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Letter to the Editor

Submitted by Stephanie Liggins with the assistance and information corrections and additions of Betty Hempstead.

The Ricks family historian has blessed New Hope Missionary Baptist Church the past several years with mementos of several generations of her family.  Annually, the Mission Department has a Black History Display which highlights contributions and accomplishments of our people.  Sister Betty Newbern-Hempstead has a quarter of the room to display the relics of her family history.

Raised by her maternal aunt, Rebecca Ricks-Winston, and her husband L. J. Winston (whom she called Mama and Daddy), she has collected many things that belonged to her mother, aunt and uncle – things many would have long since thrown away and forgotten.

In her collection are Western Union telegrams delivering bad news reading, “Your father died suddenly.”  Another read, “Your mother died yesterday.  Funeral on Thursday.”  If the younger generation never understood why Western Union was dreaded, these notices clearly reveal the reason. There is also a receipt for funeral expenses from 1928 for her uncle’s brother in Detroit.  One could still afford to die back then and be properly buried for under $300.  Certainly, the price might have been considered high then, but looking back and comparing, there is no way that it could have been as exorbitant as the cost is today.

Also among her collection are original N.A.A.C.P. membership cards from 1923.  Her beloved uncle, known as Happy Winston in the city of Decatur, Illinois, was very active in the organization and often served as President of the Decatur Branch – so much so that his activities were often published in the Crisis Magazine. In her archive of pictures is three year old Betty with her Uncle Happy Winston among the officers and delegates’ First Annual Conference of Branches of Illinois N.A.A.C.P. Meeting at Springfield, Illinois (1934) where the organization began. Yes, she is the only child in the picture, but somehow she is not out of place.

One of the most interesting items in the collection is the high school diploma from “The Colored High School of Tuscumbia, Alabama.”  Her Aunt Rebecca was able to leave “the country” and stay with a relative in the town of Tuscumbia and graduate from the high school in 1910.  That was an extraordinary opportunity during a time in history when many of our people could not attend school at all– especially not high school. In 1921, the name of the high school was changed to Trenholm High School.  One of her school mates was Harper Councill Trenholm who went on to become the fifth president of what was then called Alabama State University – now known as H. Councill Trenholm State Community College at Montgomery, Alabama.

At eighty-five years young, Sister Hempstead has stories of historical events, ways of life and relics that helped shape the way we live and operate today.  There was an old toaster, a popcorn popper, a bottle capper, a Remington watch and a grooming kit unlike I have ever seen. But more pertinent than the artifacts, are the people of yesterday that opened a  door for our present opportunities.  We must learn of them.  We must know who they are and we must know who we are.  Next year, when New Hope’s Mission Ministry has the Black History Display, make your way to see it and be enlightened and inspired– and ask Sister Hempstead to tell you a bit about her family.

What it Do With The LUE: Arie Vee

Arie Vee

Arie Vee

By Lue Dowdy

New female R&B/HIP-HOP artist, “Arie Vee,” making major noise in the Inland Empire is What it Do With The LUE this week.

So the first time I heard this Queen sing was at our 1st Indie Artist Award Show last year. We were short a female singer and were down to the last minute of preparation for our Red Carpet performances. I reached to Aaron Swift, owner of On My Mama Recordz, a local record company based out of the Inland Empire. He sent us his talented artist Arie Vee. I fell in love with her voice. Bringing back that old school R&B vibe, this Queen is the real deal.

Arie Vee, born on December 1, 1988, is a Hip Hop/R&B artist on On My Mama Recordz. Some of her musical influences are Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott and J Cole. Arie Vee began singing in church at the age of 5 and began writing her own music at the age of 13. She shared her first written song at her High School talent show, “I Wanna Be,” and won. Since then she kept writing and wrote her first rap at the age of 18. She has been featured on albums and mixtapes such as, “Dear IE” by Valencia Stacks and “Grandma’s Porch,” by Valencia Stacks and Swift. Her debut song “High School Dance,” which is one of my favorites has been taking the IE by storm and her first album “Lost Child,” was released on February 29, 2016.

Make sure to check her out. You can catch her music in rotation on our show “Listening With LUE Radio,” Sundays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Please tune in with me and Comedian Anthony Stone. Until Next week L’z and keep supporting Indie artist. www.kcaaradio.com1050 AM/106.5 FM CALL IN at (909) 888-5222 BOOKING: (909) 567-1000.

“Pretenders!”

New Photo for LouBy Lou Coleman

Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing… Pretending to be something they are not…. Invoking the name of Jesus; calling Him, “Lord”, dressing to kill, brandishing angelic smiles, speaking with confidence and eloquence, carrying large bibles, peppering sermons with cries of “Hallelujah!” “Praise the Lord!” and “Amen!” Woe unto you Jesus declares, “Destroying and scattering the sheep of [His] pasture!” Therefore thus says the LORD God of Israel concerning the shepherds who are tending My people: “You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not attended to them; behold, I am about to attend to you for the evil of your deeds,” declares the LORD.… [Jeremiah 23:1].  You must know that those who do not faithfully preach and teach only Christ will be cut off, discarded, and cast into the fire. This is God’s verdict. The word from the LORD that the prophet Jeremiah wrote down is extremely clear, straightforward and plain.” Sound the alarm!

This message is not for God’s sheep in the pews but for the false prophets, apostles, pastors, teachers, preachers, bishops and priests themselves.  It is a woe pronounced on you by the God you say you serve! “By your words you are justified and by your words you will be condemned.” Your words will fall like a sword of judgment upon your own necks. You have prophesied lies to the people.  You have taught them after the imaginations of your own hearts and you have not heard from God.  You have taught false doctrines.  You tell the people that no evil will come upon them; they will be ruptured out before the end time; before bad things start to happen–the fall of the one world system.  But that is a lie! Why do you insist on taking Scripture out of context to make it appear as if your lies are God’s truth, instead of obeying [2 Tim 2:15] and expositing Scripture in context, [Nehemiah 8:8]? Woe unto you!

Listen, God is not fooled by a false prophet and He does not want His people to be fooled by them either. The section of the Sermon on the Mount found in [Matthew 7:15–20] deals with this very critical need for all believers. What God unfolds for us is the right way to judge hidden things! A false prophet does not wear a sign that declares his status. Instead, he masquerades as one of God’s faithful while sounding forth a message that he claims comes from God. What is a believer to do? How can a believer preserve himself from the snares set by any false prophet? How can you judge the hidden things?

First, accept The Challenge found in [verse 15 of Matthew chapter 7]. Beware! Christ’s command is to be discerning. The challenge for the “sheep” is to detect every hidden wolfish intention and nature disguised as God-fearing morality and demure harmlessness. Second, take a lesson from Common Sense found in [verse 16]. Third and fourth, observe what Every Man Can Only Do found in [verse 17] and what Every Man Cannot Do in [verse 18]. Man can only produce fruit that is generated by their inner nature and they cannot produce fruit that is not descended from their nature. A false prophet is one who claims to speak for God but, in his word or deed, diminishes the incomparable majesty of God or downplays the superlative sacrifice of Christ, thus showing his true nature.

Recall Jesus warning that false teachers would be on the rise through history, culminating in the vast and powerful deception of the last days [Matthew 24:24-25]. Beware! “See,” Jesus said, “I have told you beforehand.” He was warning us to be prepared. Do not be quick to embrace every teaching that comes from the pulpit. Learn to sift the teachings that have been given to you through the filter of the Scriptures. The Word of God will expose that which is error and that which is truth. You must pay attention to what God’s Word is saying. If what you are hearing is not lining up with the Word of God, you would save yourself from deception and heartache if you would just learn how to spit out the bones [Hebrews 13:9.] I tell you, there are few things more important to hear than the warning Jesus gives us in [Matthew 7:15-20]. He begins with the word “Beware . . .” and we should always take it very seriously whenever Jesus tells us to “beware” of something.

I want you to know that God’s true prophets had a practical office to discharge. It was part of their commission to show the people of God their transgressions and the house of God their sins. This means that they functioned as both pastors and ministerial monitors of the people of God. It was their duty to admonish and caution, to denounce prevailing sins, to warn the people of the terrors of divine judgment, and to call them to repentance. They also brought the message of consolation and forgiveness. They were the watchmen set upon the walls of Zion to blow the trumpet to timely warn of approaching danger. Beware: Not everyone who claims to teach the truth really does.