Good TV: ‘Greenleaf’

This show called Greenleaf; Wow!!

If you have ever regularly attended or are long-time members of a predominately Black/African-American church or, if you’re like me – a person who grew up in a family of relatives who are ministers and/or who hold positions of power, importance and influence in the Black church, then you might be able to relate to many of the negative – yet often true – aspects of this television show about a powerful and wealthy family who run a huge predominately Black/African-American church.

Greenleaf (OWN network series)

I got drawn to this show shortly after it premiered this past June (2016) from reading some of the Facebook postings of excitement made over it by my friend Christian Mosby; posts which piqued my curiosity about the show. (Thanks Chris. Now I’m hooked!) Some of the scenes and “mini-plots” in Greenleaf remind me of the realities I’ve witnessed firsthand and/or knew about which occurred in a few of the well-known Black churches in Philadelphia that I either attended or had held membership back in my pre-atheist days.

SERIES PLOT: (from  the websiteGreenleaf follows the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family with scandalous secrets and lies and their sprawling Memphis megachurch called Greenleaf World Ministries which has predominantly Black/African-American members. Cast members of this well-written show include (click the names to see photo and bio):

  • Keith David as Bishop James Greenleaf, charismatic and manipulative leader of Greenleaf World Ministries. (Keith David has always been one of my favorite actors. In fact, he’s one of the main reasons I’m watching this series.)
  • Lynn Whitfield as Lady Mae Greenleaf, who is Bishop Greenleaf’s wife and the family matriarch;
  • Merle Dandridge as Grace ‘Gigi’ Greenleaf. She is Mae and Bishop’s middle daughter who returns to home twenty years after escaping from the family;
  • Lamman Rucker as Jacob Greenleaf, the eldest, ne’er-do-well son of the Bishop. (Lamman is another favorite actor of mine.)
  • Kim Hawthorne as Kerissa Greenleaf, Jacob’s ambitious and controlling wife.
  • Deborah Joy Winans as Charity Greenleaf-Satterlee, the youngest daughter of the Bishop and Minister of Music. (Yes, Deborah is a member of that famous gospel music family!)
  • Tye White as Kevin Satterlee, Charity’s husband;
  • GregAlan Williams as Robert “Mac” McCready, as Lady Mae’s brother;
    and
  • Benjamin Patterson as Noah Kendall, the Greenleaf Estate manager and Gigi’s ex. (I have long had a man-crush on this fyne brotha (who is also a model), since I first saw him in the recurring character role of Guy, in the now-defunct Noah’s Arc television series years ago.)

Former daytime TV talk show queen Oprah Winfrey is an executive producer and has a recurring role in the series.

Greenleaf premiered on June 21, 2016. You can catch the series Wednesday nights on the OWN [Oprah Winfrey Network] network. Check your TV local listings for broadcast time. Previously aired episodes are on your cable channel’s On-Demand feature and found online at the Greenleaf website or click here. As of this writing, the Greenleaf series is still in its first season. Enjoy!

– RobFather X

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RobFather Rants: The Private Lives of Celebrities (Why The Fuck Should We Care?)

RobFather-X (15a)So here I am, on this fine Monday evening (May 12, 2014), trying to get through my “off” day and do what I do online and in social media. All fucking day all I see on Facebook is the word or name “Solange”. So I asked myself, “What or who is this “Solange” thing or person which so many people are talking about?”

I looked at the word/name “Solange” a few times before realizing that I probably am pronouncing it wrong. So I did what a few other people have probably done and Google’d it. Come to find out that it’s a name – of a female – the sister to recording artist Beyoncé – and her name is Solange Knowles. (I still can’t pronounce the name.) So I checked further to find out why her name is trending the web, the media and the attention of so many people on Facebook. I should have stopped the moment I learned that she was related to Beyoncé but I didn’t. Stupid me. You see, I am not a Beyoncé fan nor am I one of Jay Z (aka Sean Carter). I don’t know those people and their public and personal lives aren’t worth the turd of shit I dropped in the toilet this morning. Those people simply have no bearing on my life. Yet, I just had to find out why these people captured the attention of the media, the web and many of my friends on Facebook. Well, I learned that supposedly, someone possibly identified as being Solange and someone possibly identified as Beyoncé’s husband, Jay-Z got into some physical altercation on an elevator. I watch the 3:31 silent TMZ video as I asked myself, “Why are people concerned with this?” “Who the fuck cares what these wealthy people do?”

I just couldn’t believe…no, wait; That’s not true; I suppose by now that I DO believe that there are people whose day simply isn’t completely made until they’ve seen the negative aspects of some celebrity. I shake my head at this kind of mess and kick my ass for even bothering to waste a fraction of my time watching a three and a half-minute silent video of people in an elevator being…well, people! Perhaps, had that been a video of some extremely important people fussing and fighting, say President Obama and Michelle or Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles for instance, who were having a fuss then perhaps I could understand the interest and this article might be moot.
And no readers; I will NOT post that piece of shit in this article! You’ve got everything you need in this rant to find that video online (if you haven’t seen it already) and look at it yourself! I’d strongly advise against making that search. You’ll thank me (unless of course, you ARE the type of person whose toes I’m stomping all over right now).

So I must ask: “Who the fuck is Jay Z, Beyoncé or that Solange person in the grand scheme of running this country and/or this world?” Those people are not world leaders, world religious leaders or famous doctors or philosophers known to make a difference in the world. Why are so many people focused on the personal lives of people like the Knowles and the Carters – or with any celebrity?

Someone needs to explain to me – in the clearest of detail, why anyone should give a flying fuck about what those people – or any celebrity for that matter, does on a personal or private basis. Celebrity gossip website TMZ gets a hold of something like the video I’m discussing, posts it online and people just…salivate! I don’t understand it; all I know is that I hate it!

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Congratulations, to Michael Sam! 
Significant history in sports – particularly, American sports, has been made this day!
Click here to read the history-making story!

Here is a video of Sam’s reaction.

Now, perhaps I’m more of a sensitive masculine man than I thought but I looked at the video and felt joyful for Michael Sam. I’m very proud of him and have a great deal of respect that this Black man was not afraid to express emotion for having realized his dream. But when this was shown to some people on Facebook, a few small-minded and insensitive people made fun at a grown, strong-looking man crying the way you’ve just seen in the video! Then there were people who added more insults by poking fun at the physical and sexual comparison of Sam and his boyfriend with the making/posting of crude sexual “jokes”! I just couldn’t take any more reading of that bullshit!

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In a society such as ours which already heavily scrutinizes, stereotypes and even fears Black masculinity, and one that often questions that very masculinity and its ability to be sensitive in any form, why would anyone make fun of Michael Sam’s reaction? Today, May 10th, American sports history has been made with the drafting of an openly gay man to play on an American professional football team. Yet some people chose to poke fun at Sam by expressing their limited and “old-fashioned” idea of what defines manliness or masculinity (e.g. “grown and/or masculine men don’t cry“) and they dared to make some sick speculations (“It’s all in fun”, they tell me) about some sexual activity between Sam and his boyfriend.

Really???

The latter was the worse for me to read on Facebook but comments about Sam’s masculinity and his relationship with his beau are both shameful on the part of those individuals who very likely don’t know a damn thing about Michael Sam as a person or about his relationship or sexual activity with his boyfriend. People need to mind their fuckin’ business! The adage, “If you can’t say something nice, keep your comments to yourself” strongly applies here!

I have to wonder had this been a huge football player-type built White man with his small-framed Black man – especially in a history-making situation such as this, would people still find ridicule in that White man expressing himself the way Sam did here. It saddens me! I’ll tell you, reader, watching Sam’s reaction brought a tear to my eyes…and as you know, I pride myself in being a masculine person but a realistically sensitive, masculine person…one who knows that human emotion is no respecter of persons or gender role. Human emotion is an essence that is a part of human life!

I don’t know Michael Sam personally but I do indeed understand the kind of pressure he’s been under since telling the world of his sexual orientation. I understand the risk he took that by “coming out”, the chances of homophobia in professional sports could have prevented him from going pro. I’m extremely happy that Sam’s dream to be selected to play for a professional football team has been realized. Look at the video again and tell me that is not a man overjoyed in happinessCONGRATULATIONS, MIKE!

Now I say, SHAME to anyone making fun of this scene! Get it together, people – especially you people of my ethnicity! As an ethnic group, we have enough issues – whether any of us are gay, bisexual or straight – to deal with than in ever finding pointless fault, putting down or making senseless fun of each of other!

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Face of the Forgotten!

Missing Black WomenATTENTION: There are approximately 64,000 Black women missing across America!!
This needs more attention! 
It needs much more attention than any of that stoo-pid and nonsensical “reality” TV crap I’m always seeing flood Facebook and Twitter!

Ask yourself:
What if one of the missing Black women was your mother – or the mother of someone you knew? What if one of the missing Black women was your sister? Your daughter? Your wife or girlfriend? What if one of these women was just a kind neighbor, co-worker, a teacher of one of your kids, someone whom you held a great deal of respect for? Why, you just saw and spoke to her last week! You hadn’t seen her in a while. Perhaps she moved, changed jobs or is visiting relatives. Are you sure? Where is she today?

The FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Missing Persons File reports that almost 40 per cent of those missing are African-American.

Read more by clicking here or the photo above.

Reblog this article and get the word out. so we can find where these women are and/or what happened to them! 

If you recognize any of the women in the photo or in the article link or would like to report someone missing, please contact the Black And Missing Foundation at
1-877-972-2634 or on their website here.

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