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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 02.22.2016 | 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 02.08.2016 | 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 02.05.2016 | 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 02.01.2016 | 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 01.19.2016 | 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 02.02.2016 | 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 02.19.2016 | 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 12.30.2015 | 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 12.17.2015 | 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.

Standing in Solidarity: A Faith-Rooted Call to Action With and for Black Women and Girls

Andrew Wilkes | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Andrew Wilkes

Together, we can stand in solidarity, striding to a faith-filled future of freedom from sexism, freedom to live into an economy that values that worth and work of black women and girls.

The Trump's 100.. What a Shame...

Jamell N.A. Henderson | Posted 12.02.2015 | Black Voices
Jamell N.A. Henderson

You pastors that met with him are a disgrace to the progress of our communities and to use the "calling" of the ministry to seek your own personal gains is not the work of God.

On World AIDS Day report on black community still grim

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

Dec. 1 was World AIDS Day! And international theme for 2015 is "Getting to zero; end Aids by 2030." The national theme for this year is "The time to...

On the Anniversary of the Jonestown Massacre, Black Women Matter

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 11.18.2015 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

They didn't "drink the Kool Aid." They came from all over the United States--black teachers from Los Angeles, white Pentecostals from Indianapolis, black Southern transplants at the tail end of the Great Migration, Vietnam vets and ex-hippies from San Francisco.

The Black Church: Bold and Bad Enough To Accept and Affirm

Rev. Cedric A. Harmon | Posted 11.13.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. Cedric A. Harmon

The prevailing Black Church culture forces too many to face the untenable choice: hide behind a mask or be cast aside from an extended family they've known all their lives.