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What Does It Mean to Be Black-ish?


Oct 15 2014
How “exceptional” African Americans still bolster our stereotypes.
What Does It Mean to Be Black-ish?
Adam Taylor / ABC

In high school, I took a class called “The Black Experience in White America,” studying stacks of books on critical race theory, reels of historical documentaries, and pages of prose written by African Americans. The course asked: What does it mean to be black ...

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Have We Told You How Pretty You Look Today?


Oct 14 2014
How our instinct to praise each others’ looks might fuel an image-obsessed culture.
Have We Told You How Pretty You Look Today?
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A few weeks ago I saw on Instagram a picture of my friend with a celebrity. It wasn’t a backstage concert photo, or a selfie from a chance run-in at Starbucks. Instead, she was working with this nationally recognized figure as a part of her job. I was excited for her ...

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The History We’d Prefer to Forget


Oct 13 2014
Why we pass on pain to the next generation.
The History We’d Prefer to Forget
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The recent round of protests in Colorado over a proposed change to the Advanced Placement American History curriculum has illustrated for me the challenge in our culture about what it means to remember well.

The College Board, the organization that administers Advanced ...

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The Deeper Draw of YA


Oct 10 2014
Grown-up readers find a necessary reminder of our brokenness and vulnerability.
The Deeper Draw of YA
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For decades, adults have enjoyed books intended for teenagers and adolescents. But during this year’s leisurely summer reading season, the adult inclination toward young adult (YA) lit became a hotly debated topic.

Ruth Graham sparked a fury with her article in Slate ...

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Working Moms, On Screen and Behind the Camera


Oct 8 2014
Documentarian Laura Waters Hinson creates films to reflect the ultimate narrative.
Working Moms, On Screen and Behind the Camera
Laura Waters Hinson

Laura Waters Hinson is a documentary filmmaker, pastor's wife, mother, and worship leader. Her award-winning films span subjects from street vendors in Washington DC to female entrepreneurship in Rwanda.

At a summer screening of her latest film Dog Days (hosted in Fairfax, ...

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Why Hong Kong Matters: More Than Politics at Stake


Oct 7 2014
Chinese control threatens the freedom, dignity, and happiness of millions.
Why Hong Kong Matters: More Than Politics at Stake
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When we lived in Shenzhen, an industrial megacity in mainland China, my husband and I would occasionally visit Hong Kong on the weekends. Entering the former British colony was always a shock to my system. Unlike Shenzhen, Hong Kong was full of signs in English and people ...

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From Midriffs to Social Media: Parenting Teen Girls in the 21st Century


Sep 30 2014
Don’t let the topic fool you. ‘Enough’ is full of substance and wisdom.
From Midriffs to Social Media: Parenting Teen Girls in the 21st Century
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Kate Conner likes making lists. The author of Enough—a book I truly enjoyed despite my initial, low-slung expectations—uses lists throughout her work. Her new book’s subtitle, for example, is: 10 Things We Should Be Telling Teenage Girls. And the lists don’t ...

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Careful What You Click For


Sep 26 2014
A call to steward our page views well.
Careful What You Click For
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My grandmother spends most of her days watching the cable news network that represents the point of view most directly opposed to her own.

“Wait,” I said to my dad, “she watches which channel all day?”

“You heard me right,” he said. ...

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Memoir in the Me-Generation


Sep 19 2014
How social media helps us tell our stories.
Memoir in the Me-Generation
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Among Christian writers and bloggers, we all likely know someone whose book proposal—whose personal story of struggle and second chances—has been rejected by publishers. We’ve seen their disappointment and frustration from the lack of interest.

As a friend, ...

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Slammed in the Spirit


Sep 18 2014
Hope for a Christian blogosphere that focuses more on God than each other.
Slammed in the Spirit
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Earlier this summer, my daughter came home from Vacation Bible School wearing a thick purple bracelet with bright orange lettering. “Watch for God,” it read. To me, it seemed like an incomplete sentence. Watch for God to what? But my mental sluggishness only revealed ...

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