Grow Through

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“We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.” (2 Thessalonians 1:3, NIV)

God’s desire is to see you grow and increase in every area of your life—especially in your love for others. That’s because love is the greatest thing, and it is all that matters in eternity. At the end of the day, at the end of our lives here on earth, love is what will last forever!

Notice that this verse tells us that love and faith are connected. It says in another verse that faith works by love. Love isn’t about feelings and emotions; it’s about the choice to treat people the way God tells us to in His Word. The more we know Him, the more we know His Word, the more we will walk in love.

Today, I pray that your love will continue to grow and build a solid foundation for your faith. I pray that through your connection with the Father, you are strengthened in all of your relationships as you move forward into the life of blessing He has for you!

A Prayer for Today

Father, thank You for loving me and transforming me into Your image. Search my heart and mind today. Help me to love others the way You love me in Jesus’ name. Amen.

J Young-Newton

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Charles Christopher

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Christopher Norman a.k.a Charles Christopher or to many as Mr. Truth, has one of the most inspiring stories I have heard in a long time. A songwriter, Author & Comedian are just a few of his many talents. Like many, if he would have never told me, I would have never known that he suffers from a disease called Chrones Disease. But that has not stopped him at all. He is a survivor, he is encouragement and true sign of what strength is. After initially meeting him, I could not help but to want to know more. I wanted to get to know this young man, who in spite of what hand life has dealt him, has continued to chase his dreams. Here is what he had to say:

1. Jody: Songwriter, Author & Comedian. Quite a list of talents. Who is the man behind the name Mister_Truth?
Charles: The man behind the truth is someone that is gone through the wild and back again I have fallen but gotten back up many times…I am a man of GOD that is still a man of many words LOL…I am not perfect and have never thought to be perfect….But I think the best way to answer that is the man behind him is the man That is STRONG, SURVIVOR, DETERMINED to be a somebody from a nobody…..

2. Jody: In one of your videos on youtube I heard you speak of an illness that you have. Can you tell me what that illness is and how does it effect your body?
Charles: I have chrones disease which is a stomach disorder that many have not heard about it which Crohn’s disease is a chronic bowel disease that causes severe inflammation of the digestive tract. It is associated with abdominal pain, diarrhea, and may affect your quality of life. It sometimes makes me very weak…and then sometimes make me be over hyper you know…Along with my 8 ulcers, a hernia, gastritis….but again I am a SURVIVOR not many people get that in-depth to know but that is just a little information behind it.

3. Jody: How has this condition effected your social life? Did you notice a change in friendships after revealing your diagnosis? And how do you work around any challenges in your social life, home, and workplace?
Charles: Yes I have noticed for one that it is hard for me to date…
holding my head because some people are unable to handle some days I maybe very, happy and bouncing off the wall then the next day my mood may change very quickly you know……I noticed many of my friends did change and my social life as well….IT Took me 2 years to pick up anther pen or paper to work on my stories, to work on my books, to work on my songs it took me forever to get the nerve up….But I work my way through it.

4. Jody: Is their treatment for your disease and if so, is the treatment working for you?
Charles: There is many things that we as people can take, and go to the doctor for it treatment is around please don’t misunderstand but its hard cause everyone with these different issues I named there body all reacts differently to some medicine something might work for me….That didn’t work for the rest and VICE VERSE….But I recently lost my father in Aug. and my insurance was taken from me….So my drive is just direct cause life happens so fast that sometimes it misses us or do we really miss it?

5. Jody: What are some of the challenges you face in your day to day routine? Are you concerned others are judging you or providing you special treatment and if so, how does that make you feel?
Charles: It hard for me to eat sometimes, because I do need to eat but sometimes food is my friend and my enemy it can make me feel better, and it can make me feel worse kind of thing….Some judge me because they say I “COMPLAIN” which I don’t I just let you know and be aware of what is going on in my life….so you know if I am not feeling good I am not avoiding you I just don’t feel good….It makes me feel like I ruin everyone’s fun so sometimes I am just to myself so I want be the “PARTY POOPER” did I spell that right? LOL

6. Jody: What hidden blessings came with their disease? I know that sounds strange, but a door never closes without another one opening. Like, have you met certain people and developed certain connections that you did not have before being diagnosed?
Charles: Well yes, I have met a person we are no longer seeing each other in that way but they were with me for about four months and no matter what they held me down and told me to think a head of what this could be….I see no blessing when I am up all night SICK and CRYING but you know they let me know that hey you are going to make it your going to be somebody and that you are someone who is going to have a story to tell….I would like to let people know this DISEASE effects quite alot of people and its PAINFUL…I have been in the HOSPITAL A numerous of times….But I have meant many people who have some things and understand the pain …

7. Jody: Where does your inspiration come from. What really drives you to continue to do what you do?
Charles: God and Jesus….That is really all I can tell you that inspires me so much…Tyler Perry, Spike Lee, Jill Scott, Toni Braxton, Tisha Campbell, Magic Johnson, all these people have a Drive, all those people have done things and became something I continue to do what I do because I am good at what I do…and if nobody but one or two people ever see me or hear me MY DRIVE and my PASSION was committed and I worked…..I am not a GIMICK I am a MAN and Stand behind everything I do and say

8. Jody: If there was one message you would want to get across to someone that is out there struggling right now with an illness and they think they can not continue on, what message would you want to pass on to them?
Charles: I would pass on to them and say your illness is not your life….Your life is your illness….What I mean LIVE your life and become what you want to become tell that ILLNESS to only have your body every now and then you need it the rest of the way LOL humor guys…but I tell them to fight you know when you can’t handle no more and you know you got more to live for KEEP PUSHING

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9. Jody: Lets switch gears for a second. Tell me about your writings? What are your books about?
Charles: I have about 15 stories that I have worked on or working on they are so much a VAST difference I don’t know you might see one of my stories being about someone that is famous superstar with a dark past or present or you might have the down home family drama comedy book, my story I have one is a ODE to “THE BODYGUARD” and I think if the right people just read it and got a hold to it….They would love it and see the reason why its a ODE but so different…I like people to feel like my books you can read and RELATE to the character no matter if its 1901 or 8000 LOL you know I want you to enjoy and be happy to be reading.

10. Jody: I’m always curious about the gay lifestyle and the stigma often associated with it. What are you doing or have done to help bring a positive outlook on what others think about the lifestyle?
Charles: I have no lifestyle LOL my lifestyle is my work you know what I mean but I for one love everyone for who they are I am a supporter for GAY rights I am a supporter I don’t think because of what or who someone loves should become a issue I think that when we all die, and are gone when you dig up BONES there is nothing to say a DIFFERENCE I think people should love who they want to love and be who they want to be….I think the one thing that a lifestyle stops is LOVE and when people LEARN to love that when things will get better……..

11: Jody: Lastly, are there any current projects you are working on that you would like to talk about? If so when can we expect it and how can we support you?
Charles: I am working on so, so much man I really am I wish I could tell you all just one….But I know right now I am trying to reach out to Tyler Perry, a few singers I wrote songs for…I know the music industry the entertainment industry is hard to get into no matter what…

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It has certainly been a pleasure getting to know this young man. I walk away with an understanding and a different view of him. We are all raging a war inside. You never know whats behind a photo or a smile. What pain, trials or hurdles one have had to endure. You may support him in his endeavors by following him:
twitter: @Mister_Truth.
IG: CharlesDucati
Email me at Normanc15@yahoo.com

Be sure to visit His YouTube Channels as well!~
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNCQFsnfyWiikJ1D-881K1A?feature=guide
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-GKWK4j-WbYN9O-9HOzdcg?feature=watch

“Thank you so much for your time and thanks to all that read this GOD BLESS” (Charles)

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

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