Founders Message

It was just days before our 2013 EWOC-Exceptional Women of Color Conference we would receive the very devastating news that we lost Pastor Sherwood Carthen (affectionately known as Bishop Carthen to many who loved and knew him well) and during this same time my family had experienced the sad loss of my gregarious Uncle Griff. The funeral for Bishop Carthen was the day before our EWOC Conference and the funeral for my Uncle Griff was on the day of the EWOC Conference. Sometimes I get WRITER’S BLOCK and I wonder what shall I write about and I started to think about and search for the articles that Bishop Carthen had contributed to THE HUB. His article on “Do You Have The Courage To Encourage” is and continues to be a good message to share especially after reading all of the inspirational profiles of these individuals spotlighted in our Exceptional Women of Color Special Edition issue of THE HUB. I will never forget Bishop Carthen’s presence at our EWOC Conference in 2012 as well as some of his sermons I had the pleasure to hear at B.O.S.S.-Bayside of South Sacramento. I will always remember my Uncle Griff at all of our family gatherings and taking so many memorable photos of the family. [Excerpts and nuggets of wisdom from Bishop Carthen’s article in THE HUB magazine, October 2008]:
• There is a theme in the bible that often gets lost and sometimes is never addressed. It’s one needed in the world today nonetheless many have never seen it model nor think that it is necessary. Just so you will know this is not my personal agenda, it really is the desire of the Lord. That is the ability to encourage others.
• Hebrews 10:24 says, “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works,” (NLT) Yes, encourage people to do better. That is, do you what it takes to encourage others to do better? Not to change them but encourage them. Not to criticize them but to encourage them. Not to antagonize them but to encourage them.
• To encourage is to inspire people with courage no matter what they face. To give confidence no matter what happens to them. If you are not inspired you can not inspire anyone. If you lack confidence you certainly can not give confidence to anyone. 
• Courage is not the absence of fear but it is action in the face of fear. Life with all of its problems and trails can immobilize or even paralyze you. But when you have courage you can move forward and you give the ability to encourage others.
• I am not sure what kind of devastation you face nonetheless, whatever your struggle, trail, or trouble; should you not have anyone to encourage you, should no one ever pick up the phone to text or call to encouragement
you, you must encourage yourself in the Lord. 
“BE ENCOURAGED” …one of my most favorite quotes! When I read about where an individual has come from and their accomplishments overtime, I become so encouraged and excited about the possibilities of life as the struggle is real but it is only for a little while. So many of us have lost loved ones in our families and communities and we must remember the living and how they need to hear from us. We must also have the courage to KEEP GOING NO MATTER WHAT because we live on God’s time and not our own.
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 DO identify the areas of your life that need some work and plan specific improvements that incorporate the changing seasons.

DO let go of what you don’t need (physical, mental, and emotional habits that undermine your health) and bring in what you need anew (accepting positive health habits that will satisfy your soul)

DO take a break from the TV to be more creative, or read by candlelight without the electrical vibrations at night, or just sit quiet to meditate and listen

DO get more outside exercise and spend more time in nature

DO take hikes, plant a garden, or work in a community garden

DO create a balanced fitness program or modify the one you are already following that will support your healthy, body/mind happiness (try yoga, pilates, etc.)

DO consider a special and specific detoxification program. This could include substance avoidance (off sugar and caffeine, for example)

DO renew all aspects of your Life. Go through your piles of papers, your clothes, and the corners of rooms in areas that haven’t seen light for years. Don’t be afraid to let go and let things flow. Give things away, have a garage sale, and recycle or re-circulate what you can.

DO begin to gently, yet seriously, re-evaluate the key areas of your life - work (career), relationships, and health. Again, look at what undermines your potential in these worlds and allow clear guidance, suggestions, and actions to arise in your being. Try to be more aware of the subtle areas of life and the effects of foods. How does the food you eat make you feel. Increased vitality and improved health will change how you view your life and how much energy you have to create positive change for yourself.

DO have freshly squeezed juices and herbal teas as are vitalizing, highvibration nourishment.

DO indulge in aromatherapy and smelling the beautiful sweetness of the spring flowers will soother your soul as well.

DO be earth-aware and earth-friendly. Be conscious of where things come from and where they go - and the real cost of products you use - such as plastics and chemical products. Re-use and re-cycle. Support more earthconscious businesses and products.

DO take occasional food fasts (instead of fast foods), substance breaks, and even appliance (electromagnetic) and news/TV vacations

DO something that uplifts your spirit, such as caring for a loved one or an elderly neighbor. Trust your heart and feed it joyful experiences. Put your spirit on the line for what you believe. Doing for another is key to completing the circle of life, called love. Building community is a positive change for earth as well as for our spirit.

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I was requested to participate as a Keynote Speaker at the annual Christian Women of Year Luncheon taking place on April 25, 2015 at the Doubletree Hotel in Sacramento. I was humbly surprised and honored to received this request but I am scared and very nervious. So I’ve asked that Jesus take the wheel in preparing my presentation for this special group of women. A spring cleansing and spiritual renewal is just what I need for continued motivation. And our feature story on little Ms. Mo’ne Davis (page 6) has totally inspired me to continue my pursuit in writing my own memoir. This little girl is phenomenal at age 13, now designing her own line of sneakers for girls called M4D3. Stories like Mo’ne Davis encourage me to be the very best that I can be while helping others to do the same.

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In life we live in the moment, remembering our past, and how we prepare for the future which later becomes the bane of our existence. So who we come into contact with daily and how we react or address conflict has a significant impact on our influence in the community. What we do in the dark always seems to come to light and what seems to be clear as day in plain sight is not always as easy to see and is almost always misinterpreted  mistakenly. The year of 2014 presented many social injustices for the African American communities across the nation. THE HUB felt the need to document certain voices expressing their concerns regarding what needs to be done to improve the safety and success for African Americans in the future. Today’s universe provides a multitude of opportunities in which we are privileged to take part mainly because of our ancestors and their numerous accomplishments. Freedom fighters like Martin Luther King and Malcolm X longed for the many liberties we now have today; the marches, protests, and active involvement in politics and government were not in vain. More so, now than ever, we need to prepare the younger generation to fight for their education. We must train them to take the place of our retiring leaders in government, teaching, and legislation. Thank you to all the Contributing Writers on this special Op-Ed article, African American Civil and Political Rights (see pages 10-13).
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I’m always so sincerely touched by what our readers and clients have to say about and THE HUB Magazine. It’s lets me know that I am in the career place I’m supposed to be in. This mixed up world has a tendency to turn you upside down and sometimes in a topsy-turvy mode and in some cases, a tumble of a journey. I’m celebrating my new and first grandson, Baby Joseph King Scott who our family was blessed with on July 23, 2014... he has brought so much joy to our family as WE LOVE BABIES so much! I tell everyone it’s when they are babies I love them most, it’s when they grow up to talk back and become teenagers, I don’t like them anymore! God is good though as Baby Joseph is healthy and so cute and getting to be a very round fat butterball.

As we approach the holidays this Fall season, be sure to remember to PRAY for all those less fortunate than you as there is so much beyond our control and we can only do so much and place the rest of the burdens upon our Lord Jesus Christ. God’s Way Is Right...Trust in the Lord forever, for in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock. —Isaiah 26:4

God’s way is always right. It doesn’t always make sense—in fact... it is often mysterious. It can seldom be explained. It isn’t always pleasurable and fun. But I have lived long enough to realize that His way is always right. I believe that not until we embrace God’s sovereignty will we have the ability to reason our way through life. Until then we will be too important in the plan. Man’s opinion will be too significant to us. And we will churn and wrestle and struggle our way through this Christian life, trying too hard to please people rather than living it relieved and relaxed in His plan. —Wisdom for the Way: Wise Words for Busy People by Charles R. Swindoll

As we just completed our phenomenal 6th Annual EWOC-Exceptional Women of Color Conference event (on 9/13/14), Sac Cultural Hub is now preparing for Open Enrollment for afforadable health insurance through Covered California.  See more info about Pre Enrollment opportunities by going to  Pick up the Fall 2014 issue of THE HUB Magazine and read about all of exceptional women we spotlighted in Northern California.

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True Blessings!

Pleshette Robertson, CEO & Founder of
Chief Editor of THE HUB Magazine


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