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If ever I agree with someone I must say that I certainly agree here.
Yes, it has gone much too too too too far the way that many of the women who called themselves ‘saved’ and are a part of the gospel music world of today.
When you see Shirley Caesar dressing like a fool then you truly know something is wrong. She was a staple… a solid rock… a rock … a torch bearer. But it appears that she too is becoming carried away with the style and attitudes of the world. And it is very sad.
I have been trying to find that first dress I saw on Yolanda Adams where. It was utterly ridiculous that I wondered how in the world she had put it without realizing that THAT DRESS was certainly going to start a stir in the black Christian world. And it must truly have done so… because it is nowhere to be found on the internet.
For years now we have known that a vast majority our gospel singers were interested in crossing over into the secular world. They looked over and saw the money… the cars… the houses etc… etc… etc. But if the truth be told the gospel artist who are on top make plenty of money some demanding more than $20,000 a show.
I have paid $4,000 for an act to come in to do a prayer breakfast. Well, almost we haven’t seal the deal. I expanded it into doing a concert later that evening. Because I just could not see myself paying anyone $4,000 just to show up at our prayer breakfast… and then have to fly them in and put them up in a hotel too without getting the full benefit from my investment.
But gospel artist demand a lot of money. I once over heard my past mumbling after having brought a certain, used to be a bit heavier and fuller breast, gospel singer in. She demanded a limousine and to stay in a 5 star hotel.
They want to be treated like rock stars… super stars. Oh, they bring the anointing…
Well, some of them. But are they really worth the big ticket many of them want to demand. I think not.
But it is not a matter of the money which this blog is about… but about their matter of dress. And it speaks volumes.
The Bible tells us to ‘come out from among them.’ And ‘to be ye transformed.’
Then why are some many of our gospel artist negating ‘the word’ to want to become more and more like the world?
It is hard to believe that today we see many gospel female artists who want to dress like Lil’ Kim or Nicki Minaj.
What happen to dressing in a way becoming to a woman… not like a woman trying to sing and sell her wares too? Because that is very much what it looks like.
They are exposing their breast… their shoulders… thighs… legs…. and everything else.
They are getting implants… breast implants… hip and thigh implants etc. all designed to make them look more voluptuous. But didn’t the Bible say that a woman should be modestly dress, as not to draw attention to her body?
But the flesh is alive and well sadly in the gospel world. And it appears that the more these women show of it the happier they are about it.
I didn’t think it was robbery how Mahalia Jackson used to dress… or any of those old gospel women groups. Even Shirley Caesar… somebody I would have never believed would be trying to follow the ways of this world… is getting into the act, and looking like she enjoys it.
But if the truth be told this trend is showing up in their music too. Most the music that comes out today is just plain garbage. And I don’t know who told these so-called song writers that pulling a few words of scripture from Psalms and singing over and over and over and over and over… is really a song or song writing.
What Rev. Timothy Wright’s wife did with ‘Jesus Jesus Jesus’ cannot be duplicated. And we are told in scripture that there is nothing like the name of Jesus, and this song certainly proved that because I never have to think about the tone or key to sing it… and I feel the power in that song whenever I hear it.
But this other mess or repetitive words is just plain junk for the most part. It has no power and touches nothing down deep inside you. It is a key change after key change without any real meaning or significance… not really worth singing and definitely not much worth hearing. Because there is usually nothing to these songs at all but a waste of time.
I am sorry to see our real song writing in the gospel music world take a decline… and a back seat to this junk of repetitive words which have no anointing whatsoever… outside of Rev. Timothy’s Wright’s wife song. It is kind of odd that not much after she had written this song that that fatal accident coming from A.I.M, a Church of God in Christ convention held that year in Detroit… took place in which God took her and a grandson… and not long after her He took the Right Reverend Wright too. But what a song… and songs they left us with. And also a firm belief in God… and a knowledge that they were ‘real religious people of God’... not like many of these perpetrating gospel singers ‘wanna be’ secular people of today.
Well, God bless…. Well, it is wet here but my cousin tells me that they are in for snow today. But it is spring and we are just a couple of weeks away from Easter.
So, let me be the first to wish you a happy and safe Easter. What a grand time it is as we move forward to celebrating the purpose our Lord and Savor and… to lay down his life that he would rise again… so that we all may have a right to life over death.
Thank for reading…
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Add a comment April 6, 2017
THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD… THE SECULAR TAKING OVER THE CHRISTIAN WORLD… SHIRLEY CAESAR’S DRESS AT THE GRAMMYS…
Yeah, I remember the days when you could not sit in a black church with your skirt riding all the way up to your hips… not even while sitting in the back row.
But sadly those days are gone. And back in the day it didn’t matter what you were wearing in our church they trained you that you could not sit like some man in a cowboy movie… or anywhere else, and I do mean anywhere. They trained us to be ladies… and to sit like ladies.
I just recently saw a picture of 1 of our general board bishop’s wife who was sitting with her legs wide open.
And it did not matter what you had on… since in our church you were never suppose to have on pants anyway. Nor did it matter where you were. Agains, they trained us to be ladies and to always sit with our legs closed.
Sitting with your legs wide open was just not tolerated. It was not an option …nor our clothes pulled all the up on us so people could see everything we had either.
But today is a different story.
Even these preachers… young and old… are marrying worldly women who have never had any type or form of church training. Then how are they …these women to know how to train any women in the churches they are becoming the first lady of how they should carry and hold themselves… if the first lady does not know?
Oh, I see where they all have start to carry large handkerchiefs to throw across their legs now. But that can’t hide what is going on above …in the exposing of their breasts.
Everybody it seems want to be naked. I take that saying from my father… who called any woman not dressed appropriately ‘naked.’ And I guess daddy was right… because the more and more as time has progressed
the more ‘naked’ they have become.
Take long time gospel music queen Shirley Caesar at this past Grammy’s and what she was wearing. But if the truth be told Shirley’s shoulder lines have been dropping for a while.
It is 1 thing for the hot little floozies on the corner to be dressed in nothing, but to see gospel legends to begin to strut their stuff is a bit too too too much. Particularly when they are old women and women who had been highly respected in the
gospel world for years, such as Mother and Pastor Shirley Caesar.
And you have these pastors who are marrying women who they are proud to flaunt on their arm and during church services, women who look like they could be in the local club or bar… sitting on a bar stool and inviting any old body to come and taste some of their cheap goods.
I was trying to find this dress I had seen Yolanda Adams wear some years ago. It made me wonder as to whether or not she too had decided to leave the gospel world for secular music fairyland?
It is one thing when you watch the Oscars or whatever and see these women who are not saved… but when the unsaved seem to display more discretion in their dress than some of these gospel divas… then there is a problem.
How could anyone forsake such a standard and code of the church as to the proper dress of a religious or church woman. Are not these things spoken of in the Bible as to what is or is not acceptable?
So, then why would Shirley Caesar after years of covering up properly while in public stoop to what she put on for the Grammys this year. When she saw it she had to known, (1) that that dress was not first of all age appropriate for her, and (2) that it was certainly not something she should have put on…exposing her breast as it did.
For years Shirley Caesar had held up the standard for women in the gospel world. A standard she was taught by those who had come before her… and had undoubtedly been in the church in which she grew up in… as many of us had been trained and nurtured. To wear our clothes as to not intrigue anybody. Nothing hanging off your shoulders, no slits up the side, especially nothing too short or anywhere above the knee… and certainly nothing exposing our breasts.
To this very day I find it hard for me to want to walk into a church… any church with a pair of pants on. Though I only wear pants occasionally… more or less sweat pants when I do. But my training was women did not wear pants.
I was also trained that you just did not walk across the pulpit… for it was holy ground. Even if I am summon to come into the pulpit I go reluctantly… and if I am asked to say something or to speak… I prefer to do from the floor and not in the pulpit. It is not that I am not saved… but God declared certain areas in his sanctuary to be holy
or holy… where only the high priest was allowed enter. Since we no longer have those inter chambers that only the high priest could enter into… we do still have His pulpit. And it is holy.
So, when I see this trend where not only are gospel singers moving towards the secular world… just as R&B singers went towards becoming crossover artists… or better known to become pop artists. The gospel artist today are also forsaking not only their roots …their music and their original audience, which fed and celebrated them for years… and now they are casting them aside and their clothes to go half naked before the world… just like the world.
We have cast off following God… to chase mammon and all his friends.
Well, see how much music Shirley will continue sell. I don’t think it will come anywhere near what she used to do… for she has forgotten the Lord her God. And we all know how He handles things like that….
I personally do not see what is wrong with representing the Lord and/or the Kingdom of God as we should… because we honor Him. If we love Him and not the world… then why would you want to follow the ways of the world?
“Choose ye whom ye will serve.”
Well, God bless…. We’re back into cold weather now. But then it is March so it would be no surprise if between now and some time in April we get dumped with a ton of snow.
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Add a comment March 6, 2017
I saw the video that Kim says someone took of her during a service some night at her
church, when Kim Burrell goes off the chain proclaiming her dislike of gay people… with particular reference to those in the church.
I also saw the video that Kim made backing or attempting to back away from much of what she said in that video, of her ranting about gay people. My thing in watching this video was this.
‘Kim if you really feel about gay people as you said while standing in the pulpit. Then why back down from it… if you feel that what you had said was right?’
Cause you see if I say something that I think is right… then I am not going to back down from it. Oh, I can change my mind… yes, regarding my thinking. But if I feel that I am correct in my thinking then I am not going back away from what I believe. And I don’t care who may not like it. Unless… again… if I think about it and later begin to regret what I said… or how I said it. Or I might even discover that I was wrong… because that does happen too. And has happened to me.
I mean I would be lying if I said I never regretted saying something. It happens all the time to many of us. We spoke too fast. Or mis-spoke…
But the way Kim was going on and on in that pulpit… I would have to say that she was really versing her sentiments quite definitely. And if what I heard in another video was correct… in that what that person said about her husband, whom Kim is now either divorced from or separated from for some years now… was that he was gay.
I would say that might cause a woman to go on and on about hating gays. That woman who used to sell orange juice years ago… I forget her name. She had been an ex-Miss America when she came out strongly against gay people back in the latter 70’s or 80’s… and boy did they slam her. She lost all kind of contracts behind that… and the orange juice industry was quick to get rid of her. But what a price that industry paid in revenue losses when gay people boycotted orange juice… and boycott it they did. And they won.
With regards to Kim Burrell… whom I often have found to be sharp with her tongue… I find it hard to believe that she did not think about her wardrobe person, or her make-up person, or her hair stylist or everybody else who may possibly be on her team, when she is preparing to get up to perform… because most of them are gay. But I am sure that hit home shortly after she realized that that video got out… had been uploaded on youtube, and the calls started coming in to her.
This is America and, of course, Kim Burrell like everybody else in
America has a right to an opinion on whatever she wants to have an opinion on… whether I may or may not agree with her on it.
But where I thought Kim Burrell went too far …was for her to be standing in the pulpit and talking about certain things… like men having ‘p___nis’ in their mouths. Or women with their breasts shaking in front of another woman. It was a bit too much.
Kim went overboard and that is what more than anything I believed killed her… and took away from anything that she was trying to say. She was not preaching… nor was she teaching. But Kim was spouting out vicious remarks of feelings, that maybe she had been harboring for some time and just felt it was okay… for some reason or other… to release those sentiments into the atmosphere at that time… in that church service.
I am a firm believer that the pulpit is not for all types of conversations. Nor is it a place for where we should be standing in it believing that it is okay to just say whatever comes into our narrow minds. The sanctuary and …certainly the pulpit is ‘holy.’ It is holy ground and it is not meant to be a place where we preach hate or condemnation.‘
Who are we to condemn people as though we too were not once lost in sin?
This is the problem I have with many people in the church. They act as though they were never once sinners.
And I really get tired of hearing those people who say, ‘I’ve been saved since I was 3.’
Are you really trying to tell me that since you were a child… and supposedly became saved that you never once sinned?
I will bet that you sinned more than once. And probably did things I never thought to do.
So, the devil is a liar. And those people need to stop telling that ‘I’ve been saved since’ lie.
Why do people want to pretend that they are so holy and righteous …when they are filled with such ‘high looks,’ bigotry and animosity against not just gay people… though gay people always seem to be at the top of everyone’s list… but against everybody but fornicators… adulterers… liars etc….etc…etc.. Because THAT list certainly goes further than just being gay.
Some of these same people voted Donald Trump into office and saw no sin in him. I would not have believed that either… had I not heard and seen them at our national convocation in St. Louis. It was quite disturbing to me. And a couple of them… bishops even… I had to set straight.
Speaking of bishops. Some of these very people are ‘the corrupters.’ Stealing away the lives of many of these young boys, by feasting on them sexually …while proclaiming something else in the pulpit and making jokes about ‘limp wrist.’
This thing is sad. And there are a bunch of hypocrites in the church… in the black church and white church… and everything in between.
Yeah, they can proclaim they hate them… but they lead the choir… play the instruments… sing the sermonic solo.
So, stop playing with yourself… and trying to preach hate, when their is a cleansing that needs to take place. And it is in the hearts of each and every one of us because we have been commanded to love… not condemn or chastise folk because we act like we can’t stomach their sin.
It is not for you to stomach. God who is the creator and is also the finisher. And you don’t know who he is going to clean up and place over you.
He can turn everybody around. Did He not turn you around?
Oh, I forgot. He is still working on you, Kim and everyone else who thinks like her.
I was at the convocation 2 years ago when that guy came out and started proclaiming, ‘I
ain’t gay no more.’
That whole service was like being in the midst of a comedy show. That guy from Orlando who was suppose to preach… was beside himself …just like Kim. And practically the whole area was eating it up… they were rolling over in laugher of this guys homophobic tyrants.
It was so good to them that the video department sold out of that dvd that night… and could not keep up with the demand for it. This I know not because I tried to buy it… but because the next day while waiting on my ride back to my hotel a bunch of people were still laughing over that mockery of a church service. I sat through it, yes… but it was all I could do not to get up and walk out on that guy that night. And I would have had I thought my courtesy driver was outside to take me back to my hotel.
We should stop all this ‘gay mess.’ It is not the only sin… need you think of what you are doing that God may be angry at. Because at the end of the day… that is what really should concern you more than anything else. Because when you shut your eyes… it won’t be that gay man in the choir or up the street whom you will have answer for. But your behavior towards them will surely be an issue before God.
I think we all need to read the Bible more. Because somewhere along the line you are all missing something when you attack anyone who is lost in sin.
And I think that any pastor or anyone who calls him or her self a pastor …or whatever who
invites someone to come and preach at their church and says, ‘You can come to preach but don’t mess with my sissies.’
I think that person needs to remove themselves or the church remove him or her… because they are users. But not Godly. They rather see people not hear the truth… and I am not talking about a bunch of harsh and hard words of condemnation… but ‘the truth’ as to what the Bible says because they desire that everybody in their church or under them know what God desires in order for us to sincerely get into heaven…
Let us not chase people out of the church. But let us work on trying to allow God to do His perfect work in them. The Bible says, ‘faith comes through hearing the word of God.’ They must be allow in the church… so that they do not go to ‘gay churches’ and sit up in there believing that everything is alright… and while they play church that they can make into heaven.
Let us not be that mean …or selfish. Thank God the doors of the church were open for us… or we too would still be out there doing whatever it was that we used to do. And many of you still do… if the truth be told….
Well, God bless… Well, I finally got my chance to say what has been on my mind concerning this subject. I just hope that people will come to love and respect one another and all of our differences. I hate sin and it hurts for me to see people languishing in it. I have many gay friends … and even some family members whom I know will be lost if they fail to change. But I pray that God call them out as He was so kind and gracious enough to do me. And that they have an ear to hear… and God gives them a desire to come out… and stay out.
Well, God bless… I’m out. Thanks for reading my blogs. Please be sure to continue to share this blog site with your family, co-workers and all your friends… “pass it on…” http://www.bsmith101.wordpress.com ©2016
Add a comment January 9, 2017
Just could not resist snipping this from MSN Entertainment….
Anyhoo…someone else who’s undergone gastric bypass — and a host of other procedures — is giving a tongue-lashing to stars who deny partaking in the latest medical breakthroughs.
“Oh my God! Those liars! I hate them!” Sharon Osbourne railed during an appearance on E!’s. “They are like, ‘I didn’t do anything.’ Meanwhile, their eyebrows are here.”
Sharon, whose plastic surgeon probably enjoys rolling around in a crisp pile of cash collected from her admitted boob job, butt lift, leg lift, liposuction, tummy tuck and facelift, reserves extra venom for a certain line-free Oscar winner.
“Can’t we all just get along? Eh, scratch that — celebrities are always so much more fun when they’re slamming someone or something. In this bad-mouthing edition, we bring you girl fighting, Botox-baiting and more.
The gastric bypass-slimmed Star (“That surgery saved my life,” she says) also accuses the most senior member of the coffee klatch of conspiring against her, telling the mag, “Barbara set me up.”
(In her onetime couch mates’ defense, they did have to sit through months and months of Jones endlessly babbling about her corporate-sponsored fairytale wedding to her Prince Charming, also known as Al “Legs of a Stallion” Reynolds, whom she split with in March. That would be enough to make anyone a mite cranky.)
But of a truth (as the Jamaicans say)…if I were to step into an elevator with just me and Star Jones…I probably wouldn’t know it was her. Because I think she did more than just that gastric thang. Her face looks different. And I know weight lose can do that…but…not like that.
And I have stepped into elevators with plenty of people…believe me. It is not hard to in New York.
Once while dropping off a package at Writer’s Guild of American, on 57th Street, I stepped into the elevator to find myself in it with Ed Bradley. You will not know how shocked I was to look up and see that it was him.
“Ed Bradley,” I exclaimed without thinking.
It must have been the way that I said it…because I think I frightened the guy.
Then there was the time that I got into an elevator and found myself alone with Frankie Crocker. And I will never forget the time it was me and Percy Sutton alone on an elevator…what a handsome and very kind gentleman he was.
And, oh…yes. Going back to Ed Bradley…when the elevator door opened and Ed got off…he said-
And she said, “Hi, Ed.”
And for a moment I thought I was home watching “60 Minutes”…as Leslie Stale got on the elevator with me just as Ed Bradleyvacated it.
That’s New York, baby.
MSN Entertainment…here’s the link if you want to read the rest.
But what won’t women do?
I mean I am all for looking good and everything. But what happened to-
And my goodness…doesn’t Patti LaBelle look good for a woman in her 60’s? (though Patti did get a nose job some years ago)
I think I will just love what God has given me…He after all is a God of perfection.
So, how can you improve upon that?
In regards to everything else…
Well, God doesn’t make us fat…we do that to ourselves. And some of those grotesque family features which some of us ‘just can’t stand.’ Well, overtime they mellow out…and over time… Well, it all comes kind of comes together.
The problem is…we see ourselves through everyone else’s eyes. Or better yet…what we think is through ‘everyone else’s eyes.’ When really that is an impossible feat.
Appreciate what God has given you.
I learned that lesson one night while working on that job which I told you in an earlier blog was the worst job I ever had…everyone hated me there. I was in management…my signature was being falsified on various company documents…everytime something went wrong ‘I was to blame.’
It was the worst possible circumstance…and I started thinking about suing the company…but God told me ‘no don’t sue.’ You have to read that blog if you want to find out the whole story…but that company ended up paying me…and paying me for a very long time…and I did what God told me not to do. I didn’t sue them…and I got paid anyhow (hundreds of thousands of dollars)…this is God. It would have never have happened any other way. And I haven’t had to work a day since.
But one day while working…I was handling some business at the front counter and a woman and her male escort approached the counter. She had been burned severely. I could tell that at some point she most have been very attractive…but that was all gone now. Yet, she and her escort…I called him that…but he was the man with her…they were having a good time. They laughed and chatted as though she hadn’t a mark on her face at all. That is when I realized…after years of thinking of myself as being ugly…that God doesn’t create anything ugly.
We may not like what we have been given…but it is not ugly. And Barry Gordy and the Temptations were right…beauty really is skin deep. And that other guy was right too…”beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
Was that Shakespeare who said that?
“How can I mess up what God has given me?”
And truly if ever there was a crime…it is what Michael did to himself. When you look back on all those old pictures of him…you have to wonder how in the world could his mind have been so twisted with regard to his looks. The boy was handsome…the man is a nightmare. I have always felt deeply for Michael.
Speaking of the Jacksons…Janet isn’t doing well these days. Recently she had to put off her tour. I understand that she is suffering from vertigo. It is a state of dizziness. We pray that God will remove that illness from her…and from my aunt Kate.
I have an aunt who suffers from it, our Aunt Kate. It has been many years now…with it recently being more presistent now she told me the last time we spoke. No one has to tell me about dizziness…and I am sure you either. I suffered a head injury and occasionally have my moments. I couldn’t imagine wanting…well, nobody wants it…being dizzy all of the time.
All I can say Janet pray and have a firm believe in God…it will see you through it all. And many times…He gives intervention. He is just that good.
Well, be encouraged all… God bless…and thanks for reading.
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Add a comment October 15, 2008
A group called “Black Men Against the Exploitation of Black Women” is taking on R. Kelly…and rightly so.
They are calling black folk to take a stand with them and boycott Kelly and never support him again.
Now, I can get to that…but it is the rest of it I have a bit of trouble with…
It goes like this…stand with them until R. Kelly publicly apologizes for his behavior and gets help for his sexual mis-conduct and highly ill-legal acts with children (paedophilia) and his grotesque sexual lyrics which are demeaning, and diminish women to mere sexual objects.
For the harm that R. (Robert) Kelly has done to the several known young girls who were victims…a mere apology could never be enough…nor all the money he has managed to pay them and their families off with.
This stuff doesn’t get erased.
When innocence is stolen…it is stolen.
Forever….and how do I know?
What has happened to little children being protected by their parents and families…and other adults?
I have an adopted neice…one out of several…who shared with me on several occasions how her own natural grandmother would allow her husband to have sex with her regularly. This mind you while my neice was extremely young…under the age of 11.
R. Kelly is not all by himself. There are many many many men who indulge in this practice…whether they be in their upper teens or latter years. But these cases mostly go un-reported because the children really don’t know how to process it. They feel something about it is not right…so, they don’t speak about it.
For one reason because they simply don’t know how to voice it.
So, they bury it within themselves and carry it into their womanhood and manhood where they still oftentimes keep it hiddened.
There is a woman in our church, who when she gets up to speak many times she tells of her father having sex with her as a child repeatedly. I have no doubt that it had an impact upon her because she tells of it often. And each time she tells it…I hear her authority in voice…an authority that she didn’t have as a child when her perpetrator, whom in this case was her own father, sought her out to rob something from her over and over again.
Those black men who have come together to build a coalition to boycott R. Kelly are currently 19 Black Men strong…made up of professors, writers and activists in the African-American community. I salute you all…Black Men Against the Exploitation of Black Women…and children everywhere.
Speaking of music, I have a friend who is hooked on youtube.
And don’t ask me how she has managed to do it…but she is conversing with some of the ol’ R & B/Soul singers. It is a mystery how she has managed to hook up with them…and if I were to call some names you would know them. And some of them still look good too.
But then…she has always been a real groupie.
While looking up something else I came across this on youtube…and I could not resist sharing it with you as these were my girls. I think I made mention that I used to do radio.
Well, in radio you get to meet a lot of folk particularly if you work in various markets. And I have…so after hanging with Sheila, Wanda and Pam (the Emotions) one concert night…they invited me to New York City…to the Nassau Coliseum where they were going to be performing the following night.
Did I go?
I drove right up into the coliseum like I was part of the act and was on stage most of the night. Enjoy… and God bless….
Oh, yes…takes a while for the Emotions to load…click on it and lower the volume…then watch the other video while the first one loads.
ps…I don’t really listen to this stuff anymore…my musical taste has changed drastically as well as my life. ©2008
Add a comment July 22, 2008