Inspired by the Biblical account of the Book of John, the musical “Revival” weaves the Resurrection story with theatrical elegance and cinematic cleverness.
Accomplished film, television, and stage actor Harry Lennix and also the voice of Pharisee in the all-black cast of voices for the audio Bible “Inspired By … The Bible Experience,” saw the original play as an Easter performance at Dr. Holly Carter’s church. During that time, Lennix also had an idea of Jesus being portrayed as a more 21st century person. And as Mali Music says, “together – along with the spirit of God – [they] came up with something beautiful.”
Revival is a movie about the humanity of Christ vs the Spirit of Christ with beautiful imagery and an amazing cast featuring Mali Music as ‘Jesus,’ Michelle Williams as ‘Mary Magdalen,’ Chaka Kahn as ‘Herodias’ and more. Personally, my favorite parts in the movie were those of Kevin Yarbrough who played the role of Thomas, T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh as “Rebah” and Chaka Kahn who let loose with in true Chaka Kahn form with the song, “This Ends Today.”
I spoke with Mali about his role as Jesus and the effect it had on him, scoring and arranging the movie’s original soundtrack with gospel great Donald Lawrence and the need to sometimes walk through doors that are uncomfortable to you.
“REVIVAL” is now available through TriCoast Entertainment on many digital & DVD platforms (Amazon, iTunes, FLIXFLING, Vimeo on Demand, Vudu, FANDANGO, Google Play), and available for purchase at Walmart, Target and Best Buy.
On February 28, 1984, Michael Jackson won an amazing eight awards at the 26th Grammy Awards show: Best R&B Vocal, Male for ‘Billie Jean’, Best R&B Song (Songwriter) for ‘Billie Jean’, Best Rock Vocal, Male for ‘Beat It’, Producer of the Year (Non-Classical), Best Pop Vocal, Male for ‘Thriller, Best Video Album for ‘Thriller, Best Recording for Children (Quincy Jones (Producer) & Michael Jackson for ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’, Record of the Year ‘Beat It’, Album of the Year for ‘Thriller’ on this day. (Source: peoplesworld.org)
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Debi Thomas became the first African-American athlete to earn a medal in the Winter Olympics when she took the bronze in women’s figure skating in 1988.
Thomas was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, and started skating at age 5 winning her first competition at age 9. She led all skaters heading into the long program at the 1988 Olympics in Calgary and finished third winning a bronze medal. She was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2000. (Source: The Undefeated)
The Skating Champion and former orthopedic surgeon declared bankruptcy in 2014. Thomas has publicly spoke out about losing everything to bankrupt, being bipolar, losing her surgical practice, and living in a trailer home. Thomas told the New York Post, that she even lost her Olympic Bronze Medal in the bankruptcy saying, “They can take away the medal, but they can’t take away the fact that I won it.” (Source: face2faceafrica.com)
Last year, Thomas was spotted on Youtube in Egypt endorsing “BlockCard” which converts cryptocurrency into a Visa debit card. Praying that life is on the upswing for this talented athlete and doctor.