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Eating As An Act Of Worship: Spiritual Growth

Growing up is hard to do. That’s why many adults have no desire to repeat childhood. The same can be said for spiritual growth. It’s easier to remain spiritually immature instead of working out your own salvation in accordance with God’s Word. Read today’s article for motivation to take the baby steps towards health and fitness maturity through Christ.

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Meta: Beeple’s collage, “The First 5000 Days” sold as an NFT for $69 million. Source: The Verge
Art

What is an NFT?

If you remain sort of “passively” in the loop about NFTs, you may think they’re just one big meme — and to be fair, in

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Sports

Roll out the MAYHEM for the NFL Divisional Round of Playoff Football

On the other side of the ball Couper Cupp is in the running for the MVP and Odell Beckham Jr appears to be reborn in LA and unstoppable. The over under is 48 I anticipate the teams exceeding that number and I have the Rams pulling the upset outright as the Bucs are favored by 2.5. Taking the Rams and over.

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Lifestyle

What the CRAP?

Later during the week, I was discussing a business deal with a person whom I trusted and when we had a difference of opinion, her reply was, “This is really Crappy.”

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Advocacy

Call to Action to Dismantle Structural Racism and Economic Disparities in Minneapolis-St. Paul

In response, these leaders reached out to seven African American nonprofit executive directors (I was one) and together, we established the Itasca North Minneapolis Partnership. The Partnership’s mission: develop and implement strategies to better leverage private-sector employment and economic development assets against the disparate and deepening racial and economic disparities experienced by African Americans in North Minneapolis.

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Entertainment

Diversity Matters as XFL relaunches with ANNOUNCING EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM

Marc Ross joins the XFL as Executive Vice President of Football Operations, where he is responsible for all aspects of football operations, including rules and gameplay, logistics and league planning, as well as innovation, data and analytics. Marc has over 20 years of professional football experience working across both league and team levels within the NFL. He is also a current analyst on NFL Network. Marc will report to Russ Brandon.

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Meta: Super Bowl I, held in 1967. Source: History.com
Sports

The History Of The Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is, without the doubt, the biggest American sporting event. Though there are plenty of folks who joke that it’s not “real” football,

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Meta: Crypto trading platform at a glance. Source: Washington City Paper
Business

What is Cryptocurrency?

Cryptocurrency is one of those buzzwords that everyone is talking about, but very few people understand. The explosion of the digital capital market over the

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Covid-19

COVID: The Road of a Long Hauler… Part 8

The goal was to sit and stand as many times as possible without using my hands. Something that many do without a thought was such a struggle that it brought tears to my eyes. My balance was off, my legs were weak, and the constant of getting up and sitting down drained me very quickly.

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Sports

NFL Playoffs: Run Interference to the Hail Mary, It is time for an All-new Wild Card Drive

Raiders vs Bengals – Vegas is coming off of a thrilling victory over the Chargers as the season finale in overtime.  The Raiders are playing for their Coach to keep his job.  They might be playing for the fate of their Quarterback Derek Carr, in terms of him staying a Raider.  I think their momentum, and having extra motivation, will help them overcome traveling nearly Coast to Coast and having a short week.

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Career

5 Reasons That Sidney Poitier Contributed to Culture

To say that Sidney Poitier was an acting pioneer would do him very little justice. The dedicated artist effortlessly transcended cultural anxieties using his ground-breaking roles to uplift and dignify the Black community. His stance on how Black people should be perceived to the world would land him the leading role in Lilies of the Field. With this iconic role he would become the first Black actor to win an Oscar in 1964.

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Featured

Breast Cancer Survivor’s Panel

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we invited several breast cancer survivors to share their testimonies on the Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries Radio Show.

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Black History

CHANGING THE FACE OF CURRENCY-Maya Angelou

“Each 2022 quarter is designed to reflect the breadth and depth of accomplishments being celebrated throughout this historic coin program. Maya Angelou, featured on the reverse of this first coin in the series, used words to inspire and uplift,” Mint Deputy Director Ventris C. Gibson said in a statement.

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Black History

Minnesota Wild celebrates Black History Month

In late December, in conjunction with the NHL’s annual Winter Classic outdoor game coming to Minneapolis, the league debuted it’s Black Hockey History Mobile Tour, commemorating Black players in the game, past and present. The tour will continue throughout the U.S. this winter and spring.

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Covid-19

Three Players Making Their NBA Comeback This Season

Thomas became a household name in Boston, and in his first season with the Celtics, he finished second in the Sixth Man of the Year race. Then, Thomas improved, and by his third year with the Celtics, he averaged a career-high 28.9 points. 

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Sports

NBA UPDATES: 2021-22 NBA Scoring Leaders

Kevin Durant is one of the league’s best scorers, and this year, he’s reminding us why. He’s putting up MVP caliber numbers and is helping the Brooklyn Nets stay on top of the East. 

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The Narrative Matters

MLK’s Missing Legacy: Woke Warrior Part 5

No one in Congress, the White House, or any state legislature reminds America today of the three demands made by the non-violent warrior King, who sacrificed his life battling segregationist policies and practices that protect white supremacy.

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Black History

MLK’s Missing Legacy: Woke Warrior Part 4

Sadly, too many of today’s generations of White Americans, including those in positions of power and influence who were young adults when King was alive, still lack awareness of the three demands of the Negro Revolution:

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Black History

MLK’s Missing Legacy: Woke Warrior Part 3

Let’s also note the fact that MLK was alive and active in leading the Negro Revolution before … and after … the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Most Americans aren’t aware that this was yet another ineffective law, among a series of ineffective CRAs passed by Congress, dating back to the first in 1866.  

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Black History

MLK’s Missing Legacy: Woke Warrior Part 1

More than 50 years after his assassination, no schools in the nation portray King as a non-violent warrior leading a revolution in a war against segregationist policies and practices that protect white supremacy. But that’s how King described himself, specifically invoking the war motif.

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Sports

NBA Wrap up:

Garland has accepted his role of being a facilitator but scoring when it is necessary. And with veteran guard Ricky Rubio as a mentor, he’ll only get better. 

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Entertainment

The History of R&B Music

R&B, or “rhythm and blues,” as we know it today, is a soulful, expressive genre with laid back beats that serve as the background music

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Business

Racial biases impact media’s portrayal of Black people in the legal system, new media analysis released by Global Strategy Group

In collaboration with our partners at Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), Global Strategy Group (GSG) has developed: Innocent Until Proven Guilty? A look at media coverage of criminal defendants in the U.S. This report takes a deep dive look at the discrepancies in media coverage of Black defendants versus white defendants. 
 

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Covid-19

The NFL has flipped some game’s schedules due to COVID-19 billowing again

Washington Football Team – Activated Defensive End/Edge Rusher Montez Sweat, and Defensive Lineman Jonathan Allen off of the Covid Reserve list.  Montez Sweat (unvaccinated) was previously on Injured reserve before landing on the Covid-19 list with a broken jaw, this would be his first game returning from his jaw injury.

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Business

David Morgan, MMCA

Working hard to increase Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) Media Power. Meet David Morgan President, Multicultural Media & Correspondents Association. David is managing partner

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Sports

It’s Time for Rob’s Christmas Wishes in Sports for 2022

 Let’s all admit that trading for Russell Westbrook was a terrible idea, he didn’t work out in Houston, it worked out ok in Washington. But he wasn’t a part of the long term plan, and it’s not working at all in Los Angeles.  He makes a ton of money, which makes him tough to trade, but teams still find a way to do it, he turns the ball over often and he’s not a great mid-range or 3- point shooter.  Rob Pelinka, clean up a mess you made and trade Russell Westbrook.

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Covid-19

NBA’s Minutes: Kyrie Irving Set to Return to Nets

Irving’s absence has been one of the major topics of this season. He’s missed all of the season up to this point due to New York’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. And after the Nets announced he could not practice or play unless he complied with the mandate, it looked like he wouldn’t play at all. However, things have changed. 

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The Narrative Matters

Ohio State College News: Urban Meyer had to go

The troubles for Urban Meyer did not stop there.  Once training camp began the controversy continued as Meyer brought in Tim Tebow his college quarterback at Florida in to try out for the team at tight end, which is a position that Tebow never played.  

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Sports

Sport’s Tidbit: NFL and Fantasy Football picks

Chiefs vs Chargers – The Chargers and Chiefs have been playing good football coming down the stretch, but the Chiefs have won 6 games in a row, rounding back into the juggernaut they were expected to be. Chiefs for the win. 

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Entertainment

R&B Artists We Lost Too Soon

Over the years, the music industry has lost a number of truly talented souls. An unfortunate truth of the entertainment industry is that those in

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Poetry

SIT, SITTING, SEATED

SYBD Sit your Butt Down Sitting to align Seated, I observe the thoughts that go flowing by, in the synchronized synergies of my brain, like billowing soft white clouds in a clear blue sky.

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Poetry

My Soul is No longer Thirsty

Even Death has become the gateway or portal to higher elevation. Many beings of all races and ethnicity, young and old as well as Twix, Twain and in between, have crossed the moral threshold to leave the planet and return to their Maker.

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Featured

Bee Marketplace Returns

“It’s all about funding and purchasing gifts and services created by our own community entrepreneurs . . . about using our pretty impressive Black buying power . . . assuming responsibility and being accountable for making ourselves and the future for generations to come more meaningful despite the damage inflicted by the pandemic, and racial conflict and division,” says Kenya McKnight-Ahad, BWWA president and CEO.

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Entertainment

SMilesTv: Dikembe Mutombo & Coffee Partner Jason Wilson Talk Coffee with SMiles

The legendary Hall of Famer, #55 Dikembe Mutombo, and Jason Wilson, Owner, Northwest Coffee Roasting Company chat with SMilesTV about Mutombo Coffee. Dikembe Mutombo shares his heartfelt reasons for entering the coffee industry; and gives insights into his partnership with Jason Wilson. Mutombo and Wilson state that they share like minds when it comes to fair trade, transparency and integrity and reaching out to help those in need.

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Black History

Exploring the History of Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa, while it has picked up some greater awareness in the last decade, has never gotten the same attention and excitement as Christmas and Hanukkah.

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Entertainment

The Road to New Orleans: Black Authors Rock Awards Part 1

As a result of a traffic accident, it was a struggle and a hint of frustration just to avoid the mammoth Lake Pontchartrain. Yet, after it was cleared, I wind up passing right under it on I-10 East heading back into the business district of New Orleans.

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Lifestyle

Toxic Masculinity in Lesbians: My Fairytale

Her misogyny though, epitomized her hatred of women. She was not the only woman I have known that served me their internalized hatred of themselves because they were assigned female at birth. She thought I was too controlling. The truth is I could not be controlled.

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Sports

Sports and Boxing: Put Some Respect on His Name!

 Since that night, Haney has fought five times and won all five fights. Haney’s name has become part of a boxing quartet of young fighters that were expected to be the future of boxing and to make fights between each other for years to come. The other names of the “Four kings” are Teofimo Lopez who just lost all of his lightweight 135 pound belts last week to George Kambosos. 

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Sports

NBA Update: Top 3 Rookie of the Year Candidates (So Far)

LeBron James won the award, and now, he’s one of the greatest players to play the game. Players like Allen Iverson and Tim Duncan won the award, and they went on to become Hall of Famers. The Rookie of the Year is a stepping stone for young players, and with so many talented players in the 2021 class, the R.O.Y race is pretty exciting. But who are the standouts? What players are having solid seasons (so far) and are climbing up the R.O.Y ladder? Well, let’s see. 

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Health

Eating As An Act Of Worship Ministries: Grow Up

Children usually hate to sit down at the dinner table to eat a healthy meal consisting of fruits and vegetables. They would rather go out with their friends to a restaurant or eat junk food while sitting in front of the television. Unfortunately, the adults in their lives have the same unhealthy eating habits. That’s why entire families suffer from obesity, obesity related diseases, and eating disorders. In order for your family to have a long, abundant life together, somebody has to grow up! If you’re willing to take the first step to health and fitness maturity, read today’s article!

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Health

Eating As An Act Of Worship Ministries: For Such a Time as This

The holiday season seems like the worst time to begin a new health and fitness plan. The office parties, church fellowships, and family get-togethers are a constant stream of temptation that it is useless to fight against. Or is it? God says to redeem the time and work while it is day, for the night is coming where no man can work. Read today’s article for encouragement and motivation to begin and adhere to your health and fitness plan even during such a time as this!

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Health

Eating As An Act Of Worship Ministries: A Successful Plan

Many people have given up on dieting and exercising out of sheer frustration. No matter how carefully you follow you the latest health and fitness craze, it always ends in failure. The problem is the world’s plan was never meant to set you free but instead to keep you ensnared in a never-ending cycle of wandering in the Wilderness of Obesity and Eating Disorders. Read today’s article if you are ready to commit to God’s plan for obtaining and maintaining the Promised Land of Healthy and Fit for Life!

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Health

Eating As An Act Of Worship Ministries: Taste and See

Food and beverages provide sustenance to your body, but did you know that the Word of God does, too? Perhaps the hunger pangs you have been experiencing were not an invitation to sit down to holiday leftovers, but a beckoning of the Spirit to eat of His Body and drink of His blood. If you are willing to make God’s Word part of your diet plan, read today’s article to taste and see that the Lord is good!

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The Narrative Matters

Travel News: Beyond The Sea on MSC Seashore Cruise Line

That was my ticket to board, and my health form, why this could not be done through an app or through the website, I have no clue. In addition to needing vaccination paperwork, I also needed to have a negative Covid-19 test to board the ship as well.

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Entertainment

The Top Hip Hop & R&B Christmas Songs

The holidays are finally here, though there’s a good chance you’ve been hearing Christmas music since September. While you’re hosting gatherings, wrapping gifts, and waiting

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Entertainment

Our Top 5 Black Holiday Movies

During the holidays, there’s nothing better than kicking back with your family and friends to catch a couple of seasonal flicks. There’s a seemingly endless

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Business and Finance

Why Your Business Needs to be Certified as a Diverse Supplier?

According to the Billion Dollar Roundtable, 28 Fortune 500 companies spend at least $1 billion each year with diverse suppliers[1]. These are some of America’s leading corporations actively looking to spend money with diverse-owned businesses. So, what does this mean? Being certified as a diverse supplier is more important than ever.

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Career

Job Vacancies Soaring

According to the Labor Department, job vacancies in July reached record numbers, outnumbering by over 2 million the unemployed. And though the numbers set in

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Sports

If I were a Sports-god I would be Making Changes across the board

Hey NFL, please stop subjecting us to Thanksgiving football games in Detroit!!!  The Lions are annually awful, why must we do this every year.  There are other teams with domes, if they need the game to be inside, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Houston.  Tradition is not a logical reason to continue to do something.  Logic at some point has to take over at the NFL offices.

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