Cortina Jackson

                                             Advocate. Advisor. Author. Actress.

What's On Cortina Jackson's Mind?

An inspiring and empowering podcast series about life!


A Place of Surrender

Guest: JRenea Morris

December 5, 2019

Born and raised in Indiana, this beautiful adoptive mother of 3 sons; ages 6, 7, and 10, survived verbal and emotional abuse to discover her true strength, beauty, and resilience. She met her now ex-husband in her family church. She remembered her first words to him when he told her, "God told me you would be my wife." She immediately responded, "God didn't tell me that, and I believe that the enemy is sending you to destroy me." Unfortunately, these words would ring true. She would eventually marry him, and experience emotional and verbal abuse that continued to escalate in her life. The toll that this took on her and her children was tremendous. However, her faith in God brought her back to a place of surrender, and He provided her with the grace and strength to leave her abuser. "I'm a work from home, home school mom. I graduated nursing school with an associates degree which is one of my greatest accomplishments. I love having movie nights with my boys and spending time with friends. It is my ambition to raise well rounded, God fearing men who will not be ashamed to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. I also desire to be the voice to adoptive mothers that will take authority over the condemnation that has them bound and that is keeping them from living out their God ordained destiny." This story of courage and faith is truly moving!

A Matter of Faith

Guest: Pearl Gibson

December 4, 2019

A woman of God, a woman of faith! Pearl Gibson endured 17 bowel surgeries, 4 cervical spine surgeries, 3 back surgeries, and blood clots that developed, and almost claimed her life. Doctors told her that she would die on 3 different occasions, but she is here! The numerous trials and heartbreaking circumstances in her life, including a son wrongfully accused, and sentenced to 10-Life in prison for something he did not do! This story will captivate you, her faith will inspire you! Pearl Gibson was born and raised in Georgia. She is married to Bishop Donald Gibson and is a mother to 2 men and 3 women, a grandmother to 23 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She has been serving the Lord since 1977. She is the First Lady of LightHouse Outreach Ministries. God has called her to travel from Georgia to Box Elder, South Dakota in 2008, and then eventually made her way to Colorado Springs, CO. She is pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Christian Counseling and God's will she will continue to pursue her Master's degree in Counseling. She is committed to her ministry and she continues to follow the path that God has made for her.

The Laughter That Saved Him

Guest: Darryl D'Militant Littleton

September 19, 2019

You know him from Def Comedy Jam and BET's Comic View!!! Listen as Mr. Littleton discusses in depth; his highs and his lows, the side of comedy you do not see, and stories you have not heard. His resilience and perseverance in all stages of his life make him a legend that I am very proud to know. Darryl “D’ Militant” Littleton began his professional comedy career writing sketches for “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” on CBS Radio where he created the comedy persona, “D’Militant”. Soon afterwards he became a regular at the world famous Comedy Store and landed a job as D. L. Hughley’s exclusive writer during his tenure as host of BET’s Comic View. Darryl was promoted to writer/producer and penned material for Cedric the Entertainer, Sommore and Don DC Curry. Mr. Littleton has appeared on Martin Lawrence’s 1st Amendment, Mo’Nique, Def Comedy Jam, Loco Comedy Jam, The Parent Hood, Townsend Television, Unsung Hollywood: The Jeffersons, Showtime at the Apollo, BET’s Comic View, Uptown Comedy Club, Unsung Hollywood: Wayne Brady, Byron Allen’s Comic’s Unleashed and ABC’s America’s Funniest People where he was the Grand Prize Winner. Littleton’s film credits include, Diamond Dawgs and All Lies on Me. He has written several books that gives us insight into the world of comedy from his many encounters, friendships, and experiences with outstanding comics that we know and love! His soon-to- be released, and highly anticipated book, “This Day in Comedy: The Ethnic Encyclopedia of Laughter” is one you must get your hands on!! This Day in Comedy is not just an encyclopedia, of just about every ethnic comic and performer that you have ever heard of, but it is also a celebration of comedy. It gives insight into the world of comedy that you may or may not know. This encyclopedia will offer rare, and in some cases never-before-seen photos and obscure facts, making it an indispensable comedy essential.


To order Darryl's NEW book ~ "This Day in Comedy: The Ethnic Encyclopedia of Laughter" ~ please visit amazon.com 

The WanderSafe Beacon

Guest: Stephenie Rodriguez

August 30, 2019

Stephenie Rodriguez is the founder and inventor of the WanderSafe Beacon, and smartphone App; which was was developed with the help of retired CIA agent, Mr. Thomas Pecora. This device may save your life! This device connects to the app on your smartphone, and allows you 3 contacts. If you are in danger you can press the button, and it will alert those 3 people that you are in danger; it will then send them a map of where you are in real-time, and it will continue to track you! Plus, it has other wonderful features like a piercing audible alert, and a strobe light to give you added protection! The device fits easily in your palm, and is about the size of a remote-start key. If you are in a domestically violent relationship, if you have elderly parents, children at home alone, women who may live alone, young men or women walking to school, or across college campuses; if you are traveling to familiar or unfamiliar territory, your safety could be compromised!


Get yours now at www.wandersafe.com and just for listening to the podcast or the YouTube video you can receive $10.00 off by using the Coupon Code: Tina10.

A Commissioned Life

Guest: Billy G. Graham

July 26, 2019

The first African-American Pilot from Arcadia, Louisiana; Mr. Graham flew two tours over Vietnam in 1967. He was a military pilot for 24 years before retiring Lieutenant Colonel! Hear this inspirational story of his missions, his dreams and aspirations, and his brilliance. What an extraordinary story!! Billy G. Graham a native of Arcadia, Louisiana, now resides in Ruston, Louisiana. Billy is a graduate of Crawford High School, Arcadia, Louisiana. He did his undergraduate work at Southern University, Baton Rouge, where he received the Bachelor of Science Degree in mathematics. He did advance studies at the following institutions: Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas (M.E. degree in counseling); the Command and General Staff College, Fort Levenworth, Kansas (Master’s degree equivalent); and a Certificate in Theology, Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia. His professional training and experience consists of the following: Commissioned officer, United States Army (retired Lieutenant Colonel); Military Pilot for twenty-four years; commercial pilot’s license from the Federal Aviation Administration. He was an instructor in military science at Bishop College, Dallas, Texas; a mathematics instructor at Grambling State University and is a retired teacher for Lincoln Parish School System, Ruston, Louisiana. Billy has served two combat tours in Vietnam, two in Europe and lived 17 years over seas. The number of honors and awards received during his military experience are many, such as Bronze Star with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC); Air Medal with 22 OLC; Army Commendation Medal with 2 OLC; Meritorious Service Medal with 4 OLC; National Defence Service Medal with 1 OLC; Vietnam Service Medal with 1 Silver Star; Vietnam Air Service Medal (Honor Class) Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm; Vietnam Campaign Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 1 OLC; Oversea Service Ribbon with 3 OLC; Army Service Ribbon; Senior Aviation Badge; Aviation Service Award presented by the Famed Tuskegee Airmen Association and other awards and honors. He is a member of the Ludley McCall Williams American Legion Post No. 593 - Grambling, LA, and a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, which are reflective of his contributions to mankind. He is a devoted Christian, and a member of St. Duty C.M.E. Church in Arcadia, Louisiana where he serves as lay leader, trustee, church treasurer, Sunday school teacher and former president of the steward board. He is the Lay Leader - Emeritus for the Monroe District. He is married to Sandra Rushing Graham. He has two daughters, Angela and Alicia, three grandchildren, Alexis Nicole Gause, Alena Cecile Killen and Robert Graham Killen and one great grandchild, Aubrey Wallis

The Colorful Art of Life 

Guest: Don Cincone

July 22, 2019

Mr. Don Cincone is a World-Renowned Artist whose work can be seen world-wide, including museums in Europe. His beautiful art was featured in the 1965 movie, "Art of Love," starring Dick Van Dyke, James Garner, Elke Sommer, and Angie Dickinson. Mr. Cincone has been drawing and painting since he was a child, often painting images he had never seen before. Joining the army led him on a fascinating journey to places like Germany, Paris, Zurich, Rome where he saw exquisite art including the works of Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and Ruben. Each artist had a style that was recognizable, but Mr. Cincone developed his own style by being himself. The colors that he uses have made him truly a brilliant and recognized artist in his own right! You do not want to miss this fascinating story and meet this phenomenal man!

Discerning Hidden Dangers

Guest: Thomas Pecora

July 10, 2019

Are we security-minded, as we move about in our daily lives? What can we do to become more discerning to hidden dangers? My phenomenal guest has expert insight into these questions and more! I introduce to you, Mr. Thomas Pecora. Thomas (Tom) Pecora has over thirty years of experience working in the security field and twenty-four years working in the CIA. He retired from the CIA as a GS 15 Senior Security Manager working in protective operations, counter-terrorism, and security training, most of it operating in low intensity conflict areas. He was Chief of Security in several countries where he was responsible for countrywide security programs ensuring the safety and security Mr. Pecora wrote "GUARDIAN - Life in the Crosshairs of the CIA's War on Terror" which is a historical memoir chronicling his 24 years in the CIA in protective operations, counter-terrorism and security working in some of the worst terrorist hotbeds in the world. It took more than 3 years to get this book thru the CIA's Publication Review Board, and it contains stories never before shared with the public about the work of the Protective Operations Cadre and other security professionals who protect CIA personnel in the harshest locations on earth. “GUARDIAN” is the pre-qual to the "13 Hours" movie by Michael Bay, and book about the CIA security officers in Benghazi who saved the State Department personnel. This unit was never acknowledged until after Benghazi and boasts an incredible record of keeping CIA personnel safe. Currently Mr. Pecora is a personal safety expert and trainer, and a consultant trainer for an Active Shooter training company; as well as the Safety Officer in Residence for Jozu for Women’s WanderSafe travel safety company. Listen as he gives insight into how to protect ourselves in domestic and international territory. Also, make sure to read his exciting book that will reveal more information than we have heard before.


Get yours now at www.wandersafe.com and just for listening to the podcast or the YouTube video you can receive $10.00 off by using the Coupon Code: Tina10.

Overcoming Stacked Odds

Guest: Melvin Lars

May 17, 2019

If you have ever been discouraged, the odds were stacked against you, you were diagnosed with an illness that broke your spirit. You need to hear this wonderful interview. Mr. Melvin Lars experienced this and more! A child that grew up in domestic violence, diagnosed with cancer at 8 years old, cut from NFL football teams; all while dying on his feet. The doctors told him that he had a 0% chance of living, but he did not sit down. Although he was discouraged at times, his body took beatings on the football field, he went through divorce, and experienced sadness and anger from living in domestic violence during his wonder years; he survived and achieved many great accomplishments! Listen to this dynamic and brilliant man. Lars is the creator, executive producer, producer, writer and host of; “The Nobody Asked Me Guy Show” which can be viewed weekly, via Get.Vokl.com, Facebook and You tube. This entity specifically addresses a multiplicity of topics including but not limited to; education, parenting, Life lessons, sports, surviving the impossible as well as trending and historical stories of global interest. He is a retired High School principal; where he served as an administrator for twenty seven (27) years. He is an academician with an educational publication titled “Dare To Be Positive.” Lars is a former free-agent with the Houston (Practice squads) Oilers, and Oakland Raiders, former Defensive line coach for the Shreveport Pelicans, as well as numerous head and assistant coaching positions from Louisiana to California. He is most proud of his instructional tenure at the infamous George Washington Preparatory High School in South Central Los Angeles; with famed, nationally renowned Principal; Dr. George J. McKenna, III of the “George (Movie) McKenna Story”, Portrayed by the renowned, prolific actor; Denzel Washington. During his tenure at Washington Preparatory; Lars served as head football coach/athletic director and administrative assistant to Dr. McKenna. He has several poetic publications registered in the National Library of Poetry and has four published books of poetry; “Painted Images”, “Mind Muscle I&II” and “Reflections of Life”. He eagerly anticipates his two (2) upcoming; parent, friendly, self-help publications; “Mothers and Their S’Men An Introspective Look At Mothers Rearing Their Sons”, and “Sons Views of Their Mothers Through Adult Lenses” both are slated for release in May 2019. Lars’ latest publication; “Dying On My Feet My Journey Times Two”, was inspired and ordained by God; he shares his life’s struggles and challenges from the age of eight years old through his becoming Acute promyelocytic free. This publication is receiving rave reviews and is said to be extremely inspiring and captivating. Worked collaboratively with Hall of Famer & NFL great Jim Brown and his Amer-I-Can Violence intervention Program. Worked with the late Dick Gregory as he trekked across the country advocating for peace and the eradication of violence in depressed neighborhoods. Lars continues to strengthen and empower men by organizing and conducting and promoting, Male empowerment seminars. He is a licensed/ordained Elder/Minister in both the C.O.G.I.C. & C.M.E. Churches. He is the CEO/founder of Brighter Futures Inc; a Family Wellness, Violence Prevention/Intervention and Academic Enhancement and entertainment Company; Former interim; Executive Director of Urban League of Greater Muskegon, Former NAACP President of Muskegon County; 2007-2012, former academic consultant to the Michigan Department of Education as a Compliance Monitor for the (NCLB Highly Qualified) initiative for Highly Qualified Teachers.

The Windows of Inspiration

Guest: Jermaine Reeves

March 22, 2019

Hear the story of a man who was incarcerated, but refused to be locked up in his mind! He wrote a book based on letters that he wrote to the Lord while serving a 10 year federal prison sentence for selling drugs. These were trying times, but he left behind the streets that were now overrun with drugs and despair. He tells of what it was like on the streets, and what his mindset was behind bars. The book that he wrote, "From the Windows of Inspiration through the Revelation of Incarceration, Volume 1," is an inspiration; and you can feel his pain as he talks to the Lord about the things he had done, and the pain that was left behind. God heard those words, and Jermaine has gone through quite a journey, but God never left him. He is now a Deacon at the Harvest International Worship Center in Milledgeville, GA. He is also an author, and an actor appearing in a documentary , "How to Die Young in Middle GA." You will see him in an upcoming film called,  Love, Blood, and Cotton." Jermaine is a mentor and motivational speaker, and is part of an outreach ministry called Uniting the Community and Church Outreach. They are instrumental in feeding the homeless and inspiring the younger generation. He volunteers in the Prison Ministry as well. Jermaine has made great strides in turning his life around, and is currently in college pursuing his degree in Physical Fitness, and he has made the Dean's List twice. He has really turned his life around, and has served his time, but will the world forgive him, and let him truly be free again. Find out in this extraordinary interview. His books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and also Iuniverse.com