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Monday, December 16, 2019

“Barracoon”: When the Enslave Speak.

December 9, 2019 by  
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Tweet ( Enslavement in the United States and the inhuman Middle Passage reads like a horrible nightmare in any book. The enslavement of African people was an institution unlike many others of the same name. Today we are told this time period is in the past and it should be forgotten. We are told the country can’t truly move forward... [Read more...]

Colson Whitehead’s Growing Oeuvre Continues adds The Nickel Boys.

Tweet ( Colson Whitehead is quite the eclectic writer with an equally as impressive resume. Raised in Manhattan, Whitehead is a graduate of Harvard University where he studied English and Comparative Literature. After graduation, Whitehead wrote reviews for television, books, and music for the Village Voice, the New York Times, the New... [Read more...]

We are Still Fighting the Race Battle: “The Fire is Upon Us”.

Tweet ( There are too many people that would try to make black people in America feel the race argument is old. We are told by white Americans, and some POCs, that it is time to move on. There has been so much progress made in the area of race relations that talking about race is whining and pulling the race card. However, they are able... [Read more...]

Looking at “The Book of Common Prayer A Biography”.

Tweet ( There are many books that expound upon the Christian experience. Some of them have become a part of the beginning of a life, the joining of a life, and the end of life. Many of us have heard the prayers given at baby christenings, the vows of a marriage…and we all know the “ashes to ashes dust to dust” funeral rites. There... [Read more...]

Looking at Life though “Basquiat-isms”.

September 26, 2019 by  
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Tweet ( “The Black person is the protagonist in most of my paintings. I realized that I didn’t see many paintings with black people in them.” Jean-Michel Basquiat was a leading force in American art. His emergence form graffiti in New York to art galleries is a tale of urban enlightenment through art. He merged so many different... [Read more...]

The Wisdom of Proverbs.

September 24, 2019 by  
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Tweet ( “Without effort no harvest will be abundant.” – Burundi As many of our people are seeking to establish a more solid relationship to culture and spirituality wisdom is a necessity. Many of us know the proverbs of the Bible, and that of the West. However, have you ever wondered where the elders get their sayings? Many of... [Read more...]

Self-Awareness: “The Second Time I Fell in Love with Jesus”.

Tweet ( Life is loaded with hardship, challenges, abuse, bad choices, and consequences. These things outside of having a stable foundation can ruin any soul. Being the child of a preached compounds the struggle as you live under a microscope that scrutinizes every mistake you could possibly make. The expectation is unrealistic and does... [Read more...]

The Book of Exodus Seen as a Freedom Cry.

Tweet ( The book of Exodus is one of the most known books of the Bible because it is a book steeped in the concept of freedom from oppression. The Bible is, arguably, one of the greatest pieces of literature ever written. The power of literature is it can speak to the struggles of humanity over time; those troubles can transcend historical... [Read more...]

On Mercy: Did this Ever Really Exist.

Tweet ( Mercy is a concept that is lost to the leadership in our society, if it ever really existed. Our leaders sit high above us passing legislation that is not in our best interest. Our leaders allow citizens to live with poisonous water, subpar education, unjust judicial systems, and a disparity in wealth that guarantees poverty... [Read more...]

The Good Fight: A Look into America’s Many Struggles.

September 16, 2019 by  
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Tweet ( America is a country steeped in struggle. There is no time in her history whereby struggle among the people of this country doesn’t exist. It happens in the most unfortunate of ways…slavery, racism, genocide, sexism, abuse of power, and what feels like a way against anyone that is different in culture, ethnicity, or is willing... [Read more...]

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