A legendary gospel singer at the center of a viral Internet challenge isn’t focused on fame and memes, but rather, ministry and giving.
Pastor Shirley Caesar isn’t allowing her elevated level of Internet fame (courtesy of the wildly popular #UNameIt Challenge) to distract from her real mission: helping those in need.
The GRAMMY® Award-winning gospel singer fed and gave out toys to thousands of families Sunday, Dec. 18 during her Christmas toy drive.
Wearing a sweatshirt from her personal line with “I got greens, beans, potatoes, tomatoes” colorfully inscribed on it— a phrase from her song “Hold My Mule” looped into DJ Suede’s viral, unauthorized remix—Caesar helped make families’ Christmas even brighter.
“Praise God!! Thank-you to everyone who supported my toy drive. I appreciate every one of you!” wrote the excited community-builder in a photo caption on her Instagram page. The charitable event was held at Mt. Calvary Word of Faith Church in Raleigh, NC.
Caesar’s partnership with Toys for Tots, as well as proceeds from the sale of exclusive #UNameIt merchandise, bolstered by rapper Snoop Dogg, made it all possible.
Despite some criticism aimed at the 78-year-old for co-signing the weed-smoking, West Coast lyricist’s rap song and video, Pastor Caesar stands by her support of Snoop.
“So a lot of discussion was made over Snoop Dogg doing the cute little rap song for me, with my ‘Greens Beans Tomatoes Potatoes’ hook on the end of his verses,” she wrote on Instagram a week ago, in an effort to address the controversy.
“Be advised that Mr. Snoop Dogg only did the song after he saw so many folks making videos with alcohol, liquor, twerking and disrespecting my music, name and image. His office called over and voluntarily said, they felt ‘Pastor Caesar was being disrespected by many kids, rappers and others’ and ‘we just wanted to do something that Praised God and thanked her (Pastor Caesar) for her life and career,’” explained the legendary Christian vocalist and preacher.
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SOURCE: EEW Magazine – Walter Harris