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Commentary

“It’s Empowerment Time”

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For much of the past two weeks, staff members and friends of the National Urban League have gathered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the historic city at the juncture of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers, to undertake a searching discussion of the both the strengths of the African-American family and the challenges it faces.

Racial Catch 22 For Bryant

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The instant that Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hulbert announced that he would file charges of sexual assault against Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, Bryant’s defense attorneys strongly hinted that they might seek a change of venue to Denver County.

Slave Terminology

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New slave group arrivals to the Americas were designated by countries of origin -- Guinea Negro, Congo Negro, Gambia Negro, Gullah Negro. To put slave buyers on notice, African “Congo” alone, and “Guinea” were used loosely to signify the more valuable because they spoke Pidgin English; “New Negro” and “salt-water Negro” -- for those who did not.

Recapturing Black Family Strengths

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Attitudes are Basic - They Shade Our Actions

Fatalistic attitudes breed failure. They thrive on hopelessness. If the majority of Black people believe the Black Family is in crisis and accepts that statement as the knockout blow, we deny God’s plan, purpose, and power in his creation of family: “I am come that they may have life and have it more abundantly.” Jn. 10:106.

"The Magdalene Sisters:" A Movie That Is All Too Real

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Summer movies are often expected to be blockbusters that entertain audiences with over-the-top action, special effects, and violence. This year a different kind of summer movie is being released whose stunning emotional and physical violence is all too real.

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