Sunday, March 11, 2012

Pastor Fuzz urges boycott of TSU event at Cornerstone

Pastor Enoch Fuzz of the influential African American church, Corinthian Missionary Baptist, has urged his parishioners to boycott a TSU benefit concert, An Evening with Wintley Phipps. Phipps is a world-renowned gospel artist. Also on the bill with Phipps is Grammy Award winner CeCe Winans, Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler and gospel artist John Stoddart. The event will benefit the TSU Centennial Scholarship Fund and the U.S. Dream Academy.

Pastor Fuzz is influential in the Black community and is a local outspoken civil rights leader. On his Facebook page Pastor Fuzz said of the concert, "HAVE Y'ALL LOST YOUR MINDS. I DEFINITELY PRAY THAT MY CHURCH MEMBERS DO NOT SUPPORT THIS EVENT."

Why is Pastor Fuzz in a tizzy? The venue. He does not want Blacks to attend an event at Cornerstone Church. His objection seems to be that he thinks TSU should have selected a venue in the Black community and because Cornerstone's pastor is Rev. Maury Davis who has not hesitated to take a conservative stand on controversial issue. 

I don't know what other venues were available and at what price, but Cornerstone has a large auditorium with good acoustics. TSU does not have a suitable venues and I would just bet that Cornerstone offered the venue on very attractive terms.    

Not everyone is joining in the boycott. Bishop Amos T Griffey, the pastor of another influential Black church, Mount Olive Baptist, responded to Pastor Fuzz on Facebook and said, "Let's support the students! I could care less about the venue! Just come home for a concert."
When several African Americans took issue with Pastor Fuzz's position, Pastor Fuzz gets more irritated and writes, "Blacks in America made to go to back door for 100 years and Southern Baptist Churches like Cornerstone supported this foolishness."  Not that is relevant, but I did not know Cornerstone was a Southern Baptist congregation. It is a mega church and I just assumed it was non-denominational, and perhaps charismatic.  Cornerstone is a racially integrated congregation, reportedly about a third African-American. 
I don't think Pastor Fuzz saw the irony but in the same stream of post where he was urging the boycott of the TSU event because they were having their concert at a White church with a conservative pastor, he announce the following event: "My congregation and the First Unitarian Universalist Church will be at the Legacy Restaurant Wednesday March 7, 6pm till 8pm hosting a Dinner Dialogue Improving Racism."

Below is more information on the concert. 

TSU Presents An Evening with Gospel Artist Wintley Phipps and Guests

Wintley Phipps
 NASHVILLE (TSU News Service) – Tennessee State University will present An Evening With Wintley Phipps, world-renowned gospel artist, Sunday, March 18 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Cornerstone Church in Madison, Tenn.

Phipps, one of the most watched gospel artist on You Tube, will headline this special concert, and will be joined by Grammy Award wining gospel singer CeCe Winans and the reigning Miss America Laura Kaeppeler,  along with special guests, the Tennessee State University Orchestra and University Choir.

Tickets for this one-night only performance are $50 VIP, $35 General Admission and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the Gentry Center Complex, online at, or by calling the TSU Foundation at 615.963.5481 between 8 a.m. until 4:30 pm. and 615.963.5000 from 4:30 until 8 p.m. (Mon-Fri). Proceeds from the concert will benefit the TSU Centennial Scholarship Fund and the U.S. Dream Academy. read more

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  1. Why would anyone want to go near a "church" that hosted FAUXNOOZ liar/hatemonger/abomination Mike Huckabee as a "guest speaker" last year?

  2. Wow, Anonymous, talk about tolerance! Can you back up your accusation of Huckabee as a "liar, hatemonger, and abomination?" I think you need the time-out corner. But it's so easy to be rude and insulting when you hide behind anonymity.

  3. Pastor Fuzz and other black preachers are the reason that there is so much racism in the U S. He preaches hatred. He refuses to come out of slavery. He enjoys keeping his congregation in slavery mode. By his own actions he is being a racist. He refuses to allow himself or his congregation to be equal with other races. He does not serve God, he serves himself. How can you be a man of God and a man of hate?