Sho Baraka, Christian hip-hop artist and author, stars in the crowd-funded comedy “The PKS.” The show, distributed by the streaming platform LOOR TV, recently released its first episode for free on social media.
Baraka stars as the Rev. Chuck D. Sharp, pastor of a racially mixed church. Sharp and his Latina wife, Gretchen (Jasmine M. Garcia), also happen to parent a large multiethnic family that includes adopted children.
“The one thing that we’re trying to communicate is that the thing that binds people together is the covenant, the relationship that we have with Jesus and one another,” Baraka said previously during production. “So though we may look differently, our biology may not be the same, if you will, the reality is that we all have a common unifier and that is a covenant relationship.”
“The PKs” has been in production since 2021. The distributor finally released the pilot episode, uploading it on Twitter on October 19.
Sho The Actor: I had the opportunity to star in a pilot as a pastor trying to manage is diverse family and congregation. https://t.co/Nk7soMyQXP
— Sho Baraka (@AmIshoBaraka) October 19, 2023
Deleaone Shannon, a podcaster known as Chocolate Knox, directed the pilot episode of “The Pks.” Jason Farley, known for his creative work on “Sasquatch” and “Stand Up Standup,” is listed as the writer. A standout among the diverse cast includes Joseph Granda (“The Apostle,” “Caught Up”) as Deacon Bryce.
It remains unclear how many episodes will be included in the “The PKs” series, assuming the project moves forward. Projects on LOOR.tv rely on crowdfunding.
LOOR TV, the exclusive distributor of the project, states on its website that it features content that is “fighting against the woke Hollywood culture.” Viewers are invited to watch and help fund “the movies and TV shows that they want to see” with a $14 monthly subscription. A free 7-day trial is also included.
Marcus Pittman, founder of LOOR TV, is cited in an August 2023 article stating that about 40 programs were affiliated with the service.