The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel

By Jacquie Gales Webb

Queen Latifa, Mary J. Blige, and Holly Carter teamed up to executive produce The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel. The writers, director, executive producers and stars of the groundbreaking film are all black women.

The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel premieres on Lifetime April 11 at 8 pm ET. It recounts the complex story of five sisters struggling to juggle their religious beliefs, family obligations and personal desires on their journey to becoming the highest-selling female gospel group in history.

The film tells the story of the trailblazing mother of the Clark Sisters, Mattie Moss Clark played by Aunjanue Ellis. The five Clark sisters (Christina Bell as “Twinkie,” Kierra Sheard as “Karen,” Sheléa Frazier as “Dorinda,” Raven Goodwin as “Denise,” Angela Birchett as “Jacky”) overcame humble beginnings in Detroit, enduring abuse, loss, rejection, betrayal, and sibling rivalries to achieve international fame as icons of the Gospel music industry.

The Clark Sisters are credited with bringing Gospel music into the mainstream.