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Studio 5: The End of Malice

Hip hop pioneer Gene “No Malice” Thornton shares an inside look at his powerful documentary. We then go behind-the-scenes with the film’s producers, I Am Second. And actor Tim Reid joins us with the comedy Shooting the Prodigal. Read Transcript


Efrem: SECONDS AWAY

ON "STUDIO 5"...

*

Efrem: HE WAS RIDING

HIGH ON HIP-HOP WHEN HE

WALKED AWAY FROM IT ALL.

COULD THERE BE A COMEBACK?

I DO HAPPEN TO KNOW --

I KNOW THAT WE CAN STILL

COME BACK TOGETHER AND

MAKE EDIFYING MUSIC THAT

CRUSHES EVERYTHING OUT

THERE.

Efrem: MEET GENE

THORNTON AND THE PRODUCER

OF HIS "I AM SECOND"

DOCUMENTARY.

ONE OF MY FRIENDS SAID,

HOW CAN WE TELL AUTHENTIC,

REAL STORIES THAT RESONATE

WITH PEOPLE.

Efrem: AND...

COW MANURE IN A

CHRISTIAN MOVIE.

IT WOULDN'T BE THE

FIRST TIME.

Efrem: THE STORY

BEHIND THIS COMEDY IN

"STUDIO 5," STARTING NOW.

*

FOR A MOMENT IT SEEMED

FUN.

BUT IN 2009, KNOCK, KNOCK,

KNOCK, IT WAS THE DEVIL.

AND HE WAS COMING FOR HIS

STUFF BACK.

FAME IS ONE OF THOSE

THINGS, WHEN YOU GET A

COCKTAIL LIKE THAT, THERE

IS NO COLLEGE COURSE ON

HOW TO DRINK IT.

Efrem: THAT IS A

SAMPLE OF THE DOCUMENTARY

"THE END OF MALICE."

THE STORY OF GENE "NO

MALICE" THORNTON.

WELCOME BACK THE SHOW.

WE'RE TAKING LOOK AT THE

ORGANIZATION "I AM SECOND"

IN THE SHOW AS WELL.

BUT FIRST UP ON THE

RUNDOWN IS OUR WEEKLY LOOK

AT WHAT IS MAKING

HEADLINES IN THE WORLD OF

UPLIFTING ENTERTAINMENT.

THIS IS YOUR TOP FIVE FROM

"STUDIO 5."

AT NUMBER FIVE THIS WEEK,

THE NBA'S SETH CURRIE

SCORES POINTS ON THE

COURT, BUT HIS WIFE IS

REACHING PROFESSIONAL

GOALS IN THE KITCHEN.

AYESHA CURRY'S NEW

COOKBOOK, "THE SEASONED

LIFE," HAS JUST MADE THE

NEW YORK TIMES'

BEST-SELLER'S LIST.

> IT WAS BEAUTIFUL TO

SEE YOU OPENING THE BOOK

ON VIDEO FOR THE VERY

FIRST TIME.

WHAT HAS BEEN LIKE

PROMOTING IT?

IT HAS BEEN INSANE.

EVERYBODY KEEPS ASKING ME

IN I'M TIRED OF IT OR IF

I'M OVER IT, AND I'M THE

NOT.

I LOVE IT.

Efrem: AT NUMBER

FOUR: QUEEN OF COUNTRY,

DOLLY PARTON, GOES FROM

SOLDOUT CONCERT TOURS TO

YET ANOTHER NUMBER ONE

ALBUM.

THIS ONE IS CALLED "DOLLY,

PURE AND SIMPLE," AND IT'S

ALL ABOUT LOVE.

> YOU ARE APPROACHING 50

YEARS OF MARRIAGE

YOURSELF.

ARE THEY THE EXAMPLE FOR

YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND?

MY HUSBAND ALWAYS LOVED

MY DAD AND MY MOM.

BUT I THINK MY HUSBAND AND

MY RELATIONSHIP WAS A

GOD-SEND.

HE KNEW I WOULD NEED

SOMEBODY LIKE HIM IF I WAS

GOING TO BE DOING ALL THIS

CRAZY STUFF.

Efrem: AND AT NUMBER

THREE --

PERFORMING "BLESSINGS"

PLEASE WELCOME KENT THE

RAPPER!

[APPLAUSE]

Efrem: GOSPEL COMESp

TO LATE-NIGHT.

* ARE YOU READY

Efrem: WITH CHANCE

THE RAPPER PERFORMING A

VERSION OF HIS SPIRITUALLY

INSPIRED SONG "BLESSINGS"

ON JIMMY FALLON.

* I SPEAK OF UNFAMILIAR

LESSONS FROM CHILDHOOD *

Efrem: WE HEAD TO

PARIS AND JUSTIN BIEBER

FOR NUMBER TWO.

* I WILL SING OF YOUR LOVE

FOREVER *

* I WILL SING OF YOUR LOVE

FOREVER *

Efrem: ON HIS

"PURPOSE" TOUR IN EUROPE,

AND IN THE MIDDLE OF HIS

SET, THE BIEBS LED AN

ACOUSTIC SING-ALONG OF THE

CLASSIC WORSHIP SONG "I

COULD SING OF YOUR LOVE

FOREVER."

AND HIS FANS QUICKLY

CAUGHT ON AND JOINED IN.

* I WILL SING OF YOUR LOVE

FOREVER *

* I WILL SING OF YOUR LOVE

FOREVER *

Efrem: NOW TO NUMBER

ONE.

I'M EXCITED.

I'VE BEEN IN THE STUDIO

WORKING.

WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

Efrem: HOW SOON?

YOU'VE THE GOT TO WAIT

AND FIND OUT.

Efrem: WE'RE STILL

WAITING ON THE ALBUM, BUT

WE HAVE AT LEAST ONE NEW

SONG FROM THE HIP-HOP

SUPERSTAR LE CRAE.

HE HAS TEAMED UP WITH LEON

BRIDGES FOR THE SOUNDTRACK

OF THE FILM "BIRTH OF A

NATION."

BOY, YOU BETTER SAY

SOMETHING AND QUICK.

TAKE HEED THEREFORE

UNTIL YOURSELVES AND TO

ALL THE THAT HOLY GHOST

HAS OVERSEEN.

Efrem: THE LE CRAE

AND LEON BRIDGES' TUNE IS

CALLED "ON MY OWN."

* I'VE BEEN PUSHING

HARDER *

* ONLY HEAVEN CAN HELP

ME *

Efrem: THOSE ARE YOUR

TOP FIVE FROM "STUDIO 5"

THIS WEEK.

> GENE "NO MALICE"

THORNTON ROSE TO NAME WITH

HIS BROTHER.

BOTH ARE ALSO FRIENDS WITH

PHARRELL WILLIAMS.

HE WALKED AWAY FROM THE

RAP GAME AT THE HEIGHT OF

HIS CAREER.

THE STORY IS A DOCUMENTARY

CALLED "THE END OF

MALICE."

AND WE'RE TALKING TO THE

MAN HIMSELF IN THIS WEEK'S

"STUDIO 5" INTERVIEW.

I REMEMBER TALKING TO A

FRIEND OF MINE.

I SAID, YOU DON'T FEEL

GUILTY?

AND HE SAID, YOU ARE THE

ONLY ONE WHO ASKS THAT

QUESTION.

> HAVING THAT THORNTON

ENERGY, GENE IS ALWAYS THE

GUY LOOKING FOR THE WHY.

HE IS MUCH MORE A

PHILOSOPHER IN HIS RHYMES.

FOR A MOMENT IT SEEMED

FUN.

BUT IN 2009, KNOCK, KNOCK,

KNOCK, IT WAS THE DEVIL.

AND HE WAS COMING FOR HIS

STUFF BACK.

Efrem: ONE OF THE

THINGS I READ THAT YOU

SAID, IN ASSOCIATION WITH

SHARING YOUR STORY, "I

WOULD HAVE LOVED TO KEEP

THIS STORY TO MYSELF, BUT

I COULDN'T DARE."

RIGHT.

Efrem: WHY DID YOU

NEED TO SHARE IT?

IT WAS PROFOUNDLY

OBVIOUS THAT I WAS GIVEN

THE PLATFORM I WAS GIVEN.

I HAD BEEN THROUGH

EVERYTHING I HAD BEEN

THROUGH BEFORE FOR A REAL

REASON.

I WISH I COULD HAVE

LEARNED MY LESSON AND

STARTED AGAIN, JUST ME AND

MY FAMILY, AND TRY TO DO

BETTER, BUT THE STORY WAS

JUST SO HUGE.

AND I HAD SO MANY PEOPLE

WHO HAD FOLLOWED ME

THROUGH MY CAREER THAT,

YOU KNOW, I HAD TO TELL

THE ENTIRE TRUTH.

I HAD TO GIVE THEM BOTH

SIDES OF THE STORY.

WE HAD BEEN PUTTING OUT

MUSIC AND ALBUMS AND, YOU

KNOW, VERY INFLUENTIAL --

AND NOT IN A POSITIVE WAY.

EVEN THOUGH IT WAS TRUE

AND ACCURATE, I SHARED IT.

AND I FELT I HAD TO TELL

EVERYTHING THAT CAME ALONG

WITH IT.

Efrem: I WANT TO TALK

A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT

YOUR JOURNEY AND YOUR WALK

THROUGH THIS -- IT FELT

LIKE A WRESTLING MATCH,

WATCHING SOME OF IT.

I THINK PHARRELL SAID YOU

HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A

RIGHTEOUS PERSON IN HIS

MIND.

WHAT UP?

WHAT UP, MAN?

WHAT'S UP, BABY?

I JUST CAME TO CHOP IT

UP WITH Y'ALL.

> JUST GROWING UP WITH

PHARRELL, PHARRELL WAS

ALWAYS THAT KIND OF GUY

WHO COULD TALK YOU INTO

ANYTHING.

IT WOULD SOUND SO

FAR-FETCHED, BUT THE MORE

YOU LISTENED, YOU'RE,

LIKE, THIS GUY REALLY

BELIEVES IN HIMSELF.

AND IN TURN, YOU'D BELIEVE

IN YOURSELF.

AND YOU JUST SAW IT COULD

HAPPEN.

GENE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A

RIGHTEOUS PERSON.

AND I NEVER TOLD HIM THIS,

BUT YOU COULD ALWAYS SEE

THERE WAS A PART OF HIM

THAT TORE WHENEVER HE DID

SOMETHING THAT HE FELT

DEEP DOWN INSIDE WASN'T

REALLY RIGHT.

EVEN WHEN HE WAS IN THE

STREETS, IN THE MIDDLE OF

SOME OF THE THINGS THAT

ARE OFTEN FROWNED UPON.

YOU COULD ALWAYS SEE AT

THE BOTTOM OF ONE OF HIS

EYES WAS -- IT DOESN'T

FEEL RIGHT.

AND HE WAS 100%

ACCURATE WITH THAT.

NOT SO MUCH RIGHTEOUSNESS.

I DEFINITELY SHY AWAY FROM

THAT WORD, ESPECIALLY AT

THAT TIME.

I WAS ALWAYS A VOICE OF

REASON TO MY PEERS.

AND EVEN THOUGH I ENGAGED

IN EVERYTHING THEY ENGAGED

IN, IT DIDN'T SIT WELL

WITH ME.

I WASN'T TOTALLY AT HOME.

I KNEW THAT IT HAD TO BE

MORE THAN THIS.

YOU KNOW?

AND I WASN'T FULFILLED.

THERE WAS DEFINITELY AN

EMPTINESS.

AND TO HAVE ACHIEVED WHAT

MANY PEOPLE THINK IS THE

AMERICAN DREAM AND STILL

NOT BE FULFILLED, WELL,

THAT ONLY FRUSTRATED ME

MORE.

Efrem: SO IN DOING

THAT AND IN LIVING THAT,

YOU WEREN'T HAVING A GOOD

TIME?

NO, I WASN'T.

AND WHEN I DID HAVE A GOOD

TIME, IT WAS ONLY TO FIND TO

FIND OUT WHO WINS WHAT

RIGHT AFTEFINDOUT AFTERWARDS I WAS IN

MOYEMISERY.

> WE'RE AT THE SOUTHEAST

STUDIOS, AND WE'VE GOT A

LOT OF HISTORY HERE.

WE RECORDED A LOT OF OUR

RECORDS HERE, "HELL HATH

NO FURY."

THIS PLACE HOLDS A LOT OF

MEMORIES.

Efrem: LOOKING BACK

AT YOUR MUSIC CATALOG, IN

LIGHT OF WHERE YOU ARE

RIGHT NOW --

RIGHT.

Efrem: -- WHEN YOU

LOOK BACK AND WE SEE YOU

WATCHING SOME OLD FOOTAGE,

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT

CATALOG THAT PEOPLE STILL

LOVE AND LISTEN TO?

ONE THING I KNOW THAT I

CAN'T DO IS I CAN'T DENY

IT.

MALICE HAPPENED.

AND THAT MUSIC, STILL TO

THIS DAY, MEANS A LOT TO A

LOT OF PEOPLE.

Efrem: WHEN I TALK TO

PEOPLE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR

MUSIC, IT AMAZES ME -- AND

YOUR BROTHER, OF COURSE --

THEY STILL WANT YOU BACK

TOGETHER.

YEAH, YEAH, DEFINITELY.

THEY WANT THAT TYPE OF

MUSIC.

THEY WANT THAT ENERGY.

AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO

TAINT THAT CATALOG.

THERE IS NO WAY WE CAN

COME BACK TOGETHER AND DO

THAT SAME THING.

I WILL LET YOU IN ON A

LITTLE SECRET.

I KNOW WE CAN STILL COME

BACK TOGETHER AND MAKE

EDIFYING MUSIC THAT

CRUSHES EVERYTHING OUT

THERE.

I KNOW THAT THAT CAN

HAPPEN.

AND I PRAY THAT ONE DAY

GOD MAKES THAT, YOU KNOW,

HAPPEN.

ALL I KNOW I WAS

HEARING TOO MUCH STUFF.

IT WAS TAKEN FROM MY

SPIRIT.

I HAD TO GO.

I HAD TO GO.

IT WAS TAKEN FROM MY

SPIRIT, MAN.

THERE IS NO COLLEGE

COURSE FOR DEALING WITH

FAME AND SUCCESS.

BUT WHEN YOU'RE GIVEN A

COCKTAIL LIKE THAT, THERE

IS NO COLLEGE COURSE ON

HOW TO DRINK IT.

SIP IT SLOW.

Efrem: GENE HAS A

PODCAST WITH THE ICEMAN,

AND IT IS CALLED THE "REIN

VISION PODCAST."

IT IS WORTH A LISTEN.

> STILL AHEAD, THE WHITE

CHAIR IS THE SIGNATURE OF

AN "I AM SECOND" STORY.

"I AM SECOND" HAS BEEN

OUR DESIRE, TO BE A VOICE

OF RESTORATION IN BROKEN

PLACES.

Efrem: MEET THE

PRODUCER BEHIND THE FILM

THAT UNFOLDED WHEN "NO

MALICE" TOOK HIS SEAT IN

THE WHITE CHAIR.

I WENT AND FOUND THE

ONLY BIBLE I HAD.

AND I OPENED IT UP AND

STARTED LOOKING AT SOME OF

THESE VERSES, AND THAT

TOOK ME TO THE PSALMS.

YOU ARE SO RICH AND YOU

ARE SO REAL.

IT JUST, LIKE, JUMPED OFF

THE PAGE.

I REMEMBERED I WOULD READ

THE PSALMS AND I CRIED

BECAUSE THEY WERE SO GOOD

AND THEY WERE SO, LIKE,

DRAMATIC.

MY TEARS HAVE BEEN MY FOOD

DAY AND NIGHT.

KIND OF LIKE WHAT YOU FEEL

LIKE IN YOUR HEART.

OH, MY GOSH, IT WAS REAL.

Efrem: THAT IS JUST A

SEGMENT OF ONE OF THE

BEAUTIFULLY TOLD STORIES

PRODUCED BY "I AM SECOND."

AND THEY PRODUCED THE "END

OF MALICE" DOCUMENTARY.

FOR A CLOSER LOOK AT "I AM

SECOND," WE'RE SITTING

DOWN WITH PRODUCER BRANDON

RICKS.

I USED TO SLEEP AND

WATCH RAP MUSIC IN MY

GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE.

I JUST MARVELLED.

LATE AT NIGHT, I FOUND

PEOPLE TO LOOK UP TO.

THERE WERE NO BARACK

OBAMAS, OR MARTIN LUTHER

KINGS.

THEY ALL PASSED AWAY.

* I'M CAUTIOUS BECAUSE I'M

CURSED *

* AND THEY SAY IT IS THE

WHITE MAN I SHOULD FEAR *

Efrem: "I AM SECOND,"

FOR SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T

UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT IS,

WHAT IS IT?

"I AM SECOND" IS A WAY

FOR US TO REACH THE

CULTURE IN UNIQUE AND

SPECIAL WAYS.

WE'RE TRYING TO

COMMUNICATE A MESSAGE TO

PEOPLE ALL ACROSS OUR

COUNTRY.

ACROSS THE WORLD, EVEN AS

THE WORLD WIDE WEB HAS

EXPANDED THE REACH OF

CONTEXT.

THAT WE'RE GOING THROUGH

THE SAME STRUGGLES.

WE'RE GOING THROUGH THE

SAME ISSUES.

DEALING WITH ANXIETY AND

DEPRESSION AND ADDICTION.

AND WHATEVER THOSE ILLS

MAY BE, AS A SOCIETY, WE

HAVE MORE POINTS OF

RELATION THAN WE REALIZE.

AND STORY IS A PHENOMENAL

WAY FOR US TO BE ABLE TO

CONNECT.

HAVING A SECRET JUST

EATS AT YOU LIKE

SOMETHING -- YOU FEEL LIKE

A LIAR THE WHOLE TIME

YOU'RE AROUND HER.

YOU'RE TRYING TO HAVE FUN,

BUT YOU REALLY CAN'T EVEN

HAVE FUN BECAUSE, YOU

KNOW, YOU'VE JUST WRONGED

HER.

THE POINT OF "I AM

SECOND" IS HOW CAN WE TELL

AUTHENTIC, REAL STORIES

THAT RESONATE WITH PEOPLE.

AND THAT POINT PEOPLE TO A

TRUE COMPASS, TO A TRUE

NORTH.

IN THIS CASE, WITH OUR "I

AM SECOND" FILMS, WE

CAPTURED STORIES FROM

ENTERTAINERS, FROM

ATHLETES, TO EVERY DAY

PEOPLE YOU MAY NOT

RECOGNIZE IN A GROCERY

STORE.

BUT THEY ALL SHARE A

COMMONALITY.

WHEN THEY HAVE GONE

THROUGH LIFE AND HAVE SEEN

THE STORMS COME, AND THE

UPS AND DOWNS, AND WHETHER

IT BE SUCCESS AND FAME OR

CELEBRITY, OR FALLING OFF

OF A HIGH HORSE, OR

WHATEVER THAT IS, WHEN

THEY PUT GOD AND OTHERS

FIRST IN THEIR LIFE, THAT

IS WHERE THEY HAVE FOUND

TRUE PURPOSE AND

FULFILLMENT.

Efrem: YOU HAVE

CHOSEN TO DO THE GENE

THORNTON STORY.

YES.

WHEN YOU SEE THE INFLUENCE

THAT HIP-HOP HAS ON THE

BLACK COMMUNITY, AND ON

THE COMMUNITY AS A

WHOLE -- IT HAS PENETRATED

ALL FACETS OF OUR CULTURE

AND ACROSS THE WORLD -- I

REALLY DIDN'T SEE A FILM

WITHIN OUR REPERTOIRE THAT

SPOKE TO THE CONDITION OF

YOUNG BLACK MALES THAT ARE

PRONE TO BE VERY MUCH

INFLUENCED BY HIP-HOP,

THAT LIVE IN ENVIRONMENTS

OF HIGH POVERTY, HIGH

CRIME, HIGH RATES OF

LAWLESSNESS.

I DIDN'T SEE A FILM THAT

WOULD REALLY GET TO THE

CORE AT WHAT THESE YOUNG

MEN ARE GOING THROUGH.

BEING A HIP-HOP SINGER

MYSELF, I WAS VERY

FAMILIAR WITH THE CLIPS

AND THE V.A. SOUND FROM

PHARRELL AND TIMBERLAND

AND THAT KIND OF CREATED A

STORM THAT OCCURRED.

BUT I WAS NOT AWARE THAT

HE WALKED AWAY FROM THE

FAME AT THE HEIGHT OF HIS

CAREER.

* THINGS WENT A LITTLE

AWKWARD TO THE LEFT *

* I'D BE ANGRIER OR

UPSET *

* I'M NOT DOING IT

ANYMORE *

THE ONLY TIME YOU'RE

WRITING THEM RHYMES IS

YOU'RE ASKING HIM

QUESTIONS AND HE ALREADY

KNEW THE ANSWERS.

HE ALREADY KNEW THEM

ANSWERS.

*

THERE IS A SECULAR

WORLD.

IT'S WHAT YOU HAVE ON THE

INSIDE.

Efrem: BRANDON AND "I

AM SECOND" ARE AT WORK ON

OTHER POWERFUL

DOCUMENTARIES.

YOU'LL WANT TO STAY RIGHT

HERE TO LEARN ABOUT THE

FOCUS OF THOSE COMPELLING

FILMS.

> STILL AHEAD ON "STUDIO

5"...

WHOA!

EXCUSE ME.

YOUR GIANT RAT BIT ME.

Efrem: GO BEHIND THE

SCENES OF A CHRISTIAN

COMEDY WITH A LEGEND IN

TELEVISION AND FILM, TIM

Efrem: WE LEARNED

ABOUT "I AM SECOND" IN

THIS SHOW, AND IT IS A

BEAUTIFUL REMINDER OF THE

POWER OF A STORY.

AND SPEAKING OF STORY, WE

WANT TO GIVE YOU A LOOK AT

THE COMEDY CALLED

"SHOOTING THE PRODIGAL."

IT IS LOOSELY BASED ON THE

BIBLICAL STORY OF THE

PRODIGAL SON.

BIKERS GOING TO MAKE A

MOVIE, SON.

Efrem: SHOOTING "THE

PRODIGAL" IS AN INVITATION

TO FIND HUMOR IN CHURCH.

I DON'T SEE IT AS

POKING FUN AT THE CHURCH.

I DEFINITELY SEEING IT AS

FINDING CERTAIN SEVERAL

PERSONALITY QUIRKS THAT I

THINK LIVE IN A LOT OF

CHURCHES.

Efrem: BOB WILSON

PLAYS BROTHER BOB CROSS, A

SMALL-TOWN PASTOR, WHO

FEELS THE WAY TO MAKE HIS

FAITH WITH YOUNG PEOPLE IS

TO MAKE A MOVIE.

BUT HE HAS NO BUDGET.

THAT'S WHERE AUNT TUSUS

COMES IN.

I SAID, MY GOD, THAT

WOMAN IS ME.

Efrem: SO HER

CHARACTER OFFERS THE

TALENTS OF HER NEPHEW, A

JEWISH FILM STUDENT WHO

NEEDS TO FINISH SCHOOL.

WHY 'NEED NO WHAT I NEED IS A

90-PAGE SCRIPT.

Efrem: THE PRODUCTION

IS ACTUALLY UNFOLDING IN

VIRGINIA.

THIS IS HOME FOR ACTING

VETERAN TIM REID, WHO

PLAYS A FARMER,

COMMISSIONED TO FUND THE

CHURCH'S FILM-MAKING.

WHAT I KNOW ABOUT

MAKING MOVIES WOULDN'T

EVEN FILL A SHOT GLASS.

I DON'T REALLY, AT THIS

POINT, GET TOO CONCERNED

WITH WHAT THE PROJECTS

ARE, AS MUCH AS TO SEE A

FILM SHOT IN VIRGINIA, TO

REALLY GROW THE INDUSTRY

THAT WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO

GROW HERE FOR QUITE SOME

TIME.

Efrem: AND WITH

ACTING GIANTS LIKE TIM

REID IN THIS FILM, YOU

KNOW SHOOTING "THE

PRODIGAL" WILL INDEED BE

FUNNY.

> STILL AHEAD ON "STUDIO

5," GETTING BACK TO THE "I

AM SECOND" CHAIR FOR A

LOOK AT ANOTHER ARTIST WHO

SIGNED IT AND SHARED HIS

STORY.

YOU ARE FEARFULLY AND

WONDERFULLY MADE.

YOU'RE EXACTLY WHAT I WANT

YOU TO BE.

Efrem: AND IT IS TIME

NOW TO TAKE A LACK AT WHAT

WE'RE WORKING ON FOR THE

NEXT EDITION OF "STUDIO

5."

WE'RE BRINGING THE FUNNY.

41 YEARS, I'VE BEEN

MARRIED TO THE SAME MAN.

DON'T CLAP, YOU DON'T KNOW

HIM.

Efrem: THE MOST

AWARDED WOMAN IN COMEDY,

SHONDA PIERCE.

> IT MAKES SENSE TO END

THIS SHOW WITH A MESSAGE

FROM THE "I AM SECOND"

WHITE CHAIR.

I'M GIVING THE FINAL WORD

TO PROPAGANDA.

HE EXPLAINS WHY GOD

ALLOWED HIM TO FEEL LIKE A

FISH OUT OF WATER FOR MOST

OF HIS LIFE, AND HOW THAT

LED HIM TO DISCOVERING HIS

LIFE'S PURPOSE.

I THINK THERE WAS A

MOMENT WHEN MY FATHER

FINALLY POINTED TO A

PARTICULAR PASSAGE, PSALMS

139: "BEFORE YOU WERE IN

THE WOMB, I KNEW YOU.

YOU ARE FEARFULLY AND

WONDERFULLY MADE."

AND I THINK THAT IT WAS

THERE THAT I REALIZED THAT

MY VALUE IS NOT DETERMINED

BY SOME PARTICULAR INNATE

QUALITY THAT I HAVE.

NO.

YOUR VALUE IS BECAUSE GOD

WAS WILLING TO PAY THE

COST OF HIS SON FOR YOU.

EVERY HURT, EVERY FAILURE,

BEING SPIT ON WALKING

HOME, LIKE ALL OF THIS, IT

IS ON PURPOSE.

YOU ARE FEARFULLY AND

WONDERFULLY MADE.

YOU'RE EXACTLY WHAT I WANT

YOU TO BE.

HE WAS LOOKING AT HIS LAST

BORN, RIGHTFUL HEIR TO THE

THRONE, WITH POVERTY IN MY

BONES, AND IT'S BEAUTIFUL.

WE NEVER HAD NOTHING, BUT

NOTHING WAS SUFFICIENT.

IT KEPT MY BELLY FULL WITH

THE STUFF THAT THE RICH

WAS MISSING, AND THAT'S

BEAUTIFUL.

Efrem: AND THAT IS

TODAY'S FINAL WORD.

UNTIL NEXT TIME, BE SURE

TO REACH OUT AND TOUCH ME

AT EFREM GRAHAM ON

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