During June 2020, Pastor Louie Giglio of Passion City Church sat alongside Chick-fil-A CEO Dan T. Cathy and Christian rapper Lecrae Moore to speak about race and ways to seek justice following incidents of bigotry in a videotaped event. Early on, Giglio mentioned America’s history of enslaving Blacks, saying,
“We understand the curse that was slavery, White people do, and we say, ‘that was bad.’ But we miss the blessing of slavery, that it actually built up the framework for the world that White people live in and lived in.”
Giglio furthermore claimed that many believe the impact of American…
Some decisions meant to gain control come with the cost of losing one’s soul.
Former President Barack Obama and American musician Bruce Springsteen on March 22nd aired the sixth episode of their podcast Renegades: Born in the USA, entitled “Wrestling with Ghosts: American Men.” In it the two discussed how American culture often promotes troublesome ideas about masculinity. Obama claimed both he and Springsteen are more attune to this issue because of the complicated relationships they had with their fathers, which he described as flawed role models both spent much of their lives coming to terms with.
A man’s world
Social media, where believing is seeing.
The past weeks have been eventful for Black music aficionados. First, Kerrion Franklin, the estranged son of legendary gospel artist Kirk Franklin, leaked audio recordings of heated phone conversations between he and his father, in which the elder Franklin used profane language and threatened bodily harm, via Instagram. Adding to this, rapper Saweetie recently announced her split from boyfriend Quavo of Migos via Twitter. Each were top trending topics on the latter platform, sparking much conversation online and beyond.
Both actions follow a trend where social media users feel the need to overshare aspects…
During January 2020, a video of Chinese influencer Wang Mengyun using chopsticks to eat a fruit bat went viral. This came at a time when news of coronavirus, believed to have originated from bats in Wuhan, China, and its effects began circulating worldwide. Mengyun was met with much criticism and outrage, which prompted her to both apologize for this video and elaborate on its origin.
Orenthal “OJ” James Simpson is now free to live however he sees fit. The former NFL star was released from prison on parole in 2017 after serving time for robbery and kidnapping. According to reports, Simpson committed this act to retrieve sports memorabilia allegedly stolen from his own collection. The combined worth of several items in the collection was supposedly $75,000.
In mid-December 2019, Jewel Harris, wife of NBA player J.R. Smith, uploaded a video to her Instagram page where she prayed for her husband, her family, and Smith’s alleged mistress Candice Patton of The Flash. During the video she says,
“Everybody is hurting. Not just me, but my husband, he’s hurting. And Candice, Lord Father God, she’s hurting. I pray, Lord Father God, for Candice that you please just mend her heart, Lord Father God. For her to go out here, Lord Father God, and seek a married man. Father God, I just pray you give her grace and mercy.”
Last year during February, former NBA star Dwyane Wade revealed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that his child, 12 years old at the time, identified as a transgender girl. Zaya Wade, formerly named Zion, also wished to be addressed with female pronouns (i.e., she/her). This news led to much dialogue online, with some congratulating Zaya’s newfound identity while others found it inappropriate.
A well-known figure with much to say on this topic was rapper Boosie BadAzz, who made his feelings public via Instagram. At one point, he asserted,
“That is a male! A 12-year-old! At 12 they don’t even know…
ABC’s The Bachelor came under fire during February for racism allegations aimed at one of the show’s contestants, Rachael Kirkconnell. From accusations of racist behaviors in high school to pictures of her at an Old South antebellum-themed party in college, Kirkconnell’s troublesome history left many wondering how the franchise would address such an issue.
However, rumors circulated stating that star of The Bachelor Matt James, who is Black, picked Kirkconnell as the season’s winner. Several outlets added fuel to these rumors by naming James’ romantic partner and further asserting that the two broke up. Though news of the alleged separation…
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
By now many across the globe have either heard about, seen snippets of, or watched in its entirety Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s highly anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey, detailing their troublesome experiences living amongst the Royal Family in London. Arguably, these experiences date back to Meghan and Harry’s marriage in 2018, though Meghan has felt the weight of negative British press prior to her wedding date.
What some view as pleasure, to others is an endeavor.
Following his win against the Portland Trail Blazers on February 26th, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James was asked his opinion on comments made by Swedish professional footballer — soccer player — Zlatan Ibrahimović not too long before the game. These comments came during an interview airing on discovery +, in which Ibrahimović said the following:
“I don’t like when people…when they have some kind of status and they do politics at the same time [as] what they are doing. I mean, do what you’re good at.”
James responded, saying,