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Gospel artist and radio personality Erica Campbell is  on television once again with her family on their new show “We’re the Campbells” on TV One.

In the show Erica and her husband Warryn Campbell don’t hold back on the topics brought up on the show from life work balance to suffering loss.

In Episode 4 “Colour Me Blind,” the family addresses the all too real issue of colorism, brought up by their 13-year-old daughter, Krista.

Krista confided in her mom Erica about the isolation that she’s experiencing at school. “Am I ugly?” Krista asked her mom. “A lot of the guys at school like light skinned girls,” Krista shared and then listed all of the couples in their family of light skinned wife and darker skinned husband pairings. Krista is very smart for her age and is not oblivious to her own talents and beauty.

However, when you have a different perspective from your parent, it may be tempting to think that people don’t understand what you go through.“You’re light skinned so you don’t really know exactly how it feels,” Krista explained to her mom. With that in mind Erica shared with her daughter that her journey is her own and there are going to be some battles that she’ll have to go through. Erica assured her daughter when she looked her in the eyes and told her “you are exactly what I prayed for…your life counts, your life means something not just to us, but to God. Your life is yours to be used for God’s glory.”

“As long as you love yourself and surround yourself with people who care for you for the inside of who you are that’s the most important thing,said Erica

“It’s like a dagger stuck in my heart…I don’t want her to experience what I went through,” confessed Warryn after Erica brought up the issue with him. Warryn grew up experiencing skin tone discrimination and still sees it in the music industry. Even in developing talent like his own sister Joi (JoiStaRR), he had to have the hard conversation about receiving push back from music executives who loved her sound but didn’t favor her brown skin.

“I can’t protect Joi from these issues of colorism, and pretend they don’t exist, but I can be upfront and honest with her so she’s prepared for it,” said Warren.

“You can’t let people’s words dictate what you’re going to be,” Warryn advised Joi. This can be applied to anyone’s walk, for all of us have a personal battle to fight, our own crosses to carry.

Later in the episode, Erica arranged a meetup for her daughter Krista with Kheris Rogers, an 11 year old designer and youth speaker. Kheris confidently shared her own story about overcoming colorism and how her message of “flexin’ in my complexion” took off all over the Internet. In the meetup, Krista expressed her own story of being called “darkie” in the 5th grade:

In reference to this episode, Joi posted online: “Colorism is obviously still a painful issue in America, but I’ve learned to embrace my chocolate penny copper brown skin tone, and the peculiar birthmark on my face. God’s plan.”

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“In my house, we’re striving to move past that issue of what your skin looks like,” Warryn said towards the end of the episode. Krista at age 13 is believing more in herself and not looking for outward validation regarding her skin tone, which was encouraging for her aunt Joi. It was great to see all of the family members step up and pour into Krista, not only sharing what they have experienced with racism and colorism, but affirming who she is. Warryn was right that it starts at home, building a positive foundation for children to see themselves as who God made them to be in a world that would want them to change who they are.

Be sure to catch more episode of “We’re the Campbells” on TV One every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. CST!

 

Tatianah is the founder of the blog BLISSforSingles.com {Black Love & Inspiration for Saved Singles} where she encourages singles in faith and love. She recently published her first book entitled Journey to 30: A Single Woman's Guide to Living Unapologetically Without Deadlines. Tatianah works, plays and lives unapologetically for Christ in Chicago.

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Christian Music Community Celebrates Tony Evans Becoming First African American to Author a Study Bible, Commentary

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This past week included a celebration for Tony Evans who just became the first African American to create a Bible Study and Commentary! Some of the top artists in Christian music joined in on this celebration. Artists included Kirk Franklin, Lecrae, Tori Kelly, Anthony Evans, Actress – Sherie Shepherd and many more.

The “Tony Evans Study Bible” features study notes and other tools designed for digging deeper into God’s word. These notes and resource have been collected from the sermons, teachings, and writings of Dr. Tony Evans. They are strategically place alongside the biblical text to explain God’s word in a fresh way; applying the truths of God’s word empowers readers to live according to the values of God’s kingdom.

This isn’t Pastor Evan’s first time breaking records, as he was also the first African American to earn a doctorate in theology at the renown Christian institute Dallas Theological Seminary.

It’s surprising that in 2019, we are still listing “The 1st African American” to reach certain heights within the Christian community. But, that fight is something that Pastor Tony Evans knows too well and has been accustomed to fighting for years. In a recent interview with Christianity Today, Pastor Evans spoke about his recent counsel to Kirk Franklin regarding his decision to boycott the Dove Awards and why it was important to him to of highlight the presence of Black people in the Bible:

“One of the things I point out in the Bible is the black presence in the Bible. And one of the issues I have dealt with: There were years where I was not allowed to be on radio because of my race, and I was told that directly. So there has been in the Christian community and the evangelical community, a consistent disparity in how minorities are treated and how we are allowed to sit at the table equally.

And so when they cut out the part of his speech that was critical to his and our experience, that demonstrated cultural, racial insensitivity, especially since it was nothing offensive. It was a fact of what had happened. So I felt that would have been appropriate since that’s what his conscience told him to do. But I also told him, you must honor your conscience in a righteous way. And so that’s why he put in there he’s willing to help rectify it, not just complain about it because a lot of times you have complaints without solutions. Let’s help heal. Let’s not just keep divided, but also let’s be clear on what’s right and what’s wrong.” 

Speaking on why it was important to him to highlight the presence of Black people in the Bible, Pastor Evans spoke plainly:

“What I want to say to African Americans is if you see what’s really in the Bible, you can find yourself there. You don’t have to lose yourself to believe in Jesus. In fact, much of who we are is in Jesus.”

           Read that full interview here.

 

We salute Pastor Tony Evans for breaking records once again in the Christian community.

Be sure to click this link to purchase your copy of the Tony Evans Study Bible. Sound off in the comment section and tell us what you think of this new Bible commentary!

 

 

 

 

 

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John Crist Responds To Reports of Misconduct Against Women & Admits Seeking Help For Addiction

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Comedian and internet sensation John Crist, who just landed a Netflix special, recently admitted to “destructive and sinful” behavior and canceled his upcoming tour after multiple accusations of unwanted sexting, harassment and manipulation. While John says that he is not guilty of everything he is being accused of, he did release the following statement:

“While I am not guilty of everything I’ve been accused of, I confess to being guilty of this — I have treated relationships with women far too casually, in some cases even recklessly. My behavior has been destructive and sinful,” Crist added. “I’ve sinned against God, against women and the people who I love the most. I have violated my own Christian beliefs, convictions and values, and have hurt many people in the process.”

Like many, John has struggles that he has kept hidden. But, according to most his recent statements, he has recently started seeking help for his challenges with sexual sin and addiction.  After the recent allegations by several women, Crist stated the following to Charisma News about those struggles:

“Over several recent years, I have privately sought and received regular professional treatment for my sexual sin and addiction struggles. I’m committed to getting healing and freedom from my sin and have decided to cancel my remaining tour dates this year and to postpone all future commitments in order to devote all my time and energy on getting healthy spiritually, mentally and physically.

Those closest to me—my family, team and close friends—have known about this battle for some time, and now you do too. I’m ashamed of my behavior and I’m so sorry for hurting so many people. I don’t blame anyone but myself. I’m responsible for my actions and I’ve repented and am taking full ownership. I realize it will be difficult for some people to ever forgive me, and I accept that as a result of my bad decisions and actions.

My entire career has been lived out on stage, and even though I’ve shared many of my life struggles with my audiences, I’ve lived in constant fear of the darkest parts of my life being exposed publicly. My greatest fear has been that those who have loved and supported me would hate me if they knew everything about me. I now humbly seek forgiveness and mercy and love—not just for me, but for those I’ve hurt along my path. I’m so sorry.”

 

Click here to read the most recent allegations and his full direct response to Charisma News.

 

ABOUT JOHN CRIST:

Earlier this year, John Crist was named in the Top 100 Tours which is based on attendance and gross sales. Being featured on this list is something he shares with other Christian artists and entertainers such as TobyMac and Chris Tomlin. With over 500 million video views, he has been penned as a comedian and viral sensation who was named as being “the next big thing in standup comedy”.

Crist is most known for viral videos like “Millennial International,” “Lady Who Has a Bible Verse for Every Situation,” or “Road Rage in the Church Parking Lot,” Crist has solidified his comedy prowess with sold out shows from coast to coast, highlighted by recent television appearances on Live at Gotham and Laughs on Fox. Crist’s comedy has been featured on ESPN, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, Buzzfeed, and Fox. He’s shared the stage with Dave Chappelle, Jeff Foxworthy, Seth Meyers, Adam Carolla, Trevor Noah, Tim Hawkins, and more.

 

HELP FOR ADDICTION:

If you or a close friend or loved one is also struggling with sexual addiction, consider contacting any of the following for assistance: (Feel free to let us know of other helpful resources that we can research and add to this listing)

www.faithfulcounseling.com

www.christiancounseling.ws

www.justbetweenus.org

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Mike Todd’s Message “Instagram Didn’t Make Me” Goes Viral: Watch Full Message Here

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Mike Todd of Transformation church recently spoke at the VOUS Conference where he preached a message called “The Problem…Just Found An Answer”. A portion of that message called “I wasn’t made on instagram” was featured on instagram and went viral! If you’re looking for the full message, you have come to the right place. Scroll down to the last video to see the full message:

 

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Tip: The portion of this message that was highlighted on social media and went viral begins at 9:18.

 

Watch more messages from Pastor Mike Todd at www.transformchurch.us and on their YouTube Channel.
Register early for VOUS Conference 2020 here: vousconference.com
Learn more about VOUS Church in Miami, FL here: www.vouschurch.com

 

 

 

 

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