Quality Entertainment: Rockmond Dunbar & Vanessa Williams Star in GMC Family-Friendly, Faith-based Movie, ‘Raising Izzie’
By JT Morton, EEW Entertainment News Staff
These days, it can be tough to find quality, family-friendly, faith-based shows on television. But the GMC network is seeking to change all that by releasing original movies, which tell compelling stories, and cast exceptional actors like the new film “Raising Izzie” starring Rockmond Dunbar (“Private Practice,” “The Game”) and Vanessa Williams (“Soul Food,” “NYPD Blue”).
Williams and Dunbar play Greg and Tonya, a husband and wife dealing with the frustration of fertility issues. Though this African American couple’s love for one another radiates, their attempts to build a family have been unsuccessful. Tonya desperately longs to share the love and nurturing she puts into her job as a teacher with children of her own. But the couple’s prolonged period of childlessness causes the two to wonder if it’s God’s will that they remain without children of their own.
Greg and Tonya have no idea that two young girls, Gertie and Izzie, will change their lives forever.
The sisters, abandoned by their father and tragically orphaned by their recently deceased mother, are doing the best they can to stay in school and keep anyone from detecting the truth: they are living alone, so they can stay together. With assistance from their mother before her passing, the girls are financially prepared to sustain themselves for some time. Gertie, 14, takes seriously her charge to raise her younger sister Izzie, 10, alone.
But when Tonya discovers their sad and hopeless plight, she and Greg will make a move that will help them discover God’s plan for their family.
Raising Izzie is a refreshing twist on a familiar tale of down-on-their-luck kids needing a stable family to take them in. Usually, African American children are depicted as the poor, cast down, needy characters ultimately rescued by caring, white heroic figures.
This time around, GMC breaks the mold by highlighting a strong, loving, healthy black family in position to provide love, shelter, and stability to downtrodden white children.
“I think it’s an interesting story because it’s about people coming together when they need each other,” says Williams in a behind- the-scenes interview.
It’s nice to see diverse programming with a message of faith and hope.
Raising Izzie starring Rockmond Dunbar, Vanessa Williams, Kyla Kenedy and Victoria Staley airs Saturday July 21 on GMC.
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Will you be checking it out?