T.D. Jakes hosted about 300 friends at his Dallas estate on Easter Sunday to celebrate the Christian holiday and make sure the word gets out about Jumping the Broom.
T.D., who co-produced the film along with Tracey E. Edmonds, recently signed a nine-picture deal with Sony Pictures, but he reminded friends that audiences need to support Jumping the Broom if they want more similar films in the future.
S2S Publisher Jamie Foster Brown attended the event on the 30-acre property and said sales during the film’s first three weeks determine its success or failure.
“Let’s be very smart,” she said, reminding moviegoers to make sure their ticket stubs read Jumping the Broom and don’t count toward sales for other films.
The movie, opening Mother’s Day weekend, stars Paula Patton, Loretta Devine, Laz Alonso and Angela Bassett, all of whom celebrated Resurrection Sunday with T.D.
It was “amazing,” said Jamie, who also attended Sunday morning service with T.D. and 14,000 churchgoers at his Potter’s House church.
Tamela Mann of “Meet the Browns” sang at the service, and later, T.D.’s friends were treated to a performance by Ledisi at his house.
In addition to a great company, music and food, guests were able to go horseback riding and play with the “real-life baby bunny rabbits” T.D. had on site.
“It was really a wonderful time,” Jamie said.
—Tracy L. Scott