Most of us probably don’t make a connection between our favorite activities and the Bible’s definition of an idol. We’re probably even content to pawn off our neighbor’s statue of the Virgin Mary as God’s idea of what a “graven image.” But the term idol is mentioned or alluded to so many times in the […]
About Karen Lascaris
Artist, author, designer Karen Lascaris is the author of "In Our Own Image: Treasured African American Traditions, Journeys, and Icons" (Running Press, PA, 2001).
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“The brevity of life and the inevitability of death should cause men to pursue noble and worthwhile goals.” – Bishop Charles E. Blake As women, we sometimes have a tough time balancing our different roles on a daily basis: wife, mother, career woman, daughter, sister, and friend. Adding to the list can start to unravel our already […]
The principles of financial freedom and stability are timeless, and are tied to The Word. We’re called to be responsible stewards of our possessions and finances, and here at West Angeles, we want to show you how to create income and wealth, and to fortify the generations to come. Please join the West Angeles Community […]
“Before I formed you in your mother’s womb, I knew you.” -Jeremiah 1:5 I want to be happy; I think everyone does. But sometimes life can seem pretty hopeless if we don’t know what our purpose is. The dictionary defines purpose as: The reason for which something is done or created, or for which […]
In honor of Independence Day, let’s reflect upon the American ideals which have guided us thus far toward becoming the greatest nation on earth: When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of […]
How does a Black boy without a father grow up to be the most powerful man on the planet? The answer may surprise you. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the paperback release of “Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance,” the autobiography originally published in 1995 by a then-unknown political hopeful named Barack […]
Man·tle1 – noun: an important role or responsibility that passes from one person to another; verb: clothe in or as if in a mantle; cloak or envelop. Last month, I felt an unexplainable urge to call my first grade teacher, Mrs. James*. Yes, it’s been quite a while since I was in the first grade, but […]
Sometimes a film’s trailer can be its own worst enemy, and it can diminish its chances for success. When I saw the trailer for the movie Belle, I thought it was yet another slave film, one which shows the inhumanity of racism, particularly against Black women ( instead we’ve chosen the short film above, featuring […]
It’s time to give, it’s time to apply! Whether you are graduating from high school or continuing your college education, now is the time to apply for sponsorship. If you are a member of West Angeles; are maintaining a good grade point average, and are active in church and community activities*, the West Angles […]
Close your eyes; picture the face of a child you know and love. Imagine them in school; happy, learning, growing. Hear your child’s voice; smell the scent of his skin. See her sleeping peacefully at night. Now imagine your child, gone. Where are they? A few weeks ago, hundreds of Christian and Muslim schoolgirls were […]
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