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African-Americans

RGOD2: The Freedom Tree remains a somber symbol even today

The Freedom Tree was a symbol of the worst possible period in Africa’s tragic history, but clearly, these issues have morphed into new challenges and new forms of inhumanity.

COMMENTARY: The lost souls of the Republican Party

The Republican Party has lost its heart and soul. The party of Abraham Lincoln, founded in the mid-1850s as a political movement united against slavery, has morphed in the 21st century into the party of hate and the party of no.

COMMENTARY: Will black ministers follow Obama on marriage equality?

Just as Obama could no longer shrewdly fence-sit on the issue while winking a stealth nod to LGBTQ voters, black ministers, who quietly professed to be an ally to the LGBTQ community, could no longer stay closeted from their congregations.

Black church takes chance, reaches out to LGBT teens

Simply by being there, the trio -- one gay, one transgender, one straight -- was straddling a divisive line between the gay community and the black church, where many gay and lesbian minorities have long felt ignored or unwelcome in the pews.

COMMENTARY: In "Hot-lanta" you stay "in the closet" as CNN’s Don Lemon did

With the "No Hope Baptist Church of God and Christ" and the "Apostolic Church of Hell" standing front and center in our black communities espousing religion-based bigotry as the word of God, these places of worship are the reasons why Lemon -- and we as an African-American community -- can’t tell the truth about our sexuality.