(BLACKMEDIASCOOP) The story about Craig Mack being a part of the cult shocked many – including BMS – so we had to do more digging about who this pastor is and more….so let’s start from the bottom!
WHO IS CRAIG MACK YOU ASK?
Craig Mack was the first artist ever to sign with Diddy, back when he was Puffy aka Puff Daddy. He started Bad Boy Entertainment and signed then unknown Craig Mack back in 1994. Mack dropped a singled called “Flava in ya Ear” that was crazy cool and sick- LISTEN ABOVE! Everyone I know could hear the song banging in your car every day.
He did a remix of the song. It featured none other then the great late Notorious B.I.G. This is what put Biggie on the map. He basically helped launch the career of one of the greatest rappers of all time. The remix of the single was the breakout appearance of The Notorious B.I.G., as well as one of the first solo appearances by Busta Rhymes. The success of The Notorious B.I.G.’s debut album Ready To Die overshadowed Mack’s early success on the Bad Boy label.
After B.I.G. blew up, Mack disappeared, only to reappear in 2013 as part of a CULT!
Craig Mack currently resides in Walterboro, South Carolina.
THE OVERCOMER MINISTRY
The website is called Over Comer Ministry.org. Everyone is calling it a cult…I’m not sure if it’s accurate but that’s what it feels like. The whole place is run by a preacher named “Brother R.G. Stair”.
WHO IS THE CULT LEADER: R.G. STAIR?
R.G. STAIR bought a motel in Walterboro, South Carolina back in 1978 and somehow was able to convince people to sell everything they owned and take a vow of poverty and move to the motel. Since then he has been able to get more and more families, of different ages and races to give up their belongings and move to the compound. The motel started to hit capacity so they began to move into mobile homes and build homes.
The kids learn in a one room school house and everyone eats communal meals. The compound is totally self-sustaining where they make and grow their own food, they make their own clothes and the dress is ultra conservative. Long dresses for the women, and collared shirts for men. It’s just like “Little House on the Prairie”, but sprinkled with a few black folks!
Despite the vow of poverty, Stair is able to collect huge donations, sometimes totaling $100K per month, but the ministry doesn’t even break even because his sermons play on radio where airtime costs are around $1 million dollars.
Radio time is the community’s most expensive expenditure – and its lifeline, according to former followers. As a result, Stair relies on his followers to finance his broadcasts. Many of these people have turned over anywhere from $5,000 to $500,000. If they decide to leave, followers say little, if any, of the money is returned.
He’s been accused of running a Jim Jones type of cult – google Jim Jones because I don’t have time to explain his history too They do not accept medical help and as a consequence he has been charged with some infant deaths. Upon investigations after allegations stating that people couldn’t leave because Stair controlled their finances, authorities concluded that there was no wrong doing.
Back in 2002, the self-proclaimed profit of God, who broadcasts his daily message to thousands over AM and short wave radio, was charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree and two counts of breach of trust, according to an arrest warrant.
Two girls who lived on the compound said that Stair basically coerced them by “enforcing his religious/ personal beliefs” on them resulting in them getting touched inappropriately. Backing up these charges are former community members, who allege sexual misconduct, financial irregularities and disregard for building regulations.
The two girls say Stair had sex with them over 70 times against their will. Stair’s wife Teresa says he admits having sex with several women at the community, but it was completely consensual.
Aside from the girls’ claims, other residents say the entire camp was subject to constant degradation. On a regular basis, they say Stair would chastise any member of the community for a variety of things ranging from potatoes with too much seasoning to someone having an inappropriate expression on their face. Grown men say they cowered from the prophet while in his presence.
Stair pleaded to a lesser charge of assault and battery and did 77 days in jail.
Stair has been married several times. After marrying his current wife Teresa (a sistah), who was an opera singer from Boston and had converted from Roman Catholicism, Stair moved to South Carolina. The couple has one child, a 15-year-old daughter, who currently lives with them on the farm.
LISTEN TO CRAIG MACK & CULT LEADER
NOW back to Craig Mack! He’s living on this compound! It’s hard to believe, but when you hear the voice you know for a fact that it’s him.
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