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Christening puts hope on display

Christening puts hope on display
Morning View Baptist Church is located in the heart of South Memphis at 926 Carnegie St. in an area known as Lauderdale Sub. At one time, it was notoriously known worldwide as the “Dirty, Dirty” by the city’s underground rap scene. It is an area where American success stories seem few and far between.
 
The church pastor, the Rev. Alvin Fleming, holds a regular Sunday breakfast talk at the corner of Essex and Humber trying to get young men off the street and into the church, or anywhere they can find hope away from the too numerous sad tales. 
 
This past Sunday, hope was on display inside Morning View where the Crutisons – father Maurice, mother Deborah, 12-year-old Aaliyah, 3-year-old Marissa, and 19-year-old Nicholas Williams – were dressed in all white to observe the christening of Marissa and several other children from the church.

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  • Written by Tony Jones

Ministers in the hunt for votes

Ministers in the hunt for votes
With the Democratic Primary for the Ninth Congressional District about two months away, ministers in dueling camps are taking a stand, leaving those in tune with their spiritual guidance to determine if that influence should extend to the voting booth.
 
While such division is not new, some are suggesting that this time around the stakes are higher for African Americans in the district represented by incumbent Steve Cohen since 2006.
 
In May, more than a dozen ministers convened near the National Civil Rights Museum to announce their support for Atty. Ricky Wilkins, who – along with community activist Isaac Richmond – is challenging Cohen in the Aug. 7th primary.

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  • Written by Wiley Henry

Pastor Jamal H. Bryant: ‘These Hoes Ain’t Loyal’

 Pastor Jamal H. Bryant: ‘These Hoes Ain’t Loyal’
During a sermon full of homophobia, sexism and misogyny, Pastor Jamal H. Bryant, of the Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, Md. told his congregation how he really feels about some women.
 
“These hoes ain’t loyal!” he thundered from the pulpit as the congregation stomped and cheered and co-signed the statement.
 
Bryant pulled the words from the Chris Brown song of the same name.
 
Some of the lyrics are as follows:

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From ‘Mr. Irresponsible’ to ‘Precious One’

From ‘Mr. Irresponsible’ to ‘Precious One’

Dear Lucy: I am 16 years old and I live at home with my parents and little sister who is 12. My Auntie reads your article and told me to write to you. I used to have ADD and took Ritalin. I got sick of it and don't take it any more. Don't have a lot of crazy, stupid, impulse stuff anymore but there is one thing that I can't seem to fix. It drives me and my parents nuts. I am simply not a responsible person. Most of the time what I get fussed about is not being responsible. I get mad at them and mad at myself. Any tips?
– Mr. Irresponsible

Dear Precious One: I refuse to address you as "Irresponsible." And I urge you to never, ever talk ugly to yourself with negative labels. The greatest power we each have is the ability to choose how we will think. And the most important thoughts are the ones we think about ourselves!

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Take ownership of your pride and unforgiveness button

Take ownership of your pride and unforgiveness button

Dear Lucy: I divorced my husband ten years ago. We have one child and now he is seventeen. His father has never paid child support and I have never done anything about it because I can usually handle everything myself. However, when I really need his help and ask, he knows how to push my buttons, make me mad and I walk away angry and empty handed. He has never done anything for our son willingly and makes me feel guilty for asking by telling me about the last time he gave me money. Now, my son doesn't even want to ask for anything. Senior year is coming up and I can really use the help. How can I get different results?
– Buttons

Dear Buttons: Our emotions can work for or against us. Could it be that one of the buttons he pushes is the one called pride and unforgiveness? These two states can make us very emotional.

First there is the pride that made you think you didn't need or want his help so you decided not to legally enforce his responsibility to provide support for his child. Second, when we wallow in unforgiveness, it's hard to be civil. And here is something about forgiveness that we need to remember. To forgive a person does not mean that we let them go free. It means that we let ourselves go free. We become free enough to think rationally and without cloudy emotions.

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When things get unbearably rough, make a plan to get going

When things get unbearably rough, make a plan to get going

Dear Lucy: I work for a company where I get to see a lot of what really goes on because my job is at a low level in the organization. People assume that I am not paying attention because of my status. But I do. What I see is a lot of backbiting, meanness, lying, frustration and little respect for the customer, the boss or each other. I try to be a pleasant team player. My efforts don't really matter. I need my job but enough is enough. I am feeling tainted by all the negativity. What can I do to stay in the saddle?
– Rough Rider

Dear Rough Rider: Sounds to me like everybody is having a rough ride! Here are some things to consider.

If this has been going on longer than three years, chances are it will not change without a drastic change in leadership. You don't control that.

Sometimes, no matter how pleasant we may be, a spirit of anger and resentment when anchored, will not be pulled up by one person's attempts to be nice. You don't control that.

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Will ‘Noah’ film survive the flood of criticism from Christians?

Will ‘Noah’ film survive the flood of criticism from Christians?

The new bible epic "Noah" hit theaters nationwide Friday amid a storm of controversy.

The $130 million film, directed by Darren Aronofsky, starring Oscar winners Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, and Jennifer Connelly, has received a flood of criticism from Christian leaders who say the director has taken too many liberties with religious scripture.

"Noah" offers a unique interpretation of the timeless Biblical tale of the flood that destroyed all mankind while Noah's ark prevailed through it all.

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