Relief After the Insurrection

The morning of January 7, 2021, was a relief. I know that relief isn’t what…


Blackness isn't exhausting; racism is

“Being black is exhausting.” A common refrain heard from the voices of…


Resurrection Sunday in Alabama’s Black Belt

Have you ever attended a Black Baptist church in rural Alabama for…


Candy-coated Poison: Rejecting Spoon-fed Religion

You learn a lot by feeding a child. They are creatures of habit with sensitive…


Oh, To Be Free

“I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then.”…


Lift Ev’ry Voice: Encountering Hope in Our National Anthem

Widely known as the African American National Anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and…


The Vantage Points of Our Self-Image: Reclaiming the Narrative

2021. The year of reclamation.Like many others, I have encountered more…


Heroes and Villains in the Face of Black Humanity

In the summer of 2017, I had the privilege of touring Washington, D.C. and…


Vindicate me, O Lord: A Prayer of Lament

"Do you trust me enough to let me vindicate you?" Did you vindicate my…


Black Un-dignity is Resistance

Once again, America’s racist chickens have come home to roost, but I don’t…


I Almost Walked Away: An Election Day Reflection

In the time leading up to the 2016 election, I noticed how a conservative…


I See You

In reading Dante Stewart’s piece about the powerful stories of young Black…


black women

Faith & Work: Corporate Discipleship for the “Onlys”

You accept the job to work for an organization. As you began to get settled in,…


Black Joy and Co-Crucifixion with Christ

“Say It Loud – I'm Black and I'm Proud” (1969) was an anthem of Black joy as we…


What Did God Really Say? Reflections on Candice Benbow & Dr. Howard John Wesley — Part 3

Read Part 1 and Part 2 here!Paul vs Jesus?Another case Benbow makes is that…


Black Lives and White Sight: Reading Invisible Man in This Age of Black Death - Part 2

Read Part 1 here! White Sight and Black LivesEllison’s image of the…


black women

To Black Women Who Just Want to Heal

To the women who came forward and engaged the public about their experiences…


More than a Cog in the Machine

This is the 3rd Interview for A Series of Stories Exploring Black and Brown…


Way Out of No Way

Noname doesn’t owe anyone.The Chicago artist recently announced via Twitter…


To Be Young, Gifted, & Black: A Letter to a Young Black Leader — Part 2

To Be GiftedBack in my college football days, I would often share my feelings…