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Pastor Shirley Caesar Joins me in the KISS Studio!

Pastor Shirley Caesar stopped by the Kiss 104 Studios recently and everybody was running out of their offices to hug , kiss and take photos with her. She is so down to earth and funny, yet still relevant in the gospel music industry. Listen to our great conversation! https://cmgkiss104fmtwandablack.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/shirley-caesar-intv.mp3[/audio

President Obama’s Fatherhood Pledge

This day is always bittersweet for me.  My parents divorced when I was very young and my father moved out of town.  He remarried and we did not have a relationship until I was grown.  Why didn’t he try before that, even though I tried with calls, cards and letter?  I don’t know but I do know that I am grateful he gave me life;  that I look like him, according to his surviving sister,  even to my oddly shaped fingers; sound like him, especially early in the morning, ( I’m a tenor that time of day ) and share his love of fast cars and dancing.  Mother never talked negatively about him and always told me, “He loves you but doesn’t know how to tell you.”  It is so important for fathers to be part of their children’s lives.  It doesn’t matter if the parents don’t get along, are divorced or never married, what matters is the child.  And if the father refuses to be involved, look for strong male role models, for your sons and daughters.

So when I saw the Fatherhood Pledge of President Barack Obama, it touched a cord in me.  The President grew up without his father and he’s worked very hard to be the best father he can be with his daughter.  Being a father isn’t something you learn overnight and the site https://www.fatherhood.gov promotes responsible fatherhood and strong communities.

On this Father’s Day, dads take the pledge on the website.  It is very simple.  It says  : I pledge to renew my commitment to family and community.  I recognize the positive impact that father, mothers, mentors and other responsible adults can have on our children and youth, and pledge to do all I can to provide children in my home and throughout  my community the encouragement and support they need to fulfill their potential.”

Take the pledge to help prepare future dads as leaders in families and in communites.

 

Live Life to the Fullest!

Family, a few weeks ago, a dear friend of mine called to tell me his wife of less than 2 years had passed away from cancer. I was pretty shaken up, because they had dated for more than 10 years and finally gotten married and then -BAM! We had talked about taking a couples vacation together to a nice tropical beach and leaving all of our cares behind us just last year! My heart broke for my friend because he had found the woman he would hold hands in the rocker on the porch until death do them part. He deserved to be loved unconditionally and for a lifetime like we all do. Her two girls, mother, father, family and friends sat in shock as the celebration went forth with various people talking about how she impacted their lives so positively. I sat there thinking, “I wonder what people would say about me if I made my transition today”. Shaking my head thinking “Have I done enough in this life?” What I do know is that we think we have all the time in the world to get things right. How could Prince not have his affairs in order? I’m sure he didn’t think he would make his transition in an elevator alone. He thought he had more time! Family, it’s time to get your house in order! We don’t know the day or hour of our transition and we certainly don’t have to be a certain age these days to make it. We have always seen the death of our elders first as the natural order of things, but it’s just not so today when you have to look in the eyes of parents burying their children for whatever reason, it’s simply heartbreaking! Stop Making Excuses! Love Deeply and Unconditionally, Forgive Forgive Forgive, Give Generously, Do Something You Love to Do, Enjoy Everyday, Travel-See the World! Experience Something New and Get Your Affairs in Order to ensure the right loved ones get the blessings you are leaving behind! Live Life to the Fullest- You Only Get One! Peace & Love!

POLL: AMC theaters may allow texting during movies

Take Our Poll If you’re one of the few people that doesn’t ignore the message prior to every movie asking theater-goers to put their phones on silent and refrain from texting, you may soon be even more annoyed by inconsiderate movie-goers around you. >> Read more trending stories Adam Aron, the CEO of AMC Entertainment, recently said that he has considered allowing texting during screenings in an effort to appeal to a larger demographic, specifically, millennials. “When you tell a 22-year-old to turn off the phone, don’t ruin the movie, they hear please cut off your left arm above the elbow,” Aron said in an interview with Variety magazine. “You can’t tell a 22-year-old to turn off their cellphone. That’s not how they live their (lives).” But that doesn’t mean all AMC theaters everywhere will allow texting during screenings. “We’re going to have to figure out a way to do it that doesn’t disturb today’s audiences,” Aron said. He later tweeted, clarifying that allowing movie-goers to text is just an idea, and if approved, may be very limited.

Prom Dress or Part of a Prom Dress

This young lady is on the way to her prom.  Now, would you let your daughter leave the house wearing this?

What’s Happening with our Teachers?

 

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Day after day, we read about teachers  hitting students, sexting students, verbally abusing students, putting babies on the bus in their undies, having sex with students and more unthinkable things. When I was growing up, if teaching was your calling, it was certainly an honorable one. Teachers were mothers and fathers, counselors and genuine leaders – they were looked up to and highly respected! I was talking with 3 teachers at different stages in their careers and asking them about the current environment. It was very interesting to hear what they each had to say.

The seasoned teacher who is near retirement (2 years) after 40 plus years, says she is shocked by what is happening today.  “There is no respect for our profession, from the top down and that means the kids and their parents.” ” I see some teachers taking out their own personal frustrations on the children these days and I truly don’t understand it! We always left our problems at home and came to give our best to the students everyday!” She says she enjoyed teaching years ago, but can’t wait to retire.

The teacher in the middle with 20 years in the classroom, says that she is thinking about getting out, because it is getting harder and harder to teach anything with so much testing and not enough real classroom time. Not to mention the stress of standardized testing on the teacher as well as the student. She says that all of the changes to curriculum make it tough to keep up and the behavior of the children is totally out of control and the teachers really have no rights. She also is in agreement with Common Core Standards, considering how far behind the US students are compared to other countries.

The youngest teacher with only 2 years in and almost fresh out of college, says this tradition was passed down to him from his mother and father, who were both in the profession. His issues are long and varied, from not enough pay for the heavy workload, to the behavior of the children and their parents, to the “always” in testing mode. This young man says that our kids are so far behind, “it’s pathetic”.  ” I do more counseling and breaking up fights than I do teaching on some days and I feel like I’m letting the students who want to learn down and I’m letting myself down, but what can I do?”  ” I’ve been offered jobs in the private institutions, but I want to stay where I’m most needed, not where I can be comfortable.”  He says the abuse and sexual issues are a matter of character.

These three teachers all have their issues with the profession, but they keep going because they are called to impart, lead, guide and teach our children! I admire them and I think the teachers should make the salaries of athletes, (I know it will never happen, but I can wish can’t I?)  after-all they tackle, bounce and hit home runs everyday with some huge blockades and limitations!  Kudos to all of the awesome teachers out there- I had some of the best right here in Atlanta public schools. Let’s pray and do what’s right to protect our children from the teachers that let their personal issues corrupt their ability to be that role model for life that children need!

 

 

Doug Banks (1958-2016)

Your Chance to meet Living History

They are few in number but their voices are strong.  They are the Tuskegee Airmen.  Seventy-five years ago, on March 29, then First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt climbed into a plane with Tuskegee Chief flight instructor Charles Alfred Anderson and proved blacks could fly and that trip changed history. Bryan Williams worked nine years to get the story of 16 Tuskegee Airmen in theaters.His wife Annette always told him he would write and produce a documentary and this is it:  “In Our Own Words:  The Tuskegee Airmen.”  It will be in 192 theaters in 175 cities for one day only, March 29. Some of the surviving airmen will appear at some of the screenings.  Contact Bryan for those locations, admin@breytonentertainment.com.  For more information on locations and tickets go to Fathomevents.com. This is the true story and not the Hollywood story of men who proved the sky was not the limit.    

HOW BIG IS YOUR DREAM? MUSIC EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN, WITH THE PROS

Growing up in Waycross, GA Jorel Flynn was the last of eight children, seven boys and one girl.  He used music to find his place in his family and in the world.  He is a world renowned drummer, who now is sharing his love of music with children, through his How Big is Your Dream Foundation.

It is all about promoting, educating and developing children to excel in music and in life.  His wife Christy helps to run the foundation while Jorel , better known as JFly, flies around the world performing.  He’s also on the board of the Atlanta Grammys and has appeared at the Grammys…check out the shoes.  The only person he really wanted to perform with and didn’t get the chance to, was Michael Jackson.  JFly is just back from Las Vegas and had to get the glove.

In between traveling, he is organizing a concert to benefit his foundation.The foundation needs funds to operate its spring break and summer camps.  . Six to 18 year olds learn an instrument, get voice training, learn to write lyrics, dabble in music technology, dance, act, and radio from professionals in the business, still performing.

The Unity Concert is March 31  at 7:30 p.m. at the Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech. I am emceeing.  Performing artists include Rhonda Thomas, Chandra Currelley, Good Times Brass Band and Alex Bugnon.

For more information on the How Big is your dream Foundation; the concert, the Spring Break Camp and the Summer Camp go to http://www.howbigisyourdream.org.

If you missed the show, the podcast will be up Tuesday at http://www.kiss104fm.com.

 

HOW BIG IS YOUR DREAM? MUSIC EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN, WITH THE PROS

Growing up in Waycross, GA Jorel Flynn was the last of eight children, seven boys and one girl.  He used music to find his place in his family and in the world.  He is a world renowned drummer, who now is sharing his love of music with children, through his How Big is Your Dream Foundation. It is all about promoting, educating and developing children to excel in music and in life.  His wife Christy helps to run the foundation while Jorel , better known as JFly, flies around the world performing.  He’s also on the board of the Atlanta Grammys and has appeared at the Grammys…check out the shoes.  The only person he really wanted to perform with and didn’t get the chance to, was Michael Jackson.  JFly is just back from Las Vegas and had to get the glove. In between traveling, he is organizing a concert to benefit his foundation.The foundation needs funds to operate its spring break and summer camps.  . Six to 18 year olds learn an instrument, get voice training, learn to write lyrics, dabble in music technology, dance, act, and radio from professionals in the business, still performing. The Unity Concert is March 31  at 7:30 p.m. at the Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech. I am emceeing.  Performing artists include Rhonda Thomas, Chandra Currelley, Good Times Brass Band and Alex Bugnon. For more information on the How Big is your dream Foundation; the concert, the Spring Break Camp and the Summer Camp go to http://www.howbigisyourdream.org. If you missed the show, the podcast will be up Tuesday at http://www.kiss104fm.com.  
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