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Film tackles controversial topic of financial abuse in the church

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(NEW YORK) – June 12, 2014 – Moguldom Studios, known for their revolutionary style of documentaries called “docutainment,” is set to release Black Church, Inc., an eye-opening expose about controversial issues clouding the church including “love offerings” (cash payments given to ministers), financial abuse and the deification of the mega-church pastor, all while asking… “is prayer-for-profit moral?” The documentary will be released on June 30, 2014 and will be available for purchase on DVD, as well as digital download through online retailers including iTunes, Google Play, Amazon.com and MoguldomStudios.com.


Moguldom Studios is leading the way in producing non-theatrical films through digital networks by keeping at the pulse of trending topics that are relevant in today’s ever-evolving world. In Black Church, Inc., the hour-long feature investigates and examines the sensationalism of the black church and its present day relationship with serving the community. Dr. Anthony Pinn, Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University, discusses what he feels is a flaw in the “prosperity gospel,” or the idea that the Bible condones acquiring wealth. The shocking statistics, and heart-wrenching stories are sure to raise questions that will have lasting changes in our churches from the inside out.


Viewers will learn about how the days of working class preachers, who didn’t expect financial gain in exchange for spiritual guidance, are gone. A new breed of pastors has emerged: the mega-pastor - one who aims to sell their religious brand and get rich off the gospel. 


The film compares the black church’s origins to its modern day cultural relevance, and focuses on modern mega-churches, as well as asking hard-hitting questions about service vs. the extravagant lifestyles of its multi-million dollar ministers and ministries. As the nation attempts to bounce back from a recession, mega-churches continue to raise hundreds of millions of dollars to fund their pastors’ exorbitant lifestyles.


Through interviews with clergy members, politicians, community leaders and journalists, Black Church, Inc. explores whether the preachers, parishioners or communities are the benefactors of the millions of tax-free revenue generated by religious organizations. 


Black Church, Inc. attempts to justify the dichotomy of the profits of prophets. It takes a look at pastors who are seen as activists including Rev. Taharka Robinson, Rev. Al Sharpton and Pastor Raphael Warnock, as well as other pastors such as Rev. Eddie Long, Rev. Creflo Dollar and Rev. T.D. Jakes


"The purpose of our films is to provoke thought...to spark debate. Here at Moguldom, we accept the challenge of initiating difficult conversations. Black Church, Inc. is another example of presenting a question that many people within our community have been wondering,” says Brett Dismuke, President of Moguldom Entertainment.


Black Church, Inc. will be released on June 30, 2014, with the DVD and digital download available for purchase on Amazon.com, Google Play, iTunes and www.moguldomstudios.com


Production credits include Todd L. Williams as director, producer and writer, as well as Jamarlin Martin, Marve Frazier, Barion L. Grant as executive producers, and Gloria Camacho as executive in charge.


For more information about Black Church, Inc. and Moguldom Studios, visit:




Films by Moguldom Studios being released in Summer 2014 include:

  • Bottoms Up (July 30, 2014) – A look into the plastic surgery phenomenon of women trying to make their backsides larger.
  • 72% (August 26, 2014) – A documentary that dives into the “baby mama” crisis and how 72% of women in the black community are raising children in a single-parent environment.


About Moguldom Studios:

Moguldom Studios is a next generation film company that delivers intimate, timely and unforgettable stories about the African-American experience, creating independent documentary films that are branded as “Docutainment.” Docutainment, as Moguldom Studios calls it, is a hybrid between reality, day in the life and traditional storytelling, which takes a unique and objective look at the African-American experience, all the while offering such riveting stories which will also appeal to anyone who is interested in multicultural documentary films.


Moguldom Studios’ staff consists of filmmaking award-wining experts who know exactly how to capture the African-American experience with a style that is fresh, edgy and relevant. Our goal is to deliver intimate, timely and unforgettable stories that all can enjoy. The films are available for purchase or rent right here on the Moguldom Studios website as well as on platforms such as  iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and more. See more at: www.moguldomstudios.com

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Harry Brown, this film ought to be right up your alley.


This does not appear to be a film slamming Christianity or religion, but one that addresses the abuse which has, to my way of thinking gotten completely out of hand, to the determent of the Black community.  Perhaps this will encourage more of us to critically consider how our collective resources are put to use.


Needless to say the white community is not immune to this--indeed they invented the problem.  It is a cultural problem, one like most things seem to hurt us to a getter extent.  

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Yes, the lavish lifestyle of the mega church ministers exists across the board.  Even the current Pope is cracking down on the  Cardinals who were spending millions on mansions to reside in, all of them living like kings. If you're seekiing examples of the 7 deadly sins, look no further than The Church.    The love of money is the root of all evil and tho the spirit may be willing, the flesh is weak.  Amen. :rolleyes:

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For a long time the Black church in America like most Protestant churchs saw money and it's accumulation as a vice. They taught that one should build one's treasures up in heaven as opposed to on Earth where thieves could snatch it and moths could eat it.
From what I understand, it was the Nation of Islam and it's preaching of getting one's wealth right here and right now as opposed to a "pie in the sky in the sweet by-n-by" that shook many old time church goers and made them reconsider what they've been taugh. Many of the youth started leaving the church for Islam and other religions or just leaving religion all together and hitting the streets to focus on their material acquisitions.
The church had to hurry up and get it together and re-examin their doctrine, lol.

Right around the early 70s you started seeing these prosperity churchs popping up.
Ministers and pastors started blinging more and driving fancy cars.
The Reverend Ikes and the like....lol.


I personally don't have a problem with a person or an organization (churches included) getting rich AS LONG AS they don't do it by blaspheming The Supreme Being or harming other people.

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