A Cry for Help
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.