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There will always be people who believe that the rich and famous are not doing enough to defend their people or culture. For the most part, I think this is true. Maybe we should stop expecting the rich to be people of high moral character. Still, it’s always refreshing to hear when celebrities are doing the right thing, especially when they don’t have to.
Recently, former pastor and gospel artist Donnie McClurkin shared the moment Beyoncé did it for him. On his show The Donnie McClurkin Show On Premier Christian Radio, McClurkin explained how the media covering the Grammys snubbed him. And Beyoncé decided to do something about it.
She came up to me and said, “Pastor Donnie, I won. I won. Because she came to visit our church. I said ‘Oh yeah.’
They brought me into the interview room with all these different shows. [Someone said] Donnie McClurkin just won.
And they said, ‘Oh no. Pass. We don’t do the gospel. ‘
Four different radio stations and media said, “Move on. We don’t do the gospel. ‘
And it broke me. I’m with a Grammy and they tell me they don’t do gospel music.
[Eventually, these same journalists are vying for a chance to speak to Beyoncé.] “Beyoncé, can we do an interview?
And Beyoncé walked up to them and said, “I’m sorry, you don’t do gospel music. And left. All four of them said, “No, I’m sorry. You are not doing the gospel. ‘
Then she came up to me and gave me a hug and said, “I support you, Pastor Donnie.
I love to see it. As much as black gospel music has influenced virtually every genre of original American music, from blues to jazz, rock and roll to country and R&B, it deserves far more respect than it received, even then. modern.
I’m happy to hear that Beyoncé decided to use her power and privilege to defend our icons of black music in a space where they were so neglected.
You can listen to McClurkin tell the story in the video below.