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”"
We got out of the cab at 7:55 pm that let us off on the corner of 8th and 49th rushing to the theater as we were trying to make sure we weren’t late to the curtain of Broadway’s “The Book of Mormon.” I had marginally heard about the show and knew it was a musical. […]Read more "The Cost of Free Speech: The Racism of Equal Opportunity Offenders"
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"
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"
Kierra Sheard, the newest judge on BET’s “Sunday Best” which debuted last night famously quipped “Where is the oil?” I ask that question to two of the judges: Donnie McClurkin and Kim Burrell. Now let me help out of some of my non-Pentecostal friends and give some context to the question “Where is the oil?” […]Read more "“Sunday Best” Fails to Show the ‘Best’ In the Judges"
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"
This week, in the wake of a federal government shut down, a Congress with an approval rating uniformly in single digits, the GOP party with historical low approval numbers is still failing to see just how the uber-right wing arm of the party (namely the Tea Party faction) is concretizing their place on the wrong […]Read more "The Making of a Theocracy: Government Funding and the Crisis of Compassion"