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Mar112013

A SPLASH OF COLOR: Samson & Mother Portrayed by Black Actors in ‘The Bible’ Mini Series

By EEW Magazine Entertainment Editors

The Bible TV miniseries: Nonso Anozie plays Samson, and Sharon Duncan Brewster, plays Samson’s mother. (History Channel)Last night, if you tuned in to the History Channel to see cable’s most watched television show, “The Bible,” you may have noticed that the story of Samson was retold with a splash of color. The iconic biblical warrior and his mother are portrayed by black actors.

Nonso Anozie, with his flowing dreadlocks, plays Samson and Sharon Duncan Brewster, with her ethnic head wrap, looking every bit the African queen, plays Samson’s mother.

Christian Post writer, Ethan Cole, calls the inclusion of black actors “striking,” noting that, typically, a “fair skinned” Samson “has been seen in artwork.”

Such Hollywood classics as "The Ten Commandments" and "The Greatest Story Ever Told," unlike "The Bible," do not present a similarly diverse cast of characters.

Pastor Charles Jenkins of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, who got a glimpse of the series ahead of its premiere, told The Root in an interview last month, "I appreciated the diversity I saw.”

Although an overwhelming number of black cast members are not present in major roles-- Lonyo Engele is a Guardian Angel; Patrice Naiambana is Balthazar; Actor Keith David serves as the series narrator—Jenkins is, at least, glad about any inclusion at all.

“Some people could think it's too much, and some people could think it's not enough," added the five-time Stellar Award-winning leader of “Fellowship Chicago” choir known for their smash hit, “Awesome.”

"The good news is [the series creators] were mindful of it, and I have a great appreciation for that,” he said.

Others  prominent leaders of color who have thrown their support behind the project include Maya Angelou, 'Touched by an Angel" star Della Reese, and Bishop T.D. Jakes.

The History channel’s five-part miniseries, “The Bible,” produced by actress Roma Downey (Touched By An Angel) and her producer husband, Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice, Celebrity Apprentice), premiered to a whopping 13.1 million viewers, catapulting it to the top of the entertainment pile so far for 2013.

“The Bible” airs Sundays 8/7c on the History Channel, with its finale to fall on March 31, coinciding with Easter.

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Samson was not black. He was from Isreal. How disapointing.
Lets make a movie about Martin Luther King and cast a red headed white guy for the part of king. Then see, if the same people say "I appreciate the diversity".

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSaidIt

I am all for diversity on television but I think keeping the integrity of the scriptures is more important than speckling the cast with black people. And this is from a BLACK person so do not attack me please. Thank you :)

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Wow I can't believe the two previous comments! This WONDERFUL to see diversity!! This is something I think God would be greatly pleased with. Kudos to Roma Downey and Mark Burnett.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMalorie White

Doesn't really bother me. Maybe they felt he would portray Samson well... Maybe they beat out those who were non-African American during auditions. We don't know. But as far as the King comment, when churches do Christmas and Easter plays and they are predominately African American, do they go out to seek a Jewish man to play the cast members??? I don't think so. They use the talent available to them and it doesn't take away from the Scriptures one bit.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSRHM

I agree with the previous post. Besides, none of us born in the last 1000 years really know what those people looked like. What we know as jewish or middle eastern now may not have been exactly what they looked like then. I think for other races to see other ethnicities play these pivitol roles broadens their perspective on race and christianity because they are so accustomed to seeing only europeans play the roles. It could also open the eyes of africans as well (especially african americans) to know some of us were used for the glory of God in history as well.

March 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermscrusader

I was very excited to see 2 people of African descent play mother and son and what a brilliant job they did.! Color is not a issue with such amazing actors. People of color existed during this time. One of the wise men was of African descent.

March 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSHEENA

The people of that time probably looked liked Hoda Kobt and Anwar Sadat. Diversity often means white European, South Americans, North American actors
When casting actors they didn't have to wear African dress or dread locks. I am glad the story is told but be truthful about their skin tone.

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda J. Mamon

the ancient Hebrews were to black, they were dread lock black people.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHcKzzgYnMs&playnext=1&list=PL213A2CC1ECC47168

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdreamhunk

Praise you Almighty God Jesus, the Christ for this
opportunity to speak truth to the children of men..

This is going to be interesting.. Before I begin... I
invite any Bible believing Christian in love to challenge
anything I write. No offense will be taken.. If Jesus
were a Caucasian - I would love him the same. In fact
when I was a younger man and thought he was
white - I loved him then....
Praise the Lord.

Not only was Samson black, but From
Adam to Jesus the Bible is black with
exception to the non-indigenous white
Greeks and Romans. I can prove this
if you are willing to look at the scriptures
with an open mind and forget what history,
tradition, folklore, theologians and the
television tells us what the race of the people
in the Bible were.

The Bible not only substaniates that Cush ( Gen 10:6
/ Strong's # 3568 ) the progenitor of Ethiopia,
and the grandson to Noah's youngest son Ham
was black, but all 8 people on the ark.

There were no people on the Earth besides the
8 people who got off the ark.

Noah was Cush's grand father, therefore, he
had to have been black as well. Think about
this for a second. Cush was black, therefore
all his brothers who had the same mother and
father ( Ham ) were black as well. Remember,
besides Noah's wife, there were 3 other women
on the ark who I will prove had to have been
black as well.

Cush other brother ( Gen 10:6 ) Mizraim
was the father of the Egyptians.. Mizraim
had the same mother and father as Cush, so
did Phut who became the progenitor of the
Lybians. And last but not least was the fourth
son, Canaan born of Ham and his mother who
was also on the Ark... Now if you accept how I
am explaining the Bible, you must accept that
the Philistines (Gen 10:13-14 ) are black b/c they
are descendants of the Mizraimites who I already
proved are black according to the Bible..

Now explain to me how Ham could be black if
Noah, and his wife weren't black? People...
think... Noah's son Ham was the father of the
African race.. Yeah, I will believe Noah was a
white man the day George W. Bush could
have a biological son with Laura Bush that
could be mistaken for Flavor Flav or any of
the Jackson 5 before plastic surgery.

You can't explain how two non-black people
on the ark can have a biological son who became
the progenitor of the African race..... Noah and
all three of his son's were black.. The white race
came about by the curse of Canaan ( Lev 13:3-4,
13, 43 )....

It's as simple as that.....

Now that you know Noah and his three
son's were black you now know that
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were also
black.. Joseph was mistaken ( Gen
42:7 ) for an Egyptian by his brothers...

So what do we have here? We have the
black descendants of Shem (Joseph)
way beyond Abraham - being mistaken
for a descendant of Ham's 2nd son
<Genesis 10:6> ( Mizraim Egypt /
Strong's # H4714 ) Mizraim.

Follow me.. 2 of Noah's sons descendants
of Shem ( Joseph / Gen 42:7 ) and Ham
are mistaken for the same race. And
descendants of Japheth in the Apocrypha
( 1 Maccabees 12:21 ) are called brethren
to the Israelites. And I am expected by
"society" to think that the entire (95%)
of the Bible is not black ? I can't fooled
anymore with the man's "his-story"..


Moses, Apostle Paul & all the sons of
Israel were mistaken for ( Gen 50:11
/ Exo 2:19 / Acts 21:38 ) Egyptians
as well...

The Bible says Jesus had wooly hair,
[ Daniel 7:9 KJV ] feet in color to brass
burnt in an oven [ Rev 1:13-15 ] , and
compared his complexion to a birthstone
[ Rev 4:3 ] which comes in many colors
including one the tone of Chris Rock..

Job said he was black as well as
Solomon.. ( Job 30:30 / SOS 1:5-6 )
God said Judah was black
[ Jeremiah 14:2 KJV.. Lam 4:8 ], and
that Jacob would never become white..
...Isaiah 29:22..

If we are willing to shut the voices of
history ( Jeremiah 16:19 ), tradition,
and the television out of our minds,
we can see that everyone in the
Bible except the Greeks and Romans
were black... And even the ancient
sons of Japheth were the first
Europeans, so whites are not even
native to Europe...


I almost forgot about the people of Sodom
( Gen 10:19 ) being black, as well the
Phonecians ( Gen 10:19 / Sidon …..
Strongs # H6721 ) who we get most of our
English alphabet from…

John 8:32

April 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJacob Obadiah

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