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City:   Atlanta House of Worship: Mt. Welcome M.B.C. Decatur, Ga. / Chaplain, 100 Black Men of Atlanta Religion:  Non-denominational Social Media Handles: Facebook: @TraceyHarris  Instagram:  @gospeltribuneatlanta Twitter: @gospeltribune Pastor Tracey Harris is a charismatic orator whose sermons are as impactful as his musical direction. He is equal parts pastor and international minister of Music as…

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  City: Stone Mountain, Georgia House of Worship: Antioch A.M.E.  Church Religion: Christian Social media handles: @antioch_ame on Instagram; @AntiochAME on Facebook and Twitter A native of Tifton, Georgia, the Rev. Vandy C. Simmons has served as senior pastor for several churches across the state of Georgia where he implemented community outreach programs that focused on youth literacy…

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Black churches are being burned in Louisiana. In a span of 10 days, three historically Black churches have been destroyed by fire, according to The New York Times. The first fire occurred on March 26, 2016, at St. Mary Baptist Church in Port Barre. On April 2, Greater Union Baptist Church in Opelousas burned, and Mount…

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Bishop Joseph Walker of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, has built a faithful congregation of 30,000 over the past 24 years. He is now trying to channel congregants’ current anger about police violence into something productive. The prominent minister has formed a political action committee aimed at voter turnout among millennials and minorities.…

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In a powerful editorial piece, and perhaps with a wink to Common’s brilliant 1994 song “I Used To Love H.E.R.,” Michael Harriot over at NegusWhoRead announced the death of the Black church last week. “…the Black church was born before the founding of America during a time where her parishioners could be killed if the…

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The recent appearance of Atlanta mega-church leader Bishop Eddie Long took center stage on the “Steve Harvey Show.” Long spoke at length with Harvey regarding the allegations of sexual misconduct with several young Black men at his church. Long has since settled various aspects of the allegations through out of court settlements and non-disclosure agreements.…

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  My grandfather, Levi Benjamin Daniels, lived by a strict set of rules that I became aware of on a ninety-degree summer day in Delray Beach, Florida. We were standing outside the local Winn Dixie grocery store when I noticed a man selling watermelon slices for a dollar. A number of people entering and exiting the…

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“They can’t treat us like second class citizens, hunt and gun down our Black children in the streets and expect to get our money too! I don’t support anyone who doesn’t support or care about my people.” –Imani Williams From city streets to university campuses, Black Lives Matter is confronting America’s White supremacy with the…

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Erica Campbell

Last week, Kirk Franklin reignited a national conversation about the treatment, or rather the mistreatment, of gay people in the Black church and offered an apology to the LGBT community for the homophobia they’ve experienced from Christians. Now, it looks like fellow gospel star Erica Campbell is keeping the conversation going as she recently shared…

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The drums and the organ began to play with ferocity, bringing alive the spirit in the church and the people to their feet as they shouted praise. The shouting was a familiar sound, cheering the pastor as he led the call-and-response in a steady cadence. It’s first Sunday at its best. The very huge cross on…

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Ever since the shooting of nine innocent and faithful members of Emmanuel AME Church by a racist killer, the country has been on edge. Confederate flags and hate have arisen to remind Black America of the racist history of the country. To show that nothing is sacred in this spiritual battle, a series of fires have…

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