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Two LGBT Groups Try To Acquire Homophobic Harlem Church

By Nathan James

When the City of New York announced its foreclosure sale of ATLAH World Missionaries, a Harlem church that has spread its anti-gay message of hatred for three decades, two prominent LGBT organizations quickly began efforts to acquire the building. The church, headed by firebrand pastor James David Manning, has been in arrears with the city and various other creditors for over $1 million, and a judge ordered the building seized and sold at a February 24 public auction, although the cleric has vowed to defy the order. “I will let my church go,” Manning boasted, “when gay men are birthing babies out of their anus”.

While Manning rebuffed the courts, an “LGBT-affirming” church, Rivers of Living Waters, headed by Pastor Vanessa Brown, and the Ali Forney Center, a nonprofit LGBT homeless shelter operator, both undertook to “transform a shrine of hatred into a place of love,” according to Ali Forney officials. Brown, whose nomadic church has rented space from other churches to perform its services, says making the ATLAH sanctuary a permanent home for her congregation, is her “primary goal”.  Read More

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WHITE HOUSE— President Barack Obama pressed for unity in America during his first visit to a U.S. mosque as the nation’s leader, telling Muslims “We are one American family.”

During remarks Wednesday at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, Obama thanked Muslim-Americans for helping to build the U.S. and make it strong.

He also acknowledged the “hugely distorted” negative view Muslim Americans have had to endure with the rise of terrorism-related violence by Islamist extremists. Read More

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Why Homophobic Harlem church building should become LGBT homeless youth shelter

Gentrification of neighborhoods always disrupts existing communities within them. In the past several years, Harlem’s empty lots and burned-out buildings have sprung up luxury condos,...

Unusual Black-on-Black Crime involving San Francisco and Oakland

With much anticipation I woke up on February 4, 2016 to watch a longstanding traditional ceremony. U.S. presidents have invited the winning champions of...

I’ve changed my mind on the gay cake row. Here’s why

The law should not require bakers to promote gay marriage Like most gay and equality campaigners, I initially condemned the Christian-run Ashers Bakery in Belfast...

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By Nathan Geffen
Editor, GroundUP

Leaders are not looked upon unkindly by history solely for a subjective personality trait such as aloofness. Mbeki’s reputation doesn’t rise or fall on whether he was aloof, too intellectual or even authoritarian in his personal relationships.

It is deservedly and unalterably shattered for a much clearer reason: he pursued policies that resulted in hundreds of thousands of people dying, most of whom might otherwise have still been alive today.

In four articles so far, more than 7,000 words, Thabo Mbeki attempts to salvage his legacy, yet not once has our former president mentioned HIV. Read More

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Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki served nine years as the second post-apartheid President of South Africa

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Amid significant reforms, federal officials worry that sexual abuse in juvenile justice system remains prevalent and too often unpunished. Read More

Featured Articles

Black Lives Matter activist MarShawn McCarrel kills self

MarShawn McCarrel, 23, shot himself in front of the Columbus building Monday evening, Lt. Craig Cvetan of the State Highway Patrol told the Columbus...

Brazil Wages War against Zika Virus on Several Fronts

By Mario Osava RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil is deploying 220,000 troops to wage war against the Zika virus, in response to the alarm caused...

From Japan to Samoa: Understanding the Origins of Sexual Behavior

Award-winning researcher focuses on mental health challenges facing sexual and gender minority groups Toronto, ON - How does evolution affect human behaviour? The University of Toronto's...

Trump: I’d Appoint Judges To Overturn Gay Marriage

By Nathan James On the eve of the Iowa caucuses, Donald Trump, the front-running Republican presidential candidate, said he would appoint Supreme Court judges who...

Why Entrepreneurs Don’t Lose

Even when a startup fails, the risk pays off. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY'S HAAS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—Tempted to launch a new business? Entrepreneurs statistically fail...

Obama bans solitary confinement for juveniles and low-level offenders

US President Barack Obama has said he will ban solitary confinement as a form of punishment for juvenile and low-level offenders in federal prisons. He...

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Idris Elba won two SAG Awards honors Saturday night. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Idris Elba won two SAG Awards honors Saturday night. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

British actor Idris Elba won for his roles in the detective drama Luther, and for his supporting role as an African warlord in Beasts of No Nation. Read More

Featured Arts Articles

TV One Launches New Brand Identity Evolving Network in a Bold,...

SILVER SPRING, Md. - Building on a strong legacy, TV One, the network dedicated to Black viewers, is introducing a new brand promise to REPRESENT...

Amazon opens physical bookshop in Seattle

Amazon is opening a bookshop in Seattle in a move it described as a "physical extension" of its business. By Jane Wakefield Amazon will stock the most...

Chaka Khan Invites Fans To Be Part Of Her New Video

Song encourages love and self-respect across all races, classes, genders, physical challenges, sexual orientation, mental illness and more. LOS ANGELES - Multiple Grammy-winning vocalist, humanitarian, educator and...

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Lady Gaga Sings The National Anthem Before The 2016 Super Bowl

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Michael Sams partakes of the pre-game festivities

By Nathan James

Controversy has erupted over the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, which featured pop icon Beyonce, Bruno Mars, and Coldplay, with critics denouncing the rainbow-motif of the concert as “a glorification of homosexuality”, said National Organization for Marriage (NOM) president Brian Brown.

The presentation, billed by the NFL as a homage to “Past, Present and Future”, included clips from past Super Bowl halftime shows, and had Beyonce dressed in a retro ensemble honoring Michael Jackson’s performance at Super Bowl XXVII, which thrilled the capacity crowd at Levi’s stadium in Santa Clara, California. Read More

Featured Sports Articles

Does Cheering Affect the Outcome of College Hockey Games?

You can yell, you can scream, but it probably won’t have much of an impact WASHINGTON, D.C.– We all love belting our lungs out at...

IOC: Transgender Athletes May Compete In Olympics Without Surgery

By Nathan James The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has released new guidelines on transgender athletes participating in the Olympic Games, medical officials announced Sunday. The...

National Gay Basketball Association – Interview with Mark Chambers, President

The world is quite familiar with the involvement of the gay community in the arts & entertainment worlds. One cannot imagine the visual arts,...

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Despite a cultural, historical and linguistic identity quite distinct from the rest of Africa, Ethiopia never became a major tourist destination on the continent.

But Ethiopia didn’t appear that bothered or did much to help itself in promoting its treasure chest of tourism gems. Where other countries would proclaim their natural heritage, beckoning tourists to come, Ethiopia chose modesty and hidden beauty. Read More

MarShawn McCarrel, 23, shot himself in front of the Columbus building Monday evening, Lt. Craig Cvetan of the State Highway Patrol told the Columbus Dispatch. “My demons won today. I'm sorry,” the activist, who attended the NAACP Image Awards last...
By Nathan James Controversy has erupted over the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, which featured pop icon Beyonce, Bruno Mars, and Coldplay, with critics denouncing the rainbow-motif of the concert as "a glorification of homosexuality", said National Organization for Marriage...
By Mario Osava RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil is deploying 220,000 troops to wage war against the Zika virus, in response to the alarm caused by the birth of thousands of children with abnormally small heads. But eradicating the Aedes...
Until recently, being paralyzed from the waist down meant using a wheelchair to get around. And although daily life is more accessible to wheelchair users, they still face physical and social limitations. But UC Berkeley’s Robotics and Human Engineering...
By Miriam Gathigah and Jeffrey Moyo NAIROBI, Kenya / HARARE, Zimbabwe - Keziah Juma is coming to terms with her shattered life at the shanty she shares with her family in Kenya’s sprawling Kibera slum where friends and relatives are...

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