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On The Red Carpet at Black Nativity New York Premiere


What's The 411TV correspondent Cristina Twitty was on the red carpet with the stars of the new holiday movie, Black Nativity, at its New York Premiere at the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York.

The red carpet was brimming with some of Hollywood’s A-listers and up-and-comers.

Captured in this video are: Forest Whitaker; Angela Bassett; Jennifer Hudson; Executive Producer Bishop T.D. Jakes and his wife Serita Jakes; actress Lynn Whitfield; rapper Nas; actress Grace Gibson; R&B artist Luke James; entrepreneurs and reality TV stars Ben and Jewel Tankard; Music Composer Laura Karpman; Music Co-producer and songwriter Taura Stinson; and newcomer, actor Jacob Latimore.

Speaking on camera in this video in order of appearance are: Bishop T.D. Jakes and his wife Serita Jakes; R&B artist Luke James; actresses Lynn Whitfield; Grace Gibson; and singer-actress Jennifer Hudson.

Bishop TD Jakes Says BLACK NATIVITY Great for Whole Family

Bishop T.D. Jakes, and his wife, Serita on the red carpet at the BLACK NATIVITY New York Premiere at the Apollo Theater in New York City

Bishop Jakes Discusses the Significance of BLACK NATIVITY

The couple has produced several movies, so is there a difference between BLACK NATIVITY and the others.

"Huge difference," said Bishop Jakes. "When you consider Jumping the Broom, and Sparkle, Woman Thou Art Loosed and some of the things we have done, none of our movies have ever been alike and this is true to form. We've never done a musical before; we've never done a movie that really focuses on the family of a pastor before, ironically. And, so this is an opportunity for us to do something that shows the humanity of the pastor and the struggle of the family, in general, in a way that I think that people can come out and find out hey my family doesn't have to be perfect to be able to enjoy this film and maybe I can use something to get back together again and hook it up between the people I love."

So what made Bishop Jakes get on board to be an executive producer of BLACK NATIVITY?

"Well, first of all, it's a pastor's family why would I not jump on board with that? And then it's a great opportunity from the standpoint of the tremendous cast that we have and I love to do things that you can bring the whole family to and not have to cover up the kids' eyes. And, I think during the holidays when so many people wrestle with depression to do something that's uplifting and rejuvenating that doesn't show this picture perfect family and make people feel like if you don't have it all together you can't enjoy the holidays, it's a great way to reach that audience."

BLACK NATIVITY is a holiday musical drama, so what is Bishop Jakes' favorite Christmas song?

"Well, Silent Night is an all-time favorite, you can't really have Christmas without it," he replied. "And, for me personally, Come O Ye Faithful is a great song. In the movie though, the song, Be Grateful is absolutely amazing. It's incredible. Jennifer Hudson rocks it."

Upcoming Projects from Bishop Jakes
So what upcoming projects does Bishop Jakes have that we should be on the lookout for?

Bishop Jakes always has something going on. However, he has a book coming out in Spring 2014 called, INSTINCT. It will hopefully show people that if you listen to your instincts you can perhaps tie into your Divine purpose and be far more effective in business, in your career, and in your personal life, basically, the book INSTINCT will teach people about the power of instincts.

Go see BLACK NATIVITY, it's for the whole family and especially for young people to see themselves on screen.

BLACK NATIVITY also stars: Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Tyrese Gibson, Jacob Latimore, Mary J. Blige, Nasir Jones aka Nas, Jennifer Hudson, Gale Gibson, Luke James.

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On the Red Carpet: Ben and Jewel Tankard Share Strategies for Blended Families

WATCH VIDEO: The Tankards on Black Nativity Red Carpet

What's The 411TV reporter Cristina Twitty enjoyed chatting it up with Ben and Jewel Tankard on the red carpet at the BLACK NATIVITY New York Premiere at the Apollo Theater in New York City.

As reality TV stars, how do the Tankards raise all of their children while maintaining all of their morals and values?

It definitely takes a lot of work and depending on God's Grace to do it because each child is so distinctly different.

If you watch THE TANKARDS: THICKER THAN WATER, you'll see some of the things they got right and some of the things that they got wrong and some things will be very funny. They have learned that when you bring a blended family together you have to come up with a new system and they're still figuring it out after 13 years.

Ben Tankard is considered the Godfather of Gospel Jazz and the most successful gospel jazz artist in history with 20 albums, including gold and platinum. The music business is what has helped the Tankards to buy the house, the planes, and cars. They are still recording and doing over 100 concerts per year and people should know that they volunteer their time as pastors.

Jewel Tankard has a very successful network marketing business with 38,000 people in her network which has generated seven figures for her. Jewel also has a financial services company, which she uses to help women to be financially secure.

Also on the red carpet for Black Nativity New York Premiere were: Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Tyrese Gibson, Jacob Latimore, Mary J. Blige, Nasir Jones aka Nas, Jennifer Hudson, Gale Gibson, Luke James, Lynn Whitfield and more.

Serita Jakes Loves Christmas

What's The 411 reporter, Cristina Twitty, caught up with Bishop T.D. Jakes and Mrs. Serita Jakes at the Black Natvitiy New York premiere at the world famous Apollo Theater.

Serita Jakes is the "Christmas Kid" in the Jakes household, according to Bishop T.D. Jakes.

Mrs. Jakes loves to decorate during the Christmas season and it's the time of year that everyone offers good tidings and great joy.

When the Christmas season is over, Mrs. Jakes feels "humbuggy".


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