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‘Revival: The Experience’ Brings An All-Black Cast to a Big Screen Biblical Story

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The musical retelling of the Gospel of John features a star-studded all black cast and looks like a much needed reprieve from white-washed biblical narratives. Read more

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Churches in Niger and Other Former French Colonies Torched Over Charlie Hebdo Cartoons

By Fredrick Nzwili 

c. 2015 Religion News Service NAIROBI, Kenya ( RNS) Cartoon depictions of the Prophet... 

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Mocha Moms Respond to National Unrest with #BlackBoysMatter

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The support group for mothers of color launched a social media campaign to attack what many believe is at the root of the problem – fear of black and brown males. Read more

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Black Churches Offer Scholarships to Students at Michael Brown’s Alma Mater

By Elisa Crouch 

Three historically black denominations are offering scholarships to students at the high school attended by Michael Brown. Read more

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On Nigeria Coverage: We Are Who We’ve Been Waiting For

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We can either continue to complain about the lack of mainstream coverage on Nigeria and other black and African issues, or we can step up and show the world what’s important. Read more

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Nigerian Archbishop Calls for Unity Marches Following Boko Haram Massacres

By Fredrick Nzwili 

Nigerian Roman Catholic Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama says his country needs a similar march to the one held in Paris to pay tribute to victims of Islamist militant attacks. Read more

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A Tribute to Andrae Crouch, the Father of Modern Gospel

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In the wake of the gospel legend’s death we are sharing our favorite songs from him as a tribute. Join us by sharing yours along with your condolences to the family. Read more

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Essence Makes History with “Black Lives Matter” Cover

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The women’s magazine dropped their usual cover model to focus on the “Black Lives Matter” movement and those, both notable and unnoted, in the movement. Read more

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The Curious Origins of Christmas

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Christmas has pagan roots, but that isn’t a reason not to celebrate it, instead it gives us reason to believe all the more in the season’s power. Read more

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Black Churches Are No Longer Ground Zero for Civil Rights Activism

By Adelle Banks 

The black church is finding new ways for activism. But often, black pastors admit, they are not the leaders and the movement does not emanate from their sanctuaries. Read more

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