October Secular Artist of the Month: Jeremiah Camara

Secular Artist of the Month: October

Filmmaker: Jeremiah Camara

Jeremiah Camara is an author, international speaker, activist, mini-movie and documentary filmmaker. He is the author of the books Holy Lockdown: Does the Church Limit Black Progress? and The New Doubting Thomas: The Bible, Black Folks & Blind Belief. Camara received national attention during his appearances on the Michael Baisden Show. Camara is the creator of the acclaimed video series Slave Sermons. Slave Sermons addresses the perils of religious intoxication and the consequences of being theologically conditioned to rely upon supernaturalism and divine intervention to deal with critical issues. In 1989, Camara created a roughly edited video documentary titled Psychological Wars, which examined subliminal messages in sitcoms, cartoons and commercials that negatively impacted the psyche of African Americans. Psychological Wars was endorsed by noted Black educators Na'im Akbar and Jawanza Kunjufu.

His Newest Film: "Contradiction"
Currently, Camara has produced a full-length documentary film entitled Contradiction [VIEW TRAILER HERE]. Contradiction explores the impact of religious loyalty and how an unyielding commitment to faith in an omniscient and omnipotent being is affecting society, particularly the African American segment. Contradiction seeks to understand the paradox between the abundance of churches coupled with abundance of problems and whether there is a correlation between high-praise and low productivity. Contradiction is scheduled for release in 2013.

"Contradiction" synopsis... There is a peculiar consistency that one cannot help but notice when riding through predominately African American neighborhoods in most major cities in the U.S. Black communities are typically saturated with churches. More often than not, the abundance of churches co-exists in the midst of impoverishment, despondency and deprivation on countless levels. The question then, becomes, if the presence of God allegedly dwells within these "holy" facilities, why are the surrounding areas laden with so many societal issues? If God answers all things (according to the bible) and if praise, worship, belief and love for God are prerequisites to prosperity, then why are Blacks, as a collective, in such an unprosperous position? Can there possibly be a connection between high-praise and low-productivity? This analysis is the crux of the film.

Want more? Visit Camara's website Slave Sermons and support the film on Facebook.

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