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5 Takeaways from Tuesday’s White House Celebration of Gospel Music

By Adelle M. Banks 

First lady Michelle Obama hosted a discussion with musicians and students on gospel music at the White House and started a history lesson on its role as “a ray of hope” in American history. Read more

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Nigeria Marks One Year Since Boko Haram Kidnapped Schoolgirls

By Fredrick Nzwili 

Nigerians on Tuesday staged ceremonies to remember the 219 schoolgirls abducted by the militant group Boko Haram in Chibok one year ago on April 14. Read more

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Gardner C. Taylor, Dean of Black Preachers, Dies at 96

By B. Denise Hawkins and Adelle M. Banks 

The Rev. Gardner C. Taylor, widely considered the dean of the nation’s black preachers died Sunday (April 5) after a ministerial career that spanned more than six decades. Read more

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Kenya Religious Leaders Urge Unity in Face of Garissa Massacre

By Fredrick Nzwili 

As Good Friday services began, Christian and Muslim leaders preached unity a day after a horrific terrorist attack at Garissa University College left 147 students dead, most of them Christians. Read more

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Urban Faith Conversations: A.D. The Bible Continues

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Join UMI/UrbanFaith Conversations during the live broadcasts and after each episode on Facebook, Twitter, and UrbanFaith.com to participate in discussion about “AD The Bible Continues.” Read more

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Looking for Love & Family: Preachers of Detroit Ep. 5 Recap

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Episode five of Preachers of Detroit finds Pastor Bullock on a date, Bishop Langston opening up, and Bishop Vaughn struggling with her family. Read more

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Reimagining Justice: An Interview with Mariame Kaba

By Noah Berlatsky 

Writer Noah Berlatsky speaks with Chicago-based activist Mariame Kaba about her vision of justice, the abolition of police violence, and hope as a prerequisite to change. Read more

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Selma Anniversary Puts Spotlight on Deep Poverty

By Aamer Madhani 

While Selma might have transformed America, in many ways time has stood still in the community that was at the center of the push that culminated with the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Read more

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‘Bloody Sunday’ Altered History of a Horrified Nation

By Marty Roney 

Images of that day 50 years ago, when law enforcement officers beat back peaceful civil rights marchers, provided the catalyst for passage of the Voting Rights Act. Read more

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Obama Condemns ‘Distorted’ Faith at National Prayer Breakfast

By Adelle Banks 

President Obama called for an emphasis on what is just about the world’s religions as a way to counter the ways faith has been distorted across the globe. Read more

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