Written by Min. Che’ri Humphrey, M.ED; May 27, 2014
Founder & President of Diamonds In The Rough (DITR)…Finding The Spirit In Me!
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What a fantabulous time it was on Saturday, May 10th 2014. The McDonald’s Gospelfest (M.G. we’ll use for short), produced by A. Curtis Farrow really out did himself by having such a great line up of women legends in gospel. Let’s not forget Pastor Hezekiah Walker as well. The Women Who Worship included new hit gospel artists also, such as, Tasha Cobbs. Others included: The Clarke Sisters, Cissy Houston, Erica Campbell of Mary Mary, Kim Burrell, Tremaine Hawkins who led the choir I’m a member of; the McDonald’s Gospel Choir; Pastor Shirley Caesar who also led my choir for a selection; Dottie Peoples, Vickie Winans, Dorothy Norwood, Melba Moore, and Yolanda Adams.
Seeing Pastor Caesar again so many times since I first met her at the Palace in Stamford singing for the Stamford Mass Choir to interviewing her almost every year in the past 3 years have been a true gift. I had previously interviewed Melba Moore on Talk 2 Me Radio (www.blogtalkradio.com/talk2cheri) back in March. So seeing in person to speak to talk face to face was really exceptional. She took my hand as I was talking to her briefly about last year and my mother once she got off stage, and we walked each other out into the media area for her interview. I never forget when I was in her dressing room talking to her in 2003 because I was leaving her my first published poetry book, and because she thought I was too skinny offered me some of her food. Well, Pastor Caesar that problem no longer exists- LOL. (See footage of her on youtube.com/Cheri328 from the M.G. 2years ago at the hotel).
Tasha Cobbs has been extremely hot in the gospel industry right now with the smash hit song, “Break Every Chain.” She wore a royal blue pants suit with a white blouse. Immediately, upon coming on the stage she took control as in to usher in the spiritual and engage her audience (see video clip).
The Clarke Sisters appeared a bit fatigued before entering the stage, but MY GOD, MY GOD once they opened their mouths, and Karen began to sing lead it was over! They didn’t do a lot of antics-just kept it simply melodic, sultry, and heartfelt. God did the rest. Their praise and worship wasn’t rehearsed, nor did it seem phony, or like they had to force out a shout. The Lord has His way so much so they couldn’t stop worshipping, praising, shouting in dance and were stuck at the top of the steps next to Mr. Farrow giving glory to God. That’s what I’m talking about.
I was able to get a pic with my all time gospel artist, Karen thanks to Brian (Irving Street). Their manager didn’t seem friendly at all holding people back from hearing them as they were being interviewed and pushing people away from them. This wasn’t Hollywood. In fact, she was very cold with a bad attitude. They’re the Clarke Sisters of course people will try to crowd around and gets pics-we’re media. That’s what media does. I hope she knows it comes with the territory. I’m so glad that Karen, Dorinda, and the other sisters were as nice as I expected. It was a dream come true, once again.
Erica Campbell (my sister’s cousin & and an old friend’s relatives from Union Baptist Church) was truly beautiful. Her white fitted, body pants set, with black belt for accent was totally hot. Her hair and makeup was tight. She did represent well. I enjoyed her interview.
Yolanda Adams took the cake when it comes to healthy Black women in gospel. She was so in shape the leopard skinned dress she wore was pleased to used by her in that tall animal skin dress that fit her just right. She was gorgeous as well as anointed as she stood on stage like a tall African Goddess.
I was standing in line with the McDonald’s Gospel Choir waiting to go on when Kim Burrell was singing, but her voice is so recognizable, especially after she worked with “Sunday’s Best” you just knew she was singing. I love her jazzy, soulful sound of gospel.
Mr. Farrow was in a fancy mood; changing from his black suit while contestants were out to his all white suit when the celebrities started the second half of the show. I love all white, and he was wearing it well. My Talk 2 Me volunteer trainee messed our pic up (next time), but I did get Mr. Farrow on stage standing tall and stature. What an awesome and wonderful job he did, and all the announcers like Liz Black, Toya Beasley, and the first lady’s from several NJ churches came out and represented so they can be honored. It was joyous thing to see so many women, let alone first ladies who’ve made such an impact in their communities. The one who stood out for me was the first lady with her doctorate whom Mr. Farrow now attends her church. That’s a baaaaaddd woman in the Lord!
I couldn’t help but laugh when Melba Moore ended her performance. She wore a sequence gold dress with an oversized yellow, feathery sash to brace around her neck. It reminded me of something Diana Ross may have worn in the 80’s. I was taken back and a little baffled at the comment she ended with as she pranced off the stage after singing the “gospel” version of “Lean on Me.” Mrs. Moore stormed away after she said, “…as YOU PEOPLE SAY-HALLELUUU!” I didn’t quite get it, but I laughed just the same with the other singers on the side of the stage and a couple of the security guards. She was such a sweetie pie when I approached her off stage and got some footage of her. She did a fire-filled broad way performance of the rendition, “Lean on Me.”
I loved some Vickie Winans, and was hoping to talk with her again, but I had to wait with the choir for us to go on stage and sing in back of Tremaine Hawkins (see slide show video). However, I did get a chance to see her sing a little. I was directly under her in front of the stage as directed my volunteer trainee from WICC/WEBE of what do once I leave to sing. She got some great footage of my girl, Vickie. Vickie tore it up as usual and looked sensational in her two toned, pinned stripped black and silver sequence dress-fantabulous!
Tremaine Hawkins ushered in the spirit of the Lord, and so did our choir singing the song, “Change.” Lord, it was just filled with an anointing that I hadn’t witnessed in a while. Well, since last’s year’s fest when we had to sing. It was a true blessing, and so touching. Tremaine handled her business and was about her Father’s business. She meant every word she sang, and so did I because I KNOW HE CHANGED ME!
I must say congratulations to Isaac Z. who was finalist for the 8th year, and winner for the youth dance competition. He’ll be dancing again for Diamonds in the Rough on June 28th. In addition to Marcia of Morristown, New Jersey who won for her category as a female soloist. These youth contestants were mind blowing this year; especially the old time singing youth, male group who caught Tasha Cobbs attention as she asked them to sing for her backstage. They seemed a little scared. I said, “Look, ya’l better sang! Do you realize who asking you to sing? Sang!” At that point I wished I was their manager because I know that hesitance would’ve never happened.
Some contestants who blew me away were: LJPC, The Sisters, Brielle of F.T. Comedy, once again Kobie B., Marcia S., K’lynn who’s 9 years old. (See video slide show clip for video of K’lynn). Go to www.blogtalkradio.com/talk2cheri to hear Marcia sing and her interview with Talk 2 Me Radio. The Sisters will be on in July.
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Husssshhhh, Hold your peace and be still
I’ma slip you some words that are holy ghost spirit filled
Little Richard neva took God’s place
God IS the Originator & Creator- that’s not up for foolish debate
Cuz in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver
So start cleanin’ up the words that you say- cuz the wrong words can killa ya
Listen, he spoke creation into existence and for this I am here
Made in His image and likeness, creativity resides here
LOOOOK--- no more labels attached to me
Not bound by your impressions of what you said I should be
I’m like the woman with the issue of blood so STEP ASIDE!
I might accidentality “drip- drop” some of this fresh, anointed wine, if you don’t mind!
Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world
Don’t try to bottle me up cuz’ this flask might burst
He can give us peace that passes all understanding
Hold up--STOP! Am I too demanding?
You’re so supposed to have faith and believe
All things are possible in Christ Jesus
So when the enemy tells you, you used to, you can’t, you aren't, and you won’t be
Remind him that he has no right or authority over your destiny, so FLEE !
Instead he’ll be used as footstool to reach your dreams
Laugh, and smile in the face of adversity!
See, we don’t need man’s titles because we’re born with diverse, unique, complexity
Rip off those phony labels since they really don’t mean a thing
Please no blockin’ passage ways or stickin’ your labels on Creativity
Cuz I am her and she is me
It ‘s not what YOU say, but who GOD created me to be.
Written by Che'ri Humphrey, Fndr/Pres of Diamonds in the Rough...Finding the Spirit in Me!
Copyrights ©2008 (2/1/08) Revised 2/6/08
This piece won 1st place at the McDonald's Gospelfest 2008 at the Prudential in NJ
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