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Remembering Diahann Carroll (1935-2019)

Diahann Carroll made a number of films during her career and was nominated for an Academy Award for Claudine in 1974. It wasn’t until she was cast as the lead in Julia in 1968, however, that Carroll became a bona fide celebrity. The role made her the first African-American woman to star in her own TV series. She was nominated for an Emmy for Julia in 1969 and won the Golden Globe Award in 1968.

Early Life and Career

Actress and singer Carol Diahann Johnson was born on July 17, 1935, in The Bronx, New York. She attended Manhattan’s School of Performing Arts and worked as a nightclub singer and model before making her Broadway debut in The House of Flowers in 1954. That year, she also made her film debut alongside Dorothy Dandridge in Carmen Jones.

Acting Career

Carroll made a number of films during her career and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in Claudine in 1974. She starred in No Strings (1962) and also appeared in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1979). It wasn’t until she was cast as the lead in Julia in 1968, however, that Carroll became a bona fide celebrity. The role made her the first African-American woman to star in her own television series. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for Julia in 1969 and won the Golden Globe Award in 1968.

Carroll was also well known for her role as jet setter Dominique Deveraux on Dynasty from the 1980s. She received her third Emmy nomination in 1989 for her role on A Different World. Most recently, Carroll has made recurring guest appearances on the hit dramedy Grey’s Anatomy.

Death

Carroll passed away on October 4, 2019, in Los Angeles, California after a long battle against cancer.

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Speak Life

Ever get a compliment from someone you respected which made you feel good about yourself?
People who sincerely compliment others regularly are free in their own skin.
They know who they are in Christ, and simply want to spread kindness by speaking life to others, which could actually be the very word someone needs to hear at that very moment.
You words can either build someone up, or bury them…be sure and speak life over yourself and others.
If you’re in a relationship, speak life over him – when he’s in ear shot and even when he’s not in ear shot as you speak highly of him to other people and as you pray for him.
Your words of encouragement may be the very thing to build him up and give him enough confidence to take his life and all he aspires to do to the next level.
Speak life over your friends.
Regardless of what they’re going through, speak life over their situation and remind them of who they are in Christ, no matter how much you think they already “get it.” Sometimes, especially when the devil has your back up against the wall, you just need to be reminded of your position in Christ – the fact that you are seated with Him in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6), that you are more than a conqueror, and that the devil is under your feet (Romans 16:20) and that you always have the victory, at all times, through Christ. Be that kind of friend – the one who builds consistently.
Speak life over yourself.
You may not have heard it while growing up. Your parents may not have been the best at dishing out compliments which may have affected your self esteem as an adult, but instead of relishing in the past you can use this time, now, to speak life over yourself.
Speak the Word over yourself and believe who God says you are in spite of what society says or any one else says. Know and say that you are wonderfully and fearfully made and that you are a beauty to behold though you may not always feel like it.
Become who God wants you to be by speaking over yourself which builds you up so you can then, in turn, speak life over others as you love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:31).
Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.  Proverbs 16:24
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Romans 8:37
Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.  2 Corinthians 2:14
“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”  Psalm 139:14
*Originally published on Kim on the Web.

#SaturdayStamps: James VanDerZee

 

Beginning in 1916, James Van Der Zee (1886-1983) photographed the people of Harlem for more than six decades, depicting the life of one of the most celebrated black communities in the world. By providing elaborate costumes, props, and backdrops, in combination with creative double exposures, expert retouching, and airbrushing, Van Der Zee became renowned for the quality of his portraits. Although he gained fame for his portrayal of African-American celebrities who passed through Harlem, Van Der Zee made his daily living by taking thousands of photographs of Harlem’s residents, including family groups, weddings, athletic teams, and social clubs.

Know His Kindness

“…God’s kindness leads you toward repentance.” (Romans 2:4)

Today’s Word

Is there anything in your life that is keeping you from God? Is there anything that is blocking your relationship with Him? In the natural, when we’ve wronged someone, sometimes it’s easier to avoid them than to face potential rejection. It’s easy to look at God the way we view other people. But God isn’t like that. He’s waiting for you with open arms. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done; know that His kindness leads you to repentance. God is standing there with open arms. He wants to help you get passed that obstacle. He doesn’t want there to be anything in the way of your relationship with Him. Don’t let condemnation keep you from going to God. Know His kindness today. Experience His goodness. Trust His faithfulness. He’s promised He’ll never leave you nor forsake you. Turn to Him today and let Him pour His loving kindness out upon you today. As you experience His kindness, you’ll be empowered and strengthened to live the good life that God has planned for you!

A Prayer for Today

Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me today. Thank You for Your Kindness. I come to You and repent of any sin that would block our relationship today. Help me be more like You. I bless You today. In Jesus Name’. Amen.

~Joel Osteen

#SaturdayStamps: Errol Garner

Pianist and songwriter Erroll Garner was born June 15, 1921. Blessed with a natural talent, he began playing the piano by ear at age three. Although he never received any formal training, and was never able to read or write music, Garner was able to play any song – even if he had heard it only once!
Garner started performing with local bands in 1937. He moved to New York City at age 23 and began playing clubs on 52nd Street, including the Three Deuces and Tondelayo’s. His unique piano styling was featured on recordings by the Slam Stewart Trio before he recorded under his own name with a bassist and drummer. From 1945 to 1949, Garner made a number of records on a freelance basis before signing an exclusive contract with Columbia Records. In 1948 he performed at the Paris Jazz Festival.
Garner’s music appealed to non-jazz audiences, and he enjoyed great success in the late 1950s. He toured Europe in 1957 and ’58. His most famous song, “Misty,” was a big hit in 1959 and enjoyed a resurgence in 1971, when it became the theme song for the Clint Eastwood film “Play Misty For Me.” He is also remembered for the songs “It Gets Better Every Time,” “Dreamy,” “Nightwind,” and “La Petite Mambo.”t’s Notice,” and “Equinox.”