Not Easily Broken In Theaters January 9 and Chocolate Pages Interview with Morris Chestnut

Not Easily Broken, the movie based on Bishop T.D. Jakesbook of the same title, comes to theaters on January 9th, 2009. The uplifting drama stars Morris Chestnut and Taraji P. Henson, and tells the story of a husband and wife’s struggle to keep their marriage together when life’s situations press upon them. I’m really excited to see the film, and am sure anything produced by Bishop Jakes will be inspiring and moving!

Here’s part of the plot summary from the movie’s website:

Chronicling the story of one couple’s love, loss and ultimate faith in one another, “Not Easily Broken” follows the lives of Dave (Morris Chestnut) and Claire (Taraji P. Henson) Johnson in their second decade of marriage. Dave’s dreams of major league baseball success were dashed by an injury in college, leading him to a steady but unfulfilling career as the head of a small construction firm. Clarice is basking in the glow of real estate stardom, creating a life that revolves around her rise to the top. She has become blind to Dave’s needs, the most important being his desire to become a father and start a family with her.

They face a total disruption in their lives when a car crash seriously injures Clarice, whose meddling
mother, Mary (Jennifer Lewis), blames Dave for her daughter’s leg injuries and derailed career. Help comes in the form of kind-hearted physical therapist and single morn Julie Sawyer (Maeve Quinlan), whose son Bryson (Cannon Jay) is coached by Dave and his pals Brock (Eddie Cibrian) and Tree (Kevin Hart) in Little League baseball. Though Clarice is helped by Julie’s care, she becomes concerned that her constant criticism of Dave has pushed her husband away possibly into the arms of the empathetic Julie. Soon Dave and Clarice must face a married couple’s most serious questions: are we really meant to be together, and if we are, how do we fight to keep what we have built as man and wife?

To learn more about the movie, cast, and more, click here to visit the website.

Pam Perry, president of Ministry Marketing Solutions and founder of the Chocolate Pages Show and Network, did an interesting interview with Morris Chestnut about his role in the movie. You can see the video of the interview below:

“Not Easily Broken” Interview with Morris Chestnut – Host Pam Perry, Chocolate Pages

2009 Stellar Awards

Stellar Gospel Music Awards – Saturday, Jan 17, 2009,
Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville, TN

This year’s Stellar Awards will be hosted by comedian Sinbad and Dorinda Clark-Cole. Also announced are some of the confirmed performers for the star-studded awards show, which include Deitrick Haddon, Heather Headley, Mary Mary, Tye Tribbett, Dionne Warwick, and gospel rapper Da’ T.R.U.T.H..

The Stellar Awards will be honoring the following artists with special awards this year. The James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Daryl Coley, the Thomas Dorsey Most Notable Achievement will be awarded to Vickie Winans, and the Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Award will be given to The Rance Allen Group. Each of these artists will recieve a special tribute during the Stellar Awards celebrations in January 2009.
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21:03, Crystal Aiken and Others at the Christian Music Awards

21:03, Spensha Baker, Merche Moore, Crystal Aiken and many other artists were among those that attended the Christian Music Awards.

21:03 has backstage footage of them at the awards show red carpet, which you can view below:

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Generation Gospel Premieres on BET

BET’s hit music countdown show 106 & PARK leaps out on faith with the premiere of its new weekly spin-off, 106 & PARK PRESENTS: GENERATION GOSPEL. Hosted by Angel Taylor from the Stellar Award-winning gospel group Tri-ni-tee 5:7 and Jor’el Quinn from the hip hop gospel group 21:03, GENERATION GOSPEL will feature a LIVE studio audience, the hottest music videos sweeping the faith-based community, celebrity guests, inter-active choir battles, exclusive packages and much more. [The show] will kick off its premiere episode with performances by the dynamic Pastor Marvin Sapp, Stellar Award and Dove Award winner Kierra Sheard and more.

106 & PARK PRESENTS: GENERATION GOSPEL will include “Lifestyle Segments” like:

Churchin’ with JJ — The actor-comedian finds the funny in all things about the church.

Tye’s Tidbits — Stellar Award winner Tye Tribbett presents the latest in news and happenings in the gospel world.

Sellin’ You the Bizness — SUNDAY BEST finalist Jermaine Sellers is our man on the street, talking to real people and covering hot topics from New Year’s resolutions to the new President.

Lifestyles with Kiki – From fashion to fitness, Stellar Award and Dove Award winner Kiki Sheard brings a fresh, energetic and spiritual perspective to issues that relate to her peers.

The Underground — Stellar Award nominee Irocc brings viewers the latest trends happening in the underground and the holy hip hop church movement.

Shows like this for young people are desperately needed, and I’ll be sure to tune in!

To find out more about the show click here to visit the website.

An Anthem for the New Year: Moving Forward

And He that sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new”. And He said unto me, “Write: for these words are faithful and true.” Revelation 21:5

With God, you can be renewed anytime of the year; from past hurts, mistakes, pains, and failures. I love this video of Israel Houghton and the Worship Team at Lakewood Church singing “Moving Forward.” We sang this at my church on New Year’s eve and the song inspires me so much to leave behind the old and to follow God forward, into the great things He has planned. Watch and be blessed:

Moving Forward – Lyrics by Israel Houghton and Richardo Sanchez

I’m not going back, I’m moving ahead
I’m here to declare to you my past is over
In You, old things are made new
Surrender my life to Christ, I’m moving moving forward

What a moment, You have brought me to
Such a freedom, I have found in You
What a Healer, You make all things new
Yeah Yeah Yeah

You have risen, With all power in Your Hands
You have given me, A second Chance
Hallelujah Hallelujah

You make all things new, I will follow You – forward