Snoop Dogg’s Bible of Love

When I first learned that the once gangsta rapper was putting out a gospel CD I was one of those people who laughed and ask if this was really real.  Someone pinch me please!  I honestly didn’t know if I could take the songs on his CD seriously.  I mean we were talking about the Snoop D O double G here!  The Gin and Juice guy, the Drop it like it’s hot guy, the Lodi Dodi we like to party guy.

Once the album had released I started hearing people talking about the CD.  Giving good and bad reviews, especially on social media.  I figured I had to download it to my phone to at least see what all the buzz was about.  So that’s what I did.

To my surprise, there were 32 gospel songs on this Bible of Love LP.  Also to my surprise I was starting to enjoy listening to each track.  I knew I was falling in love with this compilation when I could let the songs play without skipping.  There was a message to be heard and Brother Snoop was putting the message out there.  Brother Snoop was willing to go places that many others are not.  Especially not a gangsta rapper.  In one particular song, he states that he grew up in church, that his grandmother had introduced him to gospel music.  So of course his gospel roots are there.  As Sam Smith says, we all pray in the end, and I’ve found this to be true.

I’ve also found myself listening to these songs at work, in the mornings, and in the evenings around my house.  I had missed good gospel music.  With 32 songs there is literally something for everyone; the young, the old, the new school, those who only wear skirts and dresses, those on the usher board, those who love traditional gospel music, and tend to wear their Sunday Best every week.  In a previous blog titled, Take me back, Dear Lord I state the importance of gospel music.  Therefore, I was certainly able to connect with it.

Brother Snoop reached out to the greats of gospel for this CD.  You’ll hear Fred Hammond, The Clarke Sisters, Rance Allen, John P. Kee, and many more.  Can we call Snoop Dogg the DJ Khalid of Gospel music?  Basically, what he has done is he’s produced these records and have a number of different gospel artist singing their songs or being featured on Snoop Dogg presents The Bible of Love album in all of their glory and anointing.  Sure, you’ll hear Snoop in several songs but for the most part it’s good old fashion gospel signing.

In 1993, Snoop rapped about a true story of Murder was the case that they gave him while in 2018 he raps about how God has given him a second chance.  And while doing so, his gospel CD has now debuted as number one!  Perhaps this is how it’s suppose to work?  Sharing your story about how God has made you new and how he’s been there for you all along even when you wasn’t worthy of His Grace and Mercy.

I don’t know the next steps Brother Snoop will take.  Or how drastic his life has changed. I can’t be the judge of that.  Perhaps, he’s still on the potter’s wheel?  All I know is he was bold enough to bring God to the forefront to millions of people; people who may not have ever had anyone tell them of the goodness of Jesus!  Just imagine how big his fan base is.

I’m definitely a fan of this particular LP.  What about you?  Are you feeling Snoop Dogg’s gospel cd?  Who else uses their platform to reach the people? I’ll wait!

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My Top 5 Mystery Podcast

Below you will find my Top 5 Mystery Podcast that I think YOU ALL will love.  There’s so much drama and suspense detailed in these podcast that I literally could not wait to listen to the next episode.  My thoughts and opinions on who did what, when, and where, kept changing.  I couldn’t believe that the police were the real crooks in many of the stories below.  These are real life events with a lot of unanswered questions.

Listed in order:

#1: Serial Serial Season 1:   The first mystery podcast that I ever listened to.  I was so intrigued.  Curiosity was written all over my face as I listened.  As the story was laid out and outlined I was painting the scenes in my head like a movie.  I finally had to go to Google to look up the actual people involved to see what they looked like.

The time frame is Baltimore, 1999, High School kids.  This real life event happened during the same time I was in High School and graduating so I was immediately drawn to it and all of the scenarios.  I kept asking myself “what would I have done?”  This story is unique as they are trying to solve a case that’s well over 15 or more years old.  Well, let me put it another way.  They are trying to prove Adnan is innocent.  Adnan was accused of killing his high school girlfriend Hae.  In this podcast they try to relive the events leading up to the murder and basically a can of worms are opened.

As I listened I also wondered if  I would have remember such details today if I was questioned about something that happened so long ago.  I don’t know.  I guess it would depend on how traumatic it was for me during that time.  I’m going to go out on a limb and say I have flip-flopped on who I though was the killer in this story; but I do not believe Adnan is guilty.  However, he still sits in prison as I type this.  I’m eager to know your thoughts and who you think is behind the murder.  I don’t want to tell the story here but I do want you to listen to it.

 

#2: S-Town – Oh, S-Town!  Which actually means Shit Town.  I love the voices in this particular podcast.  The southern charmed accent from Alabama drew me in first.  This story takes you on a roller coaster ride that has more turns and flips than one could handle.

At first I couldn’t believe it was real.  I’m sure you will go to Google, like myself, to verify facts; and they are all there! It was almost unbelievable.  John, the main person in this investigative journalism podcast hates his town–hence S-Town.  John is also a character within himself who deals with depression as well as having a host of many other personalities.  He’s peculiar, to say the least.  You just have to listen to understand.  It’s about a really smart but negative man who sometimes appears not to have it all together.  He’s a man who desperately wants attention and will do whatever he has to do, to get it. There are so many layers to him as well as this story.  But the story takes a turn and it feels like I’m sitting in the middle of Beverly Hillbillies, only before they move to Hollywood, trying to figure out what’s going on.  A mystery for sure.  (Check out the maze when you do your Googling)

 

#3: Dirty John – A love story that goes bad really quick.  Full of money, lust, and betrayal.  A real life story that happened in California only a few years ago.  This story makes you wonder why people do the things that they do.  It also makes you wonder what kind of woman couldn’t see straight through him?  Although I know it happen more than it should.  Lust and love are to different thing and here we can see how each play put.

I believed John got exactly what he deserved.  This isn’t a mystery, as we know what happens in the end.  But the story is put together nicely and it is full of suspense.

 

#4: AccusedAccused Season 1:  Such a tragic story of a young lady who had just graduated college in Ohio.  She has a boyfriend and moving from one apartment to the next and suddenly ends up dead.  This story is also one of the investigated stories where they are trying to put together really old pieces of the puzzle.  Like 1978 old.  I wasn’t even born then.  They’ve tried to ACCUSE the boyfriend for her murder but there are so many different angles to this story and the case is still cold.

I think the boyfriend, now very a very grown man, is innocent.

 

#5: Atlanta Monster – The latest podcast that I’m still currently listening to because the season hasn’t wrapped up just yet.  This story is just strange.  It was my first time hearing about the Atlanta Monster AKA as the man killing black boys back in the day.  Wayne, the suspect in this podcast, is still in prison and still claims that he is innocent.  But there is something about him that just doesn’t sit right with me.

The setting is Atlanta, GA; 1981.  Again another old story that was solved with doubt.  Many people are on the fence about Wayne’s involvement with the Atlanta killings.

While being investigated he “beats around the bush” a lot.  He shares irrelevant and unbelievable information.  He come off to me as perhaps having a mental illness however there’s still some strange things that happen during this series that often times put me on the fence as well.  At the end of the day, I believe he’s guilty.  But I also believe he may not be guilty of everything the cops are putting on him.  Lets see if my opinion changes any after we finish the series.

 

I definitely need your opinions and thoughts on the Five podcast listed above.  Who do you think killed who in these stories?  What could have been any of their motives?  What are your thoughts on S-Town?  Do you have a favorite podcast?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Also, remember to start at the beginning of each podcast, so episode 1 or chapter 1, and work your way up to the very end.  You must listen to the stores in order.  But you already knew that, right? ♥

This post contains affiliated links but all opinions are of my own!

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Lord, we need a blizzard and not the kind you eat!

I remember growing up as a young girl and hearing my late great Granny praying and saying, “Lord, send us a snow storm to clean the air!”  She was a Godly woman and prayed for just about everything.  At the time I was a little confused as to how the snow would exactly “clean” the air.  But I know for a fact, that a snow storm is just what we need in the State of Virginia right now.  In fact, Lord, send us a blizzard!  With the flu, and colds, and stomach bugs, and upper respiratory infections, we all need to be trapped inside the house for a good 5 days.

I get it now!  With a snow storm we’re pretty much forced to stay indoors eliminating the act of spreading germs and whatnot.  The air has a chance to clear out and rejuvenate itself.  I can’t think of anything better.  You were right Granny!

Currently, we have so many kids missing school because they are sick, so many adults missing work because they’re sick and then those who are sick and still come to work because they don’t want to waste PTO on a sick day or perhaps gain an occurrence.  It’s just too much.  According to the news, this flu season is the worst we’ve seen in the last 10 years or so.  With that said, the only place you’ll find me is at work or the grocery store and that’s just as bad.  I’m constantly washing my hands.  Ewww.  So come on snow.  One last time for the season.  I’m welcoming you with open arms.  After that bring on Spring!!  My favorite time of the year!

Anyone else have sayings their grandparents would say?  How is the flu season going in your area?  Better yet, anyone else ready for Spring?

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Are you qualified to run for President?

Today, I’m listening to the #RolandMartinUnfiltered podcast.  I mentioned in a previous blog, which you can find HERE, my love for podcast, especially when I’m at work.  If you are not familiar with Roland Martin, he is a journalist, political commentator, author, etc.

To get to the point, he refers to the speech that Oprah gave at the Golden Globes this past Sunday, 1/7/2018; and how immediately there was chatter saying, Oprah should run for President.  Social Media was in a frenzy due to the awesome speech and how it was delivered.  *News Flash* Oprah talks for a living.  If it’s one thing she can do, it’s giving a speech.  Anyway, Oprah hasn’t come directly out stating that she would “run” (and has often said she wouldn’t),  but many believed that this speech was her way of indirectly saying, she may give the 2020 election a thought.  Continue reading

Mamba Came. Mamba Scored. Mamba Out!

Michael Jordan.  Shaquille O’Neal.  Charles Barkley.  Scottie Pippen.  Dennis Rodman.  Hakeem Olajuwon.  Magic Johnson.  Karl Malone.  Penny Hardaway.

Most of you know these names because they are all related to the game of basketball.  These men are only a few of the athletes that made me fall in love with the game of basketball growing up.  I can recall trying to keep my eyes open and glued to the TV screen as the games would come down to the final seconds.  It would be one of those really close games, almost midnight, and all a team needed was one shot to either win or tie the game.  I always fell asleep at the very end of a game when there were only about 2 or so minutes remaining and 2 minutes of playing time in the NBA feels like 10 minutes after everyone are fouled and shooting free throws.  Same thing today. Continue reading