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Book Review: To Make Our World Anew

To Make Our World Anew: A History Of African Americans, edited by Robin D.G. Kelley and Earl Lewis This book suffers from a problem that is common to many books of its kind, in that the authors of this book … Continue reading

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Religious In Spite Of Ourselves

It is remarkable just how few people want to be considered religious. Even people who, by any definition of the word belong to organized religious groups with whom they attend religiously and which have organized clergy, formal liturgy, and well-defined … Continue reading

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You’re All The Same

One of the difficulties of talking about identities is a certain asymmetry that does not often get enough attention. When we judge identity for those who are close to us, we have the ability to make all kinds of very … Continue reading

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A Well-Armed Society Is A Polite Society

One of the most profound similarities between the generally antagonistic cultures of the Antebellum white South and contemporary black culture is something that is also shared with the culture of Southeast Asia that I witnessed in my time in Thailand. … Continue reading

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A Case Of Missed Identity

Recently I read three memoirs by musicians that seemed in many ways to intersect. Indeed, all of the memoirs were connected by a variety of common threads–all three of the musicians were ones whose best years were behind them as … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Meaning Of Mariah

The Meaning Of Mariah, by Mariah Carey with Michaela Angela Davis It must have been a difficult task for the co-author of this book to take the scattered and not very chronological tea dished out by Mariah Carey and to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Let Love Rule

Let Love Rule, by Lenny Kravitz with David Ritz I must admit that before reading this book I was not particularly aware of the personal life and history of Lenny Kravitz, despite the fact that I have long been fond … Continue reading

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That Was Uncomfortable

Today I, like many of my co-workers across many different offices, received a message this morning telling me to take a course on workplace harassment as a “multi-state employee.” The course was about an hour long and was presented by … Continue reading

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Book Review: When Kids Ask Hard Questions

When Kids Ask Hard Questions: Faith-Filled Answers For Tough Topics, edited by Bromleigh McCleneghan & Karen Ware Jackson When kids ask hard questions, find a better book than this one to look for answers. It is hard to overstate just … Continue reading

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Book Review: Empire Of Horses

Empire Of Horses: The First Nomadic Civilization And The Making Of China, by John Man There has long been a fascinating connection between the various nomadic realms of the steppes to the north and west of China and China itself, … Continue reading

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