A Cry for Help

Cheri McClurkin

DREAM TEEN Magazine - - Content - By Michelle Moses

Iin­ter­viewed Cheri McClurkin, writer and direc­tor of A Cry for Help. Cheri is the sis­ter of Amer­i­can gospel mu­sic singer and min­is­ter, Don­ald An­drew “Don­nie” McClurkin, Jr. This is McClurkin’s first pro­duc­tion as she de­liv­ers an heart­felt per­for­mance of her tes­ti­mony. She takes you on a grip­ping jour­ney of drug deal­ing, gang vi­o­lence, promis­cu­ity, and bit­ter­ness to­wards all Chris­tians. Her mes­sage is clear--we all don’t have the same is­sues, but at some point in life, we all cry for mercy.

McClurkin is a sin­gle mother who worked hard to take care of her chil­dren, although she lost them to the streets. She said that she was con­sumed with pay­ing the rent, putting food on the ta­ble, and be­ing the soul provider for her home. She cried out to God want­ing to know where she had gone wrong. McClurkin has been work­ing with chil­dren for years. She be­lieves she is not alone. “The streets are cry­ing out for an­swers,” she said. We must com­mu­ni­cate with our chil­dren. “It has to be more than, eat your din­ner, do your home­work, take a bath, and go to bed,” she said.

McClurkin comes from a large fam­ily. When grow­ing up, her yard was al­ways full of kids, and so it was for her own home. When com­ing home from work, she would step over chil­dren. She asked them what did they want to be­come. These were teach­ing mo­ments for her. By tapping into their in­ter­est, she re­al­ized the tal­ent that was be­fore her.

McClurkins says she heard the call from God. When her mom passed away she took some time off. Within a year, she also lost her aunt and other fam­ily mem­bers. Not long af­ter, her dad passed away. She was dev­as­tated. Dur­ing her time of mourn­ing, God in­structed her not to shut the door, but to move for­ward or the gift would be given to some­one else. McClurkin stepped out on faith and has never looked back. God has been the provider and source of her pro­duc­tion. Her sons sup­port and wit­ness the bless­ings that God has be­stowed on McClurkin and her fam­ily. Her vi­cis­si­tudes have been the cat­a­lyst that pro­pelled her into the arts and min­istry,

Now that her first pro­duc­tion is on the map, there is more to come. Al­ready, there is a buzz in the com­mu­ni­ties and a de­mand for her next project. DT.

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