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The Black Church, The Black Community And The Politics Of Homophobia

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 01.09.2017 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

Anyone who is an avid follower of the news and social media is well aware of the storm that has erupted around Kim Burrell and the controversial state...

White Conservative Christians Will Not Impact The Culture Until...

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes | Posted 12.21.2016 | Religion
Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

Why has the majority church continued to be silent while a presidential candidate now president-elect traffics in hate and promotes violence against anyone who does not look like or agree with him?

Vandals Put Death Threat, Racial Slur On Door Of Black Church

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 12.01.2016 | Black Voices

Yet another place of worship has been defaced with hate speech in the days after the election of Donald Trump. The day after Liberty Missionary Baptis...

Is Donald Trump's African-American Outreach Real Or Imagined?

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 09.09.2016 | Politics
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

As an African-American women focused on using policy and business to produce better outcomes for low-income women, men, children, and seniors, especially in communities of color, I'm used to having my voice overlooked or ignored and my ideas either marginalized or even stolen on occasion.

It's Called "Battered Race Syndrome." Or, Something Like That

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 08.26.2016 | Black Voices
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

We are ridiculed for being angry We are pressured to quietly pacify our pain We are mocked for feeling victimized We are urged to 'forgive' in the fac...

Why More Than 100 Pastors Will Preach HIV Awareness This Weekend

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.18.2016 | Religion

This weekend, black Christian leaders around the country will be using their Sunday sermons to address a topic many consider to be a “stigma” in A...

The Democrats Sang A Decades-Old Hymn Of Protest During Their Sit-In

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.23.2016 | Religion

When House Speaker Paul Ryan interrupted Democrats' sit-in over gun control late Wednesday night, the protestors reportedly responded with a song -- t...

The Truth About Homophobia In The Black Community

Rev. Cedric A. Harmon | Posted 05.11.2016 | Black Voices
Rev. Cedric A. Harmon

The majority of African Americans support nondiscrimination laws. The majority support protections for LGBT people in our society, and oppose allowing religious refusal laws. All of this is true even with high levels of church attendance, traditional religious beliefs and fidelity to the bible among African Americans.

The Church Needs 'Lemonade'

Brandi Miller | Posted 04.29.2016 | Religion
Brandi Miller

A Black woman released an hour of Black Excellence and because it had language, challenging truth, and storytelling around the Black experience, it no longer "counted" as a place to engage the gospel narrative. When the narrative of scripture affirms and validates the Black narrative, it is called a skewed gospel.

Black Rage, Black Silence and Sexual Violence

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 04.28.2016 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

The "ordinary" black female victim, and the abuser who lives in her house, sits next to her in the classroom, stalks her online, rents out her body or spews pious hypocritical shit about virtue from black church pulpits while preying on women after hours, are seldom seen, heard or acknowledged by our communities.

Tribeca Film Festival Audiences Love OWN's New Show, but will the Black Church?: Oprah Winfrey Talks Greenleaf

RaVal Davis | Posted 04.27.2016 | Entertainment
RaVal Davis

Last Wednesday I had the absolute pleasure of being in the presence of the mighty O--that's right Oprah and her all-star cast of OWN's newest addition...

Listening to Sermons Today

Reverend Nicholas Stuart Richards | Posted 04.18.2016 | Religion
Reverend Nicholas Stuart Richards

As a company with a genuine interest in the viewing and listening behavior of African-American sermons we want to share the following insights gained through 13 months of analysis on the listening patterns of over 200 sermons.

Why Black Millennials Are Hopping from Church-to-Church

Tyree A. Boyd-Pates | Posted 04.12.2016 | Black Voices
Tyree A. Boyd-Pates

St. Louis| Millennial Activist United I stopped going to church about six months after Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson. My church at the time, a...

10 Fierce Atheists: Unapologetically Black Women Beyond Belief

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 03.23.2016 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

Over the past several years, Black women have assumed leadership roles in the secular, humanist and atheist movements. But they continue to be eclipsed by white male gatekeepers whose narrow, often reactionary, view of secular practice and ideology has come to define organized atheism.

A Pocket Full of Stones: A Response About James Fortune

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 03.15.2016 | Religion
Alisha L. Gordon

Those who sing, preach, and proclaim the Gospel, sell albums, t-shirts, sold out concerts in the name of liberative Jesus will take the stage in support of a man who, through his own admission, abused both his wife and child. This is an example of misplaced Christian responsibility and accountability.

Just Give 'Em a Little Jesus: Black Marriage Meets White Paternalism

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 03.15.2016 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

Simplistic cause-and-effect valorizations of "faith" without critical analysis of how organized religion can be complicit in structures of oppression that hinder black America are insidious.

Faith in a New Black Future

Josef Sorett | Posted 02.22.2017 | Black Voices
Josef Sorett

The Christian context that is often associated with black prophetic traditions has proven to be a key fault-line within the networks of #blacklivesmatter.

John, Just a Baptist, Seeking the Same Grace

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.08.2017 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

What chills me to the bone is to ponder the fate of those who have misled, or who continue to mislead others down the path of religion rather than into relationship with Christ.

Why Homophobic Harlem Church Building Should Become LGBT Homeless Youth Shelter

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.05.2017 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

The last thing Manning would ever fathom for the church space is it becoming NYC's largest homeless shelter and resource center for LGBTQ African American youth. And the Ali Forney Center has launched a fundraising drive to grab the space.

The '1 Percent' in Mainline Protestantism? Congregations Attracting Young Adults

David Briggs | Posted 02.01.2017 | Religion
David Briggs

Predicting the future is fraught with difficulty in the rapidly changing, competitive marketplace of American religion. But the prospects for a turnaround in mainline Protestantism are growing fainter as the movement enters its second half-century of precipitous decline.

Ms. Jannie's Song

Jennifer Bailey | Posted 01.18.2017 | Religion
 Jennifer Bailey

I come from a people who are familiar with the brutal lash of injustice. I am the direct descendant of survivors of the Middle Passage. My brown skin ...

Where Would MLK Have Stood on Marriage Equality?

Irene Monroe | Posted 01.15.2017 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

This MLK holiday reminds me how Alabama has always been a troubling state when it comes to upholding the civil rights of its denizens.

The Top Five Religion Trends to Watch in 2016

Megan Sweas | Posted 01.05.2017 | Religion
Megan Sweas

Below are five trends that we are watching, paired with headlines you might see in The Onion in 2016. In other words, don't take our "predictions" too seriously. But there's often great truth in satire.

What About the Black Baby Nones?

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 12.30.2016 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

The Baby nones will no doubt benefit from greater levels of acceptance of the non-religious. Yet it remains to be seen how this next generation will redress the systemic inequities that confront people of color who can't bank on the wages of whiteness while being religious outsiders.

The Forbidden Trinity: God, Blackness, and Mental Health

Beyond Classically Beautiful | Posted 12.17.2016 | Black Voices
Beyond Classically Beautiful

Now at age 25, during the most pivotal stage in my life, I feel the most alone. My mother, although physically present, cannot reassure my doubts as she can barely remember her birthday, let alone my own. The most common misconception is the belief that we are immune to mental illness and that religion is a universal remedy. These ideologies have normalized our suffering and continue to alter our perception of mortality.