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FREE – by G. D. Grace

I don’t think too much about the old life anymore.  In two short years the faces of the once familiar circle I hung with are fading, and even memory of their voices are now faint echos.  I won’t even pretend to be dumbfounded about the choices I made and the crowd I chose to hang with for many years too long, because all of the decisions I made were my own.  I own it as not to be deemed victim — I was never a victim, I was a willing participant.

A lack of self-confidence led me on a reckless quest to be a part of something with anyone anywhere, and it cost me precious years that I will never get back.  If I could go back in time and sit 7 year old me on my knee, I would have a deep heart to heart discussion with him about being okay with being himself.  I’d give him insight about where the emptiness and a lack of self worth will lead him — tell him to avoid slippery slopes and shady places — tell him to avoid experimenting with anything that takes him out of his head.

Yeah, If I could go back in time I would do it quicker than the bat of an eye.  When we’re young we are so impressionable.  Let’s face it, there is no book of foresight given to us that allows us to see into our own futures. Perhaps if there was we wouldn’t make as many foolish mistakes as we do along the road towards adulthood.  In all honesty, that old overused cliche’ us growing wiser as we grow older — ummmm….  not true in every case, but in my case I can honestly say, blessed be.

I AM FREE

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G|D’s A Touch of Grace Returns to Blog Talk Radio May 2015

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Angie Ange Hot Topic: Patti Labelle Dances to 50Cent “In Da Club” [VIDEO]

Originally posted on 93.9 WKYS:

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Birthdays are always special, especially the monumental ones like sweet16, the big 21, your dirty30, etc…But what do you turn up to when you turn 70???! Patti Labelle showed EVERYONE how a 70 year old birthday party should look, and sound when she chose it as her “my jam monday” song to dance to on Dancing With the Stars!  If this is what 70 looks like…I can’t wait!…actually..yes I can..but it’s good to see what forever young looks like…and she did all of this on a bad knee! No excuses ya’ll *runs to the gym) See the video below.

– Ange

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Spotify Re-Ranks Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Songs List

Originally posted on ALL THINGS MICHAEL! ♥:

Sources: Rollingstone | All Things Michael

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Spotify has given their own update on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

With the help of Spotify Insights, the streaming service tallied up play counts for every track to see what songs are favored by audiences today, with Beyonce and Jay Z’s “Crazy in Love” displacing Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” for the top spot.

Two playlists are now available with the data culled by Spotify Insights. The first is a ranking of play counts by all Spotify users. Rounding out the diverse top five following the Beyonce and Jay Z collaboration are Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” R. Kelly’s “Ignition (Remix),” Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl,” and Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.”

A second playlist features results determined solely by streams from “millennial” users in the 18- to 34-year-old range. The list contains only a minor shake-up as Jackson…

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Proper Parenting: Kelly Rowland Talks Anxiety Over Raising A Black Son In America

Originally posted on Bossip:

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Kelly Rowland Expresses Anxiety About Raising A Black Son In America

Via HuffingtonPost

Singer Kelly Rowland is acutely aware of the pressures of raising a black son in America, especially when the names of slain black children and teens like Tamir Rice and Michael Brown constantly dominate headlines.

Rowland sat down with HuffPost Live’s Marc Lamont Hill on Friday and explained how she is grappling with that racial climate now that she has welcomed her own son Titan into the world.

“I remember being pregnant and I remember, of course, finding out that it was a boy, and I had a moment in the mirror where I had a mild anxiety attack because … it was so many things going on, of course,” she said. “It got me to thinking and I had a little anxiety attack because I was like, ‘I have to raise a great man, and he…

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It’s Time to Put the Spotlight on the Ugly!

Originally posted on Hot 107.9:

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Let’s take a good long look at HIV rate in our community.

By Denise Dunbar

We have to stop ignoring this!  New CDC numbers show a distressing trend. There’s an increasing number of young people, ages 13 – 24 becoming infected with the HIV virus!! (What’s really going on?!!) According to health professionals, of all the new HIV infections, about 35 to 40 percent were for people aged 15 to 24.

Area activists are blowing my phone up about this. Unless you live on Mars, you should be concerned too.  O.K., you might be older than 24, but I bet you know somebody who knows somebody who is in that age bracket.  We’ve all got to get involved to make sure everyone gets a clue about HIV prevention and treatment. Believe it or not, I even had a 14-yaer old tell me once that you can’t…

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May 2015 > The Season 6 Return of GD’s A Touch of Grace

GD’s A Touch of Grace

     After the release of his fifth self-published novel, “Ripped & Ready (season 3)” GD ramped up for a new endeavor in radio, and on September 2, 2010 his first #BlogTalkRadio show premiered.  His first two guest were two literary colleagues from two different sides of the tracks — one a former prison inmate-hustler, single father, turned author — the other, an accredited  teacher and single father first time author.  The intense on-air climate of cultural differences on the show, at one point, became thick enough to slice with a butter knife, however, it was a very successful event.  Despite the clash over marketing approaches both authors remained professional and the outcome was a highly entertaining and interesting show.

     The seasons that followed incorporated talent from all walks of creativity, so in addition to the authors, GD’s guest lineup included poets and recovering addicts, motivational speakers and entrepreneurs, filmmakers and professionals in sports training and health, and also established artists from highly successful television shows, as well as, NAACP & Grammy Winners. Many shows gave us an inside glimpse inside the lives of legends from Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Ray Goodman & Brown, Bruce A. Hawes (extraordinary writer for the Sounds of Philadelphia), Gerald Alston of The Manhattans, The Delphonics, Howard Hewett, and Chris Jasper of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized Isley Brothers. Legends of literary Stanley Bennett Clay and James Earl Hardy also brought their distinct creative prowess to the show, as did professionals from the Broadway stage.

     GD’s show eventually caught the attention of World Media and through this friendship many of the legends mentioned above were tapped to be guests on the show.  His friend, and often times, mentor, Wayne Barros became an influential part of the legacy that he was creating one show at time.  His friendship, love, and direction helped enforce an inner-confidence in GD which allowed him to stretch his producing skills so the show would have an entertaining variety for the live listener and archive listeners. Between the two audience variations the show has been listened to by over 40,000 people.  It has been successful beyond GD’s wildest dreams, and as Season 6 approaches, the adrenalin within him increases.

He begins assembling the guest list next month in April 2015, and…

IT’S ABOUT TO BE ON AND POPPIN’

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Show Info:

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EMAIL: authorgdgrace@gmail.com

“A Touch of Grace” Blog Talk Radio Show:

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CALL IN NUMBER TO SHOW: (347) 215-7169

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GD’s A Touch of Grace Returns May 2015 on Blog Talk Radio

Five incredible seasons with a guests in literary, film, and theater. Talent from around the globe, convening, discussing, and sharing their incredible tales of accomplishment and triumphant.

Grammy Winners
NAACP Winners
Hall of Fame Inductees…..

As the host of GD’s A Touch of Grace on ‪#‎BlogTalkRadio‬ I have been granted the greatest honor of interviewing incredible trailblazers that live in the glow of achievement.

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They are motivational…
They are all a part of the legacy being created A Touch of Grace Marquee 3 2015on my show.

SEASON 6 — will continue the the journey on the path of broadcast excellence, and…

I COULDN’T BE MORE PROUD!

~GD

Website: http://authorgdgrace.weebly.com/

“Unsung,” Ugly Egos and a Superstar That Wasn’t.

G. D. Grace of California:

Ugly Egos Indeed – Terrence Trent D’Arby. It’s amazing the damage an over-inflated ego can have on humility.

Originally posted on The Domino Theory by Jeff Winbush:

I watch very little television anymore.  I’ve been getting smarter every day.  A lot of pro football, throw in some news and DVR Frontline, and I’m pretty much good.  I don’t do reality shoes, competition shows, talent search shoes and any kind of Real Basketball Skanks from Jersey Whores crap.

Television doesn’t entertain me much these days so I’ll settle for being educated.

Which is why I enjoy TV One’s Unsung.   I learn stuff.  If you’ve got a favorite R n’ B act you’ve been jonesing to find out what they’ve been up to after they fell off the charts and have been relegated to night clubs and state fairs, this is your show.   It’s about as good a Behind the Music clone can be since VH-1 killed that show off and resurrected it as an zombiefied version of the original.  .

For those whom aren’t familiar with the…

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Mirror Of God – insight by G. D. Grace

IMG_0725[1]Regret was a frequent visitor in the lives of those who were too afraid to step into their role of greatness as they lived. It barred them from befriending the fearless and colorful — those different from the “normal” society. Rather than seeing an opportunity to engage in mystery of difference, they shunned the possibility of ever stepping outside that perfect box — the one penciled in with black and white drab.

The infinite soul of life is a beautiful tapestry of individuality. It is a marvelous stream of differences defined by race, culture, sizes, talents, IQ’s, abilities, inabilities…

Our individual mental and character traits were never intended to divide us…

No, they were meant to unite us.

I am proudest of our humanity when it comes together and defies bigotry, racism, homophobia, and sexism, because that is when it becomes a mirror of God’s love.

~GD

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