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A small group of protesters recently gathered outside of the Weller Street Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, where former reality television personality and ordained minister Omarosa Manigault delivered a surprisingly well-crafted sermon.

 

 

As part of the church’s Black History Month program, she opened her message with off-the-cuff remarks about some of yesteryear’s most esteemed African-American heroes and innovators.

“Madam CJ Walker set the stage for career driven women like myself to achieve tremendous success in a male-dominated world,” she explained to the audience. “[Walker] single-handedly revolutionized the hair care industry. Let’s keep it real, what woman in this audience hasn’t used a straightening comb? Who hasn’t used hair relaxer? As Black women, we use our hair to express who we are and how we feel. [Walker’s] inventions help to keep us looking and feeling fabulous.”

Manigault entered the sanctuary at approximately 9:45a.m. Like a politician on the campaign trail, she flashed a smile to everyone in attendance, shook a few outstretched hands, and was escorted to her seat in the pulpit, where she dropped to her knees for a moment of individual prayer.

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