Yolanda Adams, Fred Hammond, Michelle Williams and more are speaking up for the legendary Clark Sisters after Wendy Williams threw a bit of shade their way on her popular talk show.
While discussing the gospel charts during her “Hot Topics” segment, Williams suggested the group must feel bad that Snoop Dogg’s debut Christian album, Snoop Dogg Presents: Bible of Love, – which features the Clark Sisters – reached No. 1 while they have never charted so high after years within the industry.
“If I were the Clark Sisters, would I be mad that Snoop got No. 1?” Wendy asked her audience. “You know the Clark Sisters, they’ve been doing gospel forever. Have they gotten No. 1?”
“Well,” she sighed, “Step up your game.”
Wow, so @WendyWilliams dissed the Clark Sisters and clearly didn’t realize how legendary they truly are. 🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️ Or how many #1 hits they actually DO have. Lord, she needed to do a little more research before speaking on them smh pic.twitter.com/tzlHxksoBD
— DaLaun Dillard (@DDillardTV) April 18, 2018
Adams, Hammond, Williams, Tasha Cobs, Deitrick Haddon, Kirk Franklin and others from the world of gospel quickly defended the group, with Kierra Sheard, daughter of Clark Sister Karen Clark Sheard, telling Williams that their value goes beyond record sales. They also let fans know that the group has, in fact, gone #1 before.
@wendyshow These women have done more than number 1 on the charts. Their lives have matched what they sing about. Somehow they’ve managed to sing about #Jesus in one of the smallest, but most effective genres of music, have influenced masses and influenced those who influence the masses. In addition, they’ve managed to take their message to some of the world’s most biggest platforms and their message still translates through generations. Not to mention those they’ve mentored and managed to genuinely pray and show concern for you, when YOU passed out; while the world waited for your demise. Be careful who you come for. Not everyone is worth it!! This is a different caliber of people. We pray you have peace of mind and successful rest. #receipts #facts #number1FemaleGospelGroup #theClarkSisters #Wendy #TheWendyShow
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Check out responses to Wendy from the gospel community below.
The Clark Sisters……one of thee most INFLUENTIAL groups of ALL TIME!!!!! Sampled, borrowed from, imitated by groups and singers of alllllllll genres!!! Most recently sampled by Jay Z on the album 4:44 on the song Family Feud. #FACTS
— Michelle Williams (@RealMichelleW) April 18, 2018
I would be nothing without the CLARK SISTERS. I’m not even in the same category. I’m just now getting to where they started. Salute.
— Kirk Franklin (@kirkfranklin) April 18, 2018
Celebrating The Clark Sisters today, whose last album (released by us in April 2007) DEFINITELY hit #1 at Billboard. 🔥🔥🔥 #WeAllWin #GospelMusic #TheClarkSisters #BringOutTheClarkSisters pic.twitter.com/CkzZ3wav8B
— Motown Gospel (@MotownGospel) April 19, 2018
Y’all the gospel community and gospel artists are DRAGGING Wendy Williams right now because she threw shots at The Clark Sisters 😭 pic.twitter.com/QmQPdpL71G
— Carmelita Spats 🍰 (@theyknowlex) April 18, 2018
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.