Black Jesus

I’m in my parents’ home right now watching The Passion of the Christ with them. (I’d prefer Comedy Central). As Mel Gibson beats the snot out of Jesus, I have turned to my trusty friend, the Internet and learned about an interesting new film that is in the works–The Color of the Cross–a Hollywood Jesus film with a Black Jesus (and Mary). From the film’s wbsite

“Color of the Cross,” an independent, biblically charged religious biopic, based on the last 48 hours of Christ’s life, stands to be the most controversial depiction of Jesus to date.

The film is unique in two distinct ways: The first dramatic film in Hollywood history ever to depict Christ as a black man. Secondly, it is the first Christian based film to inject race as a possible factor in the Crucifixion of Christ. This racial perspective to the conventional biblical story is sure to challenge Conservative Christian beliefs.

The film places racial issues front and center in this growing religious discourse that is sure to become an additional topic for debate. According to Producer, Kenneth Halsband, “When you see the black man on the cross, you are immediately reminiscent of the 1960’s… Our film hopes to heal those wounds”. The film, independently financed is currently in production and scheduled for theatrical release in fall 2006.

See the trailer for yourself.

This post has 4 Comments

  1. Kenn Chaplin (mail: kenngc at sympatico dot ca) on April 16, 2006 at 4:13 am

    Hi Peterson:

    Still haven’t seen, nor wish to see, The Passion. A nurse friend saw it and said Jesus would not have made it to the cross alive after losing so much blood on the way. What’d you think of the flick?

    BTW I have dropped off MySpace after learning that it is owned by Rupert Murdoch. ;^(

  2. Peterson Toscano on April 16, 2006 at 4:18 am

    Kenn, ah, so many things I found wrong with The Passion. By the end I stopped watching it.

  3. Eric on April 16, 2006 at 5:24 am

    hmm…not quite sure yet what i think about that trailer….

    who’s Rupert Murdoch?


  4. Joe G. on April 17, 2006 at 2:16 pm

    Well, Peterson, hope you’re doing well even if you did watch that pornographic violence flic “Nightmare on the Via Dolorosa”!

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