Congressman John Conyers is stepping down

The longest serving member of Congress has announced his retirement.  Representative John Conyers was recently criticized for alleged sexual harassment of a member of his staff, which played a big part in the 88 year-old Congressman’s decision to step down.

Congressman Conyers was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus but is probably better known for his association with civil rights icon Rosa Parks.   After the Montgomery bus boycott led by Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks and her husband Raymond had difficulty finding jobs in Alabama.  Rosa Parks and her husband eventually relocated to Michigan, which at the time offered greater opportunities for blacks than the Deep South.  Parks was by then well known as an activist in the black community across America and helped Conyers get elected to congress.  After his election she worked as a Congressional Aide for Congressman Conyers until her retirement.  John Conyers served in Congress for 53 years.

The new British Princess is an African American girl!

When Buckingham Palace announced a Royal wedding would soon take place between Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle, people around the world rejoiced.  However, one group in particular is celebrating the most; African American women!  The soon to be Royal Highness, Dutches Meghan happens to be an African American lady.  Social media is blowing up with other black ladies excited about the development with hashtags  #blackgirlmagic and #blackprincess.

Fun fact:  Meghan Markle is not the ONLY black lady to serve as British Royalty.  In the late 1700s Queen Charlotte after whom Charlotte, North Carolina is named, was also reportedly of partial African descent.  If you think about it, that makes Price Harry a black man too..sort of.

Audition to be the next co-host of The Power Up Morning Show!

The search is on! Praise 107.9 is looking for the next co-host of The Power Up Morning Show to join Brittany and Pastor Terry on the radio.  To audition, create a 2 minute or less video of yourself doing a Praise 107.9 segment.  It can be traffic, weather, End That, Trend, whatever.  Then email it to Please do NOT post your audition on any of our social media pages.

If you audition we ask that you love Gospel music, are punctual, have a fun outgoing personality, have great communications skills, have reliable transportation and can be available weekdays from 5:30am to 11:00am.  Pastor Terry and Brittany will pick the best auditions who will be invited to join them on the air one morning with the hope that one will make such an impression they’ll be asked to join the Power Up Morning Show permanently.  By submitting a video, you agree to allow us to post your audition online.  Thanks and let’s see what you got!


King James…he’s a lifesaver!

News is breaking that NBA star Lebron James saved a man from drowning at the beach.  Not seeking any glory, at the time he didn’t tell anyone.  Recently Gabrielle Union, who is married to fellow basketballer and best friend Dewayne Wade, told the media their families were vacationing together in The Bahamas a few years ago.  James noticed a man struggling in the ocean, jumped in the water and saved the man’s life.  A new nickname for King James is already being floated (free pun).  Aqua-Man!

Meet General Vincent K. Brooks

Pray for General Vincent K. Brooks and the US military personnel under his command. Four Star General Brooks is America’s commander of United States Forces Korea. If escalations with North Korea continue to escalate, it will be his job to protect the innocent people of the region including innocent North North Koreans forced to live under Kim Jong-Un’s brutal dictatorship. General Brooks is a devoted family man and deeply committed Christian who in the past has even raised eyebrows at the Pentagon for being open about devotion the the Lord.

Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy to be passed down to the Hip Hop generation

The organization once led by civil rights icon, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., wants to reach a new generation with Hip Hop music. The Atlanta based Southern Christian Leadership Conference has officially announced they are launching a Hip Hop record label with artists who are committed to producing music with messages that will uplift, inspire and encourage young people to become engaged in social justice causes.  The record label, The Justice HipHop Music Project, is scheduled to launch next summer.

Dr. King,  took the helm of the SCLC while only in his 20s.  He later became the youngest person ever to win a Global Peace Prize in 1964 at the age of 35. Officials say the new label is a strategy for the SCLC to expand its youth and young adults’ division, banking on HipHop music and entertainment to attract more Gen Xers and Millennials to the movement.


Sinbad visits Jacksonville and almost didn’t leave.

Renowned actor and comedian, Sinbad was in Jacksonville for a standup comedy show but he almost didn’t make it out.  Saturday the plane he was on to take him to his next show had to make an emergency return landing at Jacksonville International Airport.  A dozen or so turkey vultures got sucked into the plane’s engine.

Looking for a job? is hiring thousands of people in Jacksonville

If you’re looking for a new job or know someone who is, Amazon is opening up a new order fulfillment center and needs thousands of associates here in Jacksonville.  They’ve held a series of local job fairs and the response has been so great, they had to cancel 3 of the next 4 job fairs they were planning.  The final job fair is Friday at the Legend Center on Soutel Drive starting at 10am. offers good pay, health coverage from day 1, casual dress, online shopping discounts and even stock in the company.

Even if you don’t think working for Amazon is the best fit for you but you are looking for a job, its still great news.  With thousands of people being hired by Amazon, there will soon be thousands of job vacancies all over Jacksonville in numerous fields created by people leaving their present jobs to work for Amazon.

Warning to parents on temporary tattoos.

Henna tattoos are popular with kids because they fade away after a few days.  You need to be careful though.  Some people have experienced scarring from temporary tattoos, making them permanent. We did some digging and it seems a big factor is the color of the ink.  If its done with black ink that contains a substance called paraphenylenediamine, it can leave a scar in the shape of the tattoo.   If you ever get a Henna tattoo, make sure it’s done with plant based natural brown henna.

Learn more about it here.

No, it’s not Halloween. It’s Cow Appreciation Day!

If you’re seeing a lot of people dressed up like cows today, you’re not seeing things.  It’s because its Cow Appreciation Day.  Chick-fil-A restaurants are giving FREE entrees to everyone wearing a cow costume.  The only catch is you have to show up at Chick-fil-A dressed like a cow before 7pm Tuesday!