Monday, October 02, 2006

It's Hard Out Here for a Sister!

Los Angeles, CA-Clean Heart Productions releases a gripping cinematic journey into the realities facing today's successful, saved, single African-American women nationwide this fall in documentary, SOULMATE. According to the 2004 U.S. Census, 42.3% of all African-American women have never been married. This staggering statistic is one of many reflected throughout this deeply personal portrait which reveals the trials and triumphs of unforgettable women while offering hope and practical advice on issues such as loneliness, the desire for sexual intimacy and the ticking biological clock. Having already received rave reviews from private screenings across the country, acclaimed veteran television writer/producer and founder of Clean Heart Productions, Andrea Wiley, has produced a revolutionary film which she hopes will not only impact the body of Christ, but popular culture as well.

SOULMATE brings you face to face with the stark realities facing today's single, professional African American women such as:

* Black women are five times more likely to remain single at 40 than white women.

* Unlike any other race, Black women have higher educational attainment than black men.

* The more money and education a black woman has, the less likely she is to ever get married or have children.

* Almost 70% of all new cases of HIV/AIDS are black women.

* AIDS is the number one killer of black women between the ages of 25 and 44.

When asked why she embarked upon a film project on singleness when Wiley herself is a married mother of two, Wiley replies, "While working as Executive Producer on 'The Parkers' during its final year, I began to sense God calling me into a new season and into His purpose for my life." Shortly after the show wrapped, Wiley's sense was confirmed after two successful, single girlfriends, in separate conversations, bared their souls about single life behind the masks. "My heart went out to them and it was as though God said, 'This is it. Tell this story.'"

Beyond the friends and associates that gathered to share their journeys, SOULMATE offers insight and wisdom on coping with singleness in a God-centered way from some of the nation's most dynamic Christian leaders: Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer, senior pastor of Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood, CA--of which 66% of his 11,000 plus membership are singles; speaker, singer, former advertising agent and New York Times best selling author of Sassy, Single and Satisfied, Michelle McKinney Hammond; Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale, senior pastor of Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, GA; actress/comedienne Sherri Shepherd; and senior pastor Donald Bell of Covenant Blessing Fellowship Church, Gardena, CA, among others.

"SOULMATE gives voice to the thoughts of successful, single women who love God, but desire a mate. Each opinion shared by the interviewees speaks to the heart and soul of every single woman. The advice given is insightful and necessary, and the reflections are heart wrenching and real. I recommend that SOULMATE be viewed not only by singles, but by churches across the country so that spiritual leadership can get a clearer picture of the challenges single Christian women face on a daily basis," comments Kimberley Brooks, author of He's Fine...But is He Saved?

"African-American women have faced what seems like insurmountable obstacles, trials and tribulations. But in the midst of these storms that have raged for centuries, there is a special blessing and strength that God has bestowed to our women. In looking at the number of African-American women who find themselves without their 'soul mate', I must first urge our women and anyone seeking a mate to address the 'soul' and establish an intimate relationship with God...," adds Bishop Eddie L. Long, senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, GA.

For those still waiting to exhale, SOULMATE penetrates the myriad of emotions felt by women at pivotal moments and stages in their lives. This inspiring film also offers some surprising revelations about the quest for one's true...Soulmate.

SOULMATE is available for purchase at

To book or sponsor a DVD screening, please send your request to For all media inquiries, including interview and speaking requests, please contact Candace D. Reese via email at or via phone at (678) 754-8881.

Andrea Wiley has enjoyed successful careers in both corporate and entertainment industries. As an acclaimed television writer/producer and screenwriter, she has amassed a body of work that includes numerous high profile network comedy series', including "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," starring Will Smith, "The Parent Hood," The Jamie Foxx Show," "The Steve Harvey Show," "Malcolm and Eddie" and most recently, "The Parkers," starring Mo'nique, on which she served as the Executive Producer. Wiley is the director and producer of her fourth documentary, entitled SOULMATE, and has formed her own Los Angeles production company, Clean Heart Productions. The film web site is

Clean Heart Productions is a Christian-based, multi-media company. The company's mission is to bring attention to the power of the Christian faith, by illustrating scriptural principles in a relevant, relatable and irresistible manner. It was further formed to be a 'change agent' in popular culture by presenting the uncompromising Gospel to audiences everywhere.

Envision Consulting Services, Inc., owned and controlled by Candace D. Reese, is a results-oriented, full-service public relations boutique, helping clients reach their business visions and create new corporate images, through effective communications and public relations management. Services include, but are not limited to Publicist, Media Tours, Advertising Agent, Event Marketing/Management, Seasonal Promotions, Community Relations, Multi-Media Buyer/Consultant, Motivational/Training Seminars, and Marketing/Public Relations Consultant. The company web address is


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