I have been on this entrepreneurial journey for the last three years.
It certainly wasn't something I wanted to do. Growing up, we were a traditional, middle-class Black family who relied on our education to help us secure solid work.
Middle-class upbringing was the norm, and as such, it seemed only fitting that I carry on this economic tradition that has worked for so many decades.
After enduring my long battle with the courts, I found myself trapped between my love for teaching and my fear of re-entering the public school system. I needed work, though, especially because I had a daughter to raise on my own. But the publicity surrounding my case made it difficult for me to acquire or maintain even the simplest teaching positions.
My family and friends "encouraged" me to continue putting myself out there to find "real work." One family member repeatedly told me, "All you need is one yes." But with each rejection, I grew frustrated while my resources depleted. I realized in that moment I had spent so much energy trying to ask other people for permission to be great when all I needed to do was give myself that permission.
So, I began exploring other options. I tapped into the online space and discovered a new way of generating income, one that allowed me to fulfill my heart's desire while also being at home with my daughter. I read the latest stories from professional bloggers, writers, and entrepreneurs, who taught me about the power of the virtual world. I was intrigued by their transparent income reports, which proved that a person could make as much money as one wanted by building an online business.
And that's when I made a decision that, to this day, bothers some family members: I chose to pursue my purpose and dream, which happened to focus on online work. And in 2016, I left my Bay Area home, move to Sacramento where I knew no one, and began building my online empire, one digital brick at a time.
Three years later, I'm still on that journey; and despite the success (and challenges) I encountered, I still have family members who mock or downplay me for my choice.
In this lesson, I will show you how I handle their doubt while remaining steadfast to my purpose. And if you take heed to this teaching, it will empower you to press onward towards your high calling.
Back in 2016, when I first began expressing my conservative beliefs on social media, I was met with hostility and praise.
On one hand, white conservatives (and a sprinkle of black ones) loved seeing another black face within the overall conservative movement.
On the other hand, I dealt with backlash from black people who saw my conservative affiliation as a threat to black progress.
This is often the experience of nearly all black conservatives who express their political affiliation publicly; and it's no wonder why some black conservatives have sought to fight against the backlash by intensifying their support for such beliefs, politics, and leaders (i.e. Trump).
For some people -- especially many of my former scholars who follow me on social media -- they couldn't understand why I would engage in such "betrayal."
After all, I spent years in the public school system, fighting against racial discrimination and unfair policy practices. I was known as the advocate for students, despite what past media articles would have you believe. (That, of course, is a story for another day.) And it bothered them to see me "siding with the oppressors."
Over the last three years, I had to contend with my followers that my willingness to fight for black people emerged from my conservative principles; that without these values and principles, I would have never achieved success; that without spiritual conservatism, I would not be here today.
In essence, for any black person NOT to be conservative seems counterproductive to genuine progress. Yet, after spending months engaged in research and social media engagement, I can see why black Americans resist the conservative base.
That's a problem, and unless the base and the Republican Party reform, they will find themselves completely irrelevant within the next coming decades (especially as this country becomes a minority-majority).
This is not something I or other conscious black conservatives want to see. We love conservatism and want to see more leaders representing such values. So, in this lesson, I want to explore this topic in detail.
More specifically, I want to teach you about this new wave of conscious conservatism from a black perspective. I want to show you, Beloved, how the conscious black conservative movement (an extension of the original, authentic black conservative movement) will revolutionize our communities and the political discourse.
More importantly, such a movement is the answer for black Americans who want to see their most marginalized communities thrive -- socially, culturally, and politically.
Now, let's dive into the lesson.
I love conservatism...
Always have, always will, even when it is no longer trendy.
Back in 2016, Americans witnessed what is now called the Modern Black Conservative Movement, an impromptu social media surge of Black people identifying as Republican or Conservative.
In the beginning of this new phase, nearly all of us received backlash from those who despised the base; yet, the more hate we received, the stronger we grew.
After Donald Trump won the election in 2016 - thanks in part to the increase of Black male voters voting Republican and many others staying home - it seemed more Black people wanted to identify as conservative.
Suddenly, we were hit with these random "new Black Conservatives" who had voted Democrat their entire voting lives ... yet suddenly deciding to jump on the Republican/Trump train.
Before long, Black Conservatism became a popular theme within social media with the promise that a major Black Exodus would happen from the Democratic Party.
And then came the same cycle.
Republican organizations like Turning Point USA picked up these figures and began framing their narratives based on the usual talking points that Conservatives love to hear; and it made me wonder: "Are we truly interested in reaching more Black voters with this conservative message, or are we here to make a name for ourselves?"
At that point, I took a step back and became increasingly vocal in my criticism of the movement. We traded our authenticity in exchange for ratings and cash flows. We became loyal to a base rather than loyal to the cause of empowering voters to vote their conservative conscience.
And in 2018, during the mid-term elections, we paid for it when we lost seats in the House of Representatives and when so many Red states nearly turned Blue ...
... and we will pay for it again in 2020.
With my audience on Facebook (and now on Twitter), I told the people: "We have to do things differently. We cannot continue pushing the same narrative that the base has been doing for decades regarding Black people. We need to switch things up."
Most did not take my strong encouragement seriously, but my teachings caught the attention of prominent minority Republican leaders (few of which I'm helping right now in Atlanta, GA and Washington D.C.).
Things are changing and have been shifting for years; but it seems the Republican Party is stuck on the old methods of winning by pandering to all-white audiences (and evangelicals) all the while belittling the majority of Black people.
And then they hire Black people to push the same talking points, even when such rhetoric denies their own convictions and truth.
I argue not only will this hurt the base in 2020, but it will completely cripple the entire Party over the next two decades if things don't change NOW.
And in this empowering lesson, I explain why this is so.
I want to teach you, Beloved Conservative, that there is a better way of doing things. There is a method that can be used by every Conservative American so we see our values remain the dominant ideology in our country. And if you're willing to hear and to act, you will help bring change to our nation, which we so desperately need.
Welcome to FeleciaKillings where we empower women like you to use your stories to bring deliverance and healing to others.
If you're new to our world, allow me to introduce myself. I am Felecia Killings, Founder and CEO of this great work. Our mission is to train 25,000 new and aspiring authors, speakers, and spiritual leaders to build dynamic businesses or ministries around their authorship.
Each week, I share empowering posts that analyze the steps necessary to create a book, launch a movement, or reach new readers with one's message. (You can be a part of this, too, when you become a member of our Beloved Tribe.) And for today's teaching, I want to give you the building blocks for launching your work in the near future.
If you stick around FeleciaKillings long enough, you'll discover a powerful network of women authors who are transforming lives using their stories.
For many women, we long to use our gifts and talents to inspire others; but often times, we withhold our contributions because we lack the spiritual and technical training to make our works a success.
So, in today's Empowering Post, I want to share with you the 6 pillars that have helped this virtual empire (and that of my scholars) grow exponentially. More specifically, I will teach you about:
Whether you are a new or aspiring author, or if you have a book already published, you will find this teaching truly powerful.
So, let's get straight to it!
This is an announcement, which solidifies my official break from the overall conservative movement and my total commitment to conscious black conservatism.
For several weeks now, I've shared with my Beloveds on Twitter that my time in conservative politics is coming to an end.
I have another assignment to complete, one that will take me to the churches.
For the longest time, I never knew why the Holy Spirit led me to the political space. There's absolutely nothing appealing about it; and this blood sport is brutal to those whose hearts genuinely care for the people.
I consider my "conservative political career" to be akin to the minor prophets mentioned in the Scriptures. Such individuals appeared at a pivotal point in history and nearly vanished into oblivion once the assignment was complete.
In my case -- and I can only speculate retrospectively -- my presence was simply to stir the current leaders once again to hold fast to the spiritual laws that govern our success. In other words, the prophetic anointing caused people to mobilize; and I can only assume that was my purpose within this conservative movement: to mobilize us into action.
Read any story from the Prophets, and you will discover a trend: YahWeh calls us before we were formed. He gives us a specific message to deliver. He anoints us for the task. We speak the prophetic Word of the Lord. The people hate the message and the messenger. The people devise ways to destroy the message by killing the messenger. The messenger's warnings go unheeded, yet they are confirmed over time. The people are destroyed or brought into captivity for disobeying the word AND killing the prophets. The messenger has no grace or desire to pray for the people, but the people's cries are strong before the Lord. So, the Lord anoints someone to be a deliverer. And eventually, the prophet's assignment is complete.
This happens like clockwork, because humans are quite predictable. (Study the book of Judges to see the pattern).
This, essentially, is what I've encountered over the last three years in conservative politics. YahWeh appointed this time for Believers to dominate politically. Believers prayed for His intervention. YahWeh answered by giving us an assuming vessel. The people began worshiping the servant as a god. YahWeh raised up prophetic voices to get the people's focus back on Him and His principles. The people rejected the prophets, slandered them, and sought to destroy their influence. The warnings went unheeded. Believers began to lose political influence. Eventually, they will cry out for a deliverer, but the prophets will reject them. And at some point, after Believers have experienced "captivity" for a while, YahWeh will raise a deliverer to help them.
That's essentially what Conservative Christians can expect to happen in the coming years, because despite having the open window, they have thrown their fist in God's face. It's for this reason I feel we do not deserve this incoming revival and national reformation. We do not deserve such an outpouring at this time, because we do not know how to handle such power.
And we will reap the consequences for our behavior.
It seems everywhere we look...
...new Conservative voices are rising up each day, "coming out of the closet" in what appears to be a revolution happening among Black Americans.
For decades now, Democrats have held what I call a political monopoly over Black voters; but now the tide is shifting.
The traditional narrative is being challenged.
"Free thinking" is slowly but surely becoming the norm.
And there is no end in sight.
What is the cause of this change?
And what will this mean for future elections, especially as more Black Conservatives continue to spread their messages across social media platforms and the nation?
Welcome, Beloved, to another empowering lesson within The Christian Writerpreneurs Blog Series.
For today's teaching, I want to share with you simple steps that will help you develop your inspirational book.
There are many writers today who have a message of hope and inspiration for others. While some works are phenomenal, there are others, especially in the self-publishing industry, that are sub-par simply because of the poor writing and lack of editing.
While to some people, these technical issues may not matter, I want to highlight some useful tips to those who are looking to create successful, inspirational works. As you grow in your writing ministry, you'll discover how important it is to present a professional, empowering product so your audience becomes addicted to your work.
This is a lesson I teach to all my scholars inside LiyahAmore University, and I know this will help you as well.
So, let’s begin!
Why the Secret Place is the Best Place for Your Soul and Ministry [Guest Speaker, Alexandria Butler]
Becoming a virtual minister and Christian Writerpreneur is often challenging.
Whenever we choose to follow the calling, we find ourselves alone, afraid, and sometimes apprehensive.
Not many people understand what we go through or why we've chosen this pathway.
But for those of us who know Ruach Elohim, we find our place and security in Him.
I am so pleased to welcome a dear sister in the Lord, who will teach you about the importance of intimacy with Christ.
Alexandria Butler will share her own personal experience of how being in His Presence enables her to confidently proclaim His message through her virtual ministry.
Read more about her and the dynamic teaching she will bring; and be sure to sign up for The Holy Ghost and You Ministry Class to enjoy more powerful training.
Sexual assault, molestation, and the like...
These are often common occurrences among girls and women today; yet it seems too few are willing to call it out and address them for what they truly are:
A manifestation of demonic influence.
Most often, when women are treated as such, we tend to internalize our abuse. We feel guilty for what's happened. We question our sanity and whether we did something to initiate it.
Once we fall into that trap of self-inflicted oppression, we struggle to thrive in life because we worry if such a thing will happen again.
But then there are those of us who learned to conquer the shame and guilt. We reclaim our minds and discover our identity in Yeshua. We then become filled with His Spirit, and soon realize we are not victims but rather daughters of the King.
Seeing ourselves through new lens gives us hope for the future; and before long, our experiences become a platform for us to help empower others like us.
This is a message my guest speaker, Betty Short-Sams, will deliver in The Holy Ghost and You Virtual Summit and Ministry Class. If you think your story is rough, wait until you hear (and read) her testimony.
Take a look at the post below to learn more about her. And be sure to enroll in our Ministry Class to receive a FREE copy of her latest book, Weep No More, Little Project Girl.
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