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Studio 5: Love In Action

One family's need launches a year-long campaign to deliver love to others. Singer Leon Timbo shares his life and latest music and worship leader Olivia Dyer drops a new album. Read Transcript


Efrem: IN JUST

SECONDS ON "STUDIO 5"...

AND THE OSCAR GOES TO

TO...

Efrem: SEE WHO ARE

THE TOP CONTENDERS FOR

THIS YEAR'S OSCAR'S.

I RECEIVED A CALL FROM

MY NIECE ABOUT THINGS

GOING ON.

Efrem: ONE FAMILY'S

TROUBLE GIVES BIRTH TO A

YEAR-LONG PROJECT TO PUT

LOVE IN ACTION.

> THEN...

*

Efrem: HE DOESN'T

MIND BEING SEXY R & B TO

HIS FANS, AS LONG AS THEY

DON'T MIND HIS WORSHIP.

*

Efrem: LEON TEMBO IS

IN "STUDIO 5," STARTING

NOW.

*

Efrem: IT'S THAT TIME

AGAIN.

WELCOME TO "STUDIO 5."

WE WANT TO JUMP RIGHT IN

WITH THIS WEEK'S TOP FIVE

FROM "STUDIO 5."

AT NUMBER FIVE THIS

WEEK...JOHNNY SWIM GOES TO

LATE NIGHT.

*

Efrem: THIS HUSBAND

AND WIFE DUO APPEARED ON

CONAN, PERFORMING THE SONG

"FIRST TRY" FROM THEIR HIT

NEW ALBUM.

* I'LL GET IT RIGHT, I'LL

GET IT RIGHT ON THE FIRST

TIME *

Efrem: AT NUMBER

FOUR...SOME WOULD SAY,

WHAT IS A PREACHER DOING

IN HOLLYWOOD?

AND I WOULD SAY, WHAT'S

A PREACHER NOT DOING IN

HOLLYWOOD.

Efrem: DEVON FRANKLIN

AND SONY PICTURES TEAM UP

TO BRING THE BIG STORY TO

THE BIG SCREEN IN THE FILM

"THE STAR."

THE VOICES INCLUDE GINA

RODRIGUEZ AS MARY, ZACHARY

LEVI AS JOSEPH, AND TYLER

PERRY AT CYRUS.

KELLY CLARKSON AS A HORSE,

AND OPRAH WINFREY AS

DEBRA.

> AT NUMBER THREE...

* WE CALL OUT TO DRY

BONES, COME ALIVE *

* COME ALIVE

Efrem: THE SLATE FOR

THIS SPRING'S "OUTCRY"

TOUR IS OUT.

LAUREN DEGAL IS AMONG THE

ARTISTS.

*

* THE SPIRIT OF JESUS

LIVING WITHIN US *

Efrem: ALONG WITH

PASTOR LEVI LUSKO, AND

PASTOR STEVEN VERDIC.

DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND

THAT GOD HAS BEEN

PREPARING YOU YOUR WHOLE

LIFE?

Efrem: AT NUMBER

TWO...

AND THE A OSCAR GOES

TO...

Efrem: "HACKSAW

RIDGE" IS NOMINATED FOR

BEST PICTURE, WITH ANDREW

GARFIELD UP FOR BEST ACTOR

AND MEL GIBSON UP FOR BEST

DIRECTOR.

AND "FENCES" IS UP FOR

BEST PICTURE, WITH DENZEL

WASHINGTON NOMINATED FOR

BEST ACTOR, AND VIOLA

DAVIS FOR BEST SUPPORTING

ACTRESS.

AND "HIDDEN FIGURES"

OCTAVIA SPENCER IS UP FOR

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS.

AND LA LA LAND IS UP FOR

BEST PICTURE, WITH EMMA

STONE UP FOR BEST ACTRESS,

AND RYAN GOSLING UP FOR

BEST ACTOR.

IF PRINCE CHARMING

COMES AFTER ME, I'LL SLAP

HIM IN JESUS' NAME.

Efrem: CHONDA PIERCE

BELONGS A AT THE

INAUGURATION BALL.

SHE CHATS WITH US BEFORE

HER SET AND ALLOWS OUR

CAMERAS TO ROLL WHEN SHE

TAKES THE STAGE.

IF YOU SAY "IN JESUS'

NAME" AFTER ANYTHING, YOU

CAN GET BY WITH A LOT.

Efrem: AND BREAKING

"STUDIO 5" TOP FIVE NEWS,

CHONDA PIERCE HAS A BIG

NEW MOVIE IN THE WORKS.

I HAVE A BIG MOVIE

COMING OUT IN APRIL CALLED

"ENOUGH."

AND THANKS TO YOUR

VIEWERS, "LAUGHING IN THE

DARK" WAS A HUGE SUCCESS.

Efrem: THIS NEXT

STORY IS BIT OF A

DEPARTURE FROM OUR TYPICAL

"STUDIO 5" INTERVIEW.

IT BEGS THE QUESTION: WHAT

HAPPENS WHEN A GROUP OF

DIVERSE BUSINESS OWNERS

AND PASTORS GET TOGETHER

WITH ONE FOCUS: TO CHANGE

THE LIFE OF A FAMILY

DESPERATELY IN NEED.

TAKE A LOOK AT HOW ONE

MEETING LAUNCHED A

YEAR-LONG CAMPAIGN WE CALL

"LOVE IN ACTION."

> THIS VIRGINIA WOMAN

THOUGHT BEING A WIFE AND

MOTHER OF THREE WAS HER

HAPPY ENDING.

I REALIZED I'M LIVING

MY DREAM.

Efrem: BUT JUST

BEFORE CHRISTMAS, ROXANNE

LEARNED HER DREAM WOULD

SOON EVOLVE.

I THOUGHT, WHAT IS MY

NEXT DREAM?

BECAUSE IT IS NOT OVER.

AND SO I WAS PRAYING ABOUT

IT, AND GOD SAID, MOTHER.

AND I WAS LIKE, I AM A

MOTHER.

AND I'M, LIKE, WHAT ELSE?

AND HE WAS, YOU ARE TO BE

A MOTHER TO THE

MOTHERLESS.

Efrem: THE FACT

ROXANNE CAN SHARE THIS

STORY IS IN MANY WAYS

MIRACULOUS.

AT AGE FOUR, SHE WAS SHOT

IN THE HEAD WITH A B.B.

GUN.

IT WENT IN BEHIND MY

RIGHT EAR AND IT IS LODGED

BEHIND MY EAR.

Efrem: DOCTORS DIDN'T

THINK SHE WOULD LIVE, LET

ALONE SPEAK.

DURING THE ACCIDENT, SHE

BIT OFF PART OF HER

TONGUE.

THAT'S WHY I STUTTER

AND WHERE THE INSECURITY

COMES.

Efrem: IT ALL BEGAN

WITH A PHONE CALL FROM

TULSA, OKLAHOMA.

I RECEIVED A CALL FROM

MY NIECE ABOUT JUST THINGS

GOING ON, TROUBLING

THINGS.

Efrem: HER NIECE TOLD

HER HER HOME SITUATION HAD

BECOME VERY DARK.

HER MOTHER'S ADDICTION

MADE LIFE SO HARD, MA MADDIE

WAS CONTEMPLATING SUICIDE.

I BASICALLY INVITED HER

TO COME UP HERE FOR A

LITTLE WHILE.

Efrem: "A LITTLE

WHILE" BECAME PERMANENT,

AND IT MEANT CHANGES FOR

ROXANNE'S FAMILY.

WE HAD TO COMBINE OUR

THREE KIDS INTO ONE ROOM.

Efrem: THEY STILL HAD

NO FURNITURE FOR MADDIE'S

ROOM.

SO WHEN MEMBERS OF

ROXANNE'S CHURCH FOUND

OUT, THEY TRANSFORMED THAT

ROOM TO THIS.

AND MEMBERS OF THE

FAMILY'S CHURCH WEREN'T

THE ONLY ONES WHO STEPPED

UP TO HELP.

A LOT OF TIMES PEOPLE

SAY, I'M PRAYING FOR YOU.

AND THAT'S GREAT.

BUT IF I NEED WATER, I

NEED WATER.

PRAY FOR ME AND GIVE ME

WATER.

Efrem: ERIC IS THE

PASTOR OF A LARGELY

AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHURCH,

BUT HE HASN'T ALWAYS BEEN

IN THE PULPIT.

I WORKED FOR SOME OF

THE LARGEST CORPORATIONS,

LIKE XEROX.

Efrem: WHEN A CHURCH

MEMBER TOLD HIM ABOUT

MADDIE'S SITUATION, HE

WANTED TO HELP.

AND IN DOING SO, THE IDEA

FOR "LOVE" WAS BORN AND

CONNECTED THEM WITH

RESOURCES TO MAKE THEIR

LIVES EASIER.

THE CHURCHES AND

LEADERS NEED TO COME

TOGETHER AND WORK

COOPERATELY IN A WAY THAT

BLESSES INDIVIDUALS AND

FAMILIES IN A WAY THAT CAN

INSPIRE OTHERS.

SO THE EXPRESSING LOVE IN

ACTION IS WHAT WE WOULD

LIKE TO SEE.

Efrem: WHY IS IT

IMPORTANT FOR THE GROUP

THAT COMES TOGETHER TO BE

DIVERSE?

BECAUSE OF ALL OF THE

THINGS THE COUNTRY HAS

WENT THROUGH WITH THE PAST

ELECTION -- THERE WAS A

MAJOR DIVIDE, AND I

BELIEVE WHEN YOU COME

TOGETHER, YOU HAVE MORE

INFLUENCE.

AND YOU CAN MAKE A BIGGER

IMPACT THAN BEING IN ALL

LITTLE TRIBES.

Efrem: THE ARCHIE

FAMILY WAS THE INSPIRATION

BEHIND THE PROJECT, AND

ALSO THE FIRST FAMILY TO

FEEL ITS IMPACT.

*

Efrem: AT THIS

HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER, THE

TEEN METEAM MET WITH THE FAMILY,

ASSESSED THEIR NEEDS, AND

OVER THE COURSE OF TWO

MONTHS GOT TO WORK,

PUTTING LOVE IN ACTION.

THE FIRST STEP: A NEW

VEHICLE FOR THE FAMILY.

THE NEXT STEP: A SHOPPING

SPREE FOR MADDIE.

A NEW WARDROBE FOR HER NEW

LIFE.

SO MADISON, ARE YOU

READY TO SHOP?

Efrem: AND JOINING US

NOW IS OUR RESIDENT "LOVE

IN ACTION" FASHION GURU

DIMITRIA STALLINGS.

TELL ME ABOUT THE SHOPPING

TRIP WITH MADISON?

MADISON IS SUCH A

BEAUTIFUL SOUL.

AND I THINK WHAT STOOD OUT

WITH ME WAS ALL OF THE FUN

WE HAD.

IT WAS A FAMILY MATTER.

AND WHILE SHE WAS TRYING

ON CLOTHES, WE HAD SEEN

THIS LIGHT COME OUT OF

HER.

ALMOST LIKE NOT JUST HER

PERSONALITY, BUT THIS

LIGHT SHINING WITHIN

BECAUSE SHE FOUND HOPE.

ONE OF MY FAVORITE MOMENTS

WAS WHEN SHE WAS REVEALING

HER CLOTHES.

SHE OPENED THE CURTAIN

LIKE, LOOK AT WHAT I HAVE

ON!

AND I THINK THAT WAS SO

FASCINATING, JUST TO SEE

THE JOY.

IT TOUCHED HER HEART, WHAT

EVERYONE DID FOR HER.

Efrem: YOU ARE A

RESIDENT FASHION STYLIST,

AND WE CAN SEE IT FROM

HEAD TO TOE LOOKING AT

YOU.

WHY DO YOU THINK FASHION

IS SUCH AN IMPORTANT PART

OF A NEW BEGINNING FOR

SOMEONE?

WELL, YOU KNOW THE

SAYING, YOU LOOK GOOD, YOU

FEEL GOOD.

I THINK IT DOES SOMETHING

WITH FEELING FRESH.

WHEN YOU PUT ON A NEW PAIR

OF SHOES, THERE IS

SOMETHING ABOUT THAT

FRESHNESS THAT DOES

SOMETHING FOR YOU.

AND I THINK IF WE CAN

EQUATE THE NEWNESS OF

SOMETHING THAT IS GIVEN TO

YOU, IT SHOWS ALSO THE

LOVE OF CHRIST.

FOR INSTANCE, I HAD A

NECKLACE THAT MY

GRANDMOTHER GAVE ME FOR CH

CHRISTMAS.

AND IT HAD A SAPPHIRE ON

IT.

I TOOK A PICTURE OF IT THE

OTHER DAY, AND WHEN I

ENLARGED IT, I THOUGHT,

MAN, THAT WASN'T JUST THE

NECKLACE THAT MY

GRANDMOTHER GAVE TO ME,

THAT FELT LIKE CHRIST

BECAUSE IT WAS SOMETHING

THAT WAS GIVEN FROM THE

HEART.

I BELIEVE IF WE CAN GIVE

TO OTHERS, YOU WILL SEE IT

COME FROM THE HEART.

Efrem: THAT'S WHY

WE'RE DOING THIS "LOVE AND

ACTION."

AND FOR MORE "LOVE IN

ACTION" STORIES, BE SURE

TO TUNE INTO "STUDIO 5."

STILL AHEAD...

*

Efrem: THIS VOICE ON

THE WORSHIP STAGE CAUGHT

THE EAR OF AN R & B

HIT-MAKER.

WE HAVE THESE LOVE

SERVICES.

Efrem: HE'S A

*

* YOU'RE MY SHINING STAR

* AND I CAN'T HOLD BACK

Efrem: THAT IS THE

SOUND OF LEON TIMBO, A

SOULFUL SINGER AND

SONGWRITER DISCOVERED BY

TIRE RETIRETIREIES GIBSON.

> YOU'RE ALBUM, "WHAT'S

LOVE ALL ABOUT," THAT'S

YOUR FIRST BIG ALBUM?

INDEED.

I'VE BEEN RECORDING FOR

YEARS, AND CONTRACTS UP

AND DOWN, AND IT HAS BEEN

A SONG IN AND OF ITSELF.

BUT I'M GRATEFUL FOR IT

BECAUSE NOT ONLY HAVE I

GROWN AS AN ARTIST AND A

SONGWRITER, BUT I'VE

DEVELOPED REAL

RELATIONSHIPS THAT I'VE

NEEDED TO MAKE THIS FROM

AN INFLUENCER PERSPECTIVE

AS OPPOSED TO TRYING TO

GET ATTENTION.

THE FIRST SONG I WROTE

MAYBE 10 YEARS AGO, DURING

THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION --

GO FIGURE.

AND A THOUSAND SONGS WERE

BIRTHED SINCE THAT TIME.

I NEEDED TO DEVELOP AS AN

ARTIST.

SO IT TOOK YOUR BABY FACES

AND YOUR R. KELLYS TO

CHANGE THIS.

I REMEMBER SITTING DOWN

WITH DAVID FOSTER, AND HE

HEARD THE FIRST NOTE AND

HE SAID, THAT'S THE WRONG

KEY FOR YOU.

AND I STARTED SINGING AND

I REACHED THE END OF MY

VOICE, AND HE TOLD, I TOLD

YOU THAT YOU WERE IN THE

WRONG KEY.

I NEEDED THAT TO BE WHAT I

AM.

I WANT TO MAKE AN IMPACT

THE FIRST TIME I DO IT.

Efrem: WHAT TOOK YOU

SO LONG.

* I ALREADY LOVED YOU

BEFORE I EVER MET YOU *

* WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG

Efrem: WHAT INSPIRED

THAT SONG?

TYRESE GIBSON AND SOME

OF OUR OTHER FRIENDS --

PEOPLE WHO CAN'T NORMALLY

WALK INTO CHURCHES BECAUSE

OF CELEBRITY, AND WE'LL

FIND HOTEL ROOMS AND SIT

IN THEM AND TALK BIBLE AND

TALK LIFE.

AND THE IDEA CAME UP,

THERE IS ONE PERSON.

AND IF THERE IS ONE

PERSON, WHAT DOES THAT

LOOK LIKE.

SO THE CONCEPT OF "WHAT

TOOK YOU SO LONG" KIND OF

JUMPED OUT AT ME.

Efrem: I WAS

ATTRACTED TO MY WIFE

BEFORE SHE WAS ATTRACTED

TO ME, SO I THOUGHT THIS

IS THE ONE, BUT SHE DIDN'T

SEE IT.

AND THE OTHER IS GOD TO

US, CHASING US WITH LOVE.

WHAT IS TAKING YOU SO

LONG?

SOME ASKED ME, WHERE IS

YOUR MUSIC IN THE BIBLE.

SOMEWHERE BETWEEN PSALMS,

PROVERBS.

Efrem: AND YOU ARE

THE SON OF A PREACHER.

AND I REALIZED I DON'T

LIKE CHURCH PEOPLE.

I LIKE JESUS, BUT I DON'T

LIKE CHURCH PEOPLE.

I SEE HOW CHURCH PEOPLE

CAN ABUSE PASTORS.

AND I SAW MY DAD GIVE AND

GIVE AND GIVE.

AND I SAID, OKAY, LORD, IF

THIS IS WHAT THAT LOOKS

LIKE, I DON'T WANT TO BE

THAT GUY.

AND HE DID IT ANOTHER WAY.

HE CAUSED ME TO GIVE TO

PEOPLE WHO I WOULD NEVER

SEE AGAIN.

WHO WOULD NEVER VALUE THE

MOMENT OR EVEN KNEW THAT I

WAS A PART OF IT.

I'M HAPPY TO SERVE.

Efrem: DOES THE

CHURCH GIVE YOU A HARD

TIME ABOUT SINGING LOVE

SONGS?

NOT ANYMORE.

I THINK I'VE OUTGROWN MY

HATERS.

MY DAD'S PASTOR WAS 85

YEARS OLD, AND HE ASKED

HIS PASTOR, WHY IS IT THAT

NOBODY HATES YOU?

AND HE SAID, I'VE OUTLIVED

THEM ALL.

* I WILL MISS A MOMENT, IF

IT MAKES US ONE FOREVER *

Efrem: IT WAS INDEED

AN HONOR TO SIT DOWN WITH

LEON TIMBO.

HIS ALBUM "WHAT'S LOVE AL

ABOUT" IS AVAILABLE NOW.

> UP NEXT, OLIVIA TALKS

ABOUT HER NEW ALBUM "TIME

AND AGE."

I KNEW AT A VERY EARLY

AGE THAT I WANTED TO WRITE

SONGS.

Efrem: AND SHE

PERFORMS A SONG FROM THE

ALBUM, RIGHT HERE ON THE

"STUDIO 5" STAGE.

*

Efrem: AND WELCOME

BACK TO "STUDIO 5."

AFTER NEARLY A DECADE OF

WRITING, WORSHIP LEADER

OLIVIA DYER IS RECENTLY A

NEW ALBUM.

AND IT'S CALLED "TIME AND

AGE."

SHE JOINED ME TO TALK

ABOUT HER JOURNEY AND THE

INTERNAL FIGHT TO GROW UP

AND STILL REMAIN A CHILD

AT HEART.

OLIVIA DYER IS THIS WEEK'S

"STUDIO 5" ONE TO WATCH.

* THE WORLD IS MINE NOW

* THE MEDITATION OF MY

HEART IS PLEASING TO YOU *

Efrem: IF YOU WOULD

DESCRIBE A THEME FOR THIS

ALBUM, WHAT IS IT?

SO THE ALBUM IS CALLED

"TIME AND AGE," AND I

REALLY FEEL LIKE THAT IS

MUCH OF THE THEME.

* A CONTRITE HEART

THESE SONGS ARE KIND OF

WRITTEN OVER A PERIOD OF

TIME.

ONE OF THE SONGS I WROTE

WHEN I WAS 18, JUST OUT OF

HIGH SCHOOL.

BEING 26 NOW, IT IS KIND

OF THIS BROAD SPAN OF JUST

WATCHING MY LIFE KIND OF

EVOLVE, NOT ONLY AS AN

INDIVIDUAL, BUT AS A

SONGWRITER.

* A FLOWER IN THE FIELD

KNOWS THE SOUND OF YOUR

SIMPLE TUNE *

IT TALKS ABOUT MY DAD,

WHO HAD AN ILLNESS, AND A

LOT OF THESE SONGS ARE

JUST WRITTEN FROM A PLACE

OF JUST PROCESSING THE

CHANGE AND HOW TO EMBRACE

EVEN THINGS YOU DIDN'T SEE

COMING.

I THINK ONE OF MY FAVORITE

THEMES I'VE DISCOVERED IN

THESE SONGS IS THE FACT

THAT WE GROW UP, BUT IS IT

POSSIBLE TO MAINTAIN

CHILD-LIKENESS EVEN AS AN

ADULT.

AND MAINTAINING THE THINGS

WE HAD AS A CHILD THAT I

DON'T THINK GOD WOULD EVER

HAVE US LEAVE OR LET GO

OF.

* AND MY HEART WOULD

BREAK *

I'VE ALWAYS HAD A

DESIRE TO RECORD.

WHEN I WROTE THESE SONGS,

I HAD AN IDEA AND A DREAM

TO SEE THEM GET RECORDED

AND TO SEE THEM CAPTURED.

I LOVE RECORDING BECAUSE

IT CAPTURES SONGS FOREVER.

THERE IS ANOTHER SONG ON

THE ALBUM ABOUT MY

GRANDFATHER.

AND I LOVE THAT I'VE

WRITTEN THIS SONG THAT

KIND OF GIVES US THIS

BIOGRAPHY OF HIM THAT MY

GRANDFATHER WILL HEAR ONE

DAY.

Efrem: THERE ARE 11

TRACKS?

YES.

Efrem: DO YOU HAVE A

FAVORITE?

I REALLY LOVE THE

OPENING TRACK, AND IT'S

CALLED "ENVY."

GET BACK TO PSALMS 23,

DAVID SAYING, "THE LORD IS

MY SHEPHERD, I SHALL NOT

WANT."

I ATTACKED THAT FEELING

OF, OH, MY GOSH, IS MY

LIFE GOING TO BE WHAT I

THOUGHT IT WAS.

AND JUST DECLARING THAT

YOU'RE EVERYTHING I NEED

AND EVERYTHING I WANT.

AND IF I HAVE YOU, THEN

IT'S ENOUGH.

*

* YOU ARE MY FORTUNE

Efrem: OLIVIA'S ALBUM

IS AVAILABLE ON iTUNES

AS OF JANUARY 28th.

WE HAVE A FEW CORRECTIONS

AND APOLOGIES TO PASS

ALONG THIS WEEK.

WE MISTAKENLY SAID THAT

DONNIE MCCLURKIN IN A

PREVIOUS STORY HAD ONE

DOVE AWARD.

WELL, HE ACTUALLY HAS

THREE.

AND WE SAID HE WROTE THE

SONG "NOBODY GREATER,"

WHEN HE SHOULD HAVE SAID,

GREAT IS YOUR MERCY.

AND WE HAVE PLANS TO BRING

YOU THIS WEEK INTERVIEWS

WITH THE CAST OF "A DOG'S

PURPOSE," BUT THAT MOVIE

JUNKET WAS CANCELLED DUE

TO CONCERNS OVER ANIMAL

TREATMENT DURING FILMING.

> STILL AHEAD, A NEW

OSCAR-NOMINATED FILM TAKES

A LOOK AT THE DEATHS OF

THREE CIVIL RIGHTS

LEADERS.

THERE ARE DAYS WHEN YOU

WONDER WHAT YOUR FUTURE IS

FRAIRM Efrem: WELL, THE

CLOCK IS WINDING DOWN ON

THIS SHOW, BUT WE'RE HARD

AT WORK TO BRING YOU AN

EVEN BIGGER SHOW NEXT WEEK

WITH A PREVIEW OF THE

RUNDOWN.

HE WAS PREACHING AT AGE

14 BEFORE ULTIMATELY

WALKING AWAY FROM THE

CHURCH.

IN AMERICA, I WAS FREE

ONLY IN BATTLE, NEVER FREE

TO REST.

Efrem: HIS FINAL

WRITTEN WORDS ARE NOW THE

SUBJECT OF A NEW FILM.

AMONG THE CONTENDERS FOR

THIS YEAR'S ACADEMY AWARD

FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY.

THERE ARE DAYS WHEN YOU

WONDER WHAT YOUR ROLE IS

IN THIS COUNTRY, AND WHAT

YOUR FUTURE IS IN IT.

Efrem: ACTOR SAM

JACKSON NARRATES THE FILM

THAT TAKES A LOOK AT RACE

IN AMERICA TODAY.

AND THE MURDERS OF MEGGER

EVERS, MALCOLM X., AND

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

> WE'RE IN FULL SWING

WHEN IT COMES TO HOLLYWOOD

AWARDS SEASON, AND DENZEL

WASHINGTON KNOWS A BIT

ABOUT AWARDS.

HE HAS TWO OSCARS TO PROVE

IT.

BUT WE'RE SITTING DOWN

WITH HIM THIS WEEK TO TAKE

A LOOK AT AN INSPIRING

WORD THAT HE DELIVERS AT

GRADUATION EXERCISES.

I'M SURE PEOPLE HAVE

TOLD YOU TO MAKE SURE YOU

HAVE SOMETHING TO FALL

BACK ON.

MAKE SURE YOU'VE GOT

SOMETHING TO FALL BACK ON,

HONEY.

BUT I NEVER UNDERSTOOD

THAT CONCEPT, HAVING

SOMETHING TO FALL BACK ON.

IF I'M GOING TO FALL, I

DON'T WANT TO FALL BACK ON

ANYTHING, EXCEPT MY FAITH.

Efrem: ONE OF THE

THINGS THAT MOVES ME

BESIDES YOUR ACTING IS

YOUR GRADUATION SPEECHES.

I WANT TO FALL FORWARD.

AT LEAST THIS WAY I'LL SEE

WHAT I'M GOING TO HIT.

Efrem: YOU ARE SO

HONEST, AND I WISH I HAD

SOMEONE LIKE THAT AT MY

GRADUATION.

RICHARD BLAKE IN

LOS ANGELES AND PASTOR

A.R. BERNARD, AND I STEAL

STRAIGHT FROM BOTH OF

THEM.

AND, YOU KNOW, WHAT'S LEFT

FOR ME IS SERVICE, YOU

KNOW, TO INSPIRE WHO I CAN

INSPIRE.

TRUE DESIRE IN THE

HEART FOR ANYTHING GOOD IS

GOD'S PROOF TO YOU SENT

BEFOREHAND TO INDICATE

THAT IT'S YOURS ALREADY.

Efrem: THAT IS GOING

TO BE THE FINAL WORD.

WE THANK YOU DENZEL

WASHINGTON.

UNTIL NEXT TIME, REACH OUT

AND TOUCH ME, EFREM

GRAHAM, ON Facebook,

TWITTER, AND INSTAGRAM.

AND COME ON BACK AND SE

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