“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 […]
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).
Entries by Karen Lascaris
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 […]
Powerful tornadoes raged through several Midwest states on Sunday, including Arkansas, Kanas, Iowa and Oklahoma. At least 17 deaths have been reported. The storm system has moved east, also sweeping through Mississippi and leveling hundreds of homes and businesses. The tornado was “among the worst ever experienced” according to officials in Arkansas, which sustained the […]
Ecclesiastes 3:1&6 (NKJV) – Everything Has Its Time To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: 6 A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away If you haven’t done your Spring cleaning yet, then now is a great time to […]
Acts 1:8 (NKJV) – Jesus said, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” What is the Pilgrimage to Pentecost? This “50 Days of Prayer” was established by […]
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