NEW YORK — "Black Jesus," a live-action comedy series airing on Adult Swim, drew swift condemnation before its premiere in early August. Some Christians, after viewing a three-minute trailer, blasted Aaron McGruder's satirical portrayal of their lord and savior as a weed-smoking, foul-mouthed black man living in Compton, California. Some among the "violently offended" called "Black Jesus" blasphemous, disrespectful to African Americans, and just all around a bad idea.
But others, who have viewed more than the trailer that sparked much of the hullabaloo, say "Black Jesus" is not all that bad — and certainly not worth mounting a boycott against, as some ticked off Christians have called for.
McGruder is known for his unapologetically aggressive and satirical comic-turned-animated series "The Boondocks." He is executive producer of "Black Jesus," with Mike Clattenberg ("Trailer Park Boys") directing and as well as joining McGruder and Mike O'Neill as writers. more >>
"19 Kids & Counting" star Jessa Duggar is engaged to Ben Seewald, and the two recently revealed some details of impending ceremony, including that all-important first kiss.
"We're really looking forward to the first kiss!" Jessa told ABC News. "We're talking about it – what if we miss or mess up? We're gonna have to plan this out or something."
Seewald recently moved to a guesthouse on the Duggar property, which could mean that the couple will exchange vows sooner rather than later. Sister Jill Duggar said "I do" to her husband Derick Dillard in June, and Jessa assured fans that there will be quite a few differences between the two ceremonies. more >>
Candace Benson and Geoffrey Golden beat out countless contestants to become the final two remaining singers in BET's "Sunday Best" gospel music competition, yet both vocalists are younger than a quarter century.
Benson, the 22-year-old Pottstown, Penn. native, told The Christian Post she and Geoffrey,20, have became good friends who are both in awe with God blessing them in their young age.
"..The whole process we're just like 'yo twin, buddy! Look at what God is doing in our lives!' Benson told The Christian Post. "We're so young and we're just so happy that 'Sunday Best' is also showcasing our love for God." more >>
Two more stars are joining the cast of "Scandal" for the show's upcoming season.
Matthew Del Negro ("Mistresses," "Teen Wolf") is slated for a recurring role, and according to TVLine. Though his role has not been disclosed, he could be playing a new love interest for someone on the show.
Sonya Walger of "Lost" and "Parenthood" fame has also been cast in a "potentially recurring role." more >>
Phil Robertson and other stars from "Duck Dynasty" recently signed on to help raise funds for a Jewish Ministry this fall.
The Messianic Jewish Bible Institute shared the news on their website that Phil along with other members of the Robertson family will be joining their annual fundraiser this year.
"Spend a fun filled evening with the Duck Commander himself, Phil Robertson, and other stars from the mega hit show, A&E's Duck Dynasty," the announcement reads. "They'll share heartwarming and hysterical stories about filming the show, what goes on behind the scenes, their lives, their faith, their family and ducks. The event will be unscripted and unrehearsed, so who knows what tales of trials, tribulations and triumphs will be told! They'll be joined by special musical guests who'll provide their own special brand of toe-tapping fun. Celebrate the simple. Laugh with us. Smile with us. Tap your toes with us. And as Phil says, get 'HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY.'" more >>
A judge in Utah has finalized his ruling allowing for a polygamous union of people who star in a reality television program.
U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups finalized his decision Wednesday, having already declared a part of the state ban on polygamy to be unconstitutional.
Waddoups ruled that Kody Brown, star of the TLC series "Sister Wives," and his four wives could be married, striking down a provision of Utah law that barred cohabitation. more >>