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14 comments | Tuesday, November 27, 2007

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.


<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I am persuaded homsexuality is a foul spirit. I regret everyday that I got involved with this filthy lifestyle of homosexuality.

Even though someone's voice is beautiful and able to sing very well, doesn't mean they are automatically acceptable and pleasing unto God. If you look at the story about Cain and Abel, they both brought unto God a sacrafice as God defines, but only the offering of Abel was acceptable.

In the end, what matters is not how we are pleased and things we do to gratify ourselves; what matters is how are we pleasing the Lord in all that we do, even our personal and private lives.

November 28, 2007 1:53 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Captain, I don't give a fuck what the Bible says about homosexuality. I'm agnostic, leaning towards atheist. The United States government is a democracy, not a theocracy (i.e., the incredibly backwards Muslim countries). This country is supposed to be governed by the U.S. costitution, not the Bible.

Since you think homosex is so evil, why do you waste your time on a black gay man's website? It's "religious" people like you that made me hate religion years ago. I will never again set foot in any church that tries to make me feel like I'm a bad person because I'm gay.

While you're on the topic of filthy lifestyles, almost 70% of black babies are born out of wedlock. If I'm not mistaken, your Bible says that fornication (sex outside marriage), in ALL forms (not just homosex), is a "sin". Why do you twisted homophobes pile on homosex, as if homosex is the "worst" sin? I like being black and gay, and the hell with what others (including you) think!

November 29, 2007 7:37 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Looks like the devil still read the bible too...

November 29, 2007 1:58 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I'm so glad that GOD is the true judge.
1Chronicals 16:22
"touch not my anointed and do my prophets no harm"

All these people who are raising their voice of hate against others THINK they are going to be entering into the kingdon of God is sadly mistaken.

Captain, if you were delivered from the lifestyle then GOD bless you man, but please stop condeming others. Just pray for people man instead of talking about them or downing your brothers and sister.

November 29, 2007 6:42 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

captain, why do you waste your time on Darian's website? It's disturbing to me, as a black gay man that you, Darian, allow this absolutely twisted, evil, homo hating freak to come here on an almost daily basis.

Darian, I get called anti-gay names (fag, punk, etc.) on my job. I visit black gay sites to unwind, relax and read up on black/gay news and issues. I do not want to to read garbage like the captain's.

captain, since you're supposed to be straight (lol) why don't you take your sorry ass to a straight site. Take your Bible with you.

November 30, 2007 12:29 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

First, it is a dangerous thing to speculate. What the heck is "gaydar". I am so sick of gay men always wanting to label another man gay. I don't think Jermaine has anything about him that says gay. I think he is a shy and introverted young man. I think that this is how rumors get started and causes people to look past the message he sings to whether he is gay or not. I don't know and truth be told neither do you.

December 07, 2007 7:39 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I don't know why I'm responding to a comment left by someone who couldn't even leave their name but would rather post as "anonymous". My advice to you is to go back and read my post again because the point I clearly made was that it shouldn't matter what Jermaine's sexual orientation is because he's obviously avery gifted and anointed singer.

Yes I said my "gaydar" went off but I did not label Jermaine as a homosexual . And if he is then it's something he should not be ostracised for nor should he be ashamed.

Go and read some of the other mean and hateful things people are writing about him and then come back to my site and leave an apology.

December 07, 2007 11:26 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Ur gaydar was correct. Jermaine is my ex boyfriend. We parted on good terms and still communicate with each other. I'm very proud of him because I've always told him that his voice will take him places. There was infact a lot said about Jermaine being gay even here in Chicago. I still told im to keep his head up. I remeber when I first met him. It was at a funeral where he I and both were singing. Hot to def were my thoughts. Thanks for taking some time to write about my boy Jermaine. Be blessed Darian. Muah

December 26, 2007 2:12 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

i personally know jermaine he is a good guy & pretty sure of himself what other people has to say is base on there ignornance,or need for attention.

the show was about sundays best not jermaines sexual preference@! he was by far the bes but public opinion & rumors probably hung him.what i don't understand is when a young blackman trys to use his gifts to inspire others do we as blacks have to pull another brotha down.
thses self-rightoeus christians are wrong for using the name of the lord or scripture to justify ther narrow minded way of thinking.

there is a reality that is overlook when it comes to this subject about sexuality like for example 'if god created man in his image & after his likeness(gensis 1:26) how did the fe-male qaulity come into existence & please dont say god made eve from adams rib(bullshit) its unscientific which concludes that god must be androygonous or a hermorphodite which might explain where this spirit comes form.hummmmmmmmmmm

i studied religion in 3 languages & research data on evolution,science and history as well as philosophy & found out sodom & gommorah didn't exist & the reasons christians say god destroyed sodom & gommorah wasn't true'it was for their sins not homosexuality! beside self-righteous christiasn explain the love affair of david& joshua hmmm

jermaine its your boi saleem from nwe york,hope you don't become to big that you forget the little people hit me back when you can got nothing but love for you

December 31, 2007 9:27 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I dont think Jermaine should be critized for his sexual life because no body's perfect and weather he is gay or not god still loves him just as if he were perfect without sin. And anyone can be changed by the power of god so Jermaine should just be looked upon just like the rest.

January 16, 2008 8:27 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Hello, I hope it's ok for me to leave a comment on this page. I am a woman who happens to be married and I am a christian. I was looking on the internet for things pertaining to jermain sellers, and I didn't realize this was about gay black men. Can I just say this I have done so much of my own dirt(sin), I personally don't have the time, or the nerve to judge anyone who is living a homosexual lifestyle. Why is everyone so angry? There is no one who walks this land who is perfect. All of us have fallen short of the glory of God. Now if you don't believe thats ok. God is not a rapist! He doesn't force himself on anyone. Can I keep it totally real with you? I have uncles, cousins, and others who i'm in close relationship who are gay. Also others that I know who have done down low stuff in prison. I don't Judge them. I can't! God is the judge! It hurts me that you will talk about God and the bible in such disrespect and anger. He's (GOD)not like man. He loves you! He is real! I know this. If I told you the things I've done yall would probably judge me. There is no big and little sin- All sin is unrightous. I am the cheif sinner, But I want to do better. The church is a hospital full of sick people. Yes some sit week after week and act as if they do nothing, but the truth is if they haven't, as life goes on they will be tested. Don't judge them either. So again why? The anger for what? Don't be mad at the guy who stepped out of the lifestyle and left that comment. I won't even question why he would be on this page. All I can say is when I first got save I never thought that I would ever do some of the same things God delivered me from, but I did. Before I met God it didn't bother me when I was living a reckless life, but now it does. Please don't get it twisted when I say reckless. I'm talking about the things that I use to do that I can't do no more because I want to please my God, rather then please my self. And everyday, all day I have to pray for guidance because without him I am a ship without a sail. Thats real talk! I Love the Lord! And he loves all of us. I hope I didn't offend anyone. Thats not my intentions. I just want you all(whomever reads this) to know that God loves you! OH I love Jermains voice and he is very handsome! Love April!

May 03, 2008 6:53 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

There is NOTHING self righteous about operating in DISCERNMENT!! This incorrect "no judging" epidemic needs a cure!! Everybody likes to quote Matt 7:1...but they don't like to keep reading right down to verse 5 for the FULL context. Clearly Jesus didn't say not to judge AT ALL, what he said was not to judge in HYPOCRISY!!! Christians ARE allowed to judge other Christians, contrary to popular notions!!! Christians are just not allowed to judge those WITHOUT CHRIST/NONBELIEVER...Read 1 Cor.5:11-13!! Also, Discernment is SYNONYMOUS with JUDGING...look it up, you'll see. Christians MUST judge...or else, how we would be able to distinguish between the false prophets and antichrist that Jesus and the disciples warned us about????

People forget that Satan could SANG too!! And the word "anointed" is often over and misused. Just b/c someone sings SKILLFULLY, does NOT equal "anointing"...give me a break. The enemy will fool alot of you if you believe that, especially with those false signs and wonders he'll perform in these last days!! For the record, i really like Jermaine's voice, however, i'm not gonna hold him on some kind of false "spiritual pedestal" either just b/c he can sing. Great talent does NOT equal being spiritually inclined.

July 30, 2008 7:49 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

You can call me Mz. Dallas, TX. Well to start off I didnt know that when I clicked on this link it was on a gay man's page I was just looking up Jermaine Sellers and "Living Out Loud with Darian: Who Is Jermaine Sellers?" was one of the icons that popped up under yahoo search. As a straight black christian woman I have things I struggle with day by day. Therefore, I'm no better than the next person and I don't understand how everyone makes 'being gay' the biggest sin. Sin is sin, for example; lying, stealing, fornication, etc. Point blank...regardless of his sexuality he can reach many people and bring them 2 God because he is so ANOINTED. I fell in love with his voice as soon as I heard him sing. He seems like an amazing person and with his voice he can minister 2 God's people. Oh also Captain just because you bash homosexuality doesn't mean it's pleasing to God because you STILL may not be doing what you are supposed 2 b doing. It seems 2 me that you are trying to convince urself that you're no longer homosexual. In the bible, David was a sinner but because of his heart and his sincerity God chose him to be King; even though he slept with another man's wife and then had the man killed because he got his wife pregnant. So don't do that captain because you're not secure with urself. God is the judge. Much Love and Blessings from Dallas, TX.

February 02, 2009 5:44 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

as always black people are always being black and ignorant as ever. We are the most judge mental and narrow minded race of them all. you forget that sin is sin none higher none lower we all were born here with a struggle. we all have obstacles to overcome.and because GOD loves us so unconditionally, jesus died so that we can live. we all would be hell bound if it wasnt for christ. REMEMBER THAT!!! coming on this site and being ignorant gets us no where we need to help eachother .... jermaine is ANNOINTED and seeing that i said that no one is perfect that means that none of us can be annointed if you really wanna be truthful. if a gay man with a god given gift cant annoint or be annointed a fornicator cant nor can a lyer, or a thief, or and adulterer or any one else that sins .. oh dont forget we all do !!!!!! so if jermaine cant be annointed you cant either !!! and none of you know his relationship with almighty god so WORRY ABOUT YOURSELVES !!! you have to much DIRT and SIN to clean up in your OWN LIVES THEN TO BE WORRYING ABOUT THE NEXT PERSON!!! uuughhh so ignorant sign , a successful, and god-fearing man with struggles

November 11, 2011 4:19 AM


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