Suppose Jesus Said No?

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Turning Pain Into Laughter Since 2011

“My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” ~Matthew 26:39

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Have you ever wondered what this world would be like if Jesus said ‘NO’? If He hadn’t went to Calvary? If He hadn’t died for our sins? That’s a terrifying thought and one that has honestly never entered into my mind. How often do we say this prayer: “Your will be done, not mine.”? Do we really mean it? I can honestly say that I’ve prayed that prayer, wanting God’s will to be done but still wanting very much to do want I want to do. What if Jesus was more concerned about Himself and not the will of God? What if He threw them deuces and was like, “Nope! I’m not dying for y’all!”. What if He was just as disobedient as we are when it comes to carrying out God’s will and walking in our purpose?

‘Suppose Jesus Said No’, which started out as a song and transitioned into a play, was written in 1976 by Russell Morrow. Mr. Morrow is the pastor of Forest Heights United Methodist Church of Jackson, TN and the founder and executive director of New Generations Ministries. While at Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, OH, Pastor Morrow wrote the play as his graduate project. The play didn’t make its’ first debut on stage until 1988 in Brookhaven, MS. The upcoming date of April 3, 2015, will make only the 4th time the play has been presented to the public.

Pastor Morrow explains, “The play explores the experiences of Lisa and Imani, two young women who grew up in the church as they struggle with life changing decisions. Life changing decisions that have the potential to lead them down a dark and troubled road, one, because of selfish ambition and the other, because of love. Through drama, laughter, music and personal reflection, we follow them through their personal struggle with self-denial to their joyful experience with the power of gratitude.

Pastor Morrow is hoping to draw in a lot young adults with this play. Pastor Morrow’s objective with this play is to have it speak to people in a compassionate, loving, and truthful way, versus condemning the victim. Many times people go to church and instead of being loved and welcomed they are victimized and mistreated. He feels that the church has a major responsibility of reaching those who are broken. Pastor Morrow’s hope is that through drama, laughter, personal reflection, and music people will ask themselves, “Am I putting Christ first or am I saying no to Him?”, “Do I love things or persons to my detriment when I should be loving God?”. Pastor Morrow hopes to eventually develop a traveling ensemble to perform the play in different cities and states.

Now I don’t know about y’all but I will definitely be seeing this play. I mean don’t you want to see what could possible happen if Jesus said no? I do! And what’s even better is that a portion of the proceeds from this play will be donated to Keep My Hood Good, WRAP – Wo/Men’s Resource and Rape Assistance Program, and Martin Housing Authority Learning Center. How awesome is that! And y’all know I love to give back in any way I can. So you get entertainment and the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping support some of your local community organizations. The play takes place Friday April 3, 2015 at 6:30pm at Liberty Technology Magnet High School in Jackson, TN.

For more info or tickets to the play visit their Facebook Event page ‘Suppose Jesus Said No?‘ or contact Ms. Betty Lyons at (731) 668-5209, Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 1:00pm or you can even contact me for a ticket. Convenient right? 😉 I hear a lot of people say there’s never anything to do in Jackson. Ok, I say that a lot too but I’m happy I have plans this weekend to see this play. Start your Easter weekend right by taking your entire family to see ‘Suppose Jesus Said No’

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Kitta, a native of Jackson, TN, is a Laugh Coach, blogger and co-founder of Can I Laugh Now? This Traveling Media Personality is a graduate of the University of Memphis, where she earned her degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice.  Kitta believes in spreading joy, one laugh at a time.

Kitta, a native of Jackson, TN, is a Laugh Coach, blogger and co-founder of Can I Laugh Now? This Traveling Media Personality is a graduate of the University of Memphis, where she earned her degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Kitta believes in spreading joy, one laugh at a time.

Fear Factor

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~ Turning Pain Into Laughter Since 2011 ~

Fear Factor: The extent to which a person’s fear keeps them from doing something; any feeling of fear that prevents an action.

In January I launched a campaign for Valentine’s Day. With the help of my friends, I was determined to have a date for Valentine’s Day. They had the task of finding the, almost, perfect guy and I had the task of keeping myself up to make it easier for them to find someone who wanted to go out with me. So I made sure I combed my hair everyday, put on something other than workout clothes, and painted on some lip gloss and a smile. To promote my campaign I enlisted the help of my photographer and my cousin, who’s a videographer. That’s right, I had a photo shoot and even filmed a short promo. I was so excited about the possible outcome. I had put myself out there, which is so unlike me. My guarded nature usually prevents me from purposely putting myself in any type of vulnerable situation.

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After about 2 weeks of actually making my campaign public, I began to have regrets…doubts. Suddenly I didn’t want to do it anymore. The excitement went away and I wanted to cancel the whole thing. There were so many ‘what ifs’ running through my mind. What if my friends can’t find anyone who wants to go out with me? What if I don’t like any of the guys they pick for me? What if I’m not pretty enough to attract anyone? Should I just accept the fact that I’m single for a reason? Is this whole Valentine’s date thing just stupid? What if every guy they show my pic to is like, “HECK NO I’m not going out with her!”? Yes, these were real thoughts I had and I was terrified.

In a previous blog I shared my thoughts on why I’m single. I have a lot of insecurities and low self-esteem. Well, these same issues influenced me to tell my friends that my Valentine’s Day campaign was off. Yep, I canceled the whole thing. Despite having put myself out there publicly and having others excited to see how this was going to play out, the fact that so many people told me how great this idea was and they wish they had thought of it or that they planned to do it in the future. I didn’t care at this point, I just wanted out. My friends weren’t too happy about this decision. I had built so much excitement around it and I suddenly cancel it without giving them a reason. I felt like I had wasted everyone’s time…my friends, my cousin, and my photographer.

Let me give you an example of just how deep my insecurities are. A few days ago I posted the pic below on Instagram. My plan was to add several filters to it before I finally left it up for everyone to see. I posted the pic before I could add a filter to it, by mistake of course, and was going to delete it before anyone saw it. But before I could delete it some of my followers had already liked and even left comments. I reluctantly left the pic up.

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I’m not sharing this to get pity compliments or fishing for sympathy. I’m sharing this because I know I’m not the only woman who feels like this. There is no amount of compliments that will boost my self-confidence. I have to do that for myself. I can get complimented all day but if I don’t believe that I’m beautiful I will never believe anyone else. My friends and family give me compliments all the time. My thoughts when they say nice things about me, “You’re only saying that because you’re my friend. I know you love me and you’re just trying to make me feel better.” I don’t believe they truly mean it when they say “you look pretty” or “you’re a beautiful girl.” The one thing I’m struggling to achieve is self-confidence. God says that, “…I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful.” I try to remember that scripture every time I look at a pic of myself and see nothing wonderful about it.

My fear factor, rejection, is the reason why I did not get a date for Valentine’s Day. I let my insecurities take over. But my goal for 2015 is to face my fear and go on that date. Now, the plot twist. There is someone who I would love to go out with! So part of facing my fear factor is asking that person out on a date. Yes, I know that I’m the woman and typically the man is supposed to pursue the woman. But if you haven’t figured out by now, I don’t think like the average person and I don’t follow the crowd. And yes, I will keep you updated on how that goes.

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Kitta, a native of Jackson, TN, is a Laugh Coach, blogger and co-founder of Can I Laugh Now? This Traveling Media Personality is a graduate of the University of Memphis, where she earned her degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice.  Kitta believes in spreading joy, one laugh at a time.

Kitta, a native of Jackson, TN, is a Laugh Coach, blogger and co-founder of Can I Laugh Now? This Traveling Media Personality is a graduate of the University of Memphis, where she earned her degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Kitta believes in spreading joy, one laugh at a time.

Unapologetically Black

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Turning Pain Into Laughter Since 2011

Some people say we’ve got a lot of malice
Some say it’s a lot of nerve
But I say we won’t quit moving until we get what we deserve
We have been bucked and we have been scorned
We have been treated bad, talked about as just bones
But just as it takes two eyes to make a pair, ha
Brother we can’t quit until we get our share
Say it loud: I’m black and I’m proud! ~James Brown

I am a black woman and I love all things Black. I love my brown skin and think that all shades of black are beautiful. I’m a paid member of the NAACP and was very active in the collegiate chapter of the NAACP when I was in college. I was a committee chair and sat on the executive board during my entire undergraduate career. I was a paid member of the Black Student Association also. I’m all for equal rights, equal opportunity, and the uplifting of ‘my people’. I support as many black businesses as I can and make a conscious effort not to participate in the putting down of other black individuals, or any individuals. But can a person be too pro black? To radical when it comes to enlightening society of the injustices done to the black community? Can someone play the race card too much, making EVERY situation an injustice toward black people? Well, I have a friend that we’ll refer to as Joe Black. Mr Black has been elected as the president of the “If It Ain’t Black Then It’s Just Wack” club. His job as president includes informing his subjects, on a daily basis, just how bad the human race treats all black people. I had the opportunity to ask Mr Black a few questions and I got some pretty interesting answers:

Me: You’ve been filling up your followers Instagram timeline with a lot of controversial posts on issues regarding injustices toward black people. People kind of see you as the king of informing the black, and white, community that the black race hasn’t come as far as the world says we have. What feedback have you gotten regarding your Instagram pics and Facebook status’?

Mr. Black: The most I’ve heard is, “Why are you posting this stuff?” or some of my white friends and followers have tried to convince me to ‘forget it’.

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Me: So why all the ‘informative’ posts now? Not that you haven’t always been pro black but you’ve been on it lately.

Mr. Black: You remember hearing the saying, “If you don’t want black people to know something put it in a book”? I started reading more. Plus I started watching more documentaries on our history. Lastly, some of the things I use to wonder about when I was young, come to find out I was right about most of what I thought about.

Me: How do you view the police? Do you respect their authority? Have your views on their roles and responsibilities to the community, as far as providing safety and security, changed any after doing your research? Especially in light of the recent incidences of black men being shot and killed by police officers.

Mr. Black: I don’t care too much for the police. Had one call me a nigger to my face once…at my own home. I do, however, respect a good cop but that doesn’t make them that good if they’re not fighting to change the things they see that are wrong. They keep quiet! They provide safety and security but mostly for whites against people who look like me. I do respect their authority but as you can see they abuse it…A LOT!

Me: How do you view other races? Particularly whites.

Mr. Black: I respect other races and their culture. However, I do wish that my race (African Americans) would build our own. Hell, we have a $1 trillion-dollar spending power. That, along with building up our own communities and businesses, generates much power. Sometimes I wish we had never integrated.

Me: WOW! Life without integration! How do you think things would be today?

Mr. Black: Before integration we were a ‘together people’. In every way, together. We had black cities, banks, businesses, etc. It wasn’t until we integrated that we started dividing. We integrated into a system that wasn’t created for us (black people). So they can and have made the rules to keep us out, down, divided, and dumb! Their laws are not made for us.

I have to admit, I kind of agree with his thoughts on integration. But to look at his Instagram and Facebook posts, one would think that he is extremely radical and against anything that isn’t Black. Fortunately, I know Mr. Black personally so I know this isn’t the case. But can one be too ‘pro black’? To the point where they seem to be racist against all non minorities? This is a quote from one of Mr. Black’s Instagram post:

“Besides what I posted the other day…another Black Man has been murdered! That’s number 111+ dead Black Men! Don’t want to hear ‘Let’s go to church and pray’. #FuckThat #FuckAmeriKKKa”

Do you get tired of your Facebook and Instagram friends filling up your timeline with reminders of how badly black people are treated? How much we went through to make it to today? How much is too much? Is it necessary to remind everyone that racism is still very much alive and the injustices to Blacks occur on a daily basis?

Check out some of Mr. Blacks posts and let me know if you think it’s ‘too much’:

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Kitta, a native of Jackson, TN, is a Laugh Coach, blogger and co-founder of Can I Laugh Now? This Traveling Media Personality is a graduate of the University of Memphis, where she earned her degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice.  Kitta believes in spreading joy, one laugh at a time.

Kitta, a native of Jackson, TN, is a Laugh Coach, blogger and co-founder of Can I Laugh Now? This Traveling Media Personality is a graduate of the University of Memphis, where she earned her degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Kitta believes in spreading joy, one laugh at a time.