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The Ferguson Dilemma - Jade Lee

When Beauty is Beyond My Reach

By Paige Smith To be young, black, and beautiful…To be completely candid, there was a time I considered this a full time job. Young I could do, black was a given, but beautiful??? That would take concerted time, energy and resources to achieve for sure. Or so I thought as a brown girl coming of…

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Get the Black Woman Off the Auction Block

The Black Slaves were placed on auction blocks to be sold, bringing to mind the spiritual, “No More Auction Block for Me.” Our forefathers would actually sing this song to encourage themselves as soldiers and freed men during the Civil War: No more auction block for me No more, no more No more auction block for…

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In Response to Mizzou Racial Issues

By Jade Lee I am writing to you my black brothers and sisters because I know you are hurting. Recent activities at Mizzou (Missouri State University) have been to say the least, heart breaking.  I know you are looking for answers to the rejection you face on a daily basis. I know you are in…

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Healing Racial Wounding in America

By Jade Lee There seems to be a common belief that slavery and racism is over.  It’s time to move on.  It’s time to let go.  It’s time to act like it never happened because it’s better now.  It’s not that bad anymore.  And… You are not a slave.  And I am not a slave…

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From Ferguson to Flint: Is there any Hope?

Paige Smith “And they shall rebuild the old ruins, They shall raise up the former desolations, And they shall repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭61:4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬ Flint, Michigan was once a booming motor town that has now gone nearly bankrupt. It has become as one commentator said “forgotten by America”.…

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Discovering A Lost Identity In Africa

Upon leaving the coast of South Africa my heart was full to overflowing. I wept many tears and cried everyday in Africa. The tears I cried were an expression of Christ’s heart for a people that has been oppressed, forsaken and forgotten for hundreds of years.  This people is all around the world, identified as…

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How General Harriet Tubman Can Inspire Us Now

Did you know Harriet Tubman was a Union army spy and war hero of the American Civil War?  This information is unsung to many in the American historical narrative.  Instead, we imagine United States Commanders, Generals and Colonels such as Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, or George Custer.  It is really hard to place an…

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Allowing GOD to fight my battles?

By Jade Lee Suffering and saying nothing back, this was a day I would have to allow GOD to fight my battles. I pull up to the gas station. I pull out my card to begin pumping gas. I swipe my card and enter my zip code. It does not work I do it a…

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Healthy Body Image in African American Women

Did you know that every one in two African American women are obese? But we have the highest self-esteem of women in our nation? Education is one of the most powerful mediums to overcoming this foe in our community of high self-esteem but sometimes unbalanced views. Our goal is obtaining a healthy body image for…

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Why Black Women are Silently Suffering with Depression

By Paige Smith Depression has become the silent assassin on the black community. Like any mental or physical illness, depression doesn’t discriminate against anyone. Yet in the black community depression has long been stigmatized as a condition African Americans, in particular African American women, don’t deal with. Terrie M. Williams, author of Black Pain: It Just…

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In Light of Recent Shootings How do we Heal?

My Condolences to the Loved Ones of our Recent Losses This article is written in light of recent shootings including the deaths of Philando Castile, Alton B. Sterling, and of deeply cared for Dallas police officers, Lorne Ahrens, Michael Smith, Michael Krol, Patrick Zamarripa, and Brent Thompson- who have been assigned to serve local American communities.  All…

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