Kareemah El-Amin’s “I Have No Tears for Me” Changing People’s Lives

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Kareemah El-Amin’s “I Have No Tears for Me” Changing People’s Lives

“With every song , listeners are drawn into a place of praise and worship.”

— LaKeisha Purifoy

“Kareemah’s new EP, “I Have No Tears for Me,” is a very moving work. …  The [music] is transporting and lifts the listener on a great musical odyssey through her performance.”

— Richard Hensel

 (DALLAS – April 2)  Kareemah El-Amin’s new gospel album, “I Have No Tears for Me,” is hugely popular, gaining praise and recognition from radio stations, listeners and faith-based audiences around the world.

Kareemah El-Amin I Have No Tears For MeMichigan native Kareemah El-Amin (http://kareemahelamin.com), a former Muslim who converted to Christianity, has said her new EP/CD, “I Have No Tears for Me,” and her hit new single, “Walkin’ In Heaven”, is receiving an amazing response. The EP/CD, launched on March 14, is available to download on iTunes.  The song is currently on heavy rotation on the Synergy1Radio Network, Hot 3:16 and HGS Radio.

“I’m hearing from people every day in emails, tweets and phone calls about how these songs are changing people’s lives,” said El-Amin, who converted to Christianity three years ago. “We are now on over 30 stations around the world. We are being played in several countries  -Africa, Japan, Norway, Australia, United Kingdom, South Africa, in the states we are on radio stations in, Illinois, Ohio, Mississippi, Michigan, Indiana, South Carolina, Alabama, Texas, New York, Maryland, and Washington D.C.”

“We so enjoyed the opening of Kareemah’s ‘[I Have] No Tears for Me!,” said Coni Peck on El-Amin’s Facebook page (http://facebook.com/kareemahelamin). “Hearing her songs, and listening to her story – well, let’s just say that we didn’t leave the same way we came in. Kareemah’s heart and soul are obvious in her music.”

Kashani Aytch wrote: “Kareemah El Amin’s refreshing, sultry, spiritual and anointed voice from her new EP … is such a blessing.”

Shane Williams wrote:  “Even though I only heard the one song, ‘Walking in Heavin’’, I Love It! It’s a great blend of vocal talent, lyrical content and musical flavor!”

El-Amin’s music is the result of a collaboration with Stellar Award-winning composer Matthew Brownie of Minstrel Productions, who is the co-writer of the hit song, “Never Would Have Made It,” by Marvin Sapp Billboard songwriter and Christian artist Carmen Calhoun, sings along with her in the upbeat, “Walking In Heaven.” Dave Carlock of 27 Sounds, who is a Grammy Award winning engineer, rounds out her all-star team.

The new music offers rich, melodic inspirational messages, drawing off El-Amin’s strong faith and background as a singer, songwriter, author, playwright and filmmaker.  Already, her single, “Walkin’ in Heaven”, has received critical praise from radio stations and gospel music fans around the country.  In the months ahead, she will be traveling around the country sharing her music – and her gospel.


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Relationship Expert Van Moody Offers Dating Advice to Scandal’s Olivia Pope

By Van Moody

View More: http://eqsphotography.pass.us/pas-high-resolutionThursday’s winter finale of ABC’s hit drama Scandal promises “things will never be the same,” with another addictive episode with a near-lethal dose of murder, passion, intrigue, deceit, betrayal and retaliation. The show has received critical acclaim for its ripped-from-the-headlines storylines, fast-paced dialogue and dizzying interpersonal dynamics. It has earned its “crazytwistygood” hashtag. For 2-1/2 seasons, week after week, show creator Shonda Rhimes unravels tightly-woven tales that have viewers on the edge of their seats and set Twitter feeds ablaze. The cast even joins live chats with viewers on both the East and West coasts. It is a loyal, sacred relationship that provokes critical commentary on the tension between passion and principles, and the ways in which we lobby for, leverage and lose power in our own relationships.

Olivia Pope’s on-again off-again relationship with the very-married President Fitzgerald Grant has triggered debates about the relationship issues that many people face in their personal lives. Despite her keen sense of political strategy and cunning “sixth sense” about her clients’ guilt or innocence, she is the poster child for toxic relationships: clandestine trysts with both President Grant and Jake Ballard; dysfunctional Sunday dinners with her Dad (the head of the secret counterterrorism unit B613); and her cool, calculating exchanges with her Mom (a suspected terrorist), all while leading a team of miscreant Gladiators on their own self-styled crusades for justice.

While we all want to enjoy rewarding connections with others, it becomes essential to evaluate your relationships intelligently: What makes a great relationship? How do you keep a relationship great? What are the warning signs of trouble? While it’s so very easy to blame the other person in a distressed relationship, it’s far more effective to consider and assess the situation objectively and build your Relational IQ.

While I don’t suggest or propose to solve all of her problems, let’s look at the major signs that The People Factor cover mediunsuggest it is time for you to end a toxic relationship. It might be a good time to end a relationship when someone can’t:

  • Accept a change of status in status of your personal or professional life
  • Accept that you’re ready to move on – without them
  • Accept that you do not believe the myth you’ve created about your future

Because there are no neutral relationships – they either move you forward or hold you back – here are some principles to consider – based on my new book The People Factor – that I suggest Olivia Pope, our fictional fixer and so many other women and men tethered to sticky situations should do right now:

  • Be clear about her own life’s journey and what you want in your relationship(s)
  • Don’t get caught up in the blame game
  • Be clear about your goals – personally and professionally
  • Be brutally honest
  • Be open to reconciliation, while not putting yourself or the other person in a holding pattern
  • Recognize that the most valuable people in your life may not be the most visible

Relationships are an art, and most of us lack the skill and mastery to help break—or all together avoid—destructive patterns, disrespect, and deception. Far too many people also lack the ability to have productive connections with others—those that help you achieve goals, sharpen your mind, and generally uplift and enrich your life. Only by cultivating your Relational IQ –knowing which is which and how to turn the tide on those that are negative – can you then take the appropriate action. Not to be taken lightly, these actions and decisions can make the difference between a great, happy life, and one that is riddled with disappointment, failure and regret.

Field expert Van Moody is the author of The People Factor (an upcoming release by publisher Thomas Nelson) and a motivational speaker who advises on matters related to relationships as they pertain to friends, family, significant others and the workplace. He is a “People Scholar” who helps others build their “Relational IQ” to achieve success at home, in their social circles, and in business. He may be reached online at www.vanmoody.com.

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Birmingham Author, “People Scholar” Says It’s Time to Tackle Toxic Relationships

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Pastor Van Moody serves on the board of directors of Joel Osteen’s Champion’s Network

(DALLAS – December 3) Birmingham minister, author and motivational speaker Van Moody says this is the time of the year to find out which relationships are worth keeping, worth changing or ending.

“Relationships either lift you up or weigh you down,” said Moody, author of “THE PEOPLE FACTOR”, a new book that offers insightful advice on building great relationships and ending bad ones. “In light of this universal truth, it’s absolutely critical that you know two things: how much you need to invest in a relationship and which ones must come to an end.

Throughout the pages of “The People Factor,” (paperback, ISBN: 9781400205028, $16.99 U.S.) Moody lays out the steps to building and maintaining genuine, authentic relationships – and how to end toxic relationships.   In a flowing, engaging, attention grabbing style, he provides a beyond-the-basics guide for the critical task of evaluating our relationships intelligently and taking decisive action in kind. Take a look at this video that will give you a preview of the book, and Moody’s approach to this sensitive issue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03F-FjsDsbY

Moody, who travels the world teaching people how to raise their relational IQ, offers a basic framework for individuals to evaluate their relationships.  As a people scholar, Moody says most people tend to avoid dealing with relationships – good and bad.  Based on his research over the years, he is available for interviews, seminars and speaking engagements to discuss any of the following topics:

  • Is helping you hurting me? How to know
  • How to have healthy relationships with unhealthy people
  • Sure-fire signs of a toxic relationship
  • Essential elements of a successful relationship
  • ‘Relationship boundaries’: why they’re needed and how to set them
  • Signs a relationship is heading south
  • Exit strategy: when and how to end an unhealthy relationship
  • 5 fundamentals of a constructive relational transition

Field expert Van Moody is an author, motivational speaker and media expert source who advises on matters related to relationships as they pertain to friends, family, significant others and the workplace. Moody is an associate trainer in Japan for EQUIP, the world’s largest and most comprehensive grassroots leadership, personal growth and development organization founded by Dr. John C. Maxwell.  He also serves on the board of directors for Joel Osteen’s Champions Network.  Moody earned a B.A. from DePauw University and has lectured in the classrooms of Harvard and Oxford Universities where he, himself, has also studied to further his quest for knowledge in business, economic and community Development.  Moody and his wife reside in Birmingham, Alabama with their two children. Learn more online at www.vanmoody.com.

To book Van Moody, you can contact Neil Foote, neil@neilfoote.com, 214.448.3765

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Houston Bishop Says It’s Time to Create a Safer Place in America for Our Kids








(HOUSTON – July 2) As the nation plans to celebrate the Fourth of July, it’s time for parents to have a plan to keep their kids busy, and more importantly, safe at a time when all forms of violence are fueling fears in communities around the country.

Bishop James Dixon, the Houston pastor who is the founder of Create A Safer Place For Me, is offering his 10 Safer Place Power Tips for the summer and encouraging parents, churches, businesses, community and civic groups to share and implement these helpful ideas how best to keep kids safe, happy and active during these hot – and often – more violent summers.

Bishop_James_Dixon_Headshot_Web“The Number One concern for kids in the summer is safety,” said Bishop Dixon of the Community of Faith Church in Houston. “Most parents don’t have a safety plan, but they definitely need one. These 10 tips are just a few suggestions to help create that plan.  But I know if we all come together, we can make our communities and neighborhoods safer places for our families and kids.”

The 10 Tips were released today as part of a national movement to empower families and communities all over the country to protect their kids from gun violence.  Bishop Dixon is urging parents, teachers, and community leaders to share their tips on the Safer Place For Me Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ASaferPlaceForMe

A Safer Place for Me is a national campaign to encourage all families of all races, incomes and politics to sit down to talk to each about how they eliminate violence in their communities, particular against children. The foundation is asking people to join him and thousands of others to fight violence.  To raise money for the foundation, Dixon II wrote and co-produced with Ernest Walker of Walker Entertainment Group, a powerful song and music video performed by a multicultural children’s choir, “Create a Safer Place for Me”. You can watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVWjan1hW9Y

To interview Dixon and learn more about A Safer Place for Me, contact Neil Foote, Foote Communications, LLC, neil@neilfoote.com, 214.448.3765.

10 Safer Place Power Tips

1. Connect your child with positive people, in positive places to do positive things: A camp, a church program, a youth recreational program.

2. Schedule regular times to speak with your child by phone while you are away at work. For example, every two or three years. The important thing is to communicate. Ask the right questions to get truthful responses.

3. Restrict children from going beyond safe zones. Clearly define the people and places that you consider safe. Try and keep them playing with the same kids, in the same places everyday. Know those kids and know the adults in that place.

4. Partner with the parents of your children’s friends. Ask your kids for a list of their friends. Then reach out to the parents of those kids. Form a parental partnership. Discuss expectations, work and activity schedules, and share daily updates. Create a friends’ list with their name, address, phone number and email address.

5. Give your children a daily list of chores that must be performed in order to keep privileges. Expect and inspect to be sure they are done. Reward success and lovingly punish failure to perform.

6. Talk with kids each day to get details of that day’s experiences. How was it? What did you do? Where did you go? What time did you get there? How long did you stay? Who was there? Who did you see? Did you enjoy it? Where did you go from there? How did you get to the store? Were there any fights? Did anyone get into trouble????

7. Assign one child to be your eyes and ears. Be wise about this. A good way to keep kids focused is to make them responsible. “Call me at 12noon”. “I’m counting on you today”. “Can I depend on you to be honest”?

8. Address anything that looks, sounds or smells suspicious. Assume that something is happening that your kids are not telling you. They are kids! Investigate! Monitor their activities and associates very closely.

9. Visit the places they like to go. Make sure your presence is known by the people they associate with. Distinguish yourself as the parent who cares, is concerned and committed to your children’s well being.

10. Have as much of your children’s day spent at home or in another environment that is well ordered, supervised, positive and safe. Free time and open access to unprotected places and unknown people spells danger.

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Former Miss Black USA Tells Women It’s Time to Unlock Their Passions & Overcome Their Fears

Deya “Direct” Smith, a former Miss Black U.S.A., media maven, producer and author, says it’s time for women to unlock their passions, overcome their fears and never let a man, a job or another women hold them back.

In her new book, Touch Yourself: 30 Ways to Boldly Live, Love and Let Go!” Smith (http://deyadirect.net) offers a practical no-nonsense approach to everyday life, relationships, finances, health, sex life and succeeding on your job.  The book has been widely received as a fresh, enlightening, thought provoking and inspiring read.

DeyaSmith-TouchYourself-BookCover The book is especially targeting younger women who are struggling to get their lives and careers  on track.

“It’s time for women to take a deep look within themselves – what I call ‘innercourse’ – and for them to live fully, boldly, without guilt, shame, or apologies,” says Smith. “It’s time for us to remember that we have the right to make up the rules of our own life.  We get to live life on our terms, not the ones someone else has created.”

Smith speaks from her heart, writing about her own experiences as a young woman who falls in love with her college sweetheart, only to find herself lost in an unhealthy relationship with a man who had more problems than she ever wanted to acknowledge.  Smith interjects interviews she has conducted with such celebrities as Pam Grier and Alicia Keys.  This book, Smith says, is the start of a national dialogue that is tied to her desire to inspire women of all ages.

Smith addresses everything from how to get out of bad relationships, managing your finances, networking and finding a job. Along with straightforward advice, Smith interjects relevant scriptures from the Bible to emphasize key themes that tie to her core theme of “Touching Your Life, Unlocking Your Passion”.

“Are you ready for a fresh start? What do you need to cut out of your life so that you can begin again, get free, be light and limber?” Smith writes in Chapter 24. “Letting go of something, be it hair, a relationship or a job, does not have to be a negative. Sometimes you just need a change, something new, fun, exciting and different. Unfortunately, change is difficult for some people. And when it’s time for a change and you’re afraid to move forward, you drag your feet, and waste time.”

Smith is a lead producer for the nationally-syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS) which reaches 8 million listeners every week in more than 100 cities. She is also the creator and host of Girlfriend FM, a short-form video show-commentary-blog targeting female-driven hot topics on Tom Joyner TV and BlackAmericaweb.com.

You can purchase “Touch Yourself” online at DeyaDirect.net or on Amazon.com.  If you’re interested in a review copy, please contact Neil Foote, Foote Communications, LLC, neil@neilfoote.com, 214.448.3765.

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Houston Bishop Calls for National Dialogue on Keeping Our Kids Safe, Gun Violence

(HOUSTON – May 3) Prominent Houston Bishop, James Dixon II, is calling for a national conversation on keeping our kids safe as the National Rifle Association kicks off its 70th convention.

Bishop_James_Dixon_Headshot_WebDixon II, who leads the Community of Faith church in Houston, said the nation has to get serious about protecting its children from violence.

“This is an issue that’s not about politics, about religion,” said Dixon II who recently founded the Safer Place for Me Foundation to raise awareness about violence in communities throughout Houston and around the country, “it’s about families and our children.”

A Safer Place for Me  (http://www.asaferplaceforme.org/index.html) is a national campaign to encourage all families of all races, incomes and politics to sit down to talk to each about how they eliminate violence in their communities, particular against children. The foundation is asking people to join him and thousands of others to fight violence.  To raise money for the foundation, Dixon II wrote and co-produced with Ernest Walker of Walker Entertainment Group, a powerful song and music video performed by a multicultural children’s choir, “Create a Safer Place for Me”.

“Just last week, I held two funerals for two young men who didn’t deserve to die,” Dixon II said. “It’s time we set up, stand tall, take a stand and start talking.”

To interview Dixon and learn more about A Safer Place for Me, contact Neil Foote, Foote Communications, LLC, neil@neilfoote.com, 214.448.3765.



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Dallas Bishop Releases Relationships Advice with New eBook, CD Series

(DALLAS, Jan. 14) D.A. Davis, a Dallas, preacher, teacher and author, has written a new eBook series, “Unveiling the Butterfly in You” and has published a companion set of audio CDs that clearly challenges men and women to work through their struggles as the butterfly does just to live.

Davis, who is also known as the relationship strategist, uses the butterfly as a metaphor of survival and transformation through life cycles.

“Davis stated that people are tired, defeated, frustrated, hurting and disappointed with life”, due to their struggle to survive.  Davis advises that their viewpoint be changed because their latter can be greater than their former.   Davis, who has been married over 27 year’s stated that 23 of those years have been good.  A father of three children “who recommends change in how we think, because the butterfly has no choice but to embrace its struggles and work through them just to live.”


Davis’ eBook and CDs offers his readers and listeners – a rich source of useful advice in helping them cope with their struggles as he teaches them ‘strategies’ for making their journey more successful.


“Just like the butterfly struggling to get out of its cocoon we humans strive to get out of our tough places (problems), but Davis offers a soothing strategy through his CD’s that will assist you in getting to the place, where you desire.  “Davis writes in his book, “When you look at your present situation and face your own reality now you can shift the odds in your favor.”


Over the years, Davis said he has counseled both individuals as well as married couples about how to make their relational or marital struggle better and it is his prayer that the CD’s will help them to redefine themselves.  At the root of many relational or marital problems are poor communication skills.  Davis draws upon his abilities to communicate effectively, leadership skills combined with his ministerial experience and practical application of 27 years of marriage to combat the forces that defy a successful relationship or marriage.

Davis offers weekly relational or marital advice on the “LIVE RELATIONSHIP TALK LINE”, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. CST every Thursday evening.  Toll Free Call: (760) 569-6000; Code 474372#. To read the “Unveiling the Butterfly” series and buy the CDs, go to Davis’ website, http://mydadavis.com.   Any media sources interested in interviewing Bishop Davis may contact Neil Foote, Foote Communications, 214.448.3765, neil@neilfoote.com.

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“BarackJesus” Products Celebrate President Obama’s Inauguration

As the nation recognizes the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, there’s a new line of products celebrating his families’ faith and reaffirming the proof of Black Jesus.

“BarackJesus” (http://www.zazzle.com/barackjesus) offers a limited time offer for the purchase of a full line of merchandise to recognize this historic presidency and the president’s Christian faith. Many conservatives have questioned the president’s religious beliefs since he announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president in 2007.

The online store, accessible 24/7 and accepts all credit cards, offers a wide variety of products available, including posters, mugs, T-shirts, cell phone covers, stationery, pillows, buttons, notebooks, clocks, and coasters. The merchandise features an iconic image of Jesus blessing the First Family: the president, First Lady and his two children – Malia and Sasha – sitting in the front pew of a church. Each product also offers the phrase, “For to Whom Much is Given, Much Will Be Required. Lord I Am Only Trying to Do God’s Will.”

The merchandise is an extension of an ongoing dialogue that is featured on the popular website BlackJesus.com (http://blackjesus.com). The website points out that there are 950,000 monthly searches for variations of the term “black jesus”, confirming the notion that people around the world are trying to find the truth. The website offers articles, videos, commentary and links offering proof of a black Jesus. The website welcomes “intelligent observations and opinions from all races. “The Internet is the modern day drum that can send out unfiltered messages globally, but you must be willing and ready to hear,” the website states.  Join the conversation on Facebook at: http://facebook.com/blackjesus

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Jacquie Hood Martin featured in I Messenger Magazine

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — 86400 Faith announces the appointment of Jacquie Hood Martin as CEO. Hood Martin is a leader with over 33 years of experience in the faith, education, and business sectors. An ordained minister of twenty years, Hood Martin has been inspiring individuals in the U.S. and abroad with her matter-of-fact teaching and leadership style.

86400 Faith seeks to effectively put the iconic saying “It Takes A Village” into practice by helping to facilitate wellness, economic growth and leadership in communities worldwide. The company works with churches and faith-based organization through 86400 Faith’s, “Be The Village” program. Key components of the “Be The Village” program includes Getting Fit:

*THE MIND – Purpose Management and Servant Leadership seminars, workshops and events.

*THE BODY – Wellness activities and support around the adage “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”

*THE SPIRIT – Spiritually focused mentor and mentorship program that utilizes technology to get connected.

*FINANCIALLY – 86400 First Sunday Financially Fit Program and the 86400 Faith Partnership with Subway® Corporation that offers franchise opportunities to churches and non-profit organizations.

Hood Martin related, “Infusing integrity in the work you do daily is part of our aim to provide sustainability in communities through church and business partnerships. We are able to arm the community with economic, entrepreneurial, and empowerment skills through collectives. Community leaders will have access in their bundle of services to hands-on training, technology driven programming, and wellness days to impact overall community health.”

As part of 86400 Faith’s “Be The Village” initiative is an agreement penned earlier this year with Subway® to give back to the community through franchising. Talks with churches in the South and Midwest are yielding favorable results. Hood Martin has her stilettos on the ground visiting sites and meeting with church and community leaders.

“Churches and businesses have been anchors in communities that thrive in harsh economic climates. And now, we are able to deal strategically with obesity, purpose management, and balance, seeing a real chance at changing lives,” says Hood Martin.

The 86400 Initiative’s vision is expansive, reaching through the United States into Europe, Asia, and Africa feeding Mind, Body and Spirit, all while teaching principles that improve personal and financial positioning. Hood Martin will be fielding interviews on the value of the “Be the Village” Initiative and its influence in creating overall wellness into the communities being served. Strategic dialogue for seminar series at conferences, conventions, and organization meetings is already underway to expand the role faith and wellness plays in the success of a community.

About 86400 Faith 86400 Faith provides wellness, economic growth, purpose management and servant leadership programs and events to faith-based communities worldwide. The “Be The Village” initiative is one of the company’s flagship programs that partners with churches and faith-based organizations in crucial areas by offering services that improve personal and financial positioning.

About 86400 Movement There are 86400 Seconds in each day. The 86400 Movement mission is to bring people together to use their gift of 86400 seconds to make a positive difference in the world. The movement strives to awaken the social consciousness of individuals thereby encouraging volunteerism and social action in the areas of education and health & wellness. The movement serves as a resource and a platform for individuals to move from thought to action, to take up social action, learn new skills, generate ideas and express their views, ultimately using their unique purpose to effect change that will lead to a better life, a better 86400 seconds for all. 86400movement.com

To learn more about 86400, go to http://86400faith.com/. To interview Ms. Hood Martin, contact Neil Foote, Foote Communications, LLC, neil@neilfoote.com, 214.448.3765.

Source: PR Newswire (http://s.tt/1ffN8)