'Black Church, Inc.'
(David Banner, Keith Clinkscales, et al / DVD / NR / 2015 / Cinedigm)
Overview: 'Black Church, Inc.' is a feature-length investigative documentary that examines the sensationalism of the black church and its present day relationship with serving the community.
DVD Verdict: 'Black Church, Inc.' is a very interesting picture of the Dynamics of "Black Mega Churches" and their charismatic, colorful and paradoxical leaders. Tons of cash and stow away loot to be had, so it seems! Got the feeling most of the congregations were cool with the power and largess of their talented pastors, but please watch this documentary and make your own deductions, of course.
That said, 'Black Church, Inc.' should probably be best served as a television documentary. I thought it would go deeper into interviews with the pastors of these mega-churches. Other than Creflo Dollar, no one really spoke. Nothing from Rev TD Jakes or Bishop Long. I was expecting these pastors and others like them to explain the excess. I thought perhaps some of them would be answering tough questions. But no.
In closing, this was a really good documentary. It still managed to address a lot of the concerns that I have about the prosperity Gospel and the mega churches springing up all over. I've always felt that pastors in the black churches are deified and placed on a pedestal, which is dangerous. More films on this subject matter need to be made and more expansion on the points addressed in this film therein. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of Deleted Scenes.