Pastor Jamal, a senior pastor at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, spoke to the congregation about Kanye on Sunday, November 10 and condemned the Chicago native's comments on slavery, according to Complex.
he pastor reportedly began his sermon by praising the “Jesus Walks” rapper for his latest album, Jesus Is King, however, he also criticized Kanye for his questionable off stage behavior.
“Kanye West is a gifted lyricist. My problem is in between the songs. It ain’t on the album. The album is hot, it’s good. It’s in between the songs. I can’t rest with Kanye saying that slavery was an option,” Pastor Jamal said, according to the outlet.
These comments came after Pastor Jamal redirected a donation made by Kanye to New Birth Missionary Baptist Church after the rapper made further questionable comments following his visit to the church.
In May 2018, the “All of The Lights” rapper sparked a nationwide conversation after an explosive interview in which he made some controversial comments regarding slavery and African Americans. “They could have stopped it. They could have said ‘Yo this is going too far’,” the rapper remarked. “You hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” Kanye added.
The Yeezy designer apologized for his statements in August 2019. “I’m sorry for people that felt let down by that moment,” the rapper said during a radio interview with 107.5 WGCI Chicago.
However, last week Kanye made headlines yet again after he announced that he was planning to run for president in 2024 at the Fast Company’s Innovation Festival. “When I run for president in 2024,” the rapper said, to laughter from the audience. “What y’all laughing at?” The rap mogul said that if he were elected president, he would “create so many jobs.”
“I’m not going to run, I’m going to walk,” Kanye said. “What they’re saying is Kanye’s crazy—one and three African Americans are in jail and all the celebrities are in jail also because they can’t say nothing because they’re so scared.”
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