Voices Of Praise Magazine

Category - Health & Wellness


(Reach Records; Atlanta, GA; September 25, 2017) – New Orleans rapper, producer, singer-songwriter, Aha Gazelle, officially releases Back In My Bag. Teased on his SoundCloud earlier this month to hold fans over, the track is now available on all DSPs, including iTunes and Spotify. A straight-up motivational record, “Back In My Bag” is about not losing one’s self. “I almost took the bait and played the part,” Aha said, annotating the lyrics. “I almost forgot who I truly am.” Check out the track here!
Just before the weekend, Aha announced that he will be the direct opening act for Lecrae’s upcoming 24-date tour, All Things Work Together. The two also released “Whatchu Mean,” their newest single together, which premiered on Beats 1 Radio with Ebro on Sep. 20th. It has since generated over 1M collective plays. Click here for more info on All Things WorkTogether Tour and check out “Whatchu Mean” here.
Born William Gazelle Fields Jr., Aha Gazelle has demonstrated through his music, which includes Trilliam, and the sequential Trilliam 2 , that there are many dimensions to rap. Standing 6’6” tall, weighing in at 205 pounds and sporting dreadlocks, Aha is an amalgamation of authenticity, flash, savviness, artistry and Louisiana. Like his icons, Lil’ Wayne and Jay Electronica, his style is tough and confident, but Aha also comes with a strong sense of optimism, an attitude he learned while growing up and playing the drums in his father’s church in New Orleans. Entirely written and produced by himself, his music has been featured on notable Spotify playlists, including “Blessings” and “The Flow.” While attending Grambling State University, he released his first projects, FREE Barabbas and Trilliam, organically garnering over 1M collective streams and landing him a deal with Reach Records. Aha is currently preparing Trilliam 3 , the third and final installment of his mixtape series which will complete the story that has been woven throughout the trilogy. Carrying the message that one can be successful by being their authentic self, without relying on stereotypical imagery to become popular, the project is set to shine a positive light on Southern hip-hop.
ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER TOUR DATES:Oct. 4 – Memphis @ Minglewood Hall
Oct. 4 – Memphis @ Minglewood Hall
Oct. 5 – Atlanta @ Tabernacle
Oct. 7 – Kansas City @ The Truman
Oct. 8 – Tulsa @ Cain’s Ballroom
Oct. 11 – New Orleans @ House of Blues
Oct. 12 – Houston @ Revention Music Center
Oct. 13 – San Antonio @ Aztec Theatre
Oct. 14 – Grand Prairie @ Verizon Theatre
Oct. 18 – Knoxville @ The International
Oct. 19 – Charlotte @ Fillmore
Oct. 20 – Raleigh @ The Ritz
Oct. 22 – Silver Spring @ Fillmore DC
Oct. 23 – New York @ Playstation Theatre
Oct. 24 – Philadelphia @ Theatre of the Living Arts
Oct. 25 – Boston @ House of Blues
Oct. 30 – Denver @ Ogden Theatre
Nov. 2 – San Francisco @ Regency Ballroom
Nov. 4 – Los Angeles @ The Novo
Nov. 5 – Sacramento @ Ace of Spades
Dec. 2 – Columbus @ Newport Music Hall
Dec. 3 – Toronto @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
Dec. 4 – Pittsburgh @ Stage AE
Dec. 5 – Detroit @ St. Andrews Hall
Dec. 6 – Chicago @ House of Blues
For more information and to stay up to date with Aha Gazelle, visit AhaGazelle.com and follow @AhaGazelle on TwitterInstagramFacebook and YouTube.

Abusive Relationships

Nearly all of us have heard about abusive relationships.  Some of us who are less fortunate might even have lived through a few ourselves.  But the hard and cruel fact of life is that abusive relationships are a reality that we cannot wish away.  No matter how bold the measures adopted by the state functionaries might be or how compelling the advertising campaigns centered on abusive relationships may be, they are not something that is likely to go away or even be wished away.  They are an ugly reality that takes a toll not just on the perpetrator and the victim, but also everyone else who happens to be a part of the equation.


A recent study by the department dealing with juvenile delinquency found that nearly 80% of teenage offenders came from families where abusive relationships were common.  Imagine that! Eighty percent is not an errant statistic.  It is practically the whole group.  If one were to use this study, it would be really easy to conclude that everyone, or rather every child who has been in a household with abusive relationships, is sure to become a juvenile delinquent!  Worrying as this sounds, what makes it really scary is the fact that it is the truth.  And frankly, nothing much is being done to change the situation.


Why exactly do abusive relationships take root?  And how can they be rooted out?  In order to answer these questions, it is necessary to understand the nature of abusive relationships in the first place.  Not all abusive relationships begin because the perpetrators are evil, wicked people who want to hurt others.  In fact, the opposite may very well be true.  Most abusers in abusive relationships are people who themselves have some sort of deficiency, which they try to equalize or even out through the use of force to dominate others.  As is usually the case, this kind of force tends to harm others more than it heals them.  Which is what leads to abusive relationships.


Psychologists and mental health professionals have studied abusive relationships for a very long time.  And without exception, they have all found one common thread that runs through.  Most abusers are otherwise charming people who often carry the burden of their deviant behavior with them in the form of lifelong guilt.  And the reasons they indulge in abuse is because they don’t know how to deal with this guilt.  Each episode of abuse is followed by an episode of genuine remorse which is then evened out by another episode of abuse. In a manner of speaking, it is a vicious cycle that they find themselves in and one for which they need help in order to overcome.



Alright, men! It’s that time of year again, time for you to get ready for the 47th Annual Dove Award which will be hosted this year in Nashville Tennessee. You have things to wear during the day and for events at night, but nothing for the actual awards ceremony. Well, that’s what I’m here for… I’m just going to give you a few tips on what to do and what not do as far as clothing for the big night. Ok… first you have to remember you will be on live television so anything too flashy will bring attention to you and we definitely don’t want that (unless of course, you’re the one getting the award).

Second… nothing too tight or too loose, you have to be able to sit down without splitting and get up without sagging. Finally, you want to look nice without paying and arm and a leg for it so here’s what I recommend. Take a trip to Macy’s; they always have affordable men’s clothing for events such as this. For this particular night, you want to stay close to the medium and or darker tones such as…. burgundy, smoke grey, black*, hunter green, navy blue, crème, and white. For example, a smoke grey Alfani suit with a black shirt and this can be worn with or without a black skinny tie, of course, black or grey socks and for this suit let’s do the black Alfani Salute Oxfords.

Another example would be a simple black Kenneth Cole New York jacket and pants with a nice button down shirt it can a little brighter aka a “pop” colour such as red, white, or a light shade of grey, black socks and Kenneth Cole Reaction Shoes, Tux-Tile Moc Toe Loafers. This is an idea of this us men can do for the big night but I honestly want you to be prepared to spend more than 150 bucks. I know we all want to save money but let’s not be too cheap about this…I mean it’s not every day you get to go to the Dove awards so why not go looking nice. So until next time Keep it Snappy, Jae.

Leg Exercise

As studies have shown us, it is imperative to keep your body tuned and in shape. Now when I say studies, I am talking about endless studies regarding the human body and fitness. There’s no doubt that a good exercise regime will aid in keeping your body healthy and your physique looking good. This is why so many of us exercise regularly. We want to live long and healthy lives. We want to look nice when we’re in our 50s. This stuff goes without saying. Now, the question is; what are you wanting to spend the most time on? One thing I’ve come to learn is that individuals all tend to have a focus. There is some aspect of their body that requires the most attention for them to feel satisfaction. Whether this concerns a bicep curl, a bench press, or a simple leg exercise is totally up to you.

The other day I was speaking with my wife about fitness. She is very adamant about getting back her old physique. You know how this goes. You approach 40, and you want the body you had at age 20 back. So many people go through this spiel. Not to sound annoying, but why don’t folks just exercise through all those younger years and keep the body the entire time? This does make sense. Then there would be no struggle to get the old figure back. You would already have the darn thing. Nevertheless, the majority of Americans fail to take this route. There is always some excuse or another. Anyway, while I was discussing fitness with my wife, in walked our teenage daughter. She was in search of the ideal leg exercise. This is such a big deal to her right now. She is always trying some new leg exercise routine. Basically, she craves the tightest, hottest legs a girl can possibly have. She wants them to look like some model she admires. Now I know many girls can relate to this routine. We all tend to see someone and get in the exercise mood. Spotting an ideal physique makes us want one as well. I do this every time I watch the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

A big part of your progress with exercise regards how much devotion you put in. Are you tackling that leg exercise once a week or three times a week? It’s prudent to acquire a personal trainer at first; even if it’s only for one session. He/she can get you on the right track to a healthier and hotter looking you.

Fitness Equipment

Be Lean, Mean: Tips for Buying those Fitness Equipment Machines

How do you regularly stay fit, healthy and flexible? A hale and hearty diet of nutritious fruits and vegetables is the key as well as regular and continuous exercise.

The best exercise is one that you are really and sincerely going to be working out on, be it push-ups, stretches, jumping jacks or the regular jogging or the much tamer walking. However, there are people who prefer to work out using fitness equipment in their own homes.

The following are a few basic and important things to consider when buying those exercise equipment.

Do not believe what you see and hear

At least not everything, it is good if you assess all those claims exercise equipment declare in their advertisements. It is so hard to accept as true for example some statements that assure people that they will lose several pounds off their weight in as little as seven days or that you will decrease your pants size in one month. Even with the assistance of dietary supplements, it is not possible to accomplish changes as major as these in just a few weeks, much fewer days.

Fat Burner is a No Burner

Be skeptical about claims that say you will be able to burn a tremendous amount of fat in a specific area of your body, such as the hips, thighs, waist just by applying a specific type of ointment or lotion, etc. The only sure way to burn all those fat ways is by changing what you eat. Exercise is the best solution to works out every area of the body whose fat you want to get rid of.

The only testimonial that counts is yours

Before and after pictures of people who claim that they were able to lose weight because of using such and such equipment may or may not be true. If ever they are, their experience is purely personal and that is no assurance that your unique body weight, body make-up will also undergo the same change they went through.

Read the fine print

It is always advisable to read the fine print of anything. Though you believe that the fitness equipment you are planning to purchase is a good one, reading the fine print really wouldn’t hurt as it may say that you also have to decrease your calorie intake and not just rely on what the machine could do for you.

Do the math

There are advertising statements that say you could pay off the fitness equipment in a number of easy payments or by paying a mere thirty-nine ninety-five a month. Do not forget to inquire about shipping and handling costs and include that in your calculation. Also, add-on the required sales tax, delivery fees, set-up fees. Know all the details before you purchase.

Guarantee the warranty

It is best that you consider asking about details on their thirty-day money back guarantee. Though this could sound good to you as the consumer, it may or may not actually do you good if, for example, you are going to return the item. You may actually pay for the humongous shipping cost and it could cost you more than what you could guarantee to receive in thirty days.

Call customer service

Make sure you contact their customer service hotline. Usually, they have toll-free numbers that you must be able to easily contact as well as a customer service representative who must be glad to be able to take your call and answer thoroughly all or any questions you may have about their products and services.

Fat Burning Exercise

Don't love-handles stink? If anyone actually enjoys having mounds of fat bulge from their sides, I want to meet him/her. The truth is we hate these things. No one knows why they're called love handles. Someone apparently gave them this name to make people feel better. In reality, anyone who has them, wants to get rid of them, and do it as quickly as possible. Well folks, to accomplish such a feat, you're going to need a good fat burning exercise. This is the key to shedding those irksome handles that have nothing to do with love. They have more to do with fast food than anything. Now, are you ready to leave the handles in the dust?

Who wants to go work out? Yeah, come on; I want to see everyone raise their hand. Unless you have a body like Christian Bale or Angela Bassett, you should be raising those hands high. These two actors already have a decent fat burning exercise regime, along with a weight training routine and a personal trainer. Hey, don't hate them! Just get your body in shape too. And as far as the personal trainer goes; if you can afford one, get one. I will pretty much guarantee that they will help you get in shape and stay consistent. Fitness is all about consistency. You can't just blow it off. If you do, you will soon have those nasty love handles again. The trick is to adopt a good regime and keep it for all eternity. 

Probably the best way to drop unwanted ponds is through serious exercise. Not just weight training! Although weights are great and I highly recommend them, you'll want a fat burning exercise as well. This is where cardio comes into the picture. Think stationary bikes, elliptical machines, treadmills, aerobics classes and swimming. These are all great for burning calories and shedding extra pounds. You body needs a fat burning exercise on a regular basis to stay healthy. This goes double for those of you who are over the age of 30. Each decade your metabolism really starts to slow down more and more. You should always keep this in mind. Try cyberspace if you're on the look-out for a few other fat burning exercises.

Family Fitness

We have a routine in my house. No one is aloud to pack on the pounds. Now, you may be thinking this is oppressive and cruel, but I assure you it's not. My wife and I decided long ago not to let our children and ourselves adopt poor eating habits and become overweight. So far so good. I am proud to say that my seven year old daughter loves fruit and vegetables. I know that we did a good job when she chooses grapes over chocolate. It's all about what you get used to. Furthermore, a decent family fitness regime is also wonderful, and we've been sticking to one for years. At this point I can't imagine life without it. 

It's wise to have a plan. Not just any plan, but a health plan. One that involves a healthy diet and exercise. If you have a spouse and children, then I highly recommend a family fitness program. This way everyone will get involved. The great thing about doing these routines together is the support aspect. You can each offer one another your support and make certain everyone is getting their regular exercise in. Also, you can keep an eye on what each of you are consuming regularly. I have found that the best way to avoid junk food is to not bring it into the house. Make sense? It may sound a bit simple as far as solutions go, but I assure you it works. You won't eat it if it's not there. On the other hand, if there is a bag of chips or box of chocolates in your house, you will eat it. You'll get the sudden urge and you'll give in. Obliterate the temptation. Keep healthy snack foods around instead. Then this is what you'll end up eating. So much revolves around convenience. 

So, what current program are you into? Do you already have a decent and effective family fitness routine in progress? If the answer is no, but you are willing to give one a shot, then here is where you can begin. Like everything else these days, you can acquire a quality family fitness program off the web. Surf through net-land and find an ideal workout and diet regime that best suits your family and your family's lifestyle. It's not that difficult once you get into the swing of things.

Exercise Fitness

Moderate Exercises to Fitness!

Have you ever felt tired and stressed out from work and by the time you get home you see your three children running towards you asking you to play basketball with them? You refused and promised them that you will after you take you rest.

Instead of disappointing your children, why not say, "yes" after all? You will be surprised by the amount of energy you will have after that 30-minute activity.

Did you know that by exercising at a moderate pace for only 30 minutes, you would feel a lot better, mentally? It has been proven that this improves the appetite and sharpens your style in problem solving. Not only that. You will also feel that it is easier to sleep at night if you do moderate exercises even for only 30 minutes every day.

What are the benefits of regular exercise? It promotes self-discipline and has a positive impact how you perceive life. Exercise helps in lifting your spirits and getting you out of any depression. For first timers, it can be done for 15 minutes for 2 to 3 days a week. You can increase the time you spend once your body gets tuned up for it.

DON'T you ever force your body! If you get hurt, then stop. You can take a break from exercising for a few days and then you can start again but you need to start from day 1. 

Here are some moderate exercises you can do and enjoy:

1. Do the Walking. Make use of your surroundings. You can walk your dog, with your partner or child. Encourage your family to do the walking exercise daily and you will find yourself burning calories while enjoying the surroundings and getting enough sunlight that is also good for your body. 

2. Discover the wonders of Yoga. Yoga is one effective exercise that energizes not only your body but also your soul. You may want to learn even the basic yoga positions that are not too complicated but proven effective. A five-minute yoga exercise can perk you up and recharge your body with the energy you lost for the whole day. You relax and at the same time you stretch!

3. Engage yourself into sports. Play basketball, football, baseball, tennis or badminton. Many doctors have recommended sports as an effective way to stay fit and healthy. Sports can also be done in moderation. Do not take it seriously. Shooting basketball with a friend is one moderate exercise that is also considered a sport.

4. Join exercise programs at work. If you still do not have exercises programs at work, then why not start it? You can talk to your boss about it and start with your colleagues. You do not only lose calories but it is also one good way to bond with them. This can be done 30 minutes, 3 times a week. 

5. Exercise while doing household chores. Gardening, raking leaves, lawn mowing, doing the laundry, vacuuming and car washing are effective moderate exercises at home. Make use of these chores to sweat and burn calories. Instead of using machines and gadgets to perform these chores, why not do it with your hands and lose some fats?

Making exercises as part of your daily routines will surprise you of how much calories you will lose. Doing these moderate exercises of the same amount every day can burn 150 calories up to 1,000 calories a day!

Exercise and Type 2 Diabetes

One of the most undemanding and the most workable ways to knock over blood sugar amount, eliminate the dangers of “cardiovascular disease,” and perk up health and welfare in general is exercise.

In spite of that, in today’s inactive world where almost every indispensable job can be carried out online, from the ergonomic chair in front of a computer, or with a streaming line of messages from a fax machine, exercising can be a hard argument to win over.

The Weight of Exercise

Everyone should exercise, yet the health experts tells us that only 30% of the United States population gets the recommended thirty minutes of daily physical activity, and 25% are not active at all. In fact, inactivity is thought to be one of the key reasons for the surge of type 2 diabetes in the U.S., because inactivity and obesity promote insulin resistance.

The good news is that it is never too late to get moving, and exercise is one of the easiest ways to start controlling your diabetes. For people with type 2 diabetes in particular, exercise can improve insulin sensitivity, lower the risk of heart disease, and promote weight loss.

Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is on the rise. The number of people diagnosed with diabetes every year increased by 48% between 1980 and 1994. Nearly all the new cases are Type 2 Diabetes, or adult-onset, the kind that moves in around middle age. Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes include increased thirst, appetite, and need to urinate; feeling tired, edgy, or sick to the stomach; blurred vision; tingling or loss of feeling in the hands.

The causes of type 2 diabetes are complex and not completely understood, although research is uncovering new clues at a rapid pace.

However, it has already been proven that one of the reasons for the boom in type 2 diabetes is the widening of waistbands and the trend toward a more deskbound and inactive lifestyle in the United States and other developed countries. In America, the shift has been striking; in the 1990s alone, obesity increased by 61% and diagnosed diabetes by 49%.

For this reason, health experts encourage those who already have type 2 diabetes to start employing the wonders that exercise can do for them. Without exercise, people have the tendency to become obese. Once they are obese, they have bigger chances of accumulating type 2 diabetes.

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that over 80% of people with type 2 diabetes are clinically overweight. Therefore, it is high time that people, whether inflicted with type 2 diabetes or not, should start doing those jumping and stretching activities.

Getting Started

The first order of business with any exercise plan, especially if you are a “dyed-in-the-wool” sluggish, is to consult with your health care provider. If you have cardiac risk factors, the health care provider may want to perform a stress test to establish a safe level of exercise for you.

Certain diabetic complications will also dictate what type of exercise program you can take on. Activities like weightlifting, jogging, or high-impact aerobics can possibly pose a risk for people with diabetic retinopathy due to the risk for further blood vessel damage and possible retinal detachment.

If you are already active in sports or work out regularly, it will still benefit you to discuss your regular routine with your doctor. If you are taking insulin, you may need to take special precautions to prevent hypoglycemia during your workout.

Start Slow

For those who have type 2 diabetes, your exercise routine can be as simple as a brisk nightly neighborhood walk. If you have not been very active before now, start slowly and work your way up. Walk the dog or get out in the yard and rake. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park in the back of the lot and walk. Every little bit does work, in fact, it really helps a lot.

As little as 15 to 30 minutes of daily, heart-pumping exercise can make a big difference in your blood glucose control and your risk of developing diabetic complications. One of the easiest and least expensive ways of getting moving is to start a walking program. All you need is a good pair of well-fitting, supportive shoes and a direction to head in.

Indeed, you do not have to waste too many expenses on costly “health club memberships,” or the most up-to-date health device to start pumping those fats out. What you need is the willingness and the determination to start exercising to a healthier, type 2 diabetes-free life.

The results would be the sweetest rewards from the effort that you have exerted.