T.I. Says He Felt "Exploited" By Church Staff At Kanye West's Sunday Service in Atlanta
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On the latest episode of ExpediTIously, T.I. claims he was “accosted” by staff upon entering New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.
Kanye West’s Sunday Service tour continues to spark discord in the community. After its latest stop — at Atlanta’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Church on September 15 — one of the event’s most famous attendees has expressed his displeasure. This time, however, the backlash wasn’t aimed at Kanye, but the church’s pastor, Rev. Jamal Bryant.
On his latest episode of ExpediTIously, which featured Killer Mike, T.I. accuses the church of starting an additional round of offerings after the pastor saw he and 2 Chainz enter the sanctuary.
“I’m telling you, they already raised an offering! Jamal already raised an offering! When we sat down,” T.I. claims, “there was a whole new agenda…There are three multi-millionaires in the front row. It’s like they rung the red bell at The Player’s Club!”
Reverend Bryant subsequently responded on Instagram, listing the church’s charitable efforts in the city, as well as saying “there was NO money grab intention…I hope we can come together “expeditiously” to find common ground to build. I want to invite both of you to come and give church another chance. I promise you I’m more interested in your life than your life savings!”
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To my comrades @troubleman31 & @killermike let me first say I appreciate your unwavering commitment to the empowerment of this generation. We have echoed the same sentiments on many issues down through the years and was energized by the partnership. I was awakened to your clip this morning and felt compelled to lend context. To have both of you in church was meaningful for many reasons. This is the largest demographic of blacks who don’t buy into organized religion in our history and in large measure because of reasons you have illuminated. To not give redress would be an assault to the body of Christ when I believe I am an ambassador as the two of you are for your field. I don’t want Sunday to be used as further ammunition as to why people don’t go to church without them knowing at this same church we gave 5000 pairs of new back to school shoes to kids of #Atlanta, or that we spearheaded 9 million campaign to support @bennett_college , or that we bailed out nonviolent offenders or that we partnered with @delta to send 4 cargo to #Bahamas for hurricane release or that we’ve partnered with @_hamptonu to place 95 displaced students or that we fed the furloughed workers for two weeks while the government was shut down or that we went into housing projects to feed kids of #dekalb county during spring break. For none of these projects were you solicited for a donation.The reality is when I came to @newbirthmbc 9 months ago I was met with a 30 million dollar debt that must be paid so that we can be free to do real community development like affordable housing ,entrepreneur work space and medical clinics. I’ve been teaching on self help which are values you both promote. @bishophilliard was invited months ago with no knowledge #kanyewest was coming or either of you. So there was NO money grab intention but part of an internal strategy to mobilize our church community to move towards economic independence. As black men I hope we can come together “expeditiously” to find common ground to build. I want to invite both of you to come and give church another chance. I promise you I’m more interested in your life than your life savings! #runthejewels #bigthingspoppin
The two seemed to have patched things up. T.I. answered Bryant’s response with “Nothing but Love and Respect for you…I’m still shoulder to shoulder in the struggle with you…Our views may differ on some matters, but we are both aligned and move in unison on behalf of our people.”