Archive | April, 2012

Witnessing With & Through Social Media—The Flame of Evangelism Must Never Go Out!

30 Apr

” My Mission – like YOU is to be a voice calling out on the Internet – that if YOU are weak, and heavy laden, or YOU are a weary traveler that needs to be regenerated this will be a place of peace, truth, grace, and love in a world looking for real answers. ‘The Flame of Evangelism Must Never Go Out!’ Bishop John David Young, Sr. mantra to the members and friends at Pentecostal Temple Ministries.

 Faith doesn’t ignore the severity of a problem, it just believes God has a solution. I want to leave YOU with a tool for the answers of how we can navigate through social media – Yes! Man or woman shall not live by social media alone! Is social media a threat to God-Focus? – I am not the only one who has investigated or has blog on this my Twitter friend – John Piper has also sounded off on this subject. And he confirmed in my spirit along with God that which you are about to read. We have many people slipping off in alarming rates to pornography on the Internet or through some form of social media via our personal electronic devices. We must learn to fight fire with fire. To me social media is not a threat to God-focus – why? It works both ways. While YOU tell yourself I can’t read my Bible on my computer or whatever electronic wifi device. The presence of other distractions threaten every moment to drag your attention away from the word of God – pop ups from hell. True. Fight that. Since social media is here I am going to use it to the glory of God.

Matthew 11:12 

And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it (that is – social media) by force.

 But don’t take mainly a defensive posture. Fight fire with fire. Why not WE threaten the world by witnessing to a lost world or a weary traveler in need a regeneration up late and can’t go to sleep. Why don’t WE saturate social media sites with our kingdom living, stories, pictures, and news. When WE see, the ungodly images, and the tasteless words, that people use on and through social media before WE say something WE must take the time to pray first, seek direction, to effectively minister to that industry, that person, it may be while you are ministering to others doing social media evangelism that you will be a first partaker of the healing and that YOU too will lose control and become addicted to the Bible! again and again while you encounter each soul through this arena remember that man or woman and for that matter children – shall not live by social media alone but by the electronic word of God – Now TWEET that on put that on your facebook or blog status – the flame of evangelism must never go out!

Blessings on your day!

Your humble servant,


Visionary of CoverUpMinistry


what’s in a name? p1

28 Apr

what's in a name? p1.

28 Apr

‘How to Think Like a Man’ serves up patriarchy with a smile by Rahiel Tesfamariam

27 Apr

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 04/27/2012
‘How to Think Like a Man’ serves up patriarchy with a smile
By Rahiel Tesfamariam

In an era when Black Hollywood faces big-screen famine, it’s almost instinctual to celebrate Steve Harvey’s hit movie “Think Like a Man” and its all-star cast as a major success.

Meagan Good is shown in a scene from “Think Like a Man.” (Alan Markfield – AP) But for all of its laugh-out-loud moments, what Harvey is really doing is serving up patriarchy with a smile.

The romantic comedy, based on the comedian’s self-help book, took the top slot from “The Hunger Games” in its opening weekend and brought in an impressive $33.6 million. Yet Harvey, Tyler Perry, T.D. Jakes and countless others are making millions branding themselves as cultural gurus who understand the plight of black women.

Only a patriarchal mind set would constantly paint women with stereotypical, pathological brushstrokes and serve it up as digestible truth. As if real-world paternalism wasn’t enough, we can also have it to look forward to in black cinema.

“Think Like a Man” follows the love lives of four women sketched as common black female stereotypes: the single mother (Regina Hall), the promiscuous Jezebel in need of taming (Meagan Good), the never-satisfied control freak (Gabrielle Union) and the emasculating, powerful executive (Taraji P. Henson).

Using Harvey’s book as a life manual to navigate expectations, courtship and sexual intimacy, they play seemingly successful mind games until the day their deceptive plans backfire and the male characters in the film discover their hidden weapon

This isn’t to say that “Think Like a Man” and movies like it are devoid of wisdom and don’t mirror reality in some respects, but men can’t continue to be conduits of our self-understanding, mediating how we see ourselves and how society as a whole views us. Popular culture is in desperate need of more entertainment mediums that are conceptualized, owned and operated by black women fully equipped to cultivate and sustain their own cultural production.

Otherwise, we will continue to see widespread portrayals of black women as problems in need of fixing. “Think Like a Man” comes on the heels of the American mass media’s recent nagging obsession with the state of black women and an alleged epidemic of singlehood.

It seems this country has been heavily immersed in the examination of black women’s identities in the last few years, dissecting claims about our inability to balance careers with biological clocks and our self-destructive refusal to maintain realistic expectations for romantic intimacy.

Following a how-to guide about relationships for the purposes of manipulating men into monogamy might be shrugged off as laughable by some, but it’s part of a larger “culture of desperation” playing out on reality television shows like “Basketball Wives” and “Love and Hip-Hop.” Our society has been saturated with images of black women who center their lives around evasive black men.

If the mainstream media were the only one telling our stories, the world would believe we’re all nothing more than capitalistic, A-type personalities who are perpetually paralyzed by the fear that our African American knights in shining armor will abandon us for white women. “Think Like a Man” plays off of many of these female archetypes that shape societal perception and treatment of black women.

Ironically, one stereotype of black women omitted by Steve Harvey was that of the “Jesus freak” whose passionate love for God prevents her from having a healthy relationship with a man. Although Harvey didn’t have to go the lengths that Tyler Perry and T.D. Jakes have gone to emphasize the role of Christianity in the lives of black women, I believe he made a mistake by completely eliminating spirituality from the worldview of the main characters.

Matters of faith have historically been so deeply embedded into the black American psyche that’s its practically dishonest to reflect black women navigating concerns about love, family and careers without any substantive “God talk.”

But “God talk” in “Think Like a Man” would have likely interfered with the depiction of the women as constantly yearning for a man, as intimacy with God often fosters a sense of fulfillment so great that the opposite sex no longer takes center stage.

Harvey’s decision to deemphasize the role of spirituality was arguably a strategic one considering he rarely omits Christian narratives from his comedic performances. Maintaining centrality in the character’s lives by providentially coaching them through life’s most important decisions, Harvey symbolically played the role of God.

The notion of “thinking like a man” is ultimately not only flooded with sexism but human idolatry in that it grants men a level of supremacy reserved strictly for God. By encouraging women to calculate their every move according to men’s desires and actions, Harvey provides a distorted, archaic roadmap to female empowerment. Women, who are equally made in the perfect image of God, are much better off searching for themselves and who they’re uniquely called to be.

Rahiel Tesfamariam is a columnist and blogger for The Washington Post and The RootDC. She is the founder/editorial director of Urban Cusp, an online lifestyle magazine highlighting progressive urban culture, faith, social change and global awareness. Follow her on Twitter @RahielT.

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By Rahiel Tesfamariam | 12:02 PM ET, 04/27/2012

Steve Harvey is mistaken – response by a Lady wishing to think like a Lady

26 Apr

Fuck Steve Harvey.

Disclaimer: This exchange is vulgar…not for the faint of heart.

P.S. In order to pray for people we must see how people think…so that we may effectively pray for our brothers and sisters.

I was unable to clean up the foul language but I understand in her carnality why she is upset. If we are going to change the world we must know their hurts so we might by the Word of God have a remedy to heal their mind then change will come in their habits, and wholesome communication will come.

This is social network evangelism and is not always clean communication that we find on the internet so again I was unable to change the language but I wanted us to see her pain.


Sexual Misconduct…Secret Service Agents — Not above Reproach

20 Apr

Ousted Secret Service supervisor joked about Palin
April 20, 2012

WASHINGTON Sarah Palin says the joke’s on the ousted Secret Service supervisor who wrote on Facebook that he was “checking her out” while protecting the former Republican vice presidential candidate during the 2008 campaign.

“Well, check this out, buddy &#8212 you’re fired!” Palin said Thursday in a Fox News interview.

David Chaney, one of two supervisors forced out of the Secret Service this week in fallout from an embarrassing prostitution scandal, posted at least two photographs of himself with Palin, along with another in which a woman in a revealing bikini top stood in the background, looking at Chaney.

That photo was captioned: “not in front of my son.”

Chaney wrote of his assignment guarding Palin: “I was really checking her out, if you know what i (sic) mean?” after a friend commented on the picture posted in January 2009.

Details of the photos and comments were first reported by The Washington Post.

Palin said the scandal is “a symptom of government run amok.”

“It’s like, who’s minding the store around here?” Palin told Fox. “The president, for one, he better be wary, there, of when Secret Service is accompanying his family on vacation. They may be checking out the first lady instead of guarding her.”

Earlier Thursday, the White House had expressed renewed confidence in the director of the Secret Service in the midst of the sordid scandal, which threatens to become a serious political distraction in an election year. A key lawmaker who oversees the Secret Service predicted more firings there soon.

President Barack Obama’s chief spokesman, Jay Carney, noted that some Secret Service employees involved have already lost their jobs, just days into the government’s formal investigation of the incident last weekend in Colombia, where Obama attended a summit meeting. Carney said the president’s security in Cartagena was never compromised, and he asked for patience as official investigations continue.

“Perhaps it would be in the interests of a complete and thorough and fair investigation not to make determinations about the conclusions of an investigation before they’ve even been reached,” Carney said. “That’s the president’s position.”

The scandal arose near the start of the Summit of the Americas when at least some of 11 Secret Service employees brought prostitutes back to their Cartagena hotel. The agency has moved quickly to try to quell the embarrassing episode, forcing out three employees so far, including two supervisors.

Lawrence Berger, general counsel for the Federal Law Enforcement Officials Association, confirmed Thursday he is representing the supervisors, Chaney and Greg Stokes, but said he could not discuss details of the investigation.

A third employee has resigned. The employees under investigation include members of the agency’s “jump teams,” which are sent to sites to set up security in advance of the president’s arrival. Others are on counter-assault and counter-sniper teams. The majority of the group is believed to be based in the Washington area.

Eight men remain suspended and have had their top-secret security clearances lifted. The scandal also involves about 10 military personnel and as many as 20 Colombian women.

Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican and chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, said more firings could be imminent.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if you saw more dismissals and more being forced out sooner rather than later,” said King, who is being updated on the investigation by Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, the senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he thought more people would be fired within “just a few days.”

Three U.S. military officials have said the military personnel include five Army Green Berets, two Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal technicians, two Marine dog handlers and an Air Force airman. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still under way.

An Air Force colonel and a military lawyer have gone to Colombia as part of the military investigation. The Secret Service probe has included interviews with the employees and hotel staff.

My Theme Song by way of J. Moss — Livin 4

15 Apr

J Moss – Livin 4 Lyrics

Oh no, thought it'd never come
That day that I tell her that I gotta run
Run, run, to my Savior, Do my labor
Cuz His word is Razor sharp
I forgot I hid it in my heart
Gotta do a clean sweep on the spot
Drop, everything that aint clean
Dont take it for being mean
A brother's gotta fufill his dream 
Kna' Mean?

[Verse 1]
You made my toes bring my balance to the floor
You made my feet walk right over to your door
You had my ankles tangled and puzzled
You had my knees to the point they buckled (what you doin to me?)
In the light of day I stumble over your way
Couldn't wait till the night time, the high time, the right time
Bein as it was, we had to close the door
It was like turning away from a million bucks 
But I can't see you kno more

Its like the cold of a lonely night
The draft of a window not shut tight
I've got a hunger for bein right
that's what I'm livin 4
I'm livin 4
Enticed by the things you do
It's a one way ticket
To a devil's hell foolin with you 
My soul wants to be true
That's what I'm livin 4
I'm livin 4

[Verse 2]
You had my legs on a virtual restrainer
I could not move without permission from my trainer
You had my arms and hands wrapped around your lust
You made my heart bust (what you sayin to me?)
In the light of day I stumbled over your way 
Couldn't wait for the night time, the high time, the right time
Bein as it was, we had to close the door
It was like turning away from a million bucks 
But I can't see you kno more

Its like the cold of a lonely night
The draft of a window not shut tight
I've got a hunger for bein right
that's what I'm livin 4
I'm livin 4
Enticed by the things you do
It's a one way ticket
To a devil's hell foolin with you 
My soul wants to be true
That's what I'm livin 4
I'm livin 4

I give my life
Not unto temptation, 
Nor condemnation,
For my savation, 
Is more important to me!

Its like the cold of a lonely night
The draft of a window not shut tight
I've got a hunger for bein right
that's what I'm livin 4
I'm livin 4
Enticed by the things you do
It's a one way ticket
To a devil's hell foolin with you 
My soul wants to be true
That's what I'm livin 4
I'm livin 4

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