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Pastor and Author Efrem Smith: “We Cannot Surrender the Outposts of God’s Kingdom To the Ways of Our Nation. Christians Are Here To Transform.”

Over the past several years, cultural divisions of race, class, politics and faith have become starker than any time in recent memory. While it would be easy to only think of American politics here, it is a worldwide phenomenon, one that requires a quiet, global response of love and reconciliation

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WATCH: Oprah Picks Cameroonian Author’s Debut Novel ‘Behold the Dreamers’ for Book Club; Says It Has ‘Everything That’s Grabbing The Headlines In America Right Now’

This morning, Oprah Winfrey announced her latest selection for “Oprah’s Book Club” ― and it’s as topical as it is gripping. Behold the Dreamers is a powerful novel by 36-year-old Imbolo Mbue, whose own experience as an immigrant from Cameroon is woven through a tale of Jende and Neni Jonga,

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Was it Race or Class that Drove the Results of the 2016 Election?

“What just happened?” This was the sentiment among Democrats, pundits, pollsters and even some Republicans following the election of Donald J. Trump to our nation’s highest office. By almost all accounts, a Trump victory was unlikely, with some polls placing his chances of winning at around 4-8 percent (Silver, 2016).

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WATCH: “To Sir, With Love” Author E.R. Braithwaite Dies At 104

The New York Times is reporting this evening that E.R. (Edward Ricardo) Braithwaite, the Guyanese author, educator, and diplomat whose years teaching in London’s East End inspired the international best-seller “To Sir, With Love” and the popular Sidney Poitier movie of the same name, has died at age 104. (more…)

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Dr. Christena Cleveland Begins New Blog Series: “How to Be Last: A Practical Theology for Privileged People”

Last summer, I met with a group of senior executives at a large organization. Though it is overwhelmingly run by white men, the leadership is seeking a strategy to implement racial and gender equity across the organization. During my first consultation with the executive team, I centered the experiences and

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Comics Bring the Story of John Lewis’ Struggles During the Civil Rights Movement to Life

The comic book, with its grainy mustard-colored cover and drawing of Martin Luther King Jr. on the front, sold for only 10 cents. (more…)

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Retiree-Turned-Pastor John Baskaron Is Creating a Home for Arabic Christians In America’s Whitest City

Portland, Oregon has a reputation for being liberal, un-churched, and filled to the brim with under-employed hipsters. While the majority of the city may be white, well-educated, and obsessed with pour-over coffee and small-batch pickles, on its edges one finds a diversity of experience, race, class, and culture. It’s in

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‘O.J. Simpson’ Finale ‘Fits Like a Glove’ and Shows Why the Miniseries Is the Best Show of the Year Thus Far

After Tuesday’s surprisingly moving finale, is there any reasonable doubt (heh) that ‘American Crime Story’ is the best thing on TV in 2016 thus far? (more…)

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Jesse Jackson says, ‘Police Shootings Are About Class as Well as Race’

After three days of peaceful demonstrations marking the one year anniversary of Michael Brown's fatal shooting in Ferguson, Mo., yet another African-American man was shot by police there. While the facts are still unclear, the tragedy will surely add to the national protests challenging our racially biased structures of criminal

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Michelle Obama Is Taking Each Opportunity to Just Call Things Like She Sees It

Michelle Obama was on her old stomping ground this week, back on the South Side to give a commencement address to the Class of 2015 at Martin Luther King College Preparatory High School. It was especially personal. She saw herself in the graduates, who had been raised in the same

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Shirley Bassey says Many of Today’s Pop Stars Lack Class, and she is RIght

Dame Shirley Bassey lives a solitary, almost mysterious life of luxurious semi-exile, earned over six decades of stardom, and sweetened by a rare ability to speak out when it matters. Last week, Shirley’s attention was caught by the phenomenon of female singers wearing revealing outfits at galas and premieres. The

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A Shattered Foundation: Wealthiest African American County Watches It All Vanish

Fred Bryant, shown with daughter Jayla, lives with his wife, Jennifer, and two daughters in a brick-front Colonial on a one-acre lot. / Michel du Cille African Americans for decades flocked to Prince George’s County to be part of a phenomenon that has been rare in American history: a community that grew

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