Black History Month Roundup, 2021

These contributions are birthed from joy and lament, celebration and sadness, commemoration of the past and considerations of what can be in the future.

Yes, Black America Tried to Tell Y’all

Black Americans have been prophesying to the rest of America about these injustices, because we’ve lived these stories time and again.

Disney’s Soul Is So Good Because It’s So Black

Soul can help Christians remember that how we share the gospel message can be just as important as sharing it.

Jingle Jangle: A Display of Black Hope This Christmas Season

Jingle Jangle is a family-friendly, fantastical musical picture that adds a unique warmth to the mystical season portrayed by African Americans.

Let’s Make America Truly Great Again: Revisiting Reconstruction

A brief survey of America’s flawed history reveals that during Reconstruction our government has attempted to position itself for greatness in terms of using its power to serve the lowliest in its caste system, formerly enslaved citizens.

COVID Clashes with Capitalism Culture and a Return to School

The most viable option is to plaster the invaluable image of God onto our neighbors, listen to their needs and concerns, and strive to outdo one another in love in whatever capacity we can.

Run the Jewels’ “Ooh LA LA” Video Imagines Parties Instead of Protests

Though Run the Jewels’ vision of a world that is not dominated by division and greed might be imperfect, it is a vision of hope.

Athletes Aren’t Activists, but Who Else Will Lead?

Athletes shouldn’t be burdened with becoming our culture’s activist leaders.

The Last Dance: What We Got Right & Wrong about It All (Episodes 9 & 10)

We live in a world where superstars can be superstars filled with awe-inspiring athleticism and uncomfortable flaws, and antagonists can be understood without compromising our understanding of ethics. 

The Last Dance: The Cost of Winning at All Costs (Episodes 7 & 8)

Amid all of Jordan’s anguish and aspersions, episodes 7 and 8 of The Last Dance helps us to better understand his drive for excellence.

The Last Dance: Community Issues (Episodes 3 & 4)

Episodes 3 & 4 of The Last Dance is a picture of why God calls us to community: this is where we find commitment and accountability—and we are changed by it for the better.

Cardi B: A Voice of the People

There is something admirable about Cardi B and her efforts to serve her neighbors.

The Last Dance: Poetry in Motion (Episodes 1 & 2)

It’s possible that Michael Jordan could serve as both protagonist and antagonist in the The Last Dance, but the first two episodes give Jerry Krause the antagonist’s role.

“Set Me Free”: Lecrae’s Music Video Inspires Hope Amid Coronavirus

Lecrae’s “Set Me Free” is an artistic extension and expression of what he sees as an opportunity to not only set himself free but to also liberate others from the vices of self-serving attitudes that consume our culture. 

How We Behaved When COVID-19 Robbed Our Culture of Sports

In this way, the COVID-19 pandemic is teaching us that close-knit, human-to-human and face-to-face communal gatherings—the kind we enjoy with sports—still matter.

Going Beyond Google’s Celebration of Black History Makers

Recognition of another’s worth entails ceding power, allowing another what is rightfully theirs.