December 22, 2022
By Devyn Bakewell
Assistant Managing Editor
Christmas can be a very romantic time. From songs to mistletoe to just the cold weather, the holidays tend to make everyone want someone to cuddle up to. However, in America, single people make up one-third of all households.
Annually, depression tends to increase during the holiday season due to factors, such as loneliness, and especially since the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are forced to spend their holidays alone or away from their loved ones.
This is why creator and visionary of Fox Soul’s #1 relationship platform, “CheMinistry”, Chanel Nicole Scott has created five key tips for surviving the holidays single and alone. Scott has had her fair share of lonely holidays and understands the desire to be seen and loved. Through her own journey to finding love, while also building a platform to bridge relationship gaps, she’s found that you don’t need to be woeful during the holiday season. There are ways to enjoy the season of love, giving, and laughter, single!
In an interview with the Los Angeles Sentinel, Chanel Nicole Scott shared why she created her holidays tips for single people, along with providing some insight on her hit show, “CheMinistry”.
“I’m still single, and I know there are other women who are single, and holidays are a very difficult time for either a single person or a person who’s gone through a breakup. Now that we’re approaching the holidays, which is a time we typically spend with our loved ones, I just wanted to talk about ways that those who can sustain or maintain a healthy relationship can navigate so we’re not sitting at home depressed,” said Scott.
She continued, “You hear so many crazy things that happen during the holidays, from depression to suicide, so I just want to alleviate a little bit of that pressure and give people something to think about just to redefine this time of year.”
Chanel Nicole Scott is calling this holiday season “A Loveless Holiday”, which she also discusses on an episode of her show. The relationship guru’s five tips include:
1. Practicing gratitude for the good in your life.
2. Having a spiritual practice.
3. Reaching out to family and friends for fellowship and support.
4. Not allowing your relationship status to define you. Acknowledge the other parts of yourself –your gifts, talents, dreams, and goals.
5. Being kind, gentle, and generous to yourself, which includes giving yourself a gift for the holidays.
Through her show, “CheMinistry”, Scott has created a platform for herself where she can speak freely about her feelings and experiences around romantic relationships in a “place of peace”. Oftentimes, people are forced to suffer their relationship traumas and emotions in silence, which is something the visionary shared she’s gone through.
“Most times, when you’re going through heartache or anything dealing with a relationship, people want to hear about it not so much because they care about you, but they just want to know your business. And once you tell the story, they want you to move on, but sometimes you’re still hurt. And it takes time to work through the hurt…”
“CheMinistry” is a place where Chanel Nicole Scott and her guest can really talk about it.
“We can dive deep, and we really get into different perspectives,” shared Scott. “I invite women and men.
The men can really be honest, in that moment, where they’re not being shunned or judged, we’re not beating them up because they’re being honest with us, and really telling us the truth.”
The show dives into an individual’s experience—how they were treated in their relationship, the thought process of why they did certain things, and so much more.
“Most times [women] don’t get the answers to our questions because men shut down when a relationship goes irate, and your left kind of like trying to figure It out,” said the “CheMinistry” creator, “but in “CheMinistry” you get a man who has had an experience, and he can tell you the real and be like ‘ok, this is what I was thinking.’”
Scott has always understood human behavior, and even got an undergrad degree in social work. She’s spent many years interpreting why people act the way they do, and shared that “there’s not too many experiences you can come to her with that she can’t interpret”.
“I’ve had these experiences … I’ve experienced rejection more times that I can remember. I’ve had relationships that have gone awry, and I’ve suffered. So there’s not too many situations that you can come to me with that I can’t help you work through. That’s why we have “CheMinistry”.”
For more information on Chanel Nicole Scott check out her Instagram (@chanelnicolescott) or the “CheMinistry” Instagram (@cheministrylive).
You can also watch episodes of “Cheministry” on https://foxsoul.tv/shows/cheministry-a-relationship-platform/.
December 22, 2022
LAWT News Service
The Los Angeles Chargers announced that Brotherhood Crusade’s Charisse Bremond-Weaver and George Weaver are the team’s recipients of the inaugural 2022 Inspire Change Changemaker Award.
The league’s newly established award recognizes individuals who are making a difference in their communities through social justice work, either individually or as part of a non-profit organization, across each of the NFL’s 32 club markets.
Bremond-Weaver and Weaver were recognized at the Chargers’ Week 15 Inspire Change game on Dec. 18 at SoFi Stadium.
Founded in 1968, Brotherhood Crusade’s principal mission is to champion equality and equity by removing and/or helping individuals overcome the barriers that deter their pursuit of success in life and facilitate opportunities for a better quality of life by effectuating improved health and wellness, facilitating academic success, promoting personal, social and economic growth, providing access to artistic excellence & cultural awareness, increasing financial literacy and building community agencies and institutions.
The Chargers Impact Fund, Brotherhood Crusade and the Inglewood Unified School District are on their second cohort of Bolt Academy, a unique partnership in which juniors and seniors from Inglewood schools participate in job readiness and leadership development training – led by Brotherhood Crusade – and have the opportunity to work alongside the Chargers at SoFi Stadium on gamedays.
Bremond-Weaver and Weaver were surprised with the news while accompanying the Bolt Academy students on a field trip to the Chargers’ training facility and corporate headquarters earlier this week. The students received a tour of the facility, heard from various Chargers staff about their careers, met Head Coach Brandon Staley and witnessed the moment a Bolt Academy alumnus surprised Bremond-Weaver and Weaver with the recognition.
“I am thrilled and beyond grateful that myself and my husband George Weaver will be representing Brotherhood Crusade as the NFL Los Angeles Chargers Game Changer recipient,” said Charisse Bremond-Weaver, president and CEO of Brotherhood Crusade.
“The work we are doing with the Los Angeles Chargers, Inglewood Unified School District and our Bolt Academy is life changing as we support our students to become their authentic selves, empower their voice and thrive in workforce development.”
“We are grateful for the unique partnership Charisse and George have nurtured with the Chargers Impact Fund and the Inglewood Unified School District – as well as the unrivaled care and commitment they express the youth in our community,” said Chargers Vice President of Community Relations, Heather Birdsall.
“While they don’t do this work for the applause, we hope this recognition serves as a reminder for them and the community that they are changing the lives of young Angelenos every day.”
Inspire Change Changemaker Award recipients were selected based on their outstanding work in the community, supporting one or more of the four key pillars encompassed in the Inspire Change Initiative: Police-Community Relations, Criminal Justice Reform, Education and Economic Advancement.
Inspire Change is the NFL’s social justice initiative which showcases the collaborative efforts of players, owners and the League to create positive change in communities across the country and ensure that equal opportunity becomes a reality for all. Since 2017, the NFL family has provided more than $244 million to 37 national grant partners and hundreds of grassroots organizations across the country, nearing its 10-year, $250 million commitment to social justice efforts.
All 32 recipients will receive a $10,000 donation to the social justice 501c3 nonprofit organization of their choice. All donations are courtesy of the NFL Foundation.
December 22, 2022
LAWT News Service
On Sunday, December 18, Malik Books, an independent, Black-owned bookstore, hosted Devyn Bakewell's “Greater Life” book signing inside Westfield Culver City.
The Greater Life book signing attracted a diverse crowd of HBCUs alumni, media, community leaders, and supporters of black love. April Muhammad and Christopher Sibley welcomed patrons to purchase Devyn Bakewell’s hardcover of “Greater Life” while supporting other local African-American vendors.
As the granddaughter of civil rights activist Danny Bakewell Sr., it only makes sense that Devyn advocates for women and her community.
While at Howard, she was a part of several sisterhood groups that advocate for young women.
Devyn Bakewell is the author of “Greater Life,” the sequel to “Greater Love,” her first coming-of-age romance novel about a young woman searching for love only to discover true love within herself. Both stories are inspired by her time at Howard University.
Before attending Howard, Devyn received the prestigious Segal Americorps Education Award for her service teaching social-emotional learning to early-age children.
Devyn now holds a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in African studies.
Devyn is currently the assistant managing editor of the L.A. Watts Times.
Follow on Instagram @devynbakewellauthor for up-to-date news on #DevynBakewell.
About “Greater Life”:
When a couple kisses and the credits come up, their love story is just beginning. Falling in love is the easiest part of the journey and staying in love is where it gets hard.
In the sequel to “Greater Love,” Ryan McKnight and Devyn Baker face the end of their freshman year at Truth University with no idea what to do with their summer vacations.
Then, Ryan is offered the internship of a lifetime . . . in New York City, which leaves Devyn to spend the summer at home in Garden Heights, where his mother has returned after years away due to a drug addiction.
Both find themselves in stressful situations that they must navigate to succeed on their own.
Ryan must rebuild the tarnished image of a high-maintenance DJ, while Devyn must find a way to navigate his broken relationship with his mother. The challenges of being in a long-distance relationship make matters worse.
With their relationship being put to a new test, can Ryan and Devyn survive several months apart?
How far will they go not to lose the love of a lifetime? Fans of “Greater Love” will devour this emotionally charged second installment.
About Malik Bookstore:
Malik Bookstore is an independent African American Bookstore that specializes in books, African American calendars, and African American gifts full of cultural diversity. Their selection of products has helped create a positive impact on self-reflection, self-esteem, and self-awareness. Malik Bookstore has two locations, one in Culver City and the other in Baldwin Hills.
December 22, 2022
The new mayor of Los Angeles, Karen Bass, said on Dec. 18 that her administration will start moving homeless people from tent encampments into hotels and motels through a new program.
Bass told NBC’s “Meet the Press” host, Chuck Todd, that her plan to move homeless people into rooms immediately will not “address everybody, but it is going to address, hopefully, a significant number.” She said people will not be forced to move, but that sanitation crews will stand by to clean up areas after people have left.
“But this is not coercing people. This is not ticketing people or incarcerating people. This is moving people from tents to hotels or motels,” she said.
On her first day as mayor of Los Angeles, Bass declared a state of emergency on homelessness. She vowed to get people housed and more housing built so that residents can see a real difference, which hasn’t been visible despite billions spent on programs to curb homelessness, including $1.2 billion in the current city budget.
Bass, a Democrat and former congresswoman, has said she intends to get over 17,000 homeless people into housing in her first year through a mix of interim and permanent facilities.
An estimated 40,000 people are homeless in Los Angeles, a city of nearly 4 million. Homelessness is hugely visible throughout California with people living in tents and cars and sleeping outdoors on sidewalks and under highway overpasses.
Bass said outreach workers will try to coax people indoors. People are homeless for a variety of reasons, including mental illness, addiction and job loss.
The mayor’s office did not provide on Sunday details of the housing program, including what it would cost and where the money would come from.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom first launched the idea of placing homeless people in motel and hotel rooms at the start of the pandemic in 2020. He has since encouraged cities and counties to convert motels and other buildings into housing for homeless people.
Advocates for the homeless have welcomed the use of motel rooms, where people can have their own bathroom far away from the clutter of congregated shelters. But they have criticized what they call “sweeps” of encampments that force people to move and separate them from their belongings in the absence of a firm motel room offer.
Todd asked Bass how to judge her success on eliminating homelessness.
“Encampments should be significantly down if not eliminated, and there should be housing being built, underway, at a much more rapid pace,” she said. “And there should not be 40,000 people who are unhoused, that’s for sure.”