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Bright Lights in the Midst of Madness

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

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Have you ever noticed that when people go to a restaurant and they get bad service they are all too willing to make a complaint? But when they get good, or even great service, they say nothing. The same is true with most services that people receive. Sure there is the occasional exception to the rule. But for the most part that’s just human nature.

That seems to be the case with news and current events. The media is all too happy to report all the chaos going on in our world but are not so quick to report on the good going on in everyday life. I guess the good news doesn’t bring in the ratings. As the saying goes, “If it bleeds, it leads.”

With everything that is going on in the world today, good is rising in the hearts of humanity. For every bad deed, there are two, although unreported, blessings to outshine them. For example, prime time TV is flooded with hyper themes of sexual temptation and violence these days. At the same time movies like WAR ROOM and WOODLAWN are receiving rave reviews.

In the music world, where many, and usually the most popular ones, songs seem to contain such graphic material, both sexual and violence, that warning labels must be printed on the cover of the albums, a less well known song, PRAY for AMERICA is resonating across the country.

A classic favorite, THIS IS MY BODY, reemerged at the World Meeting of Families. Tears flowed as hearts were recommitted for life.

The coverage of Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, New York, and Philadelphia and his much needed message of unity brought hope to many in times of many trials.

At times we are so bombarded by the evils of the world that we feel as though we, as a single individual, are helpless to do anything about it.

But, besides what is going on in the world at large, we all live in a smaller sphere in which each one of us has an influence on those around us. If we treat each other with agape love, we can change the world one person at a time. You may be the hope for that someone you run into today.

As I travel around the country speaking at various events, I sometimes like to get the audience’s participation as we sing, THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE. It reminds us that, as Matthew 5:14 says, “You [all of us] are the light of the world..” You and I are called to be a light to those around us. And together we can light up the world and darkness will have nowhere to hide.

It is said that every cloud has a silver lining. The battle for life is raging, yet we are winning.

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Pro-life Themes on the Silver Screen

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015


Date: September 15, 2015

Contact: Leslie Palma

Speakers at World Meeting of Families Pro-Life International Symposium will highlight the value of family-friendly films.

PHILADELPIA — The culture of death has been winning at the box office for decades, but that is changing. Two of the speakers at next week’s Pro-Life International Symposium at the World Meeting of Families are in the vanguard of a growing movement working to spread a pro-life message on the silver screen.

Eduardo Verastegui, producer of 2007’s Bella and this year’s Little Boy, and Kathy DiFiore, whose work to hope homeless pregnant women was the inspiration for 2013’s Gimme Shelter, will be among the dynamic pro-life leaders who will headline the free event at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

Verastegui , who grew up in northern Mexico, had a successful career that traded on his good looks. He sang in a boy band, acted in a Spanish-language soap opera and performed in a steamy Jennifer Lopez music video. But when a young woman he hired to help him improve his English began speaking to him about God and the road he was traveling, he had a change of heart.

“I realized I was using my talent in a very selfish way,” Verastegui told Christian Broadcasting Network in a 2007 interview. “In my opinion, I was poisoning our society with the projects I was involved with. “

He made a decision to accept only roles that elevated human dignity, and went four years without a job. Finally, he and some friends founded a film production company called Metanoia that produced the overtly pro-life Bella, winner of the Toronto International Film Festival’s “People’s Choice” award, and the pro-family Little Boy, which critics panned for its religious overtones but audiences loved. Verastegui also acted in both films.

Ms. DiFiore didn’t have Hollywood in mind when she first opened her home to pregnant women in crisis but her success in changing women’s lives and saving their babies at her Several Sources Shelters for more than 30 years attracted the attention of writer and film director Ron Krauss, who told the Houston Chronicle that Gimme Shelter “deals with some of the most life-changing and affirming things we can imagine: A mother and her child.”

At the Pro-Life International Symposium, Ms. DiFiore will announce details of a second film, currently in production, that was inspired by her work.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and author of Abolishing Abortion, also will speak at the event, which is an official World Meeting of Families gathering but is also open to the general public.

“The fact that abortion, and alternatives to abortion, are being brought to the big screen is a very positive development that was a long time coming,” Father Pavone said. “So many millions of women have been wounded by choosing abortion and no matter how warmly it is embraced by the entertainment industry, abortion is always the worst possible option. Films like Bella and Gimme Shelter highlight the fact that no matter how dire the circumstances seem, there is always a better choice.

“Families attending the World Meeting will be uplifted by Eduardo’s message and Kathy’s work. I hope everyone will make time for this vital symposium.”

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Happy Birthday America: PRAY for AMERICA!

Friday, July 3rd, 2015


If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is the value of a song? What better way to celebrate our national anniversary than with a new song release?

Alyak Productions and Heaven Sings Entertainment, announce the release of “PRAY for AMERICA.” The song is a poignant response to current domestic and world events, calling listeners to a greater respect for human life.

The song has long been on the radar of my friend, Alyak Productions founder, Eugene Vigil who has been waiting for the right time to record it. After sharing it with me, we agreed that it is a timely and much needed message.

It’s almost like déjà vu; reminiscent of the 20th century civil rights movement and other landmarks in human history where people were inspired to share great hope through songs like WE SHALL OVERCOME, LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING, AMAZING GRACE, and on and on.

More recently, we have been blessed with GLORY. And now PRAY FOR AMERICA.

In light of the recent turmoil over race-based church shootings, riots in major cities around our country, and global and domestic terrorism, “Pray for America” urges Americans to combat all violence and injustice through prayer– not just in America but around the world.

Eugene’s hope for this song is that it will bring people of every ethnicity together to pray for our nation’s leaders, our president, our Supreme Court, our senators and congressmen and women, and all people living in our country…that through prayer we may have a stronger, united America. And through a stronger America, we may achieve a deeper respect for all lives because ALL lives matter.

“PRAY for AMERICA” will be available soon via iTunes and Spotify among other digital music outlets.

For updates on “Pray for America” visit Facebook, Twitter, on mobile app at or watch the video at YouTube.

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Dr. Alveda King: Happy Birthday America! PRAY for AMERICA!

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Song Calls for People to Pray for our Country

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(Nashville, Tenn.) July 02, 2015 – Alveda King, in partnership with Alyak Productions through Heaven Sings Entertainment, announces the release of “Pray for America.” The song is a poignant response to current domestic and world events, calling listeners to a greater respect for human life.

The song had long been on the radar of Alyak Productions founder Eugene Vigil who was waiting for the right time to record it. After sharing it with King, the two decided it was a timely and needed message.

King explains, “In light of the recent turmoil over race-based church shootings, riots in major cities around our country, and global and domestic terrorism, ‘Pray for America’ urges Americans to combat all violence and injustice through prayer– not just in America but around the world.”

Vigil agrees, “My hope for this song is that it will bring people of every ethnicity together to pray for our nation’s leaders, our president, our Supreme Court, our senators and congressmen and women, and all people living in our country…that through prayer we may have a stronger, united America. And through a stronger America, we may achieve a deeper respect for all lives because ALL lives matter.”

“Pray for America” will be released July 3, 2015, via iTunes and Spotify among other digital music outlets.

For updates on “Pray for America” visit Facebook or watch the video at YouTube.

About Dr. Alveda King

As Guardian of the King Family Legacy, Dr. Alveda King is minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, director of African American outreach for Priests for Life, a grateful mother and grandmother. She uses her gifts and talents to glorify God in the earth. She is a former college professor, author, film, stage, radio and music producer, vocalist and songwriter, mentor, stage and screen actress, media pundit, blogger, publisher, Georgia state legislator and presidential appointee. Follow Dr. Alveda King on Twitter: @alvedaCking.

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Little Boy, Big Heart!

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

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My radio co-host Emmanuel Boose and I recently cohosted private screenings for a great inspirational movie in Tupelo and Atlanta. The powerful film LITTLE BOY features a 7 year-old “little boy,” Pepper Flynt Busbee. In the title role, Jakob Salvati inspires a whole community with his faith, love and stick-to-itiveness.

Pepper has a special bond with his father which serves him well since he is constantly being picked on by his peers because of his short stature. His world is turned upside down when his father is called to military service in WWII and must leave his family for the first time.

When his dad doesn’t return home as scheduled, Pepper is devastated. With the help of the local pastor, Pepper’s childlike acceptance of God’s promise below allows him to believe that he can help bring his dad home from the war.

“Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. (Matthew 17.20)

This inspiration leads Pepper on a journey to increase his faith and to believe he can will his father back home from the war.

Holding on to a tiny mustard seed, Pepper begins to tackle fear, racial bigotry, ridicule and other evil forces.

While not entirely Bible based, this fine movie earns our five stars for inspiration. LITTLE BOY is a journey of faith, hope, and love. It will have you laughing one moment and misty eyed the next. Most of all the film teaches us that if you don’t have any hatred in your heart, your faith can make the impossible, possible.

“Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too. ” (Mark 11:22-25 NLT)

Executive Producers, Eduardo Verastegui, Roma Downey and Mark Burnet and Director, Alejandro Monteverde bring to the screen a sure to be classic.

Film opens for public enjoyment on Friday, April 24. Check your local theatres for showtimes and take your family and friends to see this movie. Also, don’t forget to make sure to share this blog with all your social media friends.

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Dr. Alveda King: SELMA Movie is Historically Entertaining

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

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Date: December 30, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma

Atlanta, GA — In response to several social media and general inquiries regarding the new SELMA movie release, Dr. Alveda C. King, gospel evangelist, pro-life and civil rights activist shares the following:

“An invitation to a pre-release screening of the movie SELMA brought mixed emotions to my heart, and tears to my eyes. As I sat in the theater, I was transported back to the time when my Uncle MLK, my Daddy AD King and so many civil rights icons were embroiled in the historical crosshairs that brought equity to the voting rights of Blacks in America. It was during that same season that Daddy’s and Mother’s church parsonage was bombed in Birmingham; and the little girls, one a classmate of mine, were killed in the bombing of the church. It was also the season of my first civil rights march, a “Children’s March” where Daddy and James Orange and others taught me the tenants of nonviolent protests.

“Even though I wasn’t on the team of consultants who worked with the producers, I’m glad the film is in the atmosphere. While SELMA is historically informative and entertaining, having lived through those days, I would have appreciated more historical accuracy. I know that everyone can’t be included in such projects, but on a personal note, I was saddened to find no mention of my Dad, who not only marched in Selma, but was also felled (and recovered) along with not only John Lewis, but with many others, including Hosea Williams and my dearly departed friend James Orange.

“So many people have contacted me regarding the overtones regarding references to Uncle ML’s responses to the attacks on his personal life. I have only this to say. Like all of the Bible heroes, Uncle was a human being, an imperfect man who served a perfect God. He and Daddy are in Heaven now, in the company with David, Moses, Paul, Rahab, The Woman at the Well, The Woman caught in the act… Uncle ML was a devoted prophet and Man of God. Need I say more?

“Overall I enjoyed the film, and I recommend the film for viewing.”

Alveda is Author of King Rules, Founder of Alveda King Ministries, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, and spiritual advisor for Restore the Dream 2015.

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Hollywood’s Ark

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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And I solemnly declare to everyone who hears the words of prophecy written in this book: If anyone adds anything to what is written here, God will add to that person the plagues described in this book. And if anyone removes any of the words from this book of prophecy, God will remove that person’s share in the tree of life and in the holy city that are described in this book. – Revelation 22:18-19

Another commentary from a youthful follower:

Last week I shared a conversation I’m having with a young woman, “CC.” She was expressing her concern regarding the prolife versus prochoice philosophies. This week she has shared her thoughts regarding the newly released film, NOAH.

Even though I’ve seen the film, I wasn’t going to blog about it. Yet, as I read CC’s thoughts, I decided to share a few of my own. First, read what CC has to say. My response follows:

Dear Dr. King,

I really enjoy your blogs but I would just like to mention that many conservatives seem to be in an uproar about the movie “Noah” and I feel that they may be missing a perfect opportunity to witness to a generation of people who have never heard a clear presentation of the Gospel. My question is this, did the Author, producer or directors ever say this was a biblical account of the life and trials of Noah? If not, why then are Christians upset? Instead of criticizing the film for inaccuracy, why not celebrate as a symbol of how God still inspires? Who knows, maybe this idea came to the writers following a dream they had while sleeping in church. While not accurate, God’s word is powerful enough to take even the looses interpretations and lead to salvation. If Christians would stop putting God in a box, maybe more people would actually live Christian lives….I’m just saying. If they stop hating, and thank God that people still find his word relevant, maybe then, they could be in a position to fill in the historical gaps that the movie left void….

Blessings, CC.

Here’s my reply:

I am glad that Hollywood didn’t fudge to say the film is a Bible story. So, no CC, the producers, directors, etc. never said this NOAH is a Bible story. The atheist creator of the story decided to make the film, which is “inspired by the Bible.” I hadn’t read any of the commentaries when I slipped away to view the film all by myself last week. I was surprised that many of the seats were filled at the noon matinee on a week day. The presence of so many others led me to believe that many people still believe there is a God in Heaven, and that many are trying to seek God while God may be found.

There were blatant Bible fallacies in the movie. Two of Noah’s sons didn’t have wives when Noah shut the doors of the ark. The Nephilim like fallen angels in the film suggested that they were in their pitiful volcano rock bodies, misshapen and gruesome because they disobeyed the “Creator” and came to earth to help save the humans, when obviously the “Creator” didn’t care about humanity. Of course this representation flies in the face of the truth of John 3:16 that God so loved humanity that he gave His Son Jesus to redeem us.

Yes, in spite of all of this, CC has a point. People are going to go and see movies like Noah, because people are hungry for truth. What we Christians need to do is to overcome off point movies with so many powerful and truthful films that people will begin to discern truth from fiction, and start reading the Bible for themselves.

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“GIMME SHELTER” is a Family Friendly Inspiring Movie Masterpiece

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

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Once upon a time before the world went crazy, there were compassionate people who opened shelters for unwed mothers, offering refuge and care for women and their babies in their desperate times of need. In the 21st Century, we call these shelters “pregnancy care centers.” The setting for much of the riveting new “GIMME SHELTER” movie is a Pregnancy Care Center.

The movie is modeled after a true story in which a young woman, estranged from her pitiful drug addicted mother, and virtually unknown to her well to do father finds herself alone and pregnant. After several brushes with death and skirmishes with the law and her parents, she finds an unlikely refuge. We quickly fall in love with her, the shelter, and her new friends.

I understand why the producers of the film insist that it isn’t just about a prolife message because while the message “choose life” reverberates in the movie, the totality of the telling is much more comprehensive than one would imagine. There is a struggle to overcome bureaucracy, familial dysfunction and even implied racism in the film. Friendship, loyalty, faith, love and grace abound on the screen.

It wouldn’t be me if I didn’t include a scripture in this review, so here we go. Caregivers in the desired “shelter” reminded me of the midwives in the Bible. Where we are surrounded by the Pharaohs of Planned Parenthood here in the 21st Century, we discover in this film that there are still those who have not bowed their knees to the baals of greed that cause women to make desperate choices in seemingly hopeless moments. Yes, there are angels in disguise, and we meet some of them in the movie. They remind me of the midwives in Exodus chapter one.

“Behold, the people… are too many and too mighty for us… come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply… But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king… commanded them, so God dealt well with the midwives. And the people multiplied and grew very strong.”

Compassion is an act of obedience and humility; an act that says “yes, I’m my brother’s and my sister’s keeper.” The midwives in Exodus were humble, obedient and compassionate. This expression of the love of Christ is predominant in the movie although one wouldn’t come away feeling that they had gone to a religious movie. Evil was confronted and overcome by good in a very realistic way in the movie.

Dealers and traffickers of drugs, greed, abortion and evil in general are enemies to life and family. Yet, there is shelter in the storm. While the film was primarily about a woman’s search for shelter, the role of the father in the life of his children was also poignantly addressed. But I come to close to the plot so I’ll leave something to your imagination until you get to the theater. Don’t wait too long!

My daughter and I went to see the movie, and she was moved to tears. It was a powerfully emotional experience for me as well. Since I don’t want to make this review into a spoiler, I’ll contain my zeal and end this review by urging you to see the film.

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@PreachersOfLA Exclusive Interview

Friday, September 13th, 2013


Friends, here’s an exclusive interview just for you. Just returned from a preview of the upcoming controversial reality show Preachers of L.A. Just in is an exclusive with Bishop and First Lady Ron Gibson and preview host Darlene McCoy. The show has great evangelistic potential even though it faces backlash from the traditional church community. The show airs on Oxygen October 9 at 10 pm est. I don’t know if they will tackle some of the hardline issues such as abortion or God’s plan for procreation, but I do know that they are all lifting up the name of Jesus. Let’s pray that God will use the show to win souls for Jesus! Amen for now!

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Exclusive Interview with Preachers of LA

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

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Alveda: “We’re talking with Bishop and First Lady Ron Gibson and you’re getting this first from the blog of Alveda King because I’m sitting here with them.

“Now, I want to know why they have agreed to appear on Preachers of LA.

“You’ve heard a lot of controversial information about a lot of criticisms but I’m telling you, I’m sitting here with members of that show, preachers of the Gospel, husbands and wives, and they have a reason for using this avenue.

“I just want to know, Pastor and First Lady, do you believe God is going to use this medium to help you reach souls?”

Pastor Gibson: “I know He’s going to use this medium to reach souls. We’ve come to the Kingdom for such a time as this. God has anointed us, appointed us, now he’s launching us out into the deep to win the lost through the power of Pentecost, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. So I know it’s not accidental but it’s providential. It’s that time because time is winding up and people are dying without the hope of salvation. And God has prepared us for such a time as this.”

Alveda: “First Lady Gibson?”

First Lady Gibson: “There’s no doubt about it that this is a God assignment and it’s a God moment and I am honored that the Lord selected my husband first and I’m just assisting in any way that I can in this. He has trusted him with this opportunity to really speak to the society of today about issues today, Christian family life today, and getting the Gospel to people that may never watch Christian television. They may never turn on a Christian television station on but they might be watching Bad Girls on Oxygen. Hopefully right after that will be the Preachers of LA and they’re going to be ministered to, they’re going to be blessed because these preachers are opening up their lives and they’re sharing real life things that they go through and I think they’ll relate and they’ll be ministered to as they watch the journey through their lives.”

Alveda: “Thank you. And First Lady and I also attended Spellman together; you just might want to hear that. And now we’re going to the bold and daring Darlene McCoy who has brought this group together; gave us this wonderful preview. What did you have in mind when you brought this to Atlanta for us come out and join you?”

Darlene McCoy: “I do want to say this, I was taken back in the beginning and everyone knows that I am very vocal on Praise 102.5. I had an opportunity to watch the first episode and I am 100 percent behind this show. This is a show that the Kingdom needs to support. Not only the Kingdom; we’re going to see that the mainstream will support it as well because this is real ministry. And the thing, the key factor is they are lifting up Jesus. Jesus said, ‘If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me.’ And what better way to lift up Jesus among every man than on a network like Oxygen. This is incredible. I’m excited about it. And we’re just going to support it 100 percent.”

Alveda: “Now remember you heard this first from Alveda on my blog. And make sure you get it out in Tweetville, right now. Alveda King, signing off. Thank you!”

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