Angela Thomas Smith was born in Anderson, SC to the Late Catherine Marn Thomas and Glenn Lee Thomas Jr. She was raised in a small community called Level Land on Black Bill Rd in Abbeville County, SC with nothing but family. She spent most of her Adult life in Atlanta, GA. She attended and played basketball at North Greenville Jr College in Tigerville, SC (now North Greenville University) and Morris Brown College in Atlanta, GA. She the youngest of four children, Carolyn Annee Reynolds, Glenn Howard Groves and Quinn Germain Thomas. She married to Rashard M. Smith. She's the Co-founder of Pushing Grace Networking Group & Community Gateway center, Founder/Ceo/Execuve Director of Placed with a purpose ministries. Her mission in life is to educate, empower and encourage individuals to be all that they can be through Christ. Jeremiah 29:11 is her favorite Scripture. She loves her family and God Mother Bey Joe Lewis (this lady has been there for her from day one ).
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Throughout history religion has been used as a tool to control the masses, specific people in positions of power use the scriptures for personal gain. It is no secret that religions such as Christianity and Islam were forced upon African people worldwide. It is also no secret that black people in America are some of the most religious people on earth, but also suffer the most and lack resources. Are we using religion as a tool of empowerment or are we using it as a coping mechanism? Do we take the time to understand the scriptures before we integrate the information into our cultures? Should we change the way we learn, understand and use religion within our lives? Tune in to hear what we have to say about this topic.
Propaganda and mythology controlled by the dominant culture have spread negative messages about black people for ages. Because most of the media is controlled by white supremacist the image of black people in America is less than becoming. We are depicted as lazy, hyper aggressive, too educated for our counterparts, poor parents, abusive, emotionally unstable, and we don't love ourselves. Some members of black America may have the characteristics but they do not represent us as a whole; a bigger problem is black Americans have began to believe the hype. When oppressed people begin to believe in their oppression and the factors that facilitate it, they will remain oppressed and even teach their children how to be oppressed. We have to learn to look beneath the surface, research for ourselves and tell our own stories. We can no longer be comfortable with our oppressors selling us lies about ourselves. Click the player below to see what myths we debunked as we praise our people.
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