If you've been watching BET's new reality gospel competition Sunday Best for the past few weeks then you probably know all about Jermaine Sellers. With his hip-hop persona and crazy vocal range, on the surface he looks like he would be right at home singing R&B or pop music, but God obviously had another plan.
Born and raised in Joliet, Illinois, he now calls Atlanta home. His amazing gift earned him a spot in the final three with fellow competitors Shari Addison and Crystal Aiken. Last night Jermaine's road to Sunday Best came to an end leaving the two ladies to compete for the title.
I'm sure you're wondering why I chose to write about Jermaine seeing how this competition isn't in alignment with the theme of my blog? Well with talent comes speculation and with speculation comes controversy and Jermaine hasn't been a stranger to either.
When I first heard Jermaine sing I was drawn to him because of his amazing vocal ability and his style. Not to forget to mention his good looks. Honestly, my gaydar went off and usually my gaydar is never wrong. But I don't know Jermaine personally so I can't say for certain which team he plays on nor is it really that important. But what I do know about Jermaine Sellers is that he's anointed and has a voice that's definitely a gift from God.
Unfortunately, that hasn't stopped some self-righteous Christians from shunning his gift, calling on him to repent, and rejoicing in his exit from Sunday Best. Why? Many believe Jermaine has a "homosexual spirit". So now it's a spirit? If there is any truth to this claim then allow me to add that this very same spirit ushered the spirit of the holy ghost into churches everywhere whenever Rev. James Cleveland, Donnie McClurkin, Kurt Carr, Donald Lawrence, Bebe Winans, or Tonex opened up their mouths to minister through song and the list goes on and on.
BET's own message board has been filled with anti-gay comments directed at Jermaine and indirectly at anyone who identifies as gay and Christian.
I find it offensive that some of my people are so comfortable living in denial that they refuse to deal with the reality that black gays and lesbians exist in our families, churches and even in our gospel cd collections, and Jermaine Sellers with his amazing gift may be the newest addition.
Jermaine's voice is so beautiful he could be recording an album with any major hip-hop producer that would reach the masses but he has chosen to sing for God. Regardless of what his sexuality is for once let's lift up one of our own and realize that God can use anyone to spread his message and it looks like he's chosen Jermaine.