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TV One Announces ‘Amazing Grace: Drama in the Black Church’ w/ Roland Martin

TV One Announces 'Amazing Grace: Drama in the Black Church' w/ Roland Martin

Always a hot topic, TV One will air the special on Saturday, March 30, at 7pm/ET, right before its broadcast premiere of Russ Parr’s The Undershepherd. A perfect lead-in, given the film’s subject matter.

I should have my interview with Russ Parr up in the next day or two.

Full details on what the hour-long special (hosted by Roland Martin) will include belo, via press release from TV One:


SILVER SPRING, MD, MARCH 28, 2013 – TV One’s Washington Watch with Roland Martin will tackle the themes of power, corruption and redemption in the Black church when it’s primetime special Amazing Grace: Drama In the Black Church – A Washington Watch Special with Roland Martin airs Saturday, March 30, 7:00 PM/ET, leading into the world television premiere of Russ Parr’s “The Undershepherd,” and during Washington Watch’s regularly scheduled time slot, Sunday, March 31, 11AM/ET. The special includes a one-on –one interview between Martin and Bishop T.D. Jakes exploring the depiction of the Black church in secular and pop culture media.

Topics explored during the hour include: the battle between Pastor Joel Peebles, son of the late Bishop Dr. James R. Peebles, Sr. and Apostle Betty Peebles, and the members of Landover’s Jericho City of Praise for control over church leadership; the rise, fall and eventual redemption of Pastor Jamal Bryant; and the rejection of Pastor Ralph Douglas West by his church leading to the successful creation of The Church Without Walls.

Panelists during the hour include: Founder and Senior Pastor of Community of Hope AME, Rev. Tony Lee; Senior Pastor of Third Street Church of God and Professor of Christian Ethics at Howard University School of Divinity, Rev. Dr. Cheryl Sanders; and Senior Pastor of Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, Rev. Dr. Derrick Harkins.

“The multi-faceted role of the Black church in America provides a constant source of community, conversation and controversy as reflected by the varied offerings of films, books and plays on the subject,” remarked host, political editor and analyst Roland Martin. “With our special, we hope to enlarge and continue the conversation in a respectful yet informative manner with a personalization of some of the larger issues routinely appearing in headlines.  We want to de-mystify the stories and the people behind church issues making news.”

Hosted by TV One political editor, CNN contributor and Tom Joyner Morning Show analyst Roland Martin, TV One’s hour-long weekly public affairs series focuses on issues of importance to African Americans, through interviews with officials from the Administration, Congress and other policymakers who represent black communities, as well as discussions with journalists and commentators, and a wide range of policy experts. Washington Watch with Roland Martin also explores a wide range of timely and relevant topics including history, books, music, films, technology and black culture.

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Jimmie Morrison

People think l had a substance abuse problem before l went to church. Not true. My substance abuse problem started in the church. The substance was the word that the preacher provided when he brainwashed the whole congregation, was misappropriating church funds for his own benefits, and ended up sleeping with my wife, my brothers wife, and yet another member wife. That drove me to a crack cocaine addiction, but since then I’ve went back to School and received my first College Degree in Substance abuse counseling. Shame on him, and he never repented. He just kept right on preaching. It’s time for this mess to stop. I could have died out there, and now I’m divorced because of all this drama. I’m also functionally deaf

Patricia Freeland

This is TAMED compared to what really goes on in the church. And the preacher is not always the victim; sometimes the parishioners are VICTIMIZED by the pastor. I know this from many experiences.

Louistine Marie Larry

The Rev. Jamal Bryant comes from the African Methodist Episcopal Church. There is no reason for him citing a a lack of guidance because our Catechism, Articles of Religion, Discipline, The Polity of the A.M.E. Church all provides information and reasons for belief even down to explanations regarding the family. He tries to distance himself from the tradition to make money. The sad thing is if the A.M.E. Church followed its mission with God as the Accountant, Schools like Morris Brown would prosper as opposed to the pimping clergy. We set the tone for Civil Rights, self-determination in the late 1700's, well before Martin Luther King, Jr.. The problem is people want to be entertained as opposed to all aspects of worship, which include prayer, atonement and praise, as opposed to praise only. Mr. Martin…. You need to recognize.

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