So many thoughts… so I’ll just think and write.
I was at the radio station doing my Sunday morning radio show when I got the call around 6:30 on my cell phone that Bishop Eddie Long had passed in the wee hours of the morning. By that time, nothing was online about it & I wasn’t going to be the first to publish anything. I felt the respectful thing to do was allow the church to tell their family & constituents in the way they deemed necessary. Just because I was privy to the info earlier didn’t give me the right to rob them of that by exposing the city to
the info prematurely.
Bishop Long was a lot of things to a lot of people. Certainly to the city of Atlanta, he was a game changer. He changed the way we ‘do’ church on a much larger scale & was a trailblazer in so many rights. I’d heard the stories when I moved to Atlanta in ’94 of this charismatic preacher who truly seemed to have a heart for people. I’d heard about the college scholarships given, the automobile keys given to single moms who had no transportation as well as homes freely given and rent paid for months at a time because it was ‘just the right thing for the church to do’. Eddie Long made that a reality. He was just a different guy. A multifaceted dude who probably wrestled with more than a person who has never occupied that space of influence and power could ever BEGIN to understand. I’ve been around a LOT of powerful people… secular and sacred alike. That level of genius, ‘anointing’, creativity, brilliance or whatever you want to call it ALWAYS has a polar opposite. It is my belief that to the degree you are awesome is to the exact same degree that you have the propensity to be awful. Yin and Yang, some would say. Most people of power it’s a lifelong struggle to maintain the proper balance.
My thoughts are all over the place because I realize what’s going to happen. Bishop’s death will be a potential place of contention and confusion for so many. ‘What REALLY happened? Did he have AIDS but cancer sounded better so they rolled with that? Wait, didn’t Kim Burrell say this was going to happen? Looks like justice/karma has come full circle!’ I just want to make a simple request:
Stop it. Please.
I can’t tell you what to do and I know it. But, a wife has lost her husband. Children have lost their father. A church has lost their leader. Did you hear that? THEIR leader. They believed in him & didn’t care that you didn’t. It doesn’t make them right or you wrong, but I must admit that it’s got to be a great feeling to know that you have people willing to hunker down and ride with you through the storm. Truthfully, although I THINK I have folk like that in my corner, but how would I really know unless of course, a storm comes.
There are victims all around the table here. Some literal, some alleged and some who were mortally wounded by the shrapnel that flew from force that was Bishop Eddie Long. You’re not wrong for feeling however you’re feeling. I’d just like to suggest a moratorium on the public blaming, judging and just plain old overanalyzing. A human being is gone. A great, prolific, flawed, secretive, brave, afraid, courageous, loving, risk taking human is gone. Is it possible that we can let that moment breathe and mourn with them that do mourn? I pray our humanity can allow that. You don’t have to have liked him, but multiple thousands did, and they’re hurting right now. If you can’t say anything helpful or encouraging, may I suggest a respectful silence? Even if just for 24 hours?
If not, I understand. Like I said earlier, my thoughts are all over the place
Sending up prayers for Vanessa, the kids and grandkids as well as NBMBC.
Earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t heal – Thomas Moore
In Memoriam: Celebrities We Lost In 2016
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1. John Glenn, 95Source:Getty 1 of 40
2. Ron Glass, 71Source:Getty 2 of 40
3. Fidel Castro, 90Source:Getty 3 of 40
4. Colonel Abrams, 67Source:Getty 4 of 40
5. Florence Henderson, 82Source:Getty 5 of 40
6. Sharon Jones, 60Source:Getty 6 of 40
7. Gwen Ifill, 61Source:Getty 7 of 40
8. Leonard Cohen, 82Source:Getty 8 of 40
9. Rod Temperton, 66Source:Instagram 9 of 40
10. Arnold Palmer, 87Source:Instagram, Getty 10 of 40
11. Shawty Lo, 40Source:Instagram 11 of 40
12. Nicole MilfieSource:Instagram 12 of 40
13. Gene Wilder, 83Source:Getty 13 of 40
14. George Curry, 69Source:Instagram 14 of 40
15. John McLaughlin, 89Source:Getty 15 of 40
16. Gary Marshall, 81Source:Getty 16 of 40
17. Bernie Worrell, 72Source:Getty 17 of 40
18. Christina Grimmie, 22Source:Getty 18 of 40
19. Muhammad Ali, 74Source:Getty 19 of 40
20. Morley Safer, 84Source:Getty 20 of 40
21. Prince, 57Source:Getty 21 of 40
22. David Gest, 62Source:Getty 22 of 40
23. Phife Dawg, 4523 of 40
24. Daryl Coley, 6024 of 40
25. Bob Adelman, 8525 of 40
26. Gil Hill, 8426 of 40
27. Tony Burton, 7827 of 40
28. Vanity, 5728 of 40
29. Maurice White, 7429 of 40
30. Abe Vigoda, 94Source:Getty 30 of 40
31. Natalie Cole, 65Source:Getty 31 of 40
32. David Bowie, 69Source:Getty 32 of 40
33. Nicholas Caldwell, 71Source:Getty 33 of 40
34. Monford “Monte” Merrill Irvin, 96Source:Getty 34 of 40
35. Glenn Frey, 67Source:Getty 35 of 40
36. Rene Angelil, 73Source:Getty 36 of 40
37. Robert Stigwood, 81Source:Getty 37 of 40
38. Otis Clay, 73Source:Getty 38 of 40
39. Dan Haggerty, 74Source:Getty 39 of 40
40. Alan Rickman, 69Source:Getty 40 of 40
KD Bowe Exclusive: My Thoughts On Bishop Eddie Long’s Death. was originally published on mypraiseatl.com