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Rev. Dr. Oscar Paul Grant, Jr. has led a thousand lives – playwright, disc jockey, public speaker, government consultant, trainer, mediator, musician, counselor, psychologist, organizational developer, an expert in gun violence prevention, gang meditation, and helping troubled youth find long-term employment. However, the role that has become most prominent in his life is that of Minister. From his earliest days as a street hustler on the South Side of Chicago (hustling stage plays, that is), he has had a love and a longing for the Lord. His love of Jesus Christ goes back to his Catholic roots planted by his mother Delores. Although he heard the call to ministry early in life, he ignored it many times, running instead to drinking alcohol and abusing chemical substances, even in the midst of a brilliant, multi-faceted career characterized mainly by his extraordinary natural ability to communicate via the written and spoken word. Whether counseling at-risk youth or crafting stories for the stage, Grant is, at his core, a messenger of good news and goodwill. Eventually, after expanding his spiritual interests and awareness to include metaphysical studies and religious science, he answered the call to ministry, receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling Psychology and, more recently, a Ph.D. in Philosophy. Despite his extensive pedigree in metaphysical and religious science, he clings to his Christian roots, deftly blending threads from each to weave powerful, inspired messages and sermons ministering to hundreds of thousands. It is in his role of messenger sent by God that he has written the book Remind Them Who I Am. It is a public revelation of a private mandate he has received from on High. This time, instead of ignoring the call, he has received it and is delivering the message to all who believe. Little Black Alice of Popadubop has its roots in African American at-risk youth from the south and west sides of Chicago. Toured throughout the states of Illinois and Indiana for over three years, the story of Little Black Alice was written to be a journey of self-discovery for not only little black girls but for all children. The Off-Off-Broadway production in New York sold out after the first performance. Why? – because of its message of hope. Please enjoy and check out more of the story on LITTLEBLACKALICE.COM NAMASTE
Little Black Alice is the story of a young teenager who wishes her skin color was different because she was bullied by other dancers. Little Black Alice felt friendless and alone. She travels to the Land of Manego (the Land of Colors), where she meets Evilida, the bad witch of Manego, who gives her the opportunity to have her wishes fulfilled. However, as this magical and fantastic story unfolds, Little Black Alice learns about embracing the power within herself. Little Alice realizes that it’s great to be her authentic self and that she is really beautiful and worthy of friendship. The universal life lessons learned through the story promote positive images of all the youth.