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Tika Sumpter, Meagan Good, LisaRaye bring tears at Merge in Atlanta

Angie Stone & her group D-Squared

The Merge Symposium is where the best in entertainment and the faith-based communities connect and have a finger snapping, hand clapping and feet stomping good time. It’s where stars go deeper than you’ve ever seen them go before; they shares their truth, their triumph, their pain and even how they overcome their fears.

The morning commenced with a worship experience and then segued into a full day of educational and empowerment experiences designed to educate, inspire, and motivate this generation’s rising professionals and leaders.

The mission of the Merge Symposium is to teach this generation’s leaders to incorporate faith-based content in film, television, music, and ministry. During the Atlanta tour stop, master class panelists and speakers included actress and humanitarian LisaRaye McCoy, actor and producer Harry Lennix (“The Blacklist”), Brely Evans (“Sparkle”), CEO and producer of Franklin Entertainment DeVon Franklin, Essence magazine editor-at-large Mikki Taylor, celebrity hairstylist Kim Kimble (“LA Hair”), and more. It was held at at Bishop William Murphy’s dReam Center located at 4209 Northeast Expressway in Atlanta.

Dr. Holly Carter prepares to debut ‘Preachers of Atlanta’ and Merge Symposium

A special closing treat was Franklin and his wife, actress Meagan Good, sharing insight on their upcoming book, The Wait, to be released on Feb. 12, 2016.

The event is the brainchild of executive producer Dr. Holly Carter, who consistently delivers high quality, “breakthrough” programming that engages and creates buzz among national audiences. Most recently, she created Oxygen’s “Preachers Of….” franchise that now includes shows in Los Angeles, Detroit and Atlanta. Other recent television projects include “Fix My Choir” (Oxygen) and “The Sheards” (BET). Dr. Carter also created and executive produced BET’s “106 & Gospel,” and packaged and produced feature films “The Gospel” (Rainforest Films/Sony Screen Gems), “In the Mix” (Lionsgate) and faith-based indie “A Beautiful Soul.”

Follow the conversation on social media: @themergesummit and #mergetour2015.

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