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, but they really shone as the newly married couple exited the church to choruses of “Amen.” “Ayyyye-men, Aye-men, Aye-men” (which is how my favorite church services end.) The gospel singers then went into a rousing rendition of the tried-and-true Negro spiritual “This Little Light of Mine.” Additionally, there were yells of “yiyiyiyiyiyiyi” after the couple exited the church, proving that South Africans was indeed in the house (or outside ) Anyway…
3. Sheku Kanneh-Mason.
The young black cellist was reportedly hand-picked and called personally by Markle. The adorable 19-year-old with the perfectly cut afro grew up in Nottingham and began playing the cello when he was just six. Two years ago, he won the BBC Young Musician of the Year, the first black musician to win since the award’s launch in 1978. Kanneh-Mason gave us beautiful renditions of “Sicilienne” by Maria Theresia von Paradis;” “Apres un Reve” by Gabriel Faure and “Ave Maria” by Franz Schubert.
4. More than zero black celebrities. There were at least five black celebrities present, probably the most star power at a royal wedding ever. I mean sure, David and Victoria Beckham are always on the scene, but this wedding had the likes of
Oprah Winfrey (who was swaying during the preaching part, of course), Idris Elba and fiancée, Sabrina Dhowre, Serena Williams, and Suits co-star Gina Torres, ex-wife of Laurence Fishburne. Did we miss any?
5. The Horse. The name of one of the horses carrying Prince Harry and Meghan was Tyrone. Coincidence? I think not.