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Life Changing Holiday Gifts

What to give the person who has everything?  How about a gift to someone else, given in your friend or relative’s name?  A gift to a charity will help fill a need.  You can give time or money but your gift will be life changing. Here are some of the charities featured on my program on Sunday, November 27, 2016.  From United Way of Greater Atlanta, you can donate to the Holiday Care Package Project; participate in the Holiday of Service December 3 at six locations;  participate in the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program, beginning December 1 or the Atlanta Children’s Shelter Holiday House December 12-16.  For details go to https://www.unitedwayatlanta.org/volunteer. This United Way agency needs help to provide senior citizens with Christmas gifts and a Christmas Meal.  Meals on Wheels Atlanta needs drivers to deliver food on Christmas Eve.  This is something families can do together.  Contact rcogdell@mealsonwheelsatlanta.org to sign up for delivery.  And if you can’t deliver food, how about delivering gifts to MOWA  at 1705 Commerce Drive, Atlanta, GA 30318, between December 5-9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Here’s a list of what they need to make the season cheery and bright for seniors.     The Live Healthy and Thrive Youth Foundation wants to “educate, activate, motivate and empower youth in the areas of academic achievement, fitness, nutrition and total wellness.” To get involved  go to http://www.livehealthyandthriveyouth.org or participate in this fund raising event. And here are two opportunities to party with a purpose, as Tom Joyner always says.  The first is with the National Council of Negro Women Atlanta Section on December 10. Albany State University, Clark Atlanta University, Fort Valley State University,  Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, Paine College, Savannah State University and Spelman College  are the HBCUs in Georgia.  ITC, Morehouse College, Paine College and Spelman are among the the 37  member institutions of the United Negro College Fund.  UNCF also manages other scholarship programs, including the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.  Scholarships have been awarded at 1,100 schools nationwide. Graduates from these historically black colleges and universities , as well as corporations, show up and show out at the Mayor’s Masked Ball, December 17 with Sheila E performing and Anthony Brown emceeing. These are just a few of the organizations that could use your gift of time and money.  But there are a lot more.  Look in your own neighborhood, your church, your business, your school.  Is there a senior who needs someone to just call them once a week or go grocery shopping for them?  Is there a school where you could speak during career week or be a mentor?  Is there a young mother who needs a brief break from her children or someone taking care of an ill family member who needs an hour to themselves once a week?  Instead of buying a gift that someone really doesn’t need because they have everything, find out their favorite charity and donate to it in their name.  You get the idea.  So wrap up Christmas giving with a note, giving the gift of you..your time, talent and/or money. Makes shopping a whole lot easier and really gets you in the Christmas Spirit.  Please respond to me by listing your favorite non-profit here.  Merry Christmas and Happy Giving!!!      

“You Name It” in the KISS Cafe’

Gospel Singer and minister Shirley Caesar has become a YouTube success again, but not for one of her Gospel songs but for the food she names in song..kind of a rap, “You Name It.” If you haven’t heard it, here it is.  And afterwards let me know which song, mentioning food, that you want to hear in the KISS Cafe’, starting at 10 a.m. Or call me at 404-741-0104  

It was No Accident, says Chattanooga Mom who lost a child in the bus crash

Five children died when a school bus crashed in Chattanooga Tennessee.  The 24 year old bus driver Johnthony Walker has been arrested, but he could face more charges as a result of what Jasmine Mateen told CBS reporter Mark Strassman.  Ms. Mateen lost one child but two others survived and what she says is chilling https://cmgkiss104fmmonicapearson.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/chattanooga-mother-on-bus-crash.mp3.  

Roddy White vs. Police…Let’s Talk

Full disclosure; my husband has been in law enforcement for over 30 years and I am the step-mother of a son. Being stopped for driving while black is a common concern in the black community. I understand Roddy White’s concern about being stopped by a police officer who approaches his car with his hand on his holstered weapon.  But I also understand the officer’s training and point of view.  You do not know who is behind those tinted windows, going 90 miles per hour, with an expired tag. Officers have been killed in routine traffic stops just like black drivers have been killed. That is not the norm, but the horrible exception. Police have invited the former Atlanta Falcon to go on a ride along to learn why officers do what they do.  I hope he does it. Here is the story.   http://www.kiss104fm.com/entertainment/celebrity-news/roddy-white-says-feared-for-his-life-during-traffic-stop/BxC1byLIOC4UTsSvBc3RmJ/

Your Vote Could Be the Difference

  Voting is something that is a right and a privilege.  Many people died so we could have the right to vote.  My husband John and I voted early, just like a lot of people.  But there are still thousands of us, who  have not voted. Your chance is this Tuesday, November 8 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. You need to know what identification to bring; where you are to vote, the location, especially if you have moved; what actually is on the ballot and what to do if you see voter fraud or someone breaking the rules. Here’s the place with all the information you need:  http://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov If You Don’t Vote, You Don’t Count and You Can’t Complain!!!!!!

Pastor John P. Kee- The Prince of Gospel Free Concert in the ATL this Weekend

Pastor John P. Kee is coming to Atlanta this saturday , Nov. 5th with a FREE concert for the entire family! Kee brings his awesome spirit and musical talent to Divine Faith International 9800 Tara Blvd. Jonesboro where the Pastor is Donald Battle. Also featuring Sonya McGuire, Zacardi Cortez, YOLI and of Course New Life ! Just spoke with him and here’s the interview-Click the link and Enjoy! https://cmgkiss104fmtwandablack.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/11-2-16-john-p-kee-in-atlanta.mp3    

Source: Brad Pitt denies striking child during mid-flight argument

Brad Pitt said he did not strike one of his children during a mid-flight argument with Angelina Jolie last week, a source told People magazine.

Pitt is accused of being “verbally abusive” and getting “physical” with one of his children on the family's private plane last Wednesday, a source previously said.  

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Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt after their two-year wedding anniversary. The couple has been together for 12 years and has six children.The L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services is investigating Pitt, 52, after the alleged incident was anonymously reported to them. The case also has been referred to the FBI under special aircraft jurisdiction due to the incident being mid-flight.

"There was a parent-child argument which was not handled in the right way and escalated more than it should have," the source told the magazine.

The source said Pitt did not hurt his son. “He is emphatic that it did not reach the level of physical abuse, that no one was physically harmed. He did not hit his child in the face in any way. ... He put his hands on him, yes, because the confrontation was spiraling out of control."

Honor Your Grandparents Today!

Today is Grandparents Day, yes I know it’s 9-11, but Grandparents Day was proclaimed on this day Aug. 3, 1978 by President Jimmy Carter! Most of us Baby Boomers had a close relationship with our grandparents because they were a part of the fabric of our community in those days. Grandma, Grandad, Papa, Big Mama-whatever you called yours, they were so precious to us, we looked forward to visiting them if they didn’t live with us or we with them.   Willard and Author Taylor, were shining lights in me and my brother’s childhood. My grandfather who was a business owner, made his transition some 26 years ago and my grandmom is now 89 years young, in good health, living in the same home I spent my summers in and can still drive her car if she needs to. She has a quick wit, funny as heck and strong willed, we can all truly say we have a little or a lot of her in each of us! My grandparents showed my brother and I and many of my cousins how to work hard, treat others, how important relationships are in business and how to love. I’m not saying everything was perfect, because it wasn’t-there were many ups and downs. My grandmother has 9 children- all living and prospering, I believe there are 48 grandchildren (I am one of the eldest) and I can’t begin to count the great grands and great- great grands and now great great great grands. You can only imagine the fun when we all get together- we have a blast! We dance, sing, do skits, fashion shows, have church and simply love on one another! Everybody wants to be a part of our family- it is so amazing! I honor my grandparents for taking care of so many of us over the years, teaching us about life and love of family and self, showing us how to cook and clean, encouraging us throughout our journey, praying for us, giving us tough love when we needed it and still today, my grandmother is there for all us imparting wisdom and she is a wise woman!  I thank God for my grandparents- I hope you do too! Honor them today! Make sure you call them today and remember the Love!

Somewhere Over the Rainbow!

I was somewhere in Florida, when  after the afternoon thunderstorms, this beautiful rainbow appeared. I have always wondered what’s at the end of a rainbow, haven’t you?  The phenomenon is caused by the dispersion of light in water droplets which is why they occur when the sun comes out after rain. And A myth is told that the end of the rainbow is where leprechauns hide their pots of gold. Really? What’s a leprechaun anyway? But from the Word of God in Genesis 9:16 it says, “and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16“When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”17 And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.”… Even when we are praying for cities and families living in flood zones and  going through terrible floods this year- we know that God is on control of everything. Hold onto the promise! I love to see rainbows in all their beauty and then remember the promise that God made to His children!  If I could have anything at the end of my rainbow it would be simply love. What’s at the end of your rainbow?  

Born Identity

What are the things holding you back from your true destiny? We hide behind our gifts and talents, our backgrounds, the situations we find ourselves in…so many things seem to define us, but is it the true you? The authentic you!  This book will help you take an honest look at you, so get ready! National Recording Artist Myron Butler stopped by the Kiss studios to talk about his new book “Born Identity” . Great conversation-Enjoy! https://cmgkiss104fmtwandablack.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/myron-butler-born-identity.mp3  
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