Leading with Forgiveness

“So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift” Matthew 5:23-24 (NRSV). This past weekend, I attended the wedding of two dear friends. The bride, music and ceremony were absolutely beautiful. I … [Read more...]

The Dilemma of Young Widowhood

“To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is well for them to remain unmarried as I am. But if they are not practicing self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to be aflame with passion” 1 Corinthians 7:8–9 (NRSV). No one ever expects to lose a spouse – especially if you’re young and just starting out in life. I’m no spring chicken at 35, but I still consider myself … [Read more...]

Life: Not a Tyler Perry Movie

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...]