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‘Black Panther’ Star Chadwick Boseman Spoke Often About His Christian Faith

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Chadwick Boseman, known for embodying black icons like Jackie Robinson in “42,” James Brown in “Get on Up,” and King T’Challa in “Black Panther,” spoke out often about his faith.

The 43-year-old actor, who died of colon cancer on Aug. 28, grew up in a Christian home and was baptized at Welfare Baptist Church in Anderson, South Carolina. As a professing Christian — even at the height of his celebrity — Boseman often spoke out about his beliefs.

Boseman’s rise to stardom seemed fast, but it took time, effort, and trust in God’s faithfulness. He was helped, too, by beloved entertainer Denzel Washington, who paid for the late actor’s study abroad tuition at the British American Drama Academy more than 20 years ago.

In the days since his passing, Washington has described Boseman as “a gentle soul and a brilliant artist who will stay with us for eternity through his iconic performances over his short yet illustrious career.”

The “Black Panther” star referenced his Christian faith when he honored Washington in 2019. Speaking during the AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony, Boseman quoted Ephesians 3:20, telling Washington, “May God bless you exceedingly and abundantly more for what’s in store than He ever has before.”

And in 2018, when he delivered the commencement address at his alma mater, Howard University, Boseman referenced several Bible passages, including Jeremiah 29:11.

“When God has something for you, it doesn’t matter who stands against it,” he said later. “God will move someone that is holding you back away from the door and put someone there who will open it for you, if it’s meant for you. I don’t know what your future is. But if you’re willing to take the harder way, the more complicated one, the one with more failures at first than successes, the one that has ultimately proven to have more meaning, more victory, more glory, then you will not regret it.”

After learning of his death, Letitia Wright, one of Boseman’s “Black Panther” co-stars who has also been outspoken about her Christian faith, tweeted simply: “This hurts. Really hurts.”

Fellow actor Josh Gad, known for voicing Olaf in Disney’s “Frozen” franchise, shared the final text message conversation he had with Boseman. In it, the late celebrity encouraged Gad to “catch the rain,” appreciate every moment, and “enjoy the simplicity of God’s creation.”

Boseman told his friend to “inhale and exhale this moment” and remember to “thank God for the unique beauties and wonders of the day.”

“We should take advantage of every moment we can to enjoy the simplicity of God’s creation, whether it be clear skies and sun or clouded over with gloom,” Boseman wrote. “And hey, if the air is this clear right now, and it does rain tomorrow, I might even put jars and bins out and catch the rain. Throw that in the water filter and have a water more alkaline than any bottled brand out there.”

In a tribute to Boseman, Gad described the young entertainer, who secretly battled stage-three colon cancer for four years, as “next-level good.”

“This was a man who was beyond talented and was so unbelievably giving, not only as a performer but as a human being,” Gad said. “Beyond just being ‘Black Panther,’ Chadwick was T’Challa in real life. He was somebody who just gave and gave and gave and never stopped giving.”

Gad went on to say 2020 “has been so devastating for some many reasons,” adding Boseman’s death just compounds the grief “because it’s taking away somebody who was honestly one of the greats.”

“I don’t know how to process this,” he continued, “but I want to send my love to his entire family and to all the fans out there. He’s gonna be missed.”

Pastor Samuel Neely, Boseman’s childhood pastor, praised the actor in 2018 for his commitment to his Christian faith.

Despite his accomplishments in Hollywood, Neely, who is now retired, said he could “still see the person I knew as a child.”

“When I see him, it’s almost like seeing my own child, he’s still Chad,” the minister told. “He did a lot of positive things within the church and within the community. With him singing in the choir, with him working the youth group, he always was doing something, always helping out, always serving. That was his personality.”
Sources:faithwire

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Dolly Parton receives Grace Prize at Movieguide awards, says she seeks God’s ‘guidance’ everyday

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Movieguide’s Movies That Inspire honored Dolly Parton on Easter Sunday on The REELZ Channel with its Grace Prize. The legendary country singer declared that God’s grace has always been a part of her life.

The popular award show run by the organization that provides movie reviews for Christians was held virtually this year due to the COIVD-19 pandemic, showcasing films released in 2020 that highlighted redeeming faith and family content.

Movieguide’s Movies That Inspire celebrated five award winners during its broadcast, including Parton.

The American singer and actress won the Grace Prize for Most Inspiring Performance for her role in “Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square.”

“That’s been a big part of my whole life,” Parton shared of grace while accepting the honor.

“I talk a lot about faith and family because my grandpa was a preacher, my mother was very, very spiritual, so I grew up very spiritual and I’m a spiritual person, myself,” she continued. “I really have a lot of faith, and I thank God every day [for] everything good that happens to me, and I pray for guidance.”

She concluded her speech by saying that every accolade she receives in life gives her reason to thank God.

“When I do get recognized for things like this, it just makes me think, ‘Well, praise the Lord!’” Parton concluded.

“Safety,” a football movie streaming on Disney+, was named the Best Movie for Families of 2020.

“Greyhound,” featuring Tom Hanks, was chosen as the Best Movie for Mature Audiences of 2020.

The Christian thriller “Infidel” won the Faith and Freedom Award.

Lastly, the Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring Movie was given to “I Still Believe.”

“I appreciate Movieguide and everything that you do to help educate both Hollywood and the general public on movies that uplift and inspire and model a Christian worldview and the transformational power of Christianity,” “I Still Believe” Director Andy Erwin said upon accepting the award.

“I just think that there’s such power in the truth,” Erwin continued. “You just can’t argue with the transformation in someone’s life that Christianity brings, that the Gospel brings. I love it when someone watches the movies and says, ‘If that can happen to that person, maybe it can happen to me.’ In this case, if the person on the screen can achieve their dreams, maybe the person watching can, too. That’s why we love inspirational, true stories.”

Every year, Movieguide founder Ted Baehr offers a detailed economic analysis of the inspiring family-safe content popular at the box office.

Movieguide’s Movies That Inspire co-host Evelyn Baehr Carroll said this year’s analysis shows that “movies with less cursing, with less nudity, with less violence, do better at the box office because … you can sell tickets for a family of four to a positive movie.”

“That’s much more money than selling a ticket to one person to an R-rated movie,” she argued.

“It’s clear these cleaner movies do better,” she continued. “What we’ve seen since starting Movieguide 40 years ago is that there’s far more content out now than ever, and 80% of movie content actually has redeeming content. These are movies for families or even movies for mature audiences that have biblical worldviews.”

Movieguide’s annual “Report to the Entertainment Industry” has consistently shown the effect of offensive language on ticket sales.

“It’s all very statistical, and we’ve been able to present that to the entertainment industry and help them make more movies with less offensive content,” Carroll added.

Carroll has worked with her dad over the past decade and has seen firsthand how Movieguide has influenced Hollywood, which in turn has resulted in “wholesome movies with great themes in them.”

The awards show broadcast on REELZ also celebrated the movies “I Am Patrick,” “The Croods,” “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas In His Own Words” and “Waiting For Anya,” among others.

The full list of movies and television shows selected for the best content of 2020 by Movieguide can be found here.
Sources:Christian Post

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നടനും തിരക്കഥാകൃത്തുമായ പി.ബാലചന്ദ്രന്‍ അന്തരിച്ചു

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കൊച്ചി: ​നടനും തിരക്കഥാകൃത്തും സംവിധായകനുമായ പി. ബാലചന്ദ്രൻ അന്തരിച്ചു.69 വയസായിരുന്നു. തിങ്കളാഴ്ച പുലർച്ചെ ആറിന്​ വൈക്കത്തെ വീട്ടിലായിരുന്നു അന്ത്യം. മസ്​തിഷ്​ക ജ്വരത്തെ തുടർന്ന്​ ചികിത്സയിലായിരുന്നു.

മലയാള സിനിമയ്ക്കും നാടകമേഖലയ്ക്കും അതുല്യ സംഭാവന നൽകിയ വ്യക്തിത്വമായിരുന്നു ബാലചന്ദ്രൻ. 1972 – ൽ മാതൃഭൂമി വിഷുപ്പതിപ്പ് നടത്തിയ കോളേജ് തലമത്സരത്തിൽ ‘താമസി’ എന്ന നാടകത്തിനു ഒന്നാം സ്ഥാനം ലഭിച്ചു. എംജി സർവ്വകലാശാലയിലെ സ്കൂൾ ഓഫ് ലെറ്റേർസിൽ ലക്ചറർ ആയാണ് തുടക്കം. സ്കൂൾ ഓഫ് ഡ്രാമയിൽ കുറച്ചു കാലം അദ്ധ്യാപകൻ ആയിരുന്നു. സ്കൂൾ ഓഫ് ഡ്രാമയുടെ റെപെർടറി തിയേറ്റർ ആയ ‘കൾട്’ൽ പ്രവർത്തിച്ചു. “മകുടി , പാവം ഉസ്മാൻ, മായാസീതങ്കം, നാടകോത്സവം” എന്ന് തുടങ്ങി നിരവധി നാടകങ്ങൾ രചിച്ചു. ഏകാകി, ലഗോ, തീയറ്റർ തെറാപ്പി, ഒരു മധ്യവേനൽ പ്രണയരാവ്, ഗുഡ് വുമൻ ഓഫ് സെറ്റ്സ്വാൻ തുടങ്ങിയ നാടകങ്ങൾ സംവിധാനം ചെയ്തു.

ഉള്ളടക്കം, അങ്കിൾ ബൺ, പവിത്രം, തച്ചോളി വർഗ്ഗീസ് ചേകവർ, അഗ്നിദേവൻ, മാനസം, പുനരധിവാസം, പോലീസ്, കമ്മട്ടിപ്പാടം തുടങ്ങിയ ചിത്രങ്ങൾക്ക് തിരക്കഥയും സംഭാഷണവുമെഴുതി. ഇതിൽ അ​ഗ്നിദേവൻ വേണുനാഗവള്ളിയുമൊത്തായിരുന്നു രചിച്ചത്. വക്കാലത്ത് നാരായണൻ കുട്ടി, ശേഷം, പുനരധിവാസം , ശിവം, ജലമർമ്മരം, ട്രിവാൻഡ്രം ലോഡ്ജ്, ഹോട്ടൽ കാലിഫോർണിയ, കടൽ കടന്നൊരു മാത്തുക്കുട്ടി, കമ്മട്ടിപ്പാടം തുടങ്ങിയ ചിത്രങ്ങളിൽ ശ്രദ്ധേയമായ കഥാപാത്രങ്ങളെ അവതരിപ്പിച്ചു. 2012-ൽ കവി പി. കുഞ്ഞിരാമൻ നായരുടെ ജീവിതത്തെ ആസ്പദമാക്കി ഇവൻ മേഘരൂപൻ എന്ന ചിത്രം തിരക്കഥയെഴുതി സംവിധാനം ചെയ്തു.

1989ലെ മികച്ച നാടകരചനക്കുള്ള കേരള സാഹിത്യ അക്കാദമി അവാർഡ് പാവം ഉസ്മാനിലൂടെ പി ബാലചന്ദ്രനെ തേടിയെത്തി. 1989-ൽ പ്രതിരൂപങ്ങൾ എന്ന നാടകരനയ്ക്ക് കേരള സംസ്ഥാന പ്രൊഫഷണൽ നാടക അവാർഡ് നേടി. പുനരധിവാസം എന്ന ചിത്രത്തിന്റെ തിരക്കഥക്ക് 1999ലെ കേരള ചലച്ചിത്ര അക്കാദമി അവാർഡ് ഇദ്ദേഹത്തിനായിരുന്നു. മികച്ച നാടക രചനക്കുള്ള 2009ലെ കേരള സംഗീതനാടക അക്കാദമി അവാർഡും പി ബാലചന്ദ്രനായിരുന്നു.

വൈക്കം മുനിസിപ്പൽ കോർപറേഷൻ ചെയർപേഴ്​സൺ ആയിരുന്ന ശ്രീലതയാണ്​ ഭാര്യ. ശ്രീകാന്ത്​, പാർവതി എന്നിവരാണ്​ മക്കൾ. സംസ്​കാരം ​വൈകിട്ട്​ മൂന്നുമണിക്ക്​ വൈക്കത്ത്​ വീട്ടുവളപ്പിൽ.

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