Many scholars have since tried to explain the dichotomy between the brutality of slavery and the benevolence of the Gospels. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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COMMENTARY: Biblical silence about slavery leaves lasting questions today

NNPA NEWSWIRE — ‘By the mid 19th Century, the majority of slaves had been introduced to Christianity, although most still could not read the Bible based on illiteracy and the fact that in several states in the Deep South, the White aristocracy discouraged Black persons from meeting in prayer. In 1832, the Rev. Charles Colcock Jones published the book “How To Make A Negro Christian,” a sort of guide to slave owners on how to introduce the precepts of Jesus while instilling abject servitude upon their property. […read more]

In addition to music and spirited events, the Culturefest arena also plans to lend its stage to highlight and support many important causes including the New Hope Horizon Foundation and the Lupus Foundation/Color Me Happy Fund.
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Culturefest Connects the Black Diaspora with an International Music Fest

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Scheduled to launch June 8 at the National Harbor, from 1–9 p.m., Culturefest features international artists, including Reggae icons Aidonia; Romain Virgo & The Unit Band; Tanto Metro and Devonte; and SOCA superstars Patrice Roberts; Skinny Fabulous; and Afrobeat legend Timaya and the image band. Culturefest’s Co-founder Freka Scott says, “This one, will be one for the books.” […read more]

The MSR building is located at 3744 Fourth Ave., South in Minneapolis (MSR File Photo)

Explore the city’s treasures with Doors Open Minneapolis

MINNESOTA SPOKESMAN-RECORDER — The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) building, a local historic landmark and home to the oldest Black-owned paper in the state of Minnesota, is one of many city attractions that’ll be open to tourists during Doors Open Minneapolis. The weekend-long event, taking place May 18-19 from 10 am to 5 pm, is part of a city-wide effort to offer the public free, behind-the-scenes access to buildings that are architecturally, culturally or socially significant. […read more]

MLK Day Commemorative March 2016 (Photo credit: Sistarazzi for Steed Media Service)
Black History

6 must-visit Black museums in Atlanta

ROLLINGOUT.COM — There is no question that Atlanta is the best city to visit for a real Black history lesson. With Atlanta playing a major role in the history of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and of the Civil Rights Movement, it comes as no surprise that the largest museum of primary resources for both are housed in Atlanta. Five out of six of the museums are located in the epicenter of African American history on Auburn Avenue. Whether you live in Atlanta or are planning on a visit in the near future, these six landmarks should be on your list. […read more]

Adrian and Starsha Rhinehart
East Texas Review

You Had Me at Hello: ‘I finally had the nerve’ to pop the question

THE BIRMINGHAM TIMES – Adrian and Starsha met in 2007 when they both worked at a pharmaceutical warehouse in Pelham. “We would cross paths at work but we never dated,” said Starsha, a native of Jemison. Starsha eventually left that job. In 2016 Adrian, who grew up in Alabaster, said he received a friend suggestion from Facebook for Starsha and he accepted it. […read more]


Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Milwaukee County Parks Announce New Concessions this Summer

MILWAUKEE COURIER — Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Milwaukee County Parks on April 16 announced a new food and beverage partnership at Bradford Beach this summer with CCH Management LLC (The Dock). Pending approval from the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, The Dock will operate the food and beverage concessions at Bradford Beach, inclusive of the beach tiki huts and special events. […read more]

Akua Page and Chris Cato, co-founders of The Geechee Experience
Black History

The Geechee Experience Entertains and Educates in Endeavor to Preserve Geechee Culture

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — Akua Page and Chris Cato have taken the Lowcountry by storm with their creation, The Geechee Experience. A cultural movement that fuses education with entertainment, The Geechee Experience “is a cultural platform that was created by Geechee millennials on a mission to preserve their culture and language,” the group maintains. […read more]

Little is a guilty pleasure. The guilt comes as you watch a 14-year-old actress (Marsai Martin, Black-ish) behaving like a lustful 38-year-old female who flirts with a middle school teacher.
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NNPA NEWSWIRE — … only one artist can take credit for turning a seed of an idea into a bona-fide comedy, and that’s Marsai Martin. When obstacles were placed in front of her, she broke through them. She took on a challenging role and nailed it. The camera catches all of her weird facial expressions and mannerisms. Her comic timing is impeccable. She knows when to clown around, be demure, introspective and direct. This is a big first step in what should be a promising film career. […read more]

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Lucky Weekend in Illinois Produces Three Big Winners

CHICAGO CRUSADER — The Illinois Lottery urges the lucky winners to sign the back of the ticket and keep it in a safe place until they call 1-800-252-1775 or visit one of the Lottery’s five Prize Centers in Chicago, Des Plaines, Rockford, Springfield or Fairview Heights. Winners have one year from the original drawing date to claim their prize. […read more]

Queen Quet
Charleston Chronicle

Barbados to Welcome the Queen of the Gullah/Geechee Nation

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, will journey to the island of Barbados with co-founder of the Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™, Kwame Sha of All Mobile Productions™ (AMP™).  They have put out a global call for others of the Gullah/Geechee Diaspora and those that support the continuation of the rich cultural African heritage of the islands to join them in celebration June 21-23 on the island of Barbados.  […read more]

Dr. Anisa Shomo is the Director of Family Medicine Scholars at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio and is a health columnist for the NNPA.
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African American Heart Health Is Vital

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Generally, heart disease is considered a man’s disease, but more Black and White women die of heart disease than all cancers combined. About 610,000 men and women die of heart disease each year and it accounts for 1 in 4 deaths in both genders. Coronary Heart Disease is the most common type and accounts for over half of these deaths. Coronary heart disease increases the risk for heart attacks and over 700,000 Americans have heart attacks each year. […read more]

African American men are twice as likely to die of prostate cancer than any other ethnic group. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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Major Prostate Cancer Research Targeting African Americans Set to Begin

NNPA NEWSWIRE — A national network of prostate cancer researchers and experts who have joined forces to study prostate cancer in African American men has received a $26 million grant as part of former Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative to conduct the largest study ever to look at the underlying factors and reasons that put African American men at higher risk for developing and dying from prostate cancer. […read more]

Oh, the 2020 Corolla has its own Wi-Fi connect that can service five devices. It’s got a 24-hour live concierge service, remote connect, service connect and safety connect.
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AUTO REVIEW: 2020 Toyota Corolla

NNPA NEWSWIRE — More than 50 years later, 50 million plus copies have been sold worldwide, making the Corolla the best- selling car ever. And despite a market that has turned sharply towards crossovers and SUVs, Toyota vowed not to turn its back on sedans as it introduced the 12th generation of the Corolla. […read more]