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A TRIBUTE to my favorite player ever…REGGIE MILLER

Growing up, your friends were the people you played with, and you played with the people who liked the same sports as you. “Sports” in Chicagoland, meant barefoot racing, a variation of softball called “Piggy,” a variation of football called “Killer Man,” and basketball. When you played each of these, you took on the persona…

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DNAInfo Chicago Profile

Click the link below for a really good profile on Pastor Kwest. Love the phrase “double life” (that has meant worse things before). Guess I really am BATMAN! Thanks and s/o to Sam from DNAINFO.com He’s a really good writer and this is a great profile I think. Let’s you in a bit. Also some…

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Radio Interview from Sirius 124 POTUS

A radio interview from 2-15-13 with Lee & Slade from “Politics Powered by Twitter” (SIRIUS 124 – @PoliticsRadio – follow them!)…discussing Chicago’s violence problem and some creative solutions. Listen in!

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ABC7 Chicago Profile

Very thankful for these opportunities. The link below will take you to a story Frank Mathie, reporter at ABC7 Chicago, did on J.Kwest – the “Pastor Rapper.” Tell a friend, tell again…   http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local/mathie&id=8999022  

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On Jason Collins, or Why Coming Out Is-Isn’t-Is a Big Deal

When word came out that Jason Collins wrote an article for SI and, umm…came out…I wrote a text to a friend of mine that read the following: “I’m sitting this one out.” It was a simple response to a simple request from a dear friend for 500 words about the first openly gay player in…

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Keynote @ UCC General Synod

Some sermon. Some J.Kwest’in. About 3,000 of us in Long Beach, CA. S/O to the United Church of Christ for the opportunity and receiving me so well! Let’s grow!

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Featured in THE LINE Documentary (watch full)

Produced by Sojourners, World Vision, OxFam, Bread for the World, and Christian Community Development Association, this short film documents the stories of people across the country living at or below the poverty line. Across America, millions are struggling every day to make it above The Line. It was my honor to interview for the film, and…

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Interview “Rhymes & Reasons” podcast

This is my favorite interview to date. They went deep and wanted to know the 3 hip hop records that have influenced me the most. Which ones did I pick? 1. 13th Floor/Growing Old – Outkast 2. Retrospect for Life – Common 3. Triumph – Wu Tang You’ll have to listen to see why. Super…

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Medill News Profile

Always thankful for an opportunity to share what is sitting deep inside me. Thankful for Medill News Service for seeing something. Check out the story yourself! http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=217150

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The Neighborhood Watch: Story of the Blind Samaritan

*Julian is a regular contributor to Sojourners’ publications. This article can be found there at: http://sojo.net/blogs/2013/07/19/neighborhood-watch-story-blind-samaritan* First there is smoke on the highway — thick and black, as if the unknown fire was still burning. As I draw closer, the source of the dark clouds becomes clear — a car is on fire. Even though it is happening on the…

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VIDEO: “Get Down”

The 3rd video from “Batman & Batman”…GET DOWN. Special Thanks to Jay Illa (@jayilla) on the scratches, and Pastor Phil Jackson (@pastorphilj) from Lawndale Community Church for use of the Firehouse Community Arts Center. Many thanks to all the cameos: LEGACY Institute (Brian Dye) J’Son (artist) Chris Broussard (ESPN) Stephen Patton (Rapzilla) Kareem Manuel (artist)…

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Stale Words in Fresh Tragedies (Boston Marathon)

*Julian is a regular contributor to Sojourners’ publications. This article can be found there at: http://sojo.net/blogs/2013/04/25/stale-words-fresh-tragedies Something happened last week and I still can’t shake the funk of it off me. It happened in Boston and Texas; I saw it in Chicago as well, and the week before in Afghanistan. Last Sunday I tried to be…

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Shooting Down Easter (on Gun Control)

*Julian is a regular contributor for Sojourners publications. The original article, with comments, can be found here: http://sojo.net/blogs/2013/03/30/shooting-down-easter The conversation yelling match around gun control is exhausting — both in terms of the ethical boundaries each side will breach to advance its cause, and the way our rhetoric has turned into an exercise in “crash-testing:” we always hit a wall…

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Hearing the New Questions

*Julian is a regular contributor to Sojourners publications. The orignal article, and comments, can be found here: http://sojo.net/blogs/2013/01/14/hearing-new-questions Editor’s Note: This post is part of our monthly newsletter Faith in Action. To sign up for the newsletter, complete with commentary and resources for church leaders and mobilizers, click HERE.  Photo: Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial, Mesut Dogan As the…

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