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Michael Curry’s royal wedding sermon will go down in history

Michael Curry’s royal wedding sermon will go down in history

Bishop Michael Curry

The American bishop did it black. And he shocked the congregation by refusing to tone down his passionate message on power and love

The candle flames were trembling. The pulpit was on fire. The bride and groom were waiting. As were the Queen, Oprah, Idris Elba, and Doria Ragland, now the world’s most famous yoga teacher. Just before he got on to the subject of fire, Bishop Michael Curry, the first African-American leader of the US Episcopal church, promised the happy couple, “and with this I’ll sit down, we got to get y’all married”. But there’s a lot to say about the French Jesuit Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and his relevance to modern technology and the concept of love and how this relates to Martin Luther King, so he went on for another three minutes.
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History: Black Churches in America – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

History: Black Churches in America – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

It is 1758 and a slave reports on the condition of Blacks. He says, ‘the white folks would come in when the colored people would have prayer meetings, and whip every one of them. Most of them thought that when colored people were praying it was against them.’ In 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina, a weapon that was deadlier than the whip was used and it brought tragic results.

Black churches were a cause of concern to the White establishment during and after slavery. A Black congregation was seen as a threat to White supremacy. The congregation was an example of faith, togetherness, and the ownership of property and this did not sit well with Whites.

When Whites in the South wanted excitement they would set fire to Black churches. The flames provided relief from boredom and sent a message to Blacks to mind their message and  manners.

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Antigua apologizes to Rastafarian community for decades of discrimination

Antigua apologizes to Rastafarian community

Photo: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne with Ambassador Franklyn “King Frank-I” Francis.

BY NELSON A. KING – Antigua & Barbuda

The government of Antigua and Barbuda was expected Monday May 21, 2018 to formally apologize before the Organization of American States (OAS) on discrimination against the Rastafarian community, hoping to improve relations with the religious group.     Continue reading

Profile: Jayanta Bhagawati: An Indian Treasure in Guyana! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Jayanta Bhagawati

Jayanta Bhagawati has made an indelible contribution to the culture of Guyana. He was sent in 2015 by the Government of India to teach classical dance to Guyanese. Jayanta was based at the Indian Cultural Center (ICC) in Georgetown but he traveled around Guyana to meet with the people and to get them interested in dance.

The ICC is India’s oldest outpost in any of its Mission abroad. It is more than forty years old and it has produced wonderful talents during its many years. The classes are open to all Guyanese and Jayanta is proud of its achievements.

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Cannabis: Antigua PM issues apology to Rastafari community

Cannabis: Antigua PM issues apology to Rastafari community

420- International Day of Cannabis

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne says the prohibition of cannabis less than 100 years ago, was prompted not by altruistic motives or concern for the health or well-being of users, but to serve “the racist, political and economic interests’ of the then global powers.

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https://caribbeannewsservice.com/now/st-lucia-antigua-pm-issues-apology-to-rastafari-community/

The Souls of Poor Folk: A National Call for Moral Revival – Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

Poor Peoples Campaign - A National Call for Moral Revival 2018
Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
Photo Credit: Poor People’s Campaign

I’m finding it hard to stay abreast of all the upheaval triggered by our Twitter-in-Chief. His tweets and threats boggle my mind, create instability across our nation, and embolden our rivals and enemies overseas.

While our bombs turn the Middle East into rubble, people at the bottom rungs in America face their own hell. This month, the Institute for Policy Studies has published its empirical study, The Souls of Poor Folk, highlighting the complex issues that entangle our lives: systemic racism, persistent poverty, the war economy and militarism, and ecological devastation. Here are some of their key findings.

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Gaza Strip murder of unarmed demonstrators – By Uri Avnery

Gaza Strip murder of unarmed demonstrators

By Uri Avnery

WRITE DOWN: I, Uri Avnery, soldier number 44410 of the Israel army, hereby dissociate myself from the army sharpshooters who murder unarmed demonstrators along the Gaza Strip, and from their commanders, who give them the orders, up to the commander in chief.

We don’t belong to the same army, or to the same state. We hardly belong to the same human race.

IS MY government committing “war crimes” along the border of the Gaza Strip?

I don’t know. I am not a jurist.         Continue reading

Dr. King’s legacy– We cannot afford to stop…. – By Yvonne Sam

Dr. King’s legacy– We cannot afford to stop. We are too far from the mountain top

Even in our sleep pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until in our despair against our will comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.  Aeschylus

On April 4, 2018, the nation  of America marked 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.     Continue reading

Profile: Rev. Seopaul Singh – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Profile: Rev. Seopaul Singh – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

….. Public Service Is His Life

Rev. Seopaul Singh

Rev. Seopaul Singh has recently released a book on Guyana. He launched it at the Starlite Pavilion in New York, on March 29, 2018. It should be a welcome addition to the literature on Guyana and the Caribbean.

Seopaul has accumulated a wealth of experience in government and the civil service over the years. It would be accurate to say that he is one of the senior state-persons in the Queens community in New York.

Seopaul was born at Supply, Mahaicony on the East Coast of Demerara in Guyana.

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Revisiting Martin Luther King’s Final and Most Haunting Sermon

Revisiting King’s Final and Most Haunting Sermon

Delivered two months before he died, “The Drum Major Instinct” saw the preacher give his own eulogy.

Dagmawi Woubshet | The Atlantic

“The Drum Major Instinct” is one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s finest sermons and perhaps his most haunting. He delivered it exactly two months before his assassination, on February 4, 1968, at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he served as co-pastor with his father.

What distinguishes “The Drum Major Instinct” is that King concludes this homily by rehearsing his death, effectively spelling out the kind of eulogy he wanted delivered at his funeral.    Continue reading

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