Greenleaf Recap Season 2 Episode 2: Strange Bedfellows…

Hello World,

As usual, the writers of OWN’s “Greenleaf” put their feet into this holy stew of a show, episode 2 of Season 2,…but thankfully, this episode was decidedly calmer though no less entertaining than the season opener…And for good reason too…I don’t think I could handle another explosive episode just yet…But what this episode did do was identify the strings that will be woven into the tapestry of this season…Y’all like that? My attempt at being poetic at 11 o’clock at night…

Alright, I’m going in…

Cross My Heart…

This episode starts with Bishop and Lady Mae having pillow talk about Basie Skanks and Jacob moving out of the Greenleaf estate. What I find most entertaining in this scene is that rapper-sized cross pendant that Bishop is rocking…Did I see chest hair nestled underneath the cross pendant? Not to mention his wave cap…Playa, playa even…Although Lady Mae doesn’t want her baby boy to leave, Bishop says he is ready for the movers to come and move Jacob’s furniture “piece by ill-gotten piece!” Lady Mae asks her husband to tell Jacob the truth about Pastor Basie, but Bishop refuses. Plus, he’s not really sure that Basie is who he says he is because he only remembers Daryl James, the caretaker, having two daughters..

In another part of the house, cousins Sophia and Zora giggle about Sophia’s crush on Isaiah Hambrick, the young hottie gospel singer at Triumph. Zora encourages Sophia to stop checking his Instagram page and slide into his DM. (Aww, #younglove) She also tells her cousin that Isaiah rehearses at Triumph every Saturday. You know Zora is fast, right?

And in yet another part of the house, Jacob and Kerissa discuss their impending move to the Triumph parsonage (a home for the pastor of a church for my folk who didn’t grow up in church). Apparently, even Jacob was surprised by Pastor Basie’s announcement that Jacob is going to be the new pastor at the second location. He says, “He should have told me he was giving me that church.” Still, while Jacob doesn’t like the way his pastorate was announced, in his heart, he believes he is making the right decision to move on from Greenleaf…

Cash Rules Everything Around Me…

Now that Bishop is no longer being investigated, he and his rib, Lady Mae, are free to scheme, I mean plan, in his office instead of at their home. They’ve decided that Carlton, the choir director, has got to go in order for them to raise money for the Fall Revival. Lady Mae summons her daughter to Bishop’s office by putting some weird bird sculpture on her desk. When Pastor Grace sees the sculpture, she knows that her mother is summoning her and shows up at Bishop’s office. Was the sculpture a bird? Was that a Phoenix rising? Anywho, Lady Mae tells Grace that she would like to have Betty Wilcox’s check before she leaves to go to New Orleans and that the only way that will happen is if Carlton is fired. In last week’s episode, Betty told Grace that church members weren’t giving as they once had because Carlton married his boyfriend and don’t approve of the union. Grace cannot believe that her father would co-sign on Carlton’s being canned, but he says, “I can’t lose half of my deacon board over one choir director.”

Although Greenleaf is paying Jabari Johnson $50,000 to produce Charity’s new album, he won’t be cut from the staff because it’s clear that Charity and Jabari have some chemistry…I’m not sure if that chemistry will just be contained in the music or will it evolve into something more….Judging by how Jabari described the vocals on one of Charity’s songs as “pressing against each other,” he could be pressing up on her during Season 2 of OWN’s “Greenleaf.”

The Devil is in the Details…

Pastor Jacob meets with Pastor Basie at Triumph church to discuss Pastor Basie’s surprise announcement and other matters related to his new position. He tells Basie, “You could have given me the heads up,” but Basie drops another surprise on him as Basie says he was directed by the Lord?! In other words, it was a spur-of-the-moment decision….Yeah right…Jacob continues to question his new boss until Basie shuts him down by saying that when Jacob was under his father, he “languished like an anemic little weed.” He also tells him, “I’ve given you everything you’ve ever wanted. Don’t accuse me of lying.” Jacob can see his point, but then Basie has yet another surprise announcement. He wants Jacob to go door to door in the neighborhoods surrounding Calvary Fellowship World Ministries and personally invite people to Triumph rather than Calvary. When Jacob points out that most of those people already attend Calvary, Basie does not care…

So Jacob goes door to door handing out bags and mugs with Triumph’s logo on them. One woman calls Jacob out! She says, “Does Bishop know you’re here recruiting?” Then she tells him, “I don’t care if that mug came wrapped in the cloth they wrapped my Lord in when he died. I’m with Calvary!” Let the church say, “Ouch!” LOL…Funniest line of the episode!

It’s also hilarious when Basie’s wife takes Kerissa to the parsonage for the first time. Some would call it modest. I call it homely. The roof was old and dusty looking. It’s one story. The grass looks like it needs cutting. Instead of moving up on like the Jeffersons, they’re moving from the palace to the poorhouse….But hey, for better or for worse, right? I wonder if Jacob and Kerissa would known about this detail in advance, would Jacob have agreed to be the pastor of Triumph’s second location? I think the Bishop forced Jacob’s hand as he said his (whom Jacob called a false prophet straight up in his face) father doesn’t respect him as a pastor, son or man. Lady Mae agrees with Jacob’s assessment of his father’s opinion of him, but when she points that out, Bishop tells her she is jealous of Grace. Probably…I mean Grace has the kind of relationship that any daughter would want with a father while Lady Mae obviously had a sick relationship with hers…

When Grace cannot get Charity to convince her mother to reconsider the decision to fire Carlton, she takes another course of action. She calls Darius Nash (Rick Fox…I cannot believe that most of his hair is gray…He’s been handsome for a long time and he still is!  A silver fox! ) ) who asked her out on a date earlier in episode. I thought she was going to tell Darius what was about to happen to Carlton so that he would write a story about it and shame the church board into keeping Carlton, but they end up going on a date after all.  It’s a dinner and dancing date (with Pastor Grace drinking beer and everythang…Darius assures her that no one in the club goes to church) but in the course of the evening, off the record, of course, she does tells him what is about to happen with Carlton. I still think she wants to know this tidbit on the sly, and she hopes he will run with it. But she does find herself attracted to him with the all the smiling and laughing that happened during their evening together.

Too bad Sophia is not having the same luck with Isaiah. He invites her to come see him rehearse at Triumph, but he pays more attention to Zora who came along with Sophia for moral support. So am I the only one who thinks Isaiah sounds like he is singing to a woman and not to God? Something about the way he holds himself as he is singing…

Man Down…

Daddy McCready is about to die. While Lady Mae refuses to visit him since he has already served his purpose by not testifying against her husband, her husband is willing to see him on his death bed. While there, Bishop attempts to ask him about whether Daryl had a son, but Mac, Daddy McCready’s son, shows up. Bishop tells him, “The Lord says I have to forgive you, and one day, I may, but I will never forget.” Then he says, “I will leave you to deal with your father until you have to deal with ours.” Another good line!” Daddy McCready admits to his son that he doesn’t want to die, but Mac attempts to comfort him by saying that his death will be like the time his father threw him in a lake. “At first, it will be cold and scary, but then you’re going to swim all the way across to Jesus.” That was sweet.

In another father and son scenario…Although Kevin and Charity’s son Nathan is here, Kevin is still staying in a hotel away from his family. And Charity still hasn’t come to one of his gay conversion therapy meetings.  He gets upset when he realizes that his son is suffering from a rash, and he didn’t know anything about it. The leader of the meeting encourages him to stand up as a man with Charity and demand that he be more involved with his son. His stance works, and Charity invites him to spend the night at the estate…In my opinion, they are still going to break up, but it was a nice moment…

Tired of waiting for Grace to fire Carlton, Lady Mae decides to fire him herself. She offers to serve as a personal reference should he need it for another job. Instead of simply accepting what Lady Mae is telling him (that it was a financial decision only), he plainly asks her what she thinks about gay marriage. She replies, “I believe what the Bible says about marriage.” Carlton offers to pray for her.

When Grace finds out what happened, she shows up at Carlton’s house and invites Carlton and his husband to come to Greenleaf even if Carlton is no longer the choir director. Carlton says, “I’m sick of people who love you all week, but shove you into a closet on Sunday morning.”

The episode ends with Jacob, who will finally be the man of his own house, and his family leaving the Greenleaf estate in a Cadillac. That Cadillac is going to crush their little bitty, new-to-them but otherwise old driveway. Still, Kerissa caresses her husband’s shoulder as the Greenleaf gates shut behind them. As a wife, you’ve got to stand by your man, that’s for sure…

Check out Darius asking out Grace below…

So that concludes my Greenleaf Season 2 Episode 2 recap!

Let me know how you liked this Greenleaf recap in the comments, please and thank you 🙂

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OWN’s ‘Greenleaf’ is Back for Season 2 Tonight & So Are My Recaps! (Pics From Premiere Party)

ATLANTA, GA – MARCH 13: (L-R) Julian Brittano, Gregory Alan Williams, Kim Hawthorne, Merle Dandridge, Keith David, Lynn Whitfield, and Deborah Joy Winans attend “Greenleaf” Season 2 Premiere Party at W Atlanta Midtown on March 13, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

Hello World,

The.Wait.Is.Ovaaaaaaa!

OWN’s Greenleaf is back TONIGHT (March 15) at 10pm ET/PT on OWN!

Earlier this week, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network celebrated the second season of the hit series “Greenleaf” with a screening and after-party in Atlanta. Over 200 local influencers previewed the premiere episode at SCADShow and were then treated to a lively post-screening reception at the W Atlanta Midtown.

Attending from the cast were Lynn Whitfield, Keith David, Merle Dandridge, Deborah Joy Winans, Lamman Rucker, Kim Hawthorne, GregAlan Williams, Desiree Ross, Lovie Simone, T.C. Carson, Parnell Damone Marcano, Jason Dirden, Julian Brittano and “Greenleaf” executive producer Clement Virgo.
Additional guests included radio personality Willie Moore Jr, singer Latavia Robinson, social media star Not Karlton Banks, Rickey Smiley/Dish Nation host Gary Hayes, actor Kevin Savage (“The Quad”), gospel singer Micah Stampley and actress Reece Odum (“Saints & Sinners”).
“Greenleaf” premiered last June as the #1 series debut in OWN history and was 2016’s #1 new cable series for women, averaging over three million viewers in Live+3 in its first season.
Check out an extended look at the new season and pics from the screening below!

ATLANTA, GA – MARCH 13: A general view of “Greenleaf” Season 2 Premiere at SCADShow on March 13, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

ATLANTA, GA – MARCH 13: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white) Actor Keith David and actress Merle Dandridge attend “Greenleaf” Season 2 Premiere Party at W Atlanta Midtown on March 13, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

ATLANTA, GA – MARCH 13: Actress Lynn Whitfield (R) and Kim Hawthorne attend “Greenleaf” Season 2 Premiere Party at W Atlanta Midtown on March 13, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

 

So check back on After the Altar Call tomorrow for my first Season 2 Greenleaf recap!

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Minister Develops All Natural Skincare Line to Combat Aging – Presenting The Wright Skincare….

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Hello World,

In Ecclesiastes 3, we learn there is a time for everything…And over time, we all age…I never thought about aging and what it does to the body until recently. I’ve had a few gray hairs since I was a teenager (my family grays early) but now, gray hairs are sprouting like they are trying to form a crowd on my crown :).

If you are concerned about aging and how to “preserve the sexy,” Annette Wright, who developed The Wright Skincare, needs to be on your radar!

The line includes 3-in-1 Micellar Water, Facial Wash and Eye and Facial Repair Serum.

A no-rinse, soothing cleanser for face, eyes and lips, 3-in-1 Micellar Water gently cleanses, purifies and tones the skin, leaving it refreshed and nourished. Soap-free and sulfate-free, 3-in-1 Micellar Water is PEG free with neutral pH for skin to maintain its physiological balance.

A great companion to 3-in-1 Micellar Water, Facial Wash is a face-peeling gel that cleans and purifies skin with fine micro granules, helping to remove dead cells, leaving skin soft and smooth. Facial Wash is packed with alpha hydroxyl acids (fruit extracts) and hyaluronic acid that improves skin’s texture and boosts hydration.

Eye and Facial Repair Serum reduces the appearance of dark circles and rosacea, through an advanced blend of age-fighting peptides, vitamins and other powerful ingredients. Skin is left hydrated as the serum — containing hyaluronic acid — brightens the eye area, tightens skin and restores skin’s protective moisture barrier.

Pricing for The Wright Skincare line is $50 for 3-in-1 Micellar Water (4 oz.); $25 for Facial Wash (4 oz.) and $70 for Eye and Facial Repair Serum (2 oz.).

Check out my interview with Annette below. Read and share!

1.What inspired you to create The Wright Skincare?

When I turned the big 50, I noticed under my eyes that I began to see wrinkles. So I prayed and asked God what to do. The word of the Lord said two things. You can age gracefully by using natural fruit and you should not put anything on your face if you can’t eat it. So I started using natural fruit that can improve the wrinkles and texture of the skin.

I searched the Internet and found out that European women were using a product that came from donkey milk to maintain the skin beautifully. So I went to Europe in 2013 to pursue the vision. There, I met with World Natural Care (WNC), a cosmetic manufacturer of natural skincare products for private label cosmetic companies. In 2014, WNC and The Wright Skincare (WSC) signed an agreement to manufacture a waterless skincare line for The Wright Skincare.

2.How long did it take to create The Wright Skincare and tell me about the process.

In 2014, WNC and The Wright Skincare entered into an agreement to manufacture a waterless skincare line for The Wright Skincare. The first shipment of product was made in 2015 and sold in the United States. The initial products included micellar water, facial wash and serum.

3.Tell me about the type of women who will most benefit from The Wright Skincare?

All ethnicities, all skin types, all ages

4.Your products don’t contain harsh chemicals or animal-derived ingredients. Tell me about some of the ingredients in The Wright Skincare and why they are healthy for women to use in aging gracefully.

The micellar water is made from micelles that are naturally produced in the body to hydrate the skin naturally. The facial wash is made from milk, and the serum is made with natural fruit acids.

5. Have your products been endorsed by dermatologists? Please explain your answer.

WNC products are scientifically tested by dermatologists in Europe.

6.What kind of feedback have you received from women who have used The Wright Skincare?

Women who are using The Wright Skincare are excited that they don’t have to use tap water to cleanse their skin. They see an enormous difference in the texture of the skin. Skin is smooth and hydrated.

7.You are a minister. How has your faith impacted your development of The Wright Skincare?

Aging is the natural process of life. The body is aging from the point of birth until death. No product can stop or provide anti-aging. My brand incorporates three simple principles: Aging gracefully, all ethnicities, all skin types. I am committed to provide women with natural skincare products to age gracefully — minus any harsh chemicals.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

The Wright Skincare invites you to join us for the official launch of our skincare line this spring. The launch event will take place Saturday, April 1 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta at 181 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. We’ll have product giveaways and industry professionals on hand.

Also, please take a look at us at  thewrightskincare.com and on social media at:

Twitter: @awrightwsc

Facebook: facebook.com/thewrightskincare/

Instagram: awthewrightskincare

Any thoughts?