March 24, 2015

America has a race problem.  It doesn’t matter if the moral majority or isolated segments of evangelicals ignore its existence. Human suffering based on race  is an antiquated notion, but one which has found an active role in contemporary American life, law, and justice. Deflection, denial, and a growing callous of indifference disfigures the asymmetrical  hands of those charged in the protection and service to all. But what do we do about it? Hmmm. Many people have suggested that we stop talking about it: Ignore it and… Read more

March 19, 2015

  Two stories hit close to home this week in the black church.The first was Creflo Dollar’s insane plea to his congregants to raise 65 million dollars to buy a new plane so he can deliver God’s message more efficiently to the masses. The second was the story of Ephren Taylor who was convicted for defrauding Black congregations in a Ponzi scheme estimated at 16 million dollars. Creflo has a net worth estimated at nearly 30 million dollars, drives a… Read more

March 12, 2015

Ferguson has a Hip Hop Problem, Not a Racist One I was listening to Morning Joe the other day, as I often do, when I am seeking fair and balanced media coverage on cable news (my former love, Bill O, was caught fibbing to the masses, so he and I are on a temporary time out. See – I’ve been trying to figure out the SAE thing, where seemingly well-off and privileged kids at OU found it perfectly acceptable to chant racist (not… Read more

March 11, 2015

  A new march on Selma commemorated its 50 year historical predecessor this week. With it came a new commitment to equality which beamed across Edmund Pettus Bridge and into a nation that once watched blue terror unleashed on its own. Former President George W. Bush joined the first family for the celebration, Hillary Clinton was absent, and among the delegation were Civil Rights legends such as Representative John Lewis, whose own recount of Bloody Sunday poignantly reminded us of the struggle…. Read more

March 9, 2015

95% of the world will have the Whole Bible at their disposal by 2033  if Mart Green (of the Green Family, owners of Hobby Lobby family chain) get’s his way. In a conversation with CBN, Green, Treasurer of Hobby Lobby and owner of Mardel, stated in an interview: “My passion is by 2033 that 95 percent of the world will have a whole Bible, 99.9 percent will have a New Testament, and 100 percent will have at least 25 chapters” His drive… Read more

March 8, 2015

WACO, Texas – in a move that should surprise no one (in – or outside of the State), some Baptist Churches in Texas are beginning to arm themselves with legal ways to avoid participating in America’s shift towards marriage equality. Speaking at a Baylor University event sponsored by Baylor’s religion department, John Litzler (contracted by the Baptist General Convention of Texas), gave legal guidance on marriage, human sexuality, and how to defend against the possibility of having to manage marriage equality as law of the… Read more

March 7, 2015

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery, immortalized in iconic pictures like this: Selma stands as testament that we as a nation can overcome – voter suppression, intimidation, and fear. We can do so much together if we open our eyes. The endurance of the American Negro tested and unbroken, demanded change and they got it. Allies in arms, we found our way. Over the coming days we will hear how Selma has evolved… Read more

March 6, 2015

The Superhero world is about to lose ground in the war on imagery – again. This time GOTHAM. Jada Pinkett Smith, just announced that she will not return next season to TV’s Gotham and that’s upsetting. When asked: ” I signed for a year, and the year is up. But, there are some great things coming ahead on ‘Gotham’ — believe you me, there’s a lot of good stuff coming.” According to producers: “Fish Mooney’s storyline takes a lot of interesting… Read more

March 5, 2015

Powerful new images by the street artist Banksy have appeared among the Gaza ruins. Its not the first time he’s visited Palestine. In 2005 while visiting, he left two of my favorite works directly on the barrier wall: Peeking through to the tantalizing other side where the grass actually is greener: I really liked those, BUT – this one spoke to me: Reminded me of a few places back home: OK – Banksy – you got me thinking…. Prime Minister… Read more

March 3, 2015

An upcoming Justice Department investigation will allege sweeping patterns of discrimination in Ferguson. “The report, which could be released as soon as Wednesday, will charge that police disproportionately use excessive force against blacks and that black drivers are stopped and searched far more often than white motorists, even though they’re less likely to be carrying contraband.” -AP That’s interesting given the many snipes and tropes jaunted out in defense of the blue line of courage. I love my cops. I… Read more

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