Nelson Mandela.

YOU SAID you weren’t strong enough to persevere…I showed you Chadwick Boseman.

YOU SAID you couldn’t leave the streets…I showed you Jay Z.

YOU SAID you were cheated on and it crushed you…I showed you Beyonce.

YOU SAID your father wasn’t around and your mom struggled…I showed you Lebron James.

YOU SAID mixed kids never really fit in…I showed you President Barack Obama.

YOU SAID you were too old and your time was up…I showed you Tiger Woods.

YOU SAID you should give up after losing the biggest opportunity of your life…I showed you Stacey Abrams.

YOU SAID you grew up in public housing, and I showed you Raphael Warnock…

YOU SAID no one would listen because of your speech impediment….I showed you Amanda Gorman…

YOU SAID no woman has ever risen that far…I showed you Vice President Kamala Harris.

Perseverance is the power that fuels our becoming. We are WARRIORS.



No More Crumbs The Value Journey Podcast with Rhonda Jennifer

Trauma affects each of us in different ways. Monday’s guest decided to use his trauma to help others overcome their obstacles. The recipient of the 2016 “I Am Hope Humanitarian Award, and the 2017 and 2018 “I Am Hope Breath Changers and Leadership Award and a published author.

Please join me on Monday, January 18 at 9:00 PM ET [Podcast links available on Monday]

Full biography and Milton’s published works available for purchase @ http://www.rjnomorecrumbs.com/podcast

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24 Year Old Helping Black Owned Restaurants Survive Coronavirus

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The 24-year-old entrepreneur hadn’t expected so much business for the then less-than-year-old online delivery startup that caters to Black restaurants. It was too much for him, even with 15 drivers on his team.

Now Cabello is seeing an even bigger surge — this one due to the coronavirus pandemic. Food delivery drivers have become surrogate servers bringing prepared meals to people’s doorsteps, as restaurants have limited their operations to takeout and/or delivery. But this time, the entrepreneur was ready.

In the months leading up to the citywide shutdown of businesses, Black and Mobile’s squad of drivers increased in Philadelphia to 50. The drivers deliver from 48 restaurants listed as partners on its platform. Since January the company has expanded to Detroit, where 20 drivers serve 19 Black-owned restaurants.

In addition to working with restaurants, Black and Mobile recently announced a partnership with a local nonprofit to deliver care boxes to the elderly.

Nick Butler is a senior at Constitution High School in Center City. He began driving for Black and Mobile in January, juggling school and the job.

The 18-year-old works almost every day now that his studies have transitioned to online-only and he has more time to do so. He said he brings in hundreds of dollars a week; money he is saving for an apartment and a new vehicle. “After I knock out any school I do, I turn on my Black and Mobile app and I just go deliver,” Butler said. “I like doing it.” Full story available in our bio

Amelia Boynton

#Selma #BlackHistory365

She never got to finish her journey that day. She was marching peacefully along with some 600 protesters for voting rights when policemen arrived with tear gas and billy clubs. The protesters would be beaten, and she would be left bloody and unconscious on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. Her name was Amelia Boynton, the date was March 7, 1965, and the incident on the bridge in Selma would draw national attention, eventually being called, “Bloody Sunday.”

Boynton, a former teacher, had invited Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Selma. Dr. King and members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference would meet and set up headquarters at Boynton’s Selma home, where they would plan the Selma to Montgomery March.When they got on the bridge, she remembers the troopers brutally attacking them. “I felt a blow on my arm that could have injured me permanently had it been on my head,” she would say. “Another blow by a trooper as I was gasping for breath knocked me to the ground and there I lay unconscious. Others told me that my attacker had called to another that he had the “damn leader.” One of them shot tear gas all over me.”

A newspaper photo of Boynton, lying on the ground, left for dead, shocked the entire nation. Boynton also suffered throat burns from the effects of the tear gas. Bloody Sunday would prompt President Lyndon B. Johnson to sign the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965, with Boynton attending as the landmark event’s guest of honor. Boynton, who later would be referred to as Amelia Boynton Robinson, would continue being a voice for civil rights, touring the United States “to defend the rights of all humanity to progress — material, moral and intellectual.” She would remind younger people of the importance of history, saying, “It’s important that young people know about the struggles we faced to get to the point we are today. Only then will they appreciate the hard-won freedom of blacks in this country.” She added, “You can never know where you are going unless you know where you have been.”Her son, Bruce Boynton, who he himself had been arrested for trying to eat at a white lunch counter at a bus station, would say of his mother, “She’s done so many outstanding things that a lot of people don’t know.” [Bruce Boynton’s case would inspire the freedom rides, and he would be represented by Thurgood Marshall in the Supreme Court case.]  

Boynton was known by many as the “Matriarch of the Voting Rights Movement.” She was the first African-American woman to run on the Democratic ticket for a seat in Congress from Alabama. Although she didn’t win the election, she did garner 10 percent of the votes at a time when only 1 percent of the voting population was made up of African Americans.She was a member of the brave Courageous Eight and one of the first African Americans registered to vote in Alabama.She would be awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Medal of Freedom. On August 26, 2015, Boynton Robinson would die at the age of 110.

But before her death, she was able to finish her journey across the Edmund Pettus Bridge during the Selma Voting Rights Movement 50th Anniversary Jubilee. In her wheelchair, she was accompanied by the first black President of the United States, Barack Obama, holding her hand.Close friends and family would say, she died, harboring no animosity for anyone, not even those who might have hated her for the color of her skin. She had said, “I was brought up by people who loved others. I love people. We had no animosity. We had no feeling that we hate anyone.” “Only until all human beings begin to recognize themselves as human beings will prejudice be gone forever,” she said. “People ask me what race I am, but there is no such thing as race. I just answer: “I’m a member of the human race.”

Jumping The Broom Is Still The Powerful Ritual

If you’ve been to a Black wedding, you’ve probably seen the couple “jump the broom.” But why do we do it? What does it mean? And what’s the true history behind the ritual?

If you’ve ever attended a Black wedding, you likely witnessed the couple “jump the broom” towards the end of the ceremony.Many believe this practice dates back to slavery, while others argue it originated during the 1600s in the Ashanti kingdom in what is now Ghana. Who’s right? Well, both of them actually.

Brooms apparently played a major role in Asante culture, and during marriages a broom was even symbolically waved over the couple’s heads – but it’s not clear that jumping over one was a common practice. Enslaved Africans brought broom culture over during chattel slavery, and like many other things, it grew and transformed because of the specifics of enslaved people’s circumstances.

During slavery, vows exchanged between enslaved Black people were illegal and did not constitute an official marriage. For that reason, jumping the broom became a ritual intended to legitimize their marriages.The ritual lost popularity after emancipation, but the novel and miniseries Roots introduced it to a new generation.

Some claim jumping the broom symbolizes “a leap of faith,” but that’s not necessarily true either! Jumping the broom is actually just a way to connect with ancestors, join two families, and pay homage to African traditions. Have you, or will you, jump the broom if you get married?

*Article Written By Writers From PushBack 

Total Praise

Title: Total Praise – The Autobiography of Richard Smallwood

Author: Richard Smallwood

Publisher: Godzchild Incorporated

Number of Pages: 537

About This Book

Richard Smallwood is a legend in his own time. After over three decades as one of the most popular inspirational artists in the music business, with classic tunes such as “Total Praise”, “Center of My Joy” and “I Love the Lord” to his credit, the Grammy nominated, Stellar and Dove Award winner songwriter and musician continues to enjoy worldwide popularity and influence. With Smallwood’s vast accomplishments, it would be easy to rest on his laurels, but that’s not his style. Born in Atlanta Georgia and raised in Washington DC, he has been driven since childhood. His stepfather, CL Smallwood, founding pastor of DC’s historic Union Temple Baptist Church and other churches all over the country was a tough taskmaster, and his mother Mabel encouraged his early love of music. He began to play by ear at the age of five. By seven, he was taking formal lessons and by eleven had formed his own gospel group made up of neighborhood children. Total Praise: the Autobiography of Richard Smallwood not only chronicles his life as a musician and skillful writer, but it also tells the story of loss, love, grief, mental illness, and victory. Once you begin this book, you won’t be able to put it down. Indeed, the gift of Richard Smallwood is that his entire life, embodies one of Total Praise.
Book Review About Richard Smallwood ‘s Book “Total Praise”

Richard Smallwood ‘s Book “Total Praise:The Autobiography of Richard Smallwood” is definitely Personal , Inspirational, and most importantly Truthful. I really enjoyed reading about the life, his start in Gospel Music, ministry, and Church roots written by the mastero himself. I lived in Brooklyn, MY and grew up listening to his music from the Richard Smallwood Singers, his Choir “VISION” and many other Gospel Artists mentioned in his autobiography. Richard’s writing style is anointed with being simple and easy to understand while reading this book. I discovered while reading that he is speaking his truth with passion and marvelous insight to an era of gospel music will never experienced again. I believe that the humble, serious and sincere musicians of this generation will definitely do the journey of excellence to read this autobiography and learned of his journey and what it took to reach a place of success.

While reading “Total Praise” I found out there were transparency from Richard Smallwood. What is transparency? Transparency is honesty and openess. In general, transparency is The quality of being easily seen through. I finally read The Autobiography of Richard Smallwood completely. I discovered many parts of the book to be tremendously emotional and I imagine so many experiences of Richard which I can relates to my own life experience. Richard Smallwood is an gifted accomplished pianist and a world wide recording artist. I met Richard Smallwood in person including at his Church in Washington D.C., Metropolitan Baptist Church where Reverend Dr. Beecher H. Hicks was the Pastor at that time. Richard Smallwood were always nice and humble toward me. His music including “I Love The Lord”, “Total Praise”, “You The Center of My Joy” and “Trust Me” are based from scriptures and from personal testimony.

God is truly a blessing and He is also truly AMAZING!! Won’t God Do It For You!!! I know for myself through my own journey of Depression, PTSD and Anxiety that God is truly AMAZING. It wasn’t something someone told me but I knew it for myself. God help me through my journey of Depression and now today I am helping individuals that are dealing with depression as a Mental Health Peer Counselor and through my writings as an Author. I am so glad that Richard Smallwood allows God to directed him for becoming authentic and sharing his story with the World. His song “Healing” came bout with his own depression that minister to the souls of individuals that are hurting. This one message that Richard Smallwood mentioned that resonates with me through the autobiography is that we are spiritual beings doing our best to appreciate life that God created for us. I am so grateful to God for guided the pen in Richard’s hand to write his life story. By sharing your story, you are actually helping someone who are thinking about giving up.

“Total Praise” and “Trust Me” are two of my favorite songs from Richard Smallwood. I also Thank God for Richard Smallwood talking about Mental Illness and letting the world know that depression is tremendously real and can be managed with a licensed professional that deals with mental health. It is time for the Church Community to talk about Mental Health and encourages our brothers and sisters in Christ to get help with a licensed mental health professional. There are nothing wrong in seeing a Psychiatrist and a Therapist. Prayers does works but not by itself. God answers our prayers by directed your path to seek help.God wants us to take care of our Temple and our mind so that we can do the ministry of God. Richard Smallwood music is healing to our souls. Also Gospel Music in general is healing for our mind and soul. Remember your mental illness diagnosis does not define who you are. Look at me I have mental health diagnosis of major depression disorder, Post Traumatic Disorder (PTSD) and Anxiety but my diagnosis doesn’t define who I am. I recommend everyone to read “Total Praise: the autobiography of Richard Smallwood” for yourself. You won’t be disappointed at all.

The New York Renaissance

The New York Renaissance, also known as the Renaissance Big Five and as the Rens, was an all-black professional basketball team established on February 13, 1923, by Robert “Bob” Douglas in agreement with the Renaissance Casino and Ballroom. The Casino and Ballroom at 138th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem was an entertainment complex including a ballroom that served as the Big Five’s home court. Following each game, a dance took place. The success of the Rens shifted the focus of black basketball from amateur teams to professional teams. Initially, the Rens played mostly in Harlem, but by the end of the 1920s, as attendance began to dwindle, the team could be found more often playing on the road, barnstorming across the country out of necessity. The Renaissance is also the topic of the 2011 documentary On the Shoulders of Giants. #africanhistory365 #africanexcellence