Then, in stepped Bynum with her blunt, down-to-earth and at times raw sermon, which was later released on VHS by Jakes’ ministry.“I wouldn’t say her preaching or her theology is revolutionary, it’s actually conservative and fundamental from her interpretation of the Bible,” Weems said.“I’ve been in a relationship before where I’ve been hurt too. She’s changed a lot of lives.” So when Bynum announced she would marry the lesser-known Weeks, to her fans it seemed the fulfillment of her word.It was the sort of New York wedding that made Star Jones’ seem modest: an orchestra, a billowing white veil, a crystal-encrusted gown, a wedding party that numbered in the scores, a diamond ring that hovered around 8 carats.“I don’t wanna be disillusioned, I want a man of God, a praying man … From that expression of yearning she has built a vast, lucrative ministry based on the dueling notions of need and empowerment: Women need to be strong, self-respecting and self-sufficient, but only in doing so will they attract a heaven-sent man. Weeks seemed, at least on the surface, to be a literal testimony to that.a man that loves his mama and respects his sisters. Though both pastored their own churches, they founded and co-pastored Global Destiny Church in Duluth.“From the purely rhetorical perspective, the sister can tell a story.
Her messages drew from her struggles as a single black woman trying to find a “good brother” in the 1990s.
Jakes does this well too, providing a hope that’s beyond an ordinary hope, it’s a God-laden hope.
You hook them into believing it’s a story about them.” Once the audience is hooked, “you’ll buy their book, you’ll buy their CDs and you’ll show up wherever they are,” Bridgeman Davis said.
At the time it was a lament that fueled such books as Terry Mc Millan’s “Waiting to Exhale,” Pearl Cleages’ “What Seems Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day” and dozens of articles in black women’s magazines.
The statistics seemed to echo their concern: in 1996 on the eve of “No More Sheets,” nearly a fifth of all black women between 40 and 44 had never been married.