In lieu of flashpoint moments that have directly affected black Americans in the recent months, particularly the rape allegations of Bill Cosby, the tragic saga of Andrew “I am Delivert” Caldwell and the Church of God in Christ, and the prolonged moment of Ferguson that has has managed to arch over a few months, I […]Read more "Nothing to Lose, A Reflection"
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"
Dear Bishop Charles E. Blake and the General Board of the Church of God in Christ, The 107th Holy Convocation of the Church of God in Christ will be held from November 3-11, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri and as a concerned progressive Christian of the millennial generation, I implore you that during this week of […]Read more "An Open Letter to Bishop Charles E. Blake and the Church of God in Christ"
“To put it bluntly, the likes of Pharrell and Raven-Symoné can afford to declare their independence from blackness.” In April of this year, Pharrell Williams declared the “new Black” in an interview with Oprah Winfrey by saying: The “new black” doesn’t blame other races for our issues. The “new black” dreams and realizes that it’s not a pigmentation; […]Read more "The Millennium Negro: The “New Black”"
A week later, ABC’s last week #1 comedy, “black-ish” dropped from that position, losing 24% of their audience from last week (however ABC is quick to point out that this is still the strongest showing of a show in the slot immediately following the Emmy Award winning “Modern Family”). Also, while dropping in the number of […]Read more "The Continuing Blackness of “Black-ish”"
“Black-ish picks up the conversation the Huxtables were having when the cameras weren’t on.” –myself, 9/24/2014 To round off ABC’s Wednesday night line-up with millennial sit-coms using the pre-year 2000 format of focusing on the American family, after three back-to-back shows focusing predominantly on Anglo-Saxon families, there is a black family. Well, I guess they’re black-ish. […]Read more "When Keeping It Real Goes Black-ish"
Why Social Media Consciousness is Okay The death of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18 year old of Ferguson, Missouri, shot by a cop under some questionable circumstances is but the most recent event that quickly gained national attention. Brown’s death came only a day after cops in Beavercreek, Ohio outside of Dayton shot an unarmed […]Read more "Untitled"
For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 1 Corinthians 1:21, KJV If one does a quick search of the name Jamal Bryant on my blog, they will quickly discover that from my seminary forward […]Read more "Jamal Bryant and the Continued Foolishness of Preaching"
I ran into an old professor who I love and respect, and me and her have discussed the level of engagement of students over the years and how it seems as though things have definitely shifted. Whereas in the past students had a different level of respect for their professors and also they had higher […]Read more "A Black Man is Good Enough"
Let me first give a disclaimer: I’m not a reverse racist, I have white friends [you see how that sounds]. Now that the formalities are out of the way, I have to be honest, I don’t do it this much, but I am poaching the idea of this blog from an article on the Root “White […]Read more "The Redemption of White Men"