Weekly Wrap 5.20.16: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

By Courtney Hall Lee 5-20-2016

This week's Wrap was guest curated by Sojourners contributor Courtney Hall Lee. Read along for her top stories and notes from the week — and catch up on her latest for Sojourners here.

1. The Sour Lemonade Review
Ebony magazine writer Jamilah Lemieux gives her insightful take on prolific black feminist bell hooks’ controversial and critical review of Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade.’ Is the newest wave of feminism drifiting away from the ideology of their predecessors?

2. Jane the Virgin, the Book of Ruth and Latina Identity
Karen Gonzalez considers the complexities of Latina identity on TV. The Virgin, the Bombshell, the Maid…How does a real-life Christian Latina respond?

3. Suicide Rates are Alarmingly High
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and these suicide statistics are causing talk of a national health crisis. What is it about today’s world that is leading to this upsurge in suicide?

4. Eliel Cruz talks #FaithfullyLGBT
LGBTQ activist Eliel Cruz created the hashtag #FaithfullyLGBT on Twitter where he is a leader and active participant in the conversation on faith and identity.

5. Black Twitter Awaits Marvel’s Black Panther
Black Twitter isn’t the only group of people who are thrilled about the all-star cast of young, black actors who will be in this new comic-inspired film. Will this be the next big comic book franchise?

6. Chibok School Girl Found in Nigeria
A Chibok girl escaped two years after the abduction of hundreds of girls by Boko Haram. Severely malnourished and with a baby born during her captivity, the world wishes her the best while the terror of Boko Haram is still a crisis.

7. Mark Zuckerberg Meets with Conservatives About Alleged Facebook Bias
Some conservatives are perturbed about bias in Facebook’s methodology of choosing what stories are trending.

8. UMC Finally Tackles Its Position on Gay Inclusion
The UMC General Conference has been very tense as tempers flare and accusations fly over the church’s stances on LGBTQ inclusion. A decision was made to further explore the issue.

9. Lin-Manuel Miranda Surprises Fans with a Broadway Legend
Lin-Manuel is delightful as ever as he urges the 'Hamilton' crowd on the sidewalk to leave their phones in their pockets during the show. His bribe? The opportunity to use their phones to snap his idol Patti Lupone as she sang a serenade.

10. On the Importance of 'Staying Woke' as a Clergyperson
This week I read someone use the label “Woke Christian Twitter.” Here Chicago pastor Neichelle Guidry tells us the importance of staying woke in the church.

Courtney Hall Lee is a writer, attorney, and co-host of the "Dovetail" podcast. You can find her on Twitter @CourtRhapsody.

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