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Unfortunately, we live in a society where it appears that Black men are bashed more often than they’re celebrated. For this reason, P&G’s My Black is Beautiful set out to uplift men in the Black community with the Grooming My Black Man for Success campaign, and just in time for Father’s Day. At the helm of this year’s movement, is husband-and-wife duo Erica and Warryn Campbell. We were recently able to catch up with the gospel music tag team, who dished on why they believe Black men are often given the short end of the stick and how we can change this.
MN: Let’s start begin with your partnership with My Black Is Beautiful and the Grooming My Black Man for Greatness campaign.
Warryn: Basically, MBIB and Grooming My Black Man for Greatness is celebrating the important role of Black men in the lives of Black women and children during the month of June.
We often highlight and celebrate so much of what the woman do in our lives, which is evident. We’ve got songs about it: “Sadie,” “I’ll Always Love My Mama,” Boys II Men singing “Mama.” We never really celebrate the fathers. I’m always in the barbershop, and it’s an ongoing conversation. “Man, we got to work, we pay for everything and the women get all of the credit. Father’s Day is just like a whisper.”
I was like, “You know what, we should be a part of this conversation.” We need to change that conversation and really celebrate Black men as fathers. Not just the fathers in our home but the fathers of our community.
MN: There was a recent study that suggests the absent Black father is a myth. It showed that Black dads are more involved in their kids’ lives on a day-to-day basis than fathers of any other race. Obviously, that is not what we see portrayed in the media. Why do you think people tend to harp on the absent Black father image?
It’s because we allow other cultures to talk for our community when we need to be speaking for ourselves and telling people what we do and who we are. Who told us that Africa was a terrible, horrible, dirty, nasty place? Who told us that Compton or Harlem were terrible places to go? It’s the same people who are telling the world that Black men are not there. In my case, I grew up in the house with my father and my mother and my grandfather. I come from a long line of men who took care of their kids and were really prevalent in their children’s lives; it’s all around me. We have to define that. We can’t allow other people outside of our culture to define it for us.
Erica: A lot of times, we think that we’ve arrived because we have an African-American president, and it goes so much further than that. We cannot stop there. We have to continue to champion our Black men in our communities and make sure they are groomed for greatness, and it sometimes starts with the women who celebrate them and build them up. That’s why I’m glad to be a part of this program with My Black Is Beautiful and Grooming Black Men for Greatness. The more we talk about it, the more the mindset changes. Sometimes the media does not portray our Black men in a positive light but there are some who are doing great things, who love their wives, who love their children and support their families.
MN: There’s this debate that goes on every year about single moms who feel that they should be celebrated on Father’s Day and Mother’s Day because they’re doing everything themselves.
Erica: I understand when you are in it alone, you take responsibility for both parents. But a mother is a mother, and a father is a father. A mother can still be a provider and protector, but there are some things that a man can only learn from a man. It does not mean that you are a subpar mother, but you are a mother. Own that fully. You don’t take away a father’s position in his child’s life just because maybe your relationship didn’t work or maybe he’s flawed or maybe he did make a mistake. I think when you teach a child to honor their father as the Bible says, it instructs that you “Honor thy father and mother.” It didn’t say “Honor thy father and mother if you like what they do or they bought you a purse or they give you a good birthday gift.” I believe in honoring fathers. I understand the motivation behind trying to call yourself a father, but I still think the father should be acknowledged on Father’s Day—and not just because he buys the diapers. We understand the pressure and the plight of a mother trying to raise her child on her own, but a father is still a father.
Warryn: I know families where the mother is not there, and the father is not going, “Well, I’m the mama too.” We don’t want to do that. Once we start fighting a battle, we tend to transfer that fight into other areas. There was time when women were looked down upon, and women couldn’t do certain things and we transfer that fight to areas where we don’t even have to fight that fight. Just let him have that.
Erica: It’s one day. On Mother’s Day, there’s a long aisle full of cards. There are TV shows and specials. On Father’s Day, you got one small section for the ones who are good; the ones who are there, the ones who wake up and change diapers. Those guys need to be celebrated, and a lot of them do not get what they deserve. Hopefully, this program will help us to highlight it a little bit more and give them a little more confidence. The men deserve it just like the moms do.
MN: Warryn, do you believe that it’s possible to be a good father and a bad husband at the same time?
I think the two are inexplicably tied together because a father sets examples for his kids. As a son, you look to your father to see how to treat women. As a daughter, you look to your father to see how you should be treated. As a good father, I feel like one of the only things we really have are our actions. We can say, do this and that, but if we don’t do it, the kids won’t respond. Kids respond to what they see us do and not what we tell them to do.
If my father told me to treat my mother a certain way, and he was treating her terribly and was a terrible husband that would be a terrible example. So I don’t know that you can say it’s possible to be a good father and a bad husband.
Erica: Well now, I think it’s possible. I think there are some fathers who love their kids but don’t love the mother of the kids.
Warryn: That’s not a good husband though.
Erica: Yeah, I know. There are husbands who don’t necessarily give that care and concern to the mom. I have friends who are like, “He celebrates the kids. He loves the kids, and I get none of that.” So you have a wife who feels left out, and there’s an imbalance. It’s a fixable problem, but I think it’s possible.
Warryn: Does that make him a good dad? That’s the point. I just feel like how can you be a good dad if you’re not teaching your children how to love their mother. I find that hard to separate.
Erica: As a child, I don’t think they recognize that. Maybe when they’re older.
Warryn: When they’re older is when it counts.
MN: How can we celebrate our Black men within our households?
Erica: Let them know when they’ve done a good job. If they make a mistake, don’t always beat them up. Every battle isn’t worth fighting. You’re not in competition with each other; you should be in love with each other and love covers, love cares, love supports. Love doesn’t always point out wrongs. That’s how you can build him up. When they’re out in the world, they’re fighting a war. They shouldn’t have to fight wars at home. Yes, you should deal with problems and issues, but love should always lead the way–even in an argument.
Warryn: I believe that love is in the details. A lot of times, especially during Father’s Day, we look past what a dad really wants and say, “Let’s just get dad a tie” or “Let’s just get dad a robe.”
I may be in love with chicken, just make sure I always have enough chicken. Just think of things that we like. My mother, as a kid, I saw her teach my father how to love her. One day my dad brought home a vacuum cleaner and gave it to my mom for Mother’s Day. She was like, “I don’t want no vacuum cleaner.” She said, “Give me something I like. Something I actually use to enjoy. I don’t enjoy vacuuming.” If I like to bowl, get me some new bowling shoes on Father’s Day or a new bowling ball. If I like to golf, buy me a gift certificate to the golf store. Get to know your father past being a provider and the guy who pays the bills.
One year, for Christmas, my mother and my wife bought me and my father tickets to the Lakers game on Christmas Day. The whole time we were like, “Wow, we can’t believe they did this.” I was grateful to not get another tie.
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Erica Campbell had some super deep saints in their feelings when she released her song “I Luh God.”
In case you’ve missed it, the song is something like trap gospel. And you know people don’t always react kindly to change.
Anyway, Erica, who is no stranger to criticism, stuck by her work and defended the song and now she’s released a video.
Watch the video below and see if she kept it trill.
Erica Campbell Talks Sexuality In The Church: “I Wish I Could Say I Was A Virgin When I Got Married”
In addition to promoting her new album, Help 2.0, Erica Campbell has also been quite busy assisting her husband with the launch of his new church The California Worship Center and promoting her More Than Pretty female empowerment movement, which partially focuses on female sexuality in Christianity. During a recent interview with C-Nikky, the Grammy Award-winning singer opened up about her new endeavors and personal experiences as a young woman raised in the church.
On Warryn’s new church, California Worship Center:
“We have started a church called The California Worship Center that is in North Hollywood, California. We’ve actually been having a Bible study on Friday nights since 2013 and it was amazing. I think our very first Bible study we had 70 people and it just kept growing. God just kept giving Warryn this incredible revelation on His word and knowledge and understanding.”
On her More Than Pretty Movement:
“More Than Pretty was created to start a dialog about Christianity and sexuality. A lot of things, we don’t address in the church. Growing up in church I was taught, don’t do it, don’t do it, don’t do it. [They gave the scripture] touch not, taste not, handle not. But the moment you get married, you’re supposed to understand everything. But where do I get this information from? I’m sure the old school people are like, ‘Oh girl, you’ll figure it out.’ But what people figure out is intercourse, not interconnection. They figure out sex, but not the intimacy or the heart-to-heart tie that you’re supposed to have.”
On sex before marriage:
“I’ve had a lot of heartbreak; I’ve made some wrong decisions. I wish I could say that I was a virgin when I got married, but I was not.”
On addressing social media addiction through More Than Pretty:
“Everything is based on likes. And depending on how many ‘likes’ I get will determine how much I like myself. We’re obsessed with going [through the phone] ‘Oh how many? Oh, I only got this many [likes] on this picture. Oh, she got a lot when she posted her behind, maybe I’ll post mine. Oh, she gets a lot when she posts her titties, maybe I’ll post mine.’ We’re so torn and caught up in this circle and we’re not getting anywhere! So, I want to talk about it. I want to be real honest and candid and talk about it.”
Check out a clip from Erica’s interview below.
What we love most about Tina and Erica Campbell is that they seem to have an unbreakable sisterly bond. Although it seems unlikely that they’ll ever allow business to completely ruin their relationship with one another, it does appear that Erica’s decision to release a solo project has placed a strain on their situation. And now that Tina has decided to put out her own solo album, it’s looking like the ladies will have to fight harder than ever to keep it all together.
In a clip of tonight’s episode exclusively obtained by MadameNoire, tension flares between the sisters after Tina asks Erica and Goo to sing background on a few songs from her upcoming album. Almost immediately, Erica and her hubby Warryn Campbell show signs of apprehension. According to Warryn, Erica is way too busy to sing background for Tina.
“I have a solo career and I’m a mother of three,” Erica tells Tina.
Of course, that’s completely understandable. Erica is a busy woman, but Tina quickly reminds her that she sang background for her on Help and it’s time to return the favor. Unfortunately, the clip doesn’t reveal whether or not Erica folds and decides to sing background for Tina or not. But I have a feeling that if she doesn’t, all hell will break loose.
I can understand both arguments, but if my sister came through for me when I needed her, I’d try my best to come through for her as well. Hopefully these ladies are able to work things out.
Check out the clip below and let us know your thoughts.
Not since Soul Plane have we seen Loni Love on the big screen! This weekend Angelique hits the red carpet with Loni for the premiere of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.
Plus Monique is back to talk about her new film Blackbird. And we’ll check back in with Tamala and David Mann for an ypdate.
Did y’all see the story about Erica Campbell’s “I Luh God” single? Don’t miss the ladies of MadameNoire on Café Mocha Radio this weekend to find out more about that and other hot news from their program Did Y’all See. And be sure to check out the MN YouTube page for more.
This week on “Did Y’all See?” the editors discuss Laurence Fishburne leaving his mother hanging and nearly homeless, Steve Harvey and his special needs jokes gone wrong, and Erica Campbell’s new trap gospel song, “I Luh God.” Watch and weigh in.
I was just watching the music video for Erica Campbell’s new song “More Love” on Vh1 Soul. It’s one of the tracks being added to the reissue of her Grammy Award-winning album, Help. The video features Campbell’s kids flipping through a photo album, and each picture is of Campbell, friends, and loved ones recreating certain eras in the life of her family. The song and video are both very beautiful, but “More Love” isn’t the only new addition to Help 2.0.
“I Luh God” is the complete opposite of “More Love.” It features someone named Big Shizz and is the song you turn ALL the way up to when you think of where God has brought you from (and when you want to put a little stank on it). I randomly encountered it online, as people were sharing it and calling it “trap gospel.”
Trap gospel? I was ever so curious, so I had to give it a listen.
In the snippet that I heard, which you can view below, Campbell says, “I luh God, you don’t luh God? What’s wrong with you?” From there, the beat drops, Campbell starts to rap, and eventually a guy jumps on stage and literally just starts yelling, “I luh him!” repeatedly. I couldn’t fully appreciate it all at first because I was so surprised by what I was seeing and hearing.
As for fans online, some don’t seem too fond of it:
“Wow is this what The Gospel of Jesus Christ has come to. Is this what worship has come to. Be not conformed to this world but be yea transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
“when gospel singers take it too far”
“This Got to be a joke or prank smh”
But others are excited about the new song and sound:
“I LOVE THAT GOSPEL CAN BE DIVERSE!”
“U can turn up for Jesus. God judges your heart not the beat the track was laced on”
“This song is doing exactly what it’s supposed to do. It’s reaching outside of the 4 walls and seeking to reach those with a different walk of life. This song is a draw and it may not be for everybody…but I like it and I can already see the potential”
As for me, I’m also a little torn. On the one hand, I get it. Mary Mary has always tried to find different ways to package their music, and they’ve managed to break big with both traditional gospel songs, as well as with a few songs that sound like something you could hear in the club. It’s almost seven years later and “God in Me” is still my jam.
Sometimes you have to find a new way to deliver a message in order to get a greater amount of people to listen, and then really take in what’s being said. As Lauryn Hill once said on The Fugees’ “Zealots,” “And even after all my logic and my theory, I add a ‘motherf**ker” so you ignant ni**as hear me.” Hey, some ebonics here and there never hurt anybody. We haven’t been saved all of our lives…
But then again, it’s complicated. As they say, Christians are a part of the world, but they’re not supposed to be “of the world.” And while Campbell may not be promoting this song as “trap gospel” in the way that people online have labeled it, that’s exactly what it sounds like. As successful and talented as Campbell is, she doesn’t have to resort to such sounds when she’s capable of creating something innovative and refreshing that still praises God to the fullest. That’s why people love her, Tina, and Mary Mary as a whole.
But I won’t lie, “I Luh God” definitely bumps!
The reissue of the album comes out tomorrow, so you can check it out in full then. Who knows? Maybe the track will flip at some point and it will sounds a little less…you know…Big Sean meets Young Jeezy to people. But I know for sure that the elders at my church will have a complete fit if the praise dancers try to turn up to this on a Sunday…
Check out the clips from Campbell previewing the song recently and share your thoughts.
During the last season of “Mary Mary,” most fans watched in horror as Tina Campbell dealt with the reality of her husband’s infidelity. Judging by this season’s trailer, it seems that the singer’s marriage is still suffering from Teddy’s decision, but she assures us that they have survived that storm. Now, both Tina and Erica are offering advice to women who may find themselves in a similar predicament. Peep their interview above.
If you thought the last season of “Mary Mary” was on ten and all of the kinks and wrinkles would have been ironed out by now, you might want to think again. In the season 4 trailer for the show, it seems that while Tina and Teddy are on the road to restoring their marriage, with a few bumps; it’s the relationship between Tina and Erica, and even Warryn, that might be taking a hit.
Evidently, Tina is still not over Erica leaving the group to pursue her solo career. And she’s let people know. Then, to add insult to injury, she’s taking meetings with their former manager Mitch.
Honestly, I don’t know if her partnering with Mitch again is real life or just for the cameras, specifically since Tina has always had the biggest problem with him. Either way, Lord knows he brought plenty of drama and that makes for great tv.
Anyway, check out the trailer for season 4 and let us know what you think. Will you be watching?
Erica Campbell Discusses Struggling With Guilt After Going Solo: “I Felt Like I Was Just Another Person Giving My Sister Grief”
Just as Erica Campbell began to truly flourish in her solo career; it seemed that her sister’s life was falling apart. As we witnessed on the last season of “Mary Mary,” Tina learned that her husband had been unfaithful. The “Help” singer admits that the timing of everything left her feeling guilty and as if she had somehow abandoned her sister.
“I felt like I was just another person giving my sister grief. I was like, ‘How can you do that?’” Campbell recently confessed during a chat with the Los Angeles Times.
The mother of three also feared that her sister would view her decision to step away as a betrayal, but has since been assured that Tina approves of her solo projects. Of course, Tina’s marital troubles weren’t the only issues plaguing the tightly knit Atkins clan. Erica and her sisters were also faced with the death of their father, Eddie. According to the singer, this season of struggle helped her to pen songs that people can easily connect to.
“I’m not a big fan of fluff-and-stuff music,” the 42-year-old explained. “There are times for that, when you just want to affirm that you’re happy. But life is ups and downs, and sometimes you need something to help you feel like you’re not going crazy all by yourself.”
For example, she revealed that “All I Need Is You” from her Grammy Award-winning album, Help, was birthed as she sang to God while driving down the 10 Freeway and concerns about going solo filled her mind. She sang the melody for her husband and producer Warryn Campbell the following day and they eventually molded it into the sweet-sounding ballad.
Thankfully, 10 months after the release of Help, that season has passed, but the journey has been well-documented through song for others who may be experiencing tough times.
“Every time I meet a person, they treat me like I’m their cousin or their friend: ‘Girl, I seen what you going through,'” she said. “I want them to see these down moments and feel encouraged for themselves — like, ‘OK, this is doable.'”
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