And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. -- Colossians 3:15
This scripture popped up as one of my verses of the day on BibleGateway.com as we are celebrating the Thanksgiving season. For this time of year, I always expect to see an uplifting verse regarding giving ...Read more
The Emmett Till story was told multiple times this year through two ABC television docuseries, "Let the World See" and "Women of the Movement." It was fitting that a film was finally released on his appalling death last month, especially since President Joe Biden signed the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act into law on March 29.
The film, simply ...Read more
On Election Day, I was a little more cautious than I have been in recent years while voting. With the growing concerns about the increase in political violence throughout the country, I thought about voting absentee, something I have never done before.
I have always had a nostalgic sentiment about voting in person due to the civil rights ...Read more
The violent brawl that occurred on Oct. 29 in the Big House tunnel after the Michigan State Spartans lost to their in-state rival, the Michigan Wolverines, is a troubling and sad reflection on an ugly facet of sporting culture. The most disturbing part of the videos that have surfaced is the footage that captured Spartan teammates swinging their...Read more
Like many who work in higher education, I have been closely following the progress of President Joe Biden's student loan forgiveness plan. It's definitely no surprise that this has become another bitter partisan battle as the program has been forced to delay debt relief just one week after 22 million borrowers applied. Many Americans with ...Read more
Ever since the political chaos that ensued after Donald Trump's loss to Joe Biden in the 2020 election, we as a nation have been on an alarming collision course that threatens our spiritual and democratic foundations. We are living in a time where mutual respect across partisan aisles has given way to utter disdain. I have especially seen this ...Read more
The Georgia Senate race between GOP nominee Herschel Walker and Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock has a belligerent nature of combativeness that will go down to the wire on Nov. 8.
When Walker first announced his candidacy in August of last year, I, like many native Georgians, was intrigued by his decision to get into politics, since I was a...Read more
As I was reading about the 48 Venezuelan migrants recently flown to Martha's Vineyard on private planes from San Antonio, Texas, one of the first thoughts I had before discovering more information about how they were recruited was that this Massachusetts island is an odd location for asylum seekers. If most of these migrants did not want to stay...Read more
After the tragic murder of Philadelphia-born rapper PnB Rock in Los Angeles on Sept. 12, I noticed several articles making urgent pleas to his hip-hop peers, imploring them to take an honest look at the violence and brutal gang lifestyle glorified in the genre. This petition is decades old, as critics of rap that include cultural scholars, ...Read more
When "Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul." was released earlier this month, I read a lot of mixed reactions on social media to the film, which is a dark satire on Black megachurch culture in the South. The writer and director, Adamma Ebo, and her producer and twin sister, Adanne, received great reviews at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, but ...Read more
Being just a little over two years removed from the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the beginning of this school year is the closest to past normality for many colleges and universities.
The four freshmen English composition classes that I teach at Ohio State University's Lima campus during the fall are in person. With the Zoom lull from online...Read more