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News & Politics

Housekeeper Suing The Winans Family Over Alleged Forced Church Donations

Housekeeper LaKaiya Harris is suing the Winans’ family church in federal court, accusing the gospel collective of forcing her to donate parts of her salary while working for the organization. Harris filed charges against Detroit’s Perfecting Church, run by the Winans’, claiming church officials charged her $500 a month to live in the church home

News & Politics

Rev. Michael Curry Talks Bringing the Black Church to The Royal Wedding

The Rev. Michael Bruce Curry presided over last weekend’s royal wedding, giving a fiery sermon during Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials that immediately went viral and even inspired a hilarious Saturday Night Live sketch featuring Kenan Thompson. During a visit to NBC’s TODAY, Rev. Curry revealed that he had reservations about his style of

Arts & Entertainment

Tina Campbell Needs to Pray for Us, Not Trump

You know how, when you read a headline you hope is not true, you kind of squint while you click the link because you only want to half-see the details waiting on the other side, just in case you don’t like them? That was me last week, wanting not to believe that Tina Campbell, half

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Community Leaders

The Complicated Legacy of Bishop Eddie Long

On Sunday New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in suburban Atlanta announced that its leader, controversial Bishop Eddie Long had died. The 25,000-member congregation took to its website to release a statement on Long’s passing, which reportedly took place after a “private fight with an aggressive form of cancer.” Long’s death garnered very mixed emotions. The 63-year-old

Arts & Entertainment

The Mis-Education of the Black Church

As a young boy growing up in rural North Carolina, I was never taught that homosexuality was an abomination. My family is a colorful bunch of artists, musicians, hairdressers and blue collar folk—and we have our share of gay uncles, cousins and church brethren. It was not until I left home at 17 to attend

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News & Politics

Mississippi Church Burned and Signed ‘Vote Trump’

An African-American church in Greenville, Mississippi, was burned and vandalized late Tuesday evening. Hopewell Baptist Church reportedly went up in flames around 9:15 pm, according to Greenville Fire Chief Ruben Brown. The words “Vote Trump” were also spray painted on the right side of the church. ATF and State Fire Marshals arrived on the scene last

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Community Leaders

When the Black Church Matters, the Black Vote Matters

Since the enforcement of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, Black churches have always played a pivotal role in the electoral process.  During the Civil Rights Movement, Sunday morning pulpits were preachers’ soapboxes to commingle God’s word with inspiration and information regarding civil rights initiatives, including rights and privileges guaranteed by that law. In response to the

News & Politics

Did Trump Really Fool Anyone When He Visited Detroit?

When Donald Trump came to Detroit last weekend making his first appearance at a Black church, it had all the markings of a well choreographed trip. To say the least, one visit to a Black church is largely insufficient to convince Black voters that he cares about their wellbeing. Speaking before parishioners at Great Faith Ministries International,

Faith/Spirituality

The Black Church:Under Attack and Guilty of Assault

“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it,” is a verse found in Matthew 16:18. It is also a well-known epithet preached from many pulpits in Black churches. The interpretation of its meaning, however,

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Millions Needed to Renovate Emanuel AME

Congregants at Emanuel AME Church will have to repair more than their torn hearts: The church they call home is riddled with bullets, termites, and decay. After Dylann Roof allegedly killed nine parishioners here in the study room, some church members say they can never return there. Roof reportedly reloaded five times, spraying so many