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Trending Topics with Efrem Graham: September 1, 2016

CBN News anchor Efrem Graham enlightens 700 Club Interactive viewers on the latest in trending topics. Read Transcript

NARRATOR: At number five--

(SINGING) Look at you, look at you.

Look what you made me do.

NARRATOR: Alicia Keys is no longer doing make-up.

The 15-time Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter

is making headlines after gracing magazine covers

and award shows bare-faced.

She has faced some criticism, prompting this recent tweet

from the new judge of NBC's "The Voice."

"Me choosing to be make-up free doesn't mean I'm anti-make-up.

You do you."

(SINGING) We got way too much in common.

NARRATOR: Coming in at number four, a funny farewell.

Good dad, can you stop your kids

from licking the display case?

Don't lick that!


They-- kids!

They get that from their mother.

Come on, kids.

Watch your children, sir.

(MOCKINGLY) Watch your children, sir.

What's that, sir?

I didn't say anything.

It was-- don't sass off to the nice man.

NARRATOR: Comedian Jim Gaffigan and his wife

are pulling the plug on their highly successful show

after just two seasons.

In a statement, the comedian, who sometimes shares his faith

in his storylines, noted, "the time commitment

to make the quality of show we wanted

was taking us away from our most important project, our five


Now, to number three.

There's a lot of things that need to change.

One specifically is police brutality.

NARRATOR: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick

is facing some heat for refusing to stand

for the national anthem.

Kaepernick says he's protesting racial injustice,

and he won't stand for the anthem

until he sees change in the country.

There's people being murdered unjustly

and not being held accountable.

Cops are getting paid leave for killing people.

That's not right.

That's not right by anyone's standards.

NARRATOR: And at number two, actor Kirk Cameron

announces a theatrical event to inspire a nation.

On October 18th, Dr. Ben Carson, me, Francis Chan,

Dr. James MacDonald, Eric Metaxas, Passion

and the Vertical Church Band-- we're

going to be together for an exciting interactive event.

There's going to be inspiring messages, a time

to pray and worship with people in your theaters.

NARRATOR: This event is called "Revive Us."

Now, to number one.

(SINGING) I know one thing's true,

I don't even really deserve to know you.

NARRATOR: Hip hop artists Lecrae and Tedashi

join Christian music's Michael W. Smith--

(SINGING) I'm alive.

NARRATOR: --this Labor Day weekend

for Passion for America.

It's the launch party for a discipleship revolution,

and an app called Lifeline 911.

The purpose of the music festivals, Passion for America,

which will kick off on September the 4th at Sioux Falls, South

Dakota, is to give away the app and ignite a discipleship

revolution across the nation and around the world.

Well, Efrem is joining us now for more on these things,

and let's go right to Colin Kaepernick.

He's getting his Jersey burned.

Yes, he is.


He's taking a lot of heat.

For him personally, do you think it's worth it?

I'm not sure it's worth it in the timing of it for him.

I know many are even questioning why he would make the decision

to take this stand right now, in light of the fact

that he is not the lead quarterback,

and he needs to prove himself again.

But he quietly sat down during the national anthem,

taking a lot of heat.

He's seen some support.

I want to say that.

I've seen posts from veterans who said,

we fight and die for your right to not stand.

And they're standing with him to show him support.

But I'm not sure that he is going

to feel like this was worth it, professionally anyway.

I applaud his stand.

And we're seeing a lot of athletes take a stand.

But from all sides, there's just so many things at play.

I think I was reading this morning-- the timing of him

taking the stand comes just two days after NBA star Dwayne

Wade had his cousin shot and killed in Chicago while pushing

a baby carriage.

And people saying, well, you can take a stand for police

brutality, but why not take a stand for black on black crime?

He's getting it from all sides.

And I was surprised at the vast and the height of the reaction,

myself, just watching it.


It's definitely gone-- it's beyond viral at this point.

Because we're talking more than a week--

approaching a week later.

When we get people going out burning your Jersey,

that shows the intensity of the passion here.


I think personally he's kind of torched things.

He's not going to be able to get an endorsement deal.


Then you've got-- I know the team he's on, the 49ers,

want to trade him.

Does any team want to pick him up with this controversy


And probably the answer is no.

I know.

So for him personally, I think he's

going to pay a very high price for this.

And I wonder 10-- will the future Kaepernick

10 years from now, 20 years now look back and say,

what were you thinking?

At the same time, I really admire it.

Yes, I do applaud that.

I do applaud it.

Because for me, I want to live in a country

where if you want to opt out of the Pledge of Allegiance,

you can.

EFREM GRAHAM: Absolutely.

I may not agree with you, and I may not agree with the reasons,

but I love the fact that we live in a country

where you're able to do that.

And the other thing I like about what he's doing

is he's actually getting people to talk

about the underlying issue--

EFREM GRAHAM: Absolutely.

--which is something that's absolutely needed.

One of the things about Katrina is it pulled back the lid

on-- well, there's some people in extreme poverty right here

in the United States--


--who can't even afford to get on a bus to get out of the way

of a hurricane.


And we ignored that, and now we're back in it again.

This time, from all the shootings.


And whether you talk about from a police standpoint,

or a black on black crime standpoint,

I think we need to talk about it.

And what do we as a society, what do we do--


--in order to solve that problem?

Because that's a problem that absolutely

is screaming to be solved today.


And it's nice to see that athletes-- not just

him-- celebrities all feeling the need to use

that platform that they have.

Not to just take home big paychecks,

but to speak out and stand up and to force

us to have the conversation we need to have.

But I think we do need to do more than talk.


We do.

I keep going back to the Dallas police chief who he said,

if you want to do something--

Join the force.

--join the force.

Join the force.

We've got to do much more.

Get on this side to say, we stand for law and order.

We stand for peace in our neighborhoods.

We want safe neighborhoods, and we

want to have a police force that represents the community

that it's policing.


And that would be a good thing.



OK, let's go on to comedy.



Let's change.

Jim Gaffigan, what do you think about this?

I mean, this is another one where

he's putting his career out there and saying,

my family's more important.

My family comes first.

I applaud it.

I love the show.

I am a big fan of the show.

I think it does such good things,

and it sparks a lot of great conversation about faith.

The scene we're looking at right now,

we're seeing the priest involved.

There's one episode where he's talking

about the whole struggle of finding my purpose in life.

What am I supposed to be doing?

And his priest seems to make an appearance

at every single turn, trying to help drive him to that.

But he and his wife said, literally,

they're taking a step back because to maintain

the quality of the show they wanted to maintain,

it takes away too much time.

They essentially feel like they're

absent from their five children's lives

about six months at a time.

Because he stars in the show.

He helps to write the show.

His wife is the floor runner for the show.

She writes some episodes.

So as they invest that much time in putting this great show

together, they are leaving their children

to be cared for by someone else.

And we know from interviews and following him,

he wants to be a hands-on dad.

His wife wants to be a hands-on mom.

And they're going to do whatever it takes to make that happen.

So I applaud that.

I think we all sort of struggle with that work-life balance

at some point.

Well, anybody involved in TV, you

know the work that goes into it.


TV doesn't happen accidentally, and it better not be improv.






Occasionally you can have improv,

but it needs to be orchestrated.


And that's a time commitment.

And I know for me, I had to-- there

have been various points in time where-- OK,

I really have to put family first.

Same here.

I feel it.

But it's tough.

It is.

It's tough.

So I applaud it.

Me too.

Do you think he's going to be able to come back?

Oh, yeah.

He's funny.

He's not going to have a problem.

And he'll still be able to do his stand up comedy routine,

and go away and come back in shorter stints,

so I think he's going to be fine.

All right.

Let's talk about live events.

Kirk Cameron's "Revive Us" is happening in movie theaters

across the country on October 18.

And what can people expect to see?

EFREM GRAHAM: Well, they can expect

to hear from him, Eric Metaxas, Ben Carson, and then

a whole slate of Christian leaders.

But the beautiful thing about this event

is it's a live event in theaters nationwide on this one day.

You're going to be able to interact

with them through social media, and there

will be a time of prayer and worship

at the end for everyone in your respective theaters.

And I applaud what Kirk Cameron is

doing, what he's done in his acting career,

and using his platform to bring hope to people.

We as believers often look at what's going on around us

and feel hopeless.

I had an opportunity to interview him yesterday--

we showed a clip of that-- and it

was nice just to be reminded of what were called to do.

To be reminded that we've got a King,

and the King is not the president.

The King is the King of Kings.

Because I think the headlines-- even myself

as a journalist sometimes get lost in like, oh, my.

I do serve a God is more powerful than all the disaster

that I'm seeing.

And this event is to remind us of that.

Why do you think they picked movie theaters?

If I'm executive producer, which I'm not,

I would say do I want to make this a web event

so that more people can be involved.

Why the theater?

I think part of it is you can better gauge the reaction.

And theatrical events, even movies--

what you love about them is you go

into this celebration, this event, this-- and it's

larger than you.

You get to experience--

GORDON ROBERTSON: It's a shared experience.

It's a shared experience all at one time.

And I hope that those who participate

will choose to do it on the 18th and go there live.

They're going to repeat it, I think, on the 24th,

but it pays to be their live.

Yeah, if you're there live, then you get to be part of--

You got it.

You're part of it.

And particularly, if they're taking social media responses



Yeah, you get to be a part of the program.


Well, if you want to be part of Efrem's show,

all you have to do is watch it at Studio 5.

And there's a few ways you can see it.

You can watch it on Roku, Apple TV,

or just go to, and you can watch the show

every single week.

Well, Efrem, as always, great having you on the show.

Pleasure to be here.


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