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Monday, December 24, 2007

The Hat Show & The Black Church.

My grand mother and mother absolutely loved hats. This holiday season I am remember them in a special way. I am thinking about the many hats they would wear to church on Sunday morning. With it been Christmas I know that they would had been wearing some kind of red hat. My Granny would tilt hers' to the side a little bit. My MOM would pull hers' kinder low to the eye she looked fierce.

Growing up Baptist and a bit Judgmental I used to to think that my granny and mom outfits were just a bit flashy until I was exposed to the Church of God in Christ and realized those women took flashy to a whole nutha level. I almost stoped, when at a COGIC funeral, a sister came in wearing a Black sequined big brim hat cocked to the side.You know they even have a hat show in Memphis each November (disguised as Convocation). I used to shake my head at some of the outfits I would see on their way to Sunday service, but then I had to ask myself, "Where the hades else are they gonna wear that?"

It was the same thing with my gospel artists. I grew up listening to Mahalia Jackson, who was usually in a tasteful gown or simple choir robe or Shirley Caesar and Dorothy Norwood, who preferred bright, conservative suits. Imagine my shock when I discovered the Clark Sisters, Vickie Winans, Yolanda Adams, CeCe and others. I used to say who they singing too dress like they just left a bar. Ok... I realize these folks are performers, but some of the things they wear offstage are every bit as tacky. That's why growing up, the black church was something else. It always left you with such fond memories. That is why my heart will always been bent toward The Old Black Church.
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  1. Great trip down memory lane!

    Hats are a dying breed where churches are concerned. But you are right. I remember my aunts and grandma sporting their hats in church. Even now, mostly older women sport beautiful hats in church but it's not the art it once was.

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  2. Thanks lynn for your comment. I miss see some of the beautiful hats of old. You are right it is a dying art, does sister could wear a hat.

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  3. Ha, I remember all those old hats! Even though I now go to a Non-denominational church, on Easter and Mother's day if you are sitting in the back you will not see a thing because of all of those huge hats! When I was younger I used to count, and then try to put them in groups. 8 red hats in the balcony, 10 white hats down front... etc. it helped pass the time! But yes, things have changed, Women don't wear hats like they used to.

    On this eve of Christ’s birthday I wish you and yours the best!
    Merry Christmas!
    Regina & Family!

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  4. Regina thanks for your comment. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to your family also especially that beautiful grand baby what a doll.

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  5. JJ..you got my amen. Now that I am older I've been buying me some gorgeous hats but you gotta have 'attitude' to wear them...so even though I bought some, I'm not yet wearing them on a regular basis...but, I'm heading in that direction

    Merry Christmas and God Bless you and yours!

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  6. most women only wear hats to church for speacial ocasions now.You should know that nobody beats COGIC. I was a longtime member of COGIC and a have attended convocation. It is way more than a hat show. People alway hate on COGIC or anyone who is fabolus.Speak on what you know not what you see.

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  7. most women only wear hats to church for speacial ocasions now.You should know that nobody beats COGIC. I was a longtime member of COGIC and a have attended convocation. It is way more than a hat show. People alway hate on COGIC or anyone who is fabolus.Speak on what you know not what you see.

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