A recent expletive filled rant on Facebook Live from former Sunday Best winner Le’Andria Johnson caused her to be booted from the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans over the weekend.
Johnson went in on the church, Marvin Winans and more saying that she refuses to play the “games” of the music industry. “You know what I’m tired of though? … I’m tired of being Le’Andria Johnson that y’all know of,” she said. “And Ima tell you like this: I could be on a Kirk Franklin level. I could be on a Mary Mary level. Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp, Fred Hammond. All the gospel greats … All the R&B. Beyoncé, Brandy. … If I played the game, I could really be on that level. I could, but I’m not ’bout playin’ no games, though.”
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She continued, “Essence Festival is a couple of days away and if y’all feel like y’all don’t want me on it, y’all don’t want me on it.”
Essence organizers did just that, removing her from a tribute to Dottie Peoples. Johnson said she refuses to stop cursing and/or stop being herself just to become a gospel superstar.
“I’m not gonna be there because the gospel part of the Essence Festival, apparently, me speaking my right — I have an amendment right … and that’s freedom of speech. So my freedom of speech caused me not to be at the gospel part of the Essence Festival. And I’m pretty sure they don’t want me to be there because I said ‘f— Christianity, f— the church,’ I said that. Maybe that’s why they don’t want me to go.”
She also blasted Marvin Winans saying, “I don’t care whose spiritual father he is. He could have been mine, but no. He wanted to go past me like I was a peasant! Walked right past me like I was a peasant … and you ain’t even know! I’m a product of you! But it’s all good, though. Now you know.”