Jonathan Banks, author of Raise Your GPA: God’s Way to Win @ School & Life, gives families practical strategies for raising academically strong and spiritually grounded kids.
Listening to the testimonies of highly-successful people can sometimes give you the boost you need to live out your own dreams. Be inspired and receive your blessing by watching the videos below.
1) Celebrity Stories of Faith: Lecrae
“God has called me to be way more than I could have ever imagined.”
Hip-hop artist Lecrae talks about how he initially wrote about money, cars and girls and stuff that mattered to him. However, a shift happened in his life when he began to see those material things as trivial without eternal value.
2) FAITH – Stephen Curry’s Motivational Speech .
“All you need to have is faith in God and undying passion for what you do or what you choose to do in this life…”
It’s a short video, but you’ll get a jolt of inspiration from his on-point advice on how to be successful. The video was shot after Curry won the 2014-15 NBA Most Valuable Player award.
3) Michelle Williams: A Story of Faith
“God’s Word is What Continues to Sustain Me and Keep Me.”
The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and member of Destiny’s Child opens up about her life growing up and battling depression and suicidal thoughts until she dedicated her mornings to reading a Bible app.
4) Denzel Washington Motivational & Inspiring Commencement Speech
“Put God first in everything you do. Everything that I have is by the grace of God.”
Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington delivered the commencement speech at Dillard University, telling college graduates to put God first in everything they do.
5) Chance The Rapper Reads The Book Of Galatians On Instagram
“One thing I didn’t know about the Bible is that it’s not all narrative.”
It’s not so much that this video itself is particularly inspiring, but the fact that a rapper of Chance’s caliber is on video, reading Galatians IS inspiring.
I’ve read about moms who have known since their kids were toddlers that they wanted to homeschool. That wasn’t the case for my family. Until recently, both my two boys have always been in public schools. Our journey to homeschooling came by way of a lot of personal issues that we couldn’t have predicted. Honestly, I never considered it before now. But here I am and, actually, I’m starting to wonder why I waited so long. I wanted to do this column to provide resources and encouragement to others who find themselves in a similar situation. I’ll be writing a new post each month (or more if time permits) with an update on how we’re doing, adding any new resources I’ve uncovered, and sharing tidbits about homeschooling that I’m learning along the way.
It has been six months since we started on this journey with our 14-year-old son, who began a home-based high school curriculum last fall. I’m no expert by any means, but you’d be surprised how much several trials by fire in a short amount of time can teach you.
Anxiety and depression can wreak havoc on a teen’s educational goals. I’m glad we took a leap of faith and listened to our son.
The presidential election season is heating up! Black and brown people need to be #woke and on point — voter suppression is real. Bring your ID, even if you don’t think you’ll need it. No ID? VoteRiders can get you one. If there is a Black wave coming, we all need to be proactive. Are you registered to vote? Find out in 30 seconds at Vote.org. Need more information? The National Association of Secretaries of State has state-by-state information on where to vote. Some states allow you to register online.
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Products won exemptions from the U.S. Trade Representative for “health, safety, national security, and other factors,” but the criteria remain unclear.
In the black church, we fall along a wide spectrum of conservative and liberal social values. Our intersections related to race and gender are complex and nuanced.
While Republicans have been more inclined to weave faith into their rhetoric, particularly since the rise of the evangelical right in the 1980s, several current Democratic White House hopefuls are explicitly linking their views on policy to religious values.
Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris presents herself as the leader who can best unite an America that is at an “inflection point” and facing a critical question.
Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith’s victory was never really threatened by Democrat Mike Espy in Tuesday’s contest, which brought Mississippi’s long history of racial politics into sharp relief.
The presidential election season is heating up! Black and brown people need to be #woke and on point — voter suppression is real. We’ll keep updating this page with new information as the 2020 presidential election draws nearer.
Last-minute legal decisions, a racist robocall and a protester wearing a giant chicken suit holding a sign that reads “too chicken to debate.” These are the scenes playing out amid the final furious days of the hotly contested and historic race for Georgia governor between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp.
In the final days in one of the nation’s hottest governor’s races, Oprah Winfrey and President Donald Trump, as well as former Presidents Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter and Vice President Mike Pence, are trying to put their imprint on the Georgia election.
The final stretch of the midterm campaign is increasingly dominated by debate over one of the most sensitive issues in American culture: race.
In an era defined by deep political partisanship, there’s perhaps no state where the divide runs deeper than Florida, which is in the grip of a fierce culture clash over guns, race, climate change and the president.
In 2018, Generation Z has taken an active role in political activism on issues like gun control, Black Lives Matter, and #MeToo.
The first black female Republican in Congress is facing a tough challenge from a well-known Democratic mayor in a largely suburban Utah district where many say they are wary of President Donald Trump.
Powerful data-mining tools allow today’s campaigns to connect religious voters with their political viewpoints and to micro-target ads to fit their particular brand of faith.
Civil rights organizations have filed a federal lawsuit against Georgia Secretary of State and Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp, accusing his office of preventing minority voters from registering ahead of next month’s closely watched race.
Voters in this very liberal, very white state made Kiah Morris a pioneer when in 2014 they elected her as its first black female legislator. Two years later, another Vermont surfaced: racist threats that eventually forced her to leave office in fear and frustration.
Elections must be as transparent and simple as possible. Election officials have an important role to play in protecting election integrity.
You’ve probably seen a fair amount of “horse race” coverage focusing on competition between rival candidates while downplaying policies and platforms. But if you know how to read these stories, it helps you understand what’s at stake for you and can even inform your own political participation.
Motivated in part by President Donald Trump’s disparaging remarks about women and the numerous claims that he committed sexual assault, American women are running for state and national office in historic numbers.
Black rural voters living in red states are staunchly Democratic even as they’re surrounded by white voters who are almost all Republicans. And they’re often overlooked by big-name candidates from both parties.
A recent PRRI/The Atlantic 2018 Voter Engagement Survey found that 5 percent of Wisconsin residents surveyed said they or someone in their household was told they lacked the proper documentation to vote.
The CBC Foundation panel explored the strategies that African American women are using to mobilize their communities and how their work is changing the face of government and our overall political landscape.
Roland Martin and Mark Thompson, host of SiriusXM’s “Make It Plain” discussed the lack of voter mobilization programs that specifically target African American men after the success of the push to mobilize Black women voters in Alabama.
Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Republican, is in the midst of a closely watched race against Democrat Stacey Abrams, a former state House minority leader who’s trying to become the country’s first black, female governor.
Obama’s return poses challenges for both the former president and his party.