Bishop Patterson Funeral Arrangements-Live Broadcast

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It’s Hard Out Here for a Black Coach

Tubby Smith resigned his job at the University of Kentucky’s men’s basketball coach to accept the head coaching job at The University of Minnesota. Despite having a national championship under his belt, Tubby Smith never quite seemed to win the UK fans over. Is it hard out here for a black coach? Coach Tubby Smith was a class act and Blogging Black.Com believes that he will soar with his new assignment. One university’s loss will be another university’s gain!

Bishop G. E. Patterson Funeral Arrangments

Bishop G. E. Patterson’s funeral arrangements are as follows-

The Final Arrangements are as follows:
THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2007 • 7 PM

FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2007 • 7 PM

SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2007 • 10 AM

All Services will be held at:
Temple of Deliverance Church of God In Christ
369 G.E. Patterson Avenue
Memphis, TN 38126

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The Black Church


I couldn’t have predicted the response that I received after I posted a comment on the Black Church. The term Black Church has been used to describe the African American Church, which is the most revered institution in the black community. It is indeed quite sad that anyone would have to call his or her church a black church or a white church. I will proudly submit to you that the God of the Bible transcends color, and either God is Lord of All Born-Again Believers that follow his precepts, ways and his word, or he is not Lord at all. The scriptures state that God is not a respecter of persons, so that would mean that God would not be enamored by the race or ethnicity of any believer. Yet, it is still surprising to me that to just mention the term black church causes such an uproar. I am the descendant of a people that were brought to this nation in the hulls of slave ships. I am not asking for an apology from anyone, but I asking many of you that come to this blog and others to consider the following point of view. We shouldn’t have to call a church a Black church. However; one would be remiss to not note that there has not been widespread reconciliation in our houses of worship. The African American people are less than 7 generations away from being banned from reading, writing, and even worshipping God. While American pulpits and choirstands have proclaimed that God is love for hundreds of years, systemic and institutional racism has prevailed in our nation and even in our churches. While the slaveowners studied the Holy Writ, they brutally assaulted many of the initial African American slaves. Where there prayer meetings before lynchings? Why was the mainstream church silent for so long on such a horrible practice as slavery? The Black Church was basically all that people of color possessed. Blacks had been lingering at the bottom of the American social caste chart for years. One of the commandments of Jesus was to love one’s neighbor as one would love himself. Is it a sin for an African American to savor the fragrance of an African American Worship Service? I submit to you that it is not a sin for one to enjoy his or her churches’ flavor of worship. Our church has had a proud legacy, and I am not ashamed about loving the Black Church. There have been many efforts to integrate churches throughout our land, yet 11 AM on Sunday Mornings is still the most segregated hour on the clock. If one would pay attention to our television ministries and our megachurches, there are many preachers of other races that pastor or oversee thousands of members of color. Yet, this is not true in the inverse. If one would follow all of the major African American ministries in our land that have black pastors, one would not find an overwhelming “percentage” of other races in the congregation. This is why there has been a so called black church. Our modes of worship are different and that is not a discredit to any race. Are we really committed to reconciliation in our houses of worship? There was a previous pastor of a large mainstream church in Memphis,Tennessee that once stated-I can’t wait to get to heaven, so I can go on the Negro side of heaven and sing one of those great Negro spirituals. Will there be subdivisions in heaven? Was he reciting what others secretly believe? Prayerfully, the houses of worship in our land will learn to work together on common ground. We are all aspiring to make it to a place called heaven where there will be no segregation, busing, or separations by ethnicities. One could surmise that racism has sometimes even crept into the House of Grace. The enemy must love to see the church separated by lines of color. Let’s eradicate this problem. If we ever plan on seeing the Christ that we all preach about, we had better get started!

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Pastor Stephen F. Smith

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You Might be Black in the Day if You Remember…………….

Do you remember these? Send me any of your suggestions and I will add them.

You might be Black in the Day if You Remember………………

You played paper football on the desks at school

Andrae Crouch

When Everyone’s Grandmother Stayed With Them

When your pastor didn’t have 8-10 armorbearers

Waiting on the church bus to pick you up for Sunday School

You wondered what that deacon at church was saying in the Dr. Watt’s Hymn

You snuck and played your folk’s Moms Mabley, Red Fox, or Richard Pryor Albums

You remember the Ohio Players’ Album Cover for Fire

When the Isley Brothers,The Ojays, and Earth Wind and Fire were the order of the day

You fought your neighbor in the morning and you’ll were already playing together again by noon

You knew at exactly what time the street light went off (Note: This was the time to have been home by)

You had a Huffy Bike with the sharp reflectors that you didn’t want stolen

You always call Martin Luther King, Jr.- The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King

The one car in your family was either a Granada, Chevette,Monte Carlo, or a Station Wagon

You stayed at church all day long on Sundays


Clothes Lines in the Backyards

Someone on Your Street having chickens

Tank Tops

Jelly Shoes

Cutoff Shorts

Chuck Taylor NBA Shoes

Neighbors Walking to the Store in Robes or Slippers

Someone calling their Grandmothers “Madear”

Someone calling their Grandfathers “Big Daddy”

Sears Catalogs

One Car to a House

Cars that didn’t move parked in the yard

Cooley High

Pam Grier

Huggy Bear


Player’s Balls

Fanning yourself at church with a funeral home fan of Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, Mahalia Jackson, or four little black girls

Manwhich Sandwhiches

Potted Meat Sandwhiches

Vienna Sausages

Canned Sardines


The Mack


You had a neighbor either with a Heart Shaped or Dollar Sign Shaped Gold Tooth

Calling your Cadillac a hog

The first time that you rode in a limo was at a funeral

You remember The Bump, The Slide, or The Funky Chicken

You call a slow dance a social

You owned a pair of Stacks

You remember the Jackson 5 Cartoon

You remember the Sylvers

You remember when Black Music was called Soul Music

You stayed up late with Don Cornelius every Saturday Night

You remember people saying even not(Such as-I didn’t even not say nothing to you)

Getting your hair curled for the girls

The Process hairdo


Putting Grease on instead of Lotion

Having neighbors that everyone called Junebug or Bookie

Getting a new outfit for July 4th

Petey Wheatstraw

Willie Dolemite

Cornbread, Earl, and Me

You watched Brian’s Song at school

Fighting over the last package of Kool-Aid

People circling each other should to shoulder for an hour before the fight started

Walter Hawkins

Your Choir singing Going Up Yonder, Changed, Be Grateful, We’ve Come this Far by Faith, or Call Him Up at church

Vacation Bible School being the Bomb

Playing Hide and Go Seek for Hours

Playing Catch a Girl Get a Girl

Artis Gilmore

Earl the Pearl

Gale Sayers

Walt Frazier


Saying God Kisses and the Devil Misses before eating some food that you dropped

Stay Soft Fro

Afro Sheen

Kiddie Kit

Calling the Car Electra 225-Deuce and a Quarter

Having 3 channels to watch

A Hangar on top of your television for better reception
Combs, Picks, and Rakes with the Black Power Fish showing

Calling high pants “floods”

Calling Cheap Tennis Shoes “Bobos” or “Buddies”

Getting a Bowl Cut at the Barber Shop

Having an Old Man at the Barber Shop that Wouldn’t Cut Your Hair Right

Tube Socks underneath your dress socks

Playing the dozens with noone getting shot

Making nun chucks out of sticks

Turning clothpins and sticks into weapons

Getting a speech before you got a spanking

Extension Cords

Being hit with Flying Houseshoes

Saying it Loud-I’m Black and I’m Proud

Anita Ward of Ring My Bell Fame

The Hippest Trip in America

People Calling Themselves Mackdaddies

Player Player from the Himalayas

Men Wearing Fur Coats

Calling Each Other Brothers and Sisters

Your Favorite Show was Good Times

Micheal Jackson was completely ours

Black Exploitation Movies

Sneaking in the Drivein to watch Cleopatra Brown

You got in trouble for saying Shaft was a bad mother-shut your mouth

You thought Ron O’Neal was the coolest man in America

J. J. was your favorite African American visual artist

You looked for black people on The Andy Griffith Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, or The Brady Bunch

You used to play that’s my car

You took your ball home when someone didn’t pick you on their team, in other words if I don’t play nobody plays!

You played pickup and run and called it Hotball

You had a crush on Thelma on Good Times

You prayed for James to get a better job on Good Times

Flip Flops

The Mahalia Jackson Chicken Franchise

The Boogie Man

The Greasy Man

Wearing Hairnets All Day

Putting Batteries in the Icebox(Note-(Icebox)They were called this a while back in the hood

Thinking you were rich because you got the new Evil Knievel Toy, The Easy Bake Oven, or a BB Gun

Only seeing part of your family at funerals and weddings

The Hot Tamale Man