#BlackLivesMatter……Does that Include Young Women? We are seeing righteous indignation pouring on to the streets in just about every state in America over the systemic treatment of black bodies by aggressive and deadly policing. The most recent cases of Michael Brown Jr. and Eric Garner have not only brought (again) to our collective attention how easy it is for unarmed black men to end up dead after an encounter with law enforcement, but they also show the little value plac
As I watched Denzel Washington’s character in the movie, The Equalizer, it reminded me of the violent Biblical story of the Good Samaritan. The blood and violence in the movie aren’t detailed and outlined for us in the Biblical story, but it is the same story. A man is robbed and left for dead. A good person finds the man, shows compassion, and addresses his needs. This is the story line in the Equalizer as I saw it. In this movie that made over $35 million in its opening wee
As I watched an episode of the hit show, Orange is the New Black, a comment was made about a transgendered woman that captured my attention. The comment was, “I don’t know why anyone would give up being a man? It’s like hitting the lottery and giving the ticket back.” After hearing the comment I took a long pause. There was something eerily true about it. Being a man in America seems to come with perks and benefits, while being a woman comes at a cost. Just a glimpse of Presi
Pharrell William’s interview on Oprah Prime revealed his sensitive nature as he became overwhelmed in tearful appreciation of the world’s response to his hit song, Happy. His reaction touched and warmed the hearts of many, myself included. I was even more touched by the interview as Pharrell revealed that women were the inspiration behind his new music project, Girl. Pharrell revealed that he made his new record out of devotion and admiration for women, and as a means of g
Acts 16:16-18 16 One day, as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave-girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling. 17 While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, “These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation.” 18 She kept doing this for many days. But Paul, very much annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.
One of my favorite books is Toni Morrison’s Beloved. It is a book based on a traumatic true story of an African American slave woman named Margaret Garner who escaped slavery with her children. My favorite line from the book comes when the male character, Paul D, tells the main female character, Sethe, “You, your best thing.” Paul D says this to Sethe because although she survived the unimaginable, she had lost her sense of value and worth. Sethe believed her value and wor