Looking back on the film today, I wonder what message Candyman was attempting to convey. Even as a child, I knew Candyman was different from any other horror movie villain I'd seen. Unlike Freddy Krueger, Candyman had experienced love in the past and was tortured and killed because of it.
"Praised be" is a term they often use in this 'new America'. The phrase is a passive aggressive reminder that they are in their hands now, the hands of the commanders (the husbands of the house) and anyone above them.