Category Archives: Spiritual



Casey Bridgeford

Ten years in, and a very windy road to look back on…I made the decision to return to school. It felt like a big gamble at the time. What if I wasn’t able to succeed in the class? How was I gonna pay for it? Where would I find the time between working full time and raising a family? How would others perceive me once it was obvious that I didn’t have a degree?

These questions plagued my mind, but didn’t deter me. Without answers, I looked for answers to more important questions, like: What if I made some life-changing contacts? What if I got a job making a livable wage? What if I could use a degree plus experience to do work I was really interested in? What if I could get my family off of food stamps? What if we finally had money to buy nice things outside of tax refund season? What if I became an expert at something? What if new doors of opportunity are opened up? What if…

Out of all the questions I had, I never wondered about “what if I get straight As?” What if community college landed me on the local news? What if I apply and get accepted to an Ivy League school? What if my whole family is featured on the from page of the Philadelphia newspaper and I get to do my first TED talk? I never wondered, what if I get a job at Wharton and a contract with Microsoft?

I never wondered about being scheduled to travel to Africa’s biggest music festival with a class full of some of the world’s smartest people. I never wondered how my future identity would be shaped by the things I learned about South African, Japanese, Nigerian, Zimbabwean, Ghanaian, Central American, and American history.

I never realized that I needed this experience to really see the world. Not like the television portrays the world, but really see it. I now am seeing the pressure that the “model minority” mindset places on Asian Americans. I understand the pressure of the Nigerian young adult that has to have the painful conversation with their parents that they wont be enrolling into med school, but would rather study sociology. I now understand that the gnawing feeling that I was missing out on something; was real. I have been missing out on the real world, and school is introducing me to it.

My turning started with a big decision and continues with an even bigger journey. This upcoming trip to Grahamstown is just one of the many milestones of of my life’s journey, but learning about the country, history, and context of one of Africa’s youngest democracies; is bound to make this milestone one of the most important of my life’s story.

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Lord, please make my path straight!


This journey had been the most tear jerking, terrifying, confusing journey I have ever taken. It has made me question things I was sure of like destiny, purpose of faith, identity, and whether I had the capacity to make a wise decision.

It is in the middle of this chaos that I say, Thank God for allowing me to stumble upon this path. I have had to use my faith daily, ask for help, seek guidance, study my surroundings, and trust that there is no thing on earth that could seperate me from His love.

The result of all of this has been a clearer view of how God takes a flawed man and works miracles through their life. My faith has been strengthed through Him showing me impossible situations, and the working the impossible before my very eyes. I am coming to the conclusion that God has been taking care of me in spite of some seriously flawed tendencies. That gives me more joy than I can express. I am so happy to be on this journey. O how amazing God is

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A Deep Introspection Into My Last Show [Video] + Blue Moon Sunday

Any artist that is faced with a crowd like this must first acknowledge that they will not, and can not measure up to the need of the crowd. They must call for backup. They must call on the giver of the gift. So that’s just what I did. Continue reading

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MLK Day 2012: What happened to the dream?

Race has been America’s Satan. The more we pretend that it doesn’t exist, the more it undermines the impact that we want to have in the world. Continue reading

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Shad Attack…Dope Rap is B[l]ack

Shad is not a newbie to the game. Cats from Vancouver to Nairobi know his name. The hardest thing to figure out is… Why is he new to you?

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Nneka Returns!!!

Nneka God First

This is what I stand for…

If you haven’t heard of Nneka by now, maybe you are being intentional in making sure you don’t know what’s hot! She has traveled the globe pushing a message that cry’s for transparency, humility, and love. Check out her newest video, Stay.

In “My Soul is Heavy” Nekka takes us on a journey into the despair that her heart feels for her Nigerian people caught in the middle of the Niger Delta oil crisis.

With an entire continent’s concerns on her back, Nneka delves into the depths of Africa’s darkest realities to arise with faith, love, and hope on each of her 3 studio releases. The video “My Home” explores how her faith in God is the sustaining force that allows both her as well as millions of Africans to face the harsh circumstances the they face together.

Just in case you’ve have been sleeping under a rock; check out this link:

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Wanna Open For Tye Tribbett?

…reblogged from The Kyla Show

WE SPEAK TYE TRIBBETT.. and now you have an opportunity to open up for him in concert.

Think you have what it takes to open for one of the nation’s most famed gospel artists?? Well, show us what you’ve got! The Madame Walker Theatre Center, in partnership with @WeSpeakVolumes, @TheKylaShow and AM1310 The Light, are hoping to highlight some of Indy’s best talent. Gospel artists of ALL kinds; dancers, comedians, singers, choirs, rappers, musicians, etc. are welcome to submit VIDEO ENTRIES to be considered for the top 10 …artists to open for Tye.

Videos (in .mov, mpeg4 or .avi format) should be emailed to by August 8th. On August 10th, we will upload the top 10 video’s to this page and ask the public to vote for the 3 finalists who will open for Tye. Get your fans to vote!


1. Artists must be over 8 years of age.
2. Artists must submit a BRIEF bio and contact information with video.
3. Top 3 performers must perform to track or acoustic set. We cannot accommodate live bands.
4. Top 10 finalists must participate in promotion of contest and encourage voting.
*Up to 5 members of each group (of the top 3) will gain free entry into the concert.

Questions? Email
For information on the concert visit

Let’s GO!!!!

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What Happened to Malice?
Malice is best known for his part in the critically acclaimed hip-hop duo Clipse. Their song ‘Grindin’ was one of the most popular radio hits of its time. This song embodied the message that the group was famous for. Even though Clipse was well known for drug dealer anthems, something else had been troubling Malice. He had long felt a tugging at his heart to go in a different direction. Even though he ignored it at first. It never stopped.
Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind, and Naked

Wreched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind and Naked is a story of Tragedy, Transformation, and Redemption! I am so happy to see that his conversion experience has led him to reflect and share with the world what happened to him. Unlike many who have a conversion experience, he didn’t start a church or health and wealth ministry. He wrote a telling biopic of the transformation that has totally changed his life. It is clear, that all of the fame and money that accompanied Malice’s career, didn’t equal happiness or fulfillment.

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