I’m a Jackie Robinson West Truther (or Adults Ruin Everything)

Because JRW is full of black kids, you are going to want to play the race card. This feels safe and even logical considering how America has been trending for the past 400 or so years. But before you play the race card, at least know SOME of the facts surrounding this story. Note 1:…

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The State of the Union is like Wrestling, and Other Truths

In all likelihood, you just watched the State of the Union address, and one of three things is happening inside your beautiful mind: You want to talk about it more with people who share your opinion, -or- You have no opinion and came to the internet to find one, -or- You came to argue. There…

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INTERVIEW + VIDEO: “Ministry Matters”

SALT Project brought me back for another one…this time, to talk a bit about my call and how I understood “ministry” as a kid. Hopefully we can return to a place where we see ministry as the greatest honor! It went so well the Pension Fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) decided to…

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85 Seconds: The Story of a (Quitting) Marathoner

THE STARTING LINE Why did I start running? About 12 years ago, a cardiologist told me that he was sick of being a doctor… No, that’s not what happened. About 12 years ago, I started feeling dizzy at a club in downtown Atlanta. It was my freshman year at Morehouse College, and I did what…

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Music: THIRTYWON (+ lyrics vid)

Every birthday, I release another record. I try to anyway 🙂 Here’s 31, with a lyrics video for some that really struggle with hearing rap, or need to know if he reeeeally just said that. Yep.  

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“Of Horses and Foxes: Chicago’s Next Move”

CHICAGO – May 13, 2014 When the Chicago Community Trust called and asked me to help moderate one of their “On the Table”discussions happening around the city, I wanted to know more about my audience and whether this would be a conversation worth moving out of bed on my day off. Our beloved city is known…

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LIVE BLOG: “Change the World” Conference (Ginghamsburg, OH)

when I go out to places, on duty or on a learning trip, I take millions of notes. Now that hyperbole is out of the way…I take a few notes, and try and make a practice of learning SOMETHING every day, taking in new information from the wisdom of others, even folks that don’t share…

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LENT: Journey to Freedom

It takes no strength to give up, to accept shackles of soul, to shrug the shoulder in bland acquiescence. This is easy. But do not congratulate yourself that you have solved anything. These are the words of Howard Thurman, whom I hold in the highest regard. In many ways these are also the words of…

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STRANGE FRUIT wins EMMY!!!

[UPDATE #2: WE WON AN EMMY!!! “Strange Fruit” won in the “Best Historical/Cultural” category. Thank you all for your support. Continue to share it! Sadly it’s still too relevant] [UPDATE #1: just got word that “Strange Fruit” was nominated for an Emmy (Lower Great Lakes region). The ceremony will be June 27, 2015. Stay tuned!!!]…

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MUSIC: Verbal Kwest – “Holy Grail” #PUREMIX

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Growing Up on Being Gay (a tale of evolution from a straight man)

***A few weeks ago, I did a sermon that mulled over the following question: “What is the difference between a disagreement, a debate, and an argument?” Whatever you read below is my attempt at following my own ethics. We will disagree on this*** Yesterday, University of Missouri football player Michael Sam came out as gay, and…

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MUSIC: J.Kwest – “Summer Madness”

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The Black Church, Obama, and Gay Marriage

*This article and the variety of opinions expressed therein originally appeared on URBAN FAITH, a site dedicated to black church life and culture. Julian was asked to give his opinion when President Obama offered his thoughts on same-sex marriage. The original article, and comments, can be found here: http://www.urbanfaith.com/2012/05/the-black-church-obama-and-gay-marriage.html/ Black Christian leaders speak out on President…

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What Kendrick Lamar Can Teach Christian Hip Hop

*This piece originally appeared on RAPZILLA* View the original and the comments here: http://www.rapzilla.com/rz/features/story/5248 Kendrick Lamar’s album, “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City”, is brilliant, period. If for nothing else, it fully encapsulates the sound of an emerging (here!) Cali – artists who grew up with (but not as) the bangers, and possess the acumen to convey without…

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The Non-Runners Guide to Running

The Non-Runners Guide to Running The Chicago Marathon in October 2012 was my first, and a behemoth of an experience. I trained roughly 30 weeks, using Hal Higdon’s program (www.halhigdon.com). I needed 12 extra weeks on the front end simply to get ready for the 18 that actual training requires (that’s how nervous I was).…

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