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Extraordinaire. Leader. Hilarious. An
Example. She's also a certified preacher of the
I've known Ama since way back in the day. There were
no computers or forms of writing back then, so I'm glad I'm
able to interview her now that we're in the 21st century.
Enjoy this one...
Posted on April 10, 2006
Ama, how’s it going?
Ama: Still breathing so I would say pretty
For our viewers who don’t know you, where did you grow up?
Ama: In the Washington Metropolitan Area
Many of our viewers are interested to know what young Ama
was like when she first discovered her passion for singing?
How old were you?
Ama: Ahhhhh? I think it was the time
Brother “Junior” asked me sing for a special Sunday meeting
when the young people were doing their thing, I was 5 yrs
For those of us who are vocally challenged, what can we do
Ama: For the totally tone deaf: “Prayer
Changes things”, for everyone else good vocal warm ups,
breathing exercise, etc.
Does singing run through your family’s veins? (Think Von
Traps from the Sound of Music)
Ama: For those of you who knew my
grandmother, she was always trying to sing somebody a song.
Even though they didn’t understand her J.
What song lyrics best describe your life up to this point?
Ama: Mary Mary’s I just can’t give up now,
come too far from where I started from; nobody told me the
road would be easy and I don’t believe he’s brought me this
far to leave me!
Have you ever considered writing your own lyrics?
Ama: Once, but by the time I tried to write
it down I couldn’t remember it!!! LOLOLOL
Which musical artist has influenced you the most, and who
are your favorites?
Ama: Kim Burell, Mary Mary, Richard
Smallwood, Tye Tribbett, and the list goes on and on.
What songs are a must for the ipod revolution?
Ama: Tye Tribbett - No Way,
In all seriousness, have you ever thought about trying out
for American Idol?
Ama: Actually I entertained the thought
last year. However, I was out of the country at the time
auditions were held.
What do you think of IndaPhatFarm.com?
Ama: It’s eclectic
List your favorites:
Countries to Visit and why: Dominican Republic-beautiful people, awesome
foods, the beaches are to die for! Costa Rica, peaceful,
beautiful terrain, volcanoes, and the rain forest exemplify
the intricate details of God’s creation.
Food(s): Arroz con gandules, Carne guizado, Brown
stew chicken, Bust up Shut and Curry chicken, Jallof rice,
White Chocolate w/pralines.
G. Season, and why:
Spring, warmth of the colors.
Concert Experience: The First Concert for Howard gospel choir,
when Kwaku and Min were in the choir. My Dad came with us,
and ahhhhhh it was quite embarrassing watching this guy jam to gospel.
Was the slow response to Hurricane Katrina due to the fact
that most in the devastated areas were black? Who is to
blame in all of this?
don't think it was so much black or white as it was rich or
poor. But reality is, the majority of the people left
stranded in LA were African Americans. No comment on whose
to blame I need more than a paragraph “to go there”.
What job could you absolutely NOT DO?
Ama: Zoo’s Elephant Keeper
Thoughts on George W?
What’s defines a “good” vacation?
Ama: One spent making yourself useful, where the
little you do has a major impact on someone’s life. (Mission
I know you have many, but tell us a personal story of the
Lord’s faithfulness in your life.
Ama: May 11th 2001. I was in an armed
robbery the day after my 21st Birthday. I looked
down the barrel of a gun and I have not been quite the same.
God protected and spared me when he did not have to, for
that I will always be available to him. Job said, Though he
slay me yet will I trust him.
How does it feel to be an aunt?
Ama: Haaamazing! I am so happy that everyone’s on
schedule. So by the time I start I’ll have baby sitters!!
Cuz that’s a big concern :)
Hail to the Redskins! What’s your prediction for this
Ama: Ok so we didn’t make it in 05!! This year
the Skins will be at the Super Bowl and will bring it home.
But don’t quote me!!!!!
What is something you can’t stand in a person?
Ama: The lack of Common Sense!!!
I can keenly remember a time before the DC choir was
scheduled to go up, Ama was like, if you don’t know the
lyrics, just do the watermelon. Brilliant. What is this
exactly, and where did you learn this?
Ama: From my Master Instructor Ms. Moses, who received
that tid bit of choir wisdom from her former choir Director
at U of M.
When can we look forward to a guest appearance by Ms.
Ama: The last time I spoke to her she said, she is
free once she has: Cleaned de entiya house, milked de cow,
washed clothes, goes to machola (market), made chop (cooked)
and gone to chech (church). She will be free say 7 pm.
Give our viewers the 411 on what happened to DCZ Finest this
year, and how we’re looking in 2006.
Ama: Last year we had the heat, awesome players and
defense was definitely better than the year before. Everyone
worked as a collective unit. However, we started to cool
down when “the going got tuff”. Actually our downfall was
due to the “Subway Meal”, they enjoyed it a little too much.
J/C!!! I love my Brotha’s!!!! Strong and Healthy, but 2006
you eat when you bring home the trophy!!!!!!
How many pairs of shoes do you own?
Ama: See really the question should be-How many pairs
of shoes do you own that you actually wear? Then I could
say ahh it’s really not that much, for Summer=25, Winter=15?
We won’t talk about the complete collection Ok.
Do you have matching purses for said shoes? (Please Note
these last 2 questions were requested by a friend of yours)
Ama: No not really, it is not like I actually shop to
find a match, in fact it is merely coincidental that they
match. I am really lucky to have 2 other women in the house,
so shopping at home is really fun!!
Describe the ideal husband.
Ama: One who loves his wife as Christ loves the
church, respects her, and supports her aspirations.
Describe the ideal wife.
Ama: It has been stated that “Behind every great man,
is a greater woman”. I think there is truth in the sense
that a woman who can encourage, respect, and supports her
husband in his quest for success. So that even if he’s a
garbage man, he leaves his house knowing he’s Best garbage
man, and no one can quite handle the trash the way he can!
Describe the ideal cabbage.
Ama: For Green cabbage - Darker outer leaves and pale
to medium inner leaves, For Red cabbage - Always remember
that stainless steel products can reduce the color
deterioration and cooking just till it’s tender will reduce
the odor; which consequently is caused by over cooking.
Name someone you admire and why.
Ama: My B.B, who I will allow anonymity as she would
kill me for doing this. But I don’t think I could find
anyone or anything to compare her to-Well, maybe the Bride
of Christ. A person that always puts other first, selfless,
humble, who’s beauty radiates from within. I really think
heaven was sad when they had to release one of their
Tell us about those well known skills in the kitchen.
Ama: Well, I actually got started out of my Dad’s
frustration. He would be watching the game and I would
strategically spark conversation and change the channel. He
would only realize this 10min later, at that point he missed
some plays. For those of you who’ve had the privilege of
crossing paths with him, I can just say he was not happy. I
was then banished to the kitchen at the tender age of 11.
Who would win in a cook off between you and Akua (sister)?
Ama: Why me of course!!! With One hand tied behind my
Who would win in an all out brawl between you and Akua?
Ama: Is that really a question that warrants a
response? For those of you that don’t me, I would win.
Define the ideal church, even if it’s not realistic.
Ama: A place were people of every color or creed can
together as one body to worship the same savior; without the
pollution of prejudice or culture. Where the word of God
comes for in its truth and the Holy Spirit has free reign to
do his work. Where the words the psalmist , “I was glad when
they said unto me let us go to the house of our Lord” are
What passage from the Bible speaks to you the most?
Ama: Ps 143:7-11 (NLT)
Come quickly, LORD, and answer me,
for my depression deepens.
Don't turn away from me,
or I will die.
Let me hear of your unfailing love to me in the morning,
for I am trusting you.
Show me where to walk,
for I have come to you in prayer.
Save me from my enemies, LORD;
I run to you to hide me.
Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God.
May your gracious Spirit lead me forward
on a firm footing.
For the glory of your name, O LORD, save me.
In your righteousness, bring me out of this distress.
Are we living in the End Times?
Ama: Most Definitely, I hear it all around me, even
the unsaved and backsliders can sense it.
Alright, you’ve had a long day at work, and as soon as your
head hits the pillow, you’re out. Before you can say
Watermelon, you are jolted awake. You come to find out that
you’re in the middle of a football game and you have the
ball. There are 3 seconds left in the game, you’re the
running back, and you’re next to the end zone. There’s just
one thing missing from this story. You’re playing for the
Dallas Cowboys. What do you do?
Lastly, leave us with a parting thought.
Ama: “Getcha ya Mind Right” Rom 12:2 NLT-Don’t
copy the behavior and the customs of this world, but let God
Transform you into a new person by changing the way you
think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which
is good and pleasing and perfect. (New Living
Lao: Thanks Ama.
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