Racial Justice Author Austin Channing Brown to Sign New Book ‘I’m Still Here’ at Jimmy Carter Library on Thursday, July 19

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Austin Channing Brown’s new book  I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness has been getting a lot of buzz, but if you haven’t heard of it, see the synopsis below:

From a powerful new voice on racial justice, an eye-opening account of growing up black, Christian, and female in middle-class white America.

Austin Channing Brown’s first encounter with a racialized America came at age seven, when she discovered her parents named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a white man. Growing up in majority-white schools, organizations, and churches, Austin writes, “I had to learn what it means to love blackness,” a journey that led to a lifetime spent navigating America’s racial divide as a writer, speaker, and expert who helps organizations practice genuine inclusion.

In a time when nearly all institutions (schools, churches, universities, businesses) claim to value “diversity” in their mission statements, I’m Still Here is a powerful account of how and why our actions so often fall short of our words. Austin writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice, in stories that bear witness to the complexity of America’s social fabric – from black Cleveland neighborhoods to private schools in the middle-class suburbs, from prison walls to the boardrooms at majority-white organizations. For listeners who have engaged with America’s legacy on race through the writing of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Michael Eric Dyson, I’m Still Here is an illuminating look at how white, middle-class Evangelicalism has participated in an era of rising racial hostility, inviting the listener to confront apathy, recognize God’s ongoing work in the world, and discover how blackness – if we let it – can save us all.

If you would like to know more about Brown’s book and live in the metro Atlanta area, she as well as her special guest rapper Lecrae will be speaking about her book as well as the topics of racial justice and racial reconciliation on Thursday, July 19 at 7 p.m. at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum,  453 Freedom Pkwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. For tickets, click on eventbrite.com. And if you don’t live in the metro Atlanta area and want to know more about I’m Still Here, she will be visiting other locations in the country as a part of her book tour.   

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Warryn & Erica Campbell’s Daughter Admits to Being Bullied Because of Skin Color on ‘We’re The Campbells’ TONIGHT on TV One!

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Colorism in the black community is real and the fact that it is still an issue today is unbelievable! Black, in all hues, is beautiful! You would think that the black community would have evolved past being color struck in modern society, but sadly, that is not the case…

In TONIGHT’s episode of “We’re The Campbells,” Erica Campbell discovers that her eldest child Krista struggles with self-esteem because of her dark skin tone.  Erica introduces Krista to Kheris, a social media star who has her own fashion line dedicated to embracing her dark hued complexion. After Erica shares Krista’s concerns with Warryn, he reveals a secret he’s kept from Joi that certain record executives refused to work with her because they thought her features were too dark. When Warryn shares the truth, she questions remaining in the music industry altogether. Meanwhile, Warryn asks Erica to co-preach with him at church but Erica doesn’t have time to prepare.

See some clips from the episode below:

In this snippet, Krista Campbell reveals she was called “darkie” by other kids. That is so sad.

In the snippet below, Warryn discusses that he, too, faced some angst around his complexion.

The overall promo for the episode is last. Krista asks her mother if she is ugly. That is so heartbreaking!

“We’re The Campbells” airs Tuesdays at 8/C on TV One!

Will you be watching?

Any thoughts?

Le’Andria Johnson Allegedly Uninvited from ESSENCE Fest Gospel Lineup After Going Off About Marvin Winans! UPDATE: Le’Andria Has Apologized!

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Just yesterday I was commenting about folk coming back from the ESSENCE Fest, and from the looks of things Le’Andria Johnson was not one of them after being allegedly being uninvited from ESSENCE Fest Gospel Lineup after going off on a video about Marvin Winans.

BlackChristianNews.com is reporting that Le’Andria claimed “the gospel legend dissed her and treated her like ‘a peasant.’ Johnson insists the incident is one of many with fellow artists of faith that’s led her to a breakdown.” It’s not clear where this encounter happened.

And she used some colorful language to describe her dismay below:

In a longer version of her rant below, she says she can be on a “Kirk Franklin level, Mary Mary level, Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp, Fred Hammond, you know what I’m saying, all the gospel greats, Tasha Cobbs, all the R&B Beyonce’, Brandy, I could be on that level. I could really be on that level. If I played the game, I could really be on that level. I could, but I’m not ’bout playin’ no games though.”

And it seems that maybe she is calling it quits on her career based on this tweet below:

She breaks down all that is bothering her on another even longer Facebook video. WARNING: More colorful language.

She is inviting her fans to meet her in Chicago in the third week of August (Aug. 18) for a free event of some sort according to the video…Apparently, she has something to reveal at this event…I guess she will announce further details later…

So I don’t have time to fully think this through this morning because I’m supposed to be on my way to worship service, but I will say this: On the heels of the release of the “Whitney” documentary on Friday, based on Le’Andria Johnson’s reaction to stardom and the industry, maybe all of that isn’t in her best interest. I’ve seen her sing in person and her voice is one of those rare voices that encompasses all (the sublime and the secular) that she has experienced. You will be transported to heaven and hell in listening to her! God has given her a gift! But maybe all of this discomfort that she continues to display is related to the spotlight she lives in. I don’t know. Just a thought. And maybe it was just simply an overreaction to a perceived slight from Marvin Winans. Most times we think someone is thinking about us and they are too wrapped up in self to be thinking about us at all. And even if he did slight her, so what? I look to my approval from God not man although sometimes it does hurt when folk don’t treat us like we want to be treated.

Alright, that’s all I got.

Should the ESSENCE Fest have cancelled her appearance this past weekend?

UPDATE: Le’Andria Johnson has apologized for how she expressed herself and to Bishop Marvin Winans and his church…

Any thoughts?