Winfrey (Mavis) Lynn Whitfield (Lady Mae) in a scene from 'Greenleaf.'
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Oprah Winfrey's latest project as both producer and actress continues her exploration of religion and spirituality.The show, which follows the personal dramas and questionable ethics of a family at the center of a Memphis, Tennessee, megachurch, is set to premiere next month on Winfrey's OWN network.Winfrey plays Mavis, an outspoken bar owner estranged from her sister, Greenleaf family matriarch Lady Mae (Lynn Whitfield). Winfrey said she based the character on her late friend and mentor Maya Angelou.While "Greenleaf" examines how righteous or corrupt these church leaders might be, Winfrey and the other panelists said the show remains respectful of church traditions."Greenleaf" has already been renewed for a second season.
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