Celebrating Life and Diversity in "The Renaissance Issue"

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Keisha and Joy are taking the tough topics with their new podcast show.


Love Always Win, and D’Lessia and Tanesha share their love story and fairy tale wedding day.


It’s time to put this antiquated religious belief to rest!



In celebration of Women’s Month we celebrate the life of Hydeia Bradbent, a fierceless HIV activist who left us too soon!

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Happy Women’s History Month

to all of my bold and badass sister’s who are blazing trails and being Renaissance Women! This month, let's uplift, support, and empower women in all their endeavors. Let's celebrate their strength, courage, and unwavering determination to make a difference. Together, let's strive for a future where gender equality is not just a dream but a reality for all.

Happy Women's Month!


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It’s time to deconstruct and decolonize the current systems that we operate in!

I am encouraged by those who lived and are living in my time here on earth. I am also excited by those I am connected with that are also daring and blazing trails to ignite another revolutionary Renaissance period in history. We may not live to see our era being recognized as culturally significant but I do believe that in the history books we will get our due credit.

Inside this Renaissance Issue we share the annals of now. I don’t want the passing of another person to become the only moment their lives become monumental. I want to seize the opportunities presented before me to give out flowers and celebrate the living legacies of our now.


In memory of Hydeia Broadbent, a young lady who worked tirelessly to combat stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV. Hydeia unfortunately passed on February 20, 2024. As we enter into Women’s Month we honor and celebrate Hydeia’s life posthumously with this cover feature! Well Done Hydeia, Rest in Love!


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As we navigate the complexities of the 21st century, let us embrace the Renaissance spirit within us and seize the opportunities that abound in this modern era of enlightenment and discovery. Together, we can unleash the full potential of humanity and usher in a new golden age of innovation, creativity, and progress. I would argue that the last 50 years has been marked with a burst of creativity, innovation, and cultural flourishing across multiple domains.

At the heart of this contemporary Renaissance lies the spirit of curiosity. Much like the pioneering minds of those who dared to dream, today's innovators are driven by an insatiable thirst for discovery. From the exploration of outer space to the unraveling of the mysteries of the human mind, we stand witness to a renaissance of exploration on a scale never before imagined.

And, of course we can’t leave out “The Queen Bey!” Ha!

Yours in Service,

Gwendolyn D. Clemons

MBA, MSM, PRC, Editor-In-Chief


Hydeia Broadbent: A Beacon of Hope

Hydeia Broadbent Photo Courtesy of Facebook.

Hydeia Broadbent, a remarkable advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness and education, left an indelible mark on the world with her tireless efforts to combat stigma and discrimination surrounding the virus. Her life, though tragically cut short, serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration for countless individuals affected by HIV/AIDS.

Born with HIV in 1984, Hydeia was abandoned at a Las Vegas hospital as an infant. Despite the challenges she faced from an early age, Hydeia refused to let her diagnosis define her. Adopted at the age of six by Patricia and Loren Broadbent, she was raised in a loving and supportive environment that instilled in her the values of compassion, resilience, and advocacy.

Hydeia became a vocal advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness at a young age, sharing her story and educating others about the realities of living with the virus. Her courage and determination garnered widespread attention, leading her to become a prominent figure in the fight against HIV/AIDS stigma.

all ages and backgrounds.

Throughout her life, Hydeia worked tirelessly to promote HIV/AIDS education and prevention, speaking at schools, conferences, and events around the world. She used her platform to challenge misconceptions about the virus and advocate for access to treatment and support services for those affected by HIV/AIDS.

Tragically, Hydeia passed away in February 20, 2024, leaving behind a legacy of courage, resilience, and compassion. Her death was a profound loss to the HIV/AIDS community and beyond, but her impact lives on through the countless lives she touched and the progress she helped to achieve.

our commitment to creating a world free from HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination.

Hydeia Broadbent may no longer be with us, but her spirit and passion will continue to inspire generations to come. Let us carry forward her legacy and work towards a future where HIV/AIDS is no longer a source of fear or prejudice, but rather a cause for compassion, understanding, and solidarity.



For years I had been going through the motions of life without really living. I was stuck in a rut, unfulfilled and lacking purpose. I felt disconnected from who I truly was and what really mattered to me. Everything seemed dull and gray. I knew there had to be more to life than just existing from day to day.

I realized I needed a change—a rebirth of sorts. I wanted to rediscover my passions and get back in touch with what inspired me. I was ready to start a journey of self-exploration and renewal. This is the story of my personal renaissance.


The first step was decluttering my life both physically and mentally. I did a deep clean of my home, getting rid of all unnecessary items that no longer served me. This created space, both literally and figuratively, for new things to enter my world. I also took time each day to meditate and clear my mind of cluttering thoughts of worry, regret, and negativity. This inner decluttering process helped me gain clarity and focus on the present moment rather than dwelling in the past or worrying about the future.

With a clearer mind and space, I began exploring new interests and revisiting old ones. I signed up for art and cooking classes to nurture my creative side. I dusted off my old dancing shoes that had been sitting unused for years and started dancing again. On weekends I went hiking and exploring nature, reconnecting with the outdoors that I loved as a child. I also joined a book club to rediscover the joy of literature and discussing ideas with others.

In getting involved in these new activities, I was able to meet likeminded people. Some of them became good friends who also encouraged my self-discovery journey. We challenged each other to try new things outside of our comfort zones and supported each other through any growing pains of change. Surrounding myself with positive people who shared my desire to learn, and grow was hugely motivating.

I started a journal to document my experiences and reflections. Writing down my thoughts and feelings helped me process everything I was learning about

My journey of selfdiscovery felt like a renaissance of my mind, body and spirit. I emerged from that period of introspection feeling reborn, with a fresh perspective and renewed sense of purpose to share my talents with the world.

myself. Some entries celebrated small victories and realizations while others expressed insecurities and growing pains. Over time, I noticed myself becoming more self-aware, confident, and comfortable in my own skin. The journal was like a roadmap of my personal evolution.

As I delved deeper into my renaissance, I realized the importance of balancing activities that fueled my mind, body, and spirit. I continued nurturing my creative side with art classes, began a daily yoga practice for mental and physical well-being, and found spirituality through nature walks, meditation, and volunteering in my community. Finding harmony among these different aspects

of myself was key to feeling truly reborn and renewed.

My journey also involved addressing difficult life lessons from my past. I had some heartto-heart talks with loved ones and friends to gain closure over past hurts or to seek their forgiveness for mistakes I had made. I also went to counseling to work through unresolved emotional baggage that was holding me back. Facing these challenges bravely allowed me to leave the past behind and fully embrace the present. My rebirth journey isn't over, but I'm grateful for how far I've come. I'm living with more intention, following my bliss, and supporting others in doing the same. While the path wasn't easy, I'm so glad I took that first step to break free and be reborn.


1. Declutter your life. Physically declutter your living space by getting rid of items you no longer need. Mentally declutter by clearing your mind of unnecessary worries, regrets, and stresses. This creates space for new things.

2. Rediscover your interests. Reconnect with old hobbies you used to enjoy but left behind. Explore new activities, classes, or skills that appeal to your evolving interests and passions. Try different arts, sports, crafts, or volunteering opportunities.

3. Set goals. Take time for self-reflection on your core values, strengths, and dreams. Define some goals that inspire personal growth in areas of your life that matter most -

career, relationships, wellness, creativity etc. Make plans to achieve them.

4. Nurture your mind, body, and spirit. Balance activities that fuel and challenge you mentally like learning, physically through exercise and nutrition, and spiritually through meditation, nature, or service. Pursue holistic well-being and harmony.

5. Meet new people. Get involved in local interest groups, clubs, or classes where you can connect with like-minded souls. Their encouragement and your shared experiences will motivate positive change.

6. Journal your progress. Document your learnings, emotions, goals, and growth over time. Writing provides clarity, tracks your evolution, and celebrates both small wins and challenges along the way.

7. Address past issues. Seek closure over past hurts through heartfelt talks. Process emotional baggage or unhealthy patterns through counselling or self-reflection. Heal fully to move forward unencumbered.

8. Be patient yet persistent. Significant life renewal takes time and commitment. Stick with healthy habits daily while allowing natural highs and lows. Celebrate small wins and milestones to stay motivated on your journey of self-discovery.

It is my hope and prayer that you too will have the courage to take the journey of experiencing your own Personal Renaissance.


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A: Our story starts before we really knew each other. Tanesha produced an LGBTQIA+ web series on YouTube, and I used to work with one of the assistant producers, Tyler. At the time, I (D’Lessia) was in a relationship, and Tyler told me about the show I used to watch every week.

During the pandemic, Tanesha and I both went through a breakup. Still, we did not know each other. One day in October 2020, I (D’Lessia) reached out

to Tyler on Facebook and told her that I was tired of being single and wanted to know if she had any single friends. Tyler responded by saying, “Hey, girl! I think that my friend Tanesha is single.” Then she provided me with a screenshot of Tanesha’s Facebook profile. We became FB friends, and I would check out her page occasionally, but nothing serious. We met at my best friend’s daughter’s birthday party once, and Tanesha was hired to do the videography. We ACTUALLY WALKED INTO THE PARTY TOGETHER!

However, I (D’Lessia) did not introduce myself despite watching her page for about a month. During my “stalking” days, I did realize that Tanesha’s birthday was 12 days after mine. We were both the same zodiac sign, #Saggang, but I want to say either Thanksgiving or Christmas, she posted this picture of a woman and captioned read “Mine.” I thought it was her girlfriend and was like I’m not a homewrecker and stopped my stalking. It wasn’t until Feb. 1, 2021, that I announced my partnership with a local organization within the city that, ironically, Tanesha had worked with about a week prior. Our mutual friend Tyler reached out to me asking if I had run into Tanesha because she had worked with them recently. I did not think ANYTHING of it, but the next day, Tanesha slid into my DMs. She made some small talk and revealed that Tyler had mentioned me before and asked me if I was still available; the rest was history.


A: One of the main things we discussed was our personal healing prior to meeting each other. We both had gotten out of relationships around the same time unknowingly, but we independently worked on ourselves. That time to heal really set the foundation for us when we met. We were both happy as singles; so, when we started

dating, we were intentional with our dating practices and honest. We were ready. We had those deep conversations that people often run away from during the dating process, we had them early on because of our past experiences. Marriage was something that we both discussed throughout dating and found compatibility, openness, safety, love, and laughter. We understood each other and we balanced one another, which solidified we were ready to take our relationship to the next level


A: D’Lessia: Yes, it was because I didn’t know any Black lesbian women is what delayed me “coming out.” My only reference was someone more masculine presenting and that wasn’t who I was, which is why I was in relationships with men before I started openly dating women.

It is also very important to me for younger generations to see us to create visibility. Not to be seen but to highlight that the LGBTQ community are regular people doing everyday things.

Tanesha: Very much so….. We must be true to who we are. But in the same sense maintaining our own identity. Being able to represent a broad spectrum of people and culture is very important. Especially being a black woman in this community.


A: For our honeymoon, we spent a week in Costa Rica. We had hardly anything planned and just allowed us to be present with one another and bask in this new chapter of our love story.


Affirms Blessings POPE FRANCIS

Asa devout gay Catholic, I was very pleased with the decision of Pope Francis that same-sex relationships may be blessed. I was at work the day it was announced and, when I saw the news feed, I became emotional and had to step away from my patient and go in private as my eyes filled with tears.  It was an affirmation from my Church, through Pope Francis, that who I am and whom I love is worthy of being blessed. I’ve known this in my heart for years but to finally hear it from my Church was beautiful. Love, true love, is always a blessing.  For a group that has been wounded and often marginalized by many religious faiths, I believe Pope Francis was led by the Holy Spirit.  He recognized those sheep left outside the gate and chose to give them a nod of acknowledgment.  It is indeed a step forward!

On the day this declaration was announced, I experienced more love and support from my fellow Catholics and, from those

of other faiths as they sent me kind words in response to this step forward. The outpouring from such a variety of people (gay, straight, young, old, allies, co-workers, neighbors, etc) was truly overwhelming.

Clearly the Vatican declaration does not in any way overturn the Catholic church's doctrine that marriage is between a man and a woman.  It does not allow the church's ordained ministers to officiate at samesex marriages. The blessing cannot be given during any formal ceremony. That said, as Cardinal Blase Cupich, a close supporter of Pope Francis, said, "This declaration...will help many more in our community feel the closeness and compassion of God." The Vatican policy notes that people seeking God's love and mercy through a blessing shouldn't be subject to “an exhaustive moral analysis” to receive it.

Some people wonder why any gay person would stay in any Church that does not fully accept them and the life they

I to judge?"  In these last ten years Pope Francis has increasingly shown that, rather than judge, the church is called to welcome, bless, and embrace the LBGTQ community in Jesus' name.

live. I believe though, the larger the institution, the slower it advances with society. One can look in either direction and see despair or hope. Because I believe God has a place for each of us when this life is over, I will always choose to look toward hope because where there is love, there is always hope. I also believe the Holy Spirit can influence and surprise us sometimes. Besides, it’s not the end product on this earth that matters most: it’s the journey together as we accompany each other, work for change and share our experiences together. It’s more about being in community together as a faith family in whatever faith that most connects us to God. I also believe I have a responsibility to hold my Church accountable and work for justice and change. If I leave, I help no one who comes after me.

Soon after Pope Francis began his ministry as Bishop of Rome, when asked about those with a same-sex orientation, he made perhaps his most well-known quote of his pontificate:  "Who am

In 2005 Bishop-Emeritus Terry Steib founded our diocesan "Catholic Ministry with Gay and Lesbian Persons" here in Memphis. For 18 years, every first Tuesday of the month, this ministry gathers.  When Bishop Steib began this outreach, he wrote to all families in West Tennessee, "Church is Home to All People of God."   In this letter he puts it beautifully, "The message of Jesus is clear: ‘Love one another as I have loved you.’ In my meetings with gay and lesbian Catholics, I told them that God does not withhold love from any of us. I believe that wholeheartedly. God’s love is unconditional and that is the gift God offers us in Christ Jesus: the gift of loving each other with that same Godly and unconditional love.”

The Catholic Church, in offering God's blessing to LBGTQ persons, celebrates God's unconditional love.  Yes, it's a great gift for the New Year which Pope Francis gives the Church as he encourages us to ask God's blessing on lgbtq couples showing that they too are always recipients of God's unconditional love! Forward progress indeed!


Meaningful Exchanges


MEET QUE MONROE (OCYPHA), the founder of Meaningful Exchanges. Que is a nonbinary artist who started writing at the age of 6 years old. Since 2015, they have been determined to make an impact. Their core efforts are to bring their team's fresh ideas and passion to the range of activities that they’re involved in. Through their endeavors they inspire to display the conviction behind their beliefs.


A: Renaissance to me is rebirth, a celebration of Queer culture.  A rebirth in Queer Culture is continuing to work with one another, to come together, and be supportive. We have more innovative tools than ever to launch broader opportunities on wider scales. We, too, can reach people internationally and create change. The rebirth is just the beginning of all the greatness to come.

It can be challenging for creatives in our community to be acknowledged, seen, or heard. We will continue to create platforms to help the collective showcase their talents.


A: Meaningful Exchanges arose when I sought a haven to share my poetry and creativity without judgment. At the time, I couldn't find such a place. There were safe spaces for the youth, which was terrific, but I wanted that space for adults. I created a space that allowed people to create freely, no matter their skill level. Everyone could come together and collaborate and be supportive, whether a pro or novice. Also, I felt that the LGBTQ community didn't get the recognition that they deserved in creative spaces. That has

This interview took place between TUV New York Talent Correspondent Monick Monell and Que Monroe.

changed some now, and I hope it continues to.

It is vital to have a safe space for adults. Meaningful Exchanges has uplifted, inspired, and empowered many people at their roughest times. That is the biggest blessing. Those involved have also done the same for me. If it weren't for creativity and my writing, I would not be here right now with an opportunity to share my story. Poetry saved my life; others can say the same about their creative endeavors. It's a way of release. You pour your soul into your projects. Share the pain that you may never speak of.


A: I've recently come out as non-binary. It stemmed from not wanting to be put into a box. I'm allowing myself to be more vulnerable and in tune with my feminine side. Now, it is just an equal balance of energy.   My evolution has allowed me to connect in many spaces while being secure. I'm more creative than ever in poetry, writing, and marketing; I even was a streamer on Twitch/Kick for a short while. Because I am sure of who I am, I'm more fearless in trying new things. I would've never believed I would get paid to make fliers for creatives.


A: My poetry book is Scattered Pieces by Qcypha the Poet, and it is available on Amazon for Kindle

and paperback. I wrote this book on a whim and told myself I would release it no matter what. The reason behind that is that my grandmother introduced me to affirmations and poetry. Since she is no longer here with us, I wanted to honor her love of poetry and affirmations. She passed away when I was young, and she never got the chance to see my writing. As soon as I completed it, I told myself, " Grandma, we did it.

I'm working on a new poetry book with a fresh perspective and style. There will be stories, affirmations, and encouragement throughout the book and on a much larger scale, with over 100 poems and inserts. It will be entitled Lyric Jane (Janay), an ode to my evolution, dedicated to two of my greatest inspirations. My grandmother Minnie Jane Durant, who had Lupus and Lyric Channel, was a young girl who passed away from brain cancer. They both fought and never complained in life. They brought light to everything they touched. Since my middle name is Jane, and I used to call myself Lyric when I was younger, it only seemed fitting.


A: Step into the new year by being at peace with exactly who you are and allow it to be enough. Knowing that it is okay to have things you wish to change or want to work on doesn't change the fact that you are and will always be enough. Bring your gratitude into the new year and be grateful for what was, what is, and what will be. If you believe a goal list or pledge would be helpful, do it. If you create it,

make sure you see it through.


A: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne has impacted my life significantly, helped me manifest, and changed my perspective on negative thinking and how powerful our minds are.

Your Life Pocket Coach by Carole Gaskell is a guided book to take you past your comfort zone and gain new perspectives. I promise you it has been the most influential. It's a goalorientated book, but it is a book that takes you step by step through the process of becoming your most fabulous self. It's an in-depth guided journal that helps you recognize who you are, what you may need to work on, and how you can declutter your space and life.   Project 369 (The Key to the Universe Evolved Consciousness) by David Kasneci is a book on becoming a master manifester. It gives you different perspectives and tools to use.


A: Conquerors by Kirk Franklin and the Family was my go-to song when I was out of hope. It has always given me the strength to push on at my lowest. It speaks of how tomorrow is a new day, and you can start a new. It's a unique chance and a new opportunity.

“Conquer Everything” means to never give up. You don't always have to win or be number one, but you are winning if you continue the fight and get back

up again. You are conquering everything sent to take you off your path. So even if it's inch by inch, you're a conqueror. You are a conqueror, even if you can only muster enough strength to open your eyes in the morning.  Lastly, I want to bring about awareness for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Hidradenitis suppurativa, and Chronic illnesses in general.  2024 is my renaissance year, so this couldn't come at a better time.

This year is the start of a rebirth for not only me but Meaningful Exchanges as well. In the last three years, I've continuously had to fight for my life but also my mental stability to deal with chronic pain, fatigue, insecurities, isolation, loss of identity, and numerous other changes that come with chronic illnesses.

At that time, I also needed help to keep up with Meaningful Exchanges and invest my time. I'm working on bringing back what it was once and getting back to connecting with others on a deeper level while fostering creativity in our community.   I hope to be a testament to faith and strong will. I'm resilient, and I plan on continuing the fight no matter what life throws at me. I'm more than a conqueror, and you are, too. Together, we can overcome any obstacle.








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Powering through leads to exhaustion, ineffectiveness, and over-functioning. How long have you been pregnant with possibilities but too exhausted to birth what you have nurtured in your spirit? Prioritizing rest gives the mind and body time to refuel and devise a plan of action.

After resting, it is time to REFLECT. Reflection is essential for a successful rebirthing season. Reflecting allows you to travel back in time to review what went well, what did not go well, and how you might consider doing things differently in the future. Reflecting is often seen as irrelevant and, therefore, overlooked. However, reflection

gives way to revising. In an ideal world, no one experiences rebirth difficulties. But, come on, life isn’t perfect and revising is par for the course when building or nurturing greatness. How will you know what or how to REVISE if you have not taken a moment to reflect?  While revising, you might notice the presence of discomfort. This discomfort is understandable. Too often, revision is associated with failure instead of an opportunity to reimagine what could be or what more you could experience. When we befriend and embrace the practice of revising, the initial discomfort decreases. The awareness of the benefits of

Rebirthing greatness in 2024 will require you to strategically consider how to recharge physically, psychologically, spiritually, financially, and interpersonally for the journey.



revising increases and we begin to view revising as a positive and purposeful stretching of the mind and body. Stretching is good. Stretching means growth. Stretching is an opportunity to receive more.

The step after revising will involve a great PUSH because it will be time to deliver. When you are ready to REBIRTH your vision, allow the practice of SMART thinking and SMART goal-setting to guide you the rest of the way. SMART, as an acronym, can serve as a reminder to think specifically about the life you want to live and develop meaningful and achievable goals that will move you in the direction of the life you want to live.


STOP talking yourself out of doing what you desire to do.

Decide what you want to do and then MAKE a plan to fulfill your desire.

ASK yourself, “What sacrifices am I willing to make to experience the life I desire?

RESIST the urge to lean into perfection, listen to judgment, or expedite this birthing process.

THANK yourself for your bravery and willingness to pursue the life you desire.

Before you begin your birthing (or rebirthing) journey, ask yourself the following:

1. REST. How can I use rest to my advantage? What does rest look like in this season of my life? What barriers could get in the way of resting? Can I (and how might I) proactively minimize these barriers?

2. REFLECT. What worked? What did not work? What areas of my life require change? What (or who) am I afraid to release? Why am I holding on to the person, place, or thing that may not benefit me? What will I gain if I let go of the NOUN impeding my progress? What sacrifices am I willing to make to achieve my goal? How will my life change when I take the courageous step to prioritize myself?

What is the SPECIFIC life you desire to live?

How will you MEASURE your success? How will you know you’re progressing?

Is your goal ACHIEVABLE or do you need to reflect and revise to make your goal attainable vs. aspirational?

What’s the RELEVANCE of this goal? How will this goal improve the quality of your life or get you closer to the life you want?

When do you want to accomplish this goal? What is your TIMELINE or fulfillment date?

3. REVISE. What are my SMART goals? What am I willing to do differently to produce the outcome I want? Who will I allow on this journey with me? Who are my support and accountability partners?

4. REBIRTH. How do I want to reintroduce myself, my brand, and my purpose to the world?

Once you have taken the time to rest, reflect, revise, and rebirth your vision, you will only have one thing left in the immediate moment to do. It will be time to re-PRESENT yourself to the world. Look at folks, and in your best Jay Z voice, say, “Allow me to re-introduce myself; my name is REFRESHED, RENEWED, and READY to show out all of 2024 and beyond!”

Dr. Umieca Hankton (Dr. U.) is a licensed clinical psychologist with over a decade of mental health treatment experience across multiple treatment settings. She founded UNH Counseling Services, a behavioral health agency that deliberately focuses on the psychological health and wellness of BIPOC, LGBTQ+, college students, and clergy. Dr. Hankton has authored two self-help journals, “Thriving on Purpose: Reflect. Meditate. Plan. Implement'' and “B.R.A.V.I.N.G. the Grief.” To learn about treatment options and services, please visit www. UNHCounselingServices.com or call 901-300-9082.

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Renaissance has always been a loaded word in my life. For years, I lived around the corner from Renaissance High School in Detroit, Michigan. This high school, in northwest Detroit with its name and prestige, was classified as the best high school in Motown. Its claim was that the halls hosted the brightest and best students of the city. In fact, middle school students from across the city had to take an entrance test to gain admission. I took that same test in the spring of 1992, and missed the mark by 7 points. A tad peeved, at my test scores, which prohibited me from going to Renaissance, which was only 5 minutes from my house, led me to Thomas M. Cooley Cooley Senior High School, a mile away.

Although I was smart, I was not the strongest test taker, and I also was sad to see so many of my childhood friends be admitted to Renaissance High School. To be clear, my 4 years of Cooley High was ripe with rich memories, and plenty of friendships that I still hold dear to this day.

When Beyoncé Knowles came out with her 7th studio album on July 29, 2002, I instantly recalled those memories of yesteryear with the name of her album. While I secretly disliked the name, I grew to appreciate its value, and place in history. The tour and the beautiful songs shifted my thoughts regarding this loaded word and now I embrace my fellow Virgo’s way of thinking. With 2024 upon us, I plan to create my own Renaissance, as I am finally working on major things to propel to the next level. As I have mentioned in previous articles, my search for a forever love has been a mainstay in my life. I have had plenty of situationships. and relationship-like opportunities, but still captured one and only. However, I hope to do a slight shift in its approach for this year. Instead of not looking (never understood that, more on that later), I will concentrate on

what I do have. I am soooo blessed to have an abundance of friends and some family who constantly fill my cup with love and laughter. Yes, I still want a partner, and want to give and receive love, but I will start off my 2024 Renaissance with a reframing of thinking.

Let me start with one of the most successful renaissances to ever happen. With all due respect to Queen B, I am very intrigued by the Harlem Renaissance. This important part of history was also deemed the New Negro Movement. The word movement stood out to me, as blacks were searching for new opportunities and peace of mind of overcoming the social stain of slavery. Blacks were concentrated in the deep south, and migrated north to New York City, Detroit and Chicago. To live during this time (1918-1930) was a beautiful time to learn, grow, and deepen understanding of self. I will work on these same issues, as I look deeper within myself in understanding how my previous actions and situations have played a pivotal role in missing the mark in relationships. I am growing into discovering the art of loving more, while doing less stuff. It is not an easy task, but like the Harlem Renaissance, the sense and overwhelming narrative of selfidentity and black expression was felt everywhere, from Harlem to Paris, France. As a man who travels abundantly to see the world, and to quell my curious mind, I will even go to Paris this year to spend some needed time to capture the essence of the life of James Baldwin, who holds a special place in my mind.

I lived in New York City, from 20052012 and although I lived in New Jersey (born) and Detroit (raised), it was a shock to see so many people in one place, and this huge world of people, places and all the things was an adult wonderland of everything. It afforded me the opportunity to be myself, but also seek new influences to grow and be greater.

Within this year, I will explore this same exploration, as I currently live in Nashville, Tennessee, and although I am keenly aware of the challenges of living my truth in the south, I am reminded how beautiful the volunteer state can be throughout the year. I will take time to slow down the travels and do things near me, and take in more moments of life, and to strengthen the beautiful friendships I have gained over the years.

When you are single, you are constantly seeking partner possibilities. It can come from random gatherings, but also within intimate spaces when you meet people, such at the local museum, or a sporting game. I am very active in my community and meet plenty of people in my career as a public health curator. I will now reframe those opportunities without the intent of possibly meeting my forever, but be more open to what lies beneath. I will not limit myself, and be more and more open to love and the magic feeling it brings.

To conclude, I wish you a renaissance of success for 2024, but within this, please dare to dream bigger and do more. This life we live is quite fickle, and it is all we have. Continue to pour into others, but first keep your cup overflowing with self-love, validation and golden moments. To my forever love, please let me know when you are ready. I am definitely preparing myself for a timeless renaissance for us for 2024 and beyond.

You can find David on social media, via Facebook: David Wyley Long, or via email: davidwyleylong@gmail.com.

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“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."

This verse is often interpreted to mean that in the eyes of God, there is no distinction between men and women when it comes to their spiritual roles and worth. Overall, the case for women preachers is grounded in principles of equality, theological interpretation, historical precedent, and practical effectiveness. Advocates argue that affirming and empowering women in preaching roles not only aligns with biblical teachings but also enriches the life and mission of the church.

Meet three dynamic Women Preachers who are exemplary in their own rights. We celebrate all of the Women in ministry who refuse to suppress their spiritual gift and calling because of opposition from some mainstream religious organizations!


Rev. Dr. Elise Saulsberry is Pastor and Founder of Remnant Community Outreach (formerly Agape). She is a writer, mother and activist who takes pride in advocating for the marginalized and disenfranchised. She is Director of Programming for SisterReach, Inc., a grassroots, 501c3, Reproductive Justice organization in the state of Tennessee. Dr. Saulsberry is a manager and co-trainer for the Faith & Advocacy Curriculum and co-organizer of the Interfaith Coalition for Human Rights. She has a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology and Theology; and Master of Divinity in Theological Studies with emphasis in Evangelism and Church Planting.  Dr. Saulsberry is also a member of community advisory and clergy advocacy boards for various national organizations, and President of IMPACT Hospitality Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She boldly advocates for unhoused populations, LGBT+ people including masculine of center womxn, gender non-conforming people and transgender men.


Minnassa Gabon, CEO of Minnassa, Inc., has more than two decades of expertise as a professional speaker and thought leader. She equips and empowers Corporate Leaders to Harness the Power of the Mind” so they can:

Reduce/better manage their stress.

Improve their work/life integration.

Live in the present moment to enhance their wellbeing. Additionally, she is the creator and host of the Minnassa Wellness YouTube channel. Minnassa combines her seminary & ministerial training with her New Thought/Ancient Wisdom faith to provide her audience with the tools to turn within and bring forth their hidden gifts and skills to create and live the life they want and deserve. She regularly serves as a guest speaker for Unity and Centers for Spiritual Living congregations across the nation. Minnassa and her wife Gail currently reside in Memphis, TN.


Rev. Dr. Bailey-Gwinn, D.Min. is a licensed and ordained minister with 25 years of community service. She was recently installed as the first woman Pastor at Wesley Chapel in Hoschton, GA. Dr. Bailey-Gwinn also serves as pastor of Gwinn’s Ministry and chaplain of Northridge Nursing Health and Rehabilitation Center, in Commerce, GA. She is a sought after national speaker and the Founder and CEO of Foundations for Living (FFL), a nonprofit organization that provides resources, support, and safe conversational spaces to help train other faith leaders in reducing HIV/ AIDS stigma, intimate dating and domestic violence, mental health issues, and barriers to career development. FFL projects include Faith 2 Move Forward (a Facebook Live talk show), the Holiday Survival Fashion Show (which uplifts women who have survived life threatening traumas), the documentary Black Church, Black Preacher, Black Woman, and the Help Me, Help You Community Resource Book.

Dr. Bailey-Gwinn is also a committee member of the HIV and Faith Compass Initiative of The Wake Forest University School of Divinity, the COVID-19 Prevention Network Faith Initiative, the Howard University International Stigma Conference Faith Committee, the IHEAR Advisory Council of the Human Rights Campaign, and the U.S. HIV & AIDS Faith Coalition. She won the “2021 Stigma Warrior Award” from Howard University and the Americorps Lifetime Achievement Award. She is married with three wonderful daughters, and her mantra is: “Love isn’t love until you give it away.”


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