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I'm a longtime contributor to MTV, Billboard, Alternative Press and MovieWeb. I've worked as on-air reporter, host, writer and producer for MTV, MSNBC and E!. I have provided opinion and commentary to programs on VH1, IFC, G4, Fuse, Current and Oxygen. I have written for Huffington Post, Premiere, OC Weekly, SFGate.com, NextMovie.com, MTV's television and movie blogs and other publications. I am the founder of Superhero Productions, providing broadcast, online and aftermarket content for a number of clients including Lionsgate, Sony and Warner Bros. I personally handle artist management for a handful of bands. "Ryan Downey has established a history of breaking some good scoops in the last few years, and you could certainly do worse than bookmark [him] to check in on." -- Ain't It Cool

Monday, March 05, 2007

Jay Bakker's Revolution

I devoured Jay Bakker's "Son of a Preacher Man: My Search for Grace in the Shadows" from cover to cover a couple of weeks ago, inspired in part by the Sundance Channel's excellent 6 episode first season of the reality series "One Punk Under God." The son of Jim and Tammy Bakker, Jay's life has been full of tragedy, triumph and most of all, grace. I'd write a more in-depth review if I had a bit more time, but, the strongest thing I'd like to get across about the Jay's journey (as depicted in his book and on television) is that you don't have to agree with everything, or even anything, Revolution Church does to get something out of it. For my part, I can't think of another reality series that has brought tears to my eyes -- and more than once, at that! And not to mention, Jay and Marc at Revolution are fans of Demon Hunter. That's excellent.

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