Despite unified efforts to end racism and discrimination, colorism is a centuries-old issue that looms large within the African-American community, and among many ethnicities, causing friction and division among the races. Media mogul Oprah Winfrey recently recalled one of her first encounters with colorism as a child, and how the Holy Spirit helped her overcome the devastating ordeal.
At 6 years old, Winfrey was forced to leave the care of her maternal grandmother, who had raised her from birth in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to live with her mother in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and there she would experience heart-wrenching neglect. The OWN network founder spoke about the experience in a promo video for her forthcoming "Belief" series, which premieres next week.
"I walked into that space feeling completely alone and abandoned with no explanation of why I was being sent away," Winfrey said of arriving at the home where her mother resided. "I remember the first night entering into that house and being told that I wouldn't be able to sleep with my mother and I wouldn't be able to sleep inside the house, but there was a little porch before you actually got inside the house and I was put outside to sleep there." more >>
ORLANDO, Fla. — The degradation of black women has long been promoted in the porn industry and dehumanizes people of color, says Carolyn West, associate professor at University of Washington.
During the second annual Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit held last month, West explained that words used by the sexual entertainment industry bonds African-American women to derogatory terms such as "hood rats," "ghetto freaks," and "hooker."
"In the 1990s we saw hip-hop and porn brought together in one place. Hip-hop almost became indistinguishable from pornography," West asserted. "They are pushing the message of minors, teens being pimped out ... that's pseudo child porn to me. They promote messages that portray them as 'screaming wild animals' that further dehumanizes them as well." more >>
NEW YORK — A Christian apologist with Mexican and Native American roots, who was raised in predominantly black neighborhoods, has advice for believers who take issue with the phrase "black lives matter" — three words representative of a years-long movement drawing attention to biased policing and systemic issues affecting African-Americans.
Minister D.A. Horton, an author, church planter and urban apologist completing his Ph.D. studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, knows first-hand what it is to be marginalized, tokenized and victimized as the member of a minority community.
He has a heart for urban ministry, particularly for urban youth, and is often tapped to speak on matters related to race and indigenous Christian leadership. more >>
Perhaps looking to improve the Republican Party's woeful record in attracting African-Americans and other minority voters, Republican 2016 presidential frontrunner Donald Trump accepted an earnest prayer from conservative Evangelical Pastor David Jeremiah on Monday that God will send him a "strong African-American" to help him with the black vote.
Jeremiah who is pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church, a megachurch in El Cajon, California, was among a group of about 40 religious leaders including well known TV personalities Paula White, Jentezen Franklin, Steve Munsey and Clarence McClendon who met with the billionaire real estate mogul at his office in New York City then laid hands on him in prayer for his success in the presidential race. Southern Baptist megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress, of First Baptist Dallas, can be seen to Trump's left.
A video clip from the meeting posted to YouTube Wednesday (see below), shows Trump receiving those prayers with both his hands gripped firmly on what appears to be a Bible. more >>
Donald Trump's Evangelical outreach is mostly with preachers who mainstream Evangelicals would consider heretics, Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, says.
Despite his veneer of bombast and blunt pronouncements that sometimes bristle even the most composed of his political rivals, GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump told about 40 religious leaders in a private Monday meeting that he is indeed "a man of faith," but just doesn't wear it on his sleeve.
Don Nori, founder of Christian book publisher Destiny Image, who was at the meeting held on the 26th floor of Trump Tower in New York City, told CNN that while Trump spoke to the leaders for a bit, he spent most of the time listening to their concerns and advice about him as a candidate. more >>
Hollywood producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey believe their upcoming faith-based football film "Woodlawn" is "brilliantly made" and matches the quality of some of their other Christian productions, such as "The Bible" television series.
The Christian mega-couple shot a promotional video for "Woodlawn," titled "Who Is Going to Stand Up for Jesus," which includes a trailer for the film along with an inspirational message from them.
"The entertainment world around faith is undeniable. I'd like to think we had little to do with that, with the 'Bible' series being so prevalent in 100 million households. And we said at that time we thought it was a door opener. It opened the door for others to make faith films as long as they were made well. 'Woodlawn' is such a movie. This is brilliantly made," said Burnett in the clip shared with The Christian Post. more >>