Walk In The Light


One thing I’ve learned in my life is that God likes to outdo Himself. His dream for your life is so much bigger than your own. His ways are higher, and He has an appointed time of favor for your life. He is going to take you places that you never thought possible. He is going to open up doors that you never have imagined. He’s going to bring talent out of you that you didn’t even know you had. This is the time to get excited about your future! It’s time to get your hopes up because you have been chosen by the Creator of the universe. Your destiny is not determined by the economy, how you were raised, or your education. Your destiny is determined by Almighty God.

Today, I want to encourage you to set your thoughts on things above. It’s time for you to move up higher to a new level. The good news is that God has already laid out victory before you. I declare that in the days ahead you’re going to stumble into it. Get ready because God is going to raise you up into the life of blessing He has prepared for you! 

J Young-Newton

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Are You Stressing?

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7 Great Bible Verses for Stress

In my distress I called upon the LORD, Yes, I cried to my God; And from His temple He heard my voice, And my cry for help came into His ears. (2 Samuel 22:7)

And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest. (Exodus 33:14)

Cast your burden upon the LORD, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken. (Psalm 55:22)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

When I am afraid, I will put my trust in Thee. In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can [mere] man do to me? (Psalm 56:3-4)

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Jody K Young-Newton

Bnicole DaReason

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The rap game is unleashing its feminine side in full force when it comes to this artist. Save the Lil’ Kim and Nicki Minaj comparisons. This young lady who goes by the name of, Bnicole DaReason, is certainly on her A-Game. With her sassy yet classy personality, she proves that Thibodaux, Louisiana breeds natural talents that are to contend with. I was overjoyed when she agreed to do this interview spread with me. I’ve said several times that It gives me great joy to see other’s succeed but especially when it is people that I grew up with or went to school with. Check out what all she had to say. Get to know her, love her and then be sure to support her. Bnicole DaReason that is.

Jody: 1. Who is the person Bnicole DaReason?

Bnicole DaReason: A Mother, an artist, a student, a go getter, as well as a quite storm. I play so many rolls, and although it gets hard, I do my best to balance it all. I’m human just like everyone else, even though I may come off like a robot, lol. I actually do find time to get a power nap in here and there, lol.

Jody: 2. What do you feel is the most pressing or important problem in our society now, and do you feel as though your experience as an artist has aided or complicated your involvement in these issues?

Bnicole DaReason: Knowledge, hands down. I know that sounds strange and most won’t agree off the bat, but let me explain. So much of our society now-a-days lack common knowledge and that situation has driven our nation, as a whole, into a hole. I’m afraid for the generations ahead if “power” continues to control the people instead of the people controlling the power. One can choose to complain, but if you don’t know, and or don’t care to learn, then no form of change can be done. One man can’t do it alone. As an artist hopefully I’m aiding more than complicating. Hopefully one can learn from my music such as where I’ve been, how far I’ve come, and where I’m headed. All of that is due to a strong mind and abundant will power. Politics, religion, money, and respect are all in, one way or another, rooted to knowledge. One has to be taught in order to learn. Knowledge is gleaned and acquired through someone else or taking your education into your own hands.

Jody: 3. Right now, who would you look up to? Who do you think is a real game-changer in the music industry?

Bnicole DaReason: I’ve always looked up to the Vets in the game. They keep me grounded by letting me know you can do this for life if you choose. With the right mindset and team backing you, you can go the distance indeed. So many names to name but most definitely Mary J.Blidge, Queen Latifah, R.Kelly, Russel Simmons, MC Lyte, Missy Elliot, Ms.Tee, Jay Z, Nas, the list goes on and on lol. As far as game changers goes, I would have to give that award to Kenntrick Lamar. He is most definitely pushing the bars up a couple of notches before I step through the door and completely flip the script on the game as a whole, lol.

Jody: 4. How would you define the hip hop generation and is it a static movement or something that is always changing?

Bnicole DaReason: Hip Hop is life. It changes as we, as a generation, changes. Don’t get me wrong there is a lot of music that is considered Hiphop that I don’t agree with, but I’m human and I have certain tastes. I enjoy music period. If it’s something I can jam to, I’ll jam. If it destroys my ears then it gets the off button, lol.

Jody: 5. There’s always something that drives artists. What drives you to make music and what effect do you want your music to have on your listeners?

Bnicole DaReason: Music drives me to do music and that’s my honest answer. I grew up listening to everything under the sun. Rock, Jazz, Hiphop, R&B, Reggae, and everything else; I’ve heard it all. After listening to my music I want my listeners to feel as if they were actually there. Like a fly on the wall. To feel every bar in which is played over the beat that is laced with my reality. Every artist has a story and what sets me apart is that I say what most people want to tuck away under the rug. They don’t call me “DaReason” for no reason lol.

Jody: 6. How did your family respond when you first started in the music industry?

Bnicole DaReason: Well they always knew I had it in me as a singer, but when I said I would be taking my talent to the next level and I would be rapping instead of singing, I definitely got some weird looks as well as responses. Then they heard my music and I have full support now. My music tends to have that effect on people, lol. Of course I have some family that feel like it’s just a pipe dream and don’t understand how close I am but that’s okay. I just keep the faith and keep on pushing on. I’m a winner already because I believed in myself first and didn’t seek approval from anyone other than the most high. I am covered so therefore I am good.

Jody: 7. Is there any advice you’d like to give to young aspiring rappers?

Bnicole DaReason: Yes! Young sisters, as well as brothers, believe in you first. Anything is possible if you don’t make it impossible. Nothing will just come to you either. You must go out and get it. This includes any career field you choose to journey into. This game is really raw and uncut as well, so a strong mind is needed. Understand that in this business it is 10% talent and the other 90% is business. Education is key so pick up a book or hop on the internet and learn the ends and outs of this game. You want to be well versed in publishing to money management, and royalties to management and contracts. You can’t get played if you are on top of your game.

Jody: 8. What’s next for Bnicole? Are there any current projects in the works and if so tell us about them.

Bnicole DaReason: Show after show after show, lol. I’m also working on my next two mixtapes “The Diary” and “No Gimmicks.” You can get my very first mixtape on datpiff.com titled “The Darkroom.” I’m writing R&B/pop music and working with a few up and coming artists. I’m also collaborating with some some established artist in the game so be on the lookout for that. We’ve just completed the “Hattin On Lil Momma” project. It’s a CCWaterBound Production and I’m featured on the song with WillChill from the original CCWaterbound. I’m in the process of completing part III of the Female Cypher of NewOrleans. I’m mixing it up with some really talented ladies as well as an awesome producer named DJ Blak&Mild. He’s out of New Orleans as well. Kush TV is directing and producing them all. Shout out to my home girl Lady Dahlia for putting it all together. Go check out her music and look up the past two cyphers on YouTube titled “Lady Dahlia presents Female Cypher of New Orleans.” I’m also working on a few features with some producers and artists out of Philly. Shout out to ReignMan, Hakeem, and Mecca Bey as well as Birdie Jackson from the Lafayette area of Louisiana and many many more. They are all amazing artist and can’t wait to get it cracking with them. Shout out to my team as well such as PaceSetta Entertainment, Fbizzle Tha Repa, Meezie Lotta, Knowledge, The Prez, Chad Anthony and everybody that’s been a part of the set in general and has been in BNicole’s corner from the beginning. We are working! Also a special shout out to my manager Carl L Triggs. His amazing work ethic is bananas and keeps me on my toes without a doubt. So to all my fans, when you see him, salute him for real, lol. I’m also working on my very first book, it’s in the works so be on the lookout for it in the near future. No title set in stone yet, but it’s coming; no doubt. My mission is to branch off in every direction. Strengthen any weak spots I may have and perfect each craft I decide to run with. So strap your seatbelts and be sure to click it tight because I’m coming; no doubt!!

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Be sure to support my girl. For booking please see the following below information:

Twitter @BNicolDaReason https://twitter.com/BNicolDaReason

Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/BNicolDaReason

Reverbnation @ http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/complete_profile/2578651

and hit up bnicoledareason@gmail.com

Sweet solargirl

O Give Thanks

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O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever! (1 Chronicles 16:34, AMP.)

What you dwell on is what you will draw into your life. We can either focus on our problems, or we can focus on our blessings. The question is: do you want more problems, or do you want more blessings?

One thing I’ve noticed is that when you live with an attitude of constant gratitude, not only do you thank God for what He’s done in your life, you start thanking Him for what He will do in your life. You thank Him for opening doors for you in the future. You thank Him for increasing you. You thank Him for bringing the right people into your life. When we say “Thank You” to God for the things that are coming, it’s really a declaration of our faith in Him. It’s like saying in essence, “God, I’m so sure of Your goodness, I’m so sure that You’re working in my life that I’m going to thank You right now for what You are going to do tomorrow!”

Friend, that’s the kind of faith that pleases God. He wants us to trust in His goodness and believe that He is a Rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. He delights in seeing our faith. He delights in an attitude of gratitude. Today, let your faith say thank you. Praise Him throughout the day with a humble heart and watch what He will do on your behalf!

Jody K Young

Getting To Know Chris

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Inspiration often derives from things of importance. For some people it may be forms of passion, personalities, things of this earth, or ideas that seem simple to the artist and not to those who are outside their mental plain.

This up and coming artist that I am featuring on today gives us an inside glimps of where and what his inspiration derives from. I am a huge supporter of those who love creating opportunities for themselves. The saying is “if you don’t believe in yourself, then who will”. After meeting this young man I can truly say that statement is ever more of the truth.

Check out what all he had to say below and lets support him in his endeavors.

1. When did you first start singing?
Very early! Before I was allowed to be a part of the choir my great grandmother would play the radio broadcast and I would sing along.

2. What did your family do to encourage you?
My mom and siblings have been very encouraging in respect to my gift.

3. Who else in your family sings?
My brother. He’s actually working on an album. I have a host of aunts and uncles and cousins who all sing as well. I’ve never sang with them although I’d like to!

4. Who are your musical inspirations?
Anyone who knows me knows the clark sisters are my biggest inspiration! Also Jmoss, Brandy, and Faith Evans.

5. What kind of music do you listen to today?
Gospel. It is music that heals and keeps the mind. It provides peace and it is like the voice of a friend. Also some electronic and I love oldies like Motown. The emotions. Cheryl Lynn. George duke. And the leverts.

6. What embarrassing songs might I find on your MP3 player?
Sweet Brown -ain’t nobody got time for that

7. Where would you most like to perform?
I would LOVE to perform at an event for the gay community. I think because of how the church has treated the gays you never really hear gospel songs being performed at their events. I feel that encouragement and ministering is MOST important for the gay community. Their souls need saving too.

8. Who would you most like to open for?
Omg. Idk I’m such a nervous wreck and I get down on myself when it comes to other vocalists but brandy would be good. She has inspired a lot of what I can do vocally.

10. If you weren’t singing, what would you be doing?
Sleeping in my grave. No I also do fashion design!

11. Do you play any instruments?
None very well but a little piano and drum. Basic guitar. I’m yet learning !!!

12. If you could dabble in another genre of music, what would it be?
Alternative rock or country.

13. What genre of music can’t you stand to listen to?
There is nothing I won’t give a chance. But I despise any music that lyrically is built on things of no substance.

14. What hidden talents do you have?
Flexibility ? Is that one?

15. Do you enjoy writing music and/or lyrics?
Yes! It’s very hard but I’m always hoping that the message is clear and relatable.

16. Are there any current projects you are working on and if so can you tell us about it and what we are to expect?
I am working on a project that I started in 2009!!! Sad right ? I’ve been working on it for so long and at this point I refuse to give up. Funded by me and produced 100% by me. All the writing graphics everything all me. I never wanted it that way but I see God is using me in ways I never imagined to show me what I’m capable of by what He has given me. You can expect music with inspirational messages. Lyrics based on scripture and I even have written a few love songs. There’s something for everyone. Vocal instrumentation and beats that will make you turn it up!! You can look forward to the projects release by summer and a single released in spring. Thank you so much for the opportunity and for caring! Please everyone keep me lifted in prayer as I embark on this journey!

You may contact him by email at carinmoss39@gmail.com
twitter @CremeDe_Menthe
phone 716.983.1911

Jody K Young