Author: Spencer

Different

Different Isn’t Always Bad: A Performance Reflection

Last Saturday, I participated in the Praise and Power Concert, which benefitted the building fund of New Bethel Ministries.  I was invited to participate because a good friend of mine from high school was largely responsible for planning the event.  He had always been supportive of my musical endeavors even when I wasn’t fully convinced of the gift that God… Read more →

Beyonce

King’s Bible, Beyonce, and the Inauguration

I wasn’t planning on writing on this topic because I had hoped it would blow over in a few days, but it hasn’t.  Earlier this week, I was so overwhelmed by the positivity of President Obama’s second inauguration that I refused to acknowledge the twin controversies that were brewing.  Ironically, these twin controversies involved two inaugural guests that typically should… Read more →

LoveHate

My Love-Hate Relationship With Examiner.com

In my attempt to fill some of my extra time, I started writing for Examiner.com again under the role of Philadelphia Public Policy Examiner.  Although I had my reservations about Examiner.com’s undefined payment structure and uneven application of rules for determining article quality, I figured I could afford to give it another chance.  After all, I had earned a few… Read more →

Obama King

Thoughts on Martin Luther King Day and President Obama’s 2nd Inauguration

Today, Barack Obama was ceremonially sworn in for his second term as President of the United States.  This is especially significant  since it is occurred on the same day that we as a nation celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.–arguably the greatest civil rights leader in history.  Some have argued that the Obama presidency is proof that Dr. King’s… Read more →

Einstein

Response to Dating While Smart from Clutch Magazine

Yesterday, one of my Facebook friends shared an interesting article called Dating While Smart from Clutch Magazine.  If you haven’t read the article, you can check it out here. In the article, the author Kalisha Buckhanon laments about the trouble she has experienced in finding a man who could appreciate her intellect and her interesting life experiences.  In addition to… Read more →

Sisterhood

Thoughts on The Sisterhood

Last night, I reluctantly watched the series premiere of TLC’s new show The Sisterhood, which follows the lives of Christina, Ivy, Domonique, Tara, and DeLana (who did not appear in the first episode)–five pastor’s wives in Atlanta.  My reluctance stemmed from the way African American women are typically portrayed on reality television.  (If you don’t think my concerns were valid, watch… Read more →