“There was so much diverse black masculinity in the world of our childhood that it would have been impossible for any of us to have a one-dimensional understanding of black life. We knew from experience that some black males were kind and gentle, others cruel and indifferent, that some fathers were present, and some fathers […]
Good day everyone. There has been a lengthy break in my writing, but now I am back. I pray that you all are in good health and prospering in the ways that are meaningful to you. I must confess that sitting down to write something on Kevin Samuels, particularly after his death, feels strange. I […]
The first time I remember my father told me he loved me was just shy of my 21st birthday. I told my mother in passing that he had never said it to me and it was indicative that he didn’t care. I guess she told him because he called a few days later and said he […]
Way down south in Mississippi, I find myself thinking about eating breakfast with Dr. Ben Carson and President Barack Obama. No cameras, political agenda or party affiliations — just us talking as 3 black men in America. I want to talk to them about the standard we, as black people, measure each other. I chose […]
Black males make up just two percent of public education teachers. That’s right…two percent. Yet public schools, especially in the inner city and other low-income areas are overwhelmingly comprised of racial minorities. I constantly hear black Christian men talking about mentoring black youth. But it’s almost always in the context of church planting, or other “vocational” […]
Kevin Washington argues why we should direct young men towards hope in God, instead of the fickle dream of professional sports.
“You’ll be okay. You just have to learn that you’re worth more than settling on a weak man. If he can’t sweep you off your feet, what’s he worth? Not my sister’s time, I know that much.” My oldest younger brother was to be 21 that February. Hard to believe, but the chubby kid who […]
Should I Let Her Know? Growing up, one of my favorite hip-hop artists was Talib Kweli. One of his lines from the song, “Hot Thing,” continues to stick with me: “I might be falling in love; should I let her know? A pimp told me if I love her, I should let her go.” This line hints at how […]
Everything in our life has a narrative attached to it. A story. Things don’t happen in isolation, but are interconnected and fit within a storyline. This is also true for sex. [pullquote]Sex isn’t just an act, but one that fits within a narrative.[/pullquote] The narrative that God puts sex to is a sub story of covenant […]
Jemar & Phillip are joined with Hafeez Baoku & Jasmine Baucham as they discuss the role that sex and relationships play in the Christian life. Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher. Credit: Pass The Mic is fully produced by Podastery Studios. Visit www.Studio.podastery.com to discover what Podastery can do for you. Suggested Tweets: [Tweet “On sexual sin: “Who are you trusting […]
Pop threw up his hands in disgust, prompted by the third Valentine’s Day movie release advertisement that evening: “This is why young people can’t get married.” Obviously, it’s not Colin Farrell’s fault specifically (don’t ever change, you rakish Irishman). But as our conversation blossomed, I found myself agreeing that the insidious romantic promises carried in […]
This week Joe is back with a timely episode encouraging single Christian men to pursue the girl they’re interested in. Joe explains what it means and doesn’t mean to pursue and offers wisdom from the scriptures. With Valentines day around the corner, this is an episode you don’t want to miss.
The biggest risk facing young, Reformed Black men is being thrust into ministry too soon. The acute need for the unique blend of theological and cultural gifts these young men offer sometimes causes churches to send them out before they’re ready. Sincere and Sincerely Misguided The landscape is littered with the crushed hopes of churches […]