Often credited, along with Kirk Franklin, for broadening the fan base of urban contemporary gospel by introducing elements of soul music, hip-hop, funk and jazz, Mary Mary broke onto the music scene with their popular song “Shackles (Praise You),” which is considered one of the genre’s pioneering songs. Their debut album Thankful (2000) was certified platinum. The duo has released three gold albums, including Incredible (2002), and Mary Mary (2005), which all charted No. 1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums.
The sisters grew up as part of a large family of nine children in Inglewood, California. Their parents are Thomasina, an evangelist and choir director at the Evangelistic Church of God in Christ, and Eddie, a youth minister. In their conversation with Hill, the duo share personal insights on their faith, music, family and their careers.
Also, in this week’s On The Record segment, Hill talks with Night Catches Us director Tanya Hamilton, Mooz-lum writer/director Qasim Basir and Urbanworld Film Festival executive producer Gabrielle Glore about the state of independent films and Black filmmakers.
Our Slice of Life segment profiles Dr. James P. Lee, an Ann Arbor, Mich. dentist who created Free Dental Care Day in recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Our World with Black Enterprise is the award-winning weekly 30-minute program, hosted by Marc Lamont Hill, providing a fresh mix of interviews with todayâ€™s top newsmakers and celebrities, eclectic roundtable discussions concerning the hottest topics affecting African Americans, and profiles of some of the worldâ€™s most intriguing people.