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#WhatsTheMessage EP 018: How to Re-Open and How to Stay Closed

In this episode Carmela and Claudia welcome Ashley Ivey Askew, Founder & CEO of In the Nick of Time: An Elite Mobile Salon & Spa, and Pastor Reginald Sharpe, Jr., Senior Pastor of Fellowship Chicago Missionary Baptist Church. Ashley shares with us about her medical background and how that knowledge influences how she and her technicians plan to commence offering services again on June 1st. Excited to reopen her business, Ashley believes what is most important is compassion and how businesses successfully reopen. Pastor Sharpe, a viral sensation for a clip of him sharing his plan to keep the building closed during the church’s announcements, talks with us about the heart behind his decision and other pastoral decisions he’s made since his recent installation. This is an episode with a multitude of emotions as we mourn the murder of George Floyd, cheer with excitement for the plans of a black small business, laugh over the church announcements, and shout about the messages of hope in all it. Make sure you watch this episode. Like. Share. Subscribe.

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#WhatsTheMessage EP 017: The Last Dance

In this episode Carmela and Claudia welcome Pastor Cryston Josiah, Vice President for Administration at Central States Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and Pastor Richard Martin, Senior Pastor of New Life SDA Church. This is a fun and light-hearted episode where Carmela and Claudia talk with Cryston and Richard about Netflix and ESPN’s latest documentary series, “The Last Dance.” Check out this episode to hear them discuss the leadership, personal, and mental health lessons from the documentary.

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#WhatsTheMessage EP 016: A Conversation on Facts, Faith, and Police Brutality

In this episode Carmela and Claudia welcome Rev. Jim Wallis, President and Founder of Sojourners, and Sgt. Don Jackson (a.k.a. Diop Kamau), Founder of policeabuse.com to #WhatsTheMessagePodcast. They discuss at length the cases of #AhmaudArbery, #BreonnaTaylor, and #SeanReed. In this episode they articulate the correlation between sin and racism, discuss the broken criminal justice system and the inherent malpractice in policing, as well as solutions and points of engagement for the general public. This is a critical and eye opening episode that you do not want to miss. Be sure to share and subscribe.

Also, you can read an informative article by Editor-in-Chief, Carmela Monk-Crawford on Sgt. Don Jackson’s work and his take on previous police and vigilante justice killings by clicking here.

You can follow Sgt. Don Jackson and his work at www.policeabuse.com and on Twitter @diopkamau.

You can follow Rev. Jim Wallis and his work at www.sojo.net and on Twitter @jimwallis.

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Devotional with Claudia Allen

Check out this week’s devotional from our Online Content Manager, Claudia Allen. She shares with us words of encouragement from Philippians 4:5-7 from the Christian Standard Bible. In this inspiring devotional Claudia reminds us not to be anxious, but instead to trust in God and cast our cares on Him in prayer.

#WhatsTheMessage EP 015: Different COVID Symptoms in Black Americans

In this episode, Carmela and Claudia talk with Dr. Prudence Pollard, Assistant Vice President for Faculty Development and Research, Professor of Management in the School of Business, and Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at Loma Linda University, and Nurse Ursula Roberts-Allen, Director of Nursing Services at OMV Medical Inc. Nurse Roberts-Allen actually went viral on social media sharing the different symptoms black Americans are experiencing with COVID-19 that the CDC and other media outlets are not talking about. Join us in this informative and inspirational conversation as these women talk to us about how COVID-19 is really impacting African Americans. They also share some great wisdom on how we should respond and advocate for ourselves during this difficult time.

Check out Oakwood University’s Healthy Campus Initiative here: https://www2.oakwood.edu/healthy-campus-2020/

Your children and youth can get COVID health updates at the Alleghany East Conference Children’s and Youth Ministry website here: https://www.visitaec.org/youth

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#WhatsTheMessage EP 014: Hope for Bon Air Juveniles

In this episode Carmela and Claudia talk with Valerie Slater, Esq., Executive Director of RISE for Youth about the experience many youths are having in juvenile justice facilities. We particularly talk about her work at the Bon Air Juvenile facility near Richmond, VA, currently the juvenile center with the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 in one juvenile correctional facility. Her passion and expertise for this work was electric! You do not want to miss this episode! We talked all things restorative justice, criminal justice reform, and the impact of our punitive system on black boys and girls. Click on the link above. We know you’ll be informed and inspired about the work of justice for black boys and girls.

A Devotional with Pastor Ndubuisi Nwade

We are so grateful to Pastor Buisi Nwade for giving our Friday devotional. Check out this lesson about empathy based on Exodus 22:21.

Devotional with Pastor Edsel Cadet

This week on #WhatsTheMessage we talked about the impact of COVID-19 on relationships with Dr. Willie and Elaine Oliver and Pastor Kim Bulgin. And for our weekly devotional we are so excited and grateful to have Pastor Edsel Cadet, Senior Pastor of Cambridge SDA Church, share with us a short devotional on relationships. Tune in to this short piece of inspiration to hear how to avoid pitfalls from your past during this quarantine season.