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Calling Us Higher

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At Dr. Maya Angelou’s memorial service, First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech blew my mind. Oprah’s words were phenomenal. Ms. Tyson's reflections were heartwarming. Lee Ann Womack sang my favorite song, “I Hope You Dance”. Valerie Simpson made me want to shout for joy. But it was something that former President Bill Clinton said that shook something in me. He was talking about her life and all that she had done. All of her books, poems and accolades. She worked with civil rights giants including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He went on and on and then he said, “On her 40th birthday Dr. King was assassinated.” I thought, to myself, “Dear God, she had done all of that by 40.”

I'm 44, I'm behind… LOL. I got so inspired. Her life was such an example to all that you can achieve, whatever you'd like, no matter where you came from. Sitting in that chapel I could hear her voice on my phone as it had been many times. The conversation would always start with "Hello you brilliant man". She made me light up and feel like I could do anything. That was her gift to us all. And above the beauty of the celebration of her life yesterday, more than anything in that room, what I felt most was her life calling us all higher.

God, thank you for allowing us to have shared this planet with Dr. Maya Angelou.

Can You Believe It's Only Been A Year?

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I just realized that it was almost 1 year ago to the day that The Haves and the Have Nots premiered on OWN. I thank God for you all. We're so grateful. Thanks for watching The Haves and The Have Nots. On now on OWN.

Warning! Be Careful How You Treat Your Children!

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In my prayer and quiet time at 5am, I was praying about how to (one day) be the best father that I can be. I have no doubt that I will be a great dad, but as I looked back in my life for an example, all I could remember were all of the horrible things that were said and done to me as a kid. But before I could get sad about it, I remembered something I wrote a while back about "learning in reverse".

If you are like me and had no good examples, then your lesson is ...

Sorry This Took Me A Few Days

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Y'all know I have to go get some rest after these crazy press tours.

Well, let me first say "thank you" to those of you who went to see The Single Moms Club. I don't take that for granted. Trust me. Thank you for going.

This was my 17th movie in 10 years. I wanted to mark this anniversary by saluting single moms everywhere. Thank you for allowing me to do that, and thank you to all the single moms for all you do. You're my heroes. And to all my diehard folks, to all of you ...

This Ticked Me Off

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I was doing an interview recently and the interviewer asked me why was I glorifying single moms. I explained to him that single moms needed to be celebrated, not ostracized. Most single moms are not that way by choice. Circumstance caused them to be in that situation and just like my Aunt Jerry, who raised four boys by herself, she never complained and never asked for handouts. She did what she had to do. Why hate on single moms? Are you kidding me? I know so many people who were raised by single moms and I know a lot of ...

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