I Love Him But Do I Have to Submit?: Part I

For today’s blog I interviewed Pastor Louie Gibbs and wife, Shenel Gibbs, on the topic of marriage and biblical submission. This is a 3 part series. Lately, I have been on a stand still regarding the idea of marriage. Last year I had a conversation with my Pastor’s wife in which I told her, “I…

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5 Reasons You’re Still Single

Before the hate emails start coming, ladies, this is not an exhaustive list! And it’s intent is for those of us who desire to be married. These are just some things God revealed to me in my quiet time with him and by observing the many many many relationships of people I know. I am…

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A Timely “Rememory” in Maya Angelou’s “My Guilt”

My guilt is “slavery’s chains,” too long the clang of iron falls down the years. This brother’s sold, this sister’s gone, is bitter wax, lining my ears. My guilt made music with the tears. My crime is “heros, dead and gone,” dead Vesey, Turner, Gabriel, dead Malcom, Marcus, Martin King. They fought too hard, they…

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Live Loud

Once I saw a film about a man, a black man, who had money, respect and a happy family. He lived as if the world didn’t scold him. And what did he receive in turn for his freed life? Twelve years of bondage. Lied to, spit on, stripped of his identity, and beaten. His neck…

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Growth

I’m not going to paint a perfect picture. An album of beautifully crafted still lives haunt my computer screen and my thoughts. The experience, the moment, was the hardest thing I ever had to do (in my young adult life, that is). Four months in a foreign land felt like K.O.s to the old me.…

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With this Gift.

With these words I thee Wed. Harmony Lost in the shadows of my doubt Who would believe in me Anyway? By any means Would I try to wed the cry in my heart with the words that birthed it Words that gave More than an A paper or honorable mention No accolade could demand my…

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Queen Mentality

Look at this life that we livin’ Women are criticized constantly using they bodies as privilege Thinkin’ “good looks” Will bring more attention It’s only wrong intentions Laced with rude words and cat calls, complements but no pause Because respect is outlawed and judgement Is favor Of the one who is dense enough to believe…

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Religious Studies

Mr. Professor, You made religion look dirty you gave the bible a new name one similar to vomit and feces you definitely didn’t make it easy for me. I dreaded everything I made sure I was late everyday to compensate for my lack of interest in readings coupled with my mean mug plastered in the…

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Discovering Melanin

Imagine. Just for a second. You were born into a family of giants and you, well, you were just normal. That is my dilemma. Not exactly, though. I know height probably doesn’t compare to something as sensitive as skin tone in the black community. But it is something that a person cannot change. In my…

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