Rev. Dr. DeForest Soaries is Pastor of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, New Jersey.

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Frederick Philp is a 17-year-old aspiring actor with dreams of attending college and performing on Broadway.

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Anchor and special correspondent Solead O’Brien interviews Pastor DeForest Soaries.

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Anchor and special correspondent Solead O’Brien interviews Pastor DeForest Soaries.

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Anchor and special correspondent Solead O’Brien interviews Youth minister Khristi Adams.

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Khristi Adams is a youth minister at First Baptist of Lincoln Gardens who has been working with Frederick Philp.

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First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, New Jersey.

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Anchor and special correspondent Solead O’Brien

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Anchor and special correspondent Solead O’Brien and Frederick Philp.

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Anchor and special correspondent Solead O’Brien and Frederick Philp.

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Frederick Philp is a 17-year-old aspiring actor with dreams of attending college and performing on Broadway.

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Anchor and special correspondent Solead O’Brien at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens.

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Anchor and special correspondent Solead O’Brien visits First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens.

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Pastor Soaries has a passion for economic responsibility and has designed outreach programs to help his parishioners through their financial struggles.

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Pastor Soaries has a passion for economic responsibility and has designed outreach programs to help his parishioners through their financial struggles.

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Pastor Soaries has a passion for economic responsibility and has designed outreach programs to help his parishioners through their financial struggles.

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Anchor and special correspondent Solead O’Brien at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens.

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First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens’ “Tree of Life”

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Youth Minister Khristi Adams celebrates Frederick Philp as he receives an award.

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Youth Minister Khristi Adams and Frederick Philp take time for prayer.

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Anchor and special correspondent Solead O’Brien sits and talks to Fred Philp.

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Anchor and special correspondent Solead O’Brien with Youth Minister Khristi Adams and Fred Philp.

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The Jefferies family in front of their home.

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Pastor Soaries exhorts his congregation during Sunday morning service.

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Conniel Gavin has been hiding that he is HIV positive and homosexual because of the stigma against both in the Black church.

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Doug and Mary Jeffries’ daughter dreams of attending an Ivy League school, but may not have that chance due to her parents’ recent financial struggles.

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Doug and Mary Jeffries’ daughter dreams of attending an Ivy League school, but may not have that chance due to her parents’ recent financial struggles.

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Mary Jeffries, a real estate agent, has been struggling to maintain her family’s lifestyle since the downturn of the economy.

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Deloris Dockery has been HIV positive for 16 years and is on a mission to change what she sees as a culture of denial about the risks of HIV/AIDS for African American women.

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First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, New Jersey.

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Doug Jeffries, a luxury car salesman, has been struggling to maintain his family’s lifestyle since the downturn of the economy.

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Doug and Mary Jeffries’ home is in foreclosure. Both are compensated via commission based salaries that have been impacted by the recession.

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Soledad O'Brien with panelists Bishop T.D. Jakes and Rev. Dr. DeForest Soaries during the panel discussion of CNN's Almighty Debt: A Black In America Special on Wednesday, October 6 at CNN Center in Atlanta.

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Soledad O'Brien with panelists Bishop T.D. Jakes and Rev. Dr. DeForest Soaries during the panel discussion of CNN's Almighty Debt: A Black In America Special on Wednesday, October 6 at CNN Center in Atlanta.

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Soledad O'Brien with panelists Bishop T.D. Jakes and Rev. Dr. DeForest Soaries during the panel discussion of CNN's Almighty Debt: A Black In America Special on Wednesday, October 6 at CNN Center in Atlanta.

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Soledad O'Brien during the panel discussion of CNN's Almighty Debt: A Black In America Special on Wednesday, October 6 at CNN Center in Atlanta.

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Almighty Debt: A Black In America Special featuring (lt. to rt.) Michelle Singletary, Cornell Belcher, and Terrie Williams. CNN Center, Atlanta, GA on Wednesday, October 6th 2010.

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Soledad O'Brien with (lt. to rt.) Bishop T.D. Jakes, Michelle Singletary, Rev. Dr. DeForest Soaries, Terrie Williams, and Cornell Belcher after the panel discussion of CNN's Almighty Debt: A Black In America Special on Wednesday, October 6 at CNN Center in Atlanta.

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CNN's Almighty Debt: A Black In America Special artwork.

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