Sunday, January 3, 2010

Video Review

DVD Review


The Donnie McClurkin Story – From Darkness to Light


“Grammy award-winning gospel singer Donnie McClurkin rose from the harshest depths of life to become one of the most celebrated performers of the genre.  This documentary charts his rise to the top and gives a glimpse into the enormous challenges he had to overcome before he made it big.” -- The Donnie McClurkin Story


June 8, 1968 – Donnie McClurken remembers this date because it was the day his uncle raped him when he just a little boy.  “From then on, life was not the same,” he says in this video detailing his career and life.  When he was 13-years-old, the uncle’s son molested him.  Donnie explains how this started his 20-year-old battle with homosexuality. 


The sexual molestation brought hurt and dysfunction into his life.  “The seed of perversion was planted through molestation,” Donnie says.  “Pandora’s box was opened and could not be closed again.” 


He sought church as a therapeutic place to escape.  The “sisters” in the church helped him with his feminine tendencies.  “Men don’t sing like that – get some bass in your voice,” the women told him.  They also told him how men walk and took the time to break some feminine tendencies he had.  It took someone who was strong enough to say, “I don’t care what they say about me, I’m going to help that boy.”  The men in church wouldn’t do it, but the women did.  They were faith filled and strong for God. 


Donnie asked God, “Why did this happen to me?” Why did the childhood rape and resulting struggle with his sexuality happen to him?  God answered, “In order for others to be saved, someone has got to be crucified.” 


As a result, Donnie has never allowed his past to keep him quiet because lives depend on him.  “People don’t want to believe that you can change,” he says.  “God broke the very thing that people say today is unbreakable.” 


In the video, Donnie says that the gay community labels him as dangerous and a homophobe.  But he says that if you’re involved in the gay lifestyle and are happy, then fine.  But there are some like him who were broken and in hell and don’t want that life that for one reason or another was thrust upon them.  Some people are broken and wounded and sexually confused – that was him. 


Donnie keeps on testifying despite threats, ridicule, and attacks.  He says he has to keep testifying because otherwise there’s no hope for those who want to come out. 


Donnie also talks about his relationship with Oprah, who appreciated his talents early on.

(Reportedly, it was Oprah who encouraged him to sing at a fundraiser for then presidential candidate Obama, which outraged gay activists.) 


The Donnie McClurkin Story – From Darkness to Light is a great DVD.  Musical performances include Donnie’s multi-platinum single "We Fall Down" and "Stand" featuring Patti LaBelle, Kirk Franklin, Marvin Winans and BeBe and CeCe Winans.  It also includes interviews with Beyonce, Knowles, Andrae Crouch, Yolanda Adams, Steve Harvey, Magic Johnson, Bishop T.D. Jakes, and Kelly Price.


Make sure to buy The Donnie McClurkin Story – From Darkness to Light or put it on your Netflix list.  And pray for Donnie, as he is continually under attack for being who he is. 





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