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.
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 website) Greenleaffollows 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 Whitfieldas 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!)
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 Arctelevision series years ago.)
Former daytime TV talk show queen Oprah Winfrey is an executive producer and has a recurring role in the series.
Greenleafpremiered 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!
I’m still seeing postings from social media users who are saying that fifty (50) men and women were killed in last Sunday’s massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Perhaps it’s insignificant but I think details and facts – no matter how minute, are important in situations like this.
Unless any one of the other 53+ people who were wounded or injured in that incident happen to die from their wounds – and I certainly hope each of them survive and has a healthy recovery – although reports say there are a few in that number who remain on the hospital critical condition watch list, the official death count of human victims in that massacre is still at forty-nine (49), not 50!
The FBI and other law enforcement agencies do not consider the perpetrator or antagonist killed in any crime a victim in their death count. This is why they [the FBI] do not – and neither should we – consider Orlando assassin and domestic terrorist Omar Mateen, a victim in that incident. I say this so that in our social media postings and social discussions we can correctly state the true number of people killed in that massacre.
Now, click here or click the photo above to link to an interactive website slide of the still photo from the New York Daily News. The slide shows the name, photo and profile of each of the persons who were murdered Sunday June 12, 2016. Lest there being any misunderstanding, the photo and slide show photos of people;human beings of flesh and blood who, regardless of their sexual orientation, had been living members of our society. They were people who had simply been having a good time; enjoying the American freedom of having a good time with friends, acquaintances and strangers… until their lives were suddenly snatch away needlessly and tragically by… a bullet.
I’ll keep this very short:
I consider these White men three of the most dangerous in America.
If I have to explain why they are dangerous then you aren’t paying attention to what’s going on in this country. Keepin’ It…REAL!
It’s official. Swearing-in has been completed and today, April 27, 2015, another important note in American history has been made. Loretta Elizabeth Lynch is now the new U.S. Attorney General. Lunch is the 83rd person to hold the post and more significantly is the first Black woman to hold the presidential cabinet-level office. Lynch succeeds Eric H. Holder, the 82nd U.S. Attorney General who was the first Black man to have held the office (February 2009 to April 27, 2015).
Washington, D.C. – at the Justice Department, Monday, April 27, 2015: U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden (L) swears in Loretta E. Lynch (R) as Attorney General as her husband Stephen Hargrove (2R) and father Lorenzo Lynch (2L) look on. Lynch becomes the 83rd Attorney General, replacing Eric H. Holder. (Photo, credit by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Thank you Eric for your outstanding patriotic service to country! Congratulations and all my best to you, Loretta!
Today…February 21, 2015 marks 50 years since the assassination of Malcolm X, a man known and loved yet misunderstood by so many.
I won’t spend time in this article talking about Malcolm X except to say that I remember learning a great deal about the man while growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. I would learn much more about him many years later in my adult life.
Malcolm X is one of a number of Black men in American history whose life has always fascinated me. The book, The Autobiography of Malcolm X was required reading in my tenth grade class at West Philadelphia High School (Philadelphia). That was nearly forty years ago! My copy of the book – the very same used in high school – now with its fragile yellow pages and cover still intact, still sits proudly on my bookshelf.
America, no…the world today still needs a man with your vision and wisdom, Malcolm…yours and of course, Brother Martin’s (Martin Luther King, Jr.).
Continue to rest in peace, good brother, Malcolm.
“… Malcolm was our manhood, our living, black manhood! …”
(Excerpt from the eulogy of Malcolm X, read by Ossie Davis at Malcolm’s funeral, February 27, 1965.)