NEW YORK -- President of the Council of Churches of the City of New York and senior pastor of Brooklyn, N.Y.'s 30,000-plus member Christian Cultural Center A.R. Bernard, called on black church leaders Friday to develop a framework to address the myriad issues facing the black community in contemporary America.
Citing the historically significant role of the church in the founding of the civil rights movement, and advancing the cause of black people in America, Bernard said the framework is necessary to facilitate a more comprehensive and cohesive approach to addressing issues facing the black community today.
He made his remarks as keynote speaker at the Dr. William Augustus Jones Memorial Breakfast at the National Action Network convention held at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. more >>
NEW YORK — Television personality A.J. Calloway opened up Thursday about the racism he faced as a child growing up in New Jersey and announced that he will be embarking on a campaign called "I am Human" aimed at humanizing black boys.
He made the announcement at the National Action Network's convention in New York City during a panel discussion called, "Black Male Panel: Are You My Brother's Keeper? A Discussion on Fatherhood and Mentorship."
"It literally happened last month. I came up with a campaign I'm gonna put out, and I'm gonna work with it and I think it hits the problem at its heart," said Calloway in the run-up to his announcement. more >>
President Barack Obama will join former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas, this week to honor the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.
Known as the Civil Rights Summit, the three-day event is being held as part of the national celebration marking the 50 years that have passed since President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law.
Elizabeth Christian, president of the LBJ Foundation, which oversees the library, told The Christian Post why the event was being held. more >>
"I am not a racist." The fact that we even have to make a qualifying statement such as "I am not a racist!" in America may say less about our past and more about the present misuse of labels. Qualifying statements may also indicate how quickly others are to take offense in our culture. However, racial qualifications may have more to do with conscience than anything else.
Last month, my daughter's travel soccer team decided to go out to dinner after a game. Over pizza, the girls and the team parents were able to get to know each other on a more personal level. During some light conversation with another father, I asked, "Has anyone ever told you that you look like Kurt Russell?" He said, "No, is that a good thing?" I said, "Well, he's a good looking guy, successful, and famous!" I then jokingly said, "I guess it's better than being compared to Barak Obama." He laughed and shortly thereafter, we finished our pizza and went our separate ways.
Later that night, my conscience began bothering me regarding that last statement but I could not understand why. It finally occurred to me that my struggle had to do with the potential perception with which my comment could have been received because Barak Obama is a black President. I began thinking to myself, "I am not a racist and there are no latent issues of which I am aware." I further protested, "My comment was politically motivated and had nothing to do race." Yet, I was really bothered by the fact that it could have been misconstrued. more >>
I was in the mood for a ham sandwich the other day so I walked around the corner to my neighborhood market to pick up some provisions.
I snagged a shopping cart with three workable wheels and maneuvered my way through the store humming along to a Muzak menagerie of Mr. Mister and Lionel Richie songs. I stopped for a brief moment in the produce aisle to admire a pair of hipsters as they harmonized to "Say You, Say Me."
Anyway, after selecting a deli ham, I dropped by condiments aisle to get a jar of spicy mustard along with some bread & butter pickles. more >>
When Rep. Barbara Lee, (D-Calif), went off on Rep. Paul Ryan, (R-Wis), for his remarks that "We have got a tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work," the wrong part what she had to say got all the attention.
The big buzz that Congressional Black Caucus member Lee generated was her accusation that Ryan's remarks were a "thinly veiled racial attack."
But the part of her remarks I found most interesting was "…Mr. Ryan should step up and produce some legitimate proposals on how to tackle poverty and racial discrimination in America." more >>