Hollywood may have a well-deserved reputation for being a spiritual wasteland, but faith is hardly absent from Tinseltown.
- The Basketball Wives reality star Evelyn Lozada told new age spiritualist Iyanla Vanzant that she is learning to become a “servant of God” during life classes aired on the OWN Network in September. Lozada went to Vanzant after she was outed publically for her violent tendencies on the basketball reality show. Though there were many fighters on the show, Lozada infamously jumped across a table to “kill” co-star Jennifer Williams. Lozada later married and divorced professional football player Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson after he head-butted her during an argument.
- Jada Pinkett-Smith and her husband Will have been battling divorce rumors since 2011. Pinkett-Smith told Essence Magazine that the gossip has tested her faith much like Job’s faith was tested in the Bible. When asked if she was bitter, Pinkett-Smith told the magazine, “No. Because here’s the thing. Think about how blessed I am. Like, that’s part of the laws of the universe.”
- Virginia native Gabby Gabrielle Douglas became America’s sweetheart after she became the first African-American woman to ever win the gold medal in Women’s Gymnastics All-Around competition in the 2012 summer Olympics. She immediately took to Twitter to celebrate the achievement. She tweeted, “Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things He does for me.” Douglas has since published a memoir entitled, Grace, Gold, Glory.
- Academy Award winning actor Jamie Foxx has called Barack Obama “our lord and savior” during the 2012 Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas on last month. The Django star told that crowd, “It’s like church over here. It’s like church in here. First of all, give an honor to God and our Lord and Savior Barack Obama. Barack Obama.” Catholic League President Bill Donohue called the statement “startling.” Foxx defended his comment as a joke meant to be humorous.
Denzel Washington opened up about his Christian values in an interview with GQ magazine. He says he makes sure to read his Bible every day. Of course there were other stories. Kirk Cameron told the CNN host, marriage is “almost as old as dirt, and it was defined in the garden between Adam and Eve – one man, one woman for life till death do you part. So I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage. And I don’t think anyone else should either. So do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don’t.”. Seventh Day Adventist Actor Angus T. Jones Declared His Faith, Denounces His Show 2.5 Men.