Sunday, August 26, 2012, 4:30PM, Pastor John J. Hunter and First Lady Denise Hunter of the First AME Church of Los Angeles hosted TV Land and the Los Angeles community at the screening of two episodes of “The Soul Man,” the newest original sitcom starring Cedric “The Entertainer,” Niecy Nash,John Beasley, Wesley Jonathan, and Jazz Raycole. With the support of the Los Angeles Sentinel, 102.3 KJLH and other sponsors the event attracted more that 1700 attendees.
Pastor John J. Hunter said of the “Soul Man”, “There are not many positive, affirming, family-oriented shows that are clean on television. It’s the kind of family program that doesn’t undermine the image of African Americans, but it reinforces the positive with levity and fun.”
The Soul Man is a faith-based show that also reaches a general audience. It was co-created by Cedric The Entertainer. He also stars as the lead character, Rev. Boyce Ballentine a once successful R&B singer, “Boyce The Voice.” Boyce returns home to St. Louis from Las Vegas after giving up his R&B career to take over as pastor of his father’s church. Niecy Nash stars as Cedric’s wife, “Lolli” and Jazz Raycole as his daughter “Lyric.” Rounding out the cast is John Beasley as Cedric’s father and Wesley Jonathan as his younger brother “Stamps” who is constantly shaking things up in the family. Co-Executive produced by Cedric’s business partner, Eric Rhone, the show is directed by veteran director, Stan Lathan.
The screening was followed by a Q&A session with the Cedric “The Entertainer,” Niecy Nash, Wesley Jonathan and show executives about the series and the importance of celebrating African-American families and the spirit of their communities.
Pastor John J. Hunter and First Lady Denise Hunter hosted the cast and the audience at a reception at the FAME Allen House after the screening for an evening of music and conversation.
The Soul Man airs on TV Land Wednesday, 10p.m. Eastern/9p.m. Central