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Kanye West Performed for Hundreds of Inmates at Harris County Jail in Texas with His Sunday Service Choir

Claudine Varela
Nov 19, 2019
10:20 P.M.
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Kanye West performed for over 200 inmates in a surprise service in a Houston Jail just two days before he performed at evangelist Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church. His wife, Kim Kardashian was also busy doing prison rounds.

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Kanye West has widened the reach of his Sunday Service to include inmates at a Houston prison.

Kanye West at a music video premiere party in 2016. | Photo: Getty Images

Kanye West at a music video premiere party in 2016. | Photo: Getty Images

THE SCOPE OF KANYE'S SECRET JAIL SERVICE

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The walls of Harris County Jail were enveloped with gospel sound when West held a secret church service for over 200 delighted inmates.

The religious rapper was accompanied by about 100 members of his choir when he showed up early Friday morning to set up for the service. He reportedly stayed for a few hours and held two separate performances - one for the female inmates and another for the males.

In the heels of West’s jail visit, he dropped in on evangelist Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church on Sunday.

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According to TMZ, law enforcers revealed West reached out to the Houston jail officials on Wednesday to make arrangements for his service. The particular prison is known for its religious program which may have been the reason he chose to perform there. The service was reportedly meant to be a surprise.

While West was busy propagating his faith and music, his wife Kim Kardashian was also busy doing her rounds in prison.

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Harris County Sherriff Ed Gonzalez revealed that West was there for a mission and not a show. He tweeted his appreciation after the 42-year-old rapper’s visit.

“@kanyewest visited us today. I know he has a busy weekend in H-Town surrounding his visit to @lakewoodchurch, so appreciate him and his choir spending time with us,” he wrote.

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ANOTHER MILESTONE TWO DAYS LATER

In the heels of West’s jail visit, he dropped in on evangelist Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church on Sunday. He was interviewed by Osteen during the 11:30 am service then West returned at 7 pm to perform his full Sunday Service show.

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KIM KARDASHIAN VISITS EXONERATED PRISONER

While West was busy propagating his faith and music, his wife Kim Kardashian was also busy doing her rounds in prison. She reportedly visited the Allan B. Pollunsky Unit prison in Livingston, Texas where she sat down with death row inmate Rodney Reed who was granted a stay of execution by a Texas appeals court.

Kim Kardashian during the fourth day of the Cannes Lions International Festival in 2015. | Photo: Getty Images

Kim Kardashian during the fourth day of the Cannes Lions International Festival in 2015. | Photo: Getty Images

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Kardashian was one of many who publicly fought for Reed’s exoneration due to doubts concerning his conviction. She reality star expressed relief in learning about Reed’s twist of fate on her Instagram.

“Words cannot describe the relief and hope that swept over the room in that moment. That hope had been building over the last few weeks around Rodney's case. We have seen Democrats and Republicans come together. We have seen grassroots activists and lawmakers link arms. We have heard people all around the globe speak up. And all because of a deep belief that every man or woman accused of a crime—especially one punishable by death—deserves the chance to have all available evidence considered."

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AN ADVOCATE FOR PARDONONG PRISONERS

Kardashian isn’t new to fighting for the exoneration of prisoners. She famously facilitated the pardoning of 63-year-old Alice Marie Johnson in June after meeting with President Donald Trump.

Johnson was serving a life sentence for a non-violent drug-related crime. Kardashian contested the harsh punishment bestowed on Johnson considering the low level of severity of her crime. Grateful for her lease on life, Johnson modeled for Kardashian's shapewear line in August.

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