International Women’s Day: 5 Women In Faith Entertainment That Change The Game

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Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement.

And we have much to celebrate today. But progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places.

The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn’t close entirely until 2133.

Well here are the five women that are making the difference in faith Entertainment.

holly carterHolly Carter

Holly is the CEO and founder of Relevé Entertainment, one of the premier management and production companies for family and faith inspired content.As a producer of television and film, her credits include the groundbreaking faith-based feature film ‘The Gospel’ (Sony ScreenGems) starring Idris Elba and Boris Kodjoe, ‘In the Mix’ (Lionsgate) starring Usher Raymond, ‘Mama I Want to Sing,’ starring Lynn Whitfield, Hill Harper and R&B hit maker, Ciara, and ‘A Beautiful Soul,’ starring Deitrick Haddon and Harry Lennix. She created and executive produced BET’s ‘106 & Gospel’ and packaged the hit Nickelodeon series ‘Lil Romeo.’ During her tenure, she has also helped to develop the careers of award winning artists Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Cece Winans, Mary Mary, Kierra Sheard, and Deitrick Haddon, among others. She holds a Doctorate of Ministry from the Southern California School of Ministry. She is a native Los Angelean, a wife and mother of two.You may not know the name but, know that she is changing the game!

You are the best at displaying passion when you have suffered some type of adversity. When you have come from a certain side of the tracks, it intensifies the passions behind the words that you preach, because you know what if feels like to have fallen.

Now she has the biggest nighttime shows with the Preachers Franchise, L.A. Hair,  Fix My Choir and The Sheards. Holly is proof you can believe and do it.

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tinaTina Campbell

Tina Campbell is known as on half of Mary Mary, but there is more to her. First she stepped out on faith and revealed real struggles. Now Tina is c-producer of hit show Mary Mary, which has entered its fifth season. Add to that, she is now the face of survival of forgiveness. Her book “It’s Personal’ is a real time real life guide to surviving darkness and coming through to the light.

The accomplished singer/songwriter and entertainment mogul announces her national tour, An Evening with Teddy and Tina Campbell, that hits 36 cities this fall.  Dates, cities and venues will post on her web site and socials late spring.
Tina’s video for the rousing song Speak The Word,” from her album It’s Personal is a full on theology lesson unlike any the music industry has seen.
In yet more remarkable news, Tina is set to announce a partnership with retail giant Walmart in which the Gospel star will bundle her award winning debut album It’s Personal along with a live dvd version of her popular prayer book, “I Need A Day To Pray,” which will include six new music videos and live performances.
 I want people to know that you can make it through if you hold on to the word. If my struggle can help someone, than that’s great. I know my God is real, because I am proof that you can make it with him.
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nataligrantcroppedNatalie Grant
Four-time Grammy nominated Natalie Grant is known for her powerful and soaring vocals, heart-gripping lyrics and passionate performances, and has remained one of the top-selling Christian & Gospel artists since her 2005 breakout RIAA Gold certified album, “Awaken.” She has since gone on to have over 3 million in career sales. The Gospel Music Association has named her Female Vocalist of the Year 5 times and she has had multiple number 1’s on the Billboard chart.Natalie was host of The Game Show Network’s “It Takes A Church’.
Her story  is, in many ways, every woman’s story. She juggles the responsibilities as a mother of three with the demands of a full-time career while managing to find time for the pursuits that are important to her. Her daily life informs her music, which radiates encouragement, centered on a simple message: sometimes, all it takes to change the world is a shift in personal perspective.She is in the fight for women who have been harmed by sexual trafficking.
She  launched a jewelry line called NG by Natalie Grant, featuring items inscribed with inspiring phrases, and she was donating a portion of the proceeds of that line to Hope for Justice, a nonprofit that restores children who are victims of human trafficking, an organization Grant founded in 2005 as Abolition International

“One of the biggest problems in our entire culture, especially American culture, I believe, stems from a sense of entitlement. I’m entitled to a good life, I’m entitled to success. When we have a sense of entitlement in our own life, we can’t stop to think about what somebody else needs, because we’re too busy being upset about our own unmet expectations. I think it all comes down to a change in perspective, when you instead ask yourself, ‘What can I do’ instead of ‘what can they do?’ ”

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erica campbellErica Campbell

Erica Campbell  has been super busy lately. She is launching a hairline. The fifth season of Mary Mary just started on  WeTV starts in March. Things are going to be great! She describes herself as a child of God, strong, confident, friendly, Warryn’s wife and Krista, Wozy & Zaya’s mommy. Her solo album killed the game.

The truth is that she is doing charity work as First Lady of her church. Yes, you heard that right.

She encourages the community  to rise above challenges and keep going.

Take a moment. Breathe, regroup, reset. Now keep going. It was just an obstacle, you can overcome  that! Keep going!

Quiet as it is kept,  she is ministering in her own community. Being a First Lady makes you focus on women’s issues, just by th nature of th position.

 

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fulwiler-headshot-2-webJennifer Fulwiler 

Many of you may know her. I stumbled upon her by accident one afternoon.  Her story is interesting.  It is interesting because she is by far the most authentic radio host I have found in Generation X. She pulls absolutely no shorts when it comes to calling out people for their ignorance of the faith community.

Her bestselling memoir, Something Other than God, was a finalist in the “Best Memoir and Biography” category in the Goodreads Choice Awards, and her ebook collection of humor essays, Like Living Among Scorpions was a #1 bestseller in its genre on Amazon. She’s been a guest on variety of national television shows, and was the subject of the reality show Minor Revisions. She lives with her husband and six young children in Austin, Texas. Her unique (and often surprising) perspectives and her sharp sense of humor combine to make the ‘Jennifer Fulwiler Show’ an exciting addition to the afternoon talk radio world. She is the mother of six children.  She talks candidly about home schooling them. She just challenges you unapologetically  as a woman to affect your world and be better.

You can listen to her on Sirius Channel 129 each day. I guarantee you will laugh out loud and look in the mirror.

All the women above are moving the needle to say something to women, fight for women and engage women!

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