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Kirk Franklin Boycotts Dove Award & Trinity Broadcasting Network For Cutting His Comments About Police Brutality Against Black Community.

Gospel singer Kirk Franklin announced his boycott against the Dove Awards and the Trinity Broadcasting Network after the broadcaster edited Franklin’s award speech twice in three years. In an Instagram video the Fort Worth, Texas native posted Monday, October 28th TBN edited out the portion of Franklin’s speech in which he discussed police brutality against the black community.

Franklin – a choir director, gospel musician, singer, songwriter, and author. He is best known for leading urban contemporary gospel choirs such as The Family, God’s Property, and One Nation Crew (1NC) among many others; who has won numerous awards, including 13 Grammy Awards – won gospel artist of the year at the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards held October 15th in Nashville. The awards show aired on TBN on October 20.”During my speech, I brought attention to the murder of Atatiana Jefferson in her home by a white police officer,” Franklin said in the video below.

I would like to thank my brother, writer and civil rights activist Shaun King for sharing this on Facebook and bring it to my attention. (see his comments below)

I am frustrated and disgusted that this was even necessary. But in 2016, when Kirk won a huge Dove Award from the @gospelmusicassoc he made a statement about the horrible police murders of Philando Castile & Walter Scott. Without his permission @tbn then cut out his remarks about police violence. Kirk confronted them on this and they said it would never happen again. Well, they just did it again. Kirk won another award from the @gospelmusicassoc and then spoke about the brutal police murder of Atatiana Jefferson. And yet again, @tbn edited out his remarks.

In light of this, Kirk just announced that he will no longer appear on any of these networks or programs until they address and fix what they’ve done here. What’s disgusting is that these channels and outlets would not exist without Black culture and Black money, but they don’t want Kirk to address Black pain. They love the culture and money but not the people or pain.

Thank you Kirk for standing up not just for yourself, but for the families of Atatiana Jefferson, Philando Castile, and so many others.

Black Westchester joins Shaun King in thanking Kirk Franklin for standing up and not being afraid to speak truth to power and call out systematic racism in the Christian community.

Shaun King is known for his use of social media to promote social justice causes, including the Black Lives Matter movement. We all need to use our voice better and more purposefully to call out injustice.

I again commend Kirk Franklin for using his powerful platform to call the award show and very popular Christian music network on their systematic racism while other celebrities rather bury their hand in the sand and pretend it doesn’t exist. While Kirk isn’t asking everyone to follow suit, Black Westchester will ask any of our readers to join Kirk in boycotting both TBN and The Dove Awards who as Shaun King wrote, would not exist without Black culture and Black money.

We have to stop spending our money and supporting any company, corporation or organization that does not respect us as a people or care about our experience. Its time for us to stand up or continued to get stepped on. REAL TALK!


About AJ Woodson (2398 Articles)
AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company. AJ is a Father, Brother, Author, Writer, Journalism Fellow, Rapper, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian and A Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale,,, Rolling Out Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine and several others.
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