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Deitrick Haddon’s “The Fallen” Premieres on AllBlk

Gospel singer/actor Deitrick Haddon (“Sins of the Father,” “Preachers of LA”) has announced the world premiere of “The Fallen” the sequel to his 2010 faith-based film “Blessed and Cursed,” “The Fallen,” which was written and directed by Haddon, follows the sometimes sordid journey of praise and worship leader Dwight Hawkins, played by Haddon who is on the verge of putting his dreams back on track, but soon finds things quickly slipping away. He is at the point of giving up until an intervention by the Holy Spirit shows he still has a purpose. “The Fallen” also stars Grammy-nominated singerMAJOR., singer Q ParkerChristian comedianJonathan Slocumb,singer formerly known as Tonex, B. Slade, actor Jor él Quinnand actor Brittany Lucio. “The Fallen” will premiere on Thursday, June 30th at AMC Network’s ALLBLK streaming service.

Yolanda Adams Joins Headliners for PBS’ “A Capital Fourth”

Multi-platinum, Grammy-award winning gospel artist Yolanda Adams has been announced as a performer the all-star cast for PBS’s “A Capital Fourth America’s Independence Day Celebration.” The live special now in its 42nd year, will be hosted by country music star Mickey Guyton and will also feature performances by Gloria Gaynor, Andy Grammer, Keb’Mo’, Emily Bear, and Loren Allred with theNational Symphony Orchestra. There will also be a special musical tribute to mark the 65th anniversary of West Side Storywith Broadway legend Chita Rivera

Kirk Franklin Dedicates His BET Award to Maverick City

Gospel icon Kirk Franklin received his sixth BET nod and the Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award. He won for the song “We Win,” featuring Lil Baby from the Space Jam: A New Legacy soundtrack. During his acceptance speech on Sunday, June 26th, Franklin announced it was time to pass the baton. Franklin who currently holds the record for the most wins in this category, called Maverick City Music the contemporary Christian music collective to the stage to present them with his award and honor them as the next generation of gospel music. Franklin who had performed earlier in the evening with the collective is currently on the Kingdom Tour with Maverick City and Jonathan McReynolds and the Housefires.

Presbyterian Church Parts Ways with Evangelicals

During their annual meeting last Wednesday, thePresbyterian Church in America voted to leave the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), which it has been a part of since the denomination’s founding in 1973. The vote to leave was 60 percent to 40 percent.

The split, said to be the result of an ongoing rift over the NAE’s growing political advocacy stood at times at conflict with more conservative Presbyterian churches. The NAE which represents 39 denominations the from Free Methodist USA to the Foursquare Church, as well as nonprofits, has become more vocal about political issues including climate change, immigration, the death penalty, and COVID-19, among others in an environment that is growing increasingly hostile to Christianity. The Presbyterian elders cited that churches needed to work together across denominations on issues of common cause. 

Sight & Sound Launches Movie Studio and Announces First Movie

Sight & Sound Theatres based in Lancaster, PA is expanding its entertainment portfolio. Following decades of providing live biblically based entertainment with live animals on a 300-foot panoramic stage in Pennsylvania, with a second location in Branson, Missouri.  The ministry organization began creating content through the streaming service Sight & Sound TV launched during the pandemic to allow people from over 100 countries to view a live performance of “Queen Esther” virtually. Sight & Sound Films also recently launched a state-of-the-art Christian film studio which is located next to the iconic theater in Lancaster. Sight & Sound Films’ debut movie “I Heard the Bells” will be available in movie theaters December 2022.

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