Karen is beyond the camera’s eye but her sister is visible to us. And although we cannot see Karen, I infer from her sisters nudging that perhaps she was a bit timid and shy. Maybe Karen was nervous about singing in front of the standing room only coliseum.
Her sister uttered two words decipherable only through lip sync and accompanied by a beat keeping hand clap: "Go on," she said.
And Karen both receives and follows her sister's instructions. Karen takes the microphone. She stutters initially. Then, while walking forward, she offers a soul stirring verse replete with octave changing vocals like only she, THE Karen Clark Sheard, can do.
I wonder if perhaps in that moment she wrestled with issues of worth(ful)ness. She, being the youngest, was up to bat behind her preaching, singing, and prophesying sister, Dorinda Clark Cole. I wonder if she questioned her abilities. I wonder if she asked herself, "What will people think of me?" I wonder if she feared being rejected in those moments preceding her forward movement. Hmmmm...
Join me as I follow THE Karen Clark Sheard’s lead.
Imagine God clapping Her hands while keeping the beat that you will need to offer your best most authentic self to those to whom you are assigned. And then God looks into your timid eyes, and says, “Go on.”
Now take your place even as you tremble and stutter. Open your being and deposit all that we need to come true.
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"In the grand scheme of things, your life, regardless of pain and difficulty, is an unfolding miracle. Your life is the coming of a dream. Your life is the co)-creative component of the Divine birthing process that happens within human consciousness and lived experiences [...]" -Kanisha Billingsley
*Fear breaking steps take place at 3:41-4:48 SAAAAANNNNNGGGGG Mrs. Clark Sheard
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