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"Unpimpable" to Pastors Who Prey

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.08.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

Un-pimp-able. I am. Unpimpable by those "pastors" who prey on the poor, who dwell in opulence, or strut like peacocks in the pulpit, wearing flashy designer suits, lizard or gator shoes, their necks dripping with golden crosses. Those who more resemble gaudy pimp-like creatures than humble men of God.

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.

Plugged In, But Still Not Connected

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.04.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

CHICAGO--The rumble of the train mixed with the squeal of steel wheels upon miles of steel track rises like the sound of Miles Davis' melancholy horn ...

Dear Son, Rules to the Crying Game

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.03.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

John Fountain and his newborn son sleeping at home 13 years ago. A letter to my 13-year-old son By John W. Fountain Dear son, don't believe the li...

The Word Too Vile to Say

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.02.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

Words can defile a nation. They help shape and define a new history of self-inflicted devastation -- though not without the impact of our historical degradation. Words that roll off the tongue nowadays without hesitation. They are dehumanizing words of our own creation.

What's Love Got to Do With It? Everything

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.02.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

Whatever true love is, I have come to see it as an often elusive and yet longed for and sought after entity, one that far too often is reduced to a fleeting emotion, or some material gift given to convey love's sentiment.

The Glamor of Harriet Tubman, Deep to The Roots

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.02.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

I was never more certain of the need for us as black men to celebrate, uplift and embrace the beauty of black women who gave most of us life, who have borne our children, whom we call mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and in whose likeness we also are made.

I'm So Chicago, I Remember When...

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.01.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

By John W. Fountain Chicago's skyline (John W. Fountain, PHOTO) I'm so Chicago that I remember a time when we were a community. A time before crack...

Dear Daughter: Lessons From a Loving Father

John W. Fountain | Posted 01.31.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

John Fountain with his daughter Imani, just hours after her birth. By John W. Fountain These are a few lessons on life written to my daughter. Som...

Selma Anniversary: This Is How Much Black Life Has Really Changed In 50 Years

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh & Alissa Scheller | Posted 03.09.2015 | Black Voices

On March 7, 1965, protesters marched along Alabama's Edmund Pettus Bridge on a mission led by Martin Luther King Jr. and guided by his goal to achieve...

A Foreigner in My Own Country: Being Young and Black in Germany

Fatmata AbuSenesie | Posted 02.18.2015 | Black Voices
Fatmata AbuSenesie

Sometimes I don't feel comfortable anymore in my own country. Sometimes, other people give me the feeling that I don't belong here.

To See in Color

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 02.10.2015 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

As a white person, I will never know the sting of racial aggression, micro or macro, but I can learn to recognize my biases, to educate myself and even dare, as Rankine's brilliant work suggests, "to see in color."

#MyBlackLifeMattersBecause Spreads Powerful Message That Race Shouldn't Affect One's Value

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 08.24.2014 | Black Voices

While no one should have to justify why their life matters, the repeated narrative of unarmed black Americans being killed by police officers and vigi...

WATCH: Do You Know 'How To Be Black'?

Michelle Marques | Posted 11.15.2012 | Black Voices

It's an age old question that has fueled many debates--what does it really mean to be black? Author Baratunde Thurston seems to have the answer. I...