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We’re taking a look at what’s making headlines in uplifting entertainment. Lauren Daigle, Jonathan McReynolds, Yvonne Orji and Andrea Boccelli are all making news. Read Transcript

(upbeat music)

- It is that time again,welcome to Studio 5.

We're exploring the issues of race

through the eyes of theentertainment world today.

So, let's fire up the countdown

and begin our look at the bestin uplifting entertainment.

- [Efrem] At number five.

♪ And what I lack ♪

♪ You are full of ♪

- [Efrem] JonathanMcReynolds has something new

for those who follow him and his music.

- [Cameraman] Jon?

- Yeah.

- [Cameraman] What you doing?

- Reading.

- [Cameraman] What you reading?

- Just a new book.

- [Cameraman] What new book?

- Make Room.

- [Efrem] His new book, MakeRoom, is available this week

following the theme of his latest album,

also titled, Make Room.

An excerpt from the book notes,

"Our purpose is tied to whatwe contribute to the public,

"but our reward is tied tohow we honor Him in private."

♪ And what I'm doubting ♪

♪ You are sure of ♪

♪ So, I'll trust the lover ♪

♪ The lover of my soul ♪

- [Efrem] At number four.

It's been said he has the mostbeautiful voice in the world

and now for the first timeAndrea Bocelli has hit number one

on the Billboard 200 AlbumChart with his new album, Si.

It features duets with EdSheeran, Josh Groban and more.

♪ I thought sooner orlater the lights up above ♪

♪ Would come down in circlesand guide me to love ♪

- [Efrem] That's Bocelli's son

whose voice is also beautiful.

♪ Fly like a cannonballstraight to my soul ♪

- [Efrem] Amos singsthis duet, Fall On Me,

with his Dad on the soundtrackfor the new Disney film,

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

♪ With all your light. ♪

- We've fired up the countdown so, now,

let's begin our look atrace in The Hate U Give.

The best-selling novel is now a film

and it traces the story of a 16 year old

who's trying to balance,essentially, two different lives.

One in her largely poor,black, neighborhood.

The other in her mostlywhite and wealthier school.

Here's you Studio 5 first look.

- And action!

- B mark.

- The Hate U Give is abouta girl name Starr Carter.

She goes to this white private school

filled with very privileged kids

who don't spend a lot oftime around people of color

but she's grown up in the'hood with her black family

and so she's constantlynavigating having to

almost split herself into two parts

in order to fit into both worlds.

- [Voiceover] My name is Starr, two R's.

Daddy named me that.

Garden Heights.

Mama and Daddy says our life is here

'cos our people are here.

We got Mr Reuben's barbecue,

Mr Lewis' barber shop and Daddy's store.

The high school is where you go

to get drunk, high or pregnant.

We don't go there.

- It's about a young,black woman, kind of,

finding her voice.

- It's about speaking up and being heard.

- It's really about family and community.

- Starr?(Starr laughs)

What's up?

- Starr lives in different worlds.

Her lower income black community

and her white private school.

- [Starr Voiceover] GardenHeights is one world,

Williamson is another.

So, when I'm here, I'm Starr version two.

- She is constantly having tosplit herself into two parts

in order to fit into both worlds.

- I have to hide who I am.

When I'm at home, Ican't be too Williamson.

When I'm here, I can'tact too Garden Heights.

- This is about her awakening.

This is about her journey

and really, realizing, I'mgonna be who I wanna be.

(police sirens wail)

- That's all challenged when

this really tragic event happens.

- Go back where he told you,

I'm not playing go back--(gunshot fires)

- What did you do?!

- She's the one and only witness.

- [News Reporter] Today,Garden Heights is reeling

after the shooting of a 17year old, black teenager

by a white police officer.

- And now, she is facedwith the dilemma of,

does she speak out?

- So, when you ready to talk, you talk.

- It's really challenging for Starr

to think about the level of responsibility

that she'll take on in being public.

- Violence, brutality.

It's the same story just a different name.

- I need to speak for him.

It's about black people, poor people,

everybody at the bottom.

- No matter who youare, find your purpose.

Whatever you're here for,speak up and be heard.

- You too can get outhere and be about change.

- Don't ever let nobody make you be quiet.

- Everybody who experiences struggle

can take that struggle andturn it into something golden.

- We live in a complicated world.

- No, it doesn't seemthat complicated to me.

- As a generation, it'stime that we stand up

and start taking responsibilities

for our communities and take 'em back.

- The movie gives a messagethat's, you know, very real

but also very, very hopeful.

- I love being a part ofa film that, I think, is

really culturally andpolitically critical.

("We Won't Move", by Arlissa)

- We will not stop!

- The Hate U Give is in theaters right now

and the best-sellingbook is also available

wherever you purchase your books.

- [Efrem] And still to come,our look at race continues.

- And if we would get pastthe us versus them mentality.

- [Efrem] With the authorof The Third Option,

Miles McPherson, joining the conversation.

- And welcome back to Studio 5.

Our countdown of the best headlines

in uplifting entertainment continues now.

- [Efrem] At number three.

♪ Six feet under ♪

♪ I thought it was over ♪

♪ An answer to Prayer ♪

- [Efrem] Fresh from the Ellen stage,

Lauren Daigle graces the latest cover

of Relevant magazine.

Sharing the story of herrise from a worship leader

to one of pop music'smost buzzed about artists.

- Our next guest hasbeen compared to everyone

from Adele to Amy Winehouse.

Her new CD just debuted atnumber one, she's amazing.

Here to perform 'Still Rolling Stones',

please welcome Lauren Daigle.

- [Efrem] In this wide rangingarticle, Lauren shares,

"I was trying to find home ina million different places.

"God has a way ofreminding you who you are."

- If my life was a bookthe title would be,

How To Live Like A Childin an Adult-proof World.


- [Efrem] On song-writing, Lauren shares,

"It's giving people a prayer to sing.

"Words in their mouths that were there

"but they didn't know to access."

- Why should people listen to my music?

Because, I think, the messageis one of hope and unity.

And, right now, we're incrazy times in the world

and, I think, that people

want to have love to hold onto,

they want to have truth to hold onto,

they want to be ableto sit next to someone

and not feel like everyoneis a stranger in the world.

- [Efrem] At number two.

Nigerian born actress,writer and comedienne,

Yvonne Orji is also on the pages

of the latest editionof Relevant magazine.

- I remember praying, honest to God,

I prayed and I was like,"God, I need a talent."

and I, sure as day, I hear, "Do comedy."

- [Efrem] When asked how her faith

plays into her comedy, Orji shares,

"It's not like I put it on a coat hanger

"and then take it out wherever convenient.

"I don't use profanity in mycomedy, I don't do blue humor,

"and so for me, that'show faith plays in."

- Are you guys ready for a good show?

(crowd cheers and claps)There it is.

- With that, we've only gotone more headline left to go.

We're continuing our look rightnow at race here in Studio 5

and picking up the conversationwith Miles McPherson.

The NFL player turned pastor has penned

an eye-opening new book titled,

The Third Option, Hope ForA Racially Divided Nation.

- We were all made in the image of God.

- [Efrem] Before taking the pulpit

as pastor of the Rock Church in San Diego,

Miles McPherson playedprofessional football

in the city with the Chargers

and at one point, off the field,

he battled a cocaineaddiction and broke free.

- Humans are genetically, 99.5%,

genetically identical.

No matter what that person looks like.

- [Efrem] He's now looking toset people free from racism.

Opening eyes and heartswith his latest book,

The Third Option, Hope ForA Racially Divided Nation.

- This is a different take on

the whole racial divide in this country.

What inspired you to do this?

- I did not know 80%of what's in that book

when I started it, I learned it.

Because as I was writing itand I started to research,

I wanted to give people tools, you know.

In every race conversationit's about us versus them.

You have to pick a side.

But the third option is that

we would honor what we have in common.

So, I said, I know I can figure out

how to communicate this to everybody.

As mad as people are and

as angry and hurt andas divided as we are,

I know I can figure out how

to empower everyone to come together.

In first looking at themself

and then understandingeach other, other people,

and giving people a better understanding

of what others go through.

So, that was my goal.

Because I didn't wanna just write a book

'cos I'm a pastor and,you know, say some things.

You know, 'cos peoplegonna call you out, right?

And, so, this topic wasso divisive that I had to

write something that everybodycan apply to themself.

- One of the chapters,

you talk about blind spots, Ibelieve there's nine of them.

- I wrote nine, yeah, you're right.

- (laughs) That are mentioned here.

The one that hit me the most is

interpreting, or internalizing,

what the others think of you and then.

Reading that, I realized,

Oh my Lord, I have entered so many rooms

where I was the only- Yeah.

- And I began to thinkof myself as smaller.

- Right.

- Because of what I've heard.

- Right, right.

There's three kinds of racism.

Institutional, systemsthat hold people down

and divide people.

Personally mediated, whereI just don't like you

because you're different.

But then there's internalizedracism, where you

begin to believe and adopt the criticisms,

criticisms of your critics.

And so, you're told you're less than,

you're told you're not smart,

you're told what you won't do

and you begin to believe it.

Once that happens

then you don't need a racist in your life,

you're your worst racist,

and that is something that people have to

really think about, you know?

What do I?

Have I internalized what I have been told?

And not even said to your face,

it's just the message of culture

that, you know, you'rebrown you stay down, right?

And so, that's a veryimportant thing for people.

Whether black, or whatever you are

and whatever neighborhood you live in.

Every color, white being acolor as well, by the way.

Every color has it's own burden.

To really identify, what's my burden?

And have I internalized that

where I am now my own worst enemy.

- The conversation about race,or at least the race issue,

seems to have percolated.

Even more so in the last couple of years.

Am I wrong in my assessment there?

Or do you feel it as a pastor?- Oh, totally.

- I do feel it, I think people are more.

I have good news and bad news.

The bad news is I definitely feel it,

I think people are more vocal.

However, I'm encouraged because, I think,

people are tired of it.

People who wouldn't talk about it before.

Churches, who wouldnever say anything before

are saying something now.

And vice versa, I mean,

blacks, you know, theinternalized racism thing?

Or being patient andbeing graceful to people

who are making mistakes

saying stuff that they don't know

they don't know what they're saying.

That's why we have blind spots, right?

And so...

I'm excited because I see people,

even though our country is more divided

I see people standing up,saying enough is enough.

After the Chartlottesville incident,

a lot of people said, I'm not doing this.

We have to celebrate everybody,

no matter what they look like.

- Beautiful, thank you so much.

- It's my pleasure.- It's a pleasure

- talking to you

- Thank you.

- Miles McPherson'sbook, The Third Option,

is available wherever books are sold.

- [Efrem] Still ahead.

- Perhaps the white man doesn't understand

what the black man is going through

but we won't understand unlesswe have the conversation.

- [Efrem] The conversation continues

with a message in music from Major.

♪ We can move mountains ♪

♪ If we do it together y'all ♪

- And welcome back to Studio 5.

We have made it to the final headline

in this week's countdown ofuplifting entertainment news.

- [Efrem] At number one.

- My son is out there somewhere

and I don't know what he's doing!

I don't know how to help him!

- [Efrem] Beautiful Boy is described as

the heart-breaking andinspiring experience

of survival, relapse and recovery.

- So, how you doing?

- I'm doing great, you know, just um...

Just doing what needs to be done.

- What does that mean?

- I'm sorry, Dad, um--

- Why don't we just have lunch and talk?

We can do that, right?- Mmm.

- [David] Please?

- [Efrem] Based on the true story

David Sheff shares inhis book, Beautiful Boy,

and his son, Nic, shares in

Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines.

- I hope this movie ignitesan emotional reaction

out of people but I can sell it to myself

almost in my head thatwe're not doing it, like,

self, I mean, it's...

This is something a lot ofpeople are going through.

- [Efrem] It's in American theaters now.

- Do you know how much I love you?

I love you more than everything.

- Everything?

- [David] Everything.

- Everything.

- And that wraps our countdown.

For this week,

it's been a show wherewe've been looking at

the complicated issues of race

through the lens of entertainment.

Music is no exception, takea listen at why this tune

from the artist, Major, iswhat's playing in my ear.

♪ Break down and rewrite the law ♪

♪ If we do it together y'all ♪

♪ We can build bridges race to race ♪

♪ If we do it together y'all ♪

♪ Giving the world a change of pace ♪

♪ We can do it together y'all ♪

♪ Everybody sing ♪

♪ Oh, things gotta change ♪

♪ Something's gotta change right now ♪

♪ Right now, yeah ♪

♪ Right now, yeah ♪

- And that tune brings to mind

a powerful film we shared in Studio 5.

It's an American biographical legal drama

about the first African-Americansupreme court Justice

and one of the first cases of his career.

Race is at the heart of the story.

In case you missed it,

it is still worth takinga look at Marshall.

- Nothing from the people, nothing.

- You've presented a defense that is based

completely on lies and deceptions.

- [Efrem] Stirling K. Brown's performance

as Christopher Dardenin The People versus OJ

earned him an Emmy in 2016.

- [Randall] They justsent over Deja's file.

- [Beth] And?

- Her Mom's in big trouble.

- [Efrem] He adds anothertrophy to the shelf in 2017

for his performance in theNBC hit series, This Is Us.

- People versus OJ, This Is Us,

you seem to be riding abeautiful wave, right now.

- I am indeed.

- Where does this film, for you,

fit in that wonderful wave you're riding?

- So, I need to know this, look at me now.

Did you do what they said you did?

- I never touched that woman.

- Okay, Joseph.

You got lawyers now.

- This is the first film that I've done

since OJ and This Is Us

so it's, sort of, a new foray for me

from the small screen to the big screen

and it's exciting, you know?

Like, it's one thing

to come into people'shomes on a weekly basis

but it's another thing when people,

you know, get a babysitter

(Efrem laughs)and go out for an evening

and hopefully come enjoya film in the cinema.

- Were you familiar withthis Thurgood Marshall story

before coming to this role?

- Not at all.

It was one that wascompletely foreign to me

and so I got a chance to get educated

in just the research ofthis particular story

and inspired by the example of this young.

Just how young he was, I think he was 31.

30, 31, something at the time.

But he had the hutzpa togo across this country

fighting racism with hisincredible legal mind.

Like, I'm 41 now and I'm like,(Efrem laughs)

Brown, you slipping on your pencils baby.

It's time to get it together, you know?

- I tell ya.- Yeah.

- Some have compared this.

Even, I think, thescreenwriter compared this

to the OJ Simpson case.

- Oh, really?

- I'm curious if you see any similarity?

You are, of course, the personbeing defended in this story.

- Right.- And you

- Coming from The People versus OJ,

do you see any similarities to the case?

- That's interesting.

Not so much, I think OJ Simpson

was a very particular defendant

in that he had celebrity on his side.

He was also two years afterthe Rodney King beatings.

And so, he was dealing with

a jury of his peersthat were all too ready

to see police misconductas the status quo, right?

Whereas in the situationwith Joseph Spell,

he doesn't have any fame,nobody knows who he is,

he doesn't have any education

or access to the greatest legal minds

but he was fortunate enough

to have Thurgood Marshallcome to his defense.

You know, OJ Simpson had, sort of,

a glowing image of like,

the epitome, of the realizationof the american dream.

- Yeah.

- Joseph Spell looked guilty.

Not only because of the color of his skin

but because he had gone througha dishonorable discharge

and had a wife and childrenthat he had abandoned,

had another lover that he also,

and now he had enteredinto this relationship

committing adultery with this woman.

So, he's not a perfect defendant

by any stretch of the imagination.

But what was appealing for me was that

his imperfections donot equate to his guilt

and too often in thiscountry we can see someone

and think that we know who they are

and, you know, cast them aside as if like

I don't wanna bother buteverybody's life matters.

Joseph Spell life matters

and you can't just throw this brother away

because you don't like the way he looks.

- And you don't have towait to see Marshall,

it's available right now onDVD and digital platforms.

- [Efrem] Still ahead,

following his role on ABC's hit, Scandal.

- You've gotten yourselfinto a bit of trouble, Olivia

and I'm here to fix it.

- [Efrem] Papa Pope, Joe Morton,

is in Studio 5 with a fixing word for you.

- Welcome back to Studio 5,

we are almost out oftime for this episode so

here's a look at what we'reworking to bring you next week.

- So, how you doing?

- I'm doing great, you know, just um...

Just doing what needs to be done.

- What does that mean?

- I'm sorry, Dad, um--

- Why don't we just have lunch and talk?

We can do that, right?- Mmm.

- [David] Please?

- [Efrem] It's being called

the heart-breaking andinspiring experience

of survival, relapse and recovery

in a family coping with addiction.

- My son is out there somewhere

and I don't know what he's doing!

I don't know how to help him!

- [Efrem] We're taking anup-close and personal look

at the film, Beautiful Boy.

- I hope this movie ignitesan emotional reaction

out of people but I can sell it to myself

almost in my head thatwe're not doing it, like,

self, I mean, it's...

This is something a lot ofpeople are going through.

- Do you know how much I love you?

I love you more than everything.

- Everything?

- [David] Everything.

- Until then, I hopeyou'll join us for that

and so much more next week.

As for the final word for this show,

actor Joe Morton may be best known

for his days in the role of Papa Pope

on the hit series, Scandal.

He's one of many black actors

who've paved the wayfor today's generation.

- You have to be, what?

- Twice--- What?!

- Twice as good.

- Twice as good as them toget half of what they have!

- I lost my father when I was 10 years old

under some very suspicious circumstances.

I don't know that I blamed anyone

at that time other than myself.

My mother had a very, sort of,

traumatic response to his death so

there was a lot going on

which made me, sortof, do a lot of writing

and the writing ended up being about

why can't my life just be normal?

And, I think, the one time Ifelt like things came together

was once I decided to become an actor.

- We all experience it, there's a moment

where something clicks inside of us

and we decide to dosomething about it or not

and that's what it felt like.

- I went to Hofstra University.

I entered school as a psychology major.

It was the first day of orientation,

they took us around the campus,

they took us into the theaterand they showed us a skit

and when the skit was over

I literally could notget up out of my seat

and I thought, I'd been playingguitar and writing music,

I really love that, maybeI could be an actor.

Finally, got up out of my seat.

Walked to the registrar's office

and changed all my majorsfrom psychology to drama.

- Joe Morton is so wise.

That's a great final wordfor this edition of Studio 5

and that wraps this weeks special look

at uplifting entertainment.

Until next time, make timeto uplift someone else.

Bye bye, everybody.


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