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The Sadness of Study

For the past twelve years, I have dedicated myself to study. The last seven formally and the seven before were informal……

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Unfit: Literacy as a Tool of Resistance

“If you give a nigger an inch, he will take an ell. A nigger should know nothing but to obey his master—to do as he is told to do. Learning would spoil the best nigger in the world. Now,” said he, “if you teach that nigger (speaking of [Douglass]) how to read, there would be no keeping him. It would …

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The Gospel Is Not An Escape

The Gospel is not an escape. The Gospel is a plunge into reality not a departure from it. The good news is not the Word alienated itself from flesh but rather the Word became flesh. Unfortunately, many have made a drug out of their religion, an opiate, particularly oppressed people. This drug is a way of deferring their problems and …

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How To Make Character Flaw Claims

Throughout my life, observing people, I have recognized that humans love to make character claims about someone else.  What do I mean by “character flaw claims”?  It’s when someone says something like this, “I think you are prideful”, “You are resentful”, “You are arrogant”, “You are selfish”, and the list goes on.  A character flaw claim is a critique on an …

Abundance: A Reflection From Ethiopia

Abundance: A Reflection From Ethiopia By: Lawrence W. Rodgers I found great value in traveling to Ethiopia with Howard University’s School of Divinity as part of the University’s delegation. The delegation was led by the Dean of the Howard University School of Divinity, Dr. Alton B. Pollard and Associate Dean Dr. Gay Byron. Also on the trip were Hebrew Bible …

Black Online Businesses to Support this Holiday Season

Black Online Businesses to Support this Holiday Season Those who care about the empowerment of the black community understand the importance of bouncing dollars within the black community as well as supporting small business owners.  Supporting black businesses helps to create jobs in the black community as well as commerce.  So, for this holiday season before you shop with one of …

Our Fragile Little Wings: A Poetic Reflection on Icarus

Our Fragile Little Wings (A Poetic Reflection on Icarus) By Lawrence W. Rodgers Could it be that in the story of Daedalus their flying contraption represents the intellect, logic, and reason, held together by the fragility of wax and feathers.  The flying represents the comfortable space we have within our own doublethink.  Yet, the sun is the truth of it …

The Myth of the Comfortable Truth (A Poem)

The Myth of the Comfortable Truth (A Poem) By: Lawrence W. Rodgers The comfortable truth is a myth Oh, how much we wish it to exists But we are dazed by the days Taking, eating, taking! Oh what a haze Minds are captivated It’s all orchestrated Quietly demonstrated Deep down you know you hate it But, fear has blinded Curious thoughts, we hide it …