Ever since Destiny’s Child disbanded and Beyoncé Knowles, the lead singer for the group made a go for it as a solo artist, she’s had hit after hit after hit. We all looked up one day, and she had somehow become this artistic juggernaut who couldn’t seem to fail. She was the epitome of what […]Read more "Made in Our Own Image: The Gospel According to Beyoncé"
Earlier this fall, there was an infamous photo of some well-known prominent (TV) pastors that were seen praying with (or for) GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. It was one of those moments that made the rounds of a short-lived news cycle on September 29 of this year. Pastors Paula White, Kenneth Copeland, David Jeremiah […]Read more "The Day the Black Church Circus Came to Town"
By all accounts, new ground was broken last night when it came to the public discourse of the intersection of the hip hop community and that of the LBGTQ community. More specifically, the black LGBTQ community. Following the season four premier of Love and Hip Hop on Viacom owned station VH1, an hour-long round-table discussion called […]Read more "Conversating, When Conversation Goes Wrong: VH1, Hip Hop and Jamal Bryant"
This has been an interesting moment in time for blackness. The imperfect harmony of the nightmare that police brutality against black bodies along with the exoneration of whiteness and the beauty of black pride and some semblance of existential unity hearkening to years past. Two hallmarks of this time period have been both Kendrick Lamar […]Read more "If Ta-Nehesi Coates and Kendrick Lamar Had a Conversation…"
Late Sunday night after a topsy-turvy weekend of emotions on the homefront, my life settled enough for me to peruse the B-lists of movies that were on Netflix. For those who don’t have Netflix, there are a bevy of second-rate movies that usually live up to their B-list nature. Occasionally there are a few box […]Read more "A Christian’s Apology to Atheists because “God’s Not Dead”"
Beyonce’s rendition of “Precious Lord” fell rather flat at the 2015 Grammys. That’s a commentary that didn’t make it into many news stories the day after. Most stories used descriptors as “resplendent” and “emotional” to detail what the artist did in her rendering of the classic gospel piece. Social media, particularly the eponymous Black Twitter, […]Read more "When “Precious Lord” Doesn’t Lead Home"
In the weeks leading up to the 107th Holy Convocation of the Church of God in Christ, I wrote an open letter to Bishop Charles E. Blake and to the General Board imploring them to make a visible and vocal statement concerning the situation demanding justice for Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri–only 12 miles from […]Read more "Telling the Tragic Truth of the Church of God in Christ, A Post-Mortem"