We live in a strange time, at least that’s what the story of the praise break reminds us.
It’s the tale of an ecstatic dance rooted deep in race, religion and American history. It traveled through centuries of oppression and made its way to present times where it’s been rejected by today’s social elites.
Maybe because it looks crazy? Or maybe it’s dismissed because it unearths some dark reality that we’re not comfortable dealing with? You be the judge.
[03:20] “Temple of Praise ~ Praise Break”
[04:45] The Temple of Praise
[14:02] More on the late Marion Barry (Washington Post, 2014)
[14:06] Pastor Sherman Watkins
[20:35] Dr. Harold Dean Trulear
[21:10] The Triangular Trade
[21:45] On Rudyard Kipling’s White Man’s Burden (Wikipedia)
[22:00] More on slaves and Christianity (Christianity Today, 2014)
[22:10] And another worthy read (PBS, 2004)
[23:30] “Shout” by the Isley Brothers
Another video of Mahalia Jackson worth watching
[29:53] Joshua Lazard
[31:15] C. Erick Lincoln
[31:20] The Uppity Negro
[35:05] Related: Neil Postman writes on this topic in his book “Amusing Ourselves to Death”
[35:20] Joel Osteen on 60 Minutes (CBS News, 2007)
[35:30] The Real Preachers of Atlanta
[40:45] “Is God a White Racist?”
[42:45] On Rachel Dolezal. (Vanity Fair, 2015)
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