The Top 10 Blog Posts and or Articles for Black Christian Women in February 2018

Hello World,

I’m back with my monthly roundup of blog posts and or articles for black Christian women! So below is my Top 10 monthly roundup of blog posts and or magazine/newspaper articles for black Christian women for February ( but you don’t have be a black Christian woman to to check them out 🙂  As usual, let me know if you like my list! Enjoy and share!

1. “See the Newly Unveiled Official Portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama” by Mary Rhodan

Excerpt: The National Portrait Gallery unveiled the long-awaited portraits of former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on Monday. The Obamas’ portraits were painted by New York based artist Kehinde Wiley and Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald. They are the first African Americans commissioned to paint official portraits of the first couple for the National Portrait Gallery. The two artists’ works will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery starting on February 13. Aside from the White House, the Gallery is home to the only complete collection of presidential portraits; according to the Smithsonian, it is comprised of more than 1,600 works. See more at:

2. “Rosa Parks Was My Aunt. Here’s What You Don’t Know About Her” by Urana McCauley

Excerpt: Sometimes I struggle with social media because it seems there’s always somebody belittling Auntie Rosa. I recently saw someone post that my aunt wasn’t really black. Or people say that she was strategically placed on the bus in Montgomery because she was lighter skinned. It’s amazing to me that they would think that. Yes our family ancestry is part African American, part white, and part Native American. Auntie Rosa considered herself black and was treated as black. We have a lot of work to do in this country regarding colorism, but whether you’re light or dark — and this is still true today — you are black in America and you’re going to be treated accordingly. See more at:

3. “‘Black Panther’ brings unexpected boost to makers of African inspired clothing” by Nedra Rhone and Shelia M. Poole

Excerpt: In Wakanda, the fictional African country from which Black Panther hails, the prints, colors and cuts of African clothing are woven throughout whether in an action scene, a street scene or a backdrop to other significant moments. Atlantan Carl Ulysses Bowen was one of tailors on the “Black Panther” film. Ulysses , who owns a tailoring and custom clothing business in Buckhead, said he added some of his own touches to the clothes designed by Ruth Carter. “I drew my inspiration from African culture and different African tribes within that culture,” said Bowen, who graduated from Morehouse College in 2005. He perused videos and looked at African history and photography books. He also scoured the internet. See more at:

4. “Ayesha Curry Is Pregnant, Expecting Third Child With Stephen Curry” by Emily Longeretta

Excerpt: The couple are already the proud parents to daughters Riley, 6, and Ryan, 3. The CoverGirl spokesperson met Curry, 29, when they were 14 and 15, attending the same church youth group. The went on to marry in 2011. See more at:

5. “Stephanie Paul stays true to Haitian heritage” by Yash Bhika

Excerpt:  In Bayshore Drive in Naples, Florida, lies the Naples New Haitian Church of the Nazarene. The church is owned by Paul’s dad, Renauld. This is where she spent a good portion of her childhood. Paul would learn how to sing gospel songs, which she still sings to this day. Just as she was able to express herself inside her church, she also had the love and support of her family. It is in Naples where she grew up as the youngest of nine siblings. Her siblings are Lo, John, Jean, Matt, Josie, Nephtalie, Da-anna, Eunice and Dann. There is a 25-year age gap from Paul’s oldest sibling, Lo, to her. All of her siblings participated in sports either at the collegiate or the high school level. They all played basketball and Paul was able to learn from them. Despite such a large discrepancy in ages between the children, the love for each other was always there. See more at:

6. “‘We Mean Business or No Washing’: The Atlanta Washerwomen Strike of 1881” by Brandon Weber

Excerpt: In the 1880s, twenty years after the “official” end of slavery in the United States, African Americans continued to suffer extreme oppression and violence. Lynchings were common and “separate but equal” Jim Crow laws gave African Americans minimal access to schools, the military, and labor unions—the kinds of institutions that helped other Americans move toward prosperity. It was in this context that a group of African American washerwomen in Atlanta organized themselves to demand better wages and working conditions. “The Washing Society,” as they called themselves, struck in the summer of 1881, taking on the business and political establishment of Atlanta, Georgia. The action served to remind the city’s white majority whom they depended on for the clothes they wore. The strike—a group of black women organizing against omnipresent discrimination to demand recognition and respect for their work—stands out in union history as a most unlikely success. See more at:

7. “Lillian Thomas Fox was a journalist and champion for her race” by Dawn Mitchell 

Excerpt: History refers to Lillian Thomas Fox as a journalist and club woman, which seems to be a slight on a woman so far ahead of her time. As a black woman at the end of the 19th century, she became a champion for public health for the Indianapolis black community.Fox was born in 1854 in Chicago to Rev. Byrd Parker, an AME minister, and Janet J. Johnson, a schoolteacher. Fox’s father died in 1860, and her mother married Robert E. Thomas. The family moved to Wisconsin. Lillian took his last name. See more at:

8. “4 ways that black Catholic sisters rewrote the American story” by Diane Batts Morrow

Excerpt: As we observe Black History Month in 2018, examining the early history of the Oblate Sisters of Providence can teach us several important lessons. The sisters proved exceptional in 19th-century America: They were black and free in a slave society that privileged only whiteness; female in a male dominated society; Roman Catholic in a Protestant society; and pursuing religious vocations in a society doubting the virtue of all black women. Organized in Baltimore in 1828, this pioneering black sisterhood dedicated themselves to educating black girls. The Oblate Sisters confronted many challenges in their early years. Most white people did not believe that black people could lead virtuous lives and rejected as impossible the idea of a black Catholic sisterhood. See more at:

9. “Doing a New Thing – A 21st Century Vision for AME HBCUs” by Tiffany Brockington

Excerpt: Arguably, the two most important black spaces in America are HBCUs and the Black Church.  The importance and connection of both is outlined in the new documentary, “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”  The title of this documentary is attributed Richard Wright Sr., and serves as a directive which influenced not just the arc of the film, but several historically black campuses.  See more at:

10. “A Harlem Woman With A Wardrobe Worthy Of A Deeper Look” by Channing Hargrove

Excerpt: On Friday, Turner’s wardrobe went on display once again, this time at the Projects+ Gallery in Saint Louis, Missouri. Open now through March 31, the exhibit features a series of black and white photographs of Turner’s pieces by Dario Calmese, which explore the role of Black churches “as activators not only for imagination but as crucibles for the construction of self” within the African American community. Calmese, whose father was a pastor, has a personal connection to to Turner’s story. “Growing up in the church, the ritual of getting dressed for Sunday morning is a heavy thread in the fabric of my childhood memories,”he told Vogue. Through the photos, it’s evident that Turner has a similar collection with clothing. See more at:

If you know of any black Christian women bloggers and or writers, please e-mail me at as I’m always interested in expanding my community of black Christian women blogs and websites. As I noted before, while this is a roundup of interesting blog posts and or magazine and newspaper articles for black Christian women, you don’t have to be one to appreciate these pieces  🙂.

Any thoughts?



‘Black Panther’s’ Letitia Wright, T’Challa’s Little Sister, Nearly Gave Up Acting for Christian Faith!

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I cannot unpack all that is #BlackPanther the movie at this moment because there were levels and layers to this movie. I saw the movie yesterday, but I think I will have to see it again so that I can take in all that was offered in the movie. I mean it touched on so many areas worthy of dissertations from the divide between Africans and African Americans to the warriors that are black women and how they have saved black people to boys growing up without fathers in the black community…

But when I came across this article, I knew I needed to share it with my tribe. As I joked this morning on social media, all praises to Black Panther but ALL of the honor, glory and praise belongs to the Lion of Judah, JESUS! Apparently, Letitia Wright, who portrayed Shuri, T’Challa’s impish and brilliant little sister, agrees! She nearly gave up acting before landing this role of a lifetime…Apparently, acting had become an idol in her life…I can relate. I have some writer goals that have probably taken up more residence in my heart than what God intended…So I’m working that out…But check out what Londoner Letitia Wright said on “This Morning” about developing a personal relationship with God and how that relationship changed her perspective on acting and everything else… See the quote and video below…

I was going through a lot. A very difficult time in my life. I just needed to take a break from acting because I really idolized it. So I came off from it. And I went on a journey to discover God and my relationship with God. And I became a Christian. It really just gave me so much love and light within myself so much so that I felt secure. I felt like I didn’t need validation from anyone else or from getting a part. My happiness wasn’t dependent on that. It was dependent on my relationship with God.

Let the Church Say Amen…

Just for kicks, here I am at the theater to see Black Panther last night…#WakandaForever…









Have you seen #BlackPanther yet?

Any thoughts?

God Portrayed as a Black Woman in ‘The Shack’ Premiering Tonight for Lionsgate ‘Movie Premiere Night!’

Check Out an Interview with Octavia Spencer, who portrays God, in 'The Shack!'

Hello World,

There are so many great movies out there to choose from right now, and this is one that should definitely be on your list!  From the producer of The Blind Side and Life of Pi and based on Wm. Paul Young’s New York Times best-selling novel, THE SHACK takes us on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips, portrayed by Sam Worthington, spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa, portrayed Octavia Spencer, who recently starred in the Academy Award nominated film Hidden Figures. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.

THE SHACK opens in theatres nationwide on Friday, March 3rd.  To celebrate the new film, Lionsgate is offering fans an exclusive in-theatre experience, called ‘Movie Premiere Night.’ Taking place tonight, March 2nd, moviegoers in cities around the country, will be the first to see THE SHACK in theatres, followed by a 20-minute video hosted by radio personality Delilah that features interviews with the movie’s cast, including Oscar® winner Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures, The Help); Sam Worthington (Avatar, Hacksaw Ridge), Grammy Award winner Tim McGraw (The Blind Side), an acoustic performance by chart topping country duo Dan + Shay, and a conversation between Delilah and Wm. Paul Young. Hundreds of ‘Movie Premiere Night’ events will take place in major cities around the U.S. to kick off opening weekend, and many churches are buying out theaters.

Tickets for THE SHACKMovie Premiere Night’ can be purchased here:

Many faith leaders are endorsing The SHACK….

“Profound and creative.”
– Dick Rolfe, Co-Founder & CEO of The Dove Foundation

“It was incredible.”
– Michael W. Smith, Grammy-Award Winning, Platinum-selling music artist

“An amazing production.”
– Geoff Tunnicliffe, Former Head of World Evangelical Alliance

However, the film has its detractors according The Washington Post article “Why God is a Curvy, Black woman in ‘The Shack’ and Some Christian Critics Say It’s ‘Heresy’” written by Katie Mettler.

James B. DeYoung, a professor of New Testament Language and Literature at Western Seminary in Oregon, and the author of a scathing critique called “Burning Down ‘The Shack’: How the ‘Christian’ bestseller is deceiving millions,” said Young’s message strays dangerously far from biblical teachings and promotes “universalism,” or the idea that in the end, all people will go to heaven.

In her book Feminist Mysticism and Images of God: A Practical Theology, author Jennie S. Knight explains this dilemma:Many white, European Americans have experienced more unconditional love from an African American woman employed by their parents to take care of them as children than from their own parents. They have developed an image of God as an African American woman in connection with the teachings of their religious tradition that God is unconditionally loving. This image has emerged recently in U.S. popular culture in the novel The Shack, resonating with millions of readers. This raises the question, however, of whether this God-image enables them to challenge their inevitable internalized images of white people as superior in a white supremacist context. Perhaps the image of the less powerful, more loving African American woman coincides with an image of Christ as long-suffering and therefore does not challenge assumptions and inspire action to alleviate the suffering of African American people.

I must confess I have never read the novel (although someone recently gave me a copy of the novel and I plan to read it), but I wonder why when anything colored and or black is associated with deity, whether real or not, controversy arises – from Santa being a black man at the Mall of Georgia last year to the “real face” of Jesus being a colored face in 2015.

I think this verse below summarizes this controversy…

“Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.  To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.  I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.”  1 Corinthians 9:19-23

In reading The Washington Post article, I discovered that the reason that the author made God a black woman in his novel is because after he was forced to leave his church following the revelation of an affair, a black woman from the church was the first one from his church to reach out to him in compassion.

A week later, someone pulled into Young’s driveway, a person who the author later claimed was one of the first within whom he saw God — the worship leader of his former church.

She was a curvy, black woman.

“She’s come over and says, ‘I think they’re making a huge mistake with you, I think we need to love you and be in your life,’” Jacobsen said. “And she said, ‘I don’t care what the rest of them do, I’m committed to you and (your wife), and I’m going to be your friends through this.’”

It inspired a rethinking of how he viewed God.

What do you think about God as a black woman? Do you plan to see The Shack?

Below is a video of Octavia speaking about her role in The Shack.

And below is the trailer from the movie.

Any thoughts?