*LaCora Stephens may be the New Face of Talk! Because contrary to popular belief, this young, entertaining and saved woman aims to show audiences that ‘provocative’ can also be part of that equation as the host of her own television show called YES! Young, Entertaining & Saved. Stephens is not only the face of the show, she is also the brains behind the concept of cool, Christian TV. And what may be a popular though unrealistic belief, it’s no easy task hosting a TV talk show. Unless that’s all you’re doing. But in the case of LaCora Stephens, a self-proclaimed “struggling” actress, she does this and more. And if you were part of the small invitation-only group that recently attended her launch in Pasadena, California on Thursday, you got to see her in action in front of the camera and behind the scenes.
Stephens and her small yet capable crew put all the finishing touches on the show and I got to witness it all. The YES! show is recorded Live in front of a studio audience at the Pasadena Media studios and on this day of the shows’ new launch, crew was abuzz hanging sheer curtains in the green room, making sure all wires were hooked up accordingly, and making fervent attempts to catch up with Stephens so they could apply her makeup – I’d overhear her plead, “Just five more minutes,” with the stage manager, so that she could check on “just one more thing.”
In the meantime, outside the studio the lobby is accentuated with everything YES! Video cameras and still photographers move about to capture arriving guests; and caterers float through the forming crowd carrying scrumptious plates of soul food, dessert and non-alcoholic beverages.
Once the audience is seated, Stephens makes her entrance onstage to a round of applause. The host is comfortable on her new set, with an entertaining and friendly personality that easily engages with her audience – after all, Stephens has been doing her YES! show for some time now YouTube shows more than a thousand subscribers worldwide with a viewership that includes the UK, Africa and all over the USA.
Stephens has also become a staple on the Red Carpet and local television where she has covered events for Lee Bailey’s Electronic Urban Report (EURweb) performing in excess of 100 interviews with stars of film, television and stage. She has also had on-set visits with major networks including OWN, FOX, Sony, Oxygen, BET, and others where she had spoken with the stars of shows such as Tyler Perry‘s “Haves and Have Nots,” and Cedric the Entertainer and Niecy Nash series, “The Soul Man.” On the YES! show Stephens aims to prove that being Christian does not mean a show can’t be provocative.
I’m still laughing at the comment Stephens shot at the audience after her DJ hit on a particularly ‘funky’ but eclipsed intro: “We can be teased, but not pleased!” –DeBorah B. Pryor, editor, EURThisNthat
The very promising show offers segments that include Hot Topics of Gospel, FAB-U-YES! deals and steals, heated He Say/She Say segments that show the fun and sometimes heated brother and sister-style relationship between Stephens and co-host Robert C. Mitchell in candid debates about world and gospel news. “Can I Get a Witness,” another portion of the program, offers a mixed panel talking about hot topics in the church, while “Confessions of a Church Girl” showcases the struggles of young women who are single, saved and sexy! The show also offers the hottest sounds of Christianity along with a chance to discover inspiration and success among Christians in the entertainment industry. One YouTube subscriber wrote that the show is, “Spiritually appealing. Faithfully stimulating. Biblically popping!”
EURweb publisher Lee Bailey came out to support LaCora Stephens’ launch of YES!
…and so did
EURThisNthat editor, DeBorah B. Pryor
The new one-hour YES! Show: Young, Entertaining & Saved will run on Arroyo CH 32 every Sunday at 4:30pm and 4:30am, and on AT&T U-verse Channel 99 and the web on www.TheYesShowTV.com
If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities to support the campaign to raise $52K in support of The YES! Show, contact The YES! Show at 323-570-4333
Watch a clip of YES! with LaCora Stephens directly below.