Who really is perpetuating hate?

I think one thing we can all agree upon is that it feels like racial tensions are alive and well throughout the United States. While some believed electing a black president would represent closing a painful portion of our county’s past, I think many saw his election as the opportunity to expose how deep and […]

Why is this presidential race even close?

The under-statement of the year is that this election season has been a difficult one. Many people look at the two presidential candidates and see a choice between two evils. However, despite all the shenanigans of this process, whether we would like to admit it or not, these two people received the most votes from […]

Who should pay for college?

With students starting and going back to college this month, probably the biggest concern for young people today is the cost of higher education or the massive amount of student debt they face. Now reaching over $1.4 trillion dollars, student loans have surpassed credit card debt ($1.2 trillion dollars) as the biggest financial burden facing […]

Having a dialog about race … again

[Editor’s note: This column was submitted July 13, before the murders of three police officers and the death of the shooter July 17 in Baton Rouge, La.] The sentiments I now write, I believe, represent the “invisible plurality” within the black community. We are tired of the race-baiting and the negative images of black people […]

What’s up with all this talk of ‘hate’?

The other day, my 9-year-old daughter decided to go into Daddy’s “man-cave” and snuggle up on his arm and chest, where she felt safe. She would watch the news with him because he was her Daddy, and she loved spending time with him — even if he wasn’t watching her favorite cartoons. Later that night […]

After Orlando, fundamental questions

I sit here with a knot in my stomach and tears rolling down my cheek as I reflect on the recent terror attack in Orlando — the worst terror attack on U.S. soil since 9/11. Forty-nine souls have been lost, and well over 50 others are wounded. Undoubtedly, this incident will be framed by those […]

Culture wars: Please, no enemies

I knew at some point this article would have to be written, and for well over a year it has been something that has been on my heart to do, but out of fear, I have restrained myself from writing it. However, I sense that now is the time to address one of the more […]

An impending Millennials problem?

With the question of Millennials being in the news lately, I am reminded of a commercial that, quite frankly, makes me cringe every time I see it. It is a commercial that is a part of an ad campaign for HGTV’s latest “House Hunter” series, “Tiny House Hunters.” It shows a cute 20-something couple taking […]

Batman-Superman: Cultural sermon

This past weekend my husband decided to take me to the movies to see “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Thankfully, it was just the two of us, and not our entire family, because it is not a movie I would recommend for children under the age of 13 (or even 16 for that matter). […]

Easter in a divided country

I love Easter! I love the flowers and trees coming into bloom. I love the sunshine and the return of warmer air. I love the signs of new life in creation. Most of all I love the reminder of joy and love celebrated at the remembrance of Christ’s death and resurrection for the sake of […]