This is uncanny to say the least, but real.  Exactly one year ago today , I wrote a post called “The Gospel Of Domestic Violence” (copy and paste this link if you want to read it)

At any rate, the post dealt with gospel singer/radio personality James Fortune and his legal issues as it relates to domestic violence.  When I wrote the initial post I was really, really angry with the things that were in the news concerning this artist.  I had enjoyed his music and after some of the things that I read, I didn’t even want to hear anything from him (that was difficult because he has some great music).  Fast forward to one day last week.  I was in my car listening to Darlene McCoy on the “Nightly Spirit” (a gospel radio show) and she interviewed James Fortune.  He came in and wanted to talk about his issues.  I didn’t hear all of the interview but I heard enough to at least change my position.  Fortune, who is responsible for such gospel hits as “Hold On”, “I Believe”, and “Live Through It”, spoke candidly to McCoy about his issues with anger management.

“A lot of times you’ll always say what you’ll never do but when you can’t control your anger anything can trigger and make you do something that maybe you felt like you would never do. For me I ask God, of course I thank God for forgiveness but for me it was more than just forgiving,” Fortune said. “I wanted to be better. I wanted to be changed. I wanted God to do something on the inside of me so that my story, my testimony could help someone else.”  Fortune said he went through professional counseling to work on those issues.
I was ecstatic to hear that he in fact acknowledged his problems, asked for forgiveness, and sought help.  WE ALL HAVE ISSUES and they manifest themselves in different ways.  I’m just glad that he sought help for his and perhaps that can help many others.
Above is the video of James Fortune & Fiya’s “Hold On” featuring Monica and Fred Hammond.


You’ve got to see this video!

This is one of the most poignant testimonies that I think I’ve ever heard.  This was played in church today and the place exploded.  To some it may start off a bit slow but really gets real interesting at the 3:30 mark.  This pastor, Ron Archer talks about being born to a prostitute and his atheist upbringing.  Most importantly he talks about how GOD brought him out.  I hope you check this out and let me know what you think.  It is powerful!



One thing about life is that you can’t write anything better than what happens every day in this life.  This whole debacle with the daughter Bobby Brown and the late, iconic Whitney Houston gets more and more interesting daily:  Check out what AOL is reporting on their website today:

Also information has come out about the birthday party that Bobby Brown had the other night on his birthday (while his daughter is on life-support).  There was a fight that took place and 911 had to be called on one of his sisters.  This sounds real classy right? lol…
” New information about Bobbi Kristina Brown reveal she may have been dealing with numerous personal problems leading up to her hospitalization.

The daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown was taken to a hospital last week after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her home in Atlanta on January 31.

Doctors placed her in a medically induced coma and a statement from the Houston family this week said she was fighting for her life.

Law enforcement sources told TMZ she was already in trouble with the law before the incident – and police believe foul play may have been involved.

An arrest warrant was issued for the 21-year-old just days before she was found unconscious and law enforcement sources say she had injuries that lead them to believe foul play may be involved.

Brown was previously hospitalized for “stress and anxiety” shortly after her mom’s death. Authorities searched the home after she was taken to the hospital but didn’t find any drugs.

They’re also looking into a possible altercation more than an hour before she was found. The main suspect is her boyfriend.

Details of Bobbi’s condition are still scarce but she remains on life support.”



This is one of those stories that sicken me to the nth degree.  Domestic violence is one of those topics that I’m not personally familiar with but I am close to people who have been affected by these horrific acts of violence.

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On the way to work I typically listen to the gospel artist James Fortune on the  James Fortune Radio Show.  The show is on our local gospel radio station.  Fortune has not been on the show for months now.  At work I began to wonder why he has not been on the show.  There are a number of other artists that have been substituting for him.  I remembered that Fortune had allegedly been charged with some type of assault last year.  I went online to find out more information and to my surprise I found that this gospel singer JAMES FORTUNE is a monster.  Yeah, I know that sounds a bit extreme but consider this:  Here is a man that opts to punish his four year old step-son by first beating him (child was nude during the beating) then placing the child in a tub of scalding hot water.  The water caused 2hd and 3rd degree burns from right above the child’s penis, down to the bottom of his feet.  It is my opinion that in cases of domestic violence, an adult may find it very difficult to leave their significant other but they do have that choice to stay or leave.  BUT children do not have the same option.  That’s what this case is mainly about to me.  I’m trying not to get too far ahead of myself.  The decision to pull Fortune from the James Fortune Radio Show came sometime after his arrest in late October 2014.

According to Attorney Toni Jones, Fortune is an abusive stepfather and an alleged wife-beater.  “He’s been charged with aggravated assault of a family member (his wife) with a deadly weapon. And I believe that weapon is being alleged as a bar stool,” Jones said.

Jones represents Roderick Davenport, the biological father of Fortune’s stepson. This past weekend Fortune was arrested in Stafford and charged.

“I believe the Stafford PD were concerned at the time of the investigation interviewing her possibly leg or her pelvis may have been fractured or broken,” Jones said.

Twelve years ago Fortune pleaded guilty to injuring his 4 year old stepson.  Fortune was found guilty of felony injury to a child.   Check out the video footage and the burns caused by Fortune on the stepson’s body below:

The stepson spent 63 days in the hospital and who knows how many more hours he will have to spend for plastic surgery in the coming years.  On his show he has a segment that asks the question “What Are You Feeling Fortunate For?”… My answer would be that I’m feeling fortunate that I am not that child’s father because by now, I would have definitely “laid hands” on Fortune and I don’t mean that in a holy way.  I pray that he gets the mental help that he needs because he seriously has some mental problems.  He sounds great on recordings and I’m sure that he manages to raise the service in person, but obviously has some tremendous anger management issues.    Here he is below in a song titled “I Believe”.  He’s the one doing the talking.


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If you live in the Atlanta area, I would like for you to check out this event. A friend of mine, Pauline Mansfield, author of “The Turtle Story – 7 Steps to Breaking Free From Domestic Violence”, is helping to sponsor it. Unless you live under a rock and haven’t paid any attention to the news, you know that domestic violence is really big in the news as of late. Several notable NFL players have been suspended by the league for this very issue. This event will bring more awareness to this horrific issue and will hopefully be a catalyst to rescue someone who is dealing with the same. The flyer should give you all of the information that you need including contact information. When I received information about this event, I also received the link to this video, such a great song. This one will help to soothe your soul:
Total Praise – The Praise & Worship Songs Of Richard Smallwood


Sometimes it is not even safe in your own home. Such is the case of this veteran United Airlines flight attendant, DeCarol Deloney-Cain,54 years old. Her teenage daughter, Alyssa Barrett, 17, has been charged with Deloney-Cain’s murder. Barrett apparently stuffed her mothers body in the trunk of her car in Gary, Indiana. Damarius Rashard Wren, Barrett’s 18 year old boyfriend has also been charged in the case. The motive, according to police, is that Deloney-Cain had ordered Barrett to have an abortion.
Both Barrett and Wren are being held without bond.

From CBS News:
According to the criminal complaint obtained by the station, Deloney-Cain was beaten and repeatedly stabbed in the fatal incident. Wren reportedly told police he committed the murder. The victim’s body was then wrapped in trash bags before being stuffed in the trunk.

Barrett had a “fragile” relationship with her mother, according to police. The Tribune reports Wren admitted to Gary police that he killed Deloney-Cain after an argument because she wanted her daughter to abort his baby, the probable cause affidavit states. The body sat in the trunk until officers discovered the car four days after the woman was supposed to have left on a flight. Barrett had been telling people her mother had flown to China, according to the affidavit.

The document also mentions that two other friends of the couple have been implicated in robbing Deloney-Cain and disposing of her body. Their identities have not been revealed at this time.


Perhaps you’ve heard the gospel song “Holding On”. One of the lines in the song says “you dig one ditch, you better dig two”… That line really comes to play in the article below. A Florida man attempts to set a fire to a woman’s house but instead accidentally set himself on fire. Luckily (or unluckily) he survived.
Via My News 13 reports:
News 13 spoke with the woman the arsonist was talking to as he was dousing the complex with gasoline. Kathy Bailey’s charred front door is being replaced after it was set on fire Saturday morning at the Spanish Villa apartment complex in South Daytona. But she and her granddaughter are lucky to be alive after police say Arthur Avery did not find who he was looking for, a man by the name of Ted; a man Bailey says she’s never heard of, which was a response Avery did not like. “And he just started splashing the gasoline on it. And I said my granddaughter’s in there. And he said you better get her. So I ran in and my other girlfriend who came in from out of town said there’s a child in there. He said I don’t give a damn,” said Bailey. A grandmother’s instinct kicked in and she ran inside for her granddaughter. “Grabbed her and went out the back door. Did you get any gasoline on you? Yeah, I did, I was just praying he didn’t light that fire before I could get out of there,” added Kathy Bailey. The fire burned two front doors, and a mattress, before working its way up higher. Residents in this apartment complex tell me the flames came all the way to the second floor. One homeowner even saw those flames through the peep hole right here on the second floor. “It looked like hell just exploded,” said resident Lonna Sampson. Lonna Sampson is thankful South Daytona firefighters arrived so quickly to put the fire out because her son had no way out the back door of the second story apartment. “Someone could have burned us all, all of us to death,” added Sampson. Avery himself is being treated for burns. Witnesses told police then when Avery knelt down to light the fire, he caught fire himself. Police say Avery rolled on the ground, an act which may have put that fire out, but led to his arrest because he dropped a set of keys and his wallet. Detectives say Avery was driven by friends to a hospital in St, John’s county but was transferred to Shand’s hospital where he is being treated for his burns. Meanwhile, Bailey is glad Avery was arrested, but too nervous to return to her apartment. “I was Petrified. [Probably] the worst thing could ever happen to me cause I’m afraid of fire,” said Bailey.


This is the biggest mess that I’ve seen in a while. I know it’s probably not going to happen but the daughter in this case needs to be charged with this young man’s murder. It was her lies and deception that caused the incident to go down the way that it did. She is the one who snuck him into the house/bedroom. I feel so bad for both families. Can you imagine what all of them are going through at this time. Can you imagine how the father feels who felt like he was protecting his daughter. And can you even begin to imagine what the young man’s family is going through. This senseless loss of life will have a profound impact on both families for generations.
-via Fox News
The Houston father who police say fatally shot a 17-year-old boy who was inside his daughter’s bedroom early Thursday morning will likely not be charged, an area prosecutor told Although a grand jury will review the case, prosecutor Warren Diepraam said it is unlikely that the father will be charged. “What was going on in the person’s mind at the time of the shooting, [not] what they found out after the fact” is key, Diepraam said. “They’re looking at what he was thinking when he made the decision to shoot.” He reportedly found the teen in bed with his daughter and confronted him. His daughter apparently told him she did not know the boy. The father said he told the teen not to move, but reportedly saw the teen reach for something, at which point police say the father opened fire. The teen did not have a gun. His daughter later confessed that she snuck her boyfriend, 17, into the house, the report said. “We don’t know if the father knew him or not,” Sgt. Ben Bell with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department, told the station. The family had just moved into the neighborhood.


If you don’t believe the WORD, ask this pastor. I’m sure he got the message loud and clear. This is Africa’s version of the TV show “Cheaters”. This pastor got caught with his pants down with another man’s wife. He may mess with someone else’s wife in the future, but I can assure you that he “SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY” with this woman again.


This is a post written by a friend. This post was done on October 18, 2013. It is the last post that the writer posted on her blog before she… got lazy?… took a break?… went into hibernation?… stopped writing??? I just don’t know. The post is touching. I am reblogging this in order to move her to post something else real soon.



In recognition of Domestic Awareness Month (October) I share this wonderfully moving video by Yolanda Adams which captures for me the pain that so many of our sisters are experiencing right now in abusive relationships. 

It took me a very long time to break free from a relationship that took away my self-esteem, my ability to think independently, my freedom to just be. 

It took prayer, support from real friends, and the belief that I deserved to be treated with love, respect and affection, not with violence and control. The numbers of women experiencing abuse from intimate partners is staggering. Over a million women each year are added to the statistics of those who are abused by their partners. Some of those women end up in death. We just cannot stand by and continue to let that happen.

Keep praying, keep supporting your abused friends, call the police when you…

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