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DeVon Franklin Talks Miracles From Heaven, Church Hurt & Why He Had To Check The Woman Who Came For Meagan
DeVon Franklin proved himself to be husband extraordinaire last month when he came to his wife, Meagan Good’s, defense. But during the day, he’s also an author, preacher, motivational speaker and film producer. With the box office smash, “Heaven Is For Real”, under his belt, Franklin is producing another faith-based film, “Miracles From Heaven.” This one is about the incredible, true story of a little girl being healed from an incurable illness through a strange accident. In our exclusive interview with Franklin, he talked about what drew him to this project, dealing with church hurt, the discussion about his wife’s attire and working while waiting on God.
How did you first come across the Beam story and what were your first impressions?
I came across the story about the Beam family right when the story was being sold to the book publisher. And when I read it, first of all, it moved me. It’s a very, very powerful story. When you have the “normal life,” everything is going well and then something happens. And that came in the form of their middle daughter getting sick. And you don’t know where it came from or why. And then the details of the pain and the challenges they faced, not only to make ends meet, but to figure out how to live a normal life while treating a sick kid.
And then the mom (Christy Beam, played by Jennifer Garner) being the champion for her daughter’s healing. All of these things really spoke to me and moved me personally. I’m the middle child of three boys, raised by a single mom. And so reading this story, in its very early stages, reminded me of the sacrifices my own mother made for me to do what I’m doing today. So, for all of those reasons I thought it was going to make for, hopefully, a good movie.
How did Queen Latifah become involved with the project?
I worked with Queen Latifah…my first studio job, back at MGM, about 12 years ago, one of the first movies I worked on was Beauty Shop. So, I’ve known her and her manager Shakim since then. And Shakim has been like a mentor and a friend. So when this opportunity came about, I just called him up and I said, ‘There’s a role. I don’t know if she’d ever want to do it but I think she’d be great.’ I think she really connected to not only the character, but the story. And the idea of being able to put something positive out there and be a part of a story that’s so family affirming, faith affirming and life affirming. I think those things really spoke to her.
Is Queen Latifah’s character based on a real person?
She sure is. There is a real Angela, except that she’s White. She is from Boston. From what Christy tells me, she smokes like a chain smoker and curses like a sailor but has a heart of gold. It was kind of funny because, given that character is based on a real person, we were a little trepidatious like, ‘Oh, are they going to be cool…’ So I remember calling Christy and I was like, ‘Heey, here’s the good news, we found somebody to play Angela.’ And she said, ‘Great.’ And I said ‘Here’s the other part of that good news, it’s Queen Latifah.’ And she was like, ‘Oh, that’s awesome!’ And she said, ‘Let me tell the real Angela.’ And so she called up the real Angela and told her and the real Angela said, ‘That’s amazing! Queen Latifah would be the perfect me!’ So it was really cool to be able to cast her and knowing that she really embodied the larger than life and heart of gold that the real Angela had.
In the movie, Christy leaves the church after people say some hurtful things to her. What really is the best way to handle people who say nasty things in church?
I think the best way to handle it is, first of all in love and understanding. The saying has been that ‘hurt people, hurt people.’ And the church is very much an emergency room. So, when you go to an emergency room, the idea that people are there and they are sick, doesn’t surprise you. And it also shouldn’t surprise us in the church. It is a place where the wounded come for refuge. And sometimes while they are healing, they can wound others. So I think it’s important to know that. And I think it’s also important to know ok, don’t allow the negativity of the church to keep you away from it. When I go to church, I’m there to get a word, I’m there to experience God, I’m there to worship. And I do my best to not allow other distractions, other people to stop me from doing that because that’s what I want to do and it’s valuable to my life.
And I think sometimes the reason why we get hurt so much in church is because it’s relative to what we expected to happen. And so many times people do view church as a safe place. And in some regards, it is. But there are also people there that have not yet matured in the Lord and do things that can be very detrimental, if you allow it, to your spiritual growth. So anytime I have ever gone through it myself or tried to help someone else, I try to get them to look at the bigger picture, that it’s about God. It’s about the practice of going to church because it helps you in your life. And don’t allow people to stop you from doing the things that you need to do to survive day to day. Which is having a community of people that you can find that can help you worship.
Because going to church, Hebrews 10:25, don’t forsake the assembling of yourselves because it’s important. It matters. It helps. I’ve been in Hollywood for a very long time and I still go to church because I enjoy it. It’s a really big part of my spiritual growth. [People saying mean things in the church is] definitely not an easy thing to deal with especially when you’re hurt. When you get hurt by someone you didn’t expect to get hurt by, that’s painful. I think that Christy’s response to it in the movie is very authentic. Because when you do get hurt, the first thing you say, ‘I’m not going to that hospital ever again.’ But I love the restoration that she experiences at the end of it. Because she was able to forgive, she was able to understand that maybe that person said what they said from a place that even they regret it, in hindsight. And because she had experienced God in such a miraculous way, that maybe one of the benefits of that was that she could offer forgiveness in a way that maybe she couldn’t have otherwise. So I love that in the real story, the real Chirsty was able to forgive and not to harbor any resentment or harbor any pain as it related to how that person in the church spoke to her.
I love come as you are churches. To me, that’s the message of Jesus Christ. Accepting people as they are and then coming alongside to help and watch in the transforming their minds and hearts as they become increasingly more and more like him. One of the best analogies for church is that it’s like a hospital for sick souls. No one in there is perfect. We’re all trying to do and be better.
As my coworker said, “Sanctification is a process.” A lot of people think that when we accept Christ we’re made new immediately. And that’s just not the case. Some of us are going to struggle with habits and patterns of behavior for a while. Simply because life is a marathon, not a sprint. If we know everything and do everything right, what’s the point of being here if not to learn and grow?
All of this brings me to a discussion about DeVon Franklin and Meagan Good. I’m sure by now you’ve seen that the couple is touring the country, promoting their new book The Wait which is about their celibacy as they dated one another.
There’s no controversy in that, it’s a beautiful thing.
What is interesting though is that Megan Good is known as a sex kitten. And not just in her movies. When she appears as herself, on stage, on the red carpet, presenting gospel awards, she is known to have her skin out.
Naturally, now that Megan is married to a preacher and touring the country spreading God’s message about proper dating practices, people are wondering whether or not her words and her actions match up.
And at one panel discussion about their new book, one woman brought up this very subject to Meagan. Good didn’t even get a chance to answer though because her husband jumped in to save the day.
Woman: “You are beautiful. I’m going to say something to you. This is not offensive but I was at the grocery store and I looked at a newsstand and I saw you and you had your breasts showing. So I wasn’t going to come here. I wasn’t. But the Lord brought me here to see you. And you are a beautiful young woman and your testimony is awesome. Amen. And the Lord let me come and push past the judgement. And this is real, you have to make sure that what you say and what you do match up, you understand? So, we gon’ cover up right?
DeVon: Wait a minute. Wait a minute. No, no, no, no, no. Uh unh. Uh unh. No. That is not what we’re here for. She’s not going to cover up. She gon’ wear what she wants to wear in the name of Jesus. Amen? Amen. She’s going to wear what she wants to wear in the name of Jesus. Yes she will. Yes she will. Yes she will. Absolutely. God bless you. We love you. I love you dearly. She has been as Christian as she has been— that she is right now when she wore what she wanted to wear. Turns to Meagan. I love you.
Kisses Meagan repeatedly.
Meagan gets emotional and sheds some tears.
Meagan: I’d like to say one thing. I could address what she said and it’ll take me a while to address it because I have very specific feelings about that. But I just want to say to that young lady, however you feel, if that’s how you feel pray for me and I love you and God bless you. And thank you.
Here’s the full video below, which is certainly better than the transcription. But I know some of y’alls work computers move slowly.
This video and the response is so layered to me. It’s gray, not black and white.
What I do love about it is that DeVon stood up for his wife. In a world where it seems like every other Black man is ready to throw a Black woman under the bus, this image, his message and his fervor, is important to see. It’s powerful and necessary. And his reaction and her tears afterward seem to illustrate the love these two have for one another.
But as much as I appreciate him standing up for his wife, there was one particular part of his response, some are calling it a clapback, that rubbed me the wrong way. “She’s going to wear what she wants to wear in the name of Jesus.”
If you’ve read most of what I’ve written, I believe in a woman’s autonomy. I didn’t like the way Farrakhan told Jay Z to tell Beyoncé to cover up. I’ve defended Amber Rose’s twerk videos and her Slut Walk. I believe women, as human beings, should have the choice and option to wear what they want to wear. God gives us all free will. And if God gives it to us, it’s no one else’s right to seek to take it away. But there’s a difference between wearing what you want to wear for you and wearing something in Jesus’ name. I have a relationship with God and I’ve been in church all my life and I never knew we could have our titties out in Jesus’ name.
Honestly, I never had a problem with the way that Meagan Good dressed until she presented a gospel award with her entire chest out. When you profess to promote something or someone higher than you, you shouldn’t want to do or say anything that’s going to detract from that. And Meagan Good’s dress on that night at the BET awards was a distraction from God’s music and his message.
But here’s some more gray for y’all. I also don’t agree with that woman running up to the microphone to shame Meagan for her choices in attire either. She tried to pad her condemnation with compliments but at the end of the day her behavior wasn’t all that Christian-like either.
People love to talk about correcting folks in the church as their duty. And that may very well be so. But you should always seek to correct with love. And there’s very little love in standing in front of a room full of strangers asking a grown woman to cover up. As the saying goes, “punish in private, praise in public.” And since that woman has no personal relationship with Meagan it was not her place to attempt to school her in public.
One of my friends from college, Brittany Dixon, put it perfectly.
“After a rough past, the woman waited until marriage to have sex with her husband…
There are woman in the church with skirts down to their knees and turtle necks sleeping with all the deacons. I believe that if this couple is truly following God, the Holy Spirit will continue to do a work in both of their hearts.
That frees us from worrying about where other people are in their spiritual growth process. So Instead of worrying about what someone has on, consider what YOU put on every day.
The bible says “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you.
Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”
Colossians 3:12-15 NL”
It wasn’t that woman’s place to correct her in that manner. If she believed in Meagan’s testimony, then she would understand that God knows her, she knows God and the Holy Ghost likely speaks to her. She should trust that God will complete what he has begun in Meagan. And honestly, it may never look like what she thinks it should. Just because things don’t happen in the time, form or fashion we see fit doesn’t mean they can’t or won’t happen. God is on a different time frame than us. He’s eternal and we’re finite. If we know and trust Him like we say we do, then we should trust Him to speak to and grow Meagan Good into the woman He wants her to be.
What did you think of this whole interaction?
We told you last year that Meagan Good and her husband, DeVon Franklin, were working on a book based on the practices that worked for them while they were dating. Specifically, the choice to refrain from having sex until they said “I do.” It was something both parties say helped them find true love and improve their lives. As Good told Jimmy Kimmel last year, “I had been in a couple of relationships and I was like, ‘You know, this isn’t really working for me.’ I wanted to do something different, and spiritually, it’s what I believe I always should’ve done. So I was like, you know, let’s try it this way. It was very different, and it’s been amazing.”
The pair have been happily married since 2012. With all the attention their relationship has garnered, and their hope to share the impact God has had on their lives with others, they’re looking to share tips on relying on faith to find the one in their new book, The Wait. It is finally being released on February 2.
The Wait is finally over !! Me + @DeVonFranklin are so excited to announce #TheWait releasing Feb 2!!! In our new book, we get real and transparent, we hope it will help you find the love of your life and the life you love. Pre-order a copy now and get access to never seen before pics of our wedding day! http://thewaitbook.org (Link in the Bio)
I’m sure you’re wondering what else the book has to offer aside from his-and-hers tips on how to abstain from sex and having the patience to obtain the happy ending you’re seeking. Well, according to the synopsis, the book also asks you these questions to help you practice healthier dating habits:
- Why haven’t I found true love yet?
- What have I been compromising in order to find love?
- How are some of my bad dating habits working against the life I really want?
- What part did I play in the failure of my last relationship?
- What negative patterns do I see myself repeating over and over?
- Am I attracted to people who aren’t right for me?
- What am I ready to sacrifice to become my best self?
- What kind of person do I want in my life?
- What do I deserve?
And the book will allegedly help you “experience firsthand the power of what happens when you put sex on the shelf, work on becoming the best version of yourself, and allow God to bring his vision for your life to fruition.”
Of course, we can’t say if this book will provide you with the answers and relationship you’re looking for. Either way, it should be a good read for the new year. Plus, who doesn’t love this pair?
The Wait is available for pre-order today and comes with exclusive photos from their wedding day. Again, the book is available on shelves February 2.
If you’ve ever asked a Black man between the ages of 25-40 who their celebrity crushes are, Meagan Good’s name will come up a lot. Quite a lot. And perhaps that’s a part of the problem.
In a recent interview with the LA Sentinel, the actress talked about the journey to be taken seriously as an actress.
She mentioned that Viola Davis calling her name during her Emmy acceptance speech was a huge moment for her.
I cried. It meant so much to me to be acknowledged by someone like Viola who I have so much respect for. We all face challenges in this business especially as black women. It’s been a really long crawl for me to transition from being a child actress to an adult actress; in addition to being in that sex kitten role in my early 20s and fighting to be taken more seriously. It’s been a really long journey and to hear her say my name really blessed me. To listen to her journey and to know what she’s gone through to be acknowledged for the great actress that she is…it’s all of our struggles to get out of the box that people always try to put us in.
It’s an incredible time for women and minorities in TV and film. There’s been a massive shift that we’ve all been patiently waiting for. I’m a big believer in not complaining about the things that are wrong. Instead I place my energy into being on the front line of change, having a positive attitude and fighting to see things shift. To be in Hollywood right now and have these opportunities as the shift is coming is incredible.
To that point, Good said that she relies on God to help her determine which roles will be right for her career.
I pray and read my bible every single day, I stay close to God because He’s what matters the most; everything else is secondary. My career can never give me what God can give me. When Deception initially came to me, I was afraid to do TV because it’s a huge time commitment and you’ll potentially be playing the same character for several years. And for at least six months of the year you’re away from your family in a different state or even a different country.
I had all of these stipulations about what the situation had to be in order for me to do television. When the opportunity for me to star in Deception presented itself, it was everything I said it had to be, so I knew it was God. When it ended, I was very thankful because it created so many other opportunities for me in the process. Deception opened the door for Minority Report as well as my role in Anchor Man 2: The Legend Continues. God wanted me to have those different roles to be able to build a platform where I could be more affective as a Christian.
Deception allowed people to see me in a really different light. At the time, I had just gotten married and being away from my family I had a lot of time to grow personally and professionally. So I wasn’t disappointed when the show got canceled because I knew God had something else lined up. Similarly with Minority Report, I asked God for certain things within the role and it was everything I said it needed to be. It’s a testament to not settling. I would rather not work than to do something that I’m not passionate about.
I’m so excited about Minority Report. This show is definitely the hardest I’ve ever worked but it’s been an incredible experience. I trust God so much that even if my decisions don’t make sense to other people, I know that God knows what He’s doing.
Good’s comments are interesting to me. Before this interview, I would have thought she preferred the sex kitten roles. It always seemed to me that she was so anxious to break away from the child actress label that she went for the sexy route. Hell, even when she wasn’t in a movie, Good’s red carpet choices were sexy. We all remember the dress she wore to the BET Awards, pictured above. And she was presenting a gospel award.
This whole discussion reminds me of an episode of “Tia and Tamera” where Tamera told Tia that she was tired of being typecast as the innocent, sweet girl. Tia just looked at her and laughed saying, well maybe you should stop going to auditions wearing Shirley Temple curls.
Hollywood, and society at large, is shallow, always attempting to put people in one box or another. I’m sure this applies even more so to Black women who are just now being offered roles that are more complex and whole.
It’ll be interesting to see if Good ever breaks out of this “sex kitten” pigeon hole.
You can read her full interview with the LA Sentinel, here.
Meagan Good rolls flawlessly from Red Carpet Bombshell to Around The Way Fly Girl in two clicks of fabulous pumps and chunky wedge boots. As we join her in sending positive prayers to Bobbi Kristina Brown we’re taking a moment to enjoy some of her most fashionable moments on and off the carpet.
Take note of her use of all white, cropped tops and sheer materials to really add a seductive slant to her look.
All images courtesy of WENN
WCW: 15 Bombshell Meagan Good Looks
Fox has come to understand that the Black folks can bring the money. So in addition to “Empire,” they’re launching two, new shows with Black leads. The network recently announced that Megan Good and Morris Chestnut will star in the shows “Minority Report” and “Rosewood,” respectively.
And lucky for you all, the network has also released trailers for the shows. Take a look at them, both below.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Minority Report,” picks up where the popular movie starring Tom Cruise left off. You may remember that in the film, robots were not only predicting the crimes citizens were going to commit, they were arresting them before they ever even happened. The new series takes place 10 years after the end of Precrime in D.C. One of the three Precogs, the psychics who predicts the crimes, is struggling to live a normal, human life while being haunted with visions of the future. In the meantime, he meets a detective, Meagan Good, who is haunted by her past. Together, they’ll find purpose for their gift.
Sounds fascinating right?
Check out the trailer for the new show in the video below.
Learn about Morris Chestnut’s new show on the next page.
What happens when two girlfriends who have known each other since they were teens team up to work on a project together? You get “All That Matters,” a new web series produced and directed by Meagan Good and Tamara Bass, written by Bass.
Yes, these ladies get down.
The story, about a newly engaged couple whose world gets turned upside down when the bride-to-be’s five-year-old niece is unexpectedly dropped off on the couple’s doorstep, they came up with the series as a way to present something that wasn’t cliché. The show’s unique premise and ability to appeal to both a male and female audience caught the attention of ‘Q’ of WorldStarHipHop and media personality Sway Calloway. It’s now WorldStarHipHop’s first original series.
Check out the premier episode right here and expect additional episodes each week. And you might want to listen up as the ladies chat about everything we need to know about the upcoming season!
MOMMYNOIRE: What was the inspiration for the series?
TAMARA BASS: I drew upon some personal experiences, obviously I fictionalized and changed some things here and there. I’m the old school bring-your-kids-for-the-summer type auntie. I’ve been that way since my brothers and sisters had children. I don’t have any children. And I’ve always explored the idea of parenting via auntie.
In the summertime, when my niece was here, I would explore all these things with her and also try to instill all these things that my mom instilled into me into her. So I decided what would happen if one day, because I have a niece around the character’s age, that weekend or summer parenting turned into fulltime? What in my life would I have to mold and twist to accommodate her? I thought it would be fun to play with this couple who has their plan all laid out and then God and the universe has another?
MOMMYNOIRE: Who is your target audience?
TAMARA BASS: Our first audience is women. But also men who are open. We’ve actually showed it to males that we know and we’ve both been surprised that men have loved it too. One guy told me, “thank your for showing black men in a light that we don’t get to see.” I want the world to see my stepdad. Here was this man who stepped up and loved a woman who already had two children, and I was mean to him. But he told my mom he wasn’t going anywhere. And 25 years later I commend him. You can’t tell him that we’re not his. No, he’s not perfect, but he’s there. Hopefully, people will say this is a story we can all relate to.
MOMMYNOIRE: What’s your goal for the series?
TAMARA BASS: Ultimately, we would love to get a conversation started and show people that this is a topic that doesn’t get addressed. And on a content level as a company our goal is to become visible. You know Meagan Good in a certain light and you may know Tamara Bass in a certain light, but here we are collectively to show the world what our voice sounds like; what our vision looks like. We want to show that two black women who love one another and genuinely want the other to succeed can come together and born something, and totally uplift the other.
MEAGAN GOOD: Also for us it was about the type of content we were putting into the world as well. It was exciting to say, What are the kinds of roles that black women don’t really get the opportunity to play, and not just play, what about playing the lead? What about exploring these stories and putting things into the universe that every woman can relate to? And also show black men and families in a positive light? Because a lot of the content that’s out there tends to present us in a way that isn’t always complementing or even true. We want to create vehicles that can also uplift the generation more positively without losing the conflict. You know, something else to choose from.
MOMMYNOIRE: What can we expect from the season?
TAMARA BASS: You can expect some ups and downs of them adjusting to this new life. We have some interesting stuff that’s gonna come up with Claudine played by Alexis Fields. Her character is going to chart into some territory that we haven’t seen yet in terms of women. And just them really figuring out if this is something they wanna take on full-time. Again, the theme is what happens when your life changes in 24 hours?
Earlier this week, Meagan Good’s sister La’Myia Good made headlines for some interesting maternity photos she took with Facet Studio. In one particular image, which attracted most of the backlash, a topless Good poses with a small pair of Converse kicks covering her boobs. The photo was eventually shared by The Shade Room and people immediately began attacking the photo. In no time, La’Myia’s younger sister Meagan was on the scene responding on behalf of her sister.
“Oh wow, that honestly looks tacky as f-ck how she gonna she show her son this later in life?” the fan questioned.
“I think my nephew will be proud of how beautiful his mom was while he was in her stomach,” Meagan responded.
Meagan also took to her own Instagram page to congratulate her sister on her pregnancy and recent marriage to songwriter Eric Bellinger.
I was once told, make sure the man you marry looks at you with eyes as close to how God sees you as possible ..No words can express the joy in my spirit.. The way he looks at her .. Gives me peace to know that he will protect her and love her into eternity . #Congratulations #Newlyweds #I'mGoingToBeAnAuntie .. You guys both deserve someone as amazing as the other. #GodKeptHisPromise
“I was once told, make sure the man you marry looks at you with eyes as close to how God sees you as possible ..No words can express the joy in my spirit.. The way he looks at her .. Gives me peace to know that he will protect her and love her into eternity . #Congratulations #Newlyweds #I’mGoingToBeAnAuntie .. You guys both deserve someone as amazing as the other. #GodKeptHisPromise.”
Congrats to La’Myia and Eric!
What are your thoughts on the maternity shoot? Are people being too harsh?
Blonde hair color in general isn’t easy and these blonde celebrities really in our opinion don’t pull it off well, though they try super hard. See the likes of Gabrielle Union, Kim K, Chris Brown, Lauren London and more attempt to get their blonde ambition on.
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Domestic violence has once again become a hot button issue and “Law & Order: SVU” is tackling it head on with another episode “ripped from the headlines” portraying the intricacies of these situations which happen more often than most of us care to admit.
“The Walking Dead’s” Chad Coleman and Meagan Good are slated to guest star on the Nov. 19 airing titled “Spousal Privilege.” In the episode, Coleman plays an ex-sports star turned reporter accused of assaulting his girlfriend (Good). A press release notes that “Despite photographic evidence of the abuse, the case becomes complicated when the couple tries to keep the charges under the radar.” Sound familiar?
Executive Producer Warren Leight said of the episode:
“Domestic violence, with a push from Mariska Hargitay’s NO MORE campaign (www.nomore.org), has recently sparked a long-needed national dialogue. ‘Spousal Privilege’ explores the personal and legal complexities of this intractable problem. We are thrilled that Chad and Meagan are joining us to take on this challenging episode.”
We’re thrilled “Law & Order: SVU” is shedding light on a major issue so often swept underneath the rug, especially in the world of sports. What do you think? Will you tune in?