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Studio 5: Awards Season

Studio 5 travels to New York City to see comedian Alvin Irby and NY Giants Rashad Jennings. Children bring the Harlem Renaissance to life with Langston Hughes, and Hollywood prepares for awards season. Read Transcript


SECONDS AWAY ON STUDIO 5.

START SPREADING THE NEWS.

WE ARE IN NEW YORK CITY

FOR A LIFE

SAVING LESSON FROM A

KINDERGARTEN

TEACHER TURNED STAND UP

COMEDIAN.

LIVE.

IN NEW YORK AS A GIANT, I

HAD TO

OVERCOME MANY GIANTS TO

ACTUALLY

BECOME A GIANT.

WITH GIANTS RUNNING BACK.

IF I HAD TO RECOGNIZE

DISTRACTIONS

IT WAS A GOOD THING.

I FEEL THE BLUES. I WONDER

WHAT THE

BLUES WILL BRING.

OF A HARLEM LITERARY LEGEND

COMES

ALIVE IN A SPECIAL WAY IN

STUDIO 5

STARTING NOW. *

NEW YORK.

WHERE THINGS ARE MADE OF.

NOW YOU ARE IN NEW YORK. *

IT MAKES YOU FEEL BRAND

NEW.

IT INSPIRES YOU IN NEW YORK,

NEW YORK,

NEW YORK. *

Efrem: AND WELCOME TO

STUDIO 5 IN

NEW YORK CITY. YOU ARE SURE

TO LAUGH,

SMILE AND POSSIBLY CRY A FEW

TEARS OF

JOY IN THIS EPISODE.

LET'S NOT WASTE A MINUTE.

LET'S GET RIGHT TO YOUR TOP 5

FROM

STUDIO 5. AT NO. 5.

HILLSONG UNITED IN TOUR IN

ISRAEL AND

THIS LONG AWAITED SNAPSHOT.

THE BAND WAS HONORED WITH

THIS FIRST

AMERICAN MUSIC AWARD IN THIS

CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL

CATEGORY.

* THE BAND HAS BEEN

NOMINATED 3

YEARS IN A ROW.

BY THE WAY, THIS ALBUM ACROSS

ISRAEL

EARLY IN THE YEAR ENTITLED

"EARTH AND

GRACE"*

AT NO. 4.

MARY, DID YOU KNOW.

THAT YOUR BABY BOY COULD 1

DAY WALK ON

WATER.

ACTOR JOAQUIN PHOENIX IN

MARY

MAGDALENE AND RELEASED THESE

IMAGES

FROM THE SET STARRING

OPPOSITE WHO

PLAYS THE TITLE ROLE SOMETIME

IN 2017.

A SNEAK PEEK AT THE

RESURRECTION AT

GAVIN STONE AT NO. 3.

YOU KILLED THE LIGHT.

YOU DROP A SINGLE SPOT ON ME.

I AM THE ALPHA AND THE

OMEGA.

THE BEGINNING OF ALL THINGS.

HE PLAYS THE ROLE OF JESUS

IN A

CHURCH PRODUCTION.

THAT IS ACTUALLY THE EXACT

OPPOSITE

OF WHAT JESUS WAS ABOUT.

HE WASN'T AN ATTENTION

SEEKER.

WHY NOT.

THIS QUEEN COMEDY HITS

THEATRES

JANUARY 20TH.

NOW TO NEWS.

THE REMIX OF THE EMMY

NOMINATED

1977 LANDMARK MINI SERIES

ROOTS IS NOW

AVAILABLE TO BINGE WATCH ON

HULU.

THIS STORY IS BASED ON THE

ALEX HALEY

NOVEL.

MANY PEOPLE WONDER WHY DO

ROOTS

AGAIN IN LIGHT OF HOW WELL IT

WAS

RECEIVED AND HOW WELL YOU DID.

IF WE WERE GOING TO MAKE

THIS VERY

IMPORTANT AMERICAN STORY, IT

WOULD

HAVE RESONANCE FOR THIS NEW

GENERATION

OF AMERICANS THEN WE NEEDED

TO RETELL

IT.

AND AT NO. 1.

THE LORD SAID GO YEE INTO

THE WATER

AND PREACH THE GOSPEL TO

EVERY LIVING

CREATURE.

THE FILM.

FOREVER RISKED HIS LIFE.

IT SEEMS TO ME THE

FOUNDATION HERE

IS MORE URGENT THAN EVER.

WE MUST FIND IT FOREVER.

ANDREW GARFIELD PLAYS A

JESUIT

PRIEST WHO FACED VIOLENCE AND

PERSECUTION WHEN THEY

TRAVELED TO

JAPAN TO LOCATE THEIR MENTOR.

THIS FILM IS AN EPIC

ADAPTATION OF

THE 1966 NOVEL.

AND THOSE ARE YOUR TOP 5

FROM

STUDIO 5 FOR THIS WEEK COMING

TO YOU

FROM NEW YORK CITY.

I'M PROUD TO SAY I GREW UP IN

THE

SHADOW OF THE BIG APPLE

ACROSS THE

HUDSON RIVER IN JERSEY CITY,

NEW

JERSEY.

WHERE I LEARNED A LIFE SAVING

LESSON

WHERE PEOPLE THAT DON'T LEARN

THEM CAN

PUT THEM ON A PATHWAY TO

PRISON. THERE

IS A COMEDIAN RIGHT HERE IN

NEW YORK

CITY WHO IS TEACHING THAT

LESSON IN A

SURPRISING PLACE.

THERE IS NO CITY BIGGER OR

BUSIER

THAN NEW YORK EVEN ON A RAINY

DAY.

THIS HUSEL AND BUSSEL IS

ENOUGH TO

INTIMIDATE ANYONE.

RIGHT NOW LIVING IN FEAR

IN

STANDING ON A SUBWAY PLATFORM

AND AN

UNIDENTIFIED LIQUID DRIPPING

ON MY

LEG.

[ LAUGHTER ]

THAT'S WHAT KEEPS ME UP AT

NIGHT.

MEET ALVIN, HE'S PAINTED

THE SMALL

TOWN AS A STAND UP COMEDIAN.

AFTER COMING TO NEW YORK,

GOOGLING

MYSELF AND FIND OUT THERE IS

ANOTHER

ALVIN URBE.

I LOOK AT YOU AND KEEP

THINKING

ABOUT RICHARD PRYOR.

EVERY TIME I PERFORM,

PEOPLE TELL

ME YOU SOUND JUST LIKE

RICHARD PRYOR.

OH MY GOODNESS.

IS HE YOUR DAD?

NO.

MY NOT IS NOT THAT

INTERESTING.

I GREW UP IN ONE OF THE

MOST

DANGEROUS CITIES. GIVE IT TO

ME.

LONG DAY FOR YOU RIGHT NOW

ABOUT

WHAT TIME? IT IS 11:00 P.M..

WE ARE

IN HOBOKEN, IN A THEATRE

AFTER YOU

WITH NO. 8 IN A COMEDY

COMPETITION.

HOW OFTEN ARE YOU DOING THESE

KINDS OF

THINGS?

A FEW TIMES A WEEK, I HAVE

SOME

REALLY LATE LATE NIGHTS.

I DO HAVE EARLY MEETINGS

SOMETIMES,

BUT, YOU KNOW, NOT AS EARLY

AS WHEN I

WAS TEACHING KINDERGARTEN.

I WAS COMING THROUGH THE

CLASSROOM AND

SOME OF MY STUDENTS WOULD BE

USING THE

COLLEGE WORDS I TAUGHT THEM

AGAINST ME.

RIGHT.

SO I'M IN A CLASSROOM AND

THEY ARE ONE

OF THE MOST CONTAGIOUS THINGS

IN THE

PLANET.

IMAGINE I HAVE A CLASSROOM

FULL OF

STUDENTS AND I YAWN AND ALL

OF A

SUDDEN THE STUDENTS ARE DOING

THIS.

THEY SAY, MR., YOU LOOK

LETHARGIC.

YOU WERE A KINDERGARTEN

TEACHER FOR

A WHILE?

YES, I TAUGHT

KINDERGARTEN, FIRST

GRADE AND A TEACHER IN A

FOURTH GRADE

CLASS.

SO YOU WERE DOING COMEDY

AND

TEACHING AT THE SAME TIME?

YES. AT THE SAME TIME.

I WOULD GO AND TELL JOKES.

TEACH BY DAY AND TELL JOKES

BY NIGHT.

THAT'S WHAT I WAS DOING.

ALVIN ISN'T IN SCHOOL

THESE DAYS,

BUT HE IS TEACHING IN

MULTIPLE

CLASSROOMS.

THAT BRINGS US TO HARLEM

WHERE ALVIN'S

BRIGHT IDEAS UNITS BOOKS,

BOYS AND

BARBER SHOP.

YOU TAUGHT FOR HOW LONG?

I TAUGHT FOR 4 YEARS.

DID YOU SEE CONFIDENCE IN

THOSE

DS VOICES?

I TAUGHT SEVERAL KIDS. I

REMEMBER

ONE KID DURING MATH AND I

SAID, YOU

ARE A GREAT MATHEMATICIAN.

AND HE SAID, I'M NOT A GREAT

MATHEMATICIAN, I'M A GENIUS.

WELL, YOU ARE RIGHT.

THE SAME KID DOING READING

TOLD ME,

MR. URBE, I CAN'T READ. I

TAUGHT HIM

HOW TO READ BUT THERE ARE A

MILLIONS

OF THEM WHO CAN'T READ. SO

THAT'S WHAT

TOLD ME TO START BARBERSHOP

BOOKS

BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT

SOMETHING COULD

BE DONE.

THE REST OF ALVIN URBE'S

STORY IS

NEXT.

EVERYDAY I LOOK IN THE

MIRROR OF

THE MAN I'M TRYING TO BECOME.

COMING UP, THE GIANT WHO

FACES

GIANTS.

I WAS AT MY DEATH BED

> ALVIN UR BE TREATED THE

CLASSROOM

AT THE COMEDY STAGE BUT HE

WOULDN'T

LEAVE THE CHILDREN BEHIND.

THAT'S

WHERE THIS BARBERSHOP BOOK

STORY

BEGINS.

WITH BARBERSHOP BOOKS

ALVIN FILLS

THOSE SPACES WITH READING

OPTIONS KIDS

WILL ENJOY.

WITH A LITTLE ENCOURAGEMENT

FROM THEIR

BARBERS AS THEY WAIT TO GET A

HAIRCUT.

ALVIN CALLS THE WAITING TIME

EXPENSIVE

REAL ESTATE.

BASED ON MY TEACHER

EXPERIENCE, I

HAD SOME THEORIES.

A LOT OF YOUNG BLACK BOYS

DON'T

IDENTIFY AS READERS. SO, IF

YOU ASK

THEM ARE YOU A READER, DO YOU

LIKE TO

READ, THEY WOULD SAY NO.

ALSO I HAVE A THEORY THAT A

LOT OF

BOYS DON'T ASSOCIATE BOOKS

AND READING

WITH BEING BLACK. THAT'S

PROBLEMATIC

BECAUSE IF YOU DON'T IDENTIFY

WITH THE

READER WORLD YOU ARE LESS

LIKELY TO

READ FOR FUN. READING FOR FUN

OR

PLEASURE READING IS FOR

CLOSING THE

ACHIEVEMENT GAP. HERE ARE

SOME NUMBERS

TO THINK ABOUT.

ONE OUT OF EVERY FOUR

CHILDREN IN

AMERICA GROW UP WITHOUT EVER

LEARNING

TO READ. NEARLY 85% OF THOSE

FACING

TRIAL OR COURT ARE

FUNCTIONALLY

ILLITERATE.

MANY OF THOSE ARE ILLITERATE.

WE HAVE BOYS, BOOKS AND

BARBERSHOP.

WHAT MADE YOU THINK OF THE

BARBERSHOP

CONSIDER TO DOING THIS?

BECAUSE WE DON'T ASSOCIATE

BOYS

WITH BOOKS AND BEING BLACK. I

THINK

ONE OF THE REASONS WHY THAT'S

THE CASE

IS A LOT OF YOUNG BLACK BOYS

DON'T

HAVE RELEVANT READING MODELS.

THEY

DON'T HAVE BLACK MEN THAT

THEY SEE IN

THEIR LIVES WHO ARE READING

OR THAT

ARE ENCOURAGING THEM TO READ.

SUPER STAR BARBERSHOP HERE

IN

HARLEM WAS THE FIRST TO OPEN

IT'S

DOORS TO ALVIN'S IDEAS.

BEFORE THE BOOKS, THEY

WOULD TRY TO

TEAR UP THE SHOP.

IT'S A SURPRISE FOR THE

SHOP OWNER

WHO SACRIFICED A LITTLE

PROFIT TO MAKE

ROOM FOR IT.

I HAD VIDEO GAMES BACK

THERE. TOOK

THEM OUT AND PUT THE TABLE

OUT AND

PUT THE BOOKS OUT THERE.

WHAT BETTER WAY TO DO IT THAN

TO READ

A BOOK.

THANKS, BARBERSHOP.

OF THE TWO BOOKS, WHICH

ONE WAS

YOUR FAVORITE?

I THINK WHAT ALVIN IS

DOING IS

GREAT FOR THE COMMUNITY.

IT REALLY IS.

IT REALLY SHOWS THAT PEOPLE

STILL CARE

OUT. THE LITERACY IS VERY

IMPORTANT.

FOR THE ALL THE GANG SYSTEMS

AND KNOW

WE ARE NOT REALLY READING NOR

WRITING

ANYMORE.

IT'S ALL ON THE COMPUTER.

IT'S IMPORTANT THEY

UNDERSTAND TO

LEARN AND READ AT THE SAME

TIME.

PART OF WHAT BARBERSHOP

BOOKS IS

TRYING TO CHALLENGE IS KIND

OF THE

NEGATIVE ATTITUDES OR

PERCEPTIONS

ABOUT BOOKS OR READINGS.

ANYTHING THAT IS POSITIVE AND

KIDS

INTERACTING AND PARENTS

INTERACTING

WITH THE BARBERSHOP REALLY

MAKES ME

HAPPY AND YOU KNOW WHAT, IT'S

DOING

WHAT WE ARE CREATED TO DO.

IT'S BEING DONE IN AT

LEAST NINE

BARBERSHOPS AND COUNTING.

I WANTED TO SEE BARBERSHOP

BOOK

HEADQUARTERS AND THIS IS IT.

THIS IS BARBERSHOP

HEADQUARTERS,

AKA MY LIVING ROOM.

THIS IS A GROWING

ORGANIZATION.

I SEE BARBERSHOP BOOKS AS

BEING A

NATIONAL PROGRAM. RIGHT NOW

WE ARE

ONLY IN NEW YORK CITY AND

PRIMARILY

JUST IN HARLEM, BUT, I

DEFINITELY KNOW

THAT THERE ARE BARBERSHOPS

ALL ACROSS

THE UNITED STATES THAT CAN

UTILIZE

THIS PROGRAM. I RECEIVED

REQUEST AS

FAR AS FROM ANCHORAGE,

ALASKA,

CHICAGO, NEWARK, BALTIMORE,

ST. LOUIS,

L.A., TEXAS.

FROM ALL OVER PEOPLE HAVE

REACHED OUT

WANTING TO HAVE BARBERSHOP

BOOKS.

AS YOU CAN SEE, THIS IS

BARBERSHOP

BOOKS.

LET ME THINK, BARBERSHOP

BOOKS

COMES FROM A KID IN HARLEM

AND A

MOTHER WHO WAS A TEACHER WHO

FORCED

HER CHILD TO READ. WHILE HE

NEVER SAW

HIMSELF AS AN EDUCATOR, HI

PRINCIPAL

PREDICTED IT.

HE TURNS TO ME AND SAYS,

ALVIN, YOU

ARE GOING TO BE A BETTER

PRINCIPAL

THAN I EVER WAS.

I LOOKED DIRECTLY INTO HIS

EYES AND I

SAID, I WILL NEVER GO NEED

INDICATION.

I SAID IT WITH SUCH

CONFIDENCE.

AND HERE I AM.

I MEAN, THIS IS WHAT MY

LIFE'S WORK IS.

I AM THE CHIEF READING

INSPIRER. I'M

OUT HERE WORKING HARD TO

INSPIRE THE

NEXT GENERATION OF READERS.

BARBERSHOP BOOKS CONTINUES

TO

EXPAND RIGHT HERE IN NEW YORK

CITY AND

OTHER CITIES ACROSS THE

COUNTRY AND

IT'S GETTING SOME SUPPORT

FROM

PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES AS

WELL.

STILL AHEAD ON STUDIO 5.

WHAT RASHID MEANS A WISE

COUNSELOR.

WE ARE GETTING WISE

COUNSEL FROM A

NEW YORK GIANT.

MY FATHER HAD HIS LEG

AMPUTATED.

I COULD NOT DO ANYTHING ELSE

BUT CRY.

DO YOU -- DOING WHAT I DO AS

> AT THE HEART OF FOOTBALL

SEASON

HERE IN NEW YORK CITY, ALL

EYES ARE ON

THE NEW YORK GIANTS AND THE

RUNNING

BACK RASHAD JENNINGS.

HE STOPS TO TELL US WHO HE IS

FOLLOWING.

I HAVE BEEN A FAN MY WHOLE

LIFE.

IN NEW YORK CITY, SOME OF THE

MINDS OF

THE PEOPLE WHO ARE

RESPONSIBLE FOR THE

THINGS WE RECEIVE DAILY.

BEING

PREPARED TO WHERE HE IS

TAKING ME AND

BEING PREPARED AS A GIANT.

I HAD TO OVERCOME MANY GIANTS

TO

BECOME A GIANT.

I'M EXCITED TO BEING IN NEW

YORK. FOR

WHATEVER REASON, I HAVE TO

THANK HIM

FOR MY LIFE.

YOU CAN BE DISTRACTIONS BY

ANYBODY. IF

I CAN RECOGNIZE DISTRACTIONS,

IT'S A

GOOD THING. I TRY TO LIVE MY

LIFE TO

SCRIPTURES.

I'M GOING TO LET THAT BE MY

MIRROR.

EVERYDAY I HAVE TO LOOK IN

THE MIRROR

AND SAY THAT'S THE GUY I'M

TRYING TO

BECOME. I TELL THE GUYS THERE

IS

NOTHING SPECIAL ABOUT ME. I'M

IN A

SPECIAL POSITION.

I WAS HOSPITALIZED, CLOSE TO

DEATH

BECAUSE OF ASTHMA.

THE DOCTOR SAID I COULDN'T

PLAY SPORTS

AND I CRIED.

THROUGH PRAYER AND

DETERMINATION I

SAID I'M GOING TO RUN AND GET

IN SHAPE

TO THE POINT WHERE I COULD

OUTRUN

ASTHMA.

RASHAD MEANS TO ME, WISE

COUNSELOR. I

THINK WE CAN FIND AT SOME

POINT IN OUR

LIFE TO FIND A COUNSELOR.

IT'S WHETHER WE ARE TAKING

OWNERSHIP

OVER IT. WHEN MY FATHER HAD

HIS LEG

AMPUTATED, I DID NOTHING BUT

CRY.

I COULDN'T FATHOM BEING

WITHOUT A LEG.

EVERY TIME I SEE MY FATHER,

IT'S A

REMINDER THAT I HAVE THEM AND

I'M

ALWAYS GOING TO RUN AND

BECAUSE OF THE

THINGS I HAVE OVERCOME. I WAS

THE

SHORT FAT DORKY KID WITH

ASTHMA.

I WAS ON THE BENCH.

I REALLY DID NOT PLAY.

TODAY I HAD NOBODY TO TURN TO

AND I

HEARD MY COACH YELLING,

RASHAD, GET IN

THE GAME.

30-YARD TOUCHDOWN.

14 PLAYS, I SCORED TOUCHDOWNS.

AT THE END OF THE GAME, THAT

TENNESSEE

SCOUT WHO CAME TO WATCH, HE

PULLED ME

ASIDE AND SAID RASHAD, I

COULDN'T HELP

BUT NOTICE YOU.

YOU HAVE POTENTIAL.

WHEN THE OPPORTUNITY PRESENTS

ITSELF,

IT'S TOO LATE TO PREPARE FOR

IT. IT'S

IN THAT MOMENT.

THERE ARE MOMENT IN OUR LIFE

THAT WE

CAN EXERCISE BEING EXCELLENCE

AND

THAT'S ONLY BECAUSE OF THE

LOVE OF

CHRIST.

NOT HAVE TO BE PERFECT AND

IDENTIFY TO

AND THE MEASURE OF IT AND THE

MEASURE

OF WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE IS IN

LINE IN

GRACE FOR US TO FALL IN THE

MERCY TO

UNDERSTAND WHO CHRIST IS.

HE WAS SO CONVICTED IN HIS

FAITH THAT

HE MADE EVERYBODY ELSE

QUESTION

THEIRS. HE'S A MAN OF LOVE.

HE EXEMPLIFIES IT AND HE'S

SOMEBODY

THAT I WANT TO FOLLOW.

JENNINGS IS A MAN WITH A

GOOD HEART

WHO MAKES HEADLINES FOR DOING

GOOD ON

THE FIELD AND OFF INCLUDING

SURPRISING

HIS MOTHER WITH A NEW HOME.

ON THE NIGHT.

THE NEW YORK INSPIRED

POETRY OF

> AND WELCOME BACK TO

STUDIO 5, NEW

YORK CITY EDITION. LET'S TAKE

A LOOK

AHEAD TO WHAT WE ARE WORKING

ON FOR

NEXT WEEK.

MY SUCCESS COMES FROM MY

MUSICAL

TALENT AND RICH IS BETTER.

ROBIN TANKER IS IN STUDIO

5

TALKING FAMILY AND THE FULL

RICH LIFE.

MANY PEOPLE SEE YOUR LIFE,

PILOT OR

JUST FAMILY, BEAUTIFUL HOME

AND THEY

SEE THE SUCCESS WITH A

SURPRISE THAT

IT WASN'T ALWAYS LIKE THAT.

MY WIFE WAS BORN WITH A

SPOON IN

HER MOUTH.

[ LAUGHTER ]

THAT'S JUST 1 STORY FROM

NEXT

WEEK'S RUN DOWN. WE'VE TALKED

A LOT

ABOUT LITERACY IN THIS

EDITION OF

STUDIO 5.

I'M GIVING THE WORK TO THE

LATE WRITER

AND POET LANGSTON HUGHES.

WHAT HAPPENS, DOES IT DRY UP

IN THE

SUN OR LIKE A SORE AND THEN

RUN.

DOES IT SINK LIKE A ROTTEN

PIECE OF

MEAT.

OR SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE

SWEET.

MAYBE IT'S JUST A HEAVY LOAD.

OR DOES IT EXPLODE.

LANGSTON USES HIS WISDOM

FROM THE

VOICE OF CHILDREN. THAT'S

GOING TO DO

IT FOR THIS EDITION OF STUDIO

5.

VISIT US ON TWITTER AND COME

BACK NEXT

WEEK. BYE, BYE.

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