The three-fifths compromise was an agreement made by the founders at the constitutional convention in 1787 that enslaved persons would be counted as three-fifths of a person for southern state representation in the House of Representatives and southern state electors for the Electoral College. Yet the enslaved were only considered property by White men. But, for the sake of political power, this concession was made.

Over 150 years later, Congress signed the Civil Rights Act that legally ended racial segregation in the United States. That too was a compromise. Integration is defined as an incorporation as equals into society or…


Kon Karampelas

There are certain frustrations that are common to the experience of parenting. One that comes to mind is doing laundry. My wife and I live a life that is an endless cycle of hampers full of dirty clothes for washing and baskets full of clean clothes for folding. But there are certain frustrations unique to the Black experience; like finding quality television programs for your children that offer images of Black beauty, Black joy, Black excellence, and Black love.

When I was 8 (same age as my oldest), I could count the number of prime-time Black shows on network television…


Nipsey Hussle (Source Magazine)

The death of Nipsey Hussle is a loss to this world. Mr. Asghedom was a talented artist, a technology wiz and a community entrepreneur. He was also a loving life partner and a loving father. What made him most enduring to his community and to Black people was that Nipsey loved his community and he loved Black people. Black people nationwide paid homage to Nipsey Hussle over the last two weeks because the essence of Mr. Asghedom was expressed in his love for Black people. In a nation that is reeking in anti-Blackness, that Nipsey loved Black people matters.

This…


I have yearned to find a text like Woke Church for a long time.

During my senior year of undergrad, I wrote my these on whether Black people should work inside or outside our nation’s institutions for political and economic uplift. My research took me many places and I learned a great deal. But stuck with me more than anything else was the role of the Black Church during the Black freedom struggle — specifically how the Black Church both worked inside and outside our institutions to achieve civil rights gains. In my research, I was introduced to detailed descriptions of the civil rights contributions of the Black Church; inside and outside the confines…


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This past weekend was the culmination of watching a show that I have already seen before. As someone who loves political theater, the last two weeks were a reminder that you can have too much of a thing. I say too much of a thing and not a good thing because the term “good” is a subjective term. Something good can be harmful and satisfying simultaneously; So to use a vernacular phrase, what’s really good? I enjoy watching cable news and being overtaken by the drama of politics. However, the drama is the same performance every time. I am sure…


[Disclaimer: This article’s intended audience are educators who identify themselves as Christian or as a believer in Jesus Christ; particularly White educators. However, I believe that the truths delivered in this article provide insight that all educators, regardless of race and/or religious affiliation, can profit from and implement in their teaching and administrative practices.]

There is no colorblindness in Christ. Colorblindness, as a philosophy and a practice, is both damaging for White brothers and sisters who hold this mindset and to people of color who are confronted with this mindset. …


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One of the more profound statements Jesus makes, in my opinion, is found within his instructions on how to pray (Matt 6:9–13). Jesus says in verse 12 (NIV):

Forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors.”

Why this particular portion is so profound is due to the simplicity of instruction and reflection. This call, to ask forgiveness of our debts as we have forgiven our debtors, is a mirror for us to see ourselves.

Forgive in the Greek is aphiémi meaning to leave alone or send away. Debt in the Greek is opheiléma meaning that which is…


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It has been said, referencing numerous souls, that earth’s loss when a soul transitions is heaven’s gain. This is absolutely true with respect to Aretha Franklin… our loss is heaven’s gain.

Reading the various Aretha Franklin tributes are a treat. There is so much that I have learned about Ms. Franklin. I had no clue that she was a parent at the age of twelve. I had no idea she was married to Glynn Turman aka Colonel Taylor — which is interesting considering that she sang the theme song to A Different World; I wouldn’t be surprised if he had…


Growing up, two things peaked my interest; religion and politics. The more religious that politics became, the more excited I got. If I heard a politician inject Christianity in their politics, I got excited and considered that person to be an ally of my personal politics. Of course, I was an impressionable adolescent at the time… my politics involved playing video games after-school and eating pizza on the weekends.

My current politics do have a genesis. While Super Mario Brothers and pizza were important as a kid, what my parents and grandparents deemed political truths were absolutes I also ascribed…


I was blessed with two awesome grandmothers. Both knew the Lord and I am thankful that, while they are no longer here, they are with God in heaven. One of my grandmothers had Bibles open all over the house; her bedroom, the living room, and even in the bathroom. Open Bibles in her house were the right size print for one to see both the 23rd Psalm and the 27th Psalm. Just for good measure, all open Bibles were wrapped in plastic saran wrap… to protect against dust. That behavior is what I affectionately call, “old Black.”

From her lips…

Black Apolodemic

I am an academic by day and apologist by night; a history teacher with a passion for the history of African Christianity & Black Church history.

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