INTERVIEW: Kendra Bell talks to James Mtume about activism during the turbulent 60’s era movements, years performing with Miles Davis, and chart-topping R&B years as founder of the band Mtume. ​

Composer, producer, writer and performer: James Mtume has carved an indelible impression on all sides of the music industry. For decades he has been putting out groundbreaking sound underscored by activism. A brilliant and informed orator, he has carved out a place as a political commentator and activist via the airways such as his popular…

INTERVIEW: Kendra Bell talks to Author Felica Kelly-Brookins about her first Christian fiction novel, Sister Nadeen’s Ways, the Write the Vision-Writers Conference, and the Inspired Resources Writers’ Club

Who does God say you are? How do you know when He has called you to something? The guiding or edging of the Lord may come as a still small voice, then gradually escalate above the decibels of the human voice, and finally, combust into a loud thunderous sound of “I have called you to…

Interview: Kendra Bell Talks to Stellar Award and Grammy Nominee Jekalyn Carr about her role on Greenleaf, her latest single “You Will Win” and More!

Five-time Stellar Award and GRAMMY nominee Jekalyn Carr is a dynamic powerhouse that continues to decree and declare there is no failure in God. Through her ministry, Carr travels the world sharing her powerful journey from servant to songstress. At the age of 20, this prophetic woman of God has held accomplishments such as debuting…

Interview: Kendra Bell Talks to Stephanie Mills About an Upcoming Concert with El DeBarge and Stokley, Turning 60, Her Lasting Career and More!

Some musical voices are distinctively recognizable. Their voices majestically pull you into a timeless trance that melodically leaves your soul captivated and emotionally hypnotized. Good music will put a tingle in your spine; great music will cause a euphonious eruption of emotions and feelings, that on the first lyrical note, has you hooked and wanting…

Mother’s Day: I’m Not a Mom, But I Have A Niece

Niece: “Tee Tee, I took my bath. Now, I need my PJs.” Aunt: “Great job on your bath. Let’s walk to the laundry room to get some.” Niece: As she walks behind her aunt, she asks,  “What’s that hanging from your panties?” She then yanks the visible maxi pad. Aunt: “Thank God I have wings.”…

Out of the Ruins

“Today, you may have made wrong decisions and feel calamity on each side. You may feel that from your wrong choices, God has turned his back on you and he no longer wants a relationship. I have great news for you!  Out of the ruins, God will reestablish you. He will remove and clear out all the debris, repurpose it, and build something greater.” – Kendra Bell

Secret Confessions of a Procrastinator

Procrastination is the thief of time. –Edward Young I have a secret confession. Each year on Christmas Eve, I arrive at the local mall to watch shoppers scramble for last minute gifts. Granted, this is an unusual annual event, but it provides enjoyment. Christmas is one of my favorite holidays, so I usually do not wait…

Surviving The Dreadful Waiting Period

In the dreadful waiting period, it seems there is no end. Whether waiting and believing for a job or a physical healing, you want this process to end. A process is exactly what you are experiencing. You seek the end, but it is the character you build during the process, that is the most important….

Faithfulness in the Midst of Adversity

In the wake of terrorist attacks in Baghdad and Istanbul, the night club shooting in Orlando, and the mass shooting of a historical black church in South Carolina, some believers are facing an incessant uncertainty regarding their faith. Many questioned, “How can the God of creation allow such tragedy in the world?” Along my journey…

The Physical and Emotional Effects of Rape

Tamar put ashes on her head and tore the ornate robe she was wearing. She put her hands on her head and went away, weeping aloud as she went. —2 Samuel 13:19  This scripture reflects the ritual that many rape victims perform after the assault has occurred. Most want nothing more than to continue to scrub…

Mental Health Awareness Month

The month of May has been deemed Mental Health Awareness Month. In the Presidential Proclamation, signed on April 28, 2016, President Obama stated “nearly 44 million American adults, and millions of children, experience mental health conditions each year, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress.” Countless efforts are underway to increase public and…

A Reflection of Me

Life has a way of bringing events full circle. I recently attended an Authors Row event where I shared my journey about anxiety and depression. As I began to speak about the signs and symptoms, a beautiful lady in her forties began to come alive. Her eyes widened with anticipation as she sat up in…

Breaking Down the Barriers of Anxiety Disorder and Depression

Everyone has a role to play when it comes to mental illness. It takes a village to raise a child but it also takes a village to nurture that child back to health. During a recent conversation with host Miyume of Epiphany radio show, she provided a profound illustration on anxiety and depression. She shared that…

SOS: Signs of Suicidal Behavior

The recent events of Kehlani’s suicidal attempt has plagued the music industry and its fans. Many are questioning why someone at the pinnacle of their career would want to end it all. Fame and fortune has masked the underbelly of depression and suicide. Recognizing the signs of suicide can lead to countering this vicious cycle and…

Key Strategies that will provide a Fundamental Foundation to Success

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”–Mario Andretti The tapestry of a successful person is their commitment, dedication and drive. Success will not fall in your lap;…

FIVE WAYS TO AVOID TEMPTATION USING BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES

How you react to daily challenges is a direct reflection of your spiritual growth. Each day, you must pray to God for earthly protection and godly wisdom. David did not always apply godly wisdom. During wartime, kings went out to battle, serving alongside their soldiers. King David found himself in a compromising position as he…

7 Quick Tips to Combat Depression

  “In my deepest, darkest moments, what really got me through was a prayer. Sometimes my prayer was ‘Help me.’ Sometimes a prayer was ‘Thank you.’ What I’ve discovered is that intimate connection and communication with my creator will always get me through because I know my support, my help, is just a prayer away.”…