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China McClain Quits the Black Lightning TV Series & Dedicates Her Career to God

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“I’m doing God’s work now and I’m not doing anything else” says China.

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Upon the recent news of the cancellation of the “Black Lightning” TV Series, Disney star China McClain announces that she quietly decided to leave the show prior to it’s cancellation. On a recent Facebook Live she remains vague about her full reasons for walking away, but stresses that it was not because she didn’t like the cast she was working with. China praised the cast and encouraged fans to watch the coming spin off featuring Jordan Calloway (AKA Pain Killer).

In the video below, China speaks about her next moves.

“All this is an illusion. It’s an illusion. This industry for what it is and everything people look to and praise, it’s not important,” she said. “God is moving me in more ways that’s bigger than this show. I’m doing God’s work now and I’m not doing anything else. I’m just going to put it plainly. I’ve never felt more awake in my life.”

In the video, China speaks more about the start of her own production company and everything God has been teaching her during the quarantine. While her full reasons for leaving the show seem to remain purposely unclear, she simply encourages fans to trust her decision.

Since the passing of Chadwick Boseman, China has been speaking more about God and other challenging topics that she has been wrestling with during this year and throughout the quarantine season. In the video she addresses her recent changes saying, “It’s been put on my heart to say these things and I want to take that same energy and put it into my movies.”

With tears in her eyes, she spoke more saying,
“I’m creating things now for y’all and it’s not to get a check. It’s to teach you something or to show you new avenues that entertainment doesn’t show you right now. We need the Spirit man in these projects. I don’t know where it’s gone. I can only pinpoint a few now and the rest of them hurt me to watch. A lot of people say they want change but, I’m ready for things to change and I want to help. I’m done teeny bopping around here. It’s not about making the best next move. I don’t even care about that anymore. I want to be apart of the good. If I’m not really apart of it and helping to push it forward, then I don’t know what I’m doing here. So, that’s what I want to do.”

We don’t know where these new decisions will take China next, but we and all of her fans will be ready to stand by with prayers and continued support! The Black Lightning Chapter in her life may be closing. But, it’s clear her journey continues and it’s full of promise!

There’s still one last season left of Black Lightning. So, be sure to watch! If you’re late to the party, catch up on all previous seasons on Netflix.

Tamara is the founder of ArtSoulRadio.com and a contributor for Ebony/Jet Magazine and other publications. She also works in TV/Film production and has a strong passion for the arts, community outreach, teaching and working with the youth. Learn more at www.tamarallyoung.com and follow her on social media.

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    May 4, 2021 at 8:02 am

    I love China!…and truly respect her decision! I watched her grow up in movies! China, you are awesome Do YOU!! many blessings on your next chapter!! Huge fan!

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Todd Dulaney Releases a New Sound at His “Anthems & Glory” Album Release Concert

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ArtSoul Radio was able to celebrate with Todd Dulaney for his “Live” and in-person album release concert this weekend. If you missed it, we’ve got you covered! Keep reading for our full review along with a link to the full concert.

Commemorating the release of his new album “Anthems & Glory”, Todd Dulaney and his team provided those present at Freedom Baptist Church in Hillside, IL and for those viewing the event live via YouTube with an immersive experience filled with exactly what the title suggests! As Chicago begins to slowly re-open after being under tight pandemic restrictions, this night was a breath of fresh air that gave many the release they have been looking for!

The album release concert was a full house! Chicago supporters and many others travelled to show up for Todd and to be present for a powerful worship experience.

After a powerful prayer, the “Proverbs 3” singer surprised the audience with a video of him filling the room with gratitude through a heartfelt thank you for the support he’s received throughout the years since releasing his first song. That gratitude immediately turned the night into a time of nostalgia as the band begin playing some of the music the Chicagoland native has now made staples for worship all across the world!

Todd and his team set the tone from start to finish throughout this event. From his entrance during “Your Great Name” he commanded the presence of the spirit with new songs formed straight from the Word of God. With the help of His mentor in the industry Pastor Smokie Norful alongside Todd Galberth, and Pastor David Gilford, the night was a steady ascension into glory.

This album and the event were both reminders of exactly why the worship culture continues to look to DulaneyLand’s pour for sounds that are resounding invitations for God’s presence to fill every space!

If you missed this event or simply want to to experience it all again, scroll down to watch the full stream:

WATCH THE FULL ALBUM RELEASE CONCERT HERE:

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Tauren Wells Speaks On New Collab w/ H.E.R & Releases Their New Official Video

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In March, Christian artist Tauren Wells and four-time Grammy winner H.E.R. came together to release the HOPE MIX of the new single “Hold Us Together”. Tauren announced the coming collaboration on Instagram immediately leaving over 50,000 fans excited waiting to hear more about the release!

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This film carries a message of hope and inspiration that we can all use during these times. Visit www.Disneyplus.com to watch this original film.

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Jonathan McReynolds Lands Lead Role in New BET+ Original Movie

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You heard it right! BET+ launched new Original Movie “Favorite Son” which happens to feature Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Jonathan McReynolds. He isn’t just making an appearance in this film. McReynolds has a leading role!

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