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The SCP Newsletter

2020 Q3: Connection Culture

365 Black History: Mentorship that Matters

YBLA, we identifies, educates and develops young black leaders to

CBM’s goal since the organization’s inception has been have a positive impact in their community and beyond. They focus
“Caring for Our Youth®” We are passionate about creating on helping our young people become leaders that are college and
“Best Practice” programs that provide solutions to our career ready. Their young leaders are trained to reach back and
At PrettyGirl Academy Inc., we help girls embrace who children’s most urgent needs. CBM’s grassroots beginning mentor elementary, middle and high school students as they
they are. We lead them as they discover their own paved the way for disruptive thought that dared to challenge achieve. They achieve this through Leadership, Service and
unique paths through life. the odds facing the most vulnerable children and provide Education.
caring, support and encouragement. That legacy continues
to this day with mentoring, after-school enrichment and They strive to create a workplace that reflects the communities
We challenge them to break out of their comfort
scholarship. they serve and where everyone feels empowered to bring their
zones by immersing them in new experiences that will full, authentic selves to work. They value people and the
help expand their understanding and enhance their Concerned Black Men of America accomplishes its mission differences they bring in diversity of thought, culture, age, race,
perspectives. of "Caring for Our Youth . . . ®" through the dedication and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and
support of our committed staff, powerful chapter networks expression, ability and experience. They are passionate about
PrettyGirl Academy, Inc., is a safe space where girls and our outstanding national and community partners. We creating an inclusive workplace where everyone, from any
believe deeply that "it takes a village to raise a child," and background, can do their best work.
can open up, be themselves and learn from the
our partners make the difference. We also welcome the
different life experiences of their peers and mentors. opportunity to partner with new organizations, initiatives, Many people say that young people are our future leaders. YBLA
agencies and community groups to empower and uplift believes that we cannot afford to wait for them to be future leaders
We are more than a mentoring program. We are a under served communities around the nation. We hope you but we must develop them to be leaders Today and Tomorrow. Our
sisterhood of girls and women bound together by love will join us as we acknowledge the immense contributions unique hands-on Leadership Development programs help young
of community and hope for the future. and support of our partner network. people and their parents
SCP: Who are some of the artists you have collaborated
SCP: How long have you been a follower of Christ? with? Who are some you'd like to work with?
MURKP31: I gave my life to Christ when I was just 3 years
MURKP31: I’ve been blessed to collaborate with Holy Hip
old. At the end of a church service I told my mom that I
Hop pioneer Mr. Del, Dee-1, Surf Gvng, two incredible
wanted to be saved and she walked me down the aisle to
pray the prayer of salvation. Although I understood the artists from Memphis named Fro, and D. McGhee, and
decision that I was making, I was still too young to really many others. I would love to work with Mali Music, and
understand what it meant to follow Christ. During my Koryn Hawthorne in the future. If I ever found a track
teenage years, I drifted away from the faith and my worthy, I’d also love to have the legendary Fred
relationship with Christ became nearly non-existent. I went Hammond bless it with his anointed voice!
through a lot of things, but through those experiences I
learned the true value of having a relationship with God. In SCP: How old were you when you wrote your first rhyme?
order to truly follow Christ, you have to be fully cognizant
of who He is and mature enough to sacrifice your life to MURKP31: I believe I was around 11 or 12 years old. The
follow His will. I didn’t reach that personal maturity until I crazy thing is I never considered pursuing rap at that time.
was 21 years old. That’s when I developed a faith of my I didn’t even remember writing the rap, so I think it was just
own, re-dedicated my life to Christ, and made the a one-time thing. I’d been listening to a Christian rap group
permanent decision to follow Him. It’s been 9 years and I called Christ Movement and I believe that’s where the
haven’t looked back. inspiration came from. I’d completely forgotten about the
rap, but found it at my grandmother’s house about 5 years
SCP: Where did the name Murk come from? ago. I was like “What? I don’t remember writing this!” So, I
guess the seed was planted back then, but didn’t take root
MURKP31: My first name is Mercedes and one of my co-workers from a previous job began calling me until 10 years later.
Merk as a nickname. When I began my rap ministry, I just thought it would make a cool artist name. SCP: How can men support the P31 Woman?
My little cousin adamantly encouraged me to replace the letter E with the letter U as murk is a well
known urban slang term. I was initially resistant to the idea because the term is short for murder and I MURKP31: All women need to be loved and led by God fearing men. It’s
didn’t want to portray the negative connotation. God later gave me a two fold revelation pertaining to important that men seek God for themselves because in doing so, they learn
the name and showed me how it would relate to my personal and professional calling. He reminded how to be the husbands, fathers, brothers, and spiritual coverings that we as
me of Galatians 5:24 which teaches us the importance of dying to the flesh in order to follow Christ. He women need. It’s vital that men reject the temptation of pursuing unGodly
encouraged me to murk or kill the person that I used to be so that I could become the woman that He women in order to embrace, respect, and honor the value and standards of
was calling me to be. He also told me that He’d given me a specific assignment to directly and P31 women. We need to know that they are supporting and rooting for us as
intentionally murk or kill the satanic messages that are being promoted in today’s mainstream rap. My we seek to be the Godly women God called us to be. Just like Eve needed the
name is a great reminder to always remain willing to murk my past in order to pursue my future, and covering of her husband Adam, we need men to protect us, provide for us,
murk the enemy in order open the eyes of the lost. and prophesy the Word of God over our lives.
SCP: What are the differences and similarities SCP: What is your opinion on the current responses to social injustices in the world (ex.
between Holy Hip Hop and Christian Rap? BLM)?
MURKP31:Christian Rap and Holy Hip Hop are MURKP31: I’ve been extremely happy to witness the worldwide support of racial
essentially the same thing. Some artists feel that the equality for our black people. It is LONG overdue and I’m so grateful to see other races
using title Christian Rap communicates that the music making more of an intentional effort to join us in a fight that we’ve fought alone for far
is exclusively for Christian audiences which can seem too long. I hate to see the racism that is still counteracting the movement, but I have
to exclude the unbelievers they are hoping to reach. faith that positive changes are happening and will continue to happen. I do think it’s
The definition of Holy is to be set a part and important to remember that while we are fighting for justice, we also want to be careful
dedicated to God and His purpose. So, Holy Hip Hop not become even more divided as a result. God called us to love one another and
could be defined as music that is intentionally
intended for us to be one regardless of race. As long as we remember that the fight is
different from secular music as it aims to present an not merely a racial one, but is part of the overall spiritual battle, we can band together to
alternative message that is consistent with God’s fight the satanic enemy who is against the unity of God’s people
purpose. Artists choose to categorize their music
based on personal preferences, but at the core they SCP: Explain to our audience the importance of the P31
have the same intent. Both are created with the hope Woman?
of encouraging others and inspiring them to accept
the Gospel of Jesus Christ. SCP: Will there be a tour soon? If so, where would be MURKP31: It’s extremely important to provide a modern day
your top 5 cities to perform? message about the P31 woman to this generation. There is an
SCP: What's your favorite Bible verse and why? aggressive satanic attack against women and it has caused us
MURKP31: It’s very hard to plan with everything to lose the knowledge of who they really are in Christ. Mental,
emotional, physical, and sexual abuse plagues so many of us
MURKP31: I’m honestly terrible at choosing favorites. I’m a going on with COVID-19 right now, but I would
and causes lasting effects that are very difficult to overcome. In
pretty indecisive person and don’t have a favorite anything definitely love to get back on the road in God’s timing.
addition, the media and music industry continues to
(lol). The Bible is especially remarkable so it’s nearly I always love to go wherever the majority of my fans excessively praise vanity and promote the over-sexualization
impossible for me to choose just one. However, one of the are, but I am hoping to greatly expand my reach of women. As a result, young girls and women have become
most comforting verses is Deuteronomy 31:6 which says, digitally during this time. With that being said, I want more concerned with their appearance and sexuality than
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified to bring the new music to some familiar cities such as purpose and spirituality. The concept of the P31 woman is
because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he Tampa, Atlanta, and Dallas, but would love to perform derived from principles that we find in the biblical chapter
will never leave you or forsake you.” We all face many in Los Angeles, and New York for the first time. Oh Proverbs 31. These scriptures use the description of a powerful
troubles and trials throughout our lives and they can leave us and Toronto, Canada would be a bonus! I went once worshipper, wife, mother, and entrepreneur to teach us more
before and they were one of the most welcoming and about the spiritual and personal character God desires women
feeling unsettled and hopeless at times. I thank God for this
interactive audiences I’d ever experienced! to have. It reminds us of just how precious and valuable we are
verse because it reminds us that He is with us through every
to God, the world, and the people around us. It reinforces the
challenge we face. My ministry often requires me to face the superiority of righteousness, grace, and inner beauty over
unknown and step out on to some intimidating waters, but outer beauty and charm. If we can trust in God’s ability to heal
this verse calms my fears and reassures me of the power of and restore women through the power of obeying His Word,
God’s permanent presence in my life. our children, families, and communities can also be restored.
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"We have a societal responsibility to

participate in our country's
democracy," said Tom Werner. "This
nonpartisan special will, through
ABC will be airing "VOMO: Vote or Miss Out," a
comedy, encourage people to vote
nonpartisan comedy special event created by ATTN: in this November." "Voter participation
partnership with When We All Vote, featuring some of is in ATTN:'s DNA, and we hope that
the biggest names in comedy and music, MONDAY, we can create an event that will
SEPT. 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT). Emceed by comedy speak to all generations, young and
legend Kevin Hart, the entertainment-filled television old, in a way that shows them that by
event will aim to encourage electoral participation in engaging in the political process, we
the 2020 election. Some of the biggest names in have an exceptional opportunity to
comedy and music are scheduled to appear for this have our voices and values reflected
one-night-only nonpartisan event, including 2 Chainz at every level of government," added
ATTN: co-founder Matthew Segal.
and Lil Baby, Cristela Alonzo, Tim Allen, Whitney
"VOMO: Vote or Miss Out" is being
Cummings, Will Ferrell, Kaia Gerber, Charlamagne Tha
created for ABC by ATTN:, a leading
God, Tiffany Haddish, Jon Hamm, Scarlett Johansson, media company aimed at reaching
Liza Koshy, Jay Leno, Jaden Smith and Willow Smith. The young people on topical issues; sara
special will also feature prominent political figures + tom, the production company
across party lines including Michelle Obama, former founded by "The Conners" executive
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA), Governor producers Sara Gilbert and Tom
Larry Hogan (R-MD), Ann Romney and Cindy McCain, Werner; When We All Vote and event
among others. Additional guests to be added. Along production company Done+Dusted.
with headline entertainment consisting of comedy bits, The one-hour comedy special is
stand-up acts and a larger-than-life musical brought to you by T-Mobile.
performance, the special will provide information on
voting, highlighting potential procedural changes
caused by the pandemic, so that every voter has the
knowledge and incentive to participate in the election
this fall.
Q2 Flash Backs! SEPTEMBER We say farewell to RBG.
Ginsburg became the second
of four female justices to be
Let’s take a look at our 2nd Quarter of the AUGUST confirmed to the Court after
Year ups and downs! Sandra Day O'Connor, the two
We lost a true others being Sonia Sotomayor
and Elena Kagan, both of
LEASH DA BEAAST HERO on and off whom are still serving in 2020.
dropped one of the the Screen.
hottest tracks Chadwick Boseman,
JULY celebrating Beautiful you will missed.
Black Queens.

Connected to the Connector
The COVID19 pandemic has become the driving force for people to seek
connection with others through technology. We have all subscribed to Zoom,
GoTo Meeting, Google Meet and many more video meeting platforms to
visually connect with others outside of our homes. We have even started using
social media as a means to connect to the outside world even more than before,
within a wider range of ages.

Though this pandemic has shown us the importance of connection. I pray that
we remember to remain connected to The Connector. The one that sustains us
through these times will not be our family, friends & business partners -- it will
be God The Father, The Son & Holy Spirit! Our prayers and meditation in the
Word of God will keep us grounded, wise, creative, and full of joy.

This connection to the Blessed Trinity will allow us to connect to others in a

way that transcends technology. We will have a deeper understanding of what
each of us are purposed for in the other’s lives. We will have a mind and heart
that is focused on the blessings throughout this time, not just the ones we
receive but also searching for ways we can be the blessing God has called us to

John 15:5
Romans 12:5
1 Corinthians 12:13