Life: Not a Tyler Perry Movie

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When I was in college, I loved taking film classes as elective courses. I studied filmmakers such as Julie Dash (“Daughters of the Dust”), Mira Nair (“Mississippi Marsala”), and Halle Gerima (“Sankofa”). I studied how these masters told compelling stories through the subtle nuances of cinematography, lighting and sound. The courses introduced me to a host of classic, underground and underrated … [Read more...]

What My Son’s Special Needs Teach Me about Spiritual Discernment

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“Those who are unspiritual do not receive the gifts of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to them, and they are unable to understand them because they are spiritually discerned” 1 Corinthians 2:14 (NRSV). My son has special needs. However, when I say “special needs,” I don’t mean he’s been diagnosed with anything. He just has special needs. For example, my son is a very picky eater. He … [Read more...]

Family Matters: Communication

Verbal Attack

The area of sin I have struggled with the most is a sharp tongue. I am an introvert, so my words are generally few when I’m in a group of people. However, if you catch me at the wrong time, I can unleash a verbal furry. I have gotten better over the years, but my sharp tongue rears its ugly head every now and then. I’m usually less disciplined controlling my tongue when I’m physically, emotionally … [Read more...]