Bishop T.D. Jakes opened the music event with words of hope.
“Darkness everywhere, seemingly everywhere,” he said. “Today we pray for light because we have seen too much darkness, from Trayvon to George Floyd. From 100K people dead from Covid … Lord knows we’ve seen too much darkness.”
Although the music was spiritually influenced, both Kirk Franklin and Fred Hammond appeared on Instagram Live wearing coordinating “I Can’t Breathe” and “I Can’t Breathe Again” statement shirts showing solidarity with the movement.
While Black Twitter rejoiced at the Gospel legends were showing support a few couldn’t help but notice that the Black women who were also slain at the hands of police were noticeably absent.
Despite the disappointing oversight, Kirk Franklin and Fred Hammond continued to bridge the relationship by reaching out and speaking to Ahmad Arbery’s mother during the live.
Although the battle had it’s powerful moments, the healing began when the two giants began playing their hits. Kirk Franklin made sure fans knew that the playlists were curated specifically tp bring healing and relief.
“It’s been a painful week. It’s been a difficult week,” Franklin said. “We want to make it a moment of healing for you. We have 42 songs to give to you. We know the pain, we see the pain.”
Straying from the serious side of things, Kirk Franklin did take time to address the hilarious joke that he and Plies are the same person—before jokingly adding in that his clothes aren’t too small or tight, addressing a few jokes in the comments.“I am not Plies,” he preached over the keyboard, while Hammond jokingly added, “You are small.”
Check out the replay of the live and what Twitter had to say below.
Kirk Franklin: *plays Silver & Gold*— Ronald Dacey (@MakerClimbAxe) May 28, 2020
Fred Hammond: *comes back with You Are The Living Word*
When Kirk Franklin drops Melodies from Heaven and Fred Hammond drops No Weapon pic.twitter.com/lPuNqB7qrU— This You? (@KissMyDimple) May 31, 2020
Kirk Franklin and Fred Hammond got all these gospel powerhouses just tucked round the house like cooking utensils!— MonsterKing (@CerromeRussell) May 31, 2020
Please forgive me in advance if I tweet “THIS IS MY SHIT” during the Kirk and Fred’s Verzuz lmaooooo jk jk.— G (@_GlNA) May 31, 2020
Let me just say, Kirk and Fred aren’t here to compete. They’re hear to uplift, encourage, and praise God. We’re not keeping score on this one #Verzuz— Rachel B.✨ (@queenME_rb) May 31, 2020
Kirk and Fred are truly gems. Living vessels of His word.— Erika Nicole (@erikanxcole) May 31, 2020
Kirk and Fred gave our souls a well needed cleaning yesterday.— #TheBeardCollector #BTB 💈👑✨💎💋 (@HOLLYandherEGO) June 1, 2020
Y’all do realize if Kirk&Fred had played all the songs they’ve ever done (written, produced, been on) that live would’ve lasted until Friday! They’re catalogs are too extensive! KF didn’t even touch the Kingdom Come or Prince of Egypt sountracts and FH didn’t touch Inner Court— Ⓐ. ⓜⒾⒸⒽⒺⓁⓁⒺ (@Jonesin_ToTweet) June 1, 2020
Much needed this morning. So grateful the #Verzuz team provided this platform for Uncle Kirk and Fred to bring some healing. The last few days have been tough! #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/oLy9ZeF3c9— #RedPearl (@conspiresi) June 1, 2020
Sunday was a good day. Thank you Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond and Issa Rae. We needed that.— queen. (@mylifeisqueen) June 1, 2020
Kirk franklin And Fred Hammond was soooooo good today! i need to get my butt back in church when it opens!— MS. GODIVA (@MODEST_SM00THY) June 1, 2020
Wow. Kirk and Fred are on the phone with Ahmaud’s mother. My heart is warm. So warm. #Verzuz— sara (@KlANCAYLEN) May 31, 2020