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“It’s what you used to slide down!” blurted out the 25-year-old brother to his 5 months pregnant 23-year-old sister. For a few seconds, everyone at the table was too shocked to do anything but look down at the Taboo game pieces. The awkward silence that followed was broken when the young lad…

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With the world in such a tumultuous state, you could say that this is when faith can and is tested. For some, tragic world events just might make you question the existence of the God we profess to believe in. I have to often remind myself that most of what happens to me is a direct result o…

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The end of 2018 brought sighs of relief and, in some cases, shouts of “good riddance.” A few people I heard say that the best thing about 2018 was that it ended. For some, there were many losses: loved ones passed away, jobs were lost, relationships ended, finances decreased and peace of min…

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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” doesn’t just apply to Christmas. For college teachers, this phrase also applies to the end of any school semester. In my case, students are working hard to finish up paper assignments which lets me take the less stressful position of writing coach.

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Between shopping and holiday get togethers, what some call the most wonderful time of the year can end up being the most stressful time of the year. Even though many of us look forward to the Christmas holidays because of its promises of joy and relaxation with family, friends and loved ones…

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In the few remaining weeks of the 115th Congress it is imperative that we witness the passage of legislation that will, among other things, overhaul the nation’s sentencing guidelines, and give judges the option of bypassing so-called mandatory minimum sentences that have resulted in the unf…

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Have you ever thought about just thanking God for being God? I mean I know at times, I must get on His last nerve and it’s just nice to know that He forgives. One of the truths that I’ve referenced before is that Jesus’ frustration with the apostles sometimes took on a whiff of righteous ind…

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Nearly 15 years ago, I received a plant as a gift from a dear friend. Even though periodically I had to prune the dead leaves, I was surprised that I was able to keep the plant alive for about 10 years. However, when I saw that the leaves were more brown than green, I made the difficult deci…

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As believers we really have a lot on our plates. From our perspective however, that doesn’t mean we are challenged beyond our capacity to fulfill God’s destiny for us. It just means life still happens to us. It just does so with a purpose; God’s. The more we understand and internalize that, …

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“Mass shooting at synagogue in Pittsburgh.” Like so many, I was horrified when I read these words on social media this past Saturday. The sad part is that it wasn’t even a year ago that we had the mass shooting at the church in Southerland Springs, Texas in which 26 people were murdered. Wat…

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Faith can be and usually is a minefield to navigate. It is constantly under attack and if you’re not careful your faith will wilt from the constant barrage of just living. Be it grief, worry, betrayal or just hard times, life has a way of making you think it’s just too hard. Some things are …

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“The wind makes the tree stronger” was what I was told a few weeks ago when I shared with a professional landscaper about my lack of knowledge about trees. He explained that the tree grows stronger as it blows in the wind because it develops a stronger trunk and roots. To be honest, I wished…

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I guess it’s all in the interpretation. I went to church intent on hearing a particular preacher, only to find him absent from the pulpit. The stand in guest minister’s sermon on humility was a stark reminder that’s it is all about the message and never the messenger. Fortunately for me, tha…

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Ask Jazze: I have been played by women throughout my life, even when I have been loyal. I have paid their bills, took care of their children, cooked food, everything. Only to be cheated on and played. So now I have very little respect for these bitches. Yes I call them bitches. I used to res…

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To begin, let me acknowledge that we live in a world, this physical one, where the devil has some sway. He even shows up at times with a little bit of swag. And if you don’t or can’t accept this try removing the d and think evil in its place. Conceptually some might find it easier deal with …

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“Blessed and highly favored.” I don’t know where this phrase comes from. But I do understand what it means and by uttering it, some of us accept its responsibilities and yes, even its consequences. Another way of saying this in the physical realm is, “To whom much is given, much is expected …

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It’s been less than a week since one of the most divisive Supreme Court nomination fights ended with the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the nation’s highest court. Many Christians and white evangelicals gleefully celebrated the shifting of the Supreme Court to an ultraconservative majori…

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Jazze I am in love. This man has been there for me. We have been together for many years and he has always been rode for me. I can depend on him when I am down and he picks me up in every way. I just have one question, and It is a big one. I am NOT attracted to him. I know he is the best man…

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The overwhelming majority of people that legally immigrate to the United States make tremendous contributions to the industrial, economic, artistic, scientific, political and intellectual life of our country.

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St. Paul, MN — September 17, 2018 — Forty-nine days before the Midterm elections, Professor Duchess Harris releases a new book, Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Trump, that examines the role of Black feminism in the era of Trump. The Macalester College faculty member analyzes the acti…

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As a vibrant television host on the CW33's syndicated am news show, the Morning Dose, author, professor, mentor, and media coach, Laila Muhammad represents what it means to be a positive female role model in the community.

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I remain an eager proponent of the Clean Power Plan, proposed by former President Barack Obama in 2014. The badly needed regulation, backed by very strong science, has as one of its major goals a twenty-five percent reduction in pollutants such as smog and soot that lead to an unhealthy clim…

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Our nation’s graduation rate is at an all-time high. The national figure shows 84 percent of young people, overall, graduating from high school within four years after first entering the 9th grade, a trend that has been on a consistent upswing since the 2010-2011 school year.

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Judge Brett Kavanaugh, 53, was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. With affirmative action, voting rights, abortion rights, immigration, the Affordable Care Act, and a Federal investigation in balance, Judge Kavanaugh, if confirmed, would give conservatives a legal stronghold for …

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(CNN) -- When James Cone died Saturday at 79, he was remembered as a theological giant. Cone made Christianity accessible to many people of color who had dismissed it as a "white man's religion." He was the father of "black liberation theology," which argued that God was closest to those who…

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The barrier between man and God is sin. We are all guilty and in need of God’s forgiveness. Roman 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”). God has committed himself to guide and equip believers to act as His servant. No matter what God call us to do, he will provide us…

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The decision by the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, to dismiss Father Patrick J. Conroy, the House Chaplain, was unnecessary, mean-spirited and vitriolic.

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The decision by the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, to dismiss Father Patrick J. Conroy, the House Chaplain, was unnecessary, mean-spirited and vitriolic.

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Every now and then I tend to focus on good and evil and its impact on my life. In doing so, the devil inevitably comes up. I have difficulty in coming to grips with the fact that Satan wants me as a trophy and God wants me as an eternal testament to His love. I just can’t see myself in such …

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“It’s a mild 45 degrees outside now but the high today will be close to 70 degrees.” As I listened to the morning television meteorologist finish the rest of his forecast recently, I wondered how in the world I would dress for a day like today. It was not the first time I’d pondered this que…

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Some of you may remember that I declared this some time ago and it bears repeating. I wish it was original, but it is not. It comes straight from the pulpit and not from me. Circumstances in my life and maybe yours have me drifting from time to time. I don’t believe any Christian should indu…

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During a recent service celebrating Black History Month at the Twelfth Street Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., the president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), expressed gratitude and reverence for the church’s rich history. He…

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Preserved – Surviving Valentine’s Day ͞I hate Valentine’s Day at my job. All the women get roses and I get nothing.͟͞It’s basically another Christmas for women.͟We either say or hear comments like these from men and women, single and married since Valentine’s Day is this week. Valentine’s Da…

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You know God uses people in the strangest ways to carry out His will. Maybe I should say that God uses the strangest people to carry out His will. After all, the bible is full of men and women chosen by God to do His will on earth who they themselves felt uneasy accepting the tasks.Moses was…

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Some of you may remember this phrase coming from me but I think it is appropriate at this time to reemphasize it. I wish it was original, but it is not. It comes straight from the pulpit and not from me. Circumstances in my life and maybe yours had me drifting, if you will, into a perspectiv…

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“Wow Mama! You and Daddy have really hooked up the house.” I spoke these words to my mama a few years ago as she gave me “tour” their newly remodeled master bedroom suite. They’d been talking about knocking out one of the bedroom walls and making a large master bedroom suite for a few months…

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Some of you may remember this phrase coming from me but I think it is appropriate at this time to reemphasize it. I wish it was original, but it is not. It comes straight from the pulpit and not from me. Circumstances in my life and maybe yours had me drifting, if you will, into a perspectiv…

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“The one who loves least controls the relationship.” I can’t remember who said this; I think it was a former pastor. However, this saying has always resonated as one of the most truthful statements I’ve heard about relationship dynamics. It’s a challenging thing to recognize because sometime…

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People really react to you differently when you tell them you’re studying the bible; particularly if they’ve known you as someone who has lived a bible free life. I’m not talking about other believers. I’m talking about people who know you, perhaps those with whom you work, are in the same o…

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I shared in last week’s column how I’m fascinated by my experiences with GPS. It’s amazing to me how it immediately responds to my driving errors and provides quick solutions. “Rerouting…rerouting…please make a uturn in 50 feet.” Spoken calmly and without emotion, these words from my GPS a f…

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From the beginning of my faith walk, I always found it amazing that what once were considered rather ordinary phrases, before finding God through Christ, I heard as very powerful statements after saying yes to the Lord. I mean, sermons arose out of everyday events; testimonies were released …

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Last week, we began our look at Boaz from the Old Testament book of Ruth. His actions showed that he was whole emotionally. This week, we’ll take a look at how Boaz’s treatment of Ruth showed that he was also whole spiritually.

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There’s a passage in the bible that tells us to be careful how we entertain strangers because they might be angels in disguise. You may not believe in angels but let’s kick it up a notch and entertain the notion that God is in play. What would you do if God was coming over for dinner? What i…

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