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The Power of A Strong Marriage

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By Miguel Lloyd

This week on #LFCRadio we are going to talk about the power of a strong marriage.

Depending on what TV shows you spend your spare time watching, you might think shows like, Basketball Wives or The Real Housewives of Atlanta represent what relationships look like. These shows that are full of more failed relationships than…well, in spite of their names, marriages.

In TV land, somehow gone are the Cosby’s and in are more characters and shows about the drama that ensues from relationships, that in many cases were never marriages and were never going to be marriages because there are many who feel it is a failed institution. The industry is preying on that perception. There is an increasingly dangerous narrative, that marriage is not what it once was. Marriage is not needed. Living with someone, having kids together, sharing your long-term dreams and aspirations with someone who has the option to walk away is the new “marriage.”

Well the reality is there are more failures than successes with those types of relationships. All while defending this type of relationship has become more popular to take in public, there are a ton of lonely men and women longing for the security that a strong committed relationship provides. They are regretting the fact that, despite having beautiful children as a result of these relationships, they wish they didn’t have to look in to those children’s eyes and respond to the questions of, “Why isn’t daddy around?” “Why can’t you and mommy get along.” They wish they could work out their differences between them, instead of down at the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

We have been conditioned to believe that there are more negative connotations with marriage than there are benefits. As a society, we spend more time fighting about, the problems with homosexual unions than the benefits of heterosexual ones.

Well, this week, we are going to explore the huge benefits of marriage. We are going to remind some and teach others about The Power of Marriage. Our guest this week will be Pastor Kevin Swann of Kevin Swann Ministries and who also serves as the Senior Pastor of Ivy Baptist Church in Newport News, VA. Pastor Swann is 15 year veteran of both ministry and marriage. We are going to dig into the many benefits that come from being in a strong committed relationship.

Miguel Lloyd is a blogger, radio host and Media entrepreneur. He hosts a weekly talk show called Life Full Circle Radio. The show includes super producer, Nikkia Ganey with hot topics, Seshmi Robertson with Entertainment, Elton Gumbel with Sports and Alton Drew with the Politics segment. Join us this and every Wednesday night for the lively conversation by clicking HERE!

Read Between THESE Lines, For Better or Worse, I’ll take Structure Over Chaos

By Miguel Lloyd

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Well the much anticipated premiere of the most recent Tyler Perry installment into our social conscience happened on this past Friday. For Better or Worse premiered on TBS.

Admittedly I was intrigued as most of us were about how these characters made famous in the Why Did I Get Married movies would translate to the small screen. It only made sense those would be the characters chosen, seeing as they were the comedic element of those films. In one word, I was “unimpressed.”

I guess I keep waiting for TP’s projects to evolve into something more mature. I guess I keep waiting for his movies and shows to develop a story line and help us grow threw entertainment, instead of what he did with this show. He simply, took the success of todays reality shows and turned them into a sitcom. Show rich black women who think about no one but themselves, along with men looking to stay out of their way and their impending tirades. It is truly a tired theme.

Oh, but some would argue that it is about family and the struggles of blended families. Thats a common theme in America…right? Sure it is, but two adult women arguing over who’s kid called her a hoe are not. That is just childish and insulting to many of us who are working our way through that same dilemma of life.

Well about a month earlier, BET premiered Reed Between The Lines. The show that is more of Cosby Show 2.0, that it is Real Housewives of Atlanta. They have tackled themes that center around not only the lives of the kids, but made sure to address, things that Cosby never did 25+ years ago. Blended families and intimacy between the parents. Unlike Bill and Claire, these characters are young and vibrant in addition to being career focused and family focused. They even spent an hour this week addressing a subject that may be considered a “left field” story line about a Marine suffering from PTSD. In my humble opinion, they are going into a direction that is a lot more real, than the reality show/soap opera theme TP introduced us to out the gate with his show. Is there a market for it? Of Course there is. Thats why the networks keep ordering these shows. I just think that Tyler Perry has had enough success, which should translate into influence. But his track record says that its what he wants to do, and is what a lot of us want to see. Of course story lines evolve, hopefully if there is enough outcry by us, there will be evolutions in the characters of For Better or Worse, but maybe not.

Join us this week on Life Full Circle Radio as we will discuss this and much more. Of course, as always, we will have our super producer, Nikkia Ganey with hot topics, Seshmi Robertson with Entertainment, Elton Gumbel with Sports and Alton Drew with the Politics segment. Join us this and every Wednesday night for the lively conversation by clicking HERE!

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