Jesus Loves The Benjamins’
It was only a few days ago when we pondered the question “Where’s Jamal Bryant and the Baltimore AME Church network”? As if on cue, Jamal Bryant surfaces:
Here’s a link to some background info on Pastor Jamal Bryant. Bryant is a high-profile, politically connected pastor with a congregation that counts more than 10,000 members and a business acumen that has resulted in book deals, inspirational text messages and plans for a clothing line.
Pastor Bryant has sired five children from three different women, one child came to light as the result of a lawsuit for failing to provide child support. He acknowledged this one, a daughter, for the first time from the pulpit only after the court battle over child support payments surfaced. His trophy wife, model, and mother to three of his children, Gizelle Bryant, divorced him in 2008.
In Gizelle Bryant’s filing last month, she accuses her husband of adultery, cruel treatment and “excessively vicious conduct” that caused “reasonable apprehension of bodily suffering so as to render cohabitation unsafe.” Bryant’s conduct, her complaint says, “was his final and deliberate act and was calculated to, and did, seriously impair” her “health and permanently destroy her happiness.”
Pastor Bryant is well known for his flashy lifestyle, which includes a Bentley and a multimillion-dollar Canton waterfront property; And his lifestyle has attracted criticism from those who say the church is more about his business enterprises and building wealth than religion.
In the 2008 divorce complaint Gizelle stated her husband earned more than $350,000 a year as pastor for the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) “Empowerment Temple”. (article)
BACKSTORY 2012 – Bryant first aligned himself with the Scheme Team and TrayMom™ family shortly after the death of the dope smoking, hooded, and tattooed young man named Trayvon Martin, who called Sybrina
Traymom™ , Sybrina.
Bryant was called down to Sanford by local pastors there, he said.
Bryant had gotten to know those Orlando pastors between 1995 and 2000, when he served under Kweisi Mfume as the national youth director for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), where Natalie Jackson esq proudly displays her financial civil rights business cards.
The pastors asked for his help because they knew he had “the history and the organization” to handle an influx of media and a bright spotlight, Bryant said.
Once in Sanford, Bryant met the head of the Scheme Team, Benjamin Crump, who most certainly will also be at Empowerment Temple on Sunday. The ‘Bag Man’ Benjamin Crump esq introduced Rev Bryant to the front team of TrayMom™ and TrayDad™.
Jamal Bryant began counseling, advising and ministering the grieving front team as they started traveling around the country asking for
money justice for their son. From small venue Sanford to bigger cash haul cities like Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Birmingham, Washington, D.C. and London.
“The more time we spent with each other the more we felt connected, and the more they said they had faith they could trust me,” Bryant said. “We developed a legitimate friendship.”
Bryant says he believes there is a new civil rights movement brewing — he’s part of a coalition of African-American clergy called the Empowerment Movement — to secure the safety, education and economic success of the nation’s African-American youth.
“We are moving the black church from the sidelines to the front lines to deal with relevant civil rights issues that affect the black community.”
Bryant wants to showcase the fundraising acumen of TrayMom™ in front of his own congregation because “her bravery in the face of her son’s death is a powerful example of how to stand up to injustice“, he said.
Plus the 20% indulgence fee will go a long way to increasing the credibility of anyone connected to the Scheme Team narrative. I mean, really, why should TrayMom™ keep all those tear drying dollars to herself. There is enough exploitative fuel to keep this one active for quite a while.
“Sybrina is going to serve as my generation’s Rosa Parks, to really stand as a lamplight for the next movement in civil rights among the hip-hop generation,” Bryant said.
Empowerment Temple, at 4217 Primrose Ave., has seating for about 2,000+, and Bryant said he expects sold-out ‘full-houses’ for both performances scheduled during peak services at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Sunday, when TrayMom™ Fulton and Al Sharpton along with Benjamin Crump will pass the
plates trash cans around. (more)