Alan Black

Best Selling Author, International Blogger, Song Lyricist

Alan T. Black was raised and grew up in the United Methodist Church. While Alan proudly embraces his background, and personal history within the United Methodist Church, he feels ultimately the importance is not the denomination that you are a part of, but Alan believes what matters most is the relationship that you have with the Lord. Part and parcel to any relationship is the level of commitment that one makes to it. With any and all relationships, they are going to take time to grow. Alan affirms he has decided to follow what God has ordained him to do in his writing and music; spreading God’s truth. In this spiritual affirmation Alan makes sure daily to nurture and grow his relationship with the Lord.

As is the case with each of us, Alan has experienced many twists and turns along the road of life.  However, each and every step along that road has led Alan to the point in life to humbly say that he is a believer and God living testimonial author and singer.   Most of all, Alan is glad to be able to say that he is a Christian author and to him in this season that is the most important thing of all.

Through the years, if Alan were to describe his relationship with the Lord using one word it would be “transformation.” Continuing to grow daily in his walk with the Lord, and as well with the continued display of the fruits of his Spirit daily, Alan believes this is what his life is all about. Frankly for these times, Alan’s attitude and belief is that the world is looking to those who are Christians to see if in fact their talk does indeed match their walk.

For everything there is a time and season.  Though Alan was unsure of what was in store for him, he is blessed to say that being obedient and trusting in the Lord, he is now able to say and most importantly show others that God will qualify you and lead you to accomplish what His charge is for you. Alan states “You just have to be a willing servant.”  As this is a fact, what He has done through Alan, it was done so to give Him the glory.       

 Alan gives God constant praises of thanksgiving for allowing him to be such a vessel in this vineyard of our present day society. Alan encourages us all to seek God and allow God to be our guide as he has allowed also.

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Dear Black Americans 1

My fellow black Americans,

I am saddened that black people have accepted the fact that it is ok for most of us to be the last people. We have allowed society to convince us our homes need to be divided by removing our fathers all for the sake of welfare. We have allowed the education of most of our children to be diminished and accepted the ‘no child left behind’ narrative. Now in this time most of our children can not read, perform basic math problems, tie their shoes at a certain age, and sadly no discipline.

Black people, we have allowed society to take over and brain wash us as we continue to be the last while others rise further up to the top. We use to be a people of dignity and pride. We kept our homes clean, we owned the real estate in our communities, we had our own banks and medical facilities, we cared about how we dressed, we were in control of our own worship services, and we had our own schools. Now over the past 50 years or so we have given it all up to a society, an American society as if we have sold our very own souls out to the devil.

My fellow black people, all of our music use to have purpose, call ,and reason. Yet over the years, most of the music industry that involves our black people has demoralized each other and sexually exploited all women and we wonder what’s wrong with our children when our children are being raised by the hands of a black society with everything just mentioned and even worse.

Our Creator is furious with us and how we have laid down and accepted pure ignorance. My dear Black people, we can not keep blaming others when we bare our own responsibility for the negligence of ourselves. Most of our leaders, the very leaders we choose and vote for, publicly exploit their own people by advocating for us to stay impoverished by being owned by the government. Most of our leaders encourage us that we need the government to take care of us when we were a people who took care of ourselves. While most of society continues to encourage “our society” to depend on the government we are acceptably ignorant to the fact this is a major part of our problem. I am glad to say our culture has overcome forced enslavement, however, I am saddened to say black people have chosen to be voluntarily enslaved by the very society we live in yet and still with a low percentage success rate.

My fellow black people, stop following what society says and do what’s right for the people. Stop making excuses! It’s time to focus on progress without regression!

Balance & Gratitude

Balance and gratitude should play a part in all of our day to day living. Over the past few weeks I have been reminded by people, a lot of which are starting their own business, or already successfully operating businesses for themselves the importance of balance and gratitude. Keep in mind it’s important for us all not to lose site of those things and those people who should be most important starting with your creator and your family.

Time is so precious. We tend to treat time as if we have time but we don’t. This reminds me to encourage as many people as possible to always show appreciation to those who love you and those you love. People deserve appreciation, and all of us need to focus on balance. This world has shifted it’s culture and most people have conformed and accepted the ‘I still have time, We still have time,’ mentality when that is not so. Moving forward, Letha’s Real Talk will be presenting couples who made the decision to properly balance while building wealthy empires together. I appreciate those who have reminded me balance and appreciation matter.

Sometimes it’s a struggle, especially for those who really may not quite understand where they fit with those they have nurtured and supported so. I have come to the realization some may not appreciate their creator or even have families and these will be the very ones who will attempt to destroy the first gift creation gave us “family”. “When you lose site of who and what’s important you have become blinded to the realization that the mere existence of balance and gratitude is what allowed some of us to make it as far as we have, because of the support of those who have our best interest at heart.”

Thank you to those of you who do not mind letting the world know the importance of balance and most importantly those who encourage others to balance their family time, life, and gratitude properly.

Carol Markstrom

Folk Music Singer & Songwriter

Carol Markstorm is living in her passion and her dream “music!” With Carol’s distinct voice and sound her music has successfully grasp the ear of so many people because of the messages in her songs. Not only is Carol great at singing and songwriting, Carol also plays the guitar.

Outside of Carol’s music being played by many D.J.’s Carol also performs a different repertoire of music at festivals, cowboy gatherings, saloons/restaurants, wineries, ranch gatherings, museums and the list goes on. Carol has performed as a headliner guest in the Earnest Tubb Midnight Jamboree and the Commodore Stage in Nashville Tennessee.

Carol’s songs rap into Americana, Western Roots, Folk, and Country and her endurance and dedication has proved this many times over based off some of her accomplishments.

2022 Silver Arrow Award for outstanding contribution to the Native American Music Industry. Spirit Wind Records

2021 Songwriting Awards from the Cowpokes International film festival and the Wild Bunch film festival.

2020 Beat Music Video, ‘Bandida’ Wild Bunch film festival

2018 Country & Western CD of the year for Desert Rose, Rural Roots Music Commission

2017 & 2015 Western Female Vocalist of the year, Academy of Western Artist

2017 Originally Western CD of the year for Crossing Boarders, Rural Roots Music