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Kim Burrell: “That’s the Way ‘Love’ Goes” (Controversy)



I guess the word ‘love’ continues to evolve unlike the theory of evolution these days as singer-songwriter Kim Burrell continues to catch heat over a sermon she delivered over a week ago. According to our liberal (communist) media, the expression of love must mean that you have to be inclusive and intolerable not only to one’s feelings, but to one’s personal lifestyle, identity, or sexual orientation. Having a personal opinion, preference, or conviction which is contrary to the “new normal” you are immediately labeled a social pariah, a hatemonger, and my least favorite-favorite imaginary derogatory term: a “homophobe”. This is precisely what has happened to the gospel legend Burrell, who should know a thing or two about ‘love’ considering she leads a very “progressive” ministry called “Love & Liberty Fellowship Church, where she serves as an Eldress/Overseer-Bishop. Burrell makes no apologies in her sermon where she preached on the “perverted sexual spirit”, which is pervasive and prominent in many African-American churches. Another gospel great, Pastor Shirley Caesar, initially supported Burrell in a video by saying, “You should have said something four years ago when our President made it alright.” However, once her comments were made public she too felt the inescapable wrath of LGBT minions labeling the “Queen of Gospel music” a homophobic bigot as well.  The 78-year-old gospel icon whose career has spanned six decades, issued an apology during a recorded segment with Bishop George Bloomer. To be honest, the apology from the visibly shaken Caesar sounded like more like damage control to save what’s left of her legendary career. I guess that’s the way love goes.

The Burrell controversy has come at a price for the 44-year-old songstress. After having her invitation from The Ellen DeGeneres Show rescinded by DeGeneres on social media herself, Burrell also lost her radio show with Texas Southern University called “Bridging The Gap with Kim Burrell,” and was removed as a honoree from BMI’s Trailblazers of Gospel Music event. Actress-comedian and star of “Almost Christmas”, Monique, offered her two cents when she weighed in on the topic on her periscope radio show called “Monique and Sidney’s Open Relationship.” The Academy-Award winner told her viewers to focus their energy on fighting for what matters per the Huffington Post:

“It’s almost laughable, because you’re saying that in 2017, we are still dealing with people taking issue with people being who they were born to be, who they choose to be,” she said, then addressing people who mask their anti-gay bigotry with religious rhetoric. “People are still taking issue with the cloak of, ’I am a warrior for Jesus and I must fight for Jesus and stop all you fags and dykes before y’all get condemned to hell.’”

I guess this is the comedian’s attempt to get back into the good graces of Hollyweird after claiming to be “back-balled” following her Oscar winning performance in the movie “Precious.” Whatever her motive is, I think her and Burrell’s detractors are missing the point. Burrell (and Pastor Caesar until she retracted) made their comments in front of a community of believers who share Kim’s same Christian beliefs. Her sermon was done in front of her congregation addressing pertinent issues within the church (body of Christ) as a whole. As Burrell stated in her apology video, “sin and whatever falls under the category of sin, was preached.” Yet, because of some unscrupulous, unsuspecting, member/guest recorded a two-minute snippet of Burrell passionately denouncing what she calls “the spirit of delusion and confusion,” has been appropriated with her spewing hate? Don’t get me wrong, the black church has sometimes played a debaucherous and hypocritical role when dealing with those in the LGBT community. Often prostituting their gifts and talents for fanfare during praise and worship services; only to turn around and excoriate them with the bible as well. It makes you wonder with the entire backlash and “bullying” Burrell is receiving (yes I said bullying), what would her dear friend who chose Kim as a spiritual adviser, the late Whitney Houston, think about all of this? Maybe that’s part of the problem.

“The Eldress-Bishop” has always been known in the church world for her incredible musical talents and gifting’s, but she also wasn’t pigeon-holed into your typical “gospel-singer” as she has worked and performed with what the church calls “secular” acts. Burrell recently lent her vocals to the song, “Godspeed” from R&B recording artist (and openly gay) Frank Ocean’s chart-topping, “Blonde” album. Needless to say, once Burrell’s controversial sermon was released, Ocean’s mother (Katonya Breaux Riley) was not amused, taking her thoughts to social media:


Burrell, like so many other Christian ministers and artists, have become so enamored with the celeb-reality culture that too often their faith becomes compromised when it pertains to certain social-political issues. Not to be preachy, but this society will only tolerate a “social gospel” which is according to gotquestions.org is: Christian ethics to social problems such as poverty, slums, poor nutrition and education, alcoholism, crime, and war. These things are emphasized while the doctrines of sin, salvation, heaven and hell, and the future kingdom of God are downplayed. So no matter how many celebrities Burrell and others like her can befriend in the industry, if you’re not willing to play the “go-a-long, to-get-a-long,” game than your career will be shutdown. Considering how political correctness runs amok in media and entertainment, there is absolutely no way you can hold on to a sound biblical worldview and remain spotless in the eyes of men. It’s like oil and water, the two just don’t mix! Anyways, Burrell has maintained her position so far even telling her followers during her apology (but not sorry) video that, “I talk to the spirit of that thing, and I won’t take it back.”

Disagreement shouldn’t be the new “hate speech” people. Peace and love y’all!

“The Negro Homo-Shame”


Before you even begin to think this article is going to be filled with disparagingly, unfavorable, remarks towards the people in the LGBT community; I would strongly advise you to be like Brand Nubian and “Slow Down.” As a matter of fact, if you’re taking the time to read this article (thank you btw!) what I have to address might just be for you. As a social commentator, blogger, and future author, I run across all kinds of different trends, styles, and stay up-to-date on current social and political events. If I read an article or watch a video that interest me, I immediately give my honest (and sometimes informed) opinion and I keep it moving like U-Haul trucks. And of course you’ll have people who will like what you’ve said, question what you’ve said, or disagree with what you’ve said. All of the three, I am completely fine with. However, when it comes to discussing pivotal issues involving the lives’ of African-Americans, there seems to be an unofficial code of conduct that we all must think the same because you’re black. Now if you were to venture out and break this code—by having your own opinion—you might as well declare yourself an enemy of black America because you’ve just became a sell-out. You become a sell-out if you simply say anything to black America about black America or as some people put it “throwing your race under the bus.” For instance, if you were to speak critical about anything involving hip-hop, murder rates amongst blacks, the lack of black unity, ghetto culture, anything that goes against the narrative of victimization; you are immediately met with a bevy of insults and expletives. You’re called a self-hater; your mother should be ashamed of you (note: this only happens when people think you’re generalizing all black women) and you’re repeating white supremacist ideology and rhetoric. While all of these things are sure enough to happen to you in a conversation or in a post on social media; there is one insult that seems to trump them all (or at least that’s what the intent is). I call it: “Negro Homo Shaming.”

I must submit to you that when I thought of the term “homo-shaming” it was when I heard about the story involving actor-singer, Tyrese Gibson, and famed Wild-N-Out comedian, Spanky Hayes. What happened in this story is seems to be quite common these days when again, for whatever reason, there is faction of black heterosexual (allegedly) dudes who think it’s okay to shame another person by calling them gay. Such is the case when a few weeks ago comedian Spanky Hayes insinuated that Gibson performed gay sexual acts on an executive to receive the lead role in John Singleton’s movie, “Baby Boy.” Now when I first heard about this I immediately knew it wasn’t true because I’ve seen countless interviews with the film’s director [Singleton] in which he stated that the movie was originally written for rapper-actor, Tupac Shakur. It was only after when Shakur passed away that Singleton offered Gibson the lead role. But with that being said, why would a grown man (who goes by the name of Spanky btw) tell such a heinous lie in an attempt to slander another man? Well according to reports, he did it for “attention” and publicity and despite having no way of proving Tyrese is gay; he just made it up because he felt like it. I know some of you right now are wondering where I’m going with this story but trust me I’m going to get to my point. I know some of you might think I’m jumping into phone booths only to emerge as a caped-crusader with the letters L.G.B.T. across my chest, lol! I assure you that is NOT the case! However, it is because of the spanky’s of the world who feel in order to diss or shame someone; you do it by calling them gay, f-boy, or f-n-word. I mean, I was seeing these grotesque words used so much in the blogosphere it was literally making me sick—or so I thought. Not only do these “spankies” call you all kinds of homosexual slurs; but nowadays, these spankies go into graphic, sexually explicit details! And all of this done by (allegedly) heterosexual black males; who if you speak about the social ills in the black community; whether it be rap music, black crime, ghetto culture anything that brings shame towards black folk; you’re a faggot. Also, before I move on, I would be remissed if I didn’t mention that black women have also been guilty of homo-shaming as well. Again, for the sista who might be reading this and thinking “he’s making a blanket statement about black women,” trust me I’m not. But in black women’s defense, I’ve yet to hear them be so explicit in describing certain acts in a way to demean someone; so this is really exclusively targeted towards addressing black men. So p.s., thank you for not rolling your eyes ladies!


But seriously folks, the reason why I wrote this article is because have we really made the homosexual the “standard” of shame and ignominy? Look, I would be the first one to tell you that I disagree with the lifestyle so go ahead and just call me some black Christian conservative (no republican or democrat here) who agrees with traditional marriage. Although, I could counter by saying being a “black” Christian these days is more controversial but that’s another story for another day. But as of November 2014, 36 states have recognized same-sex marriage in the United States. So regardless how you or I may feel consciously or have some conviction about this subject; America has nearly embraced this controversial lifestyle with tolerant arms. A lifestyle or being more politically correct, a “sexual orientation,” that has inadvertently affected us one way or another. I have family members who adhere to that way of life and yet I love them despite my own personal beliefs. Yes, there was a time when I scoffed at and even ridiculed gay people until the struggle hit home personally. But with that said; don’t get it twisted. I still call out some of this metrosexual dressing, black male emasculating, wearing skirts like its proper-like nonsense I see being promoted by rappers and NBA basketball players. But that’s just the man in me and will continue to be until the day I kiss the dirt. But I guess my point is, because many of us have family members who endorse this lifestyle then who are we to make it the definitive demarcation of absolute shame? I understand (especially as a black man) how the stigma of being gay in the black community and how real that life is. There are several factors (both socially and religiously) that play into this extreme distain of a lifestyle–or is it? It seems like it was all good just a week ago when you wanted the gay dude to direct your choir or “preeeaaach” that sermon. And ladies, you seem to have no problem befriending these people and having them accessorize everything from your hair, nails, to your latest outfit. But y’all didn’t hear that from me though. Heck, I can remember growing up watching the television series “In Living Color,” where they had several sets of men either dressing like women or men (Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier) playing roles as homosexual “menz” themselves. You don’t even want me to mention how much of this homo-shaming is prevalent in hip-hop music; both past AND present. Yet you still have a segment of black men who if they don’t like what you say, are quick to tell you suck this or eat that like Negro are you for real? All of this because you can’t elocute your words when you disagree with someone?  Well, if that’s the case, the next time you run into your gay family member and lie to yourself by saying “those people are fags but you’re cool because you’re family.” There are a cluster of issues in which the African-American community can and should be ashamed about these days; I just don’t think a sexual preference or attraction should no longer be one of them. Just remember when you “homo-shame” other people; you’re really talking about someone you know as well.

Peace and love y’all.

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