067 The 8 Key Ingredients for Blending Families Successfully


QT90696254_MangumBook_BlendedFamily_Cover copy.pdfDr. Duane Mangum shares eight key ingredients for blended family success. Whether you are a single mom or dad with children maneuvering through the dating scene or whether you are already in a blended family environment you will definitely benefit from Dr. Mangum’s eight key ingredients for successful blending, which are outlined in his book “Blending To Make It: Ingredients for a Successful Blended Family.”

Dr. Mangum has firsthand experience with blended families.  As a child, he inherited a stepfather.  At the young age of 22, he married a woman with children, but he did not have any of his own.  Later the two had children of their own.  After his first marriage ended in divorce, Dr. Mangum became a single father on the dating scene.  Later Dr. Mangum met his current wife, who also had children and they were able to successfully blend their families based on the eight key ingredients outlined in his book “Blending To Make It:  Ingredients for a Successful Blended Family.”

According to the latest statistics, blended families are on the rise, with 2,100 new blended families being formed every day in America and over 65% of Americans are touched directly by a step-family scenario.

82% of parents in blended families do not know where to seek help for the unique issues they face with blended families.  7 out of 10 Pastors or church leaders in America do not know where to turn to assistance on how to minister regarding the step-family dynamics.

So no need to try blending your family on your own, let Dr. Mangum help you learn how to blend successfully if you are dating as a single parent or he can show you how to take your existing blended family from surviving to thriving.


066 The Many Faces Of Homelessness


Causes of Homelessness Chart_THIS ONEHomelessness: It Can Happen to Anyone.

The loss of a job, an illness, or catastrophic event can quickly lead to missed rent or mortgage payments and ultimately, to eviction or foreclosure. Many people exit homelessness quickly, but many more individuals become homeless every day.

Many top celebrities (Steve Harvey, Suze Orman, Tyler Perry, Halle Berry) experienced homelessness while pursuing their passion. Now more than ever people are jumping in with both feet to pursue their dreams and most are without health insurance or adequate savings to cover and recover from medical emergencies.

Natural disasters displace people annually by destroying their homes and everything they own. Remember Katrina?

Homelessness doesn’t mean hopelessness. Many have rebounded to become very successful because they never gave up and someone gave them a chance.

Several guests will talk about how they became homeless and how they recovered; why we need to change our perspectives about homelessness; what are the best ways to help; and much more.

Karla Graham of Access Housing, Inc. helps homeless veterans re-establish their independence, Blair Copeland of Carpenter’s Shelter works to address the various needs of the homeless, Ray Breeding went from homelessness to ordainment, and Vernon Montgomery went from homelessness to gainful employment and is now pursuing his dreams as a writer.

“You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.”

It’s becoming more difficult to be homeless in the United States. In nearly 43 percent of U.S. cities, you can be arrested for sleeping in your car, sitting on a curb, or begging in certain public areas. Stigmas against the homeless are widespread.

Banks are considered too big to fail, but why is it okay to allow children to go without a place to lay their heads at night? ChildHomelessness_THIS ONE

How can we help on an individual level? What can the homeless do to ensure that they will not find themselves in the same predicament?  

We address these questions and more in this episode.

Proverbs 19:17  “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.”

Deuteronomy 15:7-8  “If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.”

Matthew 5:42 “Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.”

064 Keys to Successful Family Entrepreneurship


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John Biagas, Evette Gradney, Mark Biagas, Randy Biagas, and Omar Biagas come from a family of 14 siblings.

This Biagas family of trans-generational entrepreneurs talk about their individual journeys toward entrepreneurial success and how they came together to become owners of two Marriott hotels; A SpringHill Suites by Marriott and a Residence Inn by Marriott, both located in Lake Charles, Louisiana

They talk about lessons learned and the importance of family love and support.

During the second half of the show, Evette Gradney talks about female entrepreneurship, the challenges of being a female entrepreneur in a male dominated industry, and lessons learned.

063 What’s Going On In The World Today?


Whats-Going-On2Dr. and Pastor Alfonzo Surrett, Dr. Bruce Purnell, and Attorney Talib Karim come together to share their perspectives to answer the question “What’s Going On in the World Today?” regarding issues surrounding fatherhood, single mother households, voting, encounters with police, and the prison industrial complex (PIC).

They will also recommend changes that we can make at the individual level instead of waiting for the government and elected officials to initiate change and enforce our basic human rights.