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Couple Alert! ‘It Takes A Church’ Show Makes a Match

posted by Genice Phillips

Randy Phillips and Rhoda Nyirenda. It Takes A Church.

The GSN show, ‘It Takes a Church,’ confirms that love matches are possible.

Bachelor and business owner Randy Phillips opened his heart to the members of his church in Tempe, Arizona, allowing them to play matchmaker and help him find his leading lady. Eight contestants went through a series of questions and challenges for Randy to narrow down and choose the person he felt he was most compatible with.

In the end, he chose Rhonda Nyirenda, a talented executive assistant from Malawi. Together after four months, Randy and Rhoda are getting serious in their relationship.

Both had struggled with trusting in the possibility of love, with Rhoda having her heart broken in the past and Randy dealing with the passing of his older brother at a young age. After discussing their faith and values, their connection grew.

A scene from the episode showed Randy and Rhoda enjoying their one-on-one date as they rode horses and had a deep, engaging conversation about life, family, and love. For Randy, he knew Rhoda was someone he could really see himself being with.

“At first I thought she was visually stunning, but I was afraid that was all, Randy explains. “I started to wonder: is she about image or more substance? Is she beautiful on the inside?”

“Through that conversation, the wall just crumbled,” he says. “ It was at that moment where everything completely changed.”

Since being together, their faith and relationship has tremendously grown.

“We pray together and for each other. He prays for me,” Rhoda says. “After getting my heart broken, I wasn’t interested in dating for a long time. I was afraid to let my wall down,” she explained. “But being with Randy… God used Randy to break those walls down for me. I’m so thankful to God for placing Randy in my life.”

Rhoda says she cherishes Randy’s selfless personality and is blessed to have him in her life.

“I never really used to understand putting the other person’s needs before your own. But Randy is so selfless,” Rhoda says. “He’s always putting his needs second and not just through his words but his actions. It shows how special he is and how he treats me,” she explains. “It blows my mind away. I am very happy.”

Randy agrees. “Everyday there is something that adds to the relationship.”

Congratulations to the happy couple!

It Takes a Church‘ season finale premieres Thursday, July 31. Applications are now being accepted for season two.

Tom Petty Gets Political

posted by Angela Guzman

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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ upcoming album, Hypnotic Eye, reveals a political side of the famous song legend. In a recent interview with Billboard, Petty was very candid about the inspiration and his overall feelings about the Catholic church and other things political.

“Playing Dumb,” a track on the new album, is centered on the sex abuse scandals with the Catholic Church.  Petty says he has nothing against Catholics, but has issues with people who continue to support the church hierarchy despite the various confirmed cases of abuse and wrong doing.

“I’m fine with whatever religion you want to have,” he maintains, but states, “If I was in a club, and I found out that there had been generations of people abusing children, and then that club was covering that up, I would quit the club.  And I wouldn’t give them any more money.”

Petty also tells Billboard that in the new album, he critiques the greed displayed by politicians who support the extremely wealthy to the detriment of the lower classes.  “Very few people know how to handle power and once they just become completely immoral, they’re dangerous people,” said Petty.  “That attitude is what, to me, wipes out the middle class.”

In addition to songs about political issues, Hypnotic Eye also has a song inspired by the second of two fires that destroyed Petty’s home. The song “All You Can Carry”  is about how he carried a Hofner bass that he owned to safety as the house burned.

“I grabbed that and went, ‘Hell, is this going to happen to me twice in my life where everything I own is just wiped out?’” he tells Billboard.  “And then I thought, ‘Well, I’m OK with that.’  Because things come back, but people don’t.”

Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra Launch Sixth All – New Meditation Experience ‘Expanding Your Happiness’

posted by Angela Guzman

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Registration Starts Today Monday, July 14 at Oprah.com/meditation

Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra announced the launch of their latest, all-new meditation experience “Expanding Your Happiness,” which is open for registration starting today at www.Oprah.com/meditation.  The free 21-day meditation experience, which begins on Monday, August 11, will serve as a powerful and invigorating spark to create life-changing happiness in your life.

Happiness is the goal of all other goals,” says Dr. Deepak Chopra, world-renowned author and pioneer in mind-body medicine.​  “If you seek happiness first you will find yourself achieving success, creating meaningful relationships, making healthy choices and tapping into higher consciousness.”

Expanding Your Happiness,” voiced by Oprah and Deepak Chopra, offers an audio meditation each day and a series of thought-provoking reflection questions designed to anchor the teachings, which are easily accessible from a mobile phone, tablet, or computer.  Through a private, interactive journal feature, meditators are able to record and view their progress, giving them an invaluable picture of their personal growth and development.

What participants can expect out of the 21-Day Meditation Experience, Expanding Your Happiness:

Week One- Begin to connect with the wisdom and awareness found in inner silence, the ground state from which happiness springs.

Week Two- Learn how to deepen into the experience of silence, using that new awareness to become fully conscious of your energy, as you experience and expand your connection to the inner well spring of joy within.

Week Three- Step into your true happiness, living and feeling the profound peace, playful exhilaration and authentic joy you have come to know.

To join the conversation on Twitter, use #ExpandingHappiness

The popular online offering “Oprah & Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Experience” is co-produced by Harpo Studios and The Chopra Center, and inspired by popular OWN programs, which connects members of its core community to the benefits of regularly practiced meditation.  Over 2.6 million people in over 200 countries participated in Oprah and Deepak’s past meditation experiences: Creating Abundance, Perfect Health, Miraculous Relationships, Desire & Destiny and Finding Your Flow.

Anchor Stuart Scott Honored at ESPYs for Perseverance

posted by Corine Gatti

ESPN’s anchor Stuart Scott offers strength to many on air. It’s not only for his smooth delivery or a career that’s spanned over two decades-it’s fighting a deadly form of cancer since 2007.

This week Scott, 48, was presented the 2014 Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs by actor Kiefer Sutherland. Scott said he didn’t belong in the category of great people like college basketball coach Jim Valvano, who died in 1993 of adenocarcinoma at 47. But remembered vividly a speech the coach gave.

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“I listened to what Jim Valvano said 21 years ago,” said Scott, who invited his 14-year-old daughter with him on stage in an emotional moment.

“The most poignant seven words ever uttered in any speech anywhere: ‘Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.’ Those great people didn’t. Coach Valvano didn’t. So to be honored with this, I now have a responsibility to also not ever give up. I’m not special. I just listened to what the man said.”

Scott had tweeted to fans after rounds of chemo he was hitting the gym and returning to the show.

“Really appreciate all the prayers & well wishes. Nothing changes…I’m rockin’ the 11pm SPORTSCENTER tonight ..so…We ride strong!!,” the father of two daughters tweeted in 2013.

That’s perseverance.

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