19 episodes

News comes at you fast. It’s not just hard to keep up with everything that’s happening, sometimes you don’t know which voices to trust to help you interpret what’s going on. That’s where Footnotes comes in. Jemar curates the week’s current events with a focus on issues related to black communities, justice, and politics. He’ll also offer commentary from a black Christian perspective to help you think through complex issues. Footnotes adds the details you need to be an informed citizen, activist and believer.

Footnotes with Jemar Tisby The Witness

    • News

News comes at you fast. It’s not just hard to keep up with everything that’s happening, sometimes you don’t know which voices to trust to help you interpret what’s going on. That’s where Footnotes comes in. Jemar curates the week’s current events with a focus on issues related to black communities, justice, and politics. He’ll also offer commentary from a black Christian perspective to help you think through complex issues. Footnotes adds the details you need to be an informed citizen, activist and believer.

    The Kobe Bryant Episode

    The Kobe Bryant Episode

    In this episode Jemar talks about the sudden death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his accomplishments but also the credible accusation of rape from 2003. He discusses what we can do in the aftermath of the loss of someone who is well-known and admired. Finally, he offers some insights about the Black church inspired by comments from a comedian. 

    Links: 
    NY Daily News - https://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/ny-kobe-bryant-sexual-assault-charge-gloria-allred-colorado-20200129-mq77nkjsunctxkwvqsonddeesy-story.html

    You probably can’t live every day like it’s your last, but here’s what you CAN do” - https://thewitnessbcc.com/you-probably-cant-live-every-day-like-its-your-last-but-heres-what-you-can-do/

    • 35 min
    Impeachment, Impeachment, Impeachment!

    Impeachment, Impeachment, Impeachment!

    Impeachment, impeachment, impeachment! Jemar talks all the things about the impeachment of the 45th president, plus offers commentary on the explosive Christianity Today article supporting the president’s removal from office. 

    Links. 

    Republicans Who Want Trump Defeated -  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/17/opinion/lincoln-project.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share



    Trump Should Be Removed from Office  

    • 36 min
    Notes From South Africa

    Notes From South Africa

    Jemar recaps his experiences in South Africa including reflections about apartheid, colonialism, and some stories both humorous and hair-raising. And he asks, “Has the concept of Christian missions been stolen from Black people?"

    • 52 min
    Announcing The Witness Foundation

    Announcing The Witness Foundation

    Donate and learn more at TheWitnessFoundation.co

    • 8 min
    Jesus Is King

    Jesus Is King

    In this episode Jemar talks about why Kanye West’s Jesus Is King album has been so controversial, what Mississippi’s election tells us about politics in America today, and why you need to be your full racially and ethnically embodied self to the table.


    Links:
    Support Jemar's South Africa Trip: https://www.mtw.org/missionaries/tisby-jemar Account#: 400295


    How Kanye West embeds black gospel music in white evangelical theology - https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2019/10/30/how-kanye-wests-jesus-is-king-embeds-black-gospel-music-white-evangelical-theology/


    Democrats Win Control in Virginia and Claim Narrow Victory in Kentucky Governor’s Race - https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/05/us/politics/ky-va-ms-elections-recap.html

    • 36 min
    Don't Call it a Lynching

    Don't Call it a Lynching

    Jemar recaps the impeachment inquiry including the most damning testimony yet, he explains why the president’s comments comparing lynching and impeachment are grossly inappropriate, discusses Princeton Seminary’s efforts at reparations, and shares an inspiring story of a high school coach demonstrating disarming love.


    Links:
    Ukraine Envoy Testifies Trump Linked Military Aid to Investigations - https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/22/us/trump-impeachment-ukraine.html


    Trump compares impeachment probe to ‘lynching,’ draws swift condemnation - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-compares-impeachment-probe-to-lynching-draws-widespread-condemnation/2019/10/22/2fa24af2-f4d4-11e9-ad8b-85e2aa00b5ce_story.html


    Princeton seminary will pay $27M in slavery reparations - https://www.nj.com/news/2019/10/princeton-seminary-will-pay-27m-in-slavery-reparations.html


    Video shows Oregon coach disarming student then embracing him before police arrive - https://abcnews.go.com/US/video-shows-oregon-coach-disarming-student-embracing-police/story?id=66389192


    Bonus: White Christians, do not cheapen the hug and message of forgiveness from Botham Jean’s brother - https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2019/10/03/white-christians-do-not-cheapen-hug-message-forgiveness-botham-jeans-brother/

    • 51 min

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