The funeral for Reverend Clementa Pinckney was held today (June 26). The pastor was one of nine victims of a shooting at the historically Black AME Emanuel church in Charleston, South Carolina. The suspect, a 21-year-old White man named Dylann Roof, was arrested and his bail was set at $1 million.
President Barack Obama gave Pinckney’s eulogy. At the end, he sang the hymn “Amazing Grace.”
QuestLove commends the President for his singing and says he could perform alongside Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
“POTUS just went to E flat,” QuestLove‘s post reads, “like he was collabing w/Stevie & Jam/Lewis (for those unaware E flat is THE blackest blues note ever).”
David Banner quizzed his social media followers by asking who wrote “Amazing Grace.” The answer is John Newton, a former slave trader-turned-preacher.
MC Hammer posted a video of the speech on his Twitter account with hand emojis expressing his approval.
Independent rapper Sho Baraka also appreciated the eulogy.
“Obama was preaching so hard,” the former Reach Records signee says, “he had me looking for a church fan with a picture of MLK on one side and a funeral service on the other.”
Dog, POTUS just went to E Flat like he was collabing w Stevie & Jam/Lewis (for those unaware E flat is THE blackest blues note ever)
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) June 26, 2015
— MC HAMMER (@MCHammer) June 26, 2015
Obama was preaching so hard he had me looking for a church fan with a picture of MLK on one side and a funeral home service on the other.
— Sho Baraka (@AmIshoBaraka) June 26, 2015