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First Poster for Doc 'The Church House: Sexuality in The Black Church'

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by Vanessa Martinez
June 21, 2013 11:01 AM
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This is one of the documentaries being developed by D. Channsin Berry, director/producer (along with Bill Duke) of the much-discussed documentary Dark Girls. 

The Church House: Sexuality in The Black Church, which will surely be discussed and debated due to its controversial premise, has released its first poster.

According to Barry, his motivation for making the film was that he grew tired "of friends and family and others being disappointed with the church... No one wants to talk about SEX, and the debacle involving Eddie Long was the tipping point on the subject for me. This is not a witch hunt, but it is a progressive history lesson of the Black Church in America." 

Look out for The Church House, along with Berry's other project The Black Line… Profile Of The African American Woman… Part 3, sometime in 2014.

Full poster below:


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9 Comments

  • Miles Ellison | June 21, 2013 6:09 PMReply

    Looks like a witch hunt to me.

  • greenfairy | June 21, 2013 3:05 PMReply

    Berry is seriously hitting the nail on the head with his documentaries. I am looking forward to watching all of them. My hat is off to this one.

  • CareyCarey | June 21, 2013 1:40 PMReply

    POPPYCOCK!!!

    "This is not a witch hunt, but it is a progressive history lesson of the Black Church in America."

    Really? Then why even mention that which it's NOT, instead of letting the doc speak for itself?

    And please, a progressive (whatever that means) history lesson of the Black Church in America? Listen, I've never met D. Channsin Berry and I surely don't know what motivates his passions nor what Black Churches he has attended, but it's safe to say he can't speak for me. To that point, I've sat in the pews of many Black Churches on the East coast to New Orleans, thru the Mid West and the West coast, so it's safe to safe I have a view which may not agree with Mr. Berry's "history lesson". In fact, based on his above words, it's doubtful he and I are working from the same paradigm.

    However, this is true--> "The Church House: Sexuality in The Black Church, will surely be discussed and debated due to its controversial premise"

    You bet betcha, all the kneejerks, Statlers and Waldorfs (the muppets in the balcony) of the world will come out to throw peanuts from the cheap seats. Many of them will have little or no reference of The Black Church other than what they've seen on the 10 o clock news or from another fool who has never visited a black church. But they'll drop their tainted views of wisdom as if it's the gospel.

    Come to think of it, I nominate Sergio to take the lead. Yep, he said most black pastors are homosexuals, yet those who frequent black churches knows that's not true. But I am sure Sergio ( and many just like him) have more unsubstantiated mess about the black church that they'd like to regurgitate, so when this doc hits (here at S&A) y'all all come back to get the party poppin'.

    Btw, I don't quite understand the mission of talking about SEX in the church? But wait, D. Channsin Berry said this is not about a witch hunt. Yeeeaaaah riiiiiiiight... game game game and he knows it. But all closed eyes are not asleep.

  • . | June 25, 2013 12:58 PM

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  • CareyCarey | June 25, 2013 10:23 AM

    "careycarey- Let it play out. If it's horribly biased, Surprise! We'll know. And then you can say you told us so"

    Excuse me, that's not the point, so let me explain.

    I am questioning the purpose of this doc. Take for instance the documentary Dark Girls, what was the take-away from that film? Some said (the trite phrase) it was a needed discussion. But really, what was accomplished? Listen, to have a discussion with no goal in mind is a fool's errand akin to chasing ones tail.

    On the other hand, I viewed Dark Girls as a perfect place to start the healing process for those who may have been a victim of colorism. Through their testimony they started the process of "releasing", and thereby providing relief from strong or repressed emotions, which is known as a catharsis.

    But a history lesson on sex in the black church, please, spare me, what's the goal? Well, lets take a peek at Mr. Barry's goals/objectives. According to Barry, his motivation for making the film was that he grew tired of friends and family and others being disappointed with the church. No one wants to talk about SEX. he said.

    Oh my, Barry's family and friends became disenchanted with the church because no one wants to talk about SEX, in the church. Well, well, well, so now Mr. Barry's course of action (to appease his family and friends) is set. He takes the reins of an historian on all things related to sexuality in the black church. But excuse me, did I miss something, this ain't a witch hunt (so says the newly crowned progressive historian of all things SEX in the church) but what exactly is the goal, again? Oh, that's right, it's a vehicle to get folks talking, right? That's right, talking about sex in the church, right. What, doggy style, missionary, oral, sodomy, same sex, what? I repeat, what's the purpose or the goal of talking about another person's sex habits?

    OPPS upside my head, help me with the following words... "Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.... I once was lost but now am found, was blind, but now___________."

    Now I see what's really going on. People who are rooted in the Black Church, who believe in the Black Church and know the good the black church has done for the black man, surely can see this doc is nothing more than a message from the Devil's warriors. Granted, many folks don't believe in the concept of God vs The Devil, but that's beside the point. This Doc shows the signs of a gossip fest, which serves only those whose mission is rooted in tarnishing all the good the church has accomplished for the black man.

    Check it out, since the arrival of the black man on this continent, shackled and lost in a world of hate and enslavement, the church has always been a place of inspiration, hope and refuge. In the twentieth century there was a man you might know by the name of Martin Luther King. His whole foundation was built on principles he learned in the black church. And we all know what he did for the black man. Even today, if one looks around their neighborhood (focusing on the "good", not the bad) they will surely see that most of the food pantries; those places that feed the poor and forgotten, are located in black churches. Furthermore, it's not the Black Church who's advocating gun violence and drug selling. Nor are they pimping and pandering movies with those themes at it's core. And btw, your President goes to church.

    Besides, I don't know what Barry nor his friends and family are talking about, or what black church they frequent, but sex is "discussed" IN THE CHURCH. That's right, don't miss the message, the topic is talked about on a regular basis, in-the-church, where people are on a mission to find a better understanding.

    On the other hand, this doc appears to be on a mission of vilifying and tainting and staining and throwing shade on an institution which has proven to be the life blood of millions of black Americans. So please, don't listen to nor champion those who wish to tear it down under the banner of "momma-n-dem got pissed at Eddie Long, so lets gossip about that Black Church"

  • CareyCarey | June 25, 2013 12:25 AM

    RIKKY-TIKKY-TACKY, spare me ol' protective one. Hating? Paranoid? Oh, I get it, when your hold card is pulled it's time to go on the offense, right?

    Listen dark shadow, it's not hating, it's simply identifying a game we've seen a hundred times. Hell, the producers tipped their hold card coming through the door -->" This is not a witch hunt". OH REALLY (and I have black friends) but lets talk about SEX in the church, right? WHAT THE HELL!!? And wait, what history lesson would be complete without the mention of Eddie Long? Sounds like a witch hunt to me.

    Anyway, who exactly wants to know about sex in the church? And possibly, more importantly, what do "they" want to know about SEX in the church?

    Yeaaaah, riiiiiight, GTFOOH with that BS. GAME-GAME-GAME... and everybody knows it.

  • Rik | June 24, 2013 11:31 PM

    careycarey-"Me thinks thou dost protest too much." Doc isn't even out yet and you're hating, and sounding awful..paranoid? Let it play out. If it's horribly biased, Surprise! We'll know. And then you can say you told us so

  • CareyCarey | June 21, 2013 6:02 PM

    Sergio Sergio Sir-g-oh what am I going to do with you?

  • Sergio | June 21, 2013 3:21 PM

    "Yep, he said most black pastors are homosexuals, yet those who frequent black churches knows that's not true. "

    No I said half of them are gay and the other half are sleeping with female members of the congregation. So yes it is true most black pastors aren't gay. Only half of them are

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