Starting the Conversation to Stop the Bleeding
A Documentary Film
Potential Hosts and Narrators
Hemorrhage will feature hosts and narrators that are well known in the mainstream. Some of them will be Christian leaders, but most will not. Our goal has always been to reach the world with our media programming.
So our strategy in stacking this docuseries with secular hosts and narrators (as well as commentators and interviewees) is two-fold:
- They have a large secular audience, and we need as large and diverse of an audience as possible to see this project.
- Adding people from diverse backgrounds will speaking on the topic will ensure add journalistic credibility to the project.
Here are a list of some of the people we are considering for hosts and narrators of Hemorrhage, along with a short bio of each, although most don’t need it:
Steve Harvey is an American comedian, businessman and entertainer. He hosts The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Family Feud, Celebrity Family Feud, the Miss Universe competition (since 2015) and Fox's New Year's Eve (since 2017). He did standup comedy in the early 1980s and hosted Showtime at the Apollo and The Steve Harvey Show. He was later featured in The Original Kings of Comedy after starring in the Kings of Comedy Tour. He has also hosted Little Big Shots, Little Big Shots Forever Young, and Steve Harvey’s Funderdome. As an author, he has written four books including his bestseller Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, which was published in March 2009. He is a six-time Daytime Emmy Award winner, two-time Marconi Award winner, and a 14-time NAACP Image Award winner in various categories.
Christopher Brian Bridges, better known by his stage name Ludacris (/ˈluːdəkrɪs/), is an American rapper and actor. Along with fellow Atlanta-based rappers Big Boi and André 3000 of Outkast, Ludacris was one of the first and most influential "Dirty South" rappers to achieve mainstream success during the early 2000s. Ludacris has won Screen Actors Guild, Critics' Choice, MTV, and 3 Grammy Awards. Ludacris is the founder of the Disturbing tha Peace record label. As an actor, he has appeared in films including Crash (2004), Gamer (2009), and New Year's Eve (2011) and is best known for playing Tej Parker in The Fast and the Furious film series.
Thomas Dexter Jakes Sr., known as T. D. Jakes, is a bishop, author and filmmaker. He is the bishop of The Potter's House, a non-denominational American megachurch. Jakes's church services and evangelistic sermons are broadcast on The Potter's Touch, which airs on Lightsource.com, the Trinity Broadcasting Network, Black Entertainment Television, the Daystar Television Network and The Word Network. He hosted the T.D. Jakes Show, a nationally syndicated talk show produced by Tegna Media and distributed by Sony Pictures Television. TD Jakes has published over 30 books and produced at 10 feature films.
Tyrese Gibson, also known mononymously as Tyrese, is an American singer, songwriter, author, rapper, actor, model, VJ and screenwriter. He played Joseph "Jody" Summers in Baby Boy, Angel Mercer in Four Brothers, Roman Pearce in the Fast & Furious films, and Robert Epps in the Transformers film series. After releasing several albums, he transitioned into films, with lead roles in several major Hollywood releases. According to Billboard Tyrese has sold 3.69 million albums in the U.S.
Oprah Winfrey is an American talk show host, actress, television producer, media executive, and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, broadcast from Chicago, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and ran in national syndication for 25 years from 1986 to 2011. Dubbed the "Queen of All Media", she was the richest African American of the 20th century and North America's first black multi-billionaire, and she has been ranked the greatest black philanthropist in American history. By 2007, she was sometimes ranked as the most influential woman in the world.
Taraji P. Henson
Taraji Penda Henson is an American actress and author. She has acted and starred in over 30 feature films, including Hustle & Flow (2005), for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture nomination. She received Academy Award, SAG Award and Critics Choice Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress for her role and as a single mother of a disabled child in David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). In 2010 she co-starred in the remake of The Karate Kid. Henson has also had an extensive and successful career in television, including co-starring as Detective Jocelyn Carter in the CBS drama Person of Interest, for which she won an NAACP Image Award. In 2015 she began starring as Cookie Lyon in the Fox drama series Empire, for which she became the first African-American woman to win a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series.
In 2016, Time named Henson one of the 100 most influential people in the world. That year, she released a New York Times best selling autobiography titled Around the Way Girl. Also that year, she was praised for her starring role as Katherine Johnson in the critically acclaimed drama film Hidden Figures, for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of Destiny's Child, one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. During Destiny's Child's hiatus, Beyoncé made her theatrical film debut with a role in the US box-office number-one Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) and recorded her first solo album, Dangerously in Love (2003), which debuted at the top of the US Billboard 200 chart. It also featured the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy".
Following the disbandment of Destiny's Child in 2006, she released her second solo album, B'Day, which contained the US number-one single "Irreplaceable", as well as the UK number-one singles "Déjà Vu" and "Beautiful Liar". Beyoncé continued her acting career with starring roles in The Pink Panther (2006), Dreamgirls (2006), and Obsessed (2009). Her marriage to rapper Jay-Z and her portrayal of Etta James in Cadillac Records (2008) influenced her third album, I Am... Sasha Fierce (2008), which earned a record-setting six Grammy Awards in 2010. It spawned the UK number-one single "If I Were a Boy" and the US number-one single "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)". Beyoncé is one of the world's best-selling music artists, having sold over 100 million records worldwide.
Anthony Tyrone "Tony" Evans is an American Christian pastor, speaker, author, and widely syndicated radio and television broadcaster in the United States. Evans serves as senior pastor to the over-9,500-member Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas. He is also the founder of the The Urban Alternative, a national organization that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and the application of the Word of God. The Urban Alternative radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard over 1,400 outlets daily throughout the U.S. and in over 130 countries worldwide.
Evans has served as chaplain for the NFL's Dallas Cowboys and is currently the longest-serving NBA chaplain, a position he holds with the Dallas Mavericks. He taught evangelism, homiletics, and black church studies at DTS, and serves on its Board of Incorporate Members. Evans was named one of the 12 Most Effective Preachers in the English-Speaking World by Baylor University. In 2017, Evans launched the Tony Evans Training Center, an online learning platform providing quality seminary-style courses to equip Christian leaders who cannot attend a seminary.
Evans holds the honor of writing and publishing the first full-Bible commentary and study Bible by an African American. He is also the author of over 100 books, including Oneness Embraced, The Kingdom Agenda, Kingdom Man, The Tony Evans Study Bible, and The Tony Evans Bible Commentary.
Serita A. Jakes is an author, speaker and visionary. She serves alongside her husband, Bishop T. D. Jakes of the legendary 30,000-member Dallas-based church, The Potter’s House.
Mrs. Jakes serves as executive director of women’s and children’s affairs at The Potter’s House, where she oversees the internationally acclaimed God’s Leading Ladies Life Enrichment Program, the nationally acclaimed Distinctively Debs Youth Program for academically astute girls, and Starting Over, a ministry committed to the betterment of women who encounter life altering challenges such as abuse, divorce, joblessness and grief. She has written three books and been featured on The Dr. Phil Show, CNN, Oprah’s Next Chapter and Fox News.