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Chicago Artists Unite To Condemn Gun Violence In Their City

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 09.07.2016 | Black Voices

A group of Chicago artists are speaking out against the routine violence in their community. So Chi Voices creates music which they hope will help to ...

Jesus, Trump And America's Time Of Crisis

Derek Flood | Posted 08.11.2016 | Religion
Derek Flood

The Gospel of Matthew is written from a time of crisis and presents an urgent message in response to that coming crisis. While its apocalyptic tone ca...

Rick Astley: 'The Music Industry and Being Proud Don't Always Go Together'

FaceCulture | Posted 07.19.2016 | Entertainment

Disillusioned by the music industry and not being able to play live, 80s pop sensation Rick Astley decided to retire in 1993. Now, almost 30 years aft...

Professor Longhair and the Genius of American Synthesis

Marty Lipp | Posted 07.18.2016 | Arts
Marty Lipp

As the rhythms roll and tumble across the piano keyboard, sometimes it seems the world comes together in the hands of Henry Roeland Byrd, better known...

"It's The Right To Live We're After" Bebe Winans On Black Lives Matter, Born For This, And Much More

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 07.08.2016 | Black Voices
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

In Bebe's view, this idea that we are each purposed to be here is crucial. In fact, he suggests, "It's important to find the reason why we're here. Sometimes we get lost in the craziness and don't really feel there's a reason for our lives.

Eli "Paperboy" Reed: He's Got The Song of Summer -- And Enough Gospel & Soul To Heat Up The Winter

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 06.15.2016 | Entertainment
Jesse Kornbluth

Every summer has a song. I knew "Nights Like This" was the soundtrack of Summer 2016 the first time I heard it. The ingredients were all in place: ho...

I Was Bullied in College for Being 'Dark'

Issac Thomas | Posted 05.18.2016 | College
Issac Thomas

You must never, ever bear the insults of people just because they call you your friends. You are unique in your own way. Never let people define you.

New Orleans Jazz Fest -- 'When Doves Sing Not Cry'

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 05.09.2016 | Travel
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Don't cry for New Orleans. While it was a time to mourn the loss of a great talent, Prince, the New Orleans Jazz Fest was a confirmation and celebration of the reincarnation of the City many had written off as dead a decade earlier.

Evangelism Advice From Jesus: Stop Telling People About Jesus

Mick Mooney | Posted 05.05.2016 | Religion
Mick Mooney

When Jesus walked the earth many people had a personal, life-altering encounter with him. They were big moments. He healed people and forgave people, ...

The Dilemma of the Pursuit of Christian Celebrity

Khristi Adams | Posted 05.04.2016 | Religion
Khristi Adams

I'm not saying that those things are not evidence of God's blessings in their life. But, I find it problematic that this is becoming the measure by which we perceive progress.

Easter: Deal or No Deal

Rick McDaniel | Posted 03.28.2016 | Religion
Rick McDaniel

There is a decision that can literally change a person's life forever. Easter is the opportunity to consider God's deal offered to us. We must decide to accept it or reject it.

Easter -- The Good News

Bethany Piechowicz | Posted 03.25.2016 | Religion
Bethany Piechowicz

Good Friday is a time or remembrance and mourning for what Jesus did for us. He was betrayed, beaten, and crucified on a cross.

A Civil Rights Anthem at the U.S. Supreme Court

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson | Posted 03.25.2016 | Black Voices
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

I was at the Supreme Court last week for an historic moment. No, not because a new justice was nominated by President Obama, but because in those hallowed, history-suffused halls someone who looks like me, a black woman, sang a Civil Rights Movement anthem.

My Introduction To Eryn Allen Kane

Craig Carpenter | Posted 03.23.2016 | Arts
Craig Carpenter

There's a famous Supreme Court opinion written by Justice Potter Stewart which contains the phrase, "I know it when I see it." Without getting into the specifics of that case, the phrase itself is appropriate to describe the feeling I had when I first heard, and even more so, when I first saw Eryn Allen Kane.

Erica Campbell Shares the Key to Keeping it Flawless

Angelina Darrisaw | Posted 03.08.2016 | Black Voices
Angelina Darrisaw

Erica Campbell believes in open and honest conversations about beauty. In addition to being a Grammy-winning artist, a social media presence to be reckoned with, and a partner to a new hair venture, she is the mom of a pre-teen. That role requires her to be intentional about discussing image

A Corrective to Islamophobes and Muslim Bigots

Kabir Helminski | Posted 03.07.2016 | Religion
Kabir Helminski

The common misperceptions about the Qur'an's message (among Islamophobes and Muslim bigots) are just as extreme as the misperceptions of some Christians about the message of Jesus.

The Gospel of Timothy

Steven Clifford | Posted 02.03.2016 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

Biblical scholars believe fragments discovered in 2012 in a cave at Horvat Susita near the Sea of Galilee are parts of the Gospel of Timothy, written ...

How to Avoid (or Not Avoid) Your Neighbor

Raleigh Sadler | Posted 01.25.2016 | Religion
Raleigh Sadler

"Love your neighbor!" That's what I said as I challenged my church with the Parable of the Good Samaritan. After concluding the service, I made my way...

Music Talk and Style Inspo from Up and Coming Singer, Katie Steel

Christina Scribner | Posted 01.12.2016 | Entertainment
Christina Scribner

A few weeks ago, Katie Steel was just the name of a pretty singer I was asked to interview. Today, I think of Katie Steel as the name of an unrivaled,...

When Human Trafficking Victims Are Among Your Church Congregation

Raleigh Sadler | Posted 01.12.2016 | Religion
Raleigh Sadler

Everyone is looking to be loved. Anna was no exception. While still in her late teens, she met and fell in love with an older man who gave her what she craved. "Could he be the one to love and accept me for who I am?" she wondered.

Modern Day Pharisees Make Jesus an Idol

Suzanne DeWitt Hall | Posted 01.04.2016 | Religion
Suzanne DeWitt Hall

My last HuffPost piece, Refrocked and Ready: Franklyn Schaefer, LGBTQ Faith Hero, provoked debate on a Facebook Christian Blogger group, which isn't m...

No, Kirk Franklin, I Don't Accept Your Disingenuous Apology

Chris Sosa | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Chris Sosa

I love gospel music. I love the tradition from which it speaks. Gospel is the music of emancipation, using religious language to demand an end to racial oppression and fight for equality.

Oh, Come, oh, Come, Emmanuel: Entering Into the Pain of Human Suffering

Khristi Adams | Posted 11.16.2015 | Religion
Khristi Adams

May we accept the gospel's invitation to enter into the pain and suffering of our sisters and brothers, and in turn deliver a message of redemptive light in the midst of the darkness that surrounds us.

Making Music, Celebrating Mandela: The Soweto Gospel Choir Takes Its Message To The World

Michael Levin | Posted 11.12.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Levin

It took the Soweto Gospel Choir only a matter of months from its founding in November, 2002 to reach the top of the music world. The group's first album, "Voices Of Heaven," reached number one on Billboard's World Music Chart within three weeks of its U.S. release.

We're Never Gonna Survive Unless... We Get a Lot More Jesus-Centered

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 10.19.2016 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

I am increasingly convinced that the church will not be able to survive the challenges of the coming century unless we get a lot more Jesus-centered.