Emerging Voices: Iomas Marad AKA Marcus Singleton

Posted: January 14, 2010 in Uncategorized

Emerging Voice, Iomas Marad.  Student, Prophet, M.C., and God’s servant.  My apologies up front for messing up the pagination and the line breaks somewhere below.

Black Jesus

Verse 1

Used to slave in this ministry / crooked wit the hand

it’s just a business that I /call by the grand

‘cause the more black kids they /enroll in they program

only means (means what) /more grands up in the hands

of evangelicals / having hidden agendas

that brown people ain’t equal / no where on de level

understanding is poor /when it comes to the poor

possessions of this world / requested to give it all

greed is to strong / for rich people to heed the call

Yeshua laid down / his life for liberation

no room separation / no matter your occupation

or your pigmentation / when you accepting salvation

we all become chosen / people of one nation

not the process of thought for / most close minded people

show they teeth when they smile (bling) / hearts flooded with evil

take the life of a black child /and fabricate his story

raise millions successfully to / buy a new building

but how much of that loot / actually going to the children

holistically/ mind – body & soul

not only the black child / all families as a whole

it’s true that the black race is / really in need

so maybe a Black Jesus / is what we really need

Black Jesus is what we /really need

Chorus

His skin is shaded bronze (what) / just like we (uh)

His hair is made of wool (word) / just like we (uh)

been thru the same struggles (huh) / just like we

religious rulers altered his color /pimping for money

He had no form of majesty (what) / just like we (uh)

rejected by men (word)/ just like we (uh)

was a man of many sorrows (nah) / just like we

Black Jesus is the blueprint / for Urban Ministry

Verse 2

Am I racist / ‘cause I want a Black Jesus

or was it racist when artist / brushed a white a Jesus (whoa)

blond hair blue eyes /is always noted wise

brown skin wool hair / is noted otherwise

in the ghetto it’s a struggle to / live & realize

most people there are /categorized – even despised

because of shade of skin / skin of a darker shade

gets played / in this fake perception of freedom

charade / free but never equal

building prisons for / people

in the system set up (teach) / for citizens to fail

if people was equal / Cabrini buildings wouldn’t have fell (never)

effective ministry would bring / gentrification hell

religious institutions see this / and say (oh well)

in the wrist of Jesus / they just driving another nail

and a spear to His side / where blood & water reside (huh)

& that’s poured out when there’s / another homicide (teach)

the bullet hit her side / she dropped the bottle water

churches use funeral deaths / placing fear in the sinner (always)

but won’t provide the loaves & fish / for they  dinner (nah)

to feed the multitude /Black Jesus won’t exclude

justice should be even / so everybody’s cool

(it should be even man – / Black Jesus)

Chorus

His skin is shaded bronze (what) / just like we (nah)

His hair is made of wool (word) / just like we (uh-uh)

been thru the same struggles (nah) / just like we

religious rulers altered his color / pimping for money

He had no form of majesty (what) / just like we (nah)

rejected by men (word) / just like we (come on)

was a man of many sorrows (nah) / just like we

Black Jesus is the blueprint / for Urban Ministry

Sample is from a television show called Good Times:

Michael Evans: Momma how do we know Jesus wasn’t Black?

He could have been from the lost tribe of Israel? / They were suppose to be black.

J.J. Evas: I bet they were. If ever a people were lost we’re it.

Florida Evans: If Jesus was black the Bible would have said so.

Michael Evans: But it does say so. / Florida Evans: What are you talking about?

Verse 3

Revelation chapter 1 / verse 15

describes a triumphant / scene

of Jesus feet of bronze / conquering ova ones

who wasn’t on the side of truth / & needed proof (uh)

his color represents / ultimate victory

over systems of government / on grounds that’s ungodly

total destruction of those / controlling poverty

leaders of politics / who embodies pure

evil (Bush)

ways of Darwinism / destroying weaker people

but Jesus didn’t conquer wit /a sword or an army (nah)

he conquered by helping /the next man see

he conquered by laying down / his life for humanity (word up)

Black Jesus

New Chorus

He rose from the dead (so) / So can we (Yes)

He’s living forever (and)/ So can we (no doubt)

Turn His sorrows to joy (word) / So can we (come on)

Being lost is where your headed / pimping for money (come on)

He lights up the world (yeah) / Just like we (come on)

He set the captives free (word) / Just like we (come on)

His family is every nationality / like we (come on, come on)

Black Jesus the blueprint for / everybody

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Comments
  1. danderson says:

    Just had to get the Bush “slam” in there, huh? makes for great preaching to the choir.

  2. marque says:

    yea.. that’s I-O my lil’ bro! you Go!!

  3. iomos says:

    I am really humbled by this post Dr. Rah. Thank you for keeping your ears close to the the heart of people who are grass roots.

    I pray that this is just one out of many verses/ songs that God will continue to give me.

    peace

  4. Judy says:

    and condemning evangelicals. The song has some merit but I could do without the hate.

    • marque says:

      if you knew IOMOS you’d kno it’s not HATE or CONDEMNATiON – just truth tellin’ out of LOVE from a HOPE and belief the CHURCH can be BETTER

      • Scott M. says:

        The author of this song claims that Bush is “evil”. Based on what evidence? Does this songwriter personally know Bush and his character in such an intimate way? Or is all his information stemming from the ultra-liberal-left wing propaganda machine (mainstream news media and the immoral) thus the basis for his personal opinion? I get that people are indeed entitled to their opinions (regardless where they originate from), but to judge someone who has publically stated(more than once) that Jesus Christ is his personal Lord and Savior? The audacity just boggles my mind.

        Calling Bush evil does not evoke a “loving” or “hopeful” message. And it most certainly isn’t “truth” either. It’s doing quite the opposite. I hope people here are able to see through songs like this. If not, well, that is indeed truly disappointing.

  5. Scott M. says:

    This song is funny. Sad, but funny. I also find it sad that so-called “Christians” would judge other Christians like Bush. Contrary to what the liberal left and the ultra-biased media said about him he’s still a brother in Christ and is a better president than Obama could ever hope to be.

    Pray for Bush, don’t slander him. So sad…

    • Pete says:

      Why do you refer to Iomos as a “Christian” over a few lyrics, but classify Bush as a Christian (no quotes)? And I find it funny that you see no problem slamming Obama (who also claims to be a brother in Christ) without the same evidence that you require Iomos to have against Bush. That audacity boggles my mind…

      Despite all the politics, let’s not lose focus of the main message of the song. It’s all about finding hope and identity in Christ, as well as turning our attention to helping those in need on a systemic level.

  6. iomos marad says:

    Peace Scott,

    I really appreciate your words concerning the lyrics to “Black Jesus” but these lyrics isn’t really about Bush its about the whole notion of the body of Christ being divided by race, class, education, and economics, and how we view our selves based on the color structure that America constantly imposes on us.. But since you brought it up let’s discuss it. What I’m speaking of in the lyrics of “Black Jesus” is actually how certain Christians view people of color based on the image of Christ being white. The statement that you made, “Bush being a better president than Obama could ever hope to be” is actually speaking to the current condition of the Church (Body of Christ) as a whole. That proves that one race of people think that they are superior over another race based on the actual image of Christ being portrayed as white. When you wrote that statement is that based on Bush’s ability to run these Un United Sates or based on the color of his skin? Hmmmmm I wonder?

    The statement that you made about if I knew Bush or not is irrelevant to the statement that I made about Bush. I used Bush’s name because that is the image that people of color (minorities) associate evil with given recent events such as The War for Oil or The War against Islam or as we know it The War in Iraq, Katrina and the statements made about Bush i.e. Kanye West stating the fact that George Bush doesn’t like black people or minorities as a whole.

    I am really glad that you commented on “Black Jesus” or should I say that one line of “Black Jesus” because the purpose of “Black Jesus” is to create a space (like this) for people of different colors and creed to dialogue and begin real “Reconciliation.” To quote Dr. Rah, “The more that we use that word racial reconciliation it begins to lose it’s power.” (CCDA 2009 Cincinnati, OH). What I get from this statement is the more we talk about racial reconciliation and the less we do to work toward this cause it will ultimately lose it’s power. To quote a great poet of our time Heavy D., “Talk is Cheap.” What we are engaged in NOW is real reconciliation without a doubt.

    The Bible instructs us to pray for all our leaders that is in power and submit to there authority. Give to Bush what is Bush’s and give to God what belongs to God(according to the gospel of modern language). It’s not really a disrespect to Bush but his ways and actions are in question. And not to defend Obama (because I’m sure he can do that on his own), Obama has actually inherited the effects of what your beloved Bush has left in his hands to correct and change. That’s neither here nor there but I say that to say this, evil is in no way shape form or fashion limited to just Bush, Obama or any one man. We all have the ability to display evil in some shape form or fashion. I looked up the definition of Evil and one of the defining lines states this, “Evil is something that brings sorrow, distress, or calamity.” Now I don’t know you either but based on what I read from you, I’m sure the election of Obama must have brought you sorrow, distress and some calamity to your life as did Bush on black people regarding his slow reaction to help the people of New Orleans post Katrina. I have another question that I would like to ask you. Are you praying that God is leading Obama in his ways and action to run this country to the best of his God given ability or are you praying for the time when his term is over? Hmmmmmmmm I wonder.

    In closing I hope and pray that you would read “Black Jesus” again and grasp what I am really trying to say because I don’t believe in hate or sending any messages based on hate because that’s not what this is. This is just me letting my voice be heard in order to bring light into some things that I see in the body of Christ that need to be dealt with for the Body to function in a healthy manner. I look forward to your response and hopefully one day we can talk face to face.

    Grace & Peace be upon you brother

    p.s. I’m not a liberal – I’m just a Man working out my own Sou Salvation.

    • danderson says:

      So Bush hates minorities as a whole. Apparently you know his heart like no other. How disengenuous. I was no fan of Bush and did vote for Obama, but it’s the height of disrespect to dis’ a person like that. But it does sell records, doesn’t it?

  7. Lorie Crandall says:

    Nice work Io!

  8. Judy says:

    The statement that you made, “Bush being a better president than Obama could ever hope to be” is actually speaking to the current condition of the Church (Body of Christ) as a whole. That proves that one race of people think that they are superior over another race based on the actual image of Christ being portrayed as white. When you wrote that statement is that based on Bush’s ability to run these Un United Sates or based on the color of his skin? Hmmmmm I wonder?

    So, you think Obama’s a better president than Bush, and Scott thinks Bush is a better president than Obama. Your opinion is based on fact, and somehow Scott’s opinion is based on a white portrayal of Jesus? I’m hardly in Bush’s fan club, but I too believe he is a better president than Obama. And for you to assume it’s racist is flat wrong. Projecting racist thoughts onto a brother in Christ does not produce reconciliation.

    I think the white portrayals of Jesus are stupid because they’re not historically accurate. Plus most of them make him look like a pansy but I guess that’s not the point. At the same time I don’t see how portraying Jesus as a black African would be any more accurate. And if the basic theme of this song is black Jesus= good and white Jesus= bad I guess you could maybe see how white people could be offended by this.

  9. profrah says:

    I found it interesting that many want to harp on one line while ignoring the more important and significant message about the silencing of the black voice in Christian circles. Ironic, isn’t it? That one line generates more anger than what should be anger directed towards the denigration of an entire species of people by the majority culture of the Christian community.

  10. danderson says:

    Prof. Rah,
    You set your self up for it by deciding to run the posting in the first place. I know..I know… The culture of White power. I hear it all the time at the school I work at from White, liberal teachers and others in power. Political correctness at its finest. Maybe you should spend some time decrying the fact that its the same white liberals who believe like you do but also oppose significant school reform like school choice and charter schools. Maybe then I could take you more seriously as an honest broker and not someone with a political axe to grind…

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