storefrontpastor Cast members on “The Preachers of L.A.[1]” have been criticized for being flashy and having big, rock star personas. So would the show be better, more realistic, if you threw a storefront preacher into the mix? Roland Martin[2] and Rahiel Tesfamariam[3], founder of Urban Cusp[4] explored that scenario on “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin. As Tesfamariam noted, a typical church has a congregation of about 70 people[5]. Not that the makers of the Oxygen show are out to reflect reality, she adds. “When you put a show like that on that network,” Tesfamariam said, “I feel we already know what this is going to be about… They’re filling a quota.” Do you agree? Listen to the full exchange below, and tune in to “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin weekdays at 10am EST.


  1. ^Bishop T.D. Jakes Slams ‘Preachers Of L.A.’ (
  2. ^Roland Martin (
  3. ^Rahiel Tesfamariam (
  4. ^Urban Cusp (
  5. ^Average U.S. church size (

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