Do We See God or Color?

 

I remember church.

Choirs sang with the brightest hearts.

Preachers roared and souls looked for fulfillment.

 

We sat in our seats, eager to hear the word.

We were more than willing to break from our every day pains and sorrows to find solace.

Tennessee Divinity school appoints openly gay black woman as dean

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Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, Tn., has appointed it’s first openly-gay black female dean.

Described as a “liberal oasis,” the institution appointed Emilie Townes as the 16th dean of the school.

The school’s “Commitments” page states that it recognizes  “the rights of lesbians and gay men within the religious community and the need for the eradication of civil discrimination based on sexual orientation.” 

Meagan Good Critisized for Presenting BET Gospel Award in Revealing Dress

Actress Meagan Good is getting some flack for her choice of dress at the BET Awards.

Good presented the award for “Best Gospel Artist” in a fairly revealing gown, which many commentators on social media are blasting as inappropriate and disrespectful.

Good has defending herself against these kinds of accusations before; maintaining that her style of dress is always classy, and that a dress has nothing to do with her relationship with God.

Such a Powerful Video about 2012: A Message of Hope

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This is a New Year and being the black Christian feminist/womanist perennial thinker that I am, I want my first blog in the New Year to be about a sustainable hope for a better world. The video above is captivating. And, perhaps, captivating does not capture the feeling of unfettered hope one receives from watching the video. Rarely, do I post a YouTube video clip as my featured blog. Of course, this does not count my addiction to all things Awkward Black Girl web series video clips. However, there are times when I come across a YouTube clip that literally steals my breath and I must share.

Though the focus of the Black Youth Project is on all things related to empowering black youth and black communities, I think that this mission in part is creating a world of hope for people and communities who are caught at the “intersections” of multiple systems of oppression. Therefore, the title of the video above is “A Message of Hope.” It talks about how we as lovers of life and others can change the world by first beginning with ourselves. We can change the world by examining how we treat others and ourselves. Often, when we hate, love, and fight others we hate things within ourselves, love things within ourselves, and fight things within ourselves. I know this to be a truism for my own life. I have written about such things before on this blog. Just click on the links below.