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Praise | May 7, 2018

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Clifton Davis hosts Sheryl Lee Ralph and Eloise Laws.

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Praise | May 7, 2018

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  • - ANNOUNCER: TONIGHT FROM THE TBN STUDIOS IN...
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  • - NEW YORK CITY!
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  • [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]
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  • - CLIFTON DAVIS: WE HAVE AN AMAZING SHOW FOR YOU TONIGHT.
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  • - SHERYL LEE RALPH: GOD IS GOOD AND SO ARE YOU.
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  • GOD DOES NOT MAKE MISTAKES.
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  • - ELOISE LAWS: GOD BLESSES US SO MANY WAYS.
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  • HE PUTS YOU IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME.
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  • - ANNOUNCER: AN ALL NEW PRAISE STARTS RIGHT NOW.
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  • [MUSIC]
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  • [MUSIC]
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  • - CLIFTON DAVIS: WOW!
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  • HELLO!
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  • WHAT A BLESSING.
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  • [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]
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  • HELLO, AND I LOVE YOU!
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  • WHAT A WONDERFUL AUDIENCE.
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  • YOU ARE SO KIND.
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  • WE'RE SO EXCITED.
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  • PLEASE HAVE A SEAT.
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  • THIS IS A THRILL.
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  • IT'S GOOD FOR US TO BE BACK HERE ON TRINITY
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  • BROADCASTING NETWORK FROM NEW YORK CITY!
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  • [ APPLAUSE ]
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  • - WE HAVE AN AMAZING SHOW FOR YOU TONIGHT.
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  • ITS THEME IS THE POWER OF ONE.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT WE'RE GLAD
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  • YOU'RE HERE AND THAT YOU'RE PRAYING FOR THE
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  • WONDERFUL DEMONSTRATION OF GOD'S LOVE THAT YOU'LL
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  • SEE TONIGHT.
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  • I WANT YOU TO SEE THIS BIO VIDEO.
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  • - FROM CREATING THE ROLE OF DENA JONES IN THE
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  • LEGENDARY BROADWAY MUSICAL DREAM GIRLS AND
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  • STARRING IN TONY AWARD WINNING SHOWS SUCH AS
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  • THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE AND WICKED, SHERYL LEE
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  • RALPH IS A BROADWAY POWERHOUSE.
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  • SHERYL IS WELL KNOWN FOR HER TELEVISION ROLL AS DEE
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  • MITCHELL ON MOISHA AND MAJOR MOTION PICTURES
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  • SUCH AS THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN AND
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  • THE MIGHTY QUINN.
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  • SHERYL HAS ALSO DEDICATED HER LIFE TO BE A VOICE TO
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  • RAISE AWARENESS FOR HIV AND AIDS WITH HER DIVA
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  • FOUNDATION AND AUTHOR OF REDEFINING DIVA, LIFE
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  • LESSONS FROM THE ORIGINAL DREAM GIRL.
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  • TODAY ON PRAISE, SHERYL WILL TALK ABOUT WHAT
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  • BEING A DIVA MEANS TO HER AND HOW THE POWER OF ONE
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  • CHANGED HER LIFE.
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  • PLEASE WELCOME SHERYL LEE RALPH.
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  • [ APPLAUSE ]
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  • - SHERYL LEE RALPH: THANK YOU.
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  • [ APPLAUSE CONTINUES ]
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  • - HI.
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  • - WOW.
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  • - WELCOME.
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  • AREN'T THEY A WONDERFUL WARM AUDIENCE?
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  • - WHAT AN AMAZING WELCOME.
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  • THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU ALL.
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  • - IT'S ABSOLUTELY GREAT TO SEE YOU AGAIN.
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  • - I'M TELLING YOU, IT'S ALWAYS WONDERFUL TO SEE YOU.
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  • - WE'VE BEEN FRIENDS A LONG TIME.
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  • - FOR A VERY LONG TIME.
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  • - AND YOU REMINDED ME OF SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED
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  • IN YOUR EARLY LIFE.
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  • - THAT'S RIGHT, THAT YOU WERE A PART OF.
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  • - THAT I WAS A PART OF.
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  • - WOULD YOU -WOULD YOU SHARE THAT STORY?
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  • - OKAY.
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  • SO I WAS ABOUT 15 YEARS OLD, AND THERE WAS A
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  • PAGEANT CALLED THE MISS BLACK TEENAGE AMERICA
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  • PAGEANT, AND IT TOOK PLACE HERE IN NEW YORK
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  • AND IT AIRED ON WOR TV, AND I REMEMBER SEEING IT
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  • ONE YEAR SAYING I WANT TO BE THERE.
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  • THE NEXT YEAR I WAS THERE.
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  • [ APPLAUSE ]
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  • YES.
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  • AND WHO WAS JUDGING THE SHOW?
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  • CLIFTON DAVIS.
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  • [ LAUGHTER ]
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  • CLIFTON DAVIS HAD AN INCREDIBLE SHOW ON TV,
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  • AND I MEAN, SUMMER TV WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG AND
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  • BLACK IN THE 70'S, HONEY, THAT WAS WHEN YOU
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  • GOT TO SEE BLACK FOLKS ON TV.
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  • [ LAUGHTER ]
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  • - IT WAS A BLESSING.
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  • - AND YOU WERE SO WONDERFUL.
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  • HE WAS -OH, MAN.
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  • YOU THINK HE'S HANDSOME NOW?
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  • OH, HONEY!
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  • [ LAUGHTER ]
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  • I WAS IN LOVE WITH CLIFTON DAVIS.
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  • [ LAUGHTER ]
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  • AND AT THE END, EVERYBODY THINKS THAT I WON, BUT I
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  • WAS ACTUALLY THE FIRST RUNNER UP, AND AT THE END
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  • OF THE SHOW, AT THE END OF THE PAGEANT, CLIFTON
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  • SAYS TO ME IN THAT CLIFTON DAVIS WAY, YOU
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  • KNOW, YOU COULD ACTUALLY MAKE IT IN THIS BUSINESS.
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  • YOU'RE TALENTED.
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  • I NEVER FORGOT THAT AS LONG AS I LIVE, AND THIS
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  • PAST YEAR WE WERE BOTH ON BROADWAY TOGETHER, HIM IN
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  • ALADDIN AND ME IN WICKED.
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  • AIN'T GOD GOOD?
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  • [ LAUGHTER ]
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  • [ APPLAUSE ]
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  • - WONDERFUL.
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  • WONDERFUL.
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  • - AND TO THINK FROM THEN UNTIL NOW THAT WE'RE
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  • ACTUALLY FRIENDS, THAT I CAN ACTUALLY CALL YOU UP
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  • ON THE PHONE.
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  • THAT IS NOTHING BUT GOD, AND GOD DOES NOT
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  • MAKE MISTAKES.
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  • - THERE YOU GO.
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  • YOU KNOW YOU'RE RIGHT.
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  • YOU KNOW YOU'RE RIGHT.
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  • TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR EARLY LIFE IN THE -AND
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  • WHERE THIS DESIRE CAME TO PERFORM CAME FROM.
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  • - YOU KNOW WHAT?
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  • I REALLY DON'T KNOW IF IT WAS TRULY A DESIRE TO
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  • PERFORM AS MUCH AS IT WAS TO REALLY FIND
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  • MY HAPPINESS.
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  • I AM AN IMMIGRANT CHILD.
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  • I'M VERY MUCH AMERICAN, BUT I'M DEFINITELY
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  • JAMAICAN.
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  • [ APPLAUSE ]
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  • YES.
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  • MY MOTHER IS FROM THE JAMAICAN SOIL, AND MY
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  • MOTHER RAISED ME SAYING, BE A DOCTOR!
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  • BE A LAWYER!
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  • AND IF YOU CAN'T DO THAT, THEN MARRY ONE!
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  • [ LAUGHTER ]
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  • SO I WANTED SO DEEPLY TO MAKE MY MOTHER AND MY
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  • FATHER -MY FATHER, DOCTOR STANLEY RALPH WHO WAS
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  • SUCH AN AMAZING MAN WHO ALWAYS WANTED ME TO JUST
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  • FOLLOW MY DREAM.
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  • I WILL NEVER FORGET MY FATHER SAYING TO ME, YOU
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  • CAME INTO THIS WORLD ALONE.
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  • YOU WILL LEAVE THIS WORLD ALONE, SO YOU BETTER MAKE
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  • SURE YOU MAKE YOURSELF ALONE VERY HAPPY.
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  • [ APPLAUSE ]
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  • I'LL NEVER FORGET THAT.
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  • NEVER FORGET THAT.
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  • HE SAID, THERE'S ONLY ONE WHO CAN JUDGE YOU, AND
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  • THAT IS GOD.
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  • AND YOU KNOW, I JUST NEVER FORGOT THOSE
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  • THINGS, SO VERY MUCH IT WAS MY PARENTS, AND I
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  • ASKED MY MOTHER OFTEN, I SAY, MOMMY, THEY CALL HER
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  • MISS IVY, I SAY MOMMY, DID YOU KNOW THAT I WAS
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  • AN ACTRESS?
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  • DID YOU KNOW THAT I HAD THIS TALENT?
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  • SHE SAID, SHERYL, WHEN YOU BORN YOU CAME
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  • OUT LAUGHING.
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  • THERE WAS NO NEED TO SLAP YOUR BOTTOM.
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  • [ LAUGHTER ]
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  • SO I GUESS IT WAS JUST IN ME FOR REAL, BUT I ALWAYS
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  • THOUGHT THAT I KNEW BEING A DOCTOR WASN'T
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  • GOING TO WORK.
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  • I WAS A PREMED STUDENT AT RUTGERS UNIVERSITY.
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  • [ APPLAUSE ]
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  • YEAH.
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  • AND IT WAS MEETING THAT -- IT WAS
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  • ORGANIC CHEMISTRY.
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  • MEETING THAT HARE, A HUGE RABBIT, AND THEY
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  • GAVE ME THIS BLUE BOX WITH A SCALPEL IN IT, AND
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  • I WAS SUPPOSED TO CUT THIS THING OPEN.
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  • I WAS LIKE, I WILL NOT BE A DOCTOR.
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  • [ LAUGHTER ]
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  • THAT'S NOT HAPPENING, SO THEN I TRIED LAW.
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  • CONSTITUTIONAL LAW.
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  • OH, MY GOD.
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  • THE TEACHER DRONED ON AND HER VOICE SOUNDED LIKE
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  • NAILS ON A CHALKBOARD.
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  • AND I WAS LIKE FATHER GOD, I'M NOT GOING TO BE
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  • A LAWYER, BUT PLEASE LET ME LIVE LONG ENOUGH TO
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  • FOLLOW MY DREAM BECAUSE IF I TELL MY MOTHER THAT
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  • I'M NOT GOING TO BE A DOCTOR, I'M NOT GOING TO
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  • BE A LAWYER, SHE'S GOING TO KILL ME.
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  • [ LAUGHTER ]
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  • - HOW DID YOU START YOUR CAREER IN SHOW BUSINESS?
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  • - YOU KNOW, AT RUTGERS WHEN THAT DAY
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  • CAME AND I REALIZED THAT I WASN'T GOING TO BE A
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  • DOCTOR, I WASN'T GOING TO BE A LAWYER, I THANKED
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  • GOD THAT GOD PUT ME RIGHT THERE AT RUTGERS WHERE I
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  • WAS SUPPOSED TO BE.
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  • RUTGERS WAS THE ALMA MATER OF AN INCREDIBLE
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  • SCHOLAR, ATHLETE, ORATOR, ACTIVIST, A MAN THAT I
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  • STILL AM SO PROUD TO SAY HIS NAME, PAUL ROBISON.
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  • - YES.
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  • - AND PAUL ROBISON, IF YOU CAN IMAGINE AT THE
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  • TURN OF THE LAST CENTURY A BLACK MAN AT RUTGERS
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  • COLLEGE, NUMBER ONE IN SPORTS, NUMBER ONE IN
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  • ACADEMICS, NUMBER ONE ON THE STAGE, NUMBER ONE IN
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  • SPEAKING UP FOR PEOPLE, OUT OF ALL THE PEOPLE AT
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  • RUTGERS AT THE TURN OF THE LAST CENTURY, IT WAS
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  • A YOUNG BLACK MAN BY THE NAME OF PAUL ROBISON,
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  • AND I WANTED TO GO TO RUTGERS BECAUSE OF HIM,
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  • BUT WHEN I WAS GRADUATING THEY WEREN'T ACCEPTING
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  • YOUNG WOMEN, AND AS GOD WOULD MAKE IT HAPPEN,
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  • BECAUSE IT'S NOTHING BUT GOD, THAT YEAR THEY
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  • OPENED THE DOORS TO YOUNG WOMEN, AND I GOT
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  • THROUGH FIRST.
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  • [ APPLAUSE ]
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  • - THAT'S WONDERFUL.
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  • THAT'S WONDERFUL.
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  • - TO PURSUE MY DREAM.
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  • - YES. YES.
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  • - I WANTED TO FOLLOW IN THOSE FOOTSTEPS.
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  • - IT'S A GREAT STEP TO FOLLOW IN.
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  • - ABSOLUTELY.
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  • - WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?
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  • - MY VERY FIRST JOSH WAS, BELIEVE IT OR NOT,
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  • IT WAS A SKIPPY PEANUT BUTTER COMMERCIAL.
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  • [ LAUGHTER ]
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  • - I LOVE IT.
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  • - AND THAT SKIPPY PEANUT BUTTER COMMERCIAL PAID ME
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  • ENOUGH MONEY THAT I NEVER HAD TO WAIT TABLES EVER.
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  • I NEVER HAD ANY OTHER JOB EXCEPT I JUST PERFORMED,
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  • AND I PRACTICED AT PERFORMING.
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  • I WORKED AT PERFORMING.
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  • THAT'S ALL I DID FROM PEANUT BUTTER, SO UNTIL
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  • THIS DAY I ALWAYS HAVE PEANUT BUTTER IN MY CUPBOARD.
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  • YES!
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  • [ APPLAUSE ]
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  • - BUT IT WAS A CHOICE THAT I HAD TO MAKE.
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  • IT WAS EITHER GRADUATION OR SKIPPY
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  • PEANUT BUTTER COMMERCIAL.
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  • SITTING THE HOT SUN, SHOOT A PEANUT BUTTER COMMERCIAL.
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  • PEANUT BUTTER WON.
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  • [ LAUGHTER ]
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  • THEY CAN MAIL ME THAT PIECE OF PAPER, AND THEY DID.
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  • - AND IT PAID OFF.
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  • - ABSOLUTELY.
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  • - IT MADE THE DIFFERENCE.
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  • - ABSOLUTELY.
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  • - UM, I WANT YOU TO TALK ABOUT WHEN IT WAS THAT
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  • YOU WERE SO POWERFULLY MOVED BY THE HIV AND AIDS
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  • EPIDEMIC THAT YOU FELT YOU HAD TO USE YOUR POWER
  • 00:10:43.050 --> 00:10:48.140
  • OF ONE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
  • 00:10:48.160 --> 00:10:50.000
  • - I WAS AN ORIGINAL COMPANY MEMBER OF DREAM
  • 00:10:50.020 --> 00:10:53.210
  • GIRLS ON BROADWAY, AND IT WAS TRULY ONE OF THE BEST
  • 00:10:53.230 --> 00:10:56.200
  • TIMES IN MY LIFE.
  • 00:10:56.220 --> 00:10:58.220
  • I MEAN, WE WERE THE BELLS OF THE BALL ON BROADWAY, BABY.
  • 00:10:58.240 --> 00:11:02.200
  • SOME OTHER PEOPLE MIGHT HAVE GOTTEN MORE AWARDS,
  • 00:11:02.220 --> 00:11:05.090
  • BUT NOBODY WAS MORE LOVED THAN THE DREAM GIRLS WERE.
  • 00:11:05.110 --> 00:11:09.030
  • IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE TIME IN MY LIFE.
  • 00:11:09.050 --> 00:11:12.090
  • - IT WAS A SMASH.
  • 00:11:12.110 --> 00:11:13.290
  • - IT WAS A BIG OLD SMASH, BABY.
  • 00:11:14.010 --> 00:11:15.080
  • COULDN'T GET A CAB WHEN THE CURTAIN CAME DOWN,
  • 00:11:15.100 --> 00:11:16.230
  • BUT THAT'S ANOTHER STORY.
  • 00:11:16.250 --> 00:11:17.280
  • [ LAUGHTER ]
  • 00:11:18.000 --> 00:11:20.010
  • BUT THAT TIME WAS SO AMAZING, AND THEN IN THE
  • 00:11:20.030 --> 00:11:23.190
  • MIDDLE OF THOSE GOOD TIMES MY FRIENDS JUST
  • 00:11:23.210 --> 00:11:26.230
  • STARTED DROPPING DEAD OF THIS MYSTERIOUS DISEASE.
  • 00:11:26.250 --> 00:11:29.290
  • I MEAN, LITERALLY THEY WERE SICK, THEY WERE DEAD.
  • 00:11:30.010 --> 00:11:33.220
  • THEY GOT SICK, THEY DIED.
  • 00:11:33.240 --> 00:11:36.170
  • IT WASN'T LIKE THERE WAS SOME DYING PROCESS.
  • 00:11:36.190 --> 00:11:38.150
  • THEY GOT SICK, AND THEY DIED.
  • 00:11:38.170 --> 00:11:39.270
  • AND SOME OF THEM, YOU KNOW, THEY DEVELOPED
  • 00:11:39.290 --> 00:11:42.020
  • THOSE TERRIBLE -OH, IT WAS AWFUL.
  • 00:11:42.040 --> 00:11:45.030
  • THOSE PURPLE MARKS, THOSE RASHES, THE
  • 00:11:45.050 --> 00:11:47.020
  • DIFFERENT VIRUSES.
  • 00:11:47.040 --> 00:11:49.190
  • IT WAS AWFUL, AND YOU WOULD GO TO THE HOSPITAL
  • 00:11:49.210 --> 00:11:52.220
  • TO SEE YOUR FRIENDS, BUT THERE WAS NO HOSPITAL
  • 00:11:52.240 --> 00:11:54.060
  • ROOM FOR YOUR FRIENDS.
  • 00:11:54.080 --> 00:11:56.070
  • YOUR FRIENDS WOULD BE PUSHED UP AGAINST A WALL
  • 00:11:56.090 --> 00:11:59.160
  • IN A HALLWAY IN A GURNEY, AND MANY TIMES WITH A
  • 00:11:59.180 --> 00:12:04.200
  • SIGN THAT SAID DO NOT TOUCH.
  • 00:12:04.220 --> 00:12:08.070
  • AND IT WAS THAT LITTLE CHURCH GIRL IN ME THAT
  • 00:12:08.090 --> 00:12:12.110
  • SAID, WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS.
  • 00:12:12.130 --> 00:12:16.080
  • I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT IT WAS DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU
  • 00:12:16.100 --> 00:12:21.120
  • WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU.
  • 00:12:21.140 --> 00:12:23.060
  • DON'T DO UNTO THEM BEFORE THEY DO UNTO YOU.
  • 00:12:23.080 --> 00:12:26.170
  • HOW GOOD CAN WE BE JUST BECAUSE WE'RE ALL
  • 00:12:26.190 --> 00:12:31.020
  • HUMAN BEINGS?
  • 00:12:31.040 --> 00:12:32.290
  • AND WHEN WE ARE AT OUR LOWEST, THAT IS WHEN WE
  • 00:12:33.010 --> 00:12:37.000
  • NEED OTHER PEOPLE THE MOST.
  • 00:12:37.020 --> 00:12:40.060
  • - THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 00:12:40.080 --> 00:12:41.080
  • THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 00:12:41.100 --> 00:12:42.030
  • [ APPLAUSE ]
  • 00:12:42.050 --> 00:12:44.080
  • - AND I THOUGHT, HOW CAN I POSSIBLY TURN MY BACK
  • 00:12:44.100 --> 00:12:49.220
  • ON MY FRIENDS?
  • 00:12:49.240 --> 00:12:51.190
  • AND A LOT OF THEM THEIR PARENTS THREW THEM AWAY.
  • 00:12:51.210 --> 00:12:56.130
  • PARENTS DIDN'T WANT TO TOUCH THEM, DIDN'T WANT
  • 00:12:56.150 --> 00:12:58.070
  • TO HEAR THEM, AND YOU REMEMBER LUCKY IF YOU
  • 00:12:58.090 --> 00:13:00.190
  • COULD STILL GO HOME.
  • 00:13:00.210 --> 00:13:01.240
  • AND I WAS IN SHOCK BECAUSE IT WAS LIKE GOOD
  • 00:13:01.260 --> 00:13:05.040
  • PEOPLE, KIND PEOPLE, ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE FOUND IT
  • 00:13:05.060 --> 00:13:09.050
  • EASY TO TURN THEIR BACKS, STAND IN JUDGMENT, POINT
  • 00:13:09.070 --> 00:13:12.220
  • FINGERS, AND I WAS LIKE, THERE BEFORE THE GRACE OF
  • 00:13:12.240 --> 00:13:17.280
  • GOD GO I.
  • 00:13:18.000 --> 00:13:19.190
  • - UH-HUH.
  • 00:13:19.210 --> 00:13:20.220
  • - AND THAT IS REAL.
  • 00:13:20.240 --> 00:13:22.180
  • PEOPLE TALK ABOUT FAITH ALL THE TIME UNTIL REAL
  • 00:13:22.200 --> 00:13:25.180
  • PROBLEMS, REAL ADVERSITY HITS YOU.
  • 00:13:25.200 --> 00:13:30.150
  • AND THEN IT'S LIKE YOU CAN HEAR GOD SAYING, WHO
  • 00:13:30.170 --> 00:13:33.120
  • ARE YOU?
  • 00:13:33.140 --> 00:13:35.210
  • WHO ARE YOU REALLY?
  • 00:13:35.230 --> 00:13:38.250
  • DO YOU HAVE FAITH ENOUGH?
  • 00:13:38.270 --> 00:13:40.290
  • DO YOU HAVE BELIEF ENOUGH TO STAND UP, TO STAND UP
  • 00:13:41.010 --> 00:13:45.130
  • AND BE ABOUT MY BUSINESS?
  • 00:13:45.150 --> 00:13:48.010
  • TO BE ABOUT MY WORD?
  • 00:13:48.030 --> 00:13:50.170
  • [ APPLAUSE ]
  • 00:13:50.190 --> 00:13:53.080
  • BECAUSE THAT, THAT TAKES GUTS.
  • 00:13:53.100 --> 00:13:57.120
  • THAT TAKES GUTS.
  • 00:13:57.140 --> 00:13:59.250
  • AND EVERY TIME I SEE A CRUCIFIX, I REMEMBERED
  • 00:13:59.270 --> 00:14:04.100
  • ALL HE DID WAS SPEAK UP BASICALLY SAYING, CAN'T
  • 00:14:04.120 --> 00:14:10.230
  • WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?
  • 00:14:10.250 --> 00:14:14.050
  • AND THEY HUNG HIM HIGH.
  • 00:14:14.070 --> 00:14:17.270
  • AND THEN THEY WENT TO THE PEOPLE AND SAID, I GIVE
  • 00:14:17.290 --> 00:14:21.290
  • YOU A CHOICE.
  • 00:14:22.010 --> 00:14:23.280
  • YOU GOT THIS ONE.
  • 00:14:24.000 --> 00:14:25.280
  • YOU CAN GO WITH THAT ONE, BUT THIS ONE HAS DONE
  • 00:14:26.000 --> 00:14:28.040
  • NOTHING REALLY WRONG.
  • 00:14:28.060 --> 00:14:30.010
  • WE DON'T PARTICULARLY LIKE HIM, BUT THIS ONE,
  • 00:14:30.030 --> 00:14:32.010
  • HE'S A CRIMINAL.
  • 00:14:32.030 --> 00:14:33.090
  • HE'S A MURDERER.
  • 00:14:33.110 --> 00:14:34.250
  • HE'S A LIAR, AND IF YOU LET HIM GO, HE WILL
  • 00:14:34.270 --> 00:14:37.100
  • PROBABLY HIT YOU IN YOUR HEAD.
  • 00:14:37.120 --> 00:14:39.010
  • THAT WAS BARRABAS.
  • 00:14:39.030 --> 00:14:42.030
  • AND YOU KNOW WHAT THE PEOPLE DID?
  • 00:14:42.050 --> 00:14:46.030
  • - THEY CHOSE BARRABAS.
  • 00:14:46.050 --> 00:14:48.130
  • - THE PEOPLE CHOSE BARRABAS.
  • 00:14:48.150 --> 00:14:50.160
  • SO ALL I'M SAYING IT SOMETIMES WE TALK, TALK,
  • 00:14:50.180 --> 00:14:53.070
  • TALK, TALK, TALK, AND THEN WHEN IT COMES ABOUT
  • 00:14:53.090 --> 00:14:56.080
  • BEING ABOUT THE WORD, THEN IT COMES ABOUT
  • 00:14:56.100 --> 00:14:59.020
  • WALKING IN THAT PATH OF TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT
  • 00:14:59.040 --> 00:15:04.030
  • WAS HE REALLY SAYING, WE'RE LIKE, AIN'T NOBODY
  • 00:15:04.050 --> 00:15:08.190
  • GOT TIME FOR THAT.
  • 00:15:08.210 --> 00:15:10.130
  • AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT BECAUSE WE DON'T
  • 00:15:10.150 --> 00:15:12.290
  • WANT TO HEAR ALL OF THAT REALLY.
  • 00:15:13.010 --> 00:15:16.140
  • SO WHEN I USE MY VOICE, I GOT SCARED BECAUSE I GOT
  • 00:15:16.160 --> 00:15:22.250
  • A LETTER FROM A WOMAN FROM A BIG CHURCH.
  • 00:15:22.270 --> 00:15:25.130
  • - THAT SAID?
  • 00:15:25.150 --> 00:15:26.250
  • - AND SHE TOLD ME THAT GOD WOULD FIND NO FAVOR
  • 00:15:26.270 --> 00:15:30.140
  • IN ME FOR TRYING TO HELP THOSE PEOPLE.
  • 00:15:30.160 --> 00:15:35.230
  • - MY LORD.
  • 00:15:35.250 --> 00:15:37.090
  • IT'S SAD TO ADMIT, BUT A LOT OF THE DISCRIMINATION
  • 00:15:37.110 --> 00:15:38.150
  • - MY JOB IS NOT TO PASS JUDGMENT.
  • 00:15:39.250 --> 00:15:41.150
  • MY JOB IS TO LOVE YOU.
  • 00:15:41.170 --> 00:15:43.240
  • - THANK YOU.
  • 00:15:43.260 --> 00:15:45.100
  • - AND FURTHERMORE, I BELIEVE VERY MUCH THAT IF
  • 00:15:45.120 --> 00:15:53.020
  • YOU HAVE A PROBLEM OR AN ISSUE OR IT'S NOT
  • 00:15:53.040 --> 00:15:58.270
  • NECESSARILY THE PATHWAY THAT THE CHURCH WANTS TO
  • 00:15:58.290 --> 00:16:02.100
  • WALK, YOU ARE STILL SOMEONE FOR WHOM
  • 00:16:02.120 --> 00:16:07.010
  • CHRIST DIED.
  • 00:16:07.030 --> 00:16:10.040
  • - YOU KNOW, IT'S INTERESTING, I WROTE A
  • 00:16:10.060 --> 00:16:12.160
  • ONE WOMAN SHOW, SOMETIMES I CRY, AND IN SOMETIMES I
  • 00:16:12.180 --> 00:16:14.230
  • CRY, I TOLD REAL WOMEN'S REAL STORIES, INFECTED OR
  • 00:16:14.250 --> 00:16:18.070
  • AFFECTED BY HIV AND AIDS.
  • 00:16:18.090 --> 00:16:22.010
  • AND TELL YOU THAT I SAY VERY OFTEN, IF YOU GET
  • 00:16:22.030 --> 00:16:27.180
  • CONFUSED WHEN YOU'RE READING YOUR BIBLE, STOP
  • 00:16:27.200 --> 00:16:33.060
  • AND GO BACK AND READ THE RED PARTS.
  • 00:16:33.080 --> 00:16:35.190
  • - I HEAR YOU.
  • 00:16:35.210 --> 00:16:40.070
  • - IF YOU GET CONFUSED, READ THE RED PARTS.
  • 00:16:40.090 --> 00:16:44.230
  • THE RED PARTS FOR THOSE WHO MIGHT NOT KNOW ARE
  • 00:16:44.250 --> 00:16:47.290
  • THE THINGS THAT JESUS HIMSELF WAS SAID TO HAVE
  • 00:16:48.010 --> 00:16:55.040
  • REALLY SAID.
  • 00:16:55.060 --> 00:16:56.250
  • AND YOU CANNOT FIND ANYTHING IN THOSE WORDS
  • 00:16:56.270 --> 00:17:00.230
  • THAT SAY, HATE THESE PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY HAVE
  • 00:17:00.250 --> 00:17:04.210
  • BEEN HATED ON BEFORE, IGNORE THOSE PEOPLE
  • 00:17:04.230 --> 00:17:09.070
  • BECAUSE THEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN IGNORED.
  • 00:17:09.090 --> 00:17:12.000
  • IT SAYS NOTHING LIKE THAT.
  • 00:17:12.020 --> 00:17:16.160
  • IN FACT, IT DARES US ALL TO OPEN OUR MINDS, OPEN
  • 00:17:16.180 --> 00:17:21.030
  • OUR HEARTS, OPEN OUR SPIRITS, OPEN OUR SOULS
  • 00:17:21.050 --> 00:17:26.090
  • TO ALL THAT COME IN SEARCH OF THE WORD, AND
  • 00:17:26.110 --> 00:17:31.160
  • EVEN THOSE WHO DON'T.
  • 00:17:31.180 --> 00:17:33.240
  • - YES. THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 00:17:33.260 --> 00:17:35.230
  • [ APPLAUSE ]
  • 00:17:35.250 --> 00:17:41.050
  • - OF COURSE OUR OBJECTIVE IS TO SEE
  • 00:17:41.070 --> 00:17:43.090
  • EVERYONE IMPROVE.
  • 00:17:43.110 --> 00:17:45.210
  • - EVERYONE, YES.
  • 00:17:45.230 --> 00:17:47.120
  • - EVERYONE TO ABANDON ANY SINFUL WAYS.
  • 00:17:47.140 --> 00:17:51.120
  • - OR HATEFUL WAYS.
  • 00:17:51.140 --> 00:17:54.030
  • - OR HATEFUL WAYS.
  • 00:17:54.050 --> 00:17:55.150
  • - LUSTFUL, LASCIVIOUS, GAMBLING, LYING WAYS.
  • 00:17:55.170 --> 00:17:59.270
  • - AND LIVE A MORE, A MORE PERFECT LIFE WITH
  • 00:17:59.290 --> 00:18:05.210
  • THE HELP OF GOD, WITH THE HELP OF THE SPIRIT
  • 00:18:05.230 --> 00:18:07.280
  • OF THE LORD.
  • 00:18:08.000 --> 00:18:10.120
  • BUT IF YOU NEVER OVERCOME ONE OF THOSE
  • 00:18:10.140 --> 00:18:14.070
  • PROBLEMS, BUT YOU LOVE THE LORD, I BELIEVE
  • 00:18:14.090 --> 00:18:18.000
  • GOD IS IN THERE HELPING YOU TO MAKE THE EFFORT.
  • 00:18:18.020 --> 00:18:22.180
  • - ABSOLUTELY. - TO TRY TO CHANGE.
  • 00:18:22.200 --> 00:18:25.190
  • - AND WHATEVER THAT IS BECAUSE I HONEST--
  • 00:18:25.210 --> 00:18:30.130
  • THERE'S A SAYING, IT SAYS YOU ARE PERFECT
  • 00:18:30.150 --> 00:18:34.110
  • JUST THE WAY YOU ARE.
  • 00:18:34.130 --> 00:18:37.280
  • CHANGE OR NO CHANGE, YOU ARE PERFECT BECAUSE GOD
  • 00:18:38.000 --> 00:18:41.060
  • DOES NOT MAKE MISTAKES.
  • 00:18:41.080 --> 00:18:44.180
  • WE ALL COME HERE AS WE ARE.
  • 00:18:44.200 --> 00:18:48.240
  • AND HOW BLESSED WE ARE, HOW FORTUNATE WE ARE TO
  • 00:18:48.260 --> 00:18:52.260
  • HAVE GOD, TO HAVE A-- FOLLOW HIS SON,
  • 00:18:52.280 --> 00:18:57.040
  • JESUS TO HAVE GIVEN HIS LIFE BECAUSE SOMEBODY HAS
  • 00:18:57.060 --> 00:19:00.230
  • TRULY ALREADY PAID THE PRICE FOR EVERY MISTAKE
  • 00:19:00.250 --> 00:19:04.270
  • YOU WILL EVER MAKE.
  • 00:19:04.290 --> 00:19:08.010
  • AND THAT'S REAL BECAUSE IF YOU TRULY TRULY ARE
  • 00:19:08.030 --> 00:19:13.020
  • ABOUT THAT BUSINESS, YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN COME
  • 00:19:13.040 --> 00:19:17.110
  • AND YOU CAN SAY TO GOD, YOU CAN SAY TO JESUS,
  • 00:19:17.130 --> 00:19:22.130
  • THIS IS MY MISTAKE. HOW CAN I BE BETTER?
  • 00:19:22.150 --> 00:19:28.060
  • WHATEVER THAT MAY BE, WHATEVER THAT MAY BE.
  • 00:19:28.080 --> 00:19:36.100
  • - TALK ABOUT HOW YOU ARRIVED AT THE "HOW"
  • 00:19:36.120 --> 00:19:40.060
  • TO HELP PEOPLE WITH AIDS.
  • 00:19:40.080 --> 00:19:43.000
  • - I JUST DON'T KNOW.
  • 00:19:43.020 --> 00:19:44.180
  • I THINK THOUGH SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY,
  • 00:19:44.200 --> 00:19:46.220
  • I FOUND A LITTLE SONG AND IT SAYS,
  • 00:19:46.240 --> 00:19:48.240
  • [SINGING] I AM AN ENDANGERED SPECIES...
  • 00:19:48.260 --> 00:19:52.290
  • BUT I SING NO VICTIM'S SONG...
  • 00:19:53.010 --> 00:19:56.190
  • I AM A WOMAN, I AM AN ARTIST...
  • 00:19:56.210 --> 00:20:01.130
  • AND I KNOW WHERE MY VOICE BELONGS...
  • 00:20:01.150 --> 00:20:08.220
  • AND I HAD TO BE ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF USING MY VOICE.
  • 00:20:08.240 --> 00:20:12.100
  • I HAD TO BE ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF SPEAKING UP.
  • 00:20:12.120 --> 00:20:15.280
  • I HAD TO BE ABOUT THE BUSINESS FOR BEING MY
  • 00:20:16.000 --> 00:20:19.180
  • BEST SELF, MAKING THE BEST CHOICES I COULD FOR
  • 00:20:19.200 --> 00:20:24.110
  • ME BECAUSE WHEREVER IT IS I GO, I CARRY MY PEOPLE,
  • 00:20:24.130 --> 00:20:28.110
  • I CARRY MY FAMILY, I CARRY ALL OF THEM WITH ME.
  • 00:20:28.130 --> 00:20:32.290
  • AND WHEN I HIT THE DOOR, I WANT THEM TO BE PROUD
  • 00:20:33.010 --> 00:20:36.180
  • TO OPEN THE DOOR TO WELCOME ME IN 'CAUSE
  • 00:20:36.200 --> 00:20:39.200
  • I'VE GOT SOMETHING TO SAY.
  • 00:20:39.220 --> 00:20:41.120
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • 00:20:41.140 --> 00:20:44.200
  • - LET ME ASK YOU, SHERYL,
  • 00:20:44.220 --> 00:20:47.080
  • DO YOU HAVE ANY STORIES ABOUT PEOPLE WHO ARE
  • 00:20:47.100 --> 00:20:50.170
  • AFFECTED BY AIDS OR HIV THAT YOUR FOUNDATION HAS
  • 00:20:50.190 --> 00:20:55.280
  • MADE A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR LIVES?
  • 00:20:56.000 --> 00:20:58.030
  • - I HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT IN WRITING MY
  • 00:20:58.050 --> 00:21:00.120
  • ONE WOMAN SHOW, SOMETIMES I CRY,
  • 00:21:00.140 --> 00:21:02.120
  • THERE WAS A CHARACTER AND HER NAME WAS--
  • 00:21:02.140 --> 00:21:06.170
  • HER NAME IS RAE LEWIS-THORNTON.
  • 00:21:06.190 --> 00:21:10.020
  • AND I REMEMBER LOOKING AT THE COVER OF ESSENCE
  • 00:21:10.040 --> 00:21:14.240
  • MAGAZINE SOME YEARS AGO, AND THIS BEAUTIFUL WOMAN
  • 00:21:14.260 --> 00:21:19.060
  • WAS ON THE COVER OF THE MAGAZINE,
  • 00:21:19.080 --> 00:21:22.100
  • AND THE SUBTITLE WAS
  • 00:21:22.120 --> 00:21:25.060
  • "THIS IS THE NEW FACE OF AIDS IN AMERICA."
  • 00:21:25.080 --> 00:21:28.290
  • AND I SAID MY GOD, MY GOD,
  • 00:21:29.010 --> 00:21:34.020
  • 'CAUSE SEE I THOUGHT I KNEW SOMETHING ABOUT WHAT
  • 00:21:34.040 --> 00:21:36.210
  • WAS GOING ON, BUT THAT THE DISEASE HAD GONE FROM
  • 00:21:36.230 --> 00:21:39.220
  • MEN TO WOMEN IN SUCH A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME,
  • 00:21:39.240 --> 00:21:44.100
  • THAT'S HOW I CREATED DIVA,
  • 00:21:44.120 --> 00:21:45.210
  • DIVINELY INSPIRED VICTORIOUSLY AIDS AWARE,
  • 00:21:45.230 --> 00:21:48.210
  • VICTORIOUSLY ANOINTED.
  • 00:21:48.230 --> 00:21:50.190
  • - AUDIENCE MEMBER: HALLELUJAH!
  • 00:21:50.210 --> 00:21:52.100
  • - CLIFTON DAVIS: THAT'S HER ORGANIZATION.
  • 00:21:52.120 --> 00:21:55.000
  • - YES, MY FOUNDATION, THE DIVA FOUNDATION.
  • 00:21:55.020 --> 00:21:57.240
  • AND TO THIS DAY, RAE AND I HAVE BEEN FRIENDS.
  • 00:21:57.260 --> 00:22:02.210
  • RAE BECAME A MINISTER.
  • 00:22:02.230 --> 00:22:05.290
  • RAE STARTED PREACHING AND TALKING WITH PEOPLE,
  • 00:22:06.010 --> 00:22:10.070
  • HELPING THEM FIND THEMSELVES,
  • 00:22:10.090 --> 00:22:12.130
  • HELPING THEM FIND SALVATION.
  • 00:22:12.150 --> 00:22:14.220
  • AND I REMEMBER WHAT SHE WENT THROUGH,
  • 00:22:14.240 --> 00:22:17.290
  • THE KINDS OF WARS THAT SHE WENT THROUGH,
  • 00:22:18.010 --> 00:22:20.270
  • YOU KNOW, INTERNALLY THAT SHE WAS ABLE TO FIND THAT
  • 00:22:20.290 --> 00:22:24.120
  • SALVATION THROUGH THAT DIFFICULT TIME.
  • 00:22:24.140 --> 00:22:28.080
  • SO I ALWAYS THINK ABOUT RAE AND THAT JOURNEY SHE TOOK.
  • 00:22:28.100 --> 00:22:32.070
  • - CHRISTIANS HAVE A MYTHOLOGICAL
  • 00:22:32.090 --> 00:22:34.280
  • UNDERSTANDING OR THOUGHT ABOUT AIDS THAT IT IS
  • 00:22:35.000 --> 00:22:40.070
  • JUST A HOMOSEXUAL OR GAY DISEASE.
  • 00:22:40.090 --> 00:22:43.010
  • - SO FAR FROM THE TRUTH. RIGHT.
  • 00:22:43.030 --> 00:22:45.050
  • - IT IMPACTS HETEROSEXUALS,
  • 00:22:45.070 --> 00:22:47.010
  • IT HAS IMPACTED CHILDREN, HIV HAS IMPACTED NEEDLE
  • 00:22:47.030 --> 00:22:52.000
  • USERS AND DRUG ADDICTS, AND IT'S TAKEN LIVES AND
  • 00:22:52.020 --> 00:22:57.200
  • IT'S CAUSED US TO BE MORE AWARE OF WHAT OUR
  • 00:22:57.220 --> 00:23:03.020
  • RESPONSIBILITY IS AS CHRISTIANS IN TERMS OF
  • 00:23:03.040 --> 00:23:06.230
  • SAVING LIVES RATHER THAN JUDGING LIVES.
  • 00:23:06.250 --> 00:23:08.260
  • - ABSOLUTELY.
  • 00:23:08.280 --> 00:23:10.140
  • - SO YOU HAVE DEMONSTRATED BY STARTING
  • 00:23:10.160 --> 00:23:14.170
  • THIS WONDERFUL FOUNDATION THAT YOU CAN MAKE A
  • 00:23:14.190 --> 00:23:19.060
  • DIFFERENCE WITH THAT VOICE OF ONE.
  • 00:23:19.080 --> 00:23:23.040
  • DID YOU SEE PERFORMING AS DEE ON MOESHA,
  • 00:23:23.060 --> 00:23:28.210
  • DID YOU SEE THAT AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPAND
  • 00:23:28.230 --> 00:23:31.280
  • MINISTRY OR JUST CAREER, OR DID YOU SEE THAT AS BOTH?
  • 00:23:32.000 --> 00:23:36.280
  • - ABSOLUTELY! ABSOLUTELY IT WAS BOTH.
  • 00:23:37.000 --> 00:23:40.050
  • - TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT BEING ON A SITCOM REGULARLY.
  • 00:23:40.070 --> 00:23:43.240
  • - WELL, I TELL YOU, FOR ME BEING ON TV,
  • 00:23:43.260 --> 00:23:46.080
  • IT JUST EXPANDS YOUR PLATFORM.
  • 00:23:46.100 --> 00:23:49.120
  • IT'S LIKE WE'RE RIGHT HERE IN NEW YORK NOW,
  • 00:23:49.140 --> 00:23:52.170
  • BUT SOON WE'RE GONNA BE ALL AROUND THE WORLD,
  • 00:23:52.190 --> 00:23:56.210
  • SO MUCH SO THAT WHEN I TRAVEL TO SOUTH AFRICA,
  • 00:23:56.230 --> 00:24:00.060
  • EVERYBODY KNEW ABOUT YOU AND TBN.
  • 00:24:00.080 --> 00:24:03.100
  • I WAS LIKE WOW, THAT IS THE POWER OF MEDIA.
  • 00:24:03.120 --> 00:24:07.100
  • SO BEING ON MOESHA,
  • 00:24:07.120 --> 00:24:09.250
  • A SHOW THAT STILL PEOPLE TALK ABOUT.
  • 00:24:09.270 --> 00:24:12.240
  • THERE'S NEW GENERATIONS DISCOVERING THAT SHOW.
  • 00:24:12.260 --> 00:24:16.120
  • IT HAS BEEN AMAZING. BUT FOR ME, IT WAS
  • 00:24:16.140 --> 00:24:19.070
  • A TIME AND A PLACE TO SHARE MY BRAND.
  • 00:24:19.090 --> 00:24:23.180
  • AND I LOVE THE FACT THAT THEY WERE A GOOD FAMILY,
  • 00:24:23.200 --> 00:24:26.240
  • THEY WERE A TIGHT FAMILY, THEY WERE A LOVING
  • 00:24:26.260 --> 00:24:29.220
  • FAMILY, AND IT WAS AN IMAGE OF PEOPLE OF COLOR,
  • 00:24:29.240 --> 00:24:32.070
  • BLACK, THAT SOMETIMES CAN BE VERY OFTEN SKEWED.
  • 00:24:32.090 --> 00:24:36.180
  • AND THE FACT THAT WE WERE IN A LOVING RELATIONSHIP
  • 00:24:36.200 --> 00:24:40.220
  • WITH OUR CHILDREN, PEOPLE STILL TALK ABOUT HOW MUCH
  • 00:24:40.240 --> 00:24:44.190
  • THEY LOVED THAT AND HOW MUCH THEY LEARNED ABOUT
  • 00:24:44.210 --> 00:24:47.240
  • FAMILY FROM THAT SHOW.
  • 00:24:47.260 --> 00:24:49.290
  • SO MOESHA FOR ME WAS A GREAT TIME,
  • 00:24:50.010 --> 00:24:52.260
  • AND I KNEW IT WAS GONNA BE IMPORTANT.
  • 00:24:52.280 --> 00:24:55.070
  • PLUS FOR ME IT WAS GREAT WHEN I WALKED IN AND I
  • 00:24:55.090 --> 00:24:57.200
  • SAW BRANDY AT 14 YEARS OLD WITH HER BRAIDS AND
  • 00:24:57.220 --> 00:25:05.120
  • HER LITTLE SONG, [SINGING] SITTING UP IN MY ROOM...
  • 00:25:05.140 --> 00:25:09.000
  • AND I LOOKED AT HER AND I WAS LIKE WOW,
  • 00:25:09.020 --> 00:25:11.170
  • DREAMS COME TRUE BECAUSE I HAD TO FIGHT TO
  • 00:25:11.190 --> 00:25:15.090
  • WEAR MY NATURAL HAIR.
  • 00:25:15.110 --> 00:25:17.070
  • I HAD TO FIGHT FOR PEOPLE TO REALIZE THAT
  • 00:25:17.090 --> 00:25:20.020
  • MY NATURAL HAIR WAS OKAY.
  • 00:25:20.040 --> 00:25:22.180
  • I'LL NEVER FORGET GOING UP FOR A SITCOM,
  • 00:25:22.200 --> 00:25:26.180
  • AND THE PRODUCER DIRECTOR ASKED ME IF I COULDN'T
  • 00:25:26.200 --> 00:25:30.080
  • FIND A MORE NATURAL HAIR STYLE.
  • 00:25:30.100 --> 00:25:34.010
  • AND I HAD TO SAY NATURAL FOR WHO?
  • 00:25:34.030 --> 00:25:37.290
  • BECAUSE THAT WAS MY NATURAL HAIR.
  • 00:25:38.010 --> 00:25:42.210
  • AND YOU KNOW, I LOOKED AT HER COMING FROM THE
  • 00:25:42.230 --> 00:25:46.050
  • 70'S TO THE 90'S, WOW! THIS IS GOOD.
  • 00:25:46.070 --> 00:25:51.190
  • I'VE GOT TO BE A PART OF THIS SHOW,
  • 00:25:51.210 --> 00:25:54.020
  • AND IT WAS A GREAT TIME FOR ME.
  • 00:25:54.040 --> 00:25:56.250
  • - HAVE YOU FELT THAT GOD WAS LEADING YOU IN ALL OF THIS?
  • 00:25:56.270 --> 00:26:01.130
  • - GOD ORDERS MY FOOTSTEPS.
  • 00:26:01.150 --> 00:26:04.130
  • GOD ORDERS MY FOOTSTEPS SO MUCH I HAD TO PUT IT
  • 00:26:04.150 --> 00:26:07.070
  • ON A T-SHIRT IN CRYSTALS. YES, I DID!
  • 00:26:07.090 --> 00:26:10.160
  • GOD IS ALWAYS THERE ORDERING MY FOOTSTEPS,
  • 00:26:10.180 --> 00:26:14.110
  • AND I LISTEN TO THAT GOD VOICE INSIDE OF ME.
  • 00:26:14.130 --> 00:26:18.140
  • I'VE GOT TO STOP AND LISTEN BECAUSE IT WILL
  • 00:26:18.160 --> 00:26:20.210
  • NEVER STEER ME WRONG.
  • 00:26:20.230 --> 00:26:23.080
  • AND VERY OFTEN THERE ARE TIMES THAT COME AROUND
  • 00:26:23.100 --> 00:26:26.170
  • AND YOU THINK OH, NO, IT'S NOT ON TIME,
  • 00:26:26.190 --> 00:26:28.220
  • NO IT'S NOT ON TIME, IT ON GOD'S TIME!
  • 00:26:28.240 --> 00:26:31.010
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • 00:26:31.030 --> 00:26:34.230
  • VERY OFTEN I CAN HEAR GOD SAYING TO ME CAN YOU JUST
  • 00:26:34.250 --> 00:26:38.150
  • DO YOU AND LET ME DO GOD, AND I'M LIKE YES!
  • 00:26:38.170 --> 00:26:44.190
  • AND THAT HAS TAUGHT ME I DON'T COMPARE AND I DON'T
  • 00:26:44.210 --> 00:26:49.020
  • COMPETE BECAUSE WHAT GOD HAS SET UP FOR ME,
  • 00:26:49.040 --> 00:26:52.280
  • THAT'S WHAT'S COMING TO ME.
  • 00:26:53.000 --> 00:26:55.080
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • 00:26:55.100 --> 00:27:00.110
  • - I FOUND MYSELF SAYING THAT JUST THE OTHER DAY
  • 00:27:00.130 --> 00:27:03.190
  • WHEN I AUDITIONED FOR SOMETHING AND IT DIDN'T
  • 00:27:03.210 --> 00:27:06.240
  • HAPPEN, AND YOU'RE ALWAYS A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED
  • 00:27:06.260 --> 00:27:11.240
  • BECAUSE YOU'D LIKE TO GET EVERYTHING YOU AUDITION FOR.
  • 00:27:11.260 --> 00:27:13.270
  • - THAT'S TRUTH.
  • 00:27:13.290 --> 00:27:15.110
  • - BUT GOD KNOWS BETTER.
  • 00:27:15.130 --> 00:27:17.170
  • AND WHAT'S FOR YOU IS FOR YOU.
  • 00:27:17.190 --> 00:27:20.110
  • - AS MY MOTHER WOULD SAY,
  • 00:27:20.130 --> 00:27:21.260
  • [JAMAICAN ACCENT] WHAT IS FEELED CAN BE UNFEELED.
  • 00:27:21.280 --> 00:27:25.020
  • - I HEARD A COUPLE OF FOLK IN THE AUDIENCE.
  • 00:27:25.040 --> 00:27:29.000
  • - THAT'S JAMAICA. YES, MY DEAR.
  • 00:27:29.020 --> 00:27:33.110
  • - WELL, IT'S LOVELY TO HEAR THAT WONDERFUL ACCENT.
  • 00:27:33.130 --> 00:27:36.080
  • LET ME ASK YOU THIS, HOW CAN THE CHURCH BE MORE
  • 00:27:36.100 --> 00:27:39.240
  • PROACTIVE WHEN IT COMES TO DEALING WITH THIS AIDS
  • 00:27:39.260 --> 00:27:45.080
  • EPIDEMIC AND PEOPLE WHO HAVE PROBLEMS,
  • 00:27:45.100 --> 00:27:49.090
  • AND HOW CAN THE CHURCH BE MORE ACTIVE
  • 00:27:49.110 --> 00:27:51.250
  • IN RAISING AWARENESS?
  • 00:27:51.270 --> 00:27:54.080
  • - I THINK VERY OFTEN THERE ARE CHURCHES THAT
  • 00:27:54.100 --> 00:27:56.220
  • HAVE MINISTRIES AROUND IT,
  • 00:27:56.240 --> 00:27:59.000
  • AND I THINK FOR SOME PEOPLE IT'S BRAVE OR
  • 00:27:59.020 --> 00:28:02.030
  • THEY THINK IT'S BRAVE TO HAVE AN HIV AIDS
  • 00:28:02.050 --> 00:28:04.290
  • MINISTRY. I THINK BE BRAVE. HAVE THE MINISTRY.
  • 00:28:05.010 --> 00:28:10.160
  • IN FACT, HAVE THE TALK WITH YOUNG PEOPLE.
  • 00:28:10.180 --> 00:28:15.130
  • ADAM AND EVE HAD THAT THREE LETTER WORD,
  • 00:28:15.150 --> 00:28:19.020
  • AND IT WAS CALLED S-E-X.
  • 00:28:19.040 --> 00:28:23.040
  • IT HAPPENED. IT HAPPENS.
  • 00:28:23.060 --> 00:28:28.080
  • AND WE HAVE GOT TO STOP ACTING LIKE IT
  • 00:28:28.100 --> 00:28:30.290
  • IS THIS GREAT SIN.
  • 00:28:31.010 --> 00:28:35.120
  • LUST IS ONE THING, LASCIVIOUSNESS IS ANOTHER
  • 00:28:35.140 --> 00:28:38.280
  • THING, BUT WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS IT
  • 00:28:39.000 --> 00:28:41.080
  • IN HUMAN HOLISTIC TERMS TO ARM PEOPLE
  • 00:28:41.100 --> 00:28:46.200
  • WITH PROPER INFORMATION.
  • 00:28:46.220 --> 00:28:49.230
  • - OUR YOUNG PEOPLE ESPECIALLY.
  • 00:28:49.250 --> 00:28:51.090
  • - ESPECIALLY.
  • 00:28:51.110 --> 00:28:52.180
  • - I WANT TO INTRODUCE SOMEBODY WHO IS VERY
  • 00:28:52.200 --> 00:28:54.200
  • PARTICULAR, WHO IS VERY SPECIAL IN YOUR LIFE,
  • 00:28:54.220 --> 00:28:58.220
  • AND HE HAPPENS TO BE A COMMONWEALTH OF
  • 00:28:58.240 --> 00:29:03.110
  • PENNSYLVANIA STATE SENATOR.
  • 00:29:03.130 --> 00:29:06.140
  • PLEASE WELCOME SHERYL LEE RALPH'S HUSBAND,
  • 00:29:06.160 --> 00:29:10.190
  • VINCENT HUGHES. SENATOR VINCENT HUGHES.
  • 00:29:10.210 --> 00:29:13.040
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • 00:29:13.060 --> 00:29:22.240
  • - SHERYL: YOU KNOW HE'S A TRUSTEE IN HIS CHURCH.
  • 00:29:22.260 --> 00:29:25.160
  • - HE'S A TRUSTEE IN HIS CHURCH.
  • 00:29:25.180 --> 00:29:27.130
  • MOUNT CARAMEL BAPTIST CHURCH.
  • 00:29:27.150 --> 00:29:29.080
  • I LOVE IT.
  • 00:29:29.100 --> 00:29:31.060
  • WE HAVE JUST A MINUTE OR TWO.
  • 00:29:31.080 --> 00:29:33.100
  • I WAS GONNA ASK YOU TO, IF YOU'RE COMFORTABLE,
  • 00:29:33.120 --> 00:29:37.010
  • TO SAY A PRAYER FOR THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM
  • 00:29:37.030 --> 00:29:39.170
  • HIV AND AIDS. WE'VE GOT ABOUT ONE MINUTE.
  • 00:29:39.190 --> 00:29:42.250
  • - I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW,
  • 00:29:42.270 --> 00:29:44.160
  • ALL OF YOU OUT THERE WHO ARE INFECTED OR AFFECTED,
  • 00:29:44.180 --> 00:29:47.270
  • THAT THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU.
  • 00:29:47.290 --> 00:29:49.190
  • GOD IS GOOD AND SO ARE YOU.
  • 00:29:49.210 --> 00:29:51.220
  • YOU ARE PERFECT JUST THE WAY YOU ARE.
  • 00:29:51.240 --> 00:29:53.200
  • I SAY IT ALL THE TIME, GOD DOES NOT MAKE
  • 00:29:53.220 --> 00:29:56.150
  • MISTAKES. THERE IS HELP OUT THERE.
  • 00:29:56.170 --> 00:29:58.200
  • THERE IS HELP OUT THERE FOR YOU.
  • 00:29:58.220 --> 00:30:01.030
  • I WANT YOU TO GO OUT THERE AND GET THE HELP
  • 00:30:01.050 --> 00:30:03.120
  • THAT YOU DESERVE, THAT IS AVAILABLE TO YOU,
  • 00:30:03.140 --> 00:30:07.200
  • KNOWING THAT GOD HAS THOSE ARMS AROUND YOU.
  • 00:30:07.220 --> 00:30:12.060
  • VALUE YOURSELF.
  • 00:30:12.080 --> 00:30:14.200
  • LOVE YOURSELF BECAUSE SOMETIMES YOU'VE GOT TO
  • 00:30:14.220 --> 00:30:18.180
  • EMPOWER YOURSELF. WHAT'S THE SONG SAY?
  • 00:30:18.200 --> 00:30:23.190
  • [SINGING] SOMETIME YOU'VE GOT TO ENCOURAGE YOURSELF...
  • 00:30:23.210 --> 00:30:31.290
  • SOMETIMES YOU'VE GOT TO SPEAK VICTORY OVER THE TEST.
  • 00:30:32.010 --> 00:30:39.090
  • - SHERYL LEE RALPH EVERYBODY.
  • 00:30:39.110 --> 00:30:41.130
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • 00:30:41.150 --> 00:30:45.090
  • LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I REALLY WANT YOU TO TAKE
  • 00:30:45.110 --> 00:30:48.020
  • A LOOK AT THIS NEXT BIO VIDEO. HAVE A LOOK.
  • 00:30:48.040 --> 00:30:52.270
  • - ANNOUNCER: ELOISE LAWS IS A WORLD RENOWNED SINGER,
  • 00:30:52.290 --> 00:30:55.080
  • AUTHOR AND BROADWAY ACTRESS.
  • 00:30:55.100 --> 00:30:57.070
  • WITH OVER FIVE ALBUMS AND CD'S,
  • 00:30:57.090 --> 00:30:59.040
  • SHE'S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FOR HER HARMONIOUS JAZZ,
  • 00:30:59.060 --> 00:31:01.280
  • SOUL AND R&B MUSIC.
  • 00:31:02.000 --> 00:31:04.030
  • ELOISE ALSO CO-CREATED AND STARRED IN THE TONY
  • 00:31:04.050 --> 00:31:06.200
  • NOMINATED AWARD-WINNING BROADWAY MUSICAL,
  • 00:31:06.220 --> 00:31:09.020
  • IT AIN'T NOTHING BUT THE BLUES.
  • 00:31:09.040 --> 00:31:12.090
  • IN HER BOOK, THE HEALING SHOWER,
  • 00:31:12.110 --> 00:31:14.060
  • SHE TALKS ABOUT HER INCREDIBLE AND
  • 00:31:14.080 --> 00:31:16.040
  • ENCOURAGING JOURNEY THROUGH HER BATTLE WITH
  • 00:31:16.060 --> 00:31:17.270
  • BREAST CANCER AND HOW HER FAITH KEPT HER STRONG.
  • 00:31:17.290 --> 00:31:20.260
  • HERE TO SHARE HER JOURNEY THROUGH IT ALL AND THE
  • 00:31:20.280 --> 00:31:23.130
  • WISDOM SHE'S LEARNED FROM IT, ELOISE LAWS.
  • 00:31:23.150 --> 00:31:26.190
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • 00:31:26.210 --> 00:31:32.150
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • 00:31:32.150 --> 00:31:40.020
  • - WHAT A WONDERFUL PRIVILEGE IT IS
  • 00:31:40.040 --> 00:31:43.140
  • TO HAVE YOU HERE AT TBN.
  • 00:31:43.160 --> 00:31:45.170
  • - THE FEELING'S MUTUAL.
  • 00:31:45.190 --> 00:31:47.060
  • AND MY PRIVILEGE IS YOU ARE A MAN OF YOUR WORD.
  • 00:31:47.080 --> 00:31:50.060
  • I HAVE TO SAY THIS BEFORE WE GET GOING.
  • 00:31:50.080 --> 00:31:51.180
  • - HOW IS THAT?
  • 00:31:51.200 --> 00:31:52.270
  • - WHEN YOU SAW ME OVER A YEAR AGO,
  • 00:31:52.290 --> 00:31:54.180
  • YOU SAID I'M GONNA HAVE YOU ON THE SHOW,
  • 00:31:54.200 --> 00:31:56.200
  • AND I SAID YEAH, YEAH, HE'S JUST TALKING,
  • 00:31:56.220 --> 00:31:58.110
  • HE WON'T REMEMBER.
  • 00:31:58.130 --> 00:32:00.030
  • WELL, HE'S A MAN OF INTEGRITY AND HONOR
  • 00:32:00.050 --> 00:32:02.150
  • AND LET ME JUST SAY THIS BECAUSE I BELIEVE YOU
  • 00:32:03.290 --> 00:32:08.030
  • HAVE A STORY THAT THE WORLD NEEDS TO HEAR FROM
  • 00:32:08.050 --> 00:32:12.160
  • A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE AND FROM JUST A FAITH
  • 00:32:12.180 --> 00:32:16.130
  • WALK PERSPECTIVE, I WANTED VERY MUCH TO
  • 00:32:16.150 --> 00:32:20.160
  • INVITE YOU, AND WE SOUGHT APPROVAL AND GOT IT TO
  • 00:32:20.180 --> 00:32:24.180
  • HAVE ELOISE LAWS ON THIS BROADCAST.
  • 00:32:24.200 --> 00:32:27.260
  • SO THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.
  • 00:32:27.280 --> 00:32:29.050
  • THANK YOU FOR ACCEPTING.
  • 00:32:29.070 --> 00:32:31.070
  • - MY PLEASURE. [APPLAUSE]
  • 00:32:31.090 --> 00:32:33.250
  • - THERE'S SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT WITH YOU,
  • 00:32:33.270 --> 00:32:35.260
  • SO MUCH THAT INSPIRES OTHERS AND GIVES US
  • 00:32:35.280 --> 00:32:40.130
  • COURAGE JUST LISTENING, BUT I'D LOVE YOU TO START
  • 00:32:40.150 --> 00:32:44.010
  • TALKING ABOUT HOW YOU GOT STARTED IN MUSIC.
  • 00:32:44.030 --> 00:32:48.180
  • - SOME 45 YEARS AGO,
  • 00:32:48.200 --> 00:32:52.180
  • YES, I STARTED LIKE MOST YOUNG BLACK GIRLS IN CHURCH.
  • 00:32:52.200 --> 00:32:57.130
  • MY MOTHER WAS A CHOIR DIRECTOR.
  • 00:32:57.150 --> 00:32:59.220
  • MY HOME WAS FILLED WITH MUSIC.
  • 00:32:59.240 --> 00:33:02.070
  • AND YOUNG GIRLS FROM THE CHOIR AND OF COURSE MY
  • 00:33:02.090 --> 00:33:07.250
  • MOM WAS A LITTLE BIASED SO SHE GAVE ME MOST OF
  • 00:33:07.270 --> 00:33:09.290
  • THE SOLOS IN CHURCH.
  • 00:33:10.010 --> 00:33:11.270
  • SO I GOT A LOT OF EXPERIENCE FROM SINGING
  • 00:33:11.290 --> 00:33:15.080
  • IN FRONT OF AN AUDIENCE AT A VERY YOUNG AGE.
  • 00:33:15.100 --> 00:33:18.040
  • AND I MUST SAY IT REALLY HELPED ME TO DEVELOP NOT
  • 00:33:18.060 --> 00:33:22.150
  • JUST A SINGING VOICE BUT CHARACTER AND AN
  • 00:33:22.170 --> 00:33:25.040
  • APPRECIATION FOR THE GIFT THAT GOD HAD BLESSED ME
  • 00:33:25.060 --> 00:33:28.260
  • WITH AND THE GIFT OF SONG.
  • 00:33:28.280 --> 00:33:31.160
  • AND IT HAS CHANGED MY LIFE.
  • 00:33:31.180 --> 00:33:34.150
  • I WOULD NOT BE HERE TODAY IF IT WERE NOT FOR THE
  • 00:33:34.170 --> 00:33:36.170
  • GRACE OF GOD AND THE OPPORTUNITY AND THE GIFT.
  • 00:33:36.190 --> 00:33:41.210
  • - WELL YOU ALSO STARTED LOVING MUSIC ITSELF,
  • 00:33:41.230 --> 00:33:46.150
  • AND IT BECAME AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT OF
  • 00:33:46.170 --> 00:33:50.070
  • YOUR ENTIRE LIFE. TALK ABOUT YOUR ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER
  • 00:33:50.090 --> 00:33:54.100
  • A LITTLE BIT, HOW YOU GOT STARTED,
  • 00:33:54.120 --> 00:33:57.010
  • SHARE THOSE WONDERFUL STORIES.
  • 00:33:57.030 --> 00:34:00.280
  • - I LOVE THIS BECAUSE YOU KNOW, AGAIN,
  • 00:34:01.000 --> 00:34:05.040
  • GOD BLESSES US IN SO MANY WAYS.
  • 00:34:05.060 --> 00:34:07.250
  • HE PUTS YOU IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME.
  • 00:34:07.270 --> 00:34:10.120
  • BUT NOT ONLY DOES HE PUT YOU THERE,
  • 00:34:10.140 --> 00:34:13.100
  • BUT HE PUT THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE TO
  • 00:34:13.120 --> 00:34:16.210
  • HELP YOU TO GET TO WHERE YOU WANT TO GO.
  • 00:34:16.230 --> 00:34:19.010
  • - THE POWER OF ONE.
  • 00:34:19.030 --> 00:34:20.060
  • - THE POWER OF ONE.
  • 00:34:20.080 --> 00:34:21.170
  • AND IT WAS THE POWER OF ONE AT MY GRADUATION
  • 00:34:21.190 --> 00:34:23.180
  • EXERCISE, AND OF COURSE, I WAS IN THE GLEE CLUB AT
  • 00:34:23.200 --> 00:34:26.010
  • MY SCHOOL, AND AT MY COMMENCEMENT EXERCISE,
  • 00:34:26.030 --> 00:34:29.170
  • THERE WAS THE HEAD OF THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT AT
  • 00:34:29.190 --> 00:34:32.290
  • TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY.
  • 00:34:33.010 --> 00:34:35.030
  • HE HEARD ME SING HOW GREAT THOU ART.
  • 00:34:35.050 --> 00:34:38.100
  • [SINGING] OH, LORD MY GOD...
  • 00:34:38.120 --> 00:34:40.230
  • AND I HAD NO INTENTIONS, WE COULD NOT AFFORD TO
  • 00:34:40.250 --> 00:34:45.040
  • SEND ME TO COLLEGE, SO MY PLAN WAS TO WORK AND DO
  • 00:34:45.060 --> 00:34:48.060
  • HOUSES, GO WITH MY MOM TO CLEAN HOUSES AND TO MAKE
  • 00:34:48.080 --> 00:34:52.080
  • A LITTLE MONEY, AND THEN TO GO ON TO THE NEXT JOB
  • 00:34:52.100 --> 00:34:56.110
  • WHICH I HAD NO IDEA WHAT IT WAS GOING TO BE.
  • 00:34:56.130 --> 00:34:59.040
  • BUT THAT HEAD OF THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT AT TEXAS
  • 00:34:59.060 --> 00:35:02.020
  • SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY HEARD ME SING, CALLED,
  • 00:35:02.040 --> 00:35:05.190
  • GOT MY NUMBER, CALLED MY HOME AND SAID WE WANT
  • 00:35:05.210 --> 00:35:08.130
  • THIS YOUNG LADY AT TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY.
  • 00:35:08.150 --> 00:35:10.280
  • AND I GOT A SCHOLARSHIP.
  • 00:35:11.000 --> 00:35:14.080
  • - WOW! [APPLAUSE]
  • 00:35:14.100 --> 00:35:17.060
  • WHAT A BLESSING!
  • 00:35:17.080 --> 00:35:18.200
  • - TOTALLY A BLESSING.
  • 00:35:18.220 --> 00:35:20.100
  • AND WITH THAT SCHOLARSHIP, IT JUST SNOWBALLED ONE
  • 00:35:20.120 --> 00:35:23.200
  • THING AFTER ANOTHER, ONE THING AFTER ANOTHER.
  • 00:35:23.220 --> 00:35:26.150
  • AFTER MY FOUR YEARS IN COLLEGE,
  • 00:35:26.170 --> 00:35:28.100
  • I PARTICIPATED IN ANOTHER TALENT CONTEST
  • 00:35:28.120 --> 00:35:32.150
  • MORE LIKE AMERICAN IDOL YOU COULD SAY.
  • 00:35:32.170 --> 00:35:36.050
  • I WON THAT CONTEST OUT OF EIGHT OF THEIR AFFILIATES
  • 00:35:36.070 --> 00:35:40.100
  • AROUND THE COUNTRY, I WON THE NATIONAL CONTEST.
  • 00:35:40.120 --> 00:35:43.070
  • THAT BROUGHT ME TO NEW YORK WHICH EVENTUALLY
  • 00:35:43.090 --> 00:35:47.030
  • I MADE MY HOME 20 SOME YEARS AGO.
  • 00:35:47.050 --> 00:35:50.040
  • BUT THAT SHOW, I BECAME THE NATIONAL WINNER FOR
  • 00:35:50.060 --> 00:35:53.010
  • THAT SHOW, AND THEY JUST PUT THE RIGHT PEOPLE
  • 00:35:53.030 --> 00:35:57.160
  • AGAIN IN MY LIFE.
  • 00:35:57.180 --> 00:35:59.000
  • THEY GAVE ME A MANAGER, THEY GAVE ME AN
  • 00:35:59.020 --> 00:36:01.020
  • ACCOUNTANT, AND THEY GAVE ME ALL OF THE THINGS THAT
  • 00:36:01.040 --> 00:36:04.190
  • I NEEDED TO KNOW TO GET INTO THIS BUSINESS AND
  • 00:36:04.210 --> 00:36:07.080
  • TO DO IT SUCCESSFULLY.
  • 00:36:07.100 --> 00:36:09.070
  • NOW I MIGHT ADD THERE ARE SCRIPTURES,
  • 00:36:09.090 --> 00:36:12.050
  • AND I NEVER FORGOT WHAT MY MOM TAUGHT ME AT
  • 00:36:12.070 --> 00:36:15.260
  • VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL, AND THESE ARE PROVERBS
  • 00:36:15.280 --> 00:36:21.200
  • GIVES YOU INSTRUCTIONS AS TO HOW TO CONDUCT YOUR
  • 00:36:21.220 --> 00:36:25.040
  • LIFE AS A PERSONAL LIFE AND A BUSINESS LIFE,
  • 00:36:25.060 --> 00:36:28.040
  • AND I READ THAT RELIGIOUSLY,
  • 00:36:28.060 --> 00:36:30.160
  • AND I KNOW THAT THESE SCRIPTURES HAVE HELPED ME
  • 00:36:30.180 --> 00:36:34.280
  • TO MAINTAIN A VERY SOLID, STRAIGHT FORWARD,
  • 00:36:35.000 --> 00:36:41.130
  • PROFESSIONAL LIFE, AND WITHOUT THAT-- I HAVE TO
  • 00:36:41.150 --> 00:36:46.000
  • HAVE A FOUNDATION, YOU MUST HAVE A FOUNDATION
  • 00:36:46.020 --> 00:36:47.230
  • IN THIS BUSINESS.
  • 00:36:47.250 --> 00:36:49.100
  • - OTHERWISE YOU'LL GET SWEPT AWAY LIKE SO MANY PEOPLE.
  • 00:36:49.120 --> 00:36:52.200
  • - ABSOLUTELY. SO IT'S NOT WHO I AM, IT'S WHOSE I AM.
  • 00:36:52.220 --> 00:36:56.000
  • - COME ON. [APPLAUSE]
  • 00:36:56.020 --> 00:36:58.040
  • - THAT WAS MY FOUNDATION.
  • 00:36:58.060 --> 00:37:02.000
  • - YES, YOU ARE GOD'S CHILD.
  • 00:37:02.020 --> 00:37:03.170
  • - YOU ARE GOD'S CHILD. - I AM GOD'S.
  • 00:37:03.190 --> 00:37:05.220
  • - PRAISE THE LORD. - FOR SURE, YES.
  • 00:37:05.240 --> 00:37:08.140
  • - PRAISE THE LORD. THOSE EXPERIENCES AROUND THE WORLD.
  • 00:37:08.160 --> 00:37:12.210
  • TELL US SOME OF THE PLACES THAT YOU'VE HAD
  • 00:37:12.230 --> 00:37:15.050
  • THE PRIVILEGE OF TRAVELING AND PERFORMING.
  • 00:37:15.070 --> 00:37:17.280
  • - THEY WERE JUST...
  • 00:37:18.000 --> 00:37:19.270
  • WELL, LET'S SEE, WHERE DO I BEGIN?
  • 00:37:19.290 --> 00:37:22.070
  • WELL, I STARTED HERE IN NEW YORK, AND THIS IS A
  • 00:37:22.090 --> 00:37:24.150
  • FUNNY STORY. THIS IS REALLY INTERESTING.
  • 00:37:24.170 --> 00:37:26.250
  • OF COURSE THAT FELLOWSHIP THAT I GOT
  • 00:37:26.270 --> 00:37:30.050
  • WITH CBS, I WAS SO FORTUNATE TO BE ABLE TO
  • 00:37:30.070 --> 00:37:35.030
  • DO -- WITHOUT A RECORD, A HIT RECORD, AS THEY SAY.
  • 00:37:35.050 --> 00:37:38.190
  • YOU NEED THAT OR A TV SHOW, AS SHIRLEY HAS.
  • 00:37:38.210 --> 00:37:42.010
  • YOU NEED SOMETHING SO THAT PEOPLE KNOW WHO YOU ARE.
  • 00:37:42.030 --> 00:37:46.150
  • WELL, CBS PUT ME ON EVERY TV VARIETY SHOW
  • 00:37:46.170 --> 00:37:52.060
  • THAT THEY OWNED, THAT THEY COULD PUT ME ON,
  • 00:37:52.080 --> 00:37:55.000
  • AND THAT WAS THE MERV GRIFFIN INN SHOW, THE
  • 00:37:55.020 --> 00:37:56.110
  • MIKE DOUGLAS SHOW.
  • 00:37:56.130 --> 00:37:58.110
  • A LOT OF YOU ARE PROBABLY TOO YOUNG
  • 00:37:58.130 --> 00:38:00.030
  • TO KNOW ABOUT THESE SHOWS, BUT --
  • 00:38:00.050 --> 00:38:01.290
  • THE JACKIE GLEASON SHOW.
  • 00:38:02.010 --> 00:38:03.220
  • SO AGAIN, WITH ALL OF THAT EXPOSURE, I WAS
  • 00:38:03.240 --> 00:38:07.200
  • ABLE TO TRAVEL, AND MY TRAVELS INCLUDED --
  • 00:38:07.220 --> 00:38:12.150
  • WHERE DO I BEGIN?
  • 00:38:12.170 --> 00:38:14.010
  • LONDON, ENGLAND, AND ACTUALLY THIS IS INTERESTING.
  • 00:38:14.030 --> 00:38:17.180
  • I AUDITIONED FOR "HAIR", AND I THINK YOU
  • 00:38:17.200 --> 00:38:20.000
  • MIGHT HAVE BEEN IN THAT SHOW.
  • 00:38:20.020 --> 00:38:21.140
  • - NO.
  • 00:38:21.160 --> 00:38:23.010
  • - YOU NEVER DID "HAIR"?
  • 00:38:23.030 --> 00:38:24.150
  • - I AUDITIONED FOR "HAIR".
  • 00:38:24.170 --> 00:38:25.270
  • - YOU AUDITIONED FOR "HAIR"? WELL, SO DID I.
  • 00:38:25.290 --> 00:38:27.110
  • - BUT I DIDN'T GET IT.
  • 00:38:27.130 --> 00:38:28.270
  • - WELL, THAT'S UNFORTUNATE,
  • 00:38:28.290 --> 00:38:30.270
  • BUT IT WASN'T MEANT FOR YOU TO GET.
  • 00:38:30.290 --> 00:38:32.100
  • - THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 00:38:32.120 --> 00:38:34.020
  • - BUT I GOT IT, AND I TURNED IT DOWN BECAUSE
  • 00:38:34.040 --> 00:38:35.120
  • THEY SAID YOU HAD TO TAKE YOUR CLOTHES OFF.
  • 00:38:35.140 --> 00:38:37.050
  • LITTLE COUNTRY GIRL ME, I SAID, NO, I'M NOT
  • 00:38:37.070 --> 00:38:39.020
  • READY TO DO THAT.
  • 00:38:39.040 --> 00:38:41.040
  • - THERE ARE SOME THINGS WHERE YOU HAVE
  • 00:38:41.060 --> 00:38:42.290
  • TO DRAW THE LINE, AND YOU STARTED EARLY IN
  • 00:38:43.010 --> 00:38:46.230
  • YOUR CAREER DRAWING THE LINE.
  • 00:38:46.250 --> 00:38:48.050
  • - YEAH, I DID INDEED.
  • 00:38:48.070 --> 00:38:49.180
  • - I DIDN'T ALWAYS DO THAT.
  • 00:38:49.200 --> 00:38:50.250
  • [LAUGHTER]
  • 00:38:50.270 --> 00:38:52.240
  • I PASSED OVER QUITE A FEW LINES, AS A MATTER
  • 00:38:52.260 --> 00:38:56.050
  • OF FACT, BUT THANK GOD FOR JESUS AND REDEMPTION.
  • 00:38:56.070 --> 00:39:00.080
  • [LAUGHTER]
  • 00:39:00.100 --> 00:39:02.060
  • - PRAISE THE LORD, PRAISE THE LORD.
  • 00:39:02.080 --> 00:39:04.030
  • - PRAISE THE LORD FOR SANCTIFICATION
  • 00:39:04.050 --> 00:39:06.110
  • AND TRANSFORMATION.
  • 00:39:06.130 --> 00:39:07.230
  • - ABSOLUTELY.
  • 00:39:07.250 --> 00:39:09.120
  • - I'VE BEEN CHANGED, HALLELUJAH!
  • 00:39:09.140 --> 00:39:11.270
  • OH, THANK YOU, LORD!
  • 00:39:11.290 --> 00:39:13.140
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • 00:39:13.160 --> 00:39:16.110
  • - NOW, YOU'VE BEEN MARRIED A LONG TIME.
  • 00:39:16.130 --> 00:39:18.050
  • TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT PERSON IN YOUR
  • 00:39:18.070 --> 00:39:20.040
  • LIFE AND HOW LONG YOU'VE BEEN TOGETHER.
  • 00:39:20.060 --> 00:39:23.020
  • - WELL, I WISH HE WAS HERE SO HE COULD HEAR
  • 00:39:23.040 --> 00:39:25.140
  • ALL OF THESE WONDERFUL ACCOLADES ABOUT HIM,
  • 00:39:25.160 --> 00:39:27.160
  • BUT MY HUSBAND -- I'VE BEEN MARRIED FOR 44 YEARS.
  • 00:39:27.180 --> 00:39:33.030
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • 00:39:33.050 --> 00:39:35.150
  • - WONDERFUL. [APPLAUSE]
  • 00:39:35.170 --> 00:39:40.000
  • - WE DATED FOR FOUR YEARS BEFORE WE MARRIED,
  • 00:39:40.020 --> 00:39:42.200
  • SO I'VE KNOWN HIM FOR 48 YEARS.
  • 00:39:42.220 --> 00:39:45.160
  • BUT I'M STILL A YOUNG LADY.
  • 00:39:45.180 --> 00:39:47.010
  • - 34, 40.
  • 00:39:47.030 --> 00:39:48.270
  • - I WAS VERY YOUNG WHEN ALL OF THAT HAPPENED.
  • 00:39:48.290 --> 00:39:50.210
  • AND I HAVE A LOVELY DAUGHTER, AND I'M
  • 00:39:50.230 --> 00:39:53.040
  • ABOUT TO BECOME A GRANDMOTHER.
  • 00:39:53.060 --> 00:39:54.270
  • - ALL RIGHT. - WHERE WAS I?
  • 00:39:54.290 --> 00:39:57.280
  • - HIS ROLE, HIS ROLE IN YOUR CAREER AT THAT TIME.
  • 00:39:58.000 --> 00:40:01.100
  • DID HE GIVE YOU SUPPORT?
  • 00:40:01.120 --> 00:40:03.010
  • WHAT WAS HE LIKE IN TERMS OF MAKING
  • 00:40:03.030 --> 00:40:06.060
  • EVERYTHING THAT WAS IN FRONT OF YOU BETTER?
  • 00:40:06.080 --> 00:40:09.130
  • - THESE ARE ALL GOOD QUESTIONS BECAUSE LATER
  • 00:40:09.150 --> 00:40:15.110
  • IN LIFE, WE STARTED EVALUATING WHO DID WHAT
  • 00:40:15.130 --> 00:40:19.060
  • AND WHEN AND WHO CONTRIBUTED MORE TO THE
  • 00:40:19.080 --> 00:40:22.200
  • RELATIONSHIP, BUT IT'S ALL EQUAL IN GOD'S
  • 00:40:22.220 --> 00:40:26.000
  • EYES, SO I'M NOT GOING TO WORRY ABOUT THAT.
  • 00:40:26.020 --> 00:40:28.050
  • BUT HE DID HELP ME TREMENDOUSLY BECAUSE IN
  • 00:40:28.070 --> 00:40:31.120
  • THIS BUSINESS, AS YOU KNOW, THEY COME AT YOU
  • 00:40:31.140 --> 00:40:34.120
  • AT ALL WAYS AND IN ALL WAYS, LEGALLY, AND
  • 00:40:34.140 --> 00:40:37.130
  • ALWAYS WANT TO SUE YOU BECAUSE OF SOMETHING.
  • 00:40:37.150 --> 00:40:40.170
  • AND SO HE IS AN ATTORNEY, AND AS A
  • 00:40:40.190 --> 00:40:43.090
  • RESULT OF IT, HE GOT ME OUT OF MANY A BAD CONTRACT.
  • 00:40:43.110 --> 00:40:46.070
  • [LAUGHTER]
  • 00:40:46.090 --> 00:40:48.210
  • AND A LOT OF TROUBLE WITH JUST BAD PEOPLE.
  • 00:40:48.230 --> 00:40:52.180
  • - WELL, IF YOU DIDN'T LOVE HIM, AND IF YOU
  • 00:40:52.200 --> 00:40:54.170
  • DIDN'T HAVE AN EXCELLENT RELATIONSHIP,
  • 00:40:54.190 --> 00:40:57.060
  • YOU WOULDN'T BE THERE 40 SOME YEARS.
  • 00:40:57.080 --> 00:40:59.120
  • - THAT'S FOR SURE.
  • 00:40:59.140 --> 00:41:01.110
  • PRAISE GOD, PRAISE GOD FOR THAT, AND I'M STILL
  • 00:41:01.130 --> 00:41:03.130
  • THERE. I'M STILL THERE.
  • 00:41:03.150 --> 00:41:05.170
  • - TALK WITH US ABOUT HOW YOU DISCOVERED THAT
  • 00:41:05.190 --> 00:41:08.080
  • YOU HAD BREAST CANCER.
  • 00:41:08.100 --> 00:41:10.250
  • - WELL, THAT'S A HARD SUBJECT FOR ME TO TALK
  • 00:41:10.270 --> 00:41:15.150
  • -- NO IT'S NOT HARD BECAUSE I AM HEALED,
  • 00:41:15.170 --> 00:41:17.260
  • AND I HAVE BEEN A SURVIVOR.
  • 00:41:17.280 --> 00:41:19.200
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • 00:41:19.220 --> 00:41:22.240
  • THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
  • 00:41:22.260 --> 00:41:24.250
  • FOR NINE YEARS, I'M A SURVIVOR. THANK YOU.
  • 00:41:24.270 --> 00:41:27.090
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • 00:41:27.110 --> 00:41:30.180
  • THE FIRST IN MY FAMILY, BY THE WAY, TO HAVE BREAST CANCER.
  • 00:41:30.200 --> 00:41:34.190
  • I WAS DIAGNOSED, AND FOR THREE YEARS, THEY
  • 00:41:34.210 --> 00:41:40.240
  • DIDN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT, BUT THEY
  • 00:41:40.260 --> 00:41:42.190
  • WANTED TO WATCH IT.
  • 00:41:42.210 --> 00:41:44.110
  • THEY WANTED TO WATCH TO SEE EXACTLY WHAT TYPE.
  • 00:41:44.130 --> 00:41:46.200
  • IT'S CALLED INCITU, AND IT MEANS WHETHER IT'S
  • 00:41:46.220 --> 00:41:49.270
  • INSIDE THE BREAST OR WHETHER IT'S SORT OF LOCALLY.
  • 00:41:49.290 --> 00:41:56.180
  • SO ONCE I WAS DIAGNOSED, FOR THREE
  • 00:41:56.200 --> 00:42:00.210
  • YEARS WE WATCHED, AND WE WATCHED, AND FINALLY
  • 00:42:00.230 --> 00:42:03.020
  • -- EVERY SIX MONTHS, THEY HAD ME COME INTO...
  • 00:42:03.040 --> 00:42:05.240
  • - REEVALUATE.
  • 00:42:05.260 --> 00:42:09.000
  • - REEVALUATE AFTER THE THIRD YEAR, THEY FOUND THE LUMP.
  • 00:42:09.020 --> 00:42:14.080
  • THEY FINALLY FOUND THE LUMP, AND SO THEY SAID,
  • 00:42:14.100 --> 00:42:17.240
  • WELL, THE NEXT STEP WOULD BE OBVIOUSLY TO
  • 00:42:17.260 --> 00:42:20.290
  • REMOVE THE BREAST.
  • 00:42:21.010 --> 00:42:23.020
  • WE HAD -- I HAD A CHOICE.
  • 00:42:23.040 --> 00:42:29.150
  • WE COULD GO IN AND JUST SLOWLY TAKE AWAY THE
  • 00:42:29.170 --> 00:42:33.260
  • LUMP AND SEE IF WE COULD GET ALL OF IT,
  • 00:42:33.280 --> 00:42:37.020
  • OR IT TAKE THE ENTIRE BREAST.
  • 00:42:37.040 --> 00:42:40.070
  • AND OF COURSE I HAD TO PRAY ON IT, AND I
  • 00:42:40.090 --> 00:42:44.000
  • BROUGHT MY WHOLE FAMILY IN, AND WE ALL PRAYED,
  • 00:42:44.020 --> 00:42:46.170
  • AND WE DID DO THE BIOPSY.
  • 00:42:46.190 --> 00:42:49.120
  • AND THEN WE WENT IN TO DO THE SURGERY, AND WE
  • 00:42:49.140 --> 00:42:52.220
  • TRIED TO GET IT ALL, WHICH WE WERE UNABLE TO DO.
  • 00:42:52.240 --> 00:42:56.180
  • SO THE DOCTOR CAME, AND SAID, WE WEREN'T ABLE
  • 00:42:56.200 --> 00:42:59.040
  • TO GET ALL OF THIS.
  • 00:42:59.060 --> 00:43:02.030
  • WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO?
  • 00:43:02.050 --> 00:43:03.250
  • IT'S LIKE PEELING AWAY AT AN ONION.
  • 00:43:03.270 --> 00:43:05.150
  • WE CAN GO A LITTLE FURTHER IN, IF YOU'D
  • 00:43:05.170 --> 00:43:07.050
  • LIKE, OR YOU CAN JUST TAKE THE BREAST.
  • 00:43:07.070 --> 00:43:09.170
  • AND I DECIDED -- AND I PRAYED ON IT,
  • 00:43:09.190 --> 00:43:11.190
  • AND WE ALL PRAYED ON IT, MY MOM.
  • 00:43:11.210 --> 00:43:14.290
  • AT THE TIME, I HAD FOUR SISTERS, BECAUSE THERE
  • 00:43:15.010 --> 00:43:18.030
  • ARE 8 OF US.
  • 00:43:18.050 --> 00:43:20.230
  • MY SISTERS, WE JUST PULLED TOGETHER AS A
  • 00:43:20.250 --> 00:43:26.070
  • FAMILY, AND WE DECIDED LET'S JUST DO THE
  • 00:43:26.090 --> 00:43:28.220
  • COMPLETE MASTECTOMY AND GET RID OF THE BREAST.
  • 00:43:28.240 --> 00:43:33.060
  • NOW, HERE'S AN INTERESTING STORY ABOUT
  • 00:43:33.080 --> 00:43:34.280
  • ALL OF THIS.
  • 00:43:35.000 --> 00:43:36.190
  • THE DAY THAT I WENT IN AND DECIDED THAT I
  • 00:43:36.210 --> 00:43:39.020
  • WOULD DO THE DOUBLE MASTECTOMY, I WAS THERE.
  • 00:43:39.040 --> 00:43:44.230
  • WE DID ALL THE PRE-OP STUFF, AND I HAD
  • 00:43:44.250 --> 00:43:50.060
  • FRIENDS COME IN FROM ALL OVER TO SUPPORT ME
  • 00:43:50.080 --> 00:43:53.070
  • AND, OF COURSE, MY FAMILY AND MY MINISTER.
  • 00:43:53.090 --> 00:43:55.220
  • AND I WAS IN THE ROOM AS THEY WERE MEASURING
  • 00:43:55.240 --> 00:43:58.210
  • UP EVERYTHING AND DECIDING -- LETTING ME
  • 00:43:58.230 --> 00:44:02.080
  • KNOW EXACTLY WHAT WAS GOING TO TAKE PLACE,
  • 00:44:02.100 --> 00:44:04.050
  • HOW MANY HOURS AND SO ON.
  • 00:44:04.070 --> 00:44:07.010
  • AND ONE OF THE TECHNICIANS CAME IN AND
  • 00:44:07.030 --> 00:44:09.230
  • SAID, YOU ONLY HAVE IT IN ONE BREAST.
  • 00:44:09.250 --> 00:44:11.140
  • WHY ARE YOU DOING BOTH BREASTS?
  • 00:44:11.160 --> 00:44:13.110
  • AND I SAID, WELL, IT WAS SUGGESTED TO ME BY
  • 00:44:13.130 --> 00:44:15.050
  • MY CANCER DOCTOR.
  • 00:44:15.070 --> 00:44:18.250
  • HE SAID, BECAUSE GENERALLY, IT WILL COME
  • 00:44:18.270 --> 00:44:20.230
  • BACK AT SOME POINT.
  • 00:44:20.250 --> 00:44:22.130
  • AND I THOUGHT ABOUT IT AND THOUGHT ABOUT IT,
  • 00:44:22.150 --> 00:44:24.120
  • AND THEN I CAME OUT BEFORE GOING INTO
  • 00:44:24.140 --> 00:44:27.030
  • SURGERY, I CAME OUT TO TELL MY FAMILY WHAT HAD
  • 00:44:27.050 --> 00:44:30.120
  • TRANSPIRED, AND MY DEAR FRIEND WHO HAPPENED TO
  • 00:44:30.140 --> 00:44:33.200
  • BE WITH ME HERE TODAY, SHE'S IN THE --
  • 00:44:33.220 --> 00:44:36.130
  • - GREEN ROOM.
  • 00:44:36.150 --> 00:44:38.290
  • - GREEN ROOM, AND THEY SAID TO ME, WHY ARE YOU
  • 00:44:39.010 --> 00:44:41.160
  • TAKING BOTH BREASTS?
  • 00:44:41.180 --> 00:44:43.070
  • AND I SAID, WELL, THIS IS WHAT THEY DO, AND
  • 00:44:43.090 --> 00:44:45.270
  • THIS IS WHAT THE DOCTOR SUGGESTED.
  • 00:44:45.290 --> 00:44:47.260
  • AND SHE SAID, IF THE OTHER BREAST IS GOOD,
  • 00:44:47.280 --> 00:44:49.240
  • WHY ARE YOU TAKING BOTH? I THOUGHT, THAT'S INTERESTING.
  • 00:44:49.260 --> 00:44:54.050
  • WHY AM I DOING BOTH?
  • 00:44:54.070 --> 00:44:56.130
  • AND SO I CREATED A HOLY MESS IN THAT SURGERY ROOM.
  • 00:44:56.150 --> 00:45:03.170
  • - IT'S YOUR BODY. - IT'S MY BODY.
  • 00:45:03.190 --> 00:45:06.020
  • WHEN I WENT BACK IN -- AFTER ALL THE
  • 00:45:06.040 --> 00:45:08.180
  • PAPERWORK HAD BEEN DONE, I WENT BACK, AND
  • 00:45:08.200 --> 00:45:10.230
  • I SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT? I'VE CHANGED MY MIND.
  • 00:45:10.250 --> 00:45:12.250
  • JUST TAKE THE TUMOR FROM THE BREAST THAT
  • 00:45:12.270 --> 00:45:15.120
  • HAS THE CANCER.
  • 00:45:15.140 --> 00:45:18.030
  • - BY THE WAY, I AM REALLY HONORED THAT YOU
  • 00:45:18.050 --> 00:45:23.120
  • WOULD TALK IN SUCH DETAIL ABOUT SOMETHING
  • 00:45:23.140 --> 00:45:25.280
  • QUITE AS PERSONAL AS THIS.
  • 00:45:26.000 --> 00:45:27.230
  • - THANK YOU.
  • 00:45:27.250 --> 00:45:29.180
  • - I RECOGNIZE THAT IT'S NOT EASY.
  • 00:45:29.200 --> 00:45:31.030
  • - THANK YOU.
  • 00:45:31.050 --> 00:45:32.220
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • 00:45:32.240 --> 00:45:35.050
  • I'M SO GLAD YOU SAID THAT BECAUSE IT'S NOT
  • 00:45:35.070 --> 00:45:37.010
  • EASY, AND I DON'T DO IT OFTEN.
  • 00:45:37.030 --> 00:45:39.080
  • - I KNOW.
  • 00:45:39.100 --> 00:45:40.210
  • - BUT FOR SOME REASON I FEEL COMPELLED.
  • 00:45:40.230 --> 00:45:42.010
  • - YOU'RE SHARING IT WITH THE WORLD.
  • 00:45:42.030 --> 00:45:43.060
  • - AND I AM.
  • 00:45:43.080 --> 00:45:44.270
  • - AND IT'S GOING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN
  • 00:45:44.290 --> 00:45:46.080
  • SOMEBODY'S LIFE.
  • 00:45:46.100 --> 00:45:47.230
  • YOU ARE USING YOUR POWER OF ONE RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:45:47.250 --> 00:45:50.070
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • 00:45:50.090 --> 00:45:52.120
  • SO CONTINUE WITH YOUR STORY.
  • 00:45:52.140 --> 00:45:54.040
  • - SO I THOUGHT, MY GOODNESS, I HAVE
  • 00:45:54.060 --> 00:45:56.060
  • CREATED SUCH A MESS HERE BECAUSE THEY SAID,
  • 00:45:56.080 --> 00:45:58.170
  • YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO START THIS PROCESS OF
  • 00:45:58.190 --> 00:46:01.170
  • SIGNING UP AND DOWNSTAIRS THEY HAVE
  • 00:46:01.190 --> 00:46:04.040
  • THEM TAKING OFF TWO BREASTS, AND NOW YOU'RE
  • 00:46:04.060 --> 00:46:06.180
  • ONLY TAKING OFF ONE.
  • 00:46:06.200 --> 00:46:08.210
  • SO WE HAVE TO START THE PAPERWORK ALL OVER AGAIN.
  • 00:46:08.230 --> 00:46:11.040
  • I SAID, I DON'T CARE. DO WHATEVER YOU
  • 00:46:11.060 --> 00:46:12.230
  • HAVE TO DO, AND WE JUST STARTED THE PROCEDURE
  • 00:46:12.250 --> 00:46:15.070
  • OF ALL THE PAPERWORK ALL OVER AGAIN.
  • 00:46:15.090 --> 00:46:17.120
  • IT DELAYED THE SURGERY, BUT IT WAS THE RIGHT
  • 00:46:17.140 --> 00:46:19.200
  • THING TO DO BECAUSE HERE I AM NINE YEARS LATER.
  • 00:46:19.220 --> 00:46:22.010
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • 00:46:22.030 --> 00:46:25.150
  • - WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A WOMAN WHO
  • 00:46:25.170 --> 00:46:27.130
  • JUST LEARNED THE TERRIBLE NEWS THAT SHE
  • 00:46:27.150 --> 00:46:32.050
  • HAS A MALIGNANCY IN HER BREAST, AND SHE JUST
  • 00:46:32.070 --> 00:46:35.150
  • LEARNED IT TODAY OR A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO?
  • 00:46:35.170 --> 00:46:38.240
  • - THE BEST NEWS THAT I COULD GIVE ONLY BASED
  • 00:46:38.260 --> 00:46:43.180
  • ON MY EXPERIENCE WAS FROM THE BEGINNING, THE
  • 00:46:43.200 --> 00:46:49.160
  • VERY BEGINNING WHEN I WAS GIVEN THE NEWS, I
  • 00:46:49.180 --> 00:46:53.080
  • SAID, I'M NOT TELLING ANYONE BECAUSE I FELT
  • 00:46:53.100 --> 00:46:55.240
  • EMBARRASSED THAT GOD HAD PUT A CURSE ON ME
  • 00:46:55.260 --> 00:46:58.010
  • AND THAT I HAD DONE SOMETHING WRONG IN MY LIFE.
  • 00:46:58.030 --> 00:47:01.260
  • AND THEN I KEPT IT TO MYSELF FOR A FEW DAYS,
  • 00:47:01.280 --> 00:47:06.030
  • AND THEN I FINALLY BROKE DOWN, AND I TOLD
  • 00:47:06.050 --> 00:47:08.080
  • MY HUSBAND AND MY DAUGHTER.
  • 00:47:08.100 --> 00:47:10.150
  • AND THEN MY HUSBAND ENCOURAGED ME TO,
  • 00:47:10.170 --> 00:47:14.130
  • YOU'VE GOT TO TELL YOUR MOM.
  • 00:47:14.150 --> 00:47:16.030
  • YOU'VE GOT TO TELL THE REST OF THE FAMILY
  • 00:47:16.050 --> 00:47:17.200
  • BECAUSE WE WANT TO RALLY AROUND YOU, AND
  • 00:47:17.220 --> 00:47:20.010
  • WE'RE GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS.
  • 00:47:20.030 --> 00:47:21.200
  • AND SO I DID, AND...
  • 00:47:21.220 --> 00:47:26.030
  • IT WAS A VERY, VERY DIFFICULT TIME BECAUSE I...
  • 00:47:26.050 --> 00:47:37.260
  • I JUST DIDN'T KNOW HOW I WOULD BE PERCEIVED AFTER THAT.
  • 00:47:37.280 --> 00:47:43.010
  • I DIDN'T WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW.
  • 00:47:43.030 --> 00:47:46.060
  • IT WAS SOMETHING VERY PRIVATE, AND THEN I
  • 00:47:46.080 --> 00:47:47.270
  • REALIZED THAT THIS IS AN EPIDEMIC, THIS IS AN
  • 00:47:47.290 --> 00:47:50.140
  • EPIDEMIC, AND I'M PUT HERE TO TRY AND HELP
  • 00:47:50.160 --> 00:47:55.010
  • OTHERS AND TO ENCOURAGE OTHERS THAT LOVE TO GO
  • 00:47:55.030 --> 00:47:59.060
  • THROUGH THE SAME ORDEAL. SO...
  • 00:47:59.080 --> 00:48:04.110
  • - ELOISE, TELL ME HOW THE POWER OF PRAYER
  • 00:48:04.130 --> 00:48:07.220
  • PLAYED A ROLE IN YOUR COMING TO TERMS WITH
  • 00:48:07.240 --> 00:48:11.070
  • IT, IN YOUR HEALING EXPERIENCE, AND EVEN TODAY.
  • 00:48:11.090 --> 00:48:16.230
  • - I CAME UP WITH A BOOK CALLED "THE
  • 00:48:16.250 --> 00:48:18.280
  • HEALING SHOWER." THIS BOOK CAME TO ME AS I
  • 00:48:19.000 --> 00:48:22.290
  • WAS SITTING -- BECAUSE I KNEW I WAS GOING TO
  • 00:48:23.010 --> 00:48:25.160
  • LOSE ALL OF MY HAIR -- AND I WAS SITTING AT MY
  • 00:48:25.180 --> 00:48:28.070
  • SALON WITH MY HAIRDRESSER, AND WE
  • 00:48:28.090 --> 00:48:31.040
  • CAME UP WITH THE IDEA OF A HEALING SHOWER.
  • 00:48:31.060 --> 00:48:34.080
  • NOW, IT'S NOT ACTUALLY A WATER OR A SHOWER WITH WATER.
  • 00:48:34.100 --> 00:48:39.290
  • AND ACTUALLY, THAT'S NOT A BAD IDEA FOR
  • 00:48:40.010 --> 00:48:41.160
  • START WITH THE SHOWER.
  • 00:48:41.180 --> 00:48:44.230
  • BUT THE SHOWER WAS ABOUT COMING TOGETHER,
  • 00:48:44.250 --> 00:48:50.250
  • BRINGING FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO -- IN LIEU OF
  • 00:48:50.270 --> 00:48:54.210
  • BRINGING GIFTS LIKE YOU WOULD AT A
  • 00:48:54.230 --> 00:48:57.090
  • BABY SHOWER OR BIRTHDAY PARTY, IN LIEU OF THAT,
  • 00:48:57.110 --> 00:49:00.080
  • YOU WILL COME BRINGING GOOD THOUGHTS, DEEDS
  • 00:49:00.100 --> 00:49:06.030
  • AND SERVICES WHILE THIS PERSON IS IN THE
  • 00:49:06.050 --> 00:49:08.280
  • HOSPITAL, AND WHEN THEY COME HOME.
  • 00:49:09.000 --> 00:49:11.070
  • YOU'D BE SURPRISED HELP THAT THEY NEED FROM
  • 00:49:11.090 --> 00:49:14.100
  • FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
  • 00:49:14.120 --> 00:49:16.130
  • SO WE DECIDED TO GATHER SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS
  • 00:49:16.150 --> 00:49:18.170
  • AND FAMILY, AND THEY GAVE ME A HEALING
  • 00:49:18.190 --> 00:49:21.010
  • SHOWER, WHICH PEOPLE SIGN ON FOR DEEDS AND
  • 00:49:21.030 --> 00:49:24.270
  • SERVICES TO HELP YOU.
  • 00:49:24.290 --> 00:49:26.260
  • ONCE YOU GET HOME, YOU'D BE SURPRISED HOW
  • 00:49:26.280 --> 00:49:29.010
  • HELPLESS YOU ARE AND HOW MUCH HELP YOU NEED.
  • 00:49:29.030 --> 00:49:32.270
  • SO AT THIS SHOWER, MY MINISTER WAS THERE.
  • 00:49:32.290 --> 00:49:36.140
  • MY FAMILY, MY CLOSE FAMILY MEMBERS, MY
  • 00:49:36.160 --> 00:49:38.280
  • MOTHER, MY SISTERS, MY BROTHERS, MY AUNTS,
  • 00:49:39.000 --> 00:49:41.290
  • UNCLES, MY DAUGHTER, AND THEY PUT ME AT THE
  • 00:49:42.010 --> 00:49:44.240
  • TOP OF THE CIRCLE, AND THEY SHOWERED ME WITH
  • 00:49:44.260 --> 00:49:48.050
  • LOVE, NOT MATERIAL THINGS, BUT LOVE AND
  • 00:49:48.070 --> 00:49:52.130
  • SAID, I WILL DO THIS WHILE YOU ARE AWAY, AND
  • 00:49:52.150 --> 00:49:55.260
  • I WILL TAKE CARE OF THIS, AND I WILL TAKE
  • 00:49:55.280 --> 00:49:58.250
  • YOU TO YOUR DOCTOR'S APPOINTMENTS, AND I
  • 00:49:58.270 --> 00:50:00.290
  • WILL HEAR AND LISTEN TO WHAT THE DOCTOR IS
  • 00:50:01.010 --> 00:50:03.100
  • SAYING SO THAT YOU -- BECAUSE YOU --
  • 00:50:03.120 --> 00:50:05.280
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • 00:50:06.000 --> 00:50:09.190
  • SO YOU SIGN ONTO HELP THAT INDIVIDUAL BECAUSE
  • 00:50:09.210 --> 00:50:12.120
  • LORD KNOWS THEY NEED ALL OF THE LOVE AND
  • 00:50:12.140 --> 00:50:15.290
  • SUPPORT THAT YOU CAN GIVE THEM.
  • 00:50:16.010 --> 00:50:18.150
  • IT'S CALLED POSITIVE ENERGY, AND IT COMES FROM ABOVE.
  • 00:50:18.170 --> 00:50:22.020
  • - AMEN, AMEN. - IT COMES FROM ABOVE.
  • 00:50:22.040 --> 00:50:25.110
  • - IT'S EVERYONE USING THEIR POWER OF ONE TO
  • 00:50:25.130 --> 00:50:28.090
  • DO WHAT THEY CAN DO...
  • 00:50:28.110 --> 00:50:29.260
  • - ABSOLUTELY.
  • 00:50:29.280 --> 00:50:31.220
  • - ...TO IMPROVE SOMEONE ELSE'S LIFE.
  • 00:50:31.240 --> 00:50:33.170
  • - ABSOLUTELY.
  • 00:50:33.190 --> 00:50:35.140
  • - A LOVED ONE, A BROTHER, A SISTER.
  • 00:50:35.160 --> 00:50:37.070
  • - DURING THIS PERIOD, YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW
  • 00:50:37.090 --> 00:50:39.020
  • MUCH YOU NEED PEOPLE, AND YOU NEED THOSE WHO
  • 00:50:39.040 --> 00:50:43.190
  • LOVE YOU, OBVIOUSLY, BUT YOU NEED FAMILY MEMBERS.
  • 00:50:43.210 --> 00:50:46.150
  • AND SOMETIMES IT JUST MIGHT BE A NEIGHBOR
  • 00:50:46.170 --> 00:50:48.100
  • BECAUSE WHAT IF YOU DON'T HAVE A
  • 00:50:48.120 --> 00:50:49.280
  • FAMILY MEMBER THAT YOU'RE CLOSE TO,
  • 00:50:50.000 --> 00:50:51.120
  • AND SOMETIMES THAT HAPPENS.
  • 00:50:51.140 --> 00:50:53.090
  • SO YOU HAVE A NEIGHBOR OR A COWORKER THAT CAN
  • 00:50:53.110 --> 00:50:55.210
  • COME AND MAKE SOUP FOR YOU FOR THE WHOLE WEEK,
  • 00:50:55.230 --> 00:51:00.140
  • OR THEY CAN COME AND HELP YOU WITH BATHING YOURSELF.
  • 00:51:00.160 --> 00:51:05.110
  • THEY WILL COME AND HELP WITH THE MEDICATION.
  • 00:51:05.130 --> 00:51:07.160
  • THEY WILL COME AND HELP DRIVE YOU TO THE HOSPITAL.
  • 00:51:07.180 --> 00:51:09.200
  • SO AT THIS SHOWER, THIS IS WHAT THEY BRING TO
  • 00:51:09.220 --> 00:51:12.000
  • YOUR SHOWER, NOT GIFTS, NOT MATERIAL GIFTS, BUT
  • 00:51:12.020 --> 00:51:15.180
  • DEEDS AND SERVICES, THINGS THAT YOU'RE
  • 00:51:15.200 --> 00:51:17.220
  • GOING TO NEED.
  • 00:51:17.240 --> 00:51:19.160
  • BELIEVE ME YOU'RE GOING TO NEED THEM BECAUSE
  • 00:51:19.180 --> 00:51:21.160
  • YOU HAVE NOTHING BUT THE POWER OF GOD, AND
  • 00:51:21.180 --> 00:51:23.210
  • HE'S GOING TO PUT PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE TO
  • 00:51:23.230 --> 00:51:25.240
  • HELP YOU WITH WHAT YOU NEED.
  • 00:51:25.260 --> 00:51:27.120
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • 00:51:27.140 --> 00:51:32.020
  • - HOW DO YOU FEEL GOD PLAYED A ROLE IN
  • 00:51:32.040 --> 00:51:35.010
  • STRENGTHENING YOU AND PREPARING YOU TO GO
  • 00:51:35.030 --> 00:51:37.020
  • THROUGH THIS?
  • 00:51:37.040 --> 00:51:39.060
  • WERE YOU ABLE IMMEDIATELY TO SEE HIS
  • 00:51:39.080 --> 00:51:41.060
  • HAND IN YOUR LIFE OR HIS HAND AT WORK?
  • 00:51:41.080 --> 00:51:43.130
  • OR DID IT TAKE A MOMENT FOR YOU TO RECOGNIZE
  • 00:51:43.150 --> 00:51:46.000
  • GOD AT WORK?
  • 00:51:46.020 --> 00:51:48.140
  • - WELL, THESE ARE ALL VERY GOOD QUESTIONS
  • 00:51:48.160 --> 00:51:51.100
  • BECAUSE SEE, FROM A VERY EARLY AGE, I CAME
  • 00:51:51.120 --> 00:51:56.240
  • TO KNOW GOD, AND AFTER THAT, I GREW UP KNOWING
  • 00:51:56.260 --> 00:52:02.130
  • WHO HE WAS AND THE MIRACLES THAT HE HAS
  • 00:52:02.150 --> 00:52:04.130
  • PERFORMED, AND HE'S STILL IN THE
  • 00:52:04.150 --> 00:52:06.270
  • MIRACLE-PERFORMING BUSINESS TODAY, OKAY? HE IS.
  • 00:52:06.290 --> 00:52:10.280
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • 00:52:11.000 --> 00:52:13.080
  • AND SO I REALIZED THAT I SURROUNDED MYSELF
  • 00:52:13.100 --> 00:52:17.040
  • WITH PRAYER, MY MINISTER, AND THEN, OF
  • 00:52:17.060 --> 00:52:19.240
  • COURSE, ONCE I WENT INTO MY SURGERY AND I
  • 00:52:19.260 --> 00:52:24.280
  • CAME OUT, I KNEW THAT I WAS GOING TO BE OKAY
  • 00:52:25.000 --> 00:52:30.040
  • BECAUSE OF THE HANDS THAT GOD PUT IN MY
  • 00:52:30.060 --> 00:52:34.180
  • LIFE, THE PEOPLE THAT HE SURROUNDED ME WITH
  • 00:52:34.200 --> 00:52:36.270
  • WHO WERE THERE FOR ME EVERY SECOND.
  • 00:52:36.290 --> 00:52:39.040
  • - DID YOU SEE THAT PRAYERS WERE GETTING
  • 00:52:39.060 --> 00:52:42.120
  • ANSWERED IN THE POSITIVE?
  • 00:52:42.140 --> 00:52:44.150
  • - MY PRAYERS WERE ANSWERED FROM THE VERY
  • 00:52:44.170 --> 00:52:47.020
  • DAY -- AS THEY WERE PUTTING ME OUT TO DO
  • 00:52:47.040 --> 00:52:50.080
  • THE SURGERY, AND IT WAS A 19 HOUR SURGERY.
  • 00:52:50.100 --> 00:52:52.280
  • THAT'S A LONG TIME, THAT'S A LONG TIME, BUT
  • 00:52:53.000 --> 00:52:55.280
  • I KNEW THAT I HAD THOSE -- I HAD A TEAM OF
  • 00:52:56.000 --> 00:52:59.140
  • PEOPLE THAT WERE -- NOT ONLY MY MINISTER -- BUT
  • 00:52:59.160 --> 00:53:02.090
  • A TEAM OF PEOPLE THAT WERE PRAYING FOR ME.
  • 00:53:02.110 --> 00:53:04.040
  • AND I MIGHT ADD, THE NIGHT BEFORE I WAS TO
  • 00:53:04.060 --> 00:53:07.090
  • GO IN FOR SURGERY, MY CHURCH CALLED ME,
  • 00:53:07.110 --> 00:53:09.210
  • AND MY MINISTER SAID WE WANT YOU TO
  • 00:53:09.230 --> 00:53:11.140
  • COME TO THE -- THE DEACONS ARE HAVING A
  • 00:53:11.160 --> 00:53:13.170
  • MEETING, AND THEY ALL CAME AND TOOK ME BY THE
  • 00:53:13.190 --> 00:53:17.020
  • HAND, AND IT WAS A CIRCLE, AND THEY PRAYED.
  • 00:53:17.040 --> 00:53:19.210
  • THEY PRAYED FOR ME. THEY PRAYED.
  • 00:53:19.230 --> 00:53:22.070
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • 00:53:22.090 --> 00:53:24.200
  • - WOULD YOU BE COMFORTABLE PRAYING FOR SOMEONE NOW.
  • 00:53:24.220 --> 00:53:28.130
  • - I DO, AND I HAVE, AND I WILL.
  • 00:53:28.150 --> 00:53:31.170
  • - I WOULD LOVE YOU TO PRAY FOR SOMEONE WHO'S
  • 00:53:31.190 --> 00:53:33.210
  • GOING THROUGH WHAT YOU WENT THROUGH AND HELP
  • 00:53:33.230 --> 00:53:36.020
  • THEM TO KNOW THAT GOD STILL A MIRACLE WORKER.
  • 00:53:36.040 --> 00:53:39.020
  • - I WILL. HEAVENLY FATHER, AS I APPROACH YOUR THRONE,
  • 00:53:39.040 --> 00:53:42.290
  • THROUGH YOUR SON JESUS CHRIST BECAUSE I KNOW I
  • 00:53:43.010 --> 00:53:45.110
  • HAVE TO COME THROUGH YOU TO GO THROUGH POWER
  • 00:53:45.130 --> 00:53:49.170
  • THAT WILL HELP THE PERSON WHO IS IN NEED,
  • 00:53:49.190 --> 00:53:53.030
  • WHO IS SUFFERING AND WHO NEEDS CARE AND WHO
  • 00:53:53.050 --> 00:53:57.110
  • NEEDS TO BE HEALED.
  • 00:53:57.130 --> 00:53:59.120
  • HEAVENLY FATHER, YOU KNOW WHO THEY ARE.
  • 00:53:59.140 --> 00:54:01.200
  • YOU KNOW WHAT THEIR FEARS ARE.
  • 00:54:01.220 --> 00:54:03.190
  • YOU SAID ASK, AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN.
  • 00:54:03.210 --> 00:54:05.270
  • SEEK, AND YOU WILL FIND.
  • 00:54:05.290 --> 00:54:07.170
  • KNOCK AND THE DOOR WILL BE OPENED.
  • 00:54:07.190 --> 00:54:09.290
  • I KNOCKED, AND YOU OPENED THE DOOR FOR ME,
  • 00:54:10.010 --> 00:54:12.100
  • AND YOU WILL OPEN THE DOOR FOR ANY PERSON WHO
  • 00:54:12.120 --> 00:54:14.190
  • COMES AND ASKS FOR YOUR HELP AND FOR YOUR
  • 00:54:14.210 --> 00:54:18.090
  • HEALING BECAUSE YOU HAVE SAID IN YOUR WORD,
  • 00:54:18.110 --> 00:54:22.050
  • BY YOUR STRIPES, I AM HEALED.
  • 00:54:22.070 --> 00:54:27.060
  • AND YOU ALSO SAID, WHATEVER YOU ASK --
  • 00:54:27.080 --> 00:54:30.130
  • THERE IS NOTHING TOO GREAT, AND I
  • 00:54:30.150 --> 00:54:32.240
  • BELIEVE IN JEREMIAH.
  • 00:54:32.260 --> 00:54:34.160
  • HE SAID, THERE IS NOTHING TOO GREAT THAT
  • 00:54:34.180 --> 00:54:36.100
  • I CAN'T DO OR I CAN'T FIX.
  • 00:54:36.120 --> 00:54:38.020
  • AND I'M ASKING YOU RIGHT NOW, HEAVENLY
  • 00:54:38.040 --> 00:54:39.240
  • FATHER, TO FIX THOSE WHO ARE IN NEED, WHO
  • 00:54:39.260 --> 00:54:43.120
  • ARE SICK AND NEED YOUR HELP AND YOUR GUIDANCE.
  • 00:54:43.140 --> 00:54:46.080
  • FILL THEM WITH YOUR LOVE AND YOUR
  • 00:54:46.100 --> 00:54:48.100
  • UNDERSTANDING, HEAVENLY FATHER, AND LET THEM
  • 00:54:48.120 --> 00:54:51.080
  • KNOW IN THEIR HEART THAT IF YOU BELIEVE, IF
  • 00:54:51.100 --> 00:54:54.070
  • YOU BELIEVE, AND YOU HAVE FAITH, YOU WILL
  • 00:54:54.090 --> 00:54:56.160
  • BRING THEM THROUGH.
  • 00:54:56.180 --> 00:54:58.110
  • IN THE NAME OF JESUS, AMEN.
  • 00:54:58.130 --> 00:54:59.230
  • - AMEN.
  • 00:54:59.250 --> 00:55:01.160
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • 00:55:01.180 --> 00:55:04.110
  • AND WE WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR SHARING
  • 00:55:04.130 --> 00:55:06.000
  • YOUR STORY WITH US AND SHARING IT WITH THE WORLD.
  • 00:55:06.020 --> 00:55:08.180
  • I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT WE'RE INVITING PEOPLE
  • 00:55:11.150 --> 00:55:14.050
  • ALL AROUND THE WORLD TO CONTINUE PRAYING FOR
  • 00:55:14.070 --> 00:55:17.030
  • ELOISE LAWS THAT SHE WILL STAY IN REMISSION,
  • 00:55:17.050 --> 00:55:20.020
  • AND CANCER WILL NOT REAR ITS UGLY HEAD.
  • 00:55:20.040 --> 00:55:22.020
  • - YES, I SAY THIS.
  • 00:55:22.040 --> 00:55:25.060
  • - CANCER DOESN'T HAVE YOU.
  • 00:55:25.080 --> 00:55:27.060
  • - I HAVE CANCER. THAT'S IT.
  • 00:55:27.080 --> 00:55:28.200
  • CANCER DOES NOT HAVE ME.
  • 00:55:28.220 --> 00:55:30.110
  • - AND WE'RE CLAIMING THE POWER OF HEALING
  • 00:55:30.130 --> 00:55:32.080
  • THAT GOD HAS ALREADY WORKED FOR NINE YEARS
  • 00:55:32.100 --> 00:55:34.180
  • IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:55:34.200 --> 00:55:36.020
  • - HE HAS INDEED, HE HAS INDEED.
  • 00:55:36.040 --> 00:55:37.220
  • - LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I WANT YOU
  • 00:55:37.240 --> 00:55:39.200
  • TO THANK ALL OF OUR GUESTS FOR BEING HERE,
  • 00:55:39.220 --> 00:55:41.130
  • AND I PARTICULARLY WANT TO THANK ELOISE LAWS.
  • 00:55:41.150 --> 00:55:45.010
  • GIVE US A ROUND OF APPLAUSE.
  • 00:55:45.030 --> 00:55:46.170
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • 00:55:46.190 --> 00:55:49.020
  • ELOISE LAWS AND SHERYL LEE RALPH.
  • 00:55:49.040 --> 00:55:51.200
  • I LOVE YOU! BYE BYE.
  • 00:55:51.220 --> 00:55:55.090
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • 00:55:55.110 --> 00:56:05.020
  • [MUSIC]
  • 00:56:05.040 --> 00:56:10.290
  • [MUSIC]
  • 00:56:10.290 --> 00:56:11.290