Angela Bassett a member of West Angeles Church of God In Christ will join the cast of American Horror Story: Coven. This season will be set for modern day 1830s and the themes will include witches, witch hunts, incest, minorities, slavery, mothers and daughters, and witchcraft versus voodoo. Bassett plays “Marie Laveau” a New Orleans Voodoo Queen.
According to an article published on nola.com Bassett did her homework for this role. During a Summer TV Tour panel interview to preview the season Bassett said she read Robert Tallant’s novel “The Voodoo Queen” and other nonfiction account of her famous character’s life, and has met with a couple of voodoo experts, one of whom is a practitioner. And she’s visited Laveau’s presumed tomb to investigate the rites that occur there.
“Everybody’s got their take on who Marie Laveau is,” Bassett said. “I was doing a scene with a 9-year-old boy yesterday. I said, ‘Do you know who Marie Laveau is?’ He said, ‘Yeah.’ I said, ‘Who?’ He said, ‘She is a voodoo priestess.’
“The writers have room to just create whatever out of their imaginations. I get a chance to play also, but it’s just a respect of her that I have to maintain, because she is beloved. And feared.
“I’m just thinking about how she possesses her power in maybe not traditional kinds of ways, and how (each of the season’s characters) will be different, because we’re powerful and dangerous in our own right. I’m just seeing how that will come alive.”
Bassett said her time with the voodoo practitioner was instructive.
“She’s lived a life where, she said, people have crossed the street to avoid her, or don’t want to speak to her,” Bassett said. “And she says to them, ‘You know me. You don’t want to speak to me now?’ It’s that thing of how people see voodoo or how it’s been laid out there as something evil and dark or whatever, but that’s not necessarily how all people consider Marie. People went to her in hopefulness and great appreciation.
“There were rumors about her, that were true or not true, that were very hurtful rumors. But this is the life she had to live at that time to have money and security and power.”
Accents are as important to local viewers as all the colorful history, such as it’s known and interpreted.
Bassett said she’s doing her homework there, too.
“I’ve spent a lot of time at the hotel talking to the girl at the front desk,” she said. “She is just as friendly as she can be, but I’m trying to pick up on her accent, just to give a little flavor of that.”
Just like Denzel Washington and other actors in Hollywood, they’ve been know to channel familiar spirits in order to successfully act out their character. Lets not image what else Bassett has to do in order to become Marie Laveau.
Bassett and her husband Minister Courtney B. Vance a licensed COGIC preacher attend the fifth largest Protestant religious denomination in the United States. Presiding Bishop and “Chief Apostle” Charles Blake is known for being a spiritual advisor and pastor to Hollywood. His church is one of the countries largest mega churches and boasts a membership of over 25,000. Its cathedral is a Sixty-Five Million Dollar ($65,000,000.00) architectural building with a 5,000 seat sanctuary. It’s sometimes called “the church to the stars” because members Stevie Wonder, Denzel Washington, Samuel Jackson, and Magic Johnson are just a few of the famous faces that regularly fill the pews.
Now in addition, there’s now an insanely long plot for the series premiere, Episode 3.01, “B***hraft,” set to debut on October 9, 2013
“1834. New Orleans. The evil and perverse Madame LaLaurie, who bathes in the blood of others in an attempt to stay young, punishes a servant for having been seduced by her daughter Pauline by transforming him into a beast… not by magic, but by far more gruesome means.
Today. Orlando, Florida. Teenaged Zoe Benson, upon losing her virginity, learns in a terribly horrific way that she’s a witch. It runs in her family, who descended from the witches at Salem, but only manifests in some of her family, not all of it. None of the real witches at Salem were burned; they escaped suspicion and fled to New Orleans. Zoe is forcibly sent to a witches’ boarding school there, Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies, never to see her mother again. There, after a terrifying ordeal, she meets her new classmates: spoiled brat teenage movie star Madison Montgomery, who can move objects with her mind; the feisty Queenie, a human voodoo doll, who can inflict her wounds on the person who gave them to her; and Nan, who has Down’s Syndrome… and is clairvoyant. Zoe also meets the Head Mistress, Cordelia Foxx, and mute, sullen butler Spalding. In its heyday, the school had over sixty students, but today witches are a dying breed.
Zoe learns that most witches learn a few spells, but in each generation there is a “Supreme,” who embodies countless magical “gifts” – perhaps all of them. But Cordelia also warns Zoe that their kind are still under threat of being persecuted and burned alive… like young Misty Day, who terrified the folks at her church when she discovered she could raise the dead.
We next meet Fiona, a wealthy witch obsessed with eternal youth, and frustrated that her attempts to obtain it – both scientific and magical – continually end in failure. She is Cordelia’s mother, and they have a fraught history. While Cordelia wants to teach the girls to live peacefully, Fiona – who is the Supreme – wants to teach them to make the world fear them. Meanwhile, Madison takes Zoe to a frat party, where Zoe meets the sweet, grounded Kyle, but the other frat boys are not so kind – and will regret the horror they visit upon Madison. Later, Fiona takes the girls to visit the home of the legendary Madame LaLaurie, who, we learn, was killed by the Voodoo Queen as revenge for her murder of her lover… and Nan sees ominous portents of the future.”
Well by now COGIC members reading this will twist their knuckles up at their smart phone screen or monitor saying, “Don’t judge, judge not, and depending on who you talk to: “Touch not my anointed”. But what do you expect from a denomination (in part) full of fallen stars and church celebrities. The word of God is clear concerning the former: ( 2 Cor. 6:14-18; Ezek. 13:17-23; Deu. 18:9-13; Acts 19:18-19, Rev 21:8, 22:15) Other passages about witchcraft and divination are in Micah 5:12 God’s attitude towards witchcraft is clearly reflected here. It is prohibited, considered abominable and damnable in His eyes. “And I will destroy your witchcraft and you will no longer cast spells.”
In Nahum 3:4 states, “All because of the wanton lust of a harlot, alluring, the mistress of sorceries, who enslaved nations by her prostitution and peoples by her witchcraft.”
These are references to Nineveh, the capital of Babylon, and the entire book of Nahum is pronouncing judgment on the sin of Nineveh, which is witchcraft. This city was the hotbed of occult arts. They specialized in witchcraft and had developed it to a high degree. They were selling nations through their whoredom and families through their witchcraft. Both the Old and the New Testaments make repeated references to the practice of witchcraft and sorcery, and whenever these practices are referred to, they are always condemned by God. The Bible condemns all forms of witchcraft.
However this may not apply, after all she’s just an actor. It’s not real anyways. RIght!