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Kim Burrell, Famed Gospel Singer, Issues Apology After Calling Churchgoers ‘Broke’ and ‘Ugly’

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Gospel singer Kim Burrell is apologizing after a clip from a recent sermon, in which she insulted churchgoers at one of Brian Carn’s Kingdom City Church locations went viral.

In the clip, Burrell commented on churchgoers’ appearances, financial statuses and praised them for not getting vaccinated against COVID-19 or wearing a face mask. The singer joked about crowd members being “broke” and asked personal questions about their utility bills and living conditions.

“Sometimes before we get friends we have to do an interview: How long you been broke? How many times have you changed your name on your light bill? How many of your bills are in your little cousin’s name? Do you live in a trailer home or a house?” Burrell said while laughing. “You understand. It’s not about status or material things. It’s just about choices.”

She then moved on to the COVID-19 pandemic and referenced Paycheck Protection Program loans, also known as PPP loans.

We’re at church… those of us that are walking by faith without a mask and no vaccine,” she continued. “Hopefully we’ll get a chance to meet each other when y’all invite me to come to your church. I’m not as expensive as I seem! I don’t know, maybe you got a little left from your PPP loan. Prayer, Praise and Power, you understand. Amen.”

Elsewhere in the clip, she discusses congregation members’ appearances, calling them “ugly.”

“Who likes to be told you’re just ugly? No one likes to be told that,” Burrell said. “Most don’t get offended until they know the bad thing about themselves… I haven’t chosen anyone to be ugly yet. God is good. God is great. You all look great. Most of you have on hats covering most of that anyway. Here’s to you.”

“I have a great personality,” she declared before breaking into song.

On Tuesday, after receiving plenty of backlash online, Burrell shared a written apology on Instagram, but later deleted it, after that too was criticized. The following day, she released a video apologizing for her actions, explaining that her initial post was written by an “attorney” who “asked” her to do it.

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“Hello everybody. This is Kim Burrell. I’m sorry. I mean it. I mean that. Not from the letter, from my heart,” Burrell said in the clip. “I released a letter two days ago. It did not convey right at all, and I must tell you this — it was from an attorney that asked me to do it.”

She continued, “The latter part, y’all know I know, it was offensive… It was not my intent for it to be but it was her wording to say, ‘They need to be aware.’ I said, ‘Nah.’ My friends called me and said, ‘No, there are still people who are hurt from the part of them they love about you.'”

Later on in the clip, the 49-year-old musician said she wasn’t going to issue another statement but instead decided to make this video out of “love” for her fans.

“I’m really truly sorry. I didn’t want to hurt you. I don’t want to hurt you. I don’t plan on hurting you, and I pray that you will heal from this,” she said, concluding the clip.

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5 TV Shows To Check Out This Weekend

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If the multiverse were fair, Paper Girls, Amazon’s adaptation of the hit indie comic series written by Brian K. Vaughan, would be showered with the same adulation and attention given to Stranger Things. On the surface, both shows are nostalgic sci-fi romps starring children facing off against insurmountable and sinister odds. But where Stranger Things is mostly driven by fun and referential spectacle, Paper Girls is driven by the emotional growth of its four young leads.

Paper Girls kicks off the morning after Halloween in 1988, when a group of 12-year-old newspaper couriers ride out to deliver their normal routes; while escaping the clutches of drunk teenagers in shitty costumes, they end up embroiled in a time war. Jumping from 1988 to 2019 to 1999, the girls confront their disappointment with who they become in the future, each dealing with the brutal reality of their adult selves in a different way. It is one of the most fascinating and satisfying depictions of a teenage girl’s mind I’ve ever seen on TV.

But Paper Girls, adapted by Stephany Folsom, isn’t all grim introspection; the series shines when the girls are doing normal teen things like stealing tampons after one of them gets their period for the first time or trying to get into grown-up parties they have no business being at. The fragile, unlikely bonds that form between them in those quiet moments are tested by the adults in the show, and, unlike Stranger Things, there’s no chosen one here. This is just a group of funny, bitter, sweet girls trying to survive the chaos of growing up too soon. And just in case that’s not enough, there’s also Ali Wong piloting a time-traveling mecha in combat for the future of humanity. —K.M.

Where to watch: Prime Video

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Jack Harlow reveals the dream collaboration he’s been manifesting

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Jack Harlow is dreaming all the way to the football field.

In between hits like “Industry Baby” and “First Class” on the TODAY plaza stage for our Citi Concert Series, rapper Jack Harlow revealed his biggest career goal.

“There’s a lot of things I haven’t done,” Harlow said after TODAY’s Craig Melvin asked Harlow what he hasn’t done yet that he still wants to do. “One day, I dream of doing the Super Bowl halftime show.”

The crowd roared with applause, and Craig said the rapper “just spoke it into existence.”

In another interview on the 3rd Hour of TODAY, the musician from Louisville, Kentucky also spilled his dream collaborator.

Craig ran down the list of artists Harlow has already worked with like Drake, Lil Nas X and Justin Timberlake, and asked who he would love to collaborate with who hasn’t gotten to next.

“Andre 3000,” Harlow replied, speaking of the fellow rapper from the South. “That’s a big one I’ve been manifesting. A lot of the collaborations you just named, are ones that in interviews, over the years, I hadn’t done yet.”

“Pharrell, Drake, all that, and then they would happen,” he continued. “So I’m just gonna keep saying Andre 3000 with faith that it will happen.”

Jack Harlow looks at the crowd while performing at the Citi Concert Series.
Jack Harlow looks at the crowd while performing at the Citi Concert Series. Nate Congleton / TODAY

“Andre 3000 with you at the Super Bowl,” Craig manifested. “That’s the show.”

“That would be everything I could ever want,” Harlow said.

Jack Harlow smiles while performing on the TODAY plaza stage.
Jack Harlow smiles while performing on the TODAY plaza stage.Nate Congleton / TODAY

Harlow attended Super Bowl LVI in February at Sofi Stadium, and while The Weeknd performed during the game’s halftime show, Harlow performed at a halftime show of his own during Shaquille O’Neal’s pre-game SHAQ Bowl livestream event.

Harlow is headed to the MTV Music Video Awards later this month, where he is up for seven awards—leading the highest number of nominations along with Kendrick Lamar and Lil Nas X.



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Natalia Dyer Was Confronted By Megan Thee Stallion For Choosing “Boring” Jonathan Over Steve In “Stranger Things”

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And she made sure to tell that to Natalia Dyer when she stopped by the Tonight Show on Thursday, where Meg was guest-hosting with Jimmy Fallon.

“Let’s talk about it, though,” Meg told her. “Because, OK, so boom. At first, you liked Steve. You was into Steve. And then you just kinda like, dumped him, no caution, he didn’t know what was happening.”

“Poor Steve,” she continued before listing off more unfortunate moments he’s experienced on the show. “Y’all keep throwing the kids on him to babysit — he keeps saving y’all life. All he do is save y’all life. He was beating everybody up! And you like, ‘Aw man, I’m going to Jonathan, sorry.'”

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“I do feel bad,” Natalia replied. “Honestly, I think the way that Jonathan and Nancy happened, I was like — she doesn’t always make the most morally right decisions all the time, but that’s human, you know?”

As far as the next season is concerned, Natalia seemed unsure of where it would go. But she personally thinks that Nancy might need a step back from dating to have “a little me time after all of it.”

“Like, they’re still in high school,” she said. “So much to think about,” Meg agreed. “Jonathan is boring. She’s so smart. She’s so pretty. She’s got things to do!”

You can watch the full video here, and stream Stranger Things Season 4 now on Netflix if you haven’t already.

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