BET Networks has debuted actress Regina King’s feature length film directorial debut, an adaptation of “Let the Church Say Amen,” on Netflix.
Based on the best-selling novel by Reshonda Tate Billingsley, the film stars Naturi Naughton as Rachel Jackson, a wayward preacher’s kid who is struggling to pull her life together. With a six-year-old son out of wedlock and a high school diploma, Rachel’s mission in life is to marry her son’s father in order to become a traditional and respectable family and regain her father’s respect.
The two hour movie, which was a “BET Premiere Cinema” event last fall, also stars Steve Harris, Lela Rochon, Hosea Chanchez and Collins Curtis Pennie. It’s produced by Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Shelby Stone, Roger Bobb and Regina King, who is also executive producer.
I should note that both BET and competitor TV One have been collectively busy producing original movies this year; on TV One’s recent slate were “The Summoning,” “Runaway Island,” “Girlfriends Getaway 2,” “Welcome to the Family,” “Will To Love” and a few others.
So, if you missed it when it on BET, or you just want to watch it again, check out “Let the Church Say Amen” this weekend on Netflix, if you’re curious to see how Regina King scored with her directorial debut. A few clips below: