Interview By Mark Weber, ChristianMusicMakers.com
Who is the woman behind Empowering Everyday Women Online Magazine, the nation's leading web publication for Christian women of color? Get to know Dianna Hobbs better when you check out her "Christian Music Makers" feature where she opens up about what matters most to her.
Cardiac arrest? Explain what happened in detail.
After I came out of surgery to repair my broken wrist, I was in excruciating pain and crying out. To alleviate my pain, a nurse gave me more pain medication and my body didn’t tolerate it well. I remember a nurse leaning into me saying, “Relax and breathe. You’re going into shock.” I tried to calm down, but I was struggling to breathe. My heart rate was speeding up and working overtime. I remember feeling as if someone was turning the oxygen off in the room. It was so weird. I couldn’t breathe and I literally was thinking I was about to die. I could feel myself leaving myself. I could hear myself take three shallow breaths and the lights went out. I could hear the medical staff call out “Code Blue!” Though I couldn’t move or respond, my brain was completely active and I remember thinking, “They can’t be talking about me!” But, sure enough, they were. After coming through the ordeal, I was told that I went into cardiac arrest. My heart stopped. I was no longer breathing. For five minutes, doctors couldn’t get me back. But thank God, I finally regained consciousness.
Describe your church/faith background.
I grew up in the Church of God In Christ (COGIC). My father was a pastor of a small church where I came to know Jesus Christ at a very early age. As a preacher’s kid, I grew up singing and working in the ministry. Coming up, my dad was a popular evangelist, so our entire family would often hit the road with him and watch him conduct crusades and revivals. It was fascinating and really inspired my faith. I saw God work miracles in people’s lives and witnessed so many others accept Christ. By 11-years-old, I received my ministry license and teaching the word of God is, still, to this day, my greatest passion. When I went to college, I got the bright idea that I would major in Philosophy. What was I thinking? My first philosophy professor was an atheist and challenged everything I ever believed. For a while, I was pretty shaken up and questioned all I had learned. This forced me to go deeper into the word of God and seek answers for myself. Over time, my faith was strengthened as I gained more insight into the word of God. I still love digging into the scriptures. There’s so much rich truth and understanding there.
Besides singing, what else are you involved in? What are you passionate about?
I am a radio personality. I have my own daily radio show called Cross Culture in HD on WUFO 1080 AM. On the show, I play lots of Christian rap and examine the culture from a Christian perspective, because I believe we have to know how to speak the language of today’s youth in order to help them. I’m also the President & CEO of Empowering Everyday Women (EEW) Online Magazine and was recently named one of the “70 Most Influential Black Christian History-Makers” by Black Christian News Network for my work in urban media. I’m really, really passionate about helping Christians become more aware of all the cultural influences that undermine our mission to reach the world for Christ. I also want the body of Christ to be more strategic in our approach to connecting the message of the gospel in a way that relates to this generation.
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