Baltimore wedding inspires hope that others will find love too

The happy couple, after exchanging vows, walk down the aisle, basking in the glow of love.

The radiant couple, Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Johnson, walk down the aisle basking in the glow of love, after exchanging wedding vows in a lovely gazebo, a fitting setting for the memorable event.

By Kimberly Brown

I recently attended a wedding in Baltimore, Maryland, and I was overjoyed to witness the union of two beautiful spirits: Ms. Brittany Scott and Mr. Antonio Johnson.The event filled my heart with a range of emotions, inspiring me to share my thoughts about love, not only the type of love that is shared between a husband and wife, but also self-love, and love for mankind.

It truly saddens my heart that we are living in a world where society is increasingly losing souls and lives due to a lack of love. It’s extremely difficult to turn on the television without being overwhelmed with headlines that represent volatile acts, stemming from emotions of hurt, anger and hate. The acts come from negative energy instead of love, an emotion that is not acknowledged as much as it should be.

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Groom Mr. Antonio Johnson, center, poses with his groomsmen (L-R): Mr. Kristina Adams, Mr. Richard Holmes, Mr. Diamond Chism, Mr.Tristan Johnson, Mr. Best Man Mr. Shannon Butler, Mr. Antoine Diggs and Mr. Shawn Johnson.

What if those destructive emotions were outweighed by love? I believe that love can change people’s hearts, minds and behavior. Love is a feeling, not just a thought, and it flows from the heart and shows itself in actions.

Social media plays a huge role in creating a false sense of love and acceptance through “Likes” and the number of followers people have on sites such as Facebook and Instagram. I’ve overheard discussions where individuals have expressed how unimportant they feel, simply because they lack a strong social media following. Prior to the advent of social media, what was the foundation of our self-confidence and self- love?

Grammy-award winning singers including icons Dionne Warwick and Diana Ross is a favorite among confirmed romantics. The lyrics were written by Hal David and the music was composed by Burt Bacharach. It was first recorded by Jackie DeShannon, and released on April 15, 1965, climbing to No.7 on the US Hot 100 charts in July 1965.

Grammy Award-winning singers including icons Dionne Warwick and Diana Ross have sung versions of the ballad “What The World Needs Now, Is Love,” a favorite among confirmed romantics. The lyrics were written by Hal David and the music was composed by Burt Bacharach. It was first recorded by Jackie DeShannon and released on April 15, 1965, climbing to No.7 on the US Hot 100 charts in July 1965.

I was brought up in a household where I was told daily how much I was loved. I was blessed. I was valued. I was cherished. That cocoon of love and validation caused me to blossom into a confident adult, oozing with self-confidence and self-love.

Unfortunately, not everyone had that same experience growing up so as adults some of us tend to seek love and acceptance in the world, which causes us to become susceptible to people who have ulterior motives. Yet, the reality is that the most essential form of love comes from the home. Self-love comes from within and should be encouraged by loved ones. However, we should all take time to love ourselves and not always seek it from others. True love can best be described as a vibrant ripple effect: first loving oneself, then allowing the love we have in our hearts to pour out to others in the world. Here is the video of the wedding.

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Breathtaking bride Brittany Scott (center), poses with her bridesmaids (L-R): Ms. Angela Oauli, Ms. Jade Thomas, Matron of Honor Mrs. Lakeisha Scott-Skrine, sister of the bride; Maid of Honor Ms. Eboni Ross, Ms. Shantear Meredith, and Ms. Monique Madison.

There are millions of youth who flood social media every single day confusing love with followers who are trolling their profiles. But that is not love. Feeling sad because of the perception that you have an inadequate number of social media followers or a low re-post count is alarming. The damage that is caused to the self-esteem of the young, and adults alike, because they value social media numbers instead of quality relationships, is a shocking and potentially harmful trend.

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The world most definitely needs more love, however, self-love is essential for a healthy life. Self-love provides growth in areas of our lives that we rarely think it could affect. We should all give self-love a try in its more authentic form. Love has no color, boundaries or preferences. Love needs to be boldly expressed, carefully nurtured and forever cherished.

The happy couple, Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Johnson, tie the knot in the presence of loved ones.

The happy couple, Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Johnson, tie the knot in the presence of loved ones.

Based on all that I thought that I knew about love, attending the nuptials of Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Johnson allowed me to see that love, when displayed in its purest form as theirs was, is an expression of self-acceptance and appreciation for another person.

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Johnson on your union. The wedding was a testament to a love that warms the heart, soothes the soul and inspires hope that more people will dedicate their lives to valuing and honoring love–OnPointPress.net–

Kimberly Brown is a journalist, producer, public speaker and media relations executive whose work has appeared in XXL magazine, BET, NBC and National Geographic Channel. Follow her on twitter@kbbrown80.

She’s alive! Kidnapped Philadelphia woman rescued, abductor arrested

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Carlesha Freeland Gaither has been rescued in Jessup, Maryland,  by the FBI and her abductor arrested. He is being held on attempted capital murder in a prior case.

By Carmen Glover

Breaking News: Various news outlets reported that Carlesha Freeland Gaither, the 22-year-old Philadelphia female who was abducted on Sunday night as she walked home at 9:40 p.m., has been rescued by the FBI in Jessup, Maryland, and her abductor has been arrested.

According to Special Agent Ed Henkel, Delven Barnes, 37, was arrested and is in custody for attempted capital murder in a prior case.

Vivid image of Carlesha Freeman Gaither being adducted on the night of Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Vivid image of Carlesha Freeman Gaither being abducted on the night of Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Freeland Gaither was snatched off the streets as she walked home alone on Sunday night. Her bank card was later used at a PNC back in Maryland and her abductor was seen on video as he made the monetary transaction. The suspect’s car was kept under surveillance, ultimately leading to his arrest and his victim’s rescue.

“He was approached and that’s when Ms. Freeland Gaither was rescued,” said Henkel, who added that the victim is “in good shape.”

Freeland Gaither reportedly sustained injuries in the harrowing kidnapping. Undoubtedly, her anxious family will sleep better knowing that she is alive. Check back with OnPointPress.net for more updates on this very serious story–OnPointPress.net.

 

 

FBI joins search for kidnapped African-American female in Philadelphia

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Carlesha Freeland Gaither was abducted on Sunday night as she walked alone down a street in, Germantown, Philadelphia.

By Carnen Glover

Carlesha Freeland Gaither, a 22-year-old African-American female, was brutally abducted in Germantown, Philadelphia on Sunday, November 2, at 9;30 p.m., as she walked home alone from a party for her godson.

She was violently grabbed from the street, according to a videotape capturing the abduction. She fought for her life, kicking out the abductor’s car window, and screamed for help, losing her cellphone and eye-glasses in the process.

Carl Freeland, father of Carlesha Gaither of Germantown holds a flyer with information on his missing daughter allegedly abducted from W. Coulter St at Greene St. on Sunday, November 2, 2014. ( ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER )

Carl Freeland, father of Carlesha Gaither of Germantown holds a flyer with information on his missing daughter allegedly abducted from W. Coulter St at Greene St. on Sunday, November 2, 2014.

ABC News reported that witnesses have come forward to say they heard her screaming for help and a new photograph shows a male using her ATM card at a PNC bank in Maryland.

The Philadelphia Police Department has offered almost $50,000 reward for information leading to her return. Meanwhile, her father, Carl Freeland hanging up flyers, sobbed as he said: “I just want her to come back home safe.” “Bring her back,” sobbed her mother, Keisha Gaither at a press conference l

Vivid image of Carlesha Freeman Gaither being adducted on the night of Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Vivid image of Carlesha Freeland Gaither being abducted on the night of Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Police are reportedly looking for a gray or silver Ford Taurus with broken rear windows.

“You can see she is putting up a struggle. This is a joint effort and we are doing everything we possibly can to find this young lady,” said Lt. John Standford, spokesman for the Philadelphia Police Department.

If you have any information, please call Detective Sloan at 215-686-3353.–OnPointPress.net.