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Black Israelites Will Be At The Center Of A Psychological Thriller Starring Danny Glover, Mekhi Phifer

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by Tambay A. Obenson
November 7, 2013 2:48 PM
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Danny GloverMekhi Phifer, Rene Rosado and Gina Rodriguez have all signed up to star in director Francisco Ordonez's directorial debut, titled Asher.


The psychological thriller, which is being shopped at the American Film Market this week, is being billed as "Da Vinci Code meets Donnie Brasco," with a story that will see a New York college student (Rosado) infiltrate the Black Israelites, as part of research for a thesis paper. 

Glover will play the powerful leader of the Black Israelites sect, while Phifer will play a dissenting member of the group, who befriends Rene Rosado's college student character, and who just might be planning a terrorist attack. 

The story is said to be based on director Ordonez's own personal experiences studying real-life Black Israelites as a student at Queens College. 

From all I've read and heard about this project, it doesn't sound like a depiction of the group that real Black Israelites will appreciate - essentially being painted as a militant cult.

If you're not familiar, in short, Black Israelites are people of African ancestry who believe that, not only are they the descendants of the ancient Israelites, but they are also God's one chosen people. 

New Yorkers will be very familiar with the Israelites, where they are known for their fiery street sermons.

Erika Olmos of Olmos Kontakto Entertainment is producing the film, with Mario Burnias of LIFTT executive producing.

No ETA yet; although I expect this is film that will generate a lot of conversation.

It's a project that's been in the works for a couple of years, with Glover attached all along. The additions of Mekhi Phifer, Rene Rosado and Gina Rodriguez are new.

When I know more, so will you.

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  • Sean | March 22, 2014 10:36 PMReply

    The depiction of Edomite is 100% correct from a historic vantage. I, however, am Edomite. I claim to be Hebrew-Gentile. My original intended purpose, as an Edomite, according to Genesis 25:23, was to serve the Most High AHAYAH by being servant to Jacob. Esau want born yet, so this was no curse, but was revealing about the direction his nature should take. Esau sinned in Genesis 25:28-34, which caused a perversion in his subservient nature. If I, as an Edomite, stake claim to my own original mission, how am I now your enemy. I speak specifically to those who hate white people. If you can answer scripturally Romans 9:13 and then link it to Amalek in exodus and numbers, you'll know all white period aren't hated, but Amalek is, which only one tribe of Edom. I will serve Jacob, but these "black" Hebrew-Israelites (oxymoron anyway, as Israelites were originally black and became 12 different tribes (races) throughout the earth), who are preaching this hate, my question to you is this: at what point do you think that those Edomites who do see the truth will serve a ladder that leads in a way that is not scripturally based? I'm gonna identify you as a falsifier and will move on. You gotta preach the whole truth. Shalom and Thawada for reading.

  • Anthony Michael | July 14, 2014 4:48 PM

    To Sean, My dear brother from the lineage of Esau, your words have captivated my being. With your kind hearted compassion and understanding, I was brought to tears. I am bread from the bloodline of Judah unto an Edomite woman and have experienced the hateful division of our families as well. I am a Biblical Hebrew Israelite who understands that our current state in Egypt (bondage) is the doing of our ancestors, just as the current state of wealth amongst my neighbor Edomite's is from the past doing of their ancestors. But, it is not for anyone of us Israelite or Edomite to seek and exact vengeance or injustice on one or the other. The most high tells us that he will bring down a swift and just vengeance unto those who he see's unworthy of the kingdom. This I believe forbids me to speak against anybody as if I am going to do them harm for injustices done by their ancestors; whether present or future. Christ will bring the war to their front door if they have not already repented and sided with the chosen elect of God. The most high tells me that we are few in numbers, but great in wisdom and understanding of his word which is eternal in the volume of the bible. This leads me to believe that those claiming to be of Gods chosen, but who are preaching foul hatred, may be among those Jewish and gentile who are of the synagogue of satan which will be cast into the lake of fire on the great day of judgment. I am not the one to determine their fate, but as your brother I can tell you that if we are chosen on the great day of inheritance; I will be glad to see you serve amongst my people.
    Shalom

  • Sean | March 27, 2014 12:06 AM

    To follow up, we as Edomites need to let go of the heritage stolen from the Israelites. We as Edomites will have nothing to do with freeing the Most High's people, just as we aren't the ones who put them under their curses they currently experience. Israel turned their back on the Most High by disobeying the Law, but the Most High saw fit to send Christ to reestablish the Law so that ISRAEL, not Edomites, or Ishmaelites or any other nation, could be placed back in the sight of the Most High. I, as an Edomite, much like Job and Cornelius, will choose to love the Most High by keeping his commandments. I'm going to receive remarks from the "Black Hebrew-Israelites". I, as an Edomite, will not blame them for this because my hand, based in my own ancestral history, is dipped in Israelite blood. We, as Edomites, are propagators to such ignorance. Esau was not made, no matter how you find out otherwise, to be hated by the Most High. Every creature, whether clean or unclean was made for a purpose. Our purpose is to serve Jacob, or the twelve tribes of Israel. We have no promised land because we are a possession of Israel, just as Israel is a possession of the Most High. It's time for us to put down our sword, both prophetically and literally, and let HIS people go. If Israel ruled this earth, as it once was, you'd find things to be a whole lot more peaceful. We'd all be in our respectful places according to the Most Highs plan. But the world is given to the hand of the wicked. To those black hebrew-israelites who preach against "white" people in their entirety, I am personally sorry for what my people have done to yours. You may never meet me, though I hope I someday have the honor of meeting you. I would gladly take responsibility for the sins of my forefathers. It was AHAYAH who put you where you are. It will be AHAYAH who frees you. My hands can do nothing in the way of providing your freedom. I hope someday I do serve under Israel, as it would be an honor. Whether you hate your BROTHER Esau, or you love him, thats up to you. But as for me and mine, I will do my best to follow the Law and believe Yashaya is coming for war. I know my purpose in this earth, and there is no amount of hate you could throw my way to deter me from following the Most High Power of the Hebrews. Shalom.

  • Hayahdim Ysrayl | December 13, 2013 5:15 AMReply

    It has been known and waited for since the the casting of this movie 2 and 1/2/ years ago, that the Edomites and Khazars were after the True House of Ysrayl / Deuteronomy 28:68 = Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to portray us as terriost. So now, `'On-Gaurd',- O` House of Ysrayl and prepare yourself's. For ESAU and the KHAZARS / (Beast Man / Eagle) has made a pack with the Fallen Ones / Nephilim, .... to display the 'Hebrew Children of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade' / Kidnapped Hebrews as terrorist. The Rat has been backed into a corner and has no choice but to LIE, Cheat and Steal his way out ! Esau & the Khazars are about to take their 'Jedi Mind Tricks' to a New Level.
    Now ........prepare yourselfs, Ye' Hidden Ones ,... and BEWARE !

    BEWARE the BEAST MAN, for he is the Devil's pawn. Alone among "AHAYAH'S" creations, he kills for sport, lust and greed. Yea, he will murder his brother Jacob; to possess his brother's land. Let him [not] breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him; drive him back into his moutian lair, for he is the harbinger of DEATH. He is the Eagle of Obadiah, Esau of Malachi, of Rome, Idumiea, Khazaria, Amaleck and the CAUCAS. With his Star of Moloc & Flag of Eagle; he kills for sport. He goes by many names. He is EDOM ! ... BEWARE !

    YOU 'HEBREW' CHILDREN OF THE SLAVE TRADE HAVE BEEN WARNED !!!!
    In the end, there can be ONLY ONE !
    Shalam ,

  • JEFF | March 4, 2014 9:25 PM

    POWERFUL!!!!

  • Ozias | December 7, 2013 12:39 AMReply

    Ye Mighty Men Of Israel Prepare Thy Spirit, Remember The Highest And Cry Aloud Spare Not....

  • YERMIYAH | December 6, 2013 11:32 AMReply

    This movie is coming out to try to show us in a bad light to show us as crazy people, first of all we are not a color black Hebrews is what the white people call us, and i am glad they are coming out with it, most people know that each movie has truth in them so they really are doing us justices, i don't follow those in nyc but i am a Hebrew by birth not black but the real seed of Abraham every body try to tell us what we are why not prove it, because they already know the truth we are the Israelite and that's simple those jews are not the children of the promise they stole that land why would the creator of all come in the form of a nation of people that is truly hated by nature if i created all thing even the sun why would it burn my skin or why would bugs be in my hair that would be crazy that my people would be subjected to harsh conditions, that is a mind game played on the world to control it so yes play the movie .

  • Baqash Ahmath | December 6, 2013 11:16 AMReply

    If you were never in some of the classes, you would be pissed off at this movie. I can see where he would get an idea to make a movie like this. I was right in the middle of the group in the 90's on up. Maybe this will teach people to follow TORAH instead of man... But if you study the book of Maccabee's they were called terrorist...
    To the sister (Alysimone) I'm going to right a book to.
    Shalam too all, worship the Creator over the creature..

  • Malachi | December 6, 2013 3:58 AMReply

    For truth about YHWH and HIS people goto YHWHOURRIGHTEOUSNESS.org

  • Malachi | December 6, 2013 3:46 AMReply

    Those Israelites in Ny don't provide accurate depiction of real Israelite behavior .

  • Baqash Ahmath | December 6, 2013 11:18 AM

    They do, you forget our people who don't know they are I'Sra'el

  • Sydney Levine | November 9, 2013 2:29 AMReply

    This is a project long dear to my heart. I want to hear more soon! In fact, I think I'll look for the producer at AFM! Thank you!

  • Alysimone | November 8, 2013 4:52 PMReply

    I cannot wait for this! As a former member I've been thinking if writing a book of my time with the group so am really interested in this. Im sure Current members are not gonna be happy when it opens. My crew of former members and I plan to be there opening night. And yes I'm sure it will be hilarious as well.

  • Concerned parent | November 10, 2013 5:13 PM

    The producers short movies are worse
    https://vimeo.com/8709999

    https://vimeo.com/9638451

  • Aaron | November 8, 2013 8:03 AMReply

    So this will be about the The Black Israelites who hang out in New York screaming at people with bullhorns and not the Black Israelites who live peacefully without all of the Power Ranger/Sho Nuff from The Last Dragon outfits?

  • blah blah | November 7, 2013 6:03 PMReply

    This is pretty ballsy. I am so looking forward to this. Please post updates, LOL

  • Monique A Williams | November 7, 2013 3:44 PMReply

    I'm sure this will be unintentionally hilarious! Looking forward to it!

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