Hundreds of worshippers thronged to the Pentecostal Faith Church of All Nations in Harlem, New York City, April 12th,Harlem NY, 1934. Continue Reading →
Spirit & Image Reader’s Theater presents JOB:
A one-act comedy-drama that imagines the story of Job as if it were happening now Continue Reading →
Harlem World Magazine’s Yolande Brener is a talented wellness enthusists who writes about arts and culture in Harlem. Here’s what Amazon said about her new book. Continue Reading →
The stepson of a Salvation Army worker who was stabbed to death in Harlem was charged late Wednesday in his killing, the police said. Continue Reading →
The Harlem Gospel Choir is considered one of the best gospel choirs in America and renowned worldwide with their message of hope and faith. Continue Reading →
Happy 2nd anniversary to my column and I want to thank God and my readers for this culinary journey. During this holy time of the year I want to reflect on the pivotal role that the black church has played in establishing Harlem as the “Mecca” of black life in America. It is around the time when the black church began its “dual role” of nourishing the spiritual and physical souls of Harlem.
Spiritually speaking black churches started nourishing us in 1904 when blacks began migrating from the South to New York fueled by their desire to seek better jobs, education for their children, and to leave Jim Crow policies and lynching violence in the South behind.
Redevelopment forced blacks out of the original NYC neighborhoods we inhabited from the west 30s to the west 60s. At that time we couldn’t vote, and had no political clout to speak of so our religious leaders represented us.
LiveSteez research shows that Black churches, in aggregate, have collected more than $420 billion in tithes and donations since 1980. With a Senate investigation into the finances of several mega churches underway, the “Prosperity Movement” has been the target of mounting criticism from inside and outside the Black Church. Specifically, the affluent ministries of The Reverend Creflo Dollar, Bishop Eddie Long and others have drawn the attention – and ire – of some clergy and laypeople alike.