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In the upcoming months, Oxygen Media will be premiering “Fix My Choir,” an uplifting series, in which several struggling choirs are mentored by gospel powerhouses Deitrick Haddon and Michelle Williams. The Senior Vice President of Oxygen Media, Rod Aissa, says of the series:
“A great choir has the potential to inspire communities and uplift people everywhere. Viewers will witness Deitrick and Michelle breathes new life into choirs that have lost their way in ‘Fix My Choir,’ culminating with unforgettable performances that will bring the house down.”
Viewers can expect to witness Deitrick and Michelle to travel to various hometowns of struggling choirs. Not only will each choir learn how to harmonize vocally but they will also adapt better communication skills to be effective team players in their individual choirs. Deitrick believes the show’s purpose will give mainstream America insight on church culture: “The choir represents family, unity and team work,” he said. “It’s an honor to be a part of introducing the choir culture to the world with ‘Fix My Choir.’”
Below you can preview the “Fix My Choir” promo! “Fix My Choir” will air November 5th at 10 p.m. EST
So apparently it’s Deitrick Haddon’s turn to clap back. A few months ago, we told you that his’ ex-wife, Damita, broke her silence regarding their split and him stepping out on her. Now, he’s back to speaking about their split again as well. For one, he says that just one year in his marriage to his current wife, Domonique, has been “more successful” than the 14 years he spent with Damita.
“We just had our one year anniversary on July 20 and it has been amazing. I think I’m bringing experience because I was married for 14 years,” he told CocoaFab. “It has been more successful than being married to my ex. If me and Dominique didn’t work today after one year I would still say I had a successful marriage that was better than my last situation. That’s tough, but it’s the truth. I’m gonna leave it at that.”
He also commented on Damita’s recent decision to speak on their split.
“She absolutely has a right to speak on her situation. We were married for years so she has a right to speak on it. I don’t necessarily agree with half of it but here it is. There are three sides to every story. There’s my side, your side, and there’s the actual truth. All I can say is that Deitrick does not lie,” he said.
“I realize I don’t have to tell anybody out there my business so if I speak something it’s flat out true. I really don’t speak on her. I let her talk and say what she wants to say. I congratulate on her marriage. I wish her well and wish her blessing in her new marriage and pray we don’t make the same mistakes. I know I’m working hard on not making the same mistakes. It could be because I’m older. We were too young. I’m older and I’m bringing in a lot of wisdom from bad decision making and a lot of stuff I did and I’m coming in more solid and more mature than I was before.”
“As far as all the stuff she said, at the end of the day, it’s her life and I have always spoken what I have spoken. We should move on. Everybody should move on. I knew she was going to speak. I wish she would have spoken way sooner. That would have kept me from having to speak,” he continued.
The “Preachers Of LA” star concluded by saying that when he first heard about Damita’s recent interview, he thought about two things: his wife and two children.
“I got a bunch of kids and I was listening to that interview like, ‘Oh Lord!’ I’m so far removed from all that stuff,” he said. “I got these babies over here screaming and I got a whole new life. New wife and everything.”
Deitrick Haddon’s Ex-Wife Says He Impregnated Current Wife While He Was Still Married To Her: ‘Nobody’s Stupid’
A few years ago, the gospel music world was shocked to learn that Deitrick Haddon and his wife of 15 years, Damita, had quietly divorced and that Deitrick was expecting a child with his current wife, Domonique. Most folks assumed that there was some funny business going on behind the scenes and that there was a lot more to the story. Now, Damita, who has been rather quiet regarding the split, is speaking out. For starters, the recently remarried gospel singer says that her ex-husband definitely impregnated his current wife, Domonique, while they were still married. According to Damita, Deitrick picked up and left her almost immediately after the death of her mother.
“Nobody’s stupid,” Damita told Path MEGAzine of Deitrick’s questionable timeline of events. “Especially people who have been married before or been in relationships. The process of divorce takes time. If I was going through anything in our marriage and nothing was wrong in our marriage—I’m just putting that out there—we we’re bickering there was no infidelity. We were happily and successfully pastoring in Detroit.”
“He left in the Month of June, around the BET Celebration of Gospel, I believe,” she added. “He left two days after I buried my mom. Until that day, what ever issues or arguments or beef that we had like marriages do, had been squashed after my mom died. I wasn’t under the impression that he was going anywhere but two days after I buried my mom he left. Next thing I know there’s somebody pregnant. That just doesn’t add up, you don’t sleep with a random person and get her pregnant.”
Damita went on to speculate that because of the timeline, she has no choice but to believe that Deitrick had been carrying on an affair with Domonique way before he decided to leave.
“I had been married for 15 years and I don’t know who she is so obviously there was something going on. Anybody’s that been married, male or female—and you don’t know this other person, then obviously there was something going on while you were married—this was a strange young girl, it doesn’t add up when you do the math.”
While Deitrick initially told his congregation that there was no infidelity on his part and that he and Damita were separated, the “No Turning Back” singer says his stories simply did not add up.
“As a woman, we have intuition. I was trying to figure out I said ‘what would make a man leave all this; leave his church, leave his wife?’ I didn’t know at that time but something in me said ‘somebody’s pregnant.’ In December of 2011, I got the confirmation that somebody was pregnant. That just does not happen in the amount of time. But be that as it may, I knew it was the pressure of him knowing that he made this mistake and he didn’t know how to handle it. So the best thing to do is to retreat and to run and to hide. To give into the shame and embarrassment of what had happened and the best thing to do is to throw me under the bus because he’s getting all the flack for it.”
Thankfully, Damita’s story does come with a happy ending. Earlier this year, she married photographer Reuben Chandler.
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While millions of folks watched “Preachers of LA” religiously there were many more who took issue with the show, claiming they didn’t want to see preachers behaving so messily. But where there’s drama there are viewers and so the Oxygen show is gearing up for a second season.
The preachers Clarence McClendon, Jay Haizlip, Noel Jones, Ron Gibson and Wayne Chaney will return to the show, picking up right where their lives left off with Deitrick Haddon.
Haddon, who serves as one of the executive producers of the show spoke to theJasmineBRAND.com about the reason the show is returning even after all of the controversy and what made Haddon come up with this idea in the first place.
Check out excerpts from their red carpet interview and then watch the video below.
What triggered the idea initially and what we can expect in the second season?
“Preachers of LA” is big you know–the idea came to me when I was in a rough place and I was like, ‘People will never know the truth about what I’ve gone through’. And the thing, it hit me, ‘You need to do a reality show’. And just be real about it…It was hard to find other preachers that were willing to be that transparent, but we found ‘em. Season 2–their gon’ turn it up to another level. We’re already shooting scenes that are gonna be crazy.
Why the show will return despite criticism?
We tried to get away from from it man, because we had so much negative talk about it across the country. But the people demanded that we come back because there’s a crowd. There’s millions of people that want to know the flip side of ministry. What it really means to be a human being, with such a high calling. A lot of times when you’re being a human being, you’re gonna fall short. And uh, that’s what the show’s all about, being transparent.
Check out Deitrick as he talks about his concerns for the new cast on the spinoff show and whether or not the franchise will expand to other cities in the video below.
Everybody talks about what a bad look reality TV is for black women, but let’s not act like these characters do black men any favors. Here’s are list of the 13 most trifln’ men on reality TV — from worst to least worst, and in that order. Let us know if you agree with our picks.
1. Stevie J
Stevie J needs no introduction. We’re all familiar with his antics and how he manages to get away with the unbelievable. Stevie never answers questions and Joseline and Mimi still love him all the same. Stevie J invented the trifling reality TV manbook and for that he deserves the number one spot.
We told you last week about Bishop T.D. Jakes speaking to his ministry at the Potter’s House in Dallas and basically rebuking Preachers of LA, going as far to call the program “junk.” Here’s a little bit more from his remarks if you missed them:
“Now, I know you been watching that junk on TV. I want to tell you right now, not one dime of what you’re sowing right now will buy my suit. I want you to know my car is paid for. I want you to know I got my house on my own. I want you to know I’m not bling-blinging. I am not shake and bake. I had money when I came to Dallas and I plan to have some when I leave.
You did not buy what I got. I had it when I came here. You know I had it when I came here. The devil is a lie! I have sold enough books and produced enough movies. I don’t need your offering to pay for this little slimy suit. So I rebuke that spirit in the name of Jesus Christ.”
Seems that the men of God on the program disagree, especially Deitrick Haddon, who is not only a cast member but a producer of Preachers of LA. As someone who looks up to Bishop Jakes, Haddon said he was “shocked” by the leader’s words, especially considering that Jakes has found different, unique ways to share the gospel. In Haddon’s mind, that’s all that Preachers of LA is trying to do–share the gospel in a different way…that just happens to be on TV. Haddon called in to PRAISE 102.5 to share his own opinions in reference to Bishop Jakes’ comments:
“I have the absolute utmost respect for Bishop T.D. Jakes and what he represents. I considered him one of our generals in this generation.
I was a bit taken back and shocked when I saw his view on the show, being that he’s a forefather in unorthodox, unconventional methods of sharing the Gospel, whether it be through MegaFest or partnering with comedians or Oprah.”
Seeing that Haddon used the past tense to refer to Bishop Jakes as being one of the “generals in our generation,” I think it’s safe to say that he’s a little perturbed with the harsh criticism. But I think all this controversy will find a way to bring more eyes to the show sooner or later, which is exactly what Haddon and the folks at Oxygen want.
What do you think of his response to Bishop Jakes?
Speaking of Preachers of LA, there seems to be yet another scandal brewing. In case you somehow missed it, prior to Deitrick Haddon’s current marriage, he was married to another gospel artist for close to 15 years. One day, seemingly out of the blue, Deitrick announced that he and his now ex-wife had parted ways and that he was engaged to be married to the mother of his infant daughter. The circumstances behind the quiet split remained unconfirmed. Now it appears that a little more insight is being offered as to why the couple may have called it quits.
A woman who claims that her name is Simone Lewis contacted popular Atlanta-based blogger Funky Dineva, claiming that she tons of tea to spill about the Preachers of LA star. Once Dineva and the woman got to texting back and forth, the woman revealed her identity.
“Simone the woman he cheated on his first wife with,” the woman said, identifying herself.
She proceeded to send Dineva screenshots of email conversations between she and Deitrick. She even shared nude pics of the gospel recording artist. In one email, Deitrick allegedly wrote:
“Simone!! This letter touched my heart. I forgive you for hanging up on me. You are my girl :-). Can’t wait to see you mama!!!”
In another email, the reality star allegedly writes.
“My phone was tripping last night. I was walking around and didn’t realize you were trying to catch me. The last text I got was GUESS WHAT! I said what’s up! Simone if I don’t respond, trust me there’s a good reason. It ain’t like I don’t want to talk to my woman crazy!!! I’m the one that’s been begging you to get a webcam right? Anyway hmmmmmmmm baby you look so good. I can’t wait to see you!”
And then, there are the nudie pics, which for obvious reasons, we can’t show here. However, if you’re just that curious, you can view the x-rated images here.
‘Preachers Of LA’ Star Deitrick Haddon Predicts How Fans Will React When They Learn More About His Shocking Divorce
The gospel music world stood still for a moment when gospel recording artist Deitrick Haddon first announced that he and his wife of 15 years, Damita Haddon, quietly divorced and that he was set to marry the mother of his infant daughter. During a recent interview with ESSENCE, the reality star revealed that fans will be offered a bit more insight into that situation and expressed that he believes the public will understand his story.
“Millions of people have gone through that, and I certainly won’t be the last. I think the public will understand it, especially those who have been divorced before. Once someone tells you their story, you have to either respect it or keep it pushing,” the “Well Done” singer said.
He went on to say that he’s not too concerned with negative responses.
“If people have anything negative to say about it, I really don’t have any energy towards that. You have to walk in my shoes in order to understand the decisions that I’ve made.”
As for why he signed on to do the show, he says that he wants to show the world that preachers are men of integrity.
“You can’t live your life according to what has been or what has passed. It’s up to you to redefine the situation. I definitely knew there was a negative history on reality shows. But I knew that this show would kind of change the game because it’s about preachers. Preachers are people who have a certain standard about themselves and they are people of integrity. Especially the guys that were hand picked for this show.”
He also addressed the stance that many Christians have on religious leaders venturing into the world of reality television, which is that the two don’t mix well.
“I’ll say they don’t read their Bible. The Bible is a reality show. You should see the stories about Paul. Before he became Saul, he was a murderer. David was a fornicator. He messed up, but he was still anointed by God. The Bible shows you the truth about every man of God. It shows you everything about them. The Bible is real. I think [reality TV] is the perfect place for Christians.”
Did you check out the first episode of Preachers of LA? What do you think so far?
If you haven’t heard, Oxygen Media is getting set to premiere a brand new reality docu-series for men of the cloth: “The Preachers of L.A.”
The show will follow six “mega-pastors” in Los Angeles as they balance home life and church life.
We will get to see the daily “struggles and triumphs” in their ministries and how they balance their commitments.
Not too surprisingly, some local pastors have a few words to say on the matter such as William J. Smith of Saint Tabernacle Church in L.A.
“I’m totally against it,” Pastor Smith tells theGrio. “When you put the church in the category of all these other shows – though I don’t watch them, I don’t have time for that foolishness – it demeans the church. It brings it down and it takes away the value of why it’s here. That’s why the church is in the condition that it’s in. Because the church has, in a sense, aligned itself with themes of the world.”
He feels the church already faces ridicule and this added display of attention will provide the public with more ammunition.
“When one falls, we all fall or we’re all no good,” he points out. “Now, I’m not against prosperity because God wants these people to prosper, but there’s a way off course being flamboyant and boasting about our prosperity.”
Read more at EurWeb.com
“Pastors Of LA” Trailer: Men Of God Talk Being Put On Unfair Pedestals, Kids Out-Of-Wedlock, Money And Love
I wasn’t too excited initially about news of Pastors in LA and that they were going to base a reality show around the lives of men in the church. Some things just don’t need to be broadcast as reality TV. But hey, something has to replace the defunct Oxygen program, All My Babies’ Mamas, right? And surprisingly, many of our readers seemed to be interested, especially when word hit that Bishop Noel Jones was going to be involved in the series. So what will the show really focus on? Now that the trailer has dropped, we can clearly see that it will be about a little bit of everything: the work they do for their super churches, the love lives of the pastors, the wealth many of them have, and most importantly, how they handle all the pressure and expectations put on them.
As a reminder, Pastor Jay Haizlip, Bishop Ron Gibson, Pastor Wayne Chaney, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Deitrick Haddon, and of course, Bishop Jones (who was rumored to be dating LisaRaye) are all the individuals featured. And as Executive Producer Holly Carter says, “This show documents a journey of transparency from one man to the next as they endeavor to lead others to their own truth and self-discovery. It’s a dose of reality and a pound of redemption coming from a creative team reared in the church.”
Check out the trailer for yourself and let us know what you think, and if you’ll be tuning in to the new Oxygen show.