The collaboration was right on time as protests for justice in the name of George Floyd took place around the nation. Bishop T.D. Jakes opened the virtual event with an inspirational message right before Franklin and Hammond appeared in their “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts and started playing their music.
“Darkness everywhere, seemingly everywhere,” Jakes said. “Today we pray for light because we have seen too much darkness, from Trayvon to George Floyd. From 100K people dead from Covid … Lord knows we’ve seen too much darkness.”
During this event, Franklin announced that he’d be releasing the music video for “Strong God,” which asks for the removal of hate to “heal the human race.”
Check out the new video and see reactions to their Verzuz battle below!
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— raveen 🤎 (@xoraveen) May 31, 2020
Kirk Franklin and Fred Hammond got all these gospel powerhouses just tucked round the house like cooking utensils!
— MonsterKing (@CerromeRussell) May 31, 2020
— Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) May 31, 2020
This #Verzuz was so intentional. Even down to being open to the necessary correction to say the names of the women we have lost.
Most I’ve smiled in days.
— brittany packnett cunningham does not do remixes. (@MsPackyetti) May 31, 2020
— $leeze (@LilEzzyBaby) May 31, 2020
kirk. franklin….bye 💀💀💀 “I’m not plies” 😂 pic.twitter.com/8MgTvqxIq1
— kaayyy (@keepitKay_) May 31, 2020
— So Extra Blog (@SoExtraBlog) May 31, 2020
When Kirk Franklin plays Stomp. pic.twitter.com/8ZxcYHtYwM
— K E I S H (@MikeishaDache) May 31, 2020