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Rev. Irene Monroe

Independence Day celebration for whom?

This week we celebrate July 4th with rounds of festivities marking our nation’s 242 years of independence. And, scenes of hyper-patriotism will be on display, too.

Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling doesn’t crumple our opponents

s a black lesbian in this Trump administration, I now feel like I am unquestionably moving into a new Jim Crow era reestablishing discriminatory laws targeting LGBTQ Americans.

The Supreme Court ruled in "Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission” in favor of Jack Phillips, the baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple-Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig-on the grounds of religious freedom. In a 7-2 decision, the Justices argued that the commission had exhibited hostility toward religion in its treatment of Phillips’s case.

What’s happening to Pride?

I like to say there was something in the air why Pride 2017- here and abroad- was one of the most contentious events in its history. Many, however, in our LGBTQ communities say the tension was always present. 

Can the LGBTQ community trust Pope Francis?

“God made you like this and loves you like this and I don’t care."

Once again Pope Francis is rocking the world. 

“God made you like this and loves you like this and I don’t care. The pope loves you like this. You have to be happy with who you are.”

When Japanese-Americans’ allegiance was questioned

“Allegiance" takes you into the harsh day-to-day life of the fictional Kimura family in the internment camps

“Allegiance” will soon be coming to your neck of the woods, because it’s a tour de force. And, it’s another shameful time in American history.  

Another black Harvard man arrested

On Friday evening, April 13, Selorm Ohene, 21, was charged with indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, assault, resisting arrest, and assault and battery on ambulance personnel.

This recent arrest of an unarmed black Harvard man may go viral internationally, too, because the student is from Ghana and the Cambridge Police Department (CPD) prides itself in 2018 since the Gates arrest of being woke. 

A black girl's take on 'A Wrinkle in Time'

What is unjustified are the racist critiques about using a young black female actress to depict a universal theme about the messy complications, frustrations, and uncertainty about girlhood. 

"A Wrinkle in Time" was a must-see film for me. And, a must- see flick worldly different from dashing out to see “Black Panther.”  It doesn’t mean, however, Ava Duvernay’s $100 million dollar film with a multicultural cast isn’t without problems. It is which is one of the reasons the film has received mixed reviews unlike “Black Panther’s” ongoing and wildly enthusiastic critical appraise.

Honoring Mildred Loving this Valentine’s Day

She was in both interracial and same-sex marriages in this country.

For Black History Month on Valentine’s Day 2018, I’m showing my love for Mildred Loving (1942-2008).

She’s often overlooked in the pantheon of African American trailblazers celebrated in February.

Pimping King at the Super Bowl

Super Bowl ad preyed on racial and ethnic stereotypes in its attempt to expand the brand to a multicultural consumer base.

With 2018 being the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, commemorations honoring the man will be taking place across the country.