Pastor and Gospel artist, Kim Burrell was supposed to perform her single with Pharrell, “I See a Victory” off the ‘Hidden Figures’ soundtrack, but since a video circulated of her giving a homophobic sermon, Ellen Cancelled Kim Burrell’s appearance. As a result, Pharrell performed alone and sat with Ellen to discuss the controversial message in Burrell’s sermon about the LGBT community.

 

We have to talk about this before we go. You were supposed to do a different song, and you were supposed to perform it with a singer that, I actually didn’t know her; her name is Kim Burrell. And she made a statement. She was doing a Facebook Live, and she said some very not nice things about homosexuals, so I didn’t feel like that was good of me to have her on the show to give her a platform after she’s saying things about me,” Ellen said before giving the floor to Pharrell.

“Well, there’s no space, there’s no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017 and moving on. Like, there’s no room. I… she’s a fantastic singer, and I love her, just like I love everybody else, and we all got to get used to that. We all have to get used to everyone’s differences and understand that this is a big, gigantic, beautiful, colorful world, and it only works with inclusion and empathy. It only works that way,” responded Pharrell.

Growing up in the church, I was taught that being “Christlike” was all about having respect and compassion for all people, regardless of their background and/or who they are. That’s why I find it odd that some church leaders utilize their pulpits to spew UNChristlike teachings about certain communities because of how they choose to live their lives.

Unless you’re living completely under a rock, you’ve heard of the controversy surrounding legendary Jazz and Gospel singer, Pastor Kim Burrell. A video of Pastor Burrell giving a homophobic sermon went viral and it sparked social media outrage. Press play below!

Let me just say that I respect EVERYONE’S opinion, including Kim’s. We all have a right to believe what we want to believe. However, since watching this cringe-worthy clip, I feel compelled to share my perspective on homosexuality in the church, particularly the black church, as well as the obvious hypocrisy that Kim helped reveal.

Let’s be mindful that the sermon is being spewed by a woman who was actually featured on an album of an openly gay secular artist, namely Frank Ocean. She has a single with Pharrell on the ‘Hidden Figures’ soundtrack; a film which stars Jim Parsons, an openly gay actor. She was also scheduled to appear on Ellen, an openly gay woman, to perform with Pharrell….until this happened.

Kim’s very harsh sermon against the LGBT community reveals two major issues involving the church; Ministries spread more judgment than divinity and church leaders are oblivious to the division their judgments causes.

Let’ dive into the whole hypocritical aspect of this….

Many of us have gay/lesbian/transgendered people in our families, so I dare anyone to say there aren’t any members of your church who doesn’t fall under those categories.

They sit next to you while you pray
They direct/sing in your choir
They play in your band
They pay their tithes
They are your ushers, your deacons, and your kitchen help.

What about the folks that make you look good for church?
Your hairdresser? Your barber? The man/woman who sold you your favorite church outfit!

I’m amazed at how much Kim and folks like her benefit from the LGBT community, yet, wants them to “be free from their homosexual spirit”, or they’ll be damned to hell.

Let’s not forget that messages like the ones in Burrell’s sermon cause more division between the communities. You ever wonder why some folks don’t want to spend their Sundays in a church home? Who wants to come to church and listen to something like this?

“Everybody in this room who’s filled with the homosexual spirit, beg God to free you. You play with it. What does that mean? You’ll die from it. You play with it in God’s house in 2017, you’ll die from it.”

If the leader isn’t talking about them, then they’re talking about their mother, their father, their child, etc.

This video reflects the ongoing problem in the black church with conservative Christians using the bible as a tool for oppression. The message that is being spread is not of inclusiveness and love, but rather with coldness and of ostracism.

 

No one should have to attend church and made to feel like who they are and who they choose to love is a deficit to society.

No human being is made to condone or condemn how one chooses to live.

 

Some of you guys may say Kim spoke “the truth” and was condemned for doing so. Well, if the truth applies to spreading messages of hate and/or exclusiveness, then she being “condemned” was justifiable.

Love ALL people as God would do. Isn’t that what being “Christlike” is all about?

Chance The Rapper Came ALL THE WAY THROUGH with his debut on Ellen. He performed his current hit, “No Problem” with 2 Chainz & Lil’ Wayne”. Wayne even added some new lyrics to his verse, inspired by his beef with Birdman.

Check out the energetic performance below!

Chance took the time to chat with Ellen about his choice NOT to sign with a label.
One of the hottest rappers in the game chooses not to be bound by a contract! That’s dope AF!!!

Ellen brings on The First Lady as her first ever co-host on her daytime talk show. We already know how down-to-earth Michelle is, but we didn’t expect how fun she could be, as well. The First lady looked stunning as Ellen’s co-host, rocking a beautiful dress by Gucci.

As co-host, Michelle not only chats with special guests, she shares her experience as The First Lady.

 “The girls have grown up in the White House. I mean, the staff that’s there, we see them every day. These are people who have helped us raise our kids. They’ve loved us, they’ve taken care of us,” Michelle says.  “I’m proud of them they’ve really managed this so well,” she said. “I mean, I just love them to death and the big thing I’ve always worried about was making sure that they got out of this whole. I’m just proud that they are poised, smart, intelligent young women.”

It was an honor to take on the job,“ she says. I wasn’t the political spouse. I was very hesitant about this, but it’s truly been an honor to serve, to travel this country, to meet so many great people”.
In this episode, Michelle and Ellen chats with Golden State Warriors player, Stephen Curry. Michelle gives Steph some pointers on playing better golf with her husband, the POTUS. They’ve also debuted a brand new game!

Watch the entire episode below

 





Actor Bradley Cooper stopped by, as well!

DEEP is the words that come to mind, watching Kanye’s interview today on Ellen.

When Ellen asked him about his wife, Kim Kardashian’s joke about hiring a Board of Directors for his epic Twitter rants, the hip-hop star and fashion designer’s response turned into an 8-minute ideology passionately expressed, on how to make the world a better place. Watch video below!

 

After comedian Quincy Jones was diagnosed with a rare form of terminal cancer in July of 2015, he decided he wanted to record a stand-up special before he dies. His friends started a Kickstarter profile on his behalf to raise money to create and produce his special. When Ellen heard Quincy’s story, she invited him to the show to share his story, but that wasn’t the only reason. Watch clip below!

 

A week later, Quincy returns to Ellen, but Ellen has an even bigger surprise for the courageous comedian!

Jones will record his special on April 4 at the Terragram Ballroom, to air sometime this spring.

So wonderful…and such a special way to leave a piece of him behind ♥

 

Source: EW