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Is It Safe In These Streets?

Written by Melissa Andrews.

Has there been an increase number of news stories about black men and police officers in “difficult” situations? Visions of the violence in Ferguson, MO, after the shooting of teenager Mike Brown may still be fresh in your mind. But there was recently this story of a man who was shot by a cop while attempting to get the license and registration that the officer asked him to produce. Or this confusing story of a man being shot in a Walmart while holding a BB gun (that purportedly he was attempting to purchase).

Is there a difference between the way blacks and Hispanics relate to the police and males of other races do?  I can remember hearing my brother being given specific instructions about how to interact with the police if he was ever pulled over. Does that happen in families of other races? Are our men really expected to walk with their hands up, saying “Don’t shoot”?

5 Reasons You Should Be at Metro on October 18!

Written by Farrah Hudson.

1. Eric Thomas  If you’re anything like me, you heard Eric Thomas’ voice looooong before you actually associated a name with the jarring, disruptive, high-energy, purposed motivational, err, no, scratch that, INSPIRATIONAL speaking that he brings. Well, he’ll be kicking off #Destined2014 with his thought leadership and his dynamic style as an inspirational speaker for Metro on October 18 . If you’re looking a jump start to your destiny, trust us, Eric Thomas, will encourage you to go after what’s yours. Don’t be surprised if he asks, point blank: Do you want success more than you want to breathe? In addition, gospel-recording artist Kevin Levar will be here to sing his latest song “Your Destiny”. Take a deep breath, and join us on October 18!

2. Kevin Levar

This name probably isn’t on your top ten list of gospel artists, but it needs to be. Kevin Levar’s got an awesome voice and more than that, he does an awesome job when ministering. You have to come hear him. We promise you won’t be disappointed. Here’s an appetizer – check him out performing “A Heart that Forgives”.