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The Curse of Black Excellence

In this 2023 film, protagonist Monk (Jeffrey Wright) is an established professor and novelist disillusioned by Black people’s relegation to offensive tropes and stereotypes. Wanting to prove a point and frustrated by lack of support for his published work that stays true to his voice, Monk pens a satirical, disingenuous novel “based on a true story” that directly feeds the Black stereotypes he despises.

The Ink of Pain

The ink of pain patiently tattoos, the permanent image of the dreams worth our pursuit. The ink of pain deeply engraves, the unforgettable imprint of a path to be paved.

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Spectrum Spotify Playlists: Everlasting Gospel, Flow Prophetic, Diaspora Sound

Enjoy music created by Seventh-day Adventist artists. Spectrum announces Spotify playlists in collaboration with curator Maxwell Aka.

Spectrum: Everlasting Gospel

If you love the depth, power, and pathos of Gospel music, this is the playlist for you. Gospel music in its various subgenres, performed by Adventist artists. 

Spectrum: Flow Prophetic

Rap and Hip-Hop fans, this is the playlist for you. Hear the voices of young Seventh-day Adventist lyricists with something to say. 

Spectrum: Diaspora Sound

From the continental Africa to Latin America and the Caribbean, the sounds of the diaspora are vibrant. Hear Adventist artists exploring the sound of “back home.”

ADRA Chile Sets New Guinness World Record, Supports “One Child, One Bed” Initiative

On February 10 in the city of Chillán, Chile, the Seventh-day Adventist humanitarian aid organization ADRA Chile assembled the largest bed in the world, beating the previous “largest bed” Guinness World Record set thirteen years ago in the Netherlands. The record attempt was part of ADRA’s One Child, One Bed campaign that provides bedding and other aid for vulnerable communities.

ADRA’s bed measured 19.52 by 32.72 meters (64 by 107 feet), roughly the size of an indoor soccer field, beating the previous record of 16.44 meters by 26.5 meters (53 feet 11 inches by 86 feed 11 inches) set by the Commissie Zomerfeesten St. Gregorius Hertme in Hertme, the Netherlands on May 28, 2011.

ADRA’s nearly 14 ton assemblage was a collaboration between ADRA and 6,000 Pathfinders participating in a national Pathfinder camporee held at the Adventist University of Chile. Pathfinders contributed air mattresses to the giant bed’s construction.

The construction of the bed required:

148 scaffold bodies
380 metal planks
4825 screws + 1622 piercing screws
680 technical hours
56 assembly volunteers
171 liters of paint
18 4-inch rollers
184 down covers
250 meters of sheets
180 mattresses

The completed bed measured 8 meters high at the headboard. The bed’s mattress was made of 180 air mattresses stacked four high. An 18 meter long pillow (roughly the size of four family-sized vehicles) sat at the head of the bed. The construction weighed 13,800 kilos.

The construction brought together ADRA aid workers, Pathfinders, numerous other volunteers, and private companies including Incatex Ltda. and a construction company that diagrammed and assembled the bed.

ADRA’s annual “One Child, One Bed” campaign raises funds to deliver complete new beds to children and adolescents who are experiencing poverty, affected by disasters or who are in vulnerable conditions (violence, abuse, abandonment, negligence, etc.).

ADRA Chile director Diego Trincado said of the underdtaking,

“The result is incredible when the work is collaborative. The challenge was immense: 14 tons of material and 400 square meters, along with the contribution of the mattresses by the campers to beat the current record. More than the record, which is otherwise spectacular, we are motivated to work from our humanitarian agency for the well-being of the children and adolescents of our country.”

ADRA is an Adventist humanitarian aid agency that has been working around the world for more than 40 years and in Chile for 37 years. ADRA provides disaster relief and aid to vulnerable communities. The agency obtains financing from donation campaigns. ADRA Chile has also been awarded government projects through public funds to provide daily care for more than 3,600 children and adolescents in temporary foster families, a commitment ADRA has sustained for three decades. In addition, it works to promote economic development, safe water, food, etc. among other lines of action.

You can support the One Child, One Bed initiative at www.adra.cl

ADRA International, Chile

Jared Wright |

Southern Adventist University’s Chemistry Department Collaborates with McKee Foods

McKee Foods, maker of brands such as Little Debbie and Sunbelt Bakery, has partnered with Southern Adventist University to use chemistry equipment that the company doesn’t have and provide opportunities for students, according to a story from the university.

Jared Freeman, an analytical chemist at McKee Foods and alum of Southern, said the equipment at Southern can help them troubleshoot and find issues. “The instrumentation that Southern has is incredibly helpful for troubleshooting, that’s the big thing,” he says. “We have an issue, we don’t know why, and we can take it over here [Southern].”

Brent Hamstra, PhD, professor and chair of the chemistry department, feels that this collaboration with McKee Foods is a great opportunity for students to see how chemistry works in the real world. Hamstra shares that chemistry students sometimes have a hard time realizing that a chemistry degree is beneficial for a lot of jobs; going into medicine is not the only option. Hamstra believes that students hearing about chemists from McKee Foods using Southern’s instrumentation for real-life problems will help open their eyes to more options.

The McKee family has been a prominent benefactor of the university over the years. —Southern Adventist University via WDEF

Alex Aamodt |

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