Due to popular demand, I’ve created actual blog entries for the tweets I posted under the #BlackBuzzFeed hashtag last week. First up is the Top Five Church Fan Illustrations of All Time since it was featured on Complex Magazine‘s site, Hip Hop Wired, and possibly other places I’ve yet to look. Without further adieu, let’s get to the list of the Top Five Church Fan Illustrations of All Time.
White Jesus makes the top 5 because, well, he’s everywhere. That, and I am not trying to go straight to Hell for compiling this list. Until Black Jesus picks up some momentum from fan designers, our Caucasian Lord and Savior with the hipster beard is holding down the 5 spot.
The only thing that comes close to Mahalia Jackson’s reputation as one of the greatest gospel singers ever is her career as a church fan model. Even if you’ve never heard her sing, you’ve most likely seen this fan if your church had sub-par air conditioning. Mahalia claims the 4 spot.
The Last Supper is a given. Just about every Christian church around has some variation of Leonardo DaVinci’s master work on display somewhere. Admiring the details in painting has gotten me through many a boring, long-winded testimonial from congregants who refused to get to the point while praising his name. For keeping me awake when my ADHD reared it’s easily distractible head on Sunday mornings, I must place the Last Supper as the 3rd greatest church fan of all time.
Many a funeral home has placed their advertising on the back of fans bearing Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s likeness. The MLK fan is a Black church staple, like really long songs and really loud pastors. You simply cannot go wrong with MLK.
Black praying hands gets the #1 spot for the simple fact that people actually put tattoos of this on their body. You can find some variation of this imagery permanently inked on everyone from thugs to grandmothers. What other church fan design can say that?
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