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Erica Campbell and family tackle colorism and self esteem issues on “We’re the Campbells”

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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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Major Keys To Marriage: With Michael & Natalie Todd

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Michael Todd and his wife Natalie discuss the major keys to marriage. In this conversation, they share parts of their story that many don’t know along with the lessons they have learned. From dating to communication, infidelity and the importance of growing your individual walks with God along with your pursuit together. Watch to learn more about these topics/lessons and more!

While we suggest watching the full video, we have highlighted a few marking points for key points in this talk below:

5:50 Marriage was never supposed to be between just two people

16:55 Know the difference between what your spouse needs and what they want.

17:55 Three things no one person can fill

18:41 Women need three things

25:09 Three things your husband needs of you

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T.D. Jakes Speaks w/ “Charlamagne Tha God” About Mental Health & His Book “Shook One”

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TD Jakes had the joy of uniting with Charlamagne Tha God for a terrific discussion of his book, #ShookOne. This conversation could empower you to conquer the inner forces that thwart your growth. Someone you know needs this. Is it you?

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TD Jakes had the joy of uniting with Charlamagne Tha God for a terrific discussion of his book, #ShookOne. This conversation could empower you to conquer the inner forces that thwart your growth. Someone you know needs this. Is it you? Charlamagne Tha God is co-host of The Breakfast Club, a popular nationally-syndicated radio show where Bishop previously appeared as a guest. He also hosts the podcast Brilliant Idiots and, like TD Jakes, is a New York Times bestselling author. Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It was his first book followed by Shook One.

TD Jakes calls Shook One “powerful”, “provocative,” and “transparent.” Its subject matter concentrates on dealing with anxiety, the effects of PTSD and how mental health issues are often overlooked in today’s culture. Charlamagne speaks about his childhood, the environment and experiences that contributed to his anxiety and panic attacks, and interestingly, he talks about how finally finding success added to his mental health issues rather than easing them. He discusses how fear was a strong motivator, driving him to succeed, yet as soon as he “arrived”, his anxiety became more “overwhelming.”

TD Jakes and Charlamagne discuss how Christians often feel that church should be enough to address mental health issues like anxiety and depression, but there is often not a “sole spiritual antidote” for mental illness. In many cases, professional therapy is necessary to address these issues. Charlamagne’s book Shook One is relevant, timely and honest. Watch the full discussion and be sure to subscribe to the TD Jakes channel for more enlightening conversations.

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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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