gospel roundup

Gospel Singer Marvin Sapp’s Biopic Airing Summer 2022

Legendary gospel singer Marvin Sapp will be the subject of an upcoming biopic “Never Would Have Made It: The Marvin Sapp Story,” airing this summer on TV One. The movie will chronicle the life of Sapp, a member of the iconic group Commissioned and his late wife MaLinda Prince Sapp, who passed away following a battle with cancer in 2010. The pair had three children. The biopic starts with his upbringing in Michigan, the follows his struggles with alcohol abuse as a teen and ultimate rise to success in the gospel industry. Sapp, who also enjoys a successful career as a soloist has sold millions of records throughout his career and is anticipating the release of his 14th album in June titled “Substance.” Sapp, now 55 years old, serves as senior pastor of a Dallas-based church The Chosen Vessel Cathedral and will be played in the movie by Chaz Lamar Shepherd. Actress Ambre Anderson will portray MaLinda, the singer’s late wife. The film is scheduled to be aired August 21, 2022.

Reality Star Kerrion Franklin, Son of Kirk Franklin Arrested in LA

 “Bad Boys reality TV star and son of gospel icon Kirk Franklin was allegedly arrested in Los Angeles without bail for what started off as a traffic stop for a busted taillight and later evolved into an investigation based on suspicion in connection to a case of a missing woman. Kerrion Franklin, who is no stranger to controversy, appeared publicly multiple times to “spill the tea” about the circumstances surrounding the tumultuous relationship with his estranged father. In March 2021, 33-year-old Kerrion released a recording where Kirk could be heard clearly using expletives during a heated argument between them. Kirk issued a public apology following the incident that sadly gave way to some public backlash. Kerrion was reportedly arrested after police found several illegal items in his car including a gun. Kerrion maintained that neither the gun nor the car belonged to him. The car in question is said to belong to a woman reported missing and assumed to be dead.

Ledisi Cast as Lead in New Mahalia Jackson Movie

Grammy Award-winning singer, Ledisi is revisiting the role of the legendary, late gospel singer Mahalia Jackson in the new movie “Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story.” Ledisi, who also played the role of the iconic singer in the 2014 movie “Selma returns on screen, during the years 1956 and 1963 during the tumultuous era of the Civil Rights Movement as well as the profound and close friend of the late, great activist and civic leader, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Mahalia, often deemed unsung for her role during the Civil Rights Era, was credited historically as the main inspiration and catalyst behind King’s now famous “I Have a Dream” speech given in 1963 during the March on Washington. Actor Columbus Short, tackles the role of Dr. King, in an opportunity he said in an interview he’d always dreamed of. The movie is set for the opening night of the 30th anniversary celebration of the Pan African Film & Arts Festival in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 19, 2022.

Bounce TV Names 2022 Trumpet Awards Honorees

Bounce TV is prepping for it’s 30th anniversary celebration of the Trumpet Awards. The event set to be held in Hollywood on April 23, 2022, at the Dolby Theater, recognizes the accomplishments of Black humanitarians who have succeeded despite the odds. Among those being honored this year are Stan Lathan, famed producer, director, and father of actress Sanaa Lathan, Georgia Senators Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, Sierra Leone’s Princess Sarah Culberson for her role in distributing aid during the Ebola outbreak in 2014 and for effectively handling providing support to the people during 2020 COVID crisis. Lastly, 15 year-old Zaila Avant-garde, will be honored as the first Black American to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee and as holder of three basketball-related Guinness World Records. This year’s performers Mary Mary and PJ Morton are among the artists who will pay special tribute to this year’s honorees. The ceremony will be televised Juneteenth.

Sunday Best Finalist Keyla Richardson Stars in “Due Season”

Sunday Best, Season 9 finalist Keyla Richardson will be making her acting debut in the upcoming BET+ faith-based drama “Due Season.” The Pensacola, FL native will be playing the lead role of fictional gospel artist Vicky Waters, who after getting accepted into the conservatory of her dreams now must win a competition to stay and discovers gospel music holds the key. Art definitely imitates life for Keyla who will be featured alongside veteran actress Vivica Fox, who plays Vicky’s mother, Gwen Waters, former talk show host, Rolanda Watts as “Grandma Ro,” and BeBe Winans as Robert Waters. The drama’s premiere on BET+ is April 14, 2022.