*An Atlanta-area church is tired of simply hearing about issues plaguing the black family, and is asking its parishioners and the public at large to join him in doing something about it.
In seeking to address such concerns as unprecedented fatherlessness, massive unemployment and underemployment, wealth inequities, health and educational disparities, and over-criminalization and incarceration within the African American community, Canaan Land Church International, under its pastor Dr. Don Brawley III, has launched a crowdsourcing campaign to raise money for a new “Christ-centered curriculum to share God’s vision for building the black family.”
The Building Black Families Curriculum will use “small group interactions” to help change communities, in the way Jesus chose a small group of 12 disciples to help transform lives.
“Though there are many excellent Christ-centered curriculums that share important truths and life lessons to the broader church community, there is a dearth of published small group video and book curriculums that have been produced by African-American churches with an emphasis on the needs and issues of the African-American family,” states a passage at its GoFundMe website. “To date, no publisher or church has created a Christ-centered small group video and book study tailored to the specific needs and present struggles of the African-American family.”
Canaan Land is teaming with Brett Eastman’s Lifetogether, an organization that helped Pastor Rick Warren develop a small group curriculum for his book The Purpose-Driven Life and a similar curriculum for Dr. Tony Evans’ Destiny, to name a few. Lifetogether helps churches to strategize and produce such curriculum, while also coaching senior pastors by “leveraging their life, leadership and legacy to transform lives through community.”
Building Black Families is designed to be taught through bible study, small groups, Sunday school, or as a church-wide spiritual growth campaign.
Pastor Brawley and his wife, Pastor Mona Brawley, talk more about their mission below:
To help the Building Black Families Curriculum reach its $25,000 goal, visit its GoFundMe page here.
‘We Are All Going to Congress’: Cori Bush Delivers Powerful Acceptance Speech; Set to Join ‘The Squad’ (Watch)
*Progressive Democrat Cori Bush, a leader in the 2014 Ferguson uprising over the police killing of Michael Brown, made history Tuesday after becoming the first Black woman to represent Missouri in Congress.
Bush clobbered Republican Anthony Rogers with a staggering 85 percent of the vote (or more than 80,000 votes) in Missouri’s 1st Congressional District, which includes St. Louis and Ferguson. The win follows her stunning primary upset in August over 10-term incumbent Congressman William Lacy Clay, whose family has represented the St. Louis-area congressional district for more than 50 years.
The single mother and nurse was formerly homeless and stayed on the front lines of protests against the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. As the election approached, the congresswoman-elect was touted by some as a potential new member of “The Squad,” the crew of progressive lawmakers that has so far included Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rep. Ayanna Pressley. All four held onto their congressional seats in Tuesday’s election.
It’s official. The first-ever recruited Justice Democrat candidate @CoriBush is going to Congress.
Six years ago police officers maced Cori in Ferguson as she helped spark a global movement.
Three months from now she’ll be holding police accountable as a member of Congress. pic.twitter.com/Fskoa1QQ65
— Justice Democrats (@justicedems) November 4, 2020
During Bush’s acceptance speech Tuesday night, she told supporters, “As the first Black woman and also the first nurse and single mother to have the honor to represent Missouri in the United States Congress, let me say this. To the Black women, the Black girls, the nurses, the essential workers, the single mothers: This is our moment.”
She added: “Our America will be led not by the small-mindedness of a powerful few, but the imagination of a mass movement that includes all of us.”
Watch Cori Bush’s entire speech below:
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis Join Forces to Release Debut Album
*Legendary producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have joined forces on a new project that seems long overdue.
The five-time Grammy Award-winning duo are set to drop their first full-length album as artists, Billboard reports.
In announcing their next project, Jam said: “BMG immediately got our vision and understood where we wanted to go with this album. There was real mutual respect. We’ve found the perfect partner to kick off this next era and finally deliver our first record to the world.”
The forthcoming LP will feature “iconic collaborations spanning their influential discography,” reads a statement issued by BMG.
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“It’s crazy to think we’re about to release our debut album after all these years,” adds Lewis. “This is going to be a very special moment and we are grateful to have this team behind us.”
James “Jimmy Jam” Harris III and Terry Lewis are best known for their catalog of hits that includes collaborations with Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Kanye West, Usher, Gwen Stefani, George Michael, Mariah Carey and many more.
Their untitled album “is an extraordinary celebration of Jimmy and Terry’s musical brilliance, influence, and legacy they’ve created over the course of their musical career,” said John Loeffler, BMG’s executive vp, repertoire & marketing, New York. “Each song is remarkable with awe-inspiring performances to create a career defining master work.”
The album is set to drop next year, with BMG media teasing,”Get ready for them to make history again in 2021.”
African-American Museum in Louisville Unveils Exhibit for Black Victims of Police Violence (Video)
*The African-American Museum in Louisville, Ky unveiled a new art exhibit called Unarmed: An Afternoon of Images and Reflection, which was created in memory of black victims of police violence.
New York artist, Raafi Rivero, created a series of sports jerseys, each designed in the colors of a victim’s local sports team. The number is the victim’s age and stars on the jerseys represent how many times that person was shot.
Rivero said he began the project in 2013 after the death of Trayvon Martin, and as there were more and more victims, he added jerseys, including Breonna Taylor’s.
View the jerseys on display in this WHAS 11 news report on the exhibit below.
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