Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Obama Wins the Democratic Presidential Nomination
Obama wins nomination, CNN projects
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Thursday, February 08, 2007
Willye White Runs on

Yesterday, Olympic great, Ms. Willye White passed. She battled pancreatic cancer. Ms. White is the only athlete to have been on five Olympic running teams. Read more about her here.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006
When Fiction Matters: World Trade Angel

Jason Thomas

World Trade Center, touted as one of the most "spiritualy honest films" of the year sparks a controversy of dishonest with African-Americans.
"... retired United States Marine Corps Staff Sergeant-turned-accountant David Karnes sees the impact of the airplanes on the towers, and goes to church to pray. God speaks to him there. Karnes tells his pastor, "I've got to go down there. God gave me a gift. I feel Him calling on me for this mission." As he walks on the rubble he is mysteriously joined by another Marine, Sergeant Thomas, and together they call out, searching for survivors. Ultimately they discover McLoughlin and Jimeno."
              -Dr. Marc T. Newman of Agape Press
This mysterious Sergeant Thomas was found yesterday. However, Sergeant Thomas did't look like the actor who portrayed him. Sergeant Jason Thomas is an African-American.
African-Americans blew up black radio stations this morning complaining about the the movie's huge oversight. On Atlanta's Frank Ski Morning show callers couldn't understand how Oliver Stone, the producer and director missed this very important fact.
Part of me would like to say it couldn't be helped. Sergeant Thomas did not stay around after he rescued the men. He went back home, because he became sick from all the smoke. New York had been trying to find this man for the past five years. Everyone was covered in soot. There are a few understandable reasons why Thomas's racial identity was unrecorded.
The other part of me, the African-American historian part of me doesn't want to gently into the dawn with this faux pas. How could anyone, especially Karnes not remember that Sergeant Thomas was black?  As much research as Stone puts in his movies, how come he couldn't figure that out?
I'm sure many Americans will ask why does it matter if he was black or white?
Yesterday, on Al Sharpton's Talk Radio Show. He discussed with a panel of African American men why Black Men have left the Church?  Using World Trade Center's Thomas as an example of Black Christian men, who are strong in their faith would have been a great rebuttal to this debate. 
I can't speak for all black men. I'm a black woman. I have a twin brother. I can't tell you how many times he has been stopped by the police for a routine traffic stop. He's a plant supervisor for Tyson Foods with a graduate degree in business. He's been stopped routinely since we were sixteen years old. He has left the church. He believes in Jesus, but not in the importance of fellowship and community with other Christians. He doesn't believe Christ cares for him. His soul is lost. My brother is a huge Nicholas Cage fan. He went to see this movie. I don't much, but I know my brother. If he would've seen a black christian man playing Sergeant Thomas that would have given him more hope. I'm praying for him. And I'm praying we get it right the next time.
Now what's your take on this?
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Wednesday, March 22, 2006
A Note from Tavis Smiley
An excerpt from an email to sent to me via Tavis Talks...
This week marks a momentous occasion in Black History which you helped to create. As you may have heard, the Covenant with Black America will debut at #6 on the New York Times Bestseller list (March 26, 2006, paperback-nonfiction). Never before has a Black-authored, Black-published, and predominately Black-purchased NON FICTION book garnered this achievement.

This week, a new shipment of books was delivered to stores nationwide. We want to
make this occasion a phenomenon by moving to #1. If you haven't already purchased your copy of The Covenant, click on the picture above to order your copy

...To read more about The Covenant and to find out when The Covenant tour will stop in your city, visit http://www.covenantwithblackamerica.com.

All best,

Tavis Smiley

Why do you think this book is important to not only Black America, but to all America?

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Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Queen King passes on
Coretta Scott King(courtesy of AP)
Coretta Scott King
This morning while driving Selah to school we learned that Mrs. Coretta Scott King passed last night in her sleep. She was a quiet, beautiful and powerful presence over Atlanta. We will assuredly miss her, but as a Christian and a mother I know that her spirit will continue to speak to us, even now she will speak through us. In Atlanta we are driving with our lights on in commemoration of this great mother's legacy. We invite you to do the same.
An excerpt King's 2001 speech at Kaplan Jewish Community Center in suburban West Palm Beach....
 "I believe America has a special mission. Surely God didn't put the full radiant rainbow of humanity in this land by coincidence...I think we have all been tossed on these shores together to provide an irresistible demonstration of the beloved community for the rest of the world."
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Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Hawkins on Color @ Crosswalk
 Journalist, novelist and good buddy, Stacy Hawkins Adams has a sweet and simple solution to the "What Color is God?" question many of us parents face with our little children.
Stay tuned for my discussion of Stacy's Speak to My Heart sequel, Nothing, but the Right Thing this spring.
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Friday, January 06, 2006
Lou Rawls RIP
The Associated PressLou Rawls
LOS ANGELES Jan 6, 2006 — Lou Rawls, the velvet-voiced singer who started as a church choir boy and went on to sell more than 40 million albums has died at age 72. He won three Grammy Awards in a career that spanned nearly five decades and a range of genres.
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