Greenleaf Recap Season 4 Episode 8: Surprise…


Hello World,

I’m not surprised, sadly, that Charity still plays the fool, but other than that, there were plenty of surprises in tonight’s OWN “Greenleaf” so read on for for this Greenleaf Recap Season 4 Episode 8: Surprise…

You’re In For A Big Surprise…

Tonight’s episode begins with Judee Whitmore, Bob’s daughter, paying Grace Greenleaf a visit in her office at Calvary. She fawns over a picture of Lady Mae’s three daughters Grace, Faith and Charity, but Grace isn’t trying to entertain Judee and her fake smile. “What brings you to town?” Grace asks as she takes the framed picture from Judee. She asks if Charity’s changing up the welcome song a bit was the reason? Judee says H&H doesn’t micromanage like that… Of course not, I say (type) sarcastically. Judee says, “You’ve met Fernando? Is he not the handsomenest?” Grace continues to move the conversation until Judee tells her the real reason why she is in town and why Harmony & Hope bought up all of the land around Calvary. H&H wants Calvary to be on par with The Potter’s House in Dallas! H&H wants to build a community center, a gym, FIVE restaurants, more parking and more!!! “We were going to surprise you,” Judee says to Grace. “We hope to roll out in two weeks when Daddy comes to town.” Grace is flabbergasted.

Of course, Grace promptly tells Lady Mae and Bishop what’s up. “I don’t like it, and I don’t believe it,” Bishop says. Lady Mae asks Jacob if his wife, who is her new younger nemesis now that she is on good terms with Grace,  knew they were selling their land to H&H. She then accuses Jacob of being led like a “pony on a rope at a carnival.” She tells him that he should be in charge of their marriage rather than Kerissa running the show. She also notes that Kerissa would sell water from the lake on the Greenleaf estate if she could make some money. SMH…

Jacob attempts to take the pressure off of him buy bringing up Phil DeMars. “What has that greasy Negro done now?” Lady Mae asks. LOL!!! He reveals that Charity is seeing him. “According to her, they’re in love.” That did the trick. Kerissa is no longer on Lady Mae’s mind. She blames herself for being a bad mother as Charity continues to seek “unhappiness and disappointment” in her relationships with men. How sad…

While she takes a minute or two to lament another one of Charity’s poor relationship choices, she does move on to another important discussion. “We have to have a meeting with the deacons before they vote,” Lady Mae says. Obviously, she is not feeling this much larger and improved Calvary campus because she doesn’t trust H&H’s motives. Grace is reluctant to call a meeting as she doesn’t want to seem to be invested in either option – expansion or no expansion. “I have to be a good cop,” she says.

Lady Mae comes up with an engagement party for herself and the Bishop as the perfect opportunity to meet with the deacons without actually meeting with the deacons. Lady Mae also notes that they will get Connie to show up if they don’t invite her. “The poor thing can’t resist a chance to be rude.” “Mama, who is gonna talk like you when you’re gone?” Grace says. (*Clutches Pearls* Why is Grace saying something like that? When Lady Mae is gone? What’s going on here? Is this foreshadowing? I pray not.)

I don’t know exactly what Kerissa is up too, but she is also planning some surprise. Of that I’m sure. Later on that evening, in their suite, Jacob and Kerissa have an unusual discussion. Kerissa starts the conversation by telling Jacob that they didn’t get the house, according to Nadine the real estate agent. I’m glad they weren’t able to get it. Lady Mae needs more time to completely shut Kerissa down. She is getting on my last nerve this season. Anywho, after sharing Nadine’s news, Kerissa asks Jacob who would inherit the Greenleaf home after the elder Greenleafs die? (There it is again. Are the elder Greenleafs going to Glory at the end this season?) She then talks about the elder Greenleafs buying Jacob and Kerissa out as it to pertains to the home.

But Jacob also has a question for Kerissa. “What were you doing at Fernando Amable’s the other day?” “Getting you cuff links,” Kerissa says, obviously lying.

It’s obvious to Kerissa that Jacob suspects that Kerissa aine livin’ right. Lady Mae Wannabe Kerissa proceeds to call her husband a “son of iniquity” and “Jezebel’s favorite fool!” Wow! But Kerissa doesn’t stop there! “After all of the pain you put me through, where were you?” She recalls the “dozens of nights” she spent in bed alone.

Sophia’s in for a surprise as well. She has been replaced. Zora has replaced her cousin with Nicki, Dante’s ex. The two are giggling, sitting with their knees up on Zora’s couch, over pictures from a slide show that Lady Mae asked Zora to make in honor of the engagement party.

What A Surprise…

After Judee meets with Grace, she meets with Phil and tells him about H&H’s plan to expand Calvary’s campus.  “What do you think of the plan?” she asks. “Do I matter?” says Phil who is obviously in his feelings. He complains that Grace knew about the plan before he did. “Is there anything else I don’t know?” Judee answers with, “Just that things are going to keep progressing and that you are appreciated.”

Phil isn’t the only one in his feelings about surprises. Bishop is surprised that his baby girl is slithering around with Phil DeMars behind the family’s back. Charity complains that she can’t preach nor date. “What do you see in this man?” Bishop asks. Charity says, “He’s kind, hard-working, chaste.” She says also he knows what it’s like to be on a team but never be asked to bat. “Can you keep a secret?” Charity asks her father. Bishop agrees to do so. “Phil writes every word that Bob Whitmore says.” Bishop lets her have it. “He’s woefully ambitious and he’s also dumb.” But Charity tells her father that she is in love with him and begs him to give Phil a chance. Bishop tells Charity to invite Phil to the engagement party. “Tell him I will give him a chance.”

At Calvary it’s no surprise that Deaconness Connie shows up at Karine’s desk, fishing for information about the engagement party just as Lady Mae said she would. Although she wasn’t invited, Karine, who has received instruction from Lady Mae, agrees to put her on the guest list.

At the Greenleaf estate, Kerissa also goes fishing for information. She corners Bishop in his suite and asks to get a copy of the Greenleafs’ original marriage certificate, presumably for Zora’s slide show. “So you keep everything in here?” Kerissa asks her father-in-law as he haphazardly opens a safe that contains the document right in front of her. (Did you see him wringing his hands afterward? Remember Bishop is supposed to have Parkinson’s disease.) She pays attention to the numbers that Bishop uses to open the safe because you know she wants to get into it at some point without Bishop’s supervision. But he has no clue about her underhanded motives. “Handle that relic with care,” he says to Kerissa. “You know how Lady Mae gets.” Kerissa promises to do so just as Lady Mae comes into the suite. Bishop explains why Kerissa has a copy of their marriage license after Lady Mae gives Kerissa the evil eye. I kinda think something would have popped off right then between these two if Bishop hadn’t been around.

Unlike Kerissa, Bishop aine tryin’ to give Phil DeMars any passes. But now that Bishop has at least agreed to invite him to the engagement party via Charity, she doesn’t waste any time. “Mommy and Daddy are having a party tonight and they want you to come.” She explains that it is an engagement party. But rather than be excited to have an opportunity to spy on the Greenleafs in their own home, Phil is reluctant to blur any lines. He says that he doesn’t want to make it to the finish line with just a girlfriend…Erea excuse me?! And to her credit, Charity responds to his statement by telling him that if making it to the finish line with a girlfriend isn’t enough for him, he can just keep moving – by his lonesome.  Phil realizes that he is making a mistake. “What time should I be there?” (You know when a man doesn’t care for you, he aine tryin’ to look your parents in the eyes.)

Judee is surprised to learn that the elder Greenleafs are throwing an engagement party.  She confronts Grace about the Greenleafs using the party as a way to convince the deacons to not vote for the expansion. But Grace shuts her up by inviting her to the party. “You can be my plus one,” Grace says.

Although Jacob no longer  officially counsels Dante formerly of the Memphis Red Devils, he still meets with him as he has an idea about how to repair his reputation following the brawl at his home. He tells Dante about how LeBron James repaired his reputation by opening up his I Promise School. He explains that he doesn’t have to actually open a new school but he can financially support an already established school like Excellence Academy, which is his wife’s school. Dante is rightfully angry about Jacob’s self-serving suggestion. “All I see are hands,” Dante says about people who want to be in his circle. Jacob realizes his error and clumsily tries to explain that he is trying to get on his wife’s good side. “I was going to sit down there and pray with you,” Dante says before storming off.  That was dumb on Jacob’s part. And it certainly surprised me. Well, maybe not. Jacob does owe a debt to Kerissa after his philandering ways earlier in their marriage, but it’s like a screw has come loose in Kerissa’s head…

Soul Surprise…

Speaking of new ventures, Judee meets with the deacons to explain H&H’s new vision for an expanded Calvary. They ask how will this expansion be funded. Judee explains that H&H will put up the cash for everything in exchange for 12 seats on a board that H&H believes will double as the campus expands. “A 5o-50 partnership,” Judee explains cheerily. As Judee, Grace and Phil leave for the deacons to discuss among themselves, Connie says, “I would love to find a way to do this.” Grace looks she aine feelin’ none of it. “Whose side are you on?” ask Judee “I’m on God’s,” Grace says.

It’s finally time for the engagement party. Grace and Charity get into a quiet disagreement as it cannot be heard above the din of the party. Charity says, “Don’t buddy up to me.” Grace tells her sister that she is literally in bed with the enemy. Charity comes back with the fact that Grace totally mishandled her son’s alibi and that if people knew what truly happened, they would have been run out Calvary and that it would have been Grace’s fault. “You are something else,” Charity says to Grace. Charity, baby girl, being smart and wrong every once in a while is permissible but being dumb over and over again is unacceptable.

Speaking of family members at odds, Zora and Nicki continue to hang out together so much so that Karine’s mother Clara mistakes Nicki for Sofia. Sofia is so insulted that she leaves the party. She eventually runs into Dante at Zora’s place as he is dropping off Nicki’s items there. Out of the blue, he asks her to take a ride with him. Some of the best romances have started that way…(And since Nicki took Sofia’s cousin Zora away from Sofia, it is only fitting that Sofia take Nicki’s man 🙂 )

But what Phil and Charity have is not a burgeoning romance. I was kinda willing to give Phil a chance too, but after tonight’s episode, I’m done with him as well. After speaking with Phil about Charity, Bishop tells Lady Mae that either he is “insincere and unbelievable” or “sincere and utterly unfeeling. He will never get my blessing.”

And it’s a good thing too because Charity doesn’t know is that Phil was once with Judee. After she spots him with Charity, she says, “Fraternizing with the locals?” He says with Charity, it is different. “Like it was with me?” Judee responds.

After all of that, it’s finally time for Lady Mae to deliver one of her speeches and her engagement party is the perfect setting for such. In her preacher voice, Lady Mae tells the partygoers that she is looking forward to being a partner with her husband again, but that it will not be a 50-50 partnership because God is part of the partnership, and that no partnership, personal or otherwise, should be so-called equally  portioned because God has to be included. “….We have to leave space at the table for God.” Of course, Lady Mae’s speech is all about convincing the deacons to not go into a so-called equal partnership with H&H.

While all of this is going on, Kerissa goes back to the safe in the elders’ Greenleaf suite and finds it empty! She should know by now that Lady Mae is always a step ahead! LOL

Judee goes outside after Lady Mae’s speech as she clearly recognizes what has transpired. “What a freaking mess!” she says to Phil who has followed her. She reveals that her father just told her about H&H’s plans for Calvary three days before and that her husband has filed for divorce. So Phil is an opportunist, I’ve decided, and now that Judee is free and feeling somewhat unsettled about her father’s plan, Phil will come to the rescue in more ways than one.

Also on the way out the party, Connie claps as she walks up to Lady Mae and praises her for her performance at the Sisters of Tamar meeting and the party. She calls her a “one-woman repertoire.” I cannot believe that someone told what they heard Lady Mae share in that meeting. What a violation of trust! Lady Mae, however, manages to keep it together and tells Connie to, “Go with God,” as she escorts her out the door.

Later that night, after the party, Bishop goes to see Charity in her suite. He asks her to put her relationship with Phil on hold until Grace becomes the permanent pastor at Calvary. “Grace first and then me?” Charity asks. Bishop tells her, “If this is the great love that God has for you, then it will keep.” He knows good and well that Phil is not sent from God for his daughter…Of course, Bishop’s request is just the incentive she needs to tell Phil to finally use that recording with Grace admitting that she lied to be her son’s alibi.

But that isn’t the biggest surprise of the night! Judee comes to see Grace yet again and she has more news! The reason why H&H wants to secure those 12 seats is that H&H wants to install Grace as the permanent pastor going forward. Even Phil doesn’t know. “It will only happen if you get those seats on the board,” Judee says. “You are full of surprises,” Grace says.  Do you believe her? I wouldn’t be able to trust her…

Only TWO more episodes are left…at least that is what I saw as I was watching…

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Greenleaf Recap Season 4 Episode 7: Reunited…

Hello World,

Y’all already know that Bishop and Lady Mae officially reunited in tonight’s episode just by the title, but trust me, there is a LOT you don’t know so keep reading this “Greenleaf Recap Season 4 Episode 7: Reunited.”

We Belong Together…

Although a family belongs together, A.J. aine trying to reunite with his mother again. In a panic, she calls her other child, Sofia. “I haven’t heard from A.J.,” Sofia says from her Hampton University dorm room. But when she gets off of the phone with Grace, we see A.J. lounging in her room. “Just go home,” she says to him. “You’re innocent.” “I can’t,” her brother says to her.

At the Greenleaf estate, Charity belongs somewhere else…I’m thinking it’s a sanitarium of some sort because this chick is straight preaching to herself in the mirror and she appears to believe what she is preaching. “satan got you good,” she says to her image. Then she admonishes her son Nathan to not be like his Aunt Gigi. “See that’s that pride.” She is truly jealous of her sister and I don’t entirely get why. Grace’s life is far from perfect either, especially now.

Anywho, Charity has to stop preaching to herself in the mirror because Bishop calls a secret meeting of his children. “I think you like secret meetings,” Jacob says to Charity in an accusatory tone. Speaking of Phil DeMars, Grace arrives to the meeting a little late because Phil held her up. Apparently, he wants to build extra sparking spaces on Calvary’s property because of Calvary’s increased attendance. And although Calvary has experienced growth, he doesn’t acknowledge Grace’s preaching as a reason why the growth occurred, Grace tells her family. Charity attempts to stick up for her secret boo. “Are you talking Phil DeMars’ side in this?” Bishop asks Charity, looking at her like the traitor that he doesn’t even realize she is…

Charity tries to explain Phil is simply her “brother in Christ.” So that makes Jacob mad. “He got me fired,” Jacob says. I mean her actual brother is also her brother in Christ, but I guess that’s beside the point as she cannot suck face her with her actual brother. Charity tells him that the 10 stitches and a trip to the emergency room that someone received courtesy of him in the Memphis Red Devils’ fight is what got him fired. Grace says Jacob was attempting to be peace maker before the fight got out of hand.

But before their bickering gets out of hand, Bishop tells his children why he wants to meet with them. “I want you to work up a song to put her in the marrying mood.” Yes, Bishop and Lady Mae belong together and it’s finally time that the two get back together officially. He’s going to propose to Lady Mae, and seeing her children serenade her should convince her to say, “Yes.” But what’s funny about this secret meeting is that it’s not a secret. Lady Mae happened to overhear Bishop’s plan but she doesn’t tell anyone that she knows what will happen in the near future.

Speaking of Lady Mae, she aine playin’ with Kerissa. While Kerissa is relaxing in her suite, Marisol shows up with a camera to take pictures of the surroundings purportedly for insurance purposes, Marisol tells Kerissa. But y’all already know that she is documenting anything in case Kerissa tries to “hold something” on the way out, and Kerissa knows that too. She wonders what would happen if something happened to Lady Mae…Where would her furniture and more go then?…

But Lady Mae has more real rather than hypothetical matters to attend to at the moment. Karine calls Lady Mae to tell her that Misty has put a critical item on the agenda for the Deacons Board meeting. She wants Lady Mae’s name removed from the scholarship fund that she created! I think Lady Mae’s name belongs with the scholarship fund that she created.

And you know who doesn’t belong together? Phil DeMars and Charity, according to Jacob. He tells his baby sister that he saw her with Phil at Calvary late one night. “I saw you with your tongue down his throat.” He gives her four scenarios about why they are seeing each other – 1) He’s using you. 2) You’re in love with him. 3) He’s forced himself on you. Or  4) You’re spying on him for the family. Charity originally claims 4, but then she admits to 2. Of course, Jacob argues with her about her questionable choice in men, but Charity has made up her mind about Phil. “He’s straight,” she screams at Jacob. But was so was Jabari and that didn’t stop him from playing Jacob’s sister…

“What’s going on here?” Grace asks about the ruckus between her younger siblings. “We were arguing about what song we’re going to sing,” he says choosing for the moment to keep Charity’s confidence. He tells her that Charity wants to sing “Reunited.”(Gotta love that classic by Peaches & Herb! It’s probably the best break-up-and-get-back-together song ever!) “What’s wrong with that?” says Grace.


The x factor that can spoil the plan of Charity and Phil is that now Jacob knows there is some sort of unholy alliance at work. He may not be a woman with an intuition but he knows his sister. When it comes to men, her decisions just don’t make sense. Charity rushes to Phil’s office after her discussion with her brother. “Have you sent the file?” she asks him. Remember that Charity recorded Grace saying her answer to the police about her whereabouts as it pertains to A.J.’s alibi was less than truthful. She tells Phil that he cannot anonymously send the file (presumably to the police) because Jacob would figure out that Charity was the snitch behind it all. “Jacob saw us kissing the other night.”

So I can’t figure this next move out. Phil agrees to hold off on sending the file for at least 24 hours to give Charity some time to decide what she wants to do. “I know I can’t force this on you. Your trust and love are my priority,” he says. “Are you for real?” Charity responds. “For better or worse” is Phil’s answer…So what was that wedding wording reference about? Is this some sort of Jedi mind trick that Phil is pulling to pull the wool over Charity’s eyes. Or does he actually care for her? I think he cares for her, but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t care about his cause and or himself more…

The x-factor in A.J.’s life is his little sister. He tells her she is the only one in their family who actually treated him like he is family. Sofia pleads with A.J. again to just go home. “You’re innocent.” “It doesn’t matter if I’m innocent or guilty. I’m a black man.” (Man…I hate that so many black men have to contend with this issue in 2019.) A.J. then explains that Sofia has had it pretty easy as a pretty, light-skinned young woman. He then stomps out as he’s on the hunt for cigarettes before he officially tells his little sister good-bye.

Also filed under heartfelt discussions, Nicki , the girlfriend of Memphis Red Devils’ b-ball star Dante Saunders, comes over to Zora’s spot to confide in her about Dante. Apparently Dante refused to give some speech which would pave the way for him to return to the team, Nicki tells Zora. As Nicki vents, Zora is looking through her Bible. Wow. I cannot believe it. While Zora will probably never be as squeaky clean Christian as Sofia was, her faith in God is starting to grow. But Nicki is insulted. “If you talk to Jesus, you better hope He pays you better attention than you just paid me.”

Zora’s favorite Auntie Gigi (I’m guessing so…) tries to figure out the x-factor in a discussion with a gentleman whose nearby land was bought by City on a Hill. “That sounds like Christians to me,” she says to the man.  The man agrees but other than that, Gigi is clueless about the connection of City on a Hill and Calvary. She is following Phil’s lead in trying to secure more land for parking spaces, but she is hitting some roadblocks as she finding out the land surrounding Calvary is not available for sale.

As of this moment in the episode, Jacob doesn’t know about City on a Hill and Calvary, but he does know about Charity and Phil. Since he has already confronted Charity, it’s time to get at Phil. “You know about my relationship with Charity, and you’re trying to get your job back,” Phil says. Nope, that would not be correct. Jacob, unlike his sister, is not willing to use his family relationships to gain a position, at least not in an underhanded way. He explains that Charity hasn’t had much luck in the man department. “Kevin, Jabari, the list goes on.” Phil assures Jacob that he’s got the best of intentions. “I told you I won’t hurt her,” he says. “That’s all I wanted to hear,” Jacob says although it’s clear that he is still jonesing to whoop Phil.

While Jacob is worrying about Charity, he needs to be watching his wife. This woman has a discussion with the City on a Hill executive. Jokingly, she discusses what what would happen to the Greenleaf estate if Lady Mae and or Bishop went on to glory. The buyer encourages her to find out the answer to her question. He is such bad news. Then he tells her that he has reserved a room for the two of them at a hotel. But Kerissa tells him that she wants him right now in the office. “Let me let my assistant go,” he quickly says in response.

Right Back Where We Started From…

Sofia looks through A.J.’s backpack and finds medicine bottles. She confronts her brother when he returns to her dorm room. “Why’d you go looking in there?” he says. She tells him that she was going to try to sneak some cash into his backpack since she wasn’t sure that he would take it directly from her. Now, it seems the two are strangers like when they first met. “My mother lied for you,” she tells A.J. “I don’t owe you any explanations,” he says. She pleads with him to turn himself in. “Go ahead and call the cops. I don’t care. See you next lifetime.” He leaves her dorm room and maybe her life for good. I’m convinced he’s sick. What does he mean by “next lifetime?” What y’all think?

Their grandmother Lady Mae finds Misty and confronts her about wanting to have her name removed from the scholarship. (What older grown black woman is named ‘Misty?’) Misty tells Lady Mae that it was Connie’s idea after the Calvary member’s daughter was raped by Lady Mae’s brother Mac.

Thinking about Mac, I have to think about Grace and what brought her back to Memphis. She is always searching out the truth (although she did ignore her truth for years). She goes to City on a Hill to see if she can learn something about the company. To her surprise, she sees her sister-in-law there. And she has a discussion with Fernando, Kerissa’s new lover. He says, “I’m deeply concerned about the future of Calvary and as soon as I’m authorized to share my plans with you, I will do so.” As soon as she leaves, Fernando calls Bob Whitmore.

Grace is not the only one seeking answers. Zora goes to her grandfather for wisdom on how to be friends with people i.e. Nicki who don’t have the same Christian beliefs as she now does. “All you can do is love, listen and wait. There is so much power in waiting,” Bishop says. Amen, but waiting is so incredibly hard…

In the next scene, Grace gets Aaron to find out the identity of the owner of City on a Hill. She is flabbergasted to discover that Harmony & Hope is the owner of the company.

And in probably the best scene of the episode, Lady Mae speaks with Vida the daughter about why she started the scholarship and why she hopes to keep her name associated with it. She explains that she wants the women who receive the scholarship to gain skills that would boost their self esteem. She too suffered from low self esteem she revealed. In tears, she explains that she didn’t know that her brother was using the scholarship to victimize young women and that he also victimized her daughter Faith. But she apologizes for his actions nevertheless. She also reveals that Mac likely learned his behavior from their father who did the same to her. “I didn’t know,” she says as she continues to weep. It’s clear that her conscious mind wouldn’t let her know even if somewhere in her subconscious mind, she did.

Vida recognizes that Lady Mae is a fellow survivor and asks her to come to a Sisters of Tamar meeting held at Calvary. “You should come,” she says. “They don’t want to see me in there.” “It’s not about what they want. It’s about what you need to say.” They cry as they hold one another. Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve seen a breakthrough at long last!!!

Back at the Greenleaf estate, the Greenleaf adult children should be practicing their song but they argue. Grace confronts Jacob about selling his land to Harmony & Hope and asks why Kerissa was at the City on a Hill office earlier! “Every piece of land that borders our church is owned by Harmony & Hope.” Of course, he didn’t that H&H was behind the sale, and he doesn’t know why his wife is still conversing with the buyer of their property. Jacob reveals that Charity is seeing Phil! Bishop interrupts them and reminds them they should be practicing.

But in the midst of all, Lady Mae shows up, looking shell-shocked. After a brief word with her family, she retreats to her closet where she sits on the ground, still in a daze. Bishop joins her on the ground of the closet. She says, “I know you had plans for tonight and you were going to ask me something.” “Which one of these untrustworthy scoundrels told you?” Bishop replies. Lady Mae says the evening may be no longer appropriate for the question, but she does have an answer for Bishop. Of course, Bishop wants to know the answer. “I would trade a million years at the feet of God’s heavenly choir.” “Yes,” she says simply. Awwwwwwwwwwwww 🙂 Reunited and it feels so good….

Speaking of not reuniting, Jacob goes to his bedroom where he sees Winkie in the bed with Kerissa. She tells Jacob that he had another bad dream and that’s why he’s there. Jacob volunteers to sleep elsewhere since Winkie will be tossing and turning. But I think it’s actually because he realizes that Kerissa is doing something shady after what Grace told him.

Charity also believes that Phil is up to something shady. “Why didn’t you tell me that Harmony & Hope is buying up land all around the church?” she asks Phil later. She overheard Grace and Jacob discussing that earlier. “Are you Bob’s right hand or not?” Phil says he didn’t know that information either. Hmmm….not sure if I believe him but whatever…

Another revelation takes place in another part of Calvary. Sophia returns to Calvary and shows up in her mother’s office which used to be Bishop’s office. She reveals that A.J. was with her although he’s gone now. She tells her mother why she came in person to tell her. “I wanted to be here for you when you hear what I have to say. I found a bunch of prescription drugs in his backpack, Mom. He’s guilty.”

(And where is Noah? He must be walking to Memphis…) See I told y’all that y’all don’t know everythang….

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Racial Reconciliation Advocate Latasha Morrison Releases Debut Book ‘Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation’

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As my father is a passionate advocate for racial reconciliation and we both live in the civil rights capital of the world – metro Atlanta – I have inherited that passion as well. It was the reason that in 2017 I interviewed Latasha Morrison, founder of Be the Bridge, an organization designed to “encourage racial reconciliation among all ethnicities, to promote racial unity in America, and to equip others to do the same.”

Below is an excerpt of my interview with her for the The LOOKOUT:

What inspired you to create Be the Bridge?

Latasha: We all live pretty homogenous lives. We know that 80 percent of people hang with or have friendships with people they go to church with, and if probably less than two percent of our churches in the U.S. are multiethnic or multicultural, who are we hanging out with? I’ve met people who don’t have any friends outside of their own ethnicity. When I moved from Atlanta to Austin a few years ago, it became a burden for me to see the church so racially segregated. Rather than complain about it, I wanted to look at the problem and see what we can do to change it.

Also there was one specific incident that really affected me. I had just seen the movie 12 Years a Slave and that was a story that most people haven’t heard—the slave narrative. Some white people believe slaves were happy living in the South. I had an incident in my church where I was talking to a lady about segregation and desegregation. She basically said you know what Lincoln did to the South was horrible and some of the slaves were treated like family. That was the most absurd thing I’ve ever heard in my life, and it made me angry. This was someone in church who is a seasoned Christian. It was very hurtful, but I understood she was speaking from a place of innocence in a way. She had no idea what she was saying or the injury she was causing me. She had no idea about the atrocities of slavery.

To read the rest of my interview, click on

Two years later, Latasha is ready is to tell how the Be the Bridge ministry has grown and more in her first book “Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation.” Below is the official description about Latasha and her book.

A leading advocate for racial reconciliation offers a clarion call for Christians to move toward relationship and deeper understanding in the midst of a divisive culture.

With racial tensions as high within the church as outside the church, it is time for Christians to become the leaders in the conversation on racial reconciliation.

This power-packed guide helps readers deepen their understanding of historical factors and present realities, equipping them to participate in the ongoing dialogue and to serve as catalysts for righteousness, justice, healing, transformation, and reconciliation.

“Be the Bridge” will be released on Tuesday, but she is offering some great bonuses if you pre-order! And if you would like to read an excerpt, click

Latasha will be hosting a book release event in Atlanta at Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History on Tuesday! Please see below for all of the details.

And Latasha’s book trailer for “Be the Bridge” is below.

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