I’m in leftover heaven
1/17/2018 9:41:50 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder I do confess that I enjoy the holiday seasons just like everybody else. One of the main ingredients I enjoy more than anything else is the holiday cuisine. At our house, I must duly confess, it is the best. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage is the cooking queen when it comes to all of this holiday food. She does a wonderful job and my job is simply to consume as much of it as I possibly can. We both manage our jobs quite professionally! As long as no dish has anything like broccoli in it, I will eat it and enjoy it. Broccoli has a way of confusing my...

Missed opportunities to help homeless youths
1/12/2018 5:28:48 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman Home for the holidays. For many people that’s a happy phrase, just as for many Americans the last few weeks included welcomed vacations and celebrations – a time of plenty, gratitude, and family that marked the joyous holiday season. But “home for the holidays” is an empty promise for thousands of young people who didn’t have a place at anyone’s holiday tables and have little hope for a better 2018. Instead they move into the new year trying to survive the bitter temperatures and with still nowhere to call home. Too often...

Black women need real change, not just thanks
1/12/2018 5:24:59 PM

It’s Time for America to #TrustBlackWomen By La’Tasha D. Mayes After Roy Moore’s defeat at the hands of Alabama voters—driven by Black voter turnout, especially the votes of Black women—we saw the celebration, credit-taking, and meaning-making that usually accompanies a progressive electoral victory. But one thing was different this time. This time, mainstream media and social media feeds flooded with messages acknowledging and thanking Black women for our role in the outcome. Welcome to the...

Back in the Saddle Again… and Again
1/12/2018 5:19:46 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder This is not my first rodeo when it comes to New Years. I have ridden this Bronco so many times I cannot remember how many. Well, I can remember, but I am not going to let that slip. Something to do with a New Year’s Resolution. Back in the days of youth, I used to stay up to watch the New Year’s Eve ball drop. Now, I see so many people drop the ball during the year that I don’t want to see another one on New Year’s Eve. I’ve seen enough of that. At my stage in life, health is more important than watching something I have seen a...

The sheep and the goats
12/28/2017 6:55:39 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty...

Is the future in jeopardy with Millennials?
12/28/2017 6:50:06 PM

By Natalia Castro Millennials are letting their country down in the simplest way possible, by no longer believing in their country. The concept of patriotism has been perverted amongst Americans youngest generation as this group distances themselves from the basics of the Constitution. In order to truly make America great again, political change is not enough, but a cultural shift to solve the way in which this country’s youth view their nation’s future. The American Culture and Faith Institute (ACFI) conducted a comprehensive study from October to November 2017 which...

Behold, the Christmas Grinch cometh
12/28/2017 6:45:00 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder I never have to look at the calendar to know when the Christmas holiday season is approaching. As soon as I lay down my fork on Thanksgiving Day, the battle drums begin to roll. Somebody, who apparently does not have much of a life, takes a pot shot at the Christmas holiday. You would think, from some of their comments, the Christmas holiday was the greatest conspiracy in all of human history. According to these protesters, the very word "Christmas," offends them to no degree. They forbid people to say cheerfully, "Merry Christmas," as if...

Online game to players: Don't touch Black people's hair
12/27/2017 7:54:33 PM

By Noreen Nasir Art director Momo Pixel moved to Portland, Oregon in 2016, and confronted a challenge she had never experienced before: Strangers reaching out to grab or stroke her long braided hair, often without her permission. “I would be walking down the street visibly mad,” Pixel recalled. One day, she told her boss about it. In trying to mimic that scene, he playfully ducked imaginary hands coming toward him. Pixel remarked that it would make a funny game. With the support of her employer, advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy, an online game, “Hair Nah!...

Five tips to stress-free homeownership from the experts
12/27/2017 7:41:42 PM

By Christopher G. Cox For most people, the decision to purchase a home is the single biggest financial commitment they will make in a lifetime of decision-making. The decision to buy a home, especially a first home, involves so many competing factors, that it can cause high levels of stress and anxiety. As stress-inducing as a home purchase can be, there are things that a prospective homeowner can do to minimize potential headaches. Ruth Hudspeth, branch manager for Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, says the number one thing homebuyers need to do is be...

COME CELEBRATE
12/27/2017 8:36:47 AM

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