Black Television News Channel officials continue to build its news operations team. Earlier this month, it opened the job portal for qualified applicants to fill the position of News and Programming Director and Assistant News Director. All applications — “story and history” — to jobs@btnc.tv by Sunday, July 23, 2017. BTNC will launch the 24-hour network […]


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Endurance: Tips for mental strength and spiritual stamina

My mother’s pastor, Dr. Barbara King, author and founder/minister of Atlanta’s Hillside International Truth Center, teaches weekly courses on life skills that promote “New Thought” principles and related insight. Her Wednesday classes are so popular that they are live streamed and archived on the church’s website on a limited basis.

One of the handouts to the “truth students” by Dr. Barbara resonates with me. It is written by a wise individual who wished to remain anonymous. It reads as follows:

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

  1. They don’t waste time feeling sorry for themselves.
  2. They don’t give away their power.
  3. They don’t shy away from change.
  4. They don’t waste energy on things they can’t control.
  5. They don’t worry about pleasing everyone.
  6. They don’t fear taking calculated risks.
  7. They don’t dwell on the past.
  8. They don’t make the same mistakes over and over.
  9. They don’t resent other people’s success.
  10. They don’t give up after the first failure.
  11. They don’t fear alone time.
  12. They don’t feel the world owes them anything.
  13. They don’t expect immediate results. — Anonymous

Thank you for the reminder, Mom.



In the accompanying photo, I am holding one of Hillside’s non-denominational monthly publications with daily, positive thoughts.  I love Hillside for what it has brought out of me to aid me in navigating this great life. 









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My ‘pre-existing’ experience: Ailing prognosis on Trump Administration’s new medical listing

In 1986 when my twin son was a few months old, he was refused coverage by our medical insurance company because he had a pre-existing condition. As a result, the Atlanta neurologist who — bi-weekly — reviewed and offered diagnosis for our son based on his EEG lab work, always provided us with a per visit invoice of $1,000.00.

Being denied medical care in the United States because of pre-existing conditions or due to stiff insurance premium hikes, is wrong.

It was wrong in 1986. It is wrong in 2017.  John Kimbrough had a pre-existing condition. His birth caused a severe umbilical hernia.  Upon his delivery by C-Section, the first born of the twins was  whisked away from the delivery room due to my high risk pregnancy and anticipated difficult birth. The second twin, Jocelyn, was born with respiratory issues that were resolved within minutes.

John was fortunate. A surgeon who specialized in intestinal procedures with infants, missed his flight home to Asia and was on-call when John arrived in the surgical room. John lived and his surgery that resulted in a star placed where his belly button should be, has been a blessing. Now nearing 31 years of age,  John is a young man who withstood bacterial meningitis at age 3 months that resulted in Petit Mal seizures, which left him with partial hearing loss and ultimately, he completely lost his eye sight.

When John’s sight completely left his last functioning eye, we took him to the hospital and after review of his case, we were called into a room with two hospital administrators.  They told us that it we would have to provide the hospital with a $1,000.00 cash deposit on John’s surgery to hopefully repair the sight in his right eye. We didn’t immediately have it. Once we produced the money — three days later — the Atlanta hospital scheduled the surgery. Who knows if John had the surgery immediately upon his blindness if he would be able to see today? Yet, today, John bravely begins the full evaluation of a kidney transplant operation. Soon, his older brother, twin sister, father and me along with other family and friends will learn if we are the perfect match for John’s kidney transplant procedure.

My vision dimmed as I contemplated John’s future that would include paying out of pocket for his health care.  It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it.

I praised the passage of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.  It allowed everyone access to affordable health care. Today, I loudly condemn the repeal of ACA by the recent U.S. House approval. Its repeal allows insurance carriers to determine (again) if patients are outright denied coverage or have to pay higher premiums for pre-existing medical conditions. The bi-partisan list of pre-existing conditions causes my skin to crawl and tears well in my eyes. One denial is too many. How dare the ill-advised Congress determine the life and death of thousands of our Americans by their vote? Whether fully denied coverage or huge hikes in health care premiums result from what could be the Senate’s passage of the Obamacare repeal, this messing-with the Obamacare health care law is a political debacle.

Looking forward to the U.S. Senate rejecting the bill. For more facts on this matter, see http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/factcheck/fact-check-rumors-claims-and-context-on-gop-health-bill/ar-BBANwfG

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Never Stop Learning


I read some where to treat life as an opponent in a chess game.  You have to be calculating when life takes its turn. Pay close attention.  Think about your next play. Those who do usually win the game.  In life, always position yourself as the student. Develop often. Stay open-minded. Learn from every situation. Strategize. Position yourself to succeed.

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@famusjgc82 Summer 2017 rw2_lit class: “A” for team effort

The 23 sophomore, junior and senior students who spent six fast weeks learning about website development, blogs, podcasts, video while sharpening writing and editing skills, released their first draft of their website.

If you, as an observer and encourager, find any type of errors and/or have recommendations for the students, please inbox them on Instagram, rw2_lit.

Thanks and check it out: https://bdanterious.wixsite.com/reportingandwriting


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Lanetra Bennett – Multimedia Journalist — Morgan Elise Martin

Nowadays, being a reporter consists of more than just a pretty face and a strong voice. Lanetra Bennett, reporter at WCTV-CBS affiliate in Tallahassee, shared the lifestyle and every day routine of a multimedia journalist. On June 8, 2017 at 11:05 a.m. after the Board of Trustees meeting she informed me there are no videographers…”I […]

via Lanetra Bennett – Multimedia Journalist — Morgan Elise Martin

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Embracing your comfort blanket

As a child, I never wanted or needed a comfort blanket or stuffed animal to keep me safe from any perceived harm. Not judging: At least one of my siblings needed the warm touch of an outside object to migrate through infancy to childhood. I also know there are hundreds of children who benefit from comfy blankets or stuffed animals to ease tough transitions.

Yet, in my adulthood, I acquired items that morphed into my comfort blankets. In 1982, received two crocheted and knitted blankets that marked the birth of my oldest son.A friend carefully crafted the yellow and white blanket for my newborn; the multi-colored blanket was designed for my covering during naps from taking care of my baby son.

As life progressed, I would increasingly seek out the yellow blanket and used it to cover each of my three children and my grandchildren during their nap times. While covering the young ones with the blanket, I transferred my prayers for them from me. It gave me comfort and I believe my utterings and the heavier than normal blanket was like a big hug to the napper.   Today, the yellow blanket is my visual reminder of the beautiful passage of time. I keep it in my home office as inspiration for my writing projects and an occasional warm wrap on my shoulders.

The larger, orange, brown and yellow blanket was made for me by my grandmother, “Mama Helen” Douthy. My family, household guests and I have snuggled under the multi-colored blanket.  The blanket seems to have a secret power to immediately place the user into a snug sleep. When Mama Helen died in November 2008, I placed her blanket over my comforter for at least a year to help with my grief for a lady who taught me many things in life, including how to knit and crochet.

Whatever object one finds comfort in —  pacifiers as babies and a single memory item for one nearing the end of life, it brings the user some reconciliation with uneasy points of life. It was Researcher D.W. Winnicott who coined the phrase “transitional object” (1951) to what I call comfort items. I remember that on a police ride-along in DeKalb County,Georgia a decade ago, my “partner” sergeant had a few teddy bears in his vehicle in case we encountered domestic situations that involved children whose trauma could be eased with the hug of a warm, stuffed animal.

I am proud of my comfort blankets. They are symbols like those used during spiritual ceremonies and even by professional athletes.  I worked with the host committee for the 1995 Olympic Games and became familiar with several comfort or good luck items and rituals prior to events. For instance, the 2016  Olympic Games in Rio included three-time parathelete, Army 1Lt., Purple Star and Bronze Medalist Melissa Stockwell always places a small picture of her son and husband on her bike and eats special candy the night before a race.

Author Brian Mayne, “Self Mapping: How to Awaken to your True Self,” suggests that adults should embrace their transitional objects … What’s your comfort blanket?”


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Bobby Henry Sr. is the Recipient of the 2017 Angelo B. Henderson Community Service Award – National Association of Black Journalists

Source: Bobby Henry Sr. is the Recipient of the 2017 Angelo B. Henderson Community Service Award – National Association of Black Journalists

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