FLORENCE—Evangelist Beverly Broadus Green knows people are curious about her famous son, Cordozar "Snoop Lion" Broadus, but she's finding that after eight years in the preaching ministry there's an equally growing interest in her messages from the pulpit.
On Saturday, Green spent the day visiting with participants of the health fair sponsored by Inga's Lavishing Lashes in Florence. There were free blood pressure checks, breast exams and physician consultations. And Green was there to pray for those who needed an encouraging word.
She will be preaching a one-day revival at Greater St. Paul Church in Florence at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The McComb, Miss., native spent most of her life after age 12 in Long Beach, Calif., where she raised three sons and an adopted nephew. She now resides in Rancho Cucamongo, Calif.
Among her sons is the musical artist, Snoop Lion, once known as Snoop Dogg. Snoop Lion is a rapper/reggae singer and musician who also produces music and acts. One of her sons also preaches, but Green said God has revealed to her that Snoop will too, one day.
"With his following, and the crowds he draws, it would be awesome for him to be preaching the word," she said. "I'm proclaiming it. It's going to happen."
She laughs recalling how her son got his name. She said Cordozar was eight years old when he decided to call himself Snoopy because she and her husband thought Cordozar was too difficult a name for other kids to pronounce.
"We were watching Charlie Brown on television and Snoopy came one and he said, ‘what about Snoopy?' and it just stuck," she said. "He shortened it later."
A loving mother, Green says she doesn't get to see Snoop as often as she'd like but she cherishes the time they spend together.
"He knows when he sees me coming, I've usually got a word for him," she said, referring to revelations from God that she shares with her son. "We're traveling in different directions right now, but the day's coming that he'll be doing his own preaching."
Green said she's been a Christian for 33 years, but only started preaching eight years ago at the encouragement of friends and family.
"I could always talk to people and give comfort," she said. "When someone needs me, I have no problem dropping what I'm doing and helping them. I've just always done that."
In fact, that's how Inga Harden, the owner of Inga's Lavishing Lashes met her.
Harden was in Los Angeles in November to do lashes for a celebrity party when she met Green's goddaughter who invited her to hear Green speak at a church.
Harden said the message was powerful and after the service she was introduced to Green. A bond formed between the two women and they've kept in contact. Harden knew she had to get Green to speak at her church, Greater St. Paul. Pastor Agnes Lover agreed.
Green said that on Tuesday she'll address the topic of people within the church who are hurting.
"I travel a lot and see this everywhere, people who go to church week after week hoping for change and they just come right back home in the same shape they left in," she said.
"I want people to be blessed. I want arguments between church members and old, 20-year spats, to end. I want people to live blessed."
Green has also written a book that's expected out next month titled, "Real Love II."
The book chronicles her life's highs and lows, including her endurance of an abusive marriage and then years later, a loving, healthy marriage that lasted four years until the untimely death of her husband.
In the book she also gives the 20 steps to real love and includes scriptures that support them.
"If I had to define myself I'd say I'm just a gospel preacher who knows how to speak up, shut up and sit down," she said. "I just want to relate to people. That's always my goal."
Lisa Singleton-Rickman can be reached at 256-740-5735 or lisa.singleton-rickman@TimesDaily.com.
What: One day revival
Who: Evangelist Beverly Green, mother of the musical artist Cordozar “Snoop Lion” Broadus will speak at Greater St. Paul Church, Florence
When: Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m.