Five Reasons To Celebrate Black History Month

Jemar Tisby, co-founder of the Reformed African American Network, makes a case for the relevance and importance of Black History Month. Read more


Wishful Thinking: If I Were Dennis Rodman

As Rodman journeys back home from his North Korea trip and into the fray of the media, here are some things for him to contemplate. Read more


Ain’t I A Mother, Too?

An analysis of the ways in which Black motherhood needs to be humanized and re-conceptualized for the sake of black women and society at large. Read more


A Chance Meeting with Mandela

A young man’s reflection on meeting the prolific leader and how it has inspired him. Read more

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‘Noah’ Blockbuster Has Almost Everything Going For It, Except Diversity

The new "Noah" movie has everything you’d expect in a biblical blockbuster. Big Hollywood stars. Extravagant special effects. An apocalyptic flood. One thing’s missing though: a hint of ethnic diversity. Read more

By Bob Smietana 

Should Tyler Perry Sponsor a “Single Moms Night Out?”

Can a social media campaign get Tyler Perry to put his money where his film is and sponsor a night out for single moms to see "Single Moms Club"? Read more


On Faith and Doubt: A Review of the Series Premiere of Resurrection

The new ABC series attempts to show what is really at stake when a loved one is raised from the dead and it is as much about doubt as it is about faith. Read more


Daily Direction

Urban Faith's Dr. Melvin BanksDaily Direction featuring Dr. Melvin Banks, is the two-minute daily radio program  based on the themes found in UMI's annual commentary Precepts for Living. To find a radio station near you that airs Daily Direction click here. Miss a Daily Direction? Click here to view all.

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In 1986, two ships collided in the Black Sea off the coast of Russia. Even though the two captains saw one other, each was too proud to yield first. Such prideful attitudes were just the opposite of what Jesus taught. On His way to Jerusalem, Jesus said to his disciples, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of his enemies. He will be killed, but three days later he will rise from the dead.” Now while Jesus was focused on the treatment He was about to endure in Jerusalem, His disciples were debating who would be the greatest in His kingdom—totally ignoring the example of humble service Jesus was displaying to them. So He said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must take the last place and be the servant of everyone else.” To drive home His point, He sat down, took a little child in his arms, and said to them: “Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not only me but also my Father who sent me.” Jesus taught them and us that the essence of greatness is not in the amount of power we can exercise over others; not in status, but in serving the weak, the powerless, and the most defenseless—those perceived to be insignificant as an innocent child.

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