At its best, gospel music is a soundtrack of hope despite life’s trials and tribulations.
Category: The Arts
Fathers are often demonized when they’re absent and mythologized when they’re present.
“To be black and conscious in America is to be in a constant state of rage.”
Amidst all the 80’s nostalgia and sci-fi action, there are some valuable things to learn about parenting from Stranger Things. In my previous post, I highlighted the beauty of an ordinary African American family sitting down together for breakfast. As valuable and rare as it is to see such a positive depiction on our television […]
There are two narratives underlining the Servitude series. Servitude implies being subject to something more powerful than you. For the Christian, this powerful entity is sin. We are bound to its chains and are unable to free ourselves by any of our works. But by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are […]
Assumptions are drawn and conclusions are made from negative depictions about African Americans that are largely one-sided.
Lecrae Devaugh Moore is not a stranger to the evangelical Christian world. In September 2008 he released an album entitled “Rebel.” It became the soundtrack to the lives of many evangelical Christians, young and old, urban and suburban. The Hallmark track “Don’t Waste Your Life” (based on a book by popular reformed evangelical Pastor John […]
Lady Justice turns a blind eye from broken bronze bodies laid in mahogany.
“When I Consider the Darkness” is my latest spoken word piece, featuring the wonderful K.A. Ellis. I touch on the topics of racism, persecution, and persevering hope in a very personal poem. I share it in hopes of fostering empathy in conversations around racial reconciliation, while offering unshakable hope to those overwhelmed by the darkness. Story Behind […]
I thought being a black man in America was difficult. This is certainly true, but prior to reading Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes’ book, “Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength”, I made the incorrect assumption that so many others have made about the plight of the black woman. To be a black […]
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Cultural and racial appreciation may come off well. But without God and a biblical approach, it can serve the wicked system of supremacy, envy, and power. Though Jordan Peele dressed these themes up with horror and humor, the racial issues and their implications are stark.
We march. We chant. We sing. We link arms. We love hard. And for what? Are you weary in your fight for social justice, racial reconciliation, or understanding? This spoken word poem is for you.
As a black woman, I was deeply moved by Hidden Figures. I am not usually one for crying. I didn’t even cry at my own wedding! I know it sounds horrible, but I’m sure my husband forgives me. I did, however, tear up on more than one occasion as I watched Hidden Figures on my […]
In 2013, Christiopher Muther wrote on the connection between instant gratification and impatience in American culture saying, “The demand for instant results is seeping into every corner of our lives, and not just virtually….But experts caution that instant gratification comes at a price: It’s making us less patient.” This is not only true of American […]
Podcast: Play in new window | Download Tyler and Beau discuss Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking Broadway Musical: Hamilton, its cultural impact, hip-hop roots, and the controversial nature of this historical re-imagining of both the American Revolution and founding of American Democracy. For those that might not be aware, Hamilton: An American Musical is based on the […]
Anyone who has been following Lecrae on Twitter since the Ferguson riots, will notice that he has increasingly spotlighted racial injustice, particularly, in regards to the police shootings of African-American men, women and children. Most recently, on September 19th, he tweeted about Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem protest: “Take a knee…people riot. Take a bullet…people quiet.” […]
It is one thing for African American students to gain admission to Traditionally White Institutions (TWIs), and quite another thing to thrive at them. It is imperative for TWIs to retain their minority students, and there are structures in place that aid in this goal such as academic support, cultural support, and programmatic support. But […]
Surveying Jupiter Hammon’s writing: “Address to the Negros in the State of New York,” Dante Stewart presents Hammon’s vision of God, Redemption, and the Christian Life. There is much to be learned and applied for us Christians today.
Our culture is fascinated by Christians who achieve mainstream recognition. It happens in sports with people like Gabby Douglas and Jeremy Lin. It happens in politics when believers run for office. But nowhere is Christianity in pop-culture more fascinating than in the realm of hip hop. Lecrae Moore (or just Lecrae) has an interesting and […]