Season 1 of OWN’s “Greenleaf” Will Be Available on Blu-ray & DVD on Dec. 6!

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Just in time to be an awesome Christmas gift (yes, it’s coming y’all), “Greenleaf” Season 1 arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) December 6 from Lionsgate! OWN’s biggest series launch in the network’s history, and this summer’s top new cable show, which is executive produced by Oprah Winfrey (Lee Daniels’ The Butler), and created by Emmy®-nominated writer/producer Craig Wright (TV’s “Lost” and “Six Feet Under”), follows one woman’s return home to her family – the leaders of a megachurch – and the revelation that they don’t always practice what they preach. “Greenleaf”stars Merle Dandridge (TV’s “The Night Shift”), Keith David (TV’s “Community”), Lynn Whitfield (TV’s “The Josephine Baker Story”), Kim Hawthorne (TV’s “Rake”), Lamman Rucker (TV’s “Meet the Browns”), Deborah Joy Winans (TV’s “Whitney”), and Desiree Ross (TV’s “Falling Skies”). The series is currently available on Digital HD.

“Greenleaf”centers on the journey of estranged daughter and disillusioned preacher Grace Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge), who has returned home after 20 years on the occasion of the mysterious death of her sister, Faith. As she reenters the world of Calvary Fellowship World Ministries, the Memphis megachurch run by her powerful parents Bishop James Greenleaf (Keith David) and Lady Mae Greenleaf (Lynn Whitfield), it becomes evident that things are not as virtuous as they seem…and that the family’s outward display of faith hides sin and misdeeds.

The home entertainment release of “Greenleaf” Season 1 includes two behind-the-scenes featurettes, bloopers, and one-on-one conversations between Oprah Winfrey and executive producer/director Clement Virgo and actors Merle Dandridge, Keith David, Lynn Whitfield, and Regina King. “Greenleaf” Season 1 will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $34.97 and $34.98, respectively.

BLU-RAY / DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
  • The Oprah Winfrey Conversations
  • Bloopers
  • “Creating Greenleaf” Featurette
  • Greenleaf Musicians” Featurette

And below is a trailer about the Blu-ray  and DVD.

And if you missed my interview with Deborah Joy Winans, Charity on “Greenleaf,” and my Greenleaf recaps, check them out HERE & HERE!

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Check Out a Life-Sized Replica of Noah’s Ark at the Ark Encounter!

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Although today is the last official day of summer, you can still take a family trip to check out the Ark Encounter, which includes a life-size replica of Noah’s Ark as its centerpiece! The attraction recently passed its two-month milestone having received rave reviews from guests coming from all over the world. Answers in Genesis (AiG), which operates the attraction south of Cincinnati, Ohio reports that more than 300,000 guests have visited the Ark since it opened nine weeks ago. Meanwhile, its sister attraction, the Creation Museum, 45 minutes to the north, has seen attendance up 75 percent.

The Ark Encounter, a one-of-a-kind historically themed attraction, was built according to the biblical dimensions in Genesis 6; it stands seven stories high and is 510 feet in length. It is the largest freestanding, timber-frame structure in the world, located on 800 beautiful acres in Williamstown, Kentucky, south of Cincinnati, Ohio.

ark 2The Ark Encounter is strategically located off I-75, a one-day drive from nearly two-thirds of the U.S. population. An independent feasibility study by America’s Research Group (ARG) estimates that over 1.4 million individuals will visit within the first year. This same group predicted the Creation Museum would receive 400,000 visitors in its first year and 404,000 actually came within that time frame.

AiG founder and CEO Ken Ham remarked on how far visitors have traveled to visit the Ark. “I’m often at the Ark Encounter, and I never get tired of seeing the many license plates in the parking lot from states like Texas or California, which is 2,000 miles away,” Ham said. “In fact, about 95 percent of our guests are coming from outside our region of Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio, meaning that tourism dollars are flowing into Kentucky from people visiting from all over the country. But I’m particularly thrilled to see so many international visitors, from all kinds of diverse backgrounds, and many appear to be un-churched. A group of 30 people visited yesterday all the way from Indonesia.”

Once they see the massive Ark in person, visitors to the Ark Encounter – which have numbered more than 7,000 on many days this summer – can’t help remarking on its size and quality. “We have created countless raving fans,” Ham continued. “The three most-commonly used words to describe the massive Ark are ‘amazing,’ ‘remarkable’ and ‘awesome.’ Some have even called it the eighth wonder of the world.”

I recognize former President Jimmy Carter and his lovely wife former First Lady Rosalynn Carter in this photo...

I recognize former President Jimmy Carter and his lovely wife former First Lady Rosalynn Carter in this photo…

The Ark Encounter was built to answer the most-asked questions about the account of Noah and to present the gospel of Christ. Ham told the opening day crowd on July 7 that this park is not just about entertainment, but also presents the Christian message.

In addition to the full-scale Noah’s Ark with three decks of world-class exhibits in over 120,000 square feet, the Ark Encounter theme park includes the Ararat Ridge Zoo (with petting zoo), zip lines, live entertainment, a 1,500-seat themed restaurant (which may now be the largest restaurant in America) and fair-trade shopping. The hours of operation through October are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets are available at ArkEncounter.com and at on-site ticket offices. Admission is $40 for adults, $31 for seniors and $28 for children; parking is $10. There will be other ticket options, including combo tickets for the Ark and its sister attraction, the Creation Museum, plus a seven-day unlimited ticket to the Ark and Creation Museum.

 

Check out a video about the Ark Encounter below…

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Bishop Marvin Sapp to Visit Israel for the First Time With the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews…

 

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The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) and its founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, will welcome one of North America’s largest African-American Christian groups and Bishop Marvin Sapp on an unprecedented trip to Israel this month, as part of The Fellowship’s bridge-building between black people and Jewish people!

Twenty-two leaders of the Bahamas-based Global United Fellowship (GUF) led by GUF Presiding Prelate Bishop Neil C. Ellis of Nassau, the Bahamas, will be visiting Israel Sept. 19-26, touring ancient Christian and Jewish holy sites from the Galilee to Jerusalem. Among their stops will be the Mount of Beatitudes and the Sea of Galilee, the Wailing Wall and the Old City of Jerusalem, and archeological sites such as Caesarea, Mount Tabor, and Megiddo. The church group will also visit Fellowship projects that support Ethiopian-Israeli immigrants and the elderly and visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, and the Holocaust History Museum. (Can you imagine seeing this places in person? Jelly! (jealous) )

“We are grateful and blessed to be hosting this incredible group of African-American church leaders,” said Eckstein. “Together we will see Israel up close, to be moved and inspired and to gain a new understanding of our shared histories.”

Among the first-timers to Israel will be multiple Grammy nominated and award-winning Gospel and R&B artist, Bishop Marvin Sapp, of Ada, Mich., whose record-breaking albums include “I Win,” “Here I Am” and “Thirsty.” Among his hits are “Best In Me” and “Never Would Have Made It,” which remained #1 on Gospel and R&B radio for over a year in 2007 and sold more than 2 million cellphone ring-tones. In addition to being an award-winning musical artist and author, Sapp is also an active philanthropist who founded the Grand Rapids Ellington Academy of Arts and Technology, the first such charter school in West Michigan.

For the past few years The Fellowship has been building bridges with African-American Christians, fostering new ties based on historic relationships forged in the Civil Rights era. In recent months The Fellowship and black church leaders have worked together to vigorously advocate for Israel against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, and jointly protested instances of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity. The 125,000-member GUF, with over 600 churches in the U.S. and around the world, is the fourth major African-American church group to visit Israel over the past year with The Fellowship, which previously hosted the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), the Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC) – the movement of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. – and the National Baptist Convention of America (NBCA).

Other participants on the GUF trip will include: Bishop Jonathan Alvarado of Conyers, Ga.; Bishop Deanza Cunningham, Dr. Kenneth Romer, Bishop Ellis and Lady Patrice Ellis of Nassau, the Bahamas; Rev. Dr. DeeDee Coleman of Oak Park, Mich.; Ms. Michelle S. Duffie of Old Hickory, Tenn.; Archbishop Jesse Delano “J.D.” Ellis II of Munson Township, Ohio;Bishop Kevin Gresham of Lothian, Md.; Bishop Craig Johnson of Corona, Calif.; Bishop Sheldon McCarter of Winston Salem, N.C.; Bishop Rudolph McKissick Jr., Lady Kimberly McKissick, and Pastor John Newman, of Jacksonville, Fla.; Bishop Theodore Noble of Cape Town, South Africa; Bishop Matthew Odum Sr. of Pooler, Ga.; Bishop Jeffrey Reaves of Chester, Va.; Dr. Kenneth Robertson of Sykesville, Md.; Bishop Sapp of Ada, Mich.; Bishop John “J.J.” Wilkins Jr. of Raleigh, N.C.; Bishop Donald Wright and Mrs. Nakia Wright of Bowie, Md.

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) was founded in 1983 to promote better understanding and cooperation between Christians and Jews, and build broad support for Israel. Today it is one of the leading forces in helping Israel and Jews in need worldwide – and is the largest channel of Christian support for Israel. Led by its founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, The Fellowship now raises more than $140 million per year, mostly from Christians, to assist Israel and the Jewish people. Since its founding, The Fellowship has raised more than $1.3 billion for this work. The organization has offices in Jerusalem, Chicago, Miami, Toronto, Seoul, and Sao Paulo. For more information, visit www.ifcj.org.

I wish I could go!!!

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