“Go get your blessing,” exclaims the singer featured on ‘The Yes Show’’ website, and the show’s host and producer, LaCora Stephens, has no qualms about reiterating her show’s mission of highlighting up-and-coming entertainment industry professionals that uplift God in their work.
Is there a space in prime time television for Christian-based shows amid the station line-ups filled with sexually charged, violent and negative imagery, not to mention the subliminal messages that seem to detour the viewer from becoming right with God? Some wonder, ‘Can Christian TV break the mold?’
“Is it Christian TV,” asks Stephens. “I don’t think it’s Christian TV; I just think that it’s TV trying to influence people.
“If you’re Christian, you’re Christian, and if you’re not Christian, think about it. The whole purpose wasn’t to say, ‘Oh, it’s Christian TV,’ but to show that Christians could actually have fun, talk about situations without it being so ‘churchy.’”
‘The Yes Show’ is broadcasted weekly out of a discrete Pasadena television studio, and features guests who work to uplift the Lord through their entertainment-based careers.
“The criterion is that if they are in the entertainment field, whether you are an author, entertainer, athlete or anything like that and if you are saved, Christian, and you are using your talent to glorify Him,” explains Stephens.
“A lot of times people say well, ‘I’m a rapper, I’m not a Christian rapper. I’m not using what I do; it has nothing to do with lifting God’s name up.’ I would like to commend the people that are doing that, because the world has enough shows highlighting people that aren’t doing it.”
‘The Yes Show’ has picked up quite a following with a packed studio audience and a waiting room outside filled with people watching on the closed circuit TV monitor. The set, decorated in pink with Stephens’ own items, hints at the time and preparation that is put into each show. Even her logo, with its cursive ‘Yes,’ and exclamation point that doubles as a slanted cross, is set with an artist’s touch.
When you sit on Stephen’s couch, expect to be grilled on your commitment to God that you not only speak with your mouth, but you live through the action and decisions that you make in your career.
With guests that included martial artists, Christian Rock bands, teachers and actors, ‘The Yes Show’ touches upon a wide variety of topics that all circle back to what it really means to be a Christian and how the teachings of the Bible are often misconstrued by those inside the industry. As a result, those that the industry has made popular, often give off mixed or negative messages.
“I found out about ‘The Yes Show’ by surfing the web,” said guest Michelle Collins, who was on the show talking about her youth organization for girls, ages 7 through 18, called ‘The Persona Program.’
“I liked the fact that it was talking about individuals who are doing ‘Kingdom Work,’ which is not necessarily church work, and giving glory to God at the same time. ‘The Yes Show’ is a platform where I could share my [Kingdom Work].”
“I started ‘The Yes Show’ because I received a speeding ticket,” explained Stephens. “I didn’t have the money to pay for it and had to do community service hours. During my community service hours, I saw a poster saying, ‘Do you want to produce your own show?’ ‘Yes, I want to produce my own show.’
“As an actress, we sometimes don’t have the outlet to get all of our creativity out, because you get a booking here, you won’t get another one until three months later. So I said, ‘This would be good to hone my craft in a creative aspect.’
“So, basically, I went to a studio and I learned how to produce, and ‘The Yes Show’ came about. Literally someone said, “Well, what’s going to be your show?’ and I didn’t know what show to do.
“Maybe music shows, maybe a food show, but because I always struggled, as an actress in college, trying to figure out if I should take certain kind of roles, like how would God feel about that? And so, I was like, ‘Let’s do a talk show where I actually talk to people who kind of had the same struggle and to use their talent to glorify God.”
As with any type of program, there are hurdles to overcome, and just because it’s Christian based, does not mean that God will move all obstacles out of your way. The only thing seeming to hold Stephen’s ‘Yes Show’ back is budget.
“The difficulty of doing the Yes Show, or any show, is consistency of crew, finances and budgeting, getting sponsorship and investors,” said Stephens. “I will be looking for investors so that I can do this on a larger platform, because everything now is independent.
“If I had the finances, I could get quality crew,” added Stephens, “I could get quality set pieces, I could get quality editors, and I think the structure of the show is okay, but if we had that money, we could have longer time in the studio to get through the full show.”
“I thought ‘The Yes Show’ touched upon a lot of different topics that we discuss in the world and how it relates back to Christianity,” said actress Pia Days, who attended ‘The Yes Show’ as an audience member during the October 5 live taping. The next live taping is scheduled for November 2 in Pasadena.
For more information on the yes show, visit theyesshowtv.com.