How Sweet the Sound: A Verizon Wireless Experience
by Kimberly Branch
October 8, 2009
LASC student Kimberly Branch, currently enrolled in Nedra Wheeler’s Voice class, participated in the “How Sweet the Sound” Gospel Competition for America’s Best Church with the City of Refuge’s “P.S.A.L.M.S.” choir, where Bishop Noel Jones is the Pastor. This event took place at the Forum in Inglewood, California, and the choir won all three categories:
1. Best Overall Choir
2. People’s Choice
3. Best Large Choir
All choir members received Verizon Wireless LG phones and $50.00 Verizon Gift Cards, along with a $10,000 and $5,000 check for the church. Bishop Jones gave P.S.A.L.M.S. a special presentation this past Sunday, dividing the $10,000 evenly among each choir participant. They ministered the winning piece for the congregation again as they wore all three medals. The choir has an all-expense paid trip to Detroit, Michigan, where they will compete in the finals for $50,000 on November 7, 2009, and will be representing Los Angeles, California.
Knowledge Is Power
By Lorenzo Black
Knowledge of self is the ingredient that a Black man needs in today’s society if he is to achieve what is rightfully his in the first place. He must attain knowledge of self. Black men that will not eat from the tree of knowledge are taken over by the user and abuser of this world. Arm yourselves! Knowledge, after all, comes in all shapes and forms. Look at that word: Knowledge “is a fact or state of knowing or a range of information or understanding of what is known.” The fact that we have knowledge of self is not enough, but a start to a beginning.
Power comes from knowledge; this is a way of life and there is no way around it. A Black man with no power is like a fool with no sense! There are 360 degrees of power and the poor Black man thinks and believes that he has power, but little does he know that there is a rude awakening at the end of that sleep. The Caucasian is a liar; he’s been lying to the poor Black man ever since he brought him to America. The conscious Black men and women have Knowledge and Power, but all they can do is serve GOD’S WILL! This is my duty to my people. Can we re-write the wrongs? Can we heal a pain that is so deep it has cut from generation to generation? Brother and respected sister, let’s claim our place in a world of Knowledge and Power.