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The Passion: A Ballad for Jordan Edwards

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The party was going to by hype. Excitement filled his veins. Everybody was going. Then, the time came. The car rolled out with a shout. Everyone knew what this night was about. Laughs filled the car. The house came into view. In the midst of it all, God arrived too. Before things truly hit, the […]

Pastors: Your Press Conferences Suck

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  Early this morning, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed. I couldn’t help but notice the numerous press conferences pastors are holding all over the country. In each one, pastors put on their stoles and jump in front of the cameras. The problem is that such performances are unbelievable. Just this morning, I saw […]

Forgive Us Marksville: #JeremyMardis

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  Dear Marksville.   Though my activism has taken me to many places, I’ve never been to your town. For this, I’m profoundly sorry. I’ve kept up with the case of Jeremy Mardis ever since he was gunned down with his seatbelt on. Truth be known, I was too engaged in a variety of other […]

Words for Dallas’ ‘Enough is Enough’ Rally

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*I’m thankful that my brother Robert Morris read these words at the Dallas rally.   I apologize that I’m not with you this evening. Life won’t allow it. So, I’m forced to communicate to you at this grave hour through the written word.   We are in the middle of a national crisis. The bodies […]

When a Black Cop Kills an Unarmed Child

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  Here in Texas, justice is swift and injustice is too. When violence happens, one has to pay close attention to make sure they know the difference.   Farmers Branch is known for injustice. Persons of color don’t get a fair shake within the city limits. Not too far up the road, there is a […]

Jesus: “Fuck tha Police”

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  While on routine patrol of Brooklyn, New York’s Pink Houses with his gun drawn and finger on the trigger (something law enforcement are trained to never do), rookie officer Peter Liang was startled by Akai Gurley and fired. The bullet tore through Gurley’s heart and the innocent man bled out as Liang tried to […]

Dallas Celebrates the White Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  Growing up in Atlanta, I was well aware from an early age that the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was serious business. On numerous occasions, I traveled to Ebenezer Baptist Church to participate in the annual commemoration services. A few years back, I will never forget Dr. Cornel West warning us about […]

Outside the Inn with the Shitty God

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  *sermon delivered on 12/20/15 at The Beloved Community in Asheville, North Carolina   The incarnation of God is a shitty story. This speaks not of the quality of the story…but rather where the story takes places. Jesus was born in a stable full of shit.   The Christmas story is a strange tale. Don’t […]

The Southern Progressive Sunday School Class

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  These are words overheard this morning…   We got to do something about climate change y’all. We’ve got to stop buying bottled water.   The world is getting tough. Years ago, we used to have throwaway money to help all the poor children in Mexico. Now, we don’t have no more throwaway money.   […]

The Homophobia of Sandra Bland

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Words have consequences. We have all spoken words that we wished we hadn’t. However, our words often reveal what is going on in our hearts. When Sandra Bland made a video on March 31, 2015 describing sexuality as a choice and belittling the oppression that queer people face, she had no way of knowing the […]

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