Jamal Harrison Bryant is an African-American preacher who has given sermons meant to inspire young people and emphasize Christian values. As the leader of Empowerment Temple American Methodist Episcopal Church and Empowerment Academy in Baltimore, Bryant's ministry focuses on children, and his sermons usually reflect this. Bryant's previous experience as the director of the NAACP's youth and college division gave him significant experience leading children and young adults, and his ministry still reflects this today.
In addition to preaching through his church, Bryant also gives sermons on his "Power for Life" television and radio program, which is broadcast in over 30 cities throughout the United States. Through his sermons, Bryant encourages listeners to study the Bible and "live life at the next level." In addition to his public ministry, Bryant also serves as a spiritual adviser to several celebrities such as television host Omarosa.
One of Bryant's most controversial sermons was given in 2014, where Bryant, quoting rapper Chris Brown, stated, "these hoes ain't loyal." Bryant's statement caused women in the congregation to let out a collective sigh. Bryant claims that his use of these words was not meant to be sexist or derogatory, and that his sermon was misinterpreted. This event, coupled with news of Bryant's extramarital affair in 2012, has caused some to doubt Bryant's spiritual leadership ability.