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A Black Preacher Gave a Word, and 4 Other Blackity-Black Moments From the #RoyalWedding

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, leave Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018, in Windsor, England. Photo: Phil Noble (WPA/Getty Images)

Meghan Markle brought all the black she wanted to her royal wedding to Prince Harry, my second favorite gingy ever (Malcolm X being the first), now sixth in line to the British throne.

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Despite that fact that none of her family beside her mother, Doria Ragland, was present at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, Meghan gave the stuffy Brits more than a little bit of flavor straight from the darker nation of its most successful colony, in the very deliberate choices that she made for her beautiful wedding day.

So, if you didn’t know she was black before, now you do. I mean she was 15 minutes late, okay?

Here are the five blackest parts of the royal wedding of Harry and Meghan, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.


1. The Most Reverend Michael Curry. We all knew beforehand that not only was there going to be a black preacher speaking, but that he was going to be African-American. And like anyone who has been to a black church knows, you can’t give a black preacher a mic, and expect that he’ll only say a few words. Bishop Curry, who was born and raised in Chicago and then Buffalo, N.Y., spoke on the “power of love,” touched on slavery, demanded call and response, and invoked the great name of Martin Luther King right to the literal colonizers of the world in his sermon (cause that was a sermon). You know it was really a black preacher when he said he was wrapping up … but then went on for a while (as many, including Prince Charles, and the royal couple themselves, smiled). As many on Twitter noted, Bishop Curry gave his sermon to the world, and not just the royal couple. And it was right on time.

2. Karen Gibson and the Kingdom Choir. That gospel choir, which sang “Lean on Me” during the ceremony took us to chuuuuch. That was fine,


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