So I went to my very first Falcon’s game against the Eagles on 9/18/11. It was an experience like non I have ever experienced before. The Georgia Dome was packed with people from the floor to the raptors. It was like Red and Black Nation. It was true pandemonium. Fireworks blared with a tremendous boom to welcome the players out onto the field. RISE UP!!! began to play on the speakers and Samuel L. Jackson came to pump the fans up. My insides were rumbling and adrenaline pumping with excitement for this anticipated game. Being there reminded me of a poem my girlfriend said she was contemplated writing and so I began to think about what would happen if this was how we celebrated Jesus the way we celebrate our athletes. The funny thing is, my preaching class was just talking about the same praise, love, and support we give to artists. But I wonder why we don’t give Jesus the same type of love. We don’t lose our minds or our voices. We don’t trash talk other people who believe their team is better than ours. There are no fireworks, expert sound systems or celebratory theme songs. What would your experience with God look like if one day you heard the ’96 bulls theme song come on and it the announcer with the world renowned speaker voice said , “Starting at point guard, hailing from Nazarareth at 6’0 with all power in His hand, He leads the league in most victories and is the star of the undefeated team. He is the KING OF KINGS JJJEEESSSUUUUUUSSSS CHRIST!!!!” and the crowd loses their minds, the music is blowing out the speakers, the noise level is beyond comprehension and your whole life existence is completely rocked. What would your relationship with Christ look like if everyday the excitement, anticipation and enthusiasm we give for the Falcons, or the Eagles or whatever your favorite team is (mine so happens to be the Giants) you gave to Jesus. Would you not be more proud to share your experience, would you not be more willing to LIVE your experience. When you go to a game you are completely engulfed into the game life. I mean people take the phrase “Go Team Spirit” to a whole new level. I’ve seen people who faithfully go to the game every week and are completely new people than they are in regular life. To take that and channel it for Christ gives a new meaning to the scripture “Let everything that has breath PRAISE THE LORD” – Psalm 150:6. If we could be honest we praise these teams, athletes, superstars and celebrities and we don’t praise God. Not like that. I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with liking sports or celebrities (I know there may be some who may assume that’s my point) what I am saying is that if we can go that hard for them we should be able to go even harder for the one who allows us and them to exist. Everyone may not agree nor understand but that’s ok. I know that at the end of the day the Falcons or anyone else shouldn’t be the only reason we RISE UP!!!
Hip Hop: The powerful cocktail of rhyme, beat and soul. It has indefinitely gripped the souls of countless people, birthing a culture and global influence. One such soul is that of Xavier Stephen Brandon. He was born on January 22, 1988 in Brooklyn, New York: the city that was the impetus for Hip Hop. He moved to Charlotte NC when he was four years old, but was indelibly marked by the music that would soon consume his life. Xavier started rhyming at the age of 12 and wrote his first song entitled “My Life” when he was in sixth grade. He was unrelenting in honing his craft and by his sophomore year in high school he was rapping at church and by his senior year he was circuiting night clubs and recording in the studio. He quickly adopted the stage name X that was given to him by his best friend Maiba. X became consumed by Hip Hop, he ate it, drank it, inhaled and exhaled it and could not stop thinking about it.
However, a chance encounter with God changed the course of his life forever. Before entering college, church leaders sincerely advised that he stop his consumption of secular music because it was keeping Him from a closer union with God. But it was not something that he could easily give up. Then as a freshmen at Morehouse College he had the opportunity to perform on a show produced by Lil‘Wayne. However, God provided a way of escape through the cautionary words of his friends. That very day he deleted all of his secular music and his life was transformed. His actions, words and thoughts were now infiltrated and dictated by the truth that although he loved Hip Hop, he loved God so much more. So with that he submitted his love for Hip Hop and his artistic gift to this newfound love.
X has been featured on numerous mixtapes including: Welcome to My Playlist Mixtape produced by DJ Trrouble (2011). Season 1: Equivalent Exchange EP by Gracin Glory (2011) and the upcoming Spiritual Warfare Volume 1 Mixtape which is scheduled to be released in 2011. He currently ministers through Hip Hop and Spoken Word in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area while pursuing his Masters of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
He seeks to produce kingdom influenced music. He believes that God should be glorified not only in the content of his songs but in the quality of their production. He desires that people crank them in their cars, in their homes, at work and not be ashamed to blast it because it’s good music. If it’s not hot, or if it cannot rival the secular music on the radio, then he doesn’t want to create it. He believes that he must offer his gift to God in nothing short of excellence.
X strives to reconcile the Hip Hop culture with God, demonstrating that it is okay to have a love for the music and be in love with Jesus Christ. He is equipped for this task because his honesty and his humility enable him to relate to anyone. His infectious love for God and relevant teaching style sets a spark for God and quells doubt in the hearts of many people that he encounters. He is anointed to spread the Gospel to the Hip Hop generation both in the corridors of his everyday life and on stage. His words, his actions and his heart illustrate that God reigns preeminent in his life and he believes in turn God will draw all men and women unto Him (John 12:32).
Zek’s Youth Center is a recreation facility devoted to identifying, cultivating, and manifesting the dreams of youth across the world. We accomplish this by enrolling students ranging from middle to high school into an intense mentoring program. This program aids dreamers to excel academically as well as achieving their dreams. Dreamers pair up with mentors who are operating in the dream they wish to achieve to ensure a pipeline for success. In the process, dreamers learn Christian principles that cultivate the dream to advance the Kingdom of God. There is a 100% dream guarantee which ensures that every dreamer will achieve their dream. We live by the Dreamer Creed:
I AM A DREAMER!NO DREAM IS TOO BIG OR TOO SMALL!MY DREAM IS FROM GOD AND WITH GOD NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!I WILL ACHIEVE MY DREAM!I WILL HELP OTHERS ACHIEVE THEIR DREAMS!MY DREAM IS NOT FOR MYSELF BUT FOR THE BETTERMENT OF MY FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND THE WORLD!CAN MY DREAM LIVE? YES!WILL MY DREAM LIVE? YES!AM I A DREAMER? YES!DREAM ON YOUNG BROTHER AND SISTER DREAM ON!!!
To book X for any of these talks, contact him at email@example.com.
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Hoods Up I keep my hood where my God is Up in the air you can find my eye lids Up in the air praying for a miracle times like this I gotta be spiritual In a time where justice is no longer poetic No malice but these men are pitiful, poor, blind, naked so
So I went to my very first Falcon’s game against the Eagles on 9/18/11. It was an experience like non I have ever experienced before. The Georgia Dome was packed with people from the floor to the raptors. It was like Red and Black Nation. It was true pandemonium. Fireworks blared with a tremendous boom
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This is Pass Me Over that I wrote last night on Sunday December 4, 2011. It is inspired by a lot of things going on and I just was pouring out my heart. Sometimes you just have to be real with yourself and with God and express yourself the best way you can. This is
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So I spoke to over 10,000 people and who knows how many online on 08/28/11 for Bishop Eddie Long’s 24 year anniversary, along with 4 other dynamic and beastly poets (s/o to Stan Rucker, Natasha Omiela, and Samantha Tulin). I’ve spoken to a lot of people before and have even been on stage at New