Sunday, December 22, 2019

Holiday Greetings in Music:Jazzy Christmas Songs Playlist

Dear Friends:

Happy Holidays. Wishing you all a  Happy Hannukah, A  Very Merry Christmas, a Joy filled New Year and a Happy Kwanza! Here's some Jazz flavored Holiday songs to uplift and comfort your spirits especially curated for you. Your comments and greetings are welcome. Please post them in the comment section below this post. I have selected this as a featured post for obvious reasons, but the Blogger platform is not responding.Enjoy!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Oscars So Inclusive

Regina King's Best Supporting Actress win, Black Panther's multiple technical wins including two black women for Best Costume Design and Production Design, Mahershala Ali's Best Supporting Actor win and Spike Lee's Oscar triumph, receiving his first competitive award after so many years was satisfying to witness. Then there was Roma and Rami Malek's win. From beginning to end the show appeared to proceed historically for blacks, progressively for women, Latinos, immigrants and LGBT at a swift pace without a host and without a hitch. I don't know what went on behind the scenes. Beginning with Queen's and Adam Lambert's "Rock You", diversity was the theme that ran through the show.

Despite having  no official host-Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Maya Rudolph did a humorous job as introductory hosts. It was a nice peripheral touch shining a light on  the band stand where Ricky Minor,  African American band director was briefly spotlighted.

Ruth Carter and Hannah Beachler made history as two of the first Black women to receive Oscars for Best Costume Design and Production Design. During Carter's speech she paid homage to her 97 year old mother and  also gave Spike Lee props for giving her a start in the industry.  Congressman John Lewis' introduction of the Green Book movie preview and Mahershala Ali's Best Supporting Actor win which forshadowed the film's surprising Best Picture win to Barbra Streisand's poignant introduction of Spike Lee's Klansman. Her acknowledgement that they were both from Brooklyn and his subsequent win for Best Adaptation of a Screenplay followed by a speech that exhorted folks to get to the polls in 2020 and "Do the Right Thing", was made in touching and exuberant homage to ancestors. Rami Malek's Best Actor win for Bohemian Rhapsody and portrayal of LGBT musician Freddie Mercury and his mention of his parents being Egyptian immigrants and Mexican director Alfoso Cuaron's win for Roma a tale about a woman who helped raise him were among a stream of highlights of last evening's inclusivity.

Rumblings of pre-show discord that filled the air concerning lack of a host for the show, Black Panther standing the risk of not being given its deserving accolades and other seeming diversions from the event, no host confirmed after controversy over #Kevin Hart and the lingering #Oscarssowhite matter initially concerning, were gently massaged and eventually resolved with a variety of brilliant performances, acceptance speeches and movie introductions by Jennifer Hudson, Barbra Streisand, Spike Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, Rami Malek, Mr. Key, Lady GaGa, Bradley Cooper and a host of others.

There were a few surprises as well. However, from the looks of things Glenn Close seemed to handle Olivia Colmans unexpected win for the Favourite with dignity and class.

Everybody's light seemed to be shining last night from the glitter,sparkles and shine of their fashions-Jennifer Lopez and Queen Latifah come immediately to mind- to the gleam in awardees eyes upon accepting their hard earned prizes. The brilliant 
speeches by Lady GaGa who gave a very  rousing message about her journey and the importance of not giving up on your dreams! That was very inspiring.

I enjoyed the show. This year was definitely an improvement over prior years in many respects. Evidence that people took concerns expressed to heart and worked behind the scenes to change perspectives and get good material I.e., scripts and stories into the hands of actors and producers. I was glad that the producers did not mess with the awards format and try and squeeze some of the awards in during commercial breaks.

Incidentally, the stage decoration was magnificent.

"This little light of mine. I'm gonna let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine."

Monday, February 11, 2019

Faith in Action

Today's word is from Mark 2:9-12. A reading of the entire second chapter, reveals the full story of the paralytic's desparate effort to be blessed by Jesus' healing power after he had returned home to Capernaum.

By the time Jesus returned home, he had gained superstar status. Word of Jesus' miracles had spread far and wide. He was someone that everyone wanted to get a touch from. He drew mass crowds to the places he came to teach and preach. On this particular day, there was a paralyzed man being carried by some men determined to get to Jesus. As they approached the place where Jesus was they realized the crowd was too large to get through. In their desperation to reach him, they eked out an alternate route, as it became clear they were not going to be able to navigate through the crowd and reach the place near Jesus and speak directly with him.

So they circumnavigated the masses, climbed the building and dug an opening in the roof above Jesus and lowered the paralytic near him. Jesus healed the man commanding him to get up and walk home.

The lesson from this story is that you have to often press your way in faith, moving and acting on your faith and determination to move around obstacles in order to reach the person who can really help you.

There is a blessing in the pressing.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Joy in the Morning

Joy Reid is excellent. Her punditry is impeccable. I have always been impressed with the incisive and well informed coverage she provides in combination with her special analysis of complex political issues. She is the only black female journalist to have a nationally syndicated show on MSNBC after Melissa Harris Perry's questionable departure. I look forward to her weekend show, follow her online and make a point of tuning in to any news show where she is a special guest host or panelist. I was thrilled to learn that she had been awarded her own show the Reid Report and her latest A.M. Joy, both well deserved.

By the same token, I was unhappy when I read a news article on the internet recently about her controversial run in or perhaps more accurately, misunderstanding with the Gay community concerning some remarks discovered on an old blog. This incidents brings to light some crucial issues of internet misrepresentation and fraud which is unfortunately running rampant on the web. Those who recognize and have the courage to call it out are often subtly  discredited and mocked.
As a blog owner with an archive of blog posts which have been tampered with from screen shot manipulation to removal of irreplaceable photos and posts, this stuff she claims does happen. I believe her not just based on her own credibility but based on my similar experience.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

To Some, The Inscrutable Social Media Web

Social media titans and their vaguely remarked territory on the web is not as mysterious as some might think, especially our elderly statesmen, senators who are questioning Facebook's CEO with rudimentary inquiries that make them sadly appear unprepared. This is where their interns can rush in to the rescue. The ones who can supply them with 'whiz cred' in short order. By the way, where are they?
Because now they are needed.

While there are a few older folks who are
whizes themselves on the web, daily surveying and surviving mind boggling computer antics,
cryptic code play and keeping up with all else web in flying colors with code skills and old school temperament intact, millenials, a generation from which Zuckerberg hails, rule the internet. Facebook is the proof in the pudding. Collaborating with them to make the social media world more safe and equitable in the media data share arena should be top priority. Better preparedness could go a long way.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

"Help Somebody"

I am topping this Facebook post from five(5) years ago today. Helping folks in need is always on time...

Scripture-Luke 6:38

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."

Help your neighbor. If you have it to give why not help others? Of course our country is known for being the most generous in the world. Our giving strength should be reflected more in our cities and job offerings. If everyone has what they need, their heart's desire and dream what is the problem? No utopia,but at least it's a start in good gaining leverage in the world. Of course,not everyone wants to be a billionaire or millionaire. No one I believe chooses to live in poverty either.

I think the President set a good example in this recently by committing a percentage of his salary in a demonstration of solidarity with furloughed Federal workers. On a broader scale he has engendered a spirit of fairness and justice in his commitment to workers and their jobs by auto bailout. He has pushed successfully for affordable health care which gives everybody a fair shot at coverage. He pushes for urban empowerment by establishing millions in grants and appointed liaisons in six hard hit cities across the country including Detroit one of the hardest hit.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

"Mighty" Good

"We pondered your love-in-action ,God, waiting in your temple. Your name, God, evokes a train of Hallelujahs wherever It is spoken, near and far; your arms are heaped with goodness-in-action.

Be glad, Zion Mountain; Dance, Judah's daughters! He does what he said he'd do!" 

Psalm 48:12-17

I just stopped by to tell you, to remind you, to inspire you, to urge you that in the face of all the madness God is Good.  God's mercy endures forever. No matter what you may see and observe with your human vision being dished out to the world.

There is indeed plenty to be either deeply concerned, overjoyed, and unfortunately, in way too many cases outright horrified about.

You might be worn out. You might have been thrown out. You might be locked out. You may have been pushed out!  You might even be tripped out , played out and shut out. BUT God's goodness-in- action will show up and show out. God will in acts of divine grace, will and intercession let you out, free you from bondage or put you back safely where you belong while turning the whole situation around! Believe that. Trust that. And, eventually witness that.

God has the power to energize your life and transform a draining, depleting or debilitating  situation into one that will move, promote and elevate you, bringing you out of it victoriously.  If you are sitting still when you should be acting in furtherance of God's divine will and plan. God will move you. Don't doubt! Don't hesitate. Go!

Word on the street is... Get up! Get Out! Stand up! Rise Up! Talk up! Speak out!  Don't be afraid or intimidated into a dead state of thewlisness when God has spoken and directed you to move forward boldly in confidence, empowered by his love, compassion and righteosness. Stand on his anointed and holy word. God is not static. Even though he may be standing still it is for you to be still. God is still moving!

Even though God has eternally demonstrated his power to bring elements of  our universe, our world our bodies, into healthy balance while continuously ferreting out evil and negativity that makes a mockery of God's plan,God is fierce when he/she needs to be. Gentler than an Easter lamb manufacturing love to protect you, backing it up and dissipating troubles with soothing cooling waters of seas and oceans pouring out all knowing ever present all powerful "mighty good!"

Speak the Good through witness, testimony of what good god has done for you. We overcome evil,  the world, and the devil through witness, the power of our testimony. The devil comes to steal, kill and destroy. But God comes that we may have life and live it more abundantly.
Witnessing God's goodness will help you to get through and call into "check"  illusions of darkness that seek to confuse diminish and mislead. Speak hallelujah! Trust in Jesus! Call out God's name!

Bible excerpts from The Message version ©2010 by Eugene H. Peterson.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

"Love Currency": Happy Valentine's Day!

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is God;and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love." 1 John 4:7-8

Whenever love is involved it seems many of us wax poetic. Today, I have dug deep into the archives and have uncovered one of my favorite messages with an accompanying poem entitled "Love is the Currency". An audio version is enclosed and a video can be found soon on my You Tube channel. God bless your day.

Wishing you all the love you can possibly give and receive today and everyday.

Love & blessings,

Rev. Cynthia Wilson

Thursday, February 1, 2018

God's Riches in Glory

  • When I speak of love and money lining up and the result being endless and boundless prosperity, I am speaking metaphorically. True wealth flows from the fruits of the spirit that are produced as a result of faith in God and belief in his exceeding abundance which is evident in God's creation. Philippians 4:19 states that God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
  • However, there are the hard realities of extreme poverty and lack that abound on our planet. In many areas across the globe there is a lack of resources and sense of hopelessness.However, the human spirit is resilient and those of great faith know that there is no limit to the wealth God's favor through belief and standing on his word can produce. There is also much giving and projects of people helping people through church programs and public charities. Neighbors, friends and families often take care of each other.As the song goes, "it is God's will that every need should be supplied." Having love, sound mind, good health and every material need met is a form of wealth.
  • Don't ever give up. Keep honing and tweaking the gifts God has bestowed uniquely on you. Use those gifts and talents. Do not hide or bury them out of fear of rejection or that you don't quite fit the bill. Believe me, you will notice the difference. Do not let anyone take or reduce your talents. Don't let them prevent you from exercising them either through the spirit of intimidation or bullying. Stay with God, believe and stand on his promises. 
  • Remain obedient to God's guidance and gentle direction. God will provide. That belief in the final analysis, and using your talents ,not burying them like the man in the parable (Matthew 25:14-30), bringing your tithes into the storehouse (Malachi 3:10) and giving of your time and treasure to God as offerings of love and praise are actions  that will contribute to yielding the greatest and most satisfying wealth, both spiritual and material.

"Be a Blessing"

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