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Posted 8/6/12 at 11:34 AM | CP Blogs

LoLo Jones Celebrates Her Birthday; To Star in '40-Year-Old Virgin' Remake?

Happy Birthday LoLo!

U.S. Track Athlete Lori "LoLo" Jones turned 30 years August 5.

Jones, a two-time Olympic athlete, is also known for her highly publicized vow of abstinence. She captured Christian headlines when she tweeted her vow on Twitter. Jones later confirmed the news in the HBO docu-series "Real Sports."

"It's just a gift I want to give to my husband," Jones told HBO in a trailer for docu-series "Real Sports."

She also joked to HBO that she would make a perfect "candidate" for a remake of the movie, "40-Year-Old Virgin."

"I'm one year out from turning thirty so I say, if they're making a sequel to the '30-Year-Old Virgin' (SIC) they definitely... I am their candidate. I would love to. I'm a little bit akward like Steve Carell. I could definitely play that role," she said.

All jokes aside, Jones said abstinence is hard, but she is determined to keep her vow for her parents.

"My mom, she was with my dad for 20 years and never got married, and they are not together anymore. So ... I just want that solid bond."

Despite rumors that she would be a perfect match for abstinent NFL player Tim Tebow, Jones appears to be more focused on the Olympics.

Monday morning she qualified for the Women's 100-meter Hurdles in the 2012 London Summer Olympics. FULL POST

Posted 8/3/12 at 1:47 PM | CP Blogs

Gospel Singer Marvin Sapp's Son Tearfully Recalls His Mom in New Reality Show

In a preview of Marvin Sapp's upcoming reality show "Single Dad," his son Marvin Sapp II revealed that he still struggles with the loss of him mom, MaLinda. MaLinda Sapp passed away in 2010 after struggling with colon cancer.

Marvin Sapp II, a senior in high school, broke down as he gave a school presentation entitled "The Magic of the Super Mom."

He appeared to be recalling her life in a slideshow presentation to his classmates. Marvin Sapp II told students, "I realized that through my pain and my sorrow that my story from losing my mom at such a young age can help so many people that are going through the same things."

Marvin Sapp II's words seemed to suggest that he has resolved the hurt feelings of his mother's passing. However he followed by saying, "There is not a day that goes by when I don't think about my mom."

He became very emotional as he continued, "It hurts to see people with their moms experience a love that I don't experience on a daily basis."

Marvin II also sang Chris Tomlin's "I Will Rise" as a tribute to his mom.

The Christian Post recently reported that Marvin Sapp senior was producing the reality show/ docu-series with Open River Pictures. FULL POST

Posted 8/3/12 at 1:22 PM | CP Blogs

DeVon Franklin Promoted to Head of Columbia's Faith-based Films, Supervise 'Heaven Is For Real' Movie

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2012 is a good year for DeVon Franklin. Not only did the Seventh-day Adventist preacher marry "Think Like a Man" Actress Meagan Good in June, he has since been promoted to be Columbia Pictures' senior vice president of production for urban and faith-based films according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Franklin previously served as Columbia's VP of Production. However the company told THR that his new position within the company will allow him to work closesly with the studio's many divisions as well as "develop and supervise production of commercial material geared towards the urban and faith-based markets."

Franklin has already worked on a number of films including "Jumping the Broom" where he reportedly began dating Good and the soon-to-be released "Sparkle." Both films were ventures of Texas pastor Jakes.

Columbia Pictures President Doug Belgrad told THR, “We are proud to recognize his achievements with this promotion. DeVon is positioned to capitalize on his unique skill set, experience and relationships and will further define Sony as an industry leader in telling stories for a diverse audience.” FULL POST

Posted 8/2/12 at 3:17 PM | CP Blogs

Olympic Gymnast Gabby Douglas Praises God After Winning the All-Around Gold

With a score of 62.232, U.S. Athlete Gabrielle "Gabby" Douglas is now the first African-American woman to ever win the gold medal in Women's Gymnastics All-Around. The 16-year-old celebrated the moment with a tribute to God.

"Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things He does for me," she tweeted.

Douglas also stated on her Twitter account that she loves "my family, dogs & most importantly God :)"

The Virginia native scored a spot on the U.S. Women's Gymnastics team after she defied expectations at the American Cup in March. Though she competed in the Cup as an alternate, Douglas outscored the favorite of the U.S. Gymnastic team, Jordyn Wieber.

Doulgas beat out Wieber again to nab a qualifing spot for the All-Around final. She then topped Viktoria Komova of Russia for the gold metal in the event. This is Douglas' second gold medal of the London Summer Olympic games.

Posted 8/2/12 at 1:57 PM | CP Blogs

Church Comedy 'The Soul Man' To Go the Way of 'GCB'?

Just months after conservative group American Family Association successfully pressured ABC to cancel "Good Christian Belles" (GCB), AFA group One Million Moms is waging a campaign against TV Land show "The Soul Man."

Photo: Flickr/Christy Innouvong
Cedric the Entertainer

The show starring comedian Cedric the Entertainer as Rev. Boyce "The Voice" Ballentine and actress Niecy Nash as his first lady Lollie Ballentine tells the story of a R&B artist who gave up his fame to become a preacher.

In other words, the show's story line follows the real life stories of musicians such as MC Hammer, Mase and DMX. Those real life stories have been a source of inspiration for some.

However OMM said "The Soul Man" is anything but inspirational.

""The Soul Man,' blasphemes the name of Jesus Christ and mocks pastors," stated a OMM press release. It continued, "The mockery is similar to 'Good Christian Belles,' also known as'GCB.'"

"The Soul Man" has aired 8 episodes already. In the episodes Rev. Boyce, his brother Fletcher "Stamps" Ballentine (played by Wesley Jonathan) and retired pastor father Barton Ballentine (played by John Beasley) occasionally use profanity. The reverend's wife frequently wears cleavage-bearing dresses even in church scenes. FULL POST

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