Awwweeee, the fans had high hopes for the third installment of the Hangover film. Although the original cast (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis) returned, The Hangover III didn’t bomb in a good way at the box office. Most critics reported that the film lacked the same excitement and humor than that of the original one. Also, the cast seemed to have lost its mojo.
Check out in detail what some of the critics had to say…
“These superannuated party animals try vainly to stir up some enthusiasm during a return visit to Las Vegas, the site of the first Hangover movie. But their heart isn’t in it,” wrote Stephen Holden of The New York Times, who called it a “dull, lazy walkthrough” that has “a claim to be the year’s worst star-driven movie.”
“The good news is that The Hangover Part III isn’t a rerun like the second episode. The bad news is everything else. For all the promise of mayhem and WTF moments, the final episode hits you with all the force of a warm can of O’Doul’s,” opined Kyle Smith of the New York Post.
“As a Sin City romp, it’s too tame. And as a ‘very special’ ode to Alan’s journey to responsibility, it’s a miscalculation of what fans want from a series featuring a smoking monkey,” critiqued Chris Nashawaty of Entertainment Weekly, who gave it a B-.
But who ever listens to a critic. Hangover is an all-time favorite comedy. Heck, maybe part 3 is actually pretty good. Go check it out for yourself and let us know your opinion of the film.
23 Yr Old Brandy Lynn Talks Divas & Wildflowers Non-Profit, Fashion, & Her Plans to Change The Outlook of Black Females [Exclusive]
A lot of you may not be familiar with 23 year old Brandy Lynn, but if you’re in tuned with reality television you soon will be. She’s the adopted daughter of Nicci Gilbert, singer and R&B Diva’s star/producer. Although we were briefly introduced to Brandy Lynn in Season 1 of R&B Divas Atlanta, we will soon see more of her this season (in Season 2 which premiered on May 1 on TV One).
After speaking with Brandy Lynn over the phone, her interview with STACKS Magazine was very professional and kind of surprising. Not many young kids are making the business moves that she’s currently making. So it was great to hear Brandy Lynn discuss her non-profit organization Divas & Wildflowers and the impact it has had on other young women in the Atlanta area. She herself is the product of a drug addicted mother. Through God’s grace, her cousin Nicci came in to save her and raise her as her very own.
With Nicci’s guidance and own life’s experiences in the entertainment industry, Brandy Lynn is thankful. Becoming a full-blown entrepreneur, television show producer, fashion guru, and mentor to young girls are some of Brandy Lynn future goals. It is good to know that she’s currently making huge steps towards those. From the looks of it, the young business woman is ready and eager to take the world by storm.
What will see from Brandy Lynn on Season 2 of R&B Divas?
Brandy Lynn: In Season 2, you guys can follow me through my non-profit organization called Divas & Wallflowers. You all can visit me on www.divasandwallflowers.org. Basically, I came up with my non-profit organization last season. Talking to Monifah’s daughter, Kimmy, I came up with it for young women who need some type of motivation or who have any type of struggles in their life. Also, it is also to bring young women and their mothers closer together.
I have done a couple of events actually. So you guys get to see one event on R&B Divas. I’m so excited that Brownstone performed. That’s just so exciting…and also Keke Wyatt. But, I did a makeover for women who’ve have been through cancer and homelessness, and just different types of things. I did a total makeover for them so they could feel beautiful, outside and in. It was just awesome. It was the bomb girl.
Also, I have an online boutique coming very soon that I am so excited about. It should be out by the first [May 1], no later than the 5th of May. I sell all types of stuff. It’s so cute. A portion of the proceeds go to Divas & Wildflowers.
Being 23 years old and African-American, what are some of the things you believe are plaguing the young black females? Why is it important to have these other positive outlets?
Brandy Lynn: A lot of the young children nowadays look at these videos, listen to this music, and they want to be what they see…which is not good. I just really want to help. I just want to be able to talk to young people to tell them that’s it’s a new generation. You have to work hard. Right now, it is a good thing to work hard and try to get your own business and get mentors to talk to. I had to get a mentor to talk to. I had a lot of people to talk to and it helped me so much. It helped me so much that words can’t even explain. Young people go through a lot. They really don’t know which way to go. So it’s up to our adults right now to really teach us and point us in the right direction. We really need help right now. This generation needs help. I would say that the best thing for us young adults to do is get a good mentor. Be around positive people and listen. Like my mom say, “stop talking and listen.” I just think that it’s a great thing to have a mentor. You can’t do it by yourself. It’s teamwork and teamwork makes the dream work. I’m happy I learned that at a young age.
I also decided to do a charity event for prom makeovers. I picked two young ladies and I custom made their dresses. I totally made them over for prom from top to bottom. I help anybody that needs help.
So, do you design clothes?
Brandy Lynn: Yes, that is my passion. Helping people is my purpose in life and fashion is my passion.
With the new boutique, what exactly will you be selling? Any custom pieces?
Brandy Lynn: I’m definitely going to have some custom pieces with the Wildflower brand. I’m going to have custom scarves. Scarves are coming out first. I’m going to start off small, but work my way up though. I’m going to have lipsticks, lip-glosses, cute little different stuff, Wildflower stuff. I will also have a blog on the website and six different ways you can wear my scarf. I’m going to show everybody how you can wear the scarves. I’m going to do updates of makeup and fashion, and just everything that teens need. I’m going to do inspiration speaking on it. I’ll have poems. I’ll have all different kind of things on there.
Who inspired you to get into fashion and to start the non-profit organization?
Brandy Lynn: I definitely got all of my inspiration from my mom. Every since I was little, growing up and watching her get up and do her makeup and go perform, going shopping and seeing all of the different clothes, I was in love. I am in love with clothes and everything. She inspired so much with my fashion and with my business and doing my non-profit. I don’t know if you know. But last season I mentioned that she [Nikki Gilbert] is not my biological mother. I am actually adopted by Nikki. She is my biological cousin, my real cousin. But that’s my momma because she raised me as a baby. So I came up with the non-profit because I longed for my real mother. I do talk to her from time to time but she has a drug problem. I like to talk to young people to inspire them that no matter where you come from or what you been through, you can still be what you want to be in life. You can grow and bloom into this Wildflower and that you can be beautiful and do whatever you want to do.
As far as your future goals, what do you aspire to do in the next five to ten years?
Brandy Lynn: I plan on having multiple businesses. I plan on having my own TV show. By then, I may be producing. So, I’m learning from miss Nikki Gilbert. I plan on, in the next five to ten years, somewhere being married, having my businesses and being okay and good. Living life and being happy. Maybe open up a couple centers, Wildflower Centers to help the youth.
To stay updated on Brandy Lynn and the Divas & Wildflowers organization, go to www.divasandwildflowers.org. You can also follow her on Twitter @IAMBrandyLynn.
Shout out to Jakeem Smith for making this happen. Thanks!
Event Recap: Q&A Reception for New Cast of Tyler Perry’s “The Have’s and the Have Nots” & “Love Thy Neighbor” On OWN
On Tuesday, May 14, the the 135th Agency hosted a private Q&A reception for the cast of The Have’s and the Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor. The event held at Peter Thomas’s (of Real Housewives of Atlanta) local restaurant and lounge bar ONE. The event was held to give the local media outlets in Atlanta the opportunity to find out more about Tyler Perry’s two new scripted series. Both series are scheduled to air on May 28 and 29 on the OWN Network. As you know, Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey have teamed up to air several new shows written, directed, and produced by Mr. Perry. Although Turner Broadcasting (TBS) continue to show reruns of Mr. Perry’s other shows like House of Payne on their network, Tyler is no longer affiliated with that channel.
Anyway, the atmostphere at bar ONE was quaint and a little steamy. Apparently, there may have been too many people inside because the place was very warm. Luckily, the actresses had their glam squad’s on deck to touch up their make-up. If not, paparrazi shots would have looked a hot sweaty mess. Nevertheless, delicious bite-size pickings were passed around the room and drinks flowed. The DJ did a great job at maintaining the chill vibe in the room. Overall, this was a great event for various media outlets and onlookers to get the opportunity to know more about a few familiar faces and unfamiliar ones.
Cast members who were present to field questions from The Have’s and the Have Nots were John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard), Tika Sumpter (One Life to Live/Gossip Girls), Crystal Fox (In The Heat of the Night). Also, several from the second new show Love Thy Neighbor were in attendance as well like Patricia Lovely (first African-American ring master/UniverSoul Circus and seasoned stage play actress), Kendra C. Johnson (The Game & Empowermen Editor/PLUS Model Magazine), and Palmer Williams Jr. (House of Payne). One interesting moment occured when someone asked the cast how was like to meet Oprah for the first time. Several had stories to share. But, Palmer Williams Jr’s story of meeting Oprah in Chicago and she served him fried chicken was a little funny.
Here are a few pictures from the Q&A event:
Please be sure to catch The Have’s and the Have Nots on OWN, Tuesday, May 28 at 9PM EST and Love Thy Neighbor on Wednesday, May 29 at 9PM EST. If you’re a big fan of Tyler Perry projects, then you will surely enjoy the two new series.
Thanks Saptosa Foster and the 135th Agency for the invite!
With the assistance of Kendrick Lamar and Tamar Braxton, BET revealed who’s in the running for this year’s BET Awards. Kendrick and Tamar tag teamed on announcing this year’s nominees in Los Angeles earlier this week.
Leading the way with nominations, to no surprise considering his success thus far, is none other than Drizzy Drake with 12 nominations. In addition to being up for Best Male Hip Hop Artist, he has five nods for Video of the Year and 4 spots in the Best Collaboration category. Drake is also up for the Viewer’s Choice Award and Best Male Look/Award Winning Look.
Following closely behind Drake with eight nominations each are 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar with Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake pulling up the rear with four nominations apiece. The legend that is Charlie Wilson will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award as well as perform. Other confirmed performers so far include R. Kelly and Chris Brown.
The 2013 BET Awards which will be hosted by comedian-actor Chris Tucker who has deemed the show’s theme as “anything can happy”, will air live on Sunday, June 30th at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live. Check out the full list of nominees below.
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The Throne (Kanye West & Jay-Z)
2 Chainz f/ Drake – No Lie
A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar – “Problems”
French Montana f/ Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne – “Pop That”
Kendrick Lamar f/ Drake – “Poetic Justice”
Justin Timberlake f/ Jay-Z – “Suit & Tie”
Kanye West f/ Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz – “Mercy”
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Video of the Year
2 Chainz f/ Drake – “No Lie”
A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar – “Problems”
Drake – “Started From The Bottom”
Drake f/ Lil Wayne – “HYFR”
Kendrick Lamar f/ Drake – “Poetic Justice”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f/ Wanz – “Thrift Shop”
Miguel – “Adorn”
Rihanna – “Diamonds”
Justin Timberlake f/ Jay-Z – “Suit & Tie”
Kanye West f/ Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz – “Mercy”
Video Director of the Year
A$AP Rocky & Sam Lecca
Best New Artist
Best Gospel Artist
Taraji P. Henson
Samuel L. Jackson
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap
Think Like A Man
Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Subway Sportsman of the Year
Robert Griffin III
Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award
A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar – “Problems”
Drake – “Started From The Bottom”
Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
Miguel – “Adorn”
Rihanna – “Diamonds”
Justin Timberlake f/ Jay-Z – “Suit & Tie”
Tamar Braxton – “Love and War”
Fantasia – “Lose To Win”
Miguel – “Adorn”
Nas – “Daughters”
Charlie Wilson – “My Love Is All I Have”
Best International Act: Africa
2Face Idibia (Nigeria)
Toya Delazy (South Africa)
Donald (South Africa)
Ice Prince (Nigeria)
Radio and Weasel (Uganda)
Best International Act: UK
If you want to see television on-the-go and via your iPhone, now you have the chance. Live streaming has been available for several years, but mainly through third party applications. Now, one major network will begin streaming their television programs straight to iPhones.
According to the Wallstreet Journal, ABC will be the first network to offer live streaming to public TV stations. The network is currently streaming The View in New York and Philadelphia. It is not known if other major cities will evetually be added. For now, local residents can have the luxury to go about their daily routine and still be able to catch their favorite ABC television programs.
Learn more about this new development in the video below.
Our favorite tough girl is back! It’s been a minute since STACKS Magazine spoke with Bernice [READ HERE]. At the time, she was adjusting to the new fame, her role, and the overwhelming support from her fans. At one point she was released from her duties as a tow truck driver. But the Tremont Towing family welcomed her with open-arms. Since then, she’s been working hard on nights and weekends in the city of Miami and South Beach. Her hard work and dedication is all for the benefit of her lovely mother. Coming from humble beginnings, she’s on a mission to build an empire so that her mom won’t have to work anymore. She truly has a heart of gold. Of course, though, once you piss her off all hell can break loose.
In season 3 and 13 episodes later, the fans can expect to see some interesting conflict from the Miami-native and the Tremont crew. “It’s a lot of drama. It’s a lot going on, man. Definitely, inside house [Tremont] it’s a lot going on. Basically, the dad got hurt last year (Season 2). People who he trying to get to take over to pretty much run the company while he deal with his health issues…so it’s a lot“, says Bernice. With the show premiering tonight on Tru TV, Bernice is somewhat limited in what “tea” she could spill. But she ensures that the fans will get a more in-depth look into the interactions and emotions that flow within the Tremont office. The health issues with Robert Ashenoff, Sr (the Boss) and the newborn of Christie Ashenoff has made way for someone else to manage the day-to-day operations. This new turn of events has caused a huge stir in the office. From Bernice’s point of view, it’s a matter of control. Unfortunately, everyone can’t be the boss.
Basically, it’s the drama. Everybody want to be the boss. Everybody want to be chiefs, but don’t nobody want to be indians. It’s crazy. Christy have had the baby and she was out for a while just dealing with trying to run stuff. But, everybody help each other out. But, it don’t usually work out like that when money is involved. And everybody trying to get a couple dollars. It’s just crazy! Exciting, crazy, and a lot of drama. This year is going to be more drama-filled I would say.
South Beach Tow started off with the crew towing cars and reactions of random individuals who didn’t follow parking instructions. Over the seasons, however, each crew member’s personalities started to shine. The viewers became in love with the characters and not so much with the act of towing a car. Apparently, the producers of the show has recognized this and will continue to push the stories behind the cast. In season 3, this will be evident as more drama with the crew jumps off. While the company is in a management transition, the staff will be more emotional and conflict will arise. According to Bernice, yes there will be “hella” conflict. She says, “You know, depending on who take over and who’s the boss, everybody don’t like everybody. It’s just like a family. Some people can be good as a friend, but can’t be good as a boss. You feel me? It’s just crazy. A lot of bumping heads.”
Drama makes for good television. But fans don’t worry, there will still be a lot of car towing going on. Unfortunately, Bernice couldn’t give any specific situations that will occur this season. But rest to sure that there wil be some wild and crazy stuff going on with the citizens of Miami. And the people of Miami sure do love them some Bernice. After mentiong to her that our first interview garnered a boat load of comments and support from fans, Bernice is still humble. She hasn’t let the fame get to her head and probably never will. Fans see her all the time in the streets of Miami. She humbly stops to take a photo or even sign an autograph. Despite what we all see on television, she’s very nice and a lover of the people. All of this is still a bit overwhelming though. But she’s handling things quite well with her longstanding friendships and support from family.
One thing about it, I’m from Miami so people will definitely recognize you. I love the people. I’m a people’s person. It’s pretty much the same. It’s still overwhelming, like, I communicate with the fans. I try to stay as humble as I can. Before all this, I knew a lot of people. So now, you got a lot of people on your side, backing you, and who want to see you do well. Of course, you got the people who hate. As long as they hate to the point that they are watching (the show) to hate, I’m fine with that sh*t. It’s all the same. It’s the same with everything. It’s just surreal. I have to tell the truth. I’m just thankful that people are really f**king with us like that. It’s good for me.
Stalkers stand back though! LOL. With the popularity, Bernice has encountered a few strange occurences. We tend to hear about strangers showing up a celebrities front door step. Not only this is crazy, but it is also dangerous. And it will be if you show up at Bernice’s house. Luckily she has not received an unwelcomed visitor as of yet. But she says that she has had several strange phone calls. “No, but somebody been calling my damn house. I don’t know how they got my number. They must be paying for that sh*t to get all your information. [laughs] But, I’m about to change it and block it. Listen, I have no clue. My number been the same since I was in middle school. It never been listed“, Bernice explains.
You got to love her. She upfront and don’t take no mess. And she appreciates all her fans. With her filming schedule being as hectic as it is, she does plan to get out and meet some of the fans. So, there could possibly a city-to-city tour on the way. Bernice understands the importance of having a fanbase and would like to reach and touch them and show them some love. One thing is for sure, she never wants to lose touch from where she came from. She states, “they say “you don’t change, people change around you.” That is so true because you know people change around you everyday. But, I still got the same friends. We still hangout. We still love each other. We still have fun. If I f–ks with you, I f–ks with you and if I don’t I don’t.”
Catch Bernice tonight at 9:30PM on Tru TV’s South Beach Tow. Follow her on Twitter @Bernice_SBTow!
With rumors swirling and many wondering, the air has finally been cleared.
Longtime judge of Fox’s hit singing competition show ‘American Idol’, Randy Jackson has confirmed that he will not be returning to his judge’s seat next season. Jackson attributes his departure to taking time to nurture his record label and pursue other business ventures. In a statement Jackson said, “To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on ‘American Idol,’ I have decided to leave after this season. I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry.”
Jackson is currently the only original judge still on the show since its origination in 2002. The original panel consisted of Jackson, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul. He now sits on the panel Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj.
With the show’s ratings being down and Jackson leaving the show, it’s left to wonder if American Idol will even have a next season and if so whether or not any of the judges will return. Only time will tell!
It’s been almost 15 years since we got one of our best black romantic comedy films to date. Maybe not everybody, but I’m almost sure that the majority felt like the 1999 movie “The Best Man” was the bomb and can be deemed a classic.
Well now the sequel to it all is on the way and with all the transpired back then, it’ll definitely be interesting to see where the college gang that is Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Harold Perrineau, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa and Regina Hall are at in life now. The upcoming sequel, “Best Man Holiday”, is going to tell it all when the friends reunite over the holidays.
Along with the original cast, Malcolm D. Lee will once again direct the crew. “Best Man Holiday” will hit theaters November 15, 2013. Check out the teaser trailer below.
Cee Lo Green is bringing himself and the rest of the mob with him to the world of reality televeision. Cee Lo’s upcoming reality series titled “The Cee Lo Life” has been given the green light and picked up by TBS.
The series which will consist of six episodes will follow Cee Lo as he reunites with his former Goodie Mob group members Big Gipp, Khujo and T-Mo. Fans will be allowed a more in-depth look at the personal side of the group members especially Cee Lo’s. According to the president of TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies, Michael Wright, the show will be a “fun and funny journey packed with great music.”
“The Cee Lo Life” is scheduled to premiere early next year while Goodie Mob’s upcoming album Age Against the Machine is slated for release on June 18th. This will be the first album from the group since their last album release in 2004.
It’ll be interesting to see the direction the fellas take musically and to see them working together again. Hopefully this time they’ll have all their ducks in a row.
Now that everything is easily accessible on the internet, simple experiences like going to the movies few and far between. Who doesn’t prefer to sit in the comfort of their own home to watch a movie? Also, homes are now equipped with their very own “movie rooms”. These rooms are decked out with leather recliners, big projector screens, dimmed lights, etc. If families prefer to stay home rather than spend over $100 at the local theater, what can cinema companies do to keep us patronizing their businesses?
Well, Regal Cinemas has got the message and is implementing new luxury amenities at their facilities. With luxury theaters in California and Colorado, the city of Alpharetta (GA) will be next up to receive a new theater.
The new theater will be located near GA 400, on the outskirts of Atlanta. The Regal Avalon Stadium 12 x RPX wil feature leather recliners and dining tables, a restaurant-style menu along with standard movie snacks, and an intimate lounge style lobby/entry area. Wall-to-wall screens will feature the lastest in digital technology.
The Alpharetta location will open in 2014. In addition, Atlanta will also get theater renovations in the Atlantic Station location. This is probably because Atlanta’s hosts several major movie red carpet premieres at that particular facility. So, it’s only right to upgrade the theater accordingly and give the “stars” a high-end feel to the movie-going experience.
Do horror films have the capabilities to make people pay off their debt? A free educational program called SALT seems to think so.
To help college kids understand the importance of paying off their student loan debt, SALT enlisted the assistance from the SS+K ad agency. SS+K was solicited to create a multimedia campaign that would empower young adults with the know-how to manage their debt. One project that is included in this campaign is a horror flick entitled “The Red”.
“The Red” features a 20-something girl who becomes terrorized by red smoke. The smoke follows her at every turn, mirroring the financial strain of a post-college world. No matter how hard she tries, she realizes that there is no avoiding The Red. The only option is the face it. The smoke is supposed to represent “bad debt” or debt that is “in the red.” The film was directed by Borderline Films (Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, and Josh Mond) and premiered in Chicago, Boston, Seattle, Tampa, and Washington, D.C.. These cities held the largest student population and highest percentages of students with student loan debt.
Watch the film below:
To find out more about the film, go to www.FaceTheRed.com.
The uber strategic businessman and founder of Black Entertainment Televison (BET), Robert L. Johnson, announced the launch of two new paid Youtube channels. The new channels, “Acorn TV” and “OnCue”, will be two of several other channels that will fall under Youtube’s new “paid subscription” plan.
Johnson’s RLJ Entertainment will now give Youtube fans the opportunity to watch “theme-driven” videos. “OnCue”, for instance, will offer urban-only content that will showcase African-American films and digital television series. All of the videos will highlight the best in action, drama, romantic comedies/stand-up, documentaries, music, and stage plays. Content will include 35 & Ticking (starring Kevin Hart and Meagan Good), All Things Fall Apart (50 Cent & Lynn Whitfield), The Last Fall (Lance Gross), and I Ain’t Scared of You (featuring the late Bernie Mac).
RLJ Entertainment created these channels on the basis of giving audiences an alternative in digital programming. The “paid” subscription route will be profitable for shareholders, but also create an outlet for producers to air original content.
“Acorn TV” will showcase British TV-related content.
The first official trailer for the upcoming Lee Daniels-directed film “The Butler” is here.
In case you’re not familiar with the film, it’s the one that follows the life of Eugene Allen, who served under eight presidents during his time as a White House butler from 1952-1986. Not to mention it’s the film that stars Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and Terrence Howard. Oh and let me not forget the remainder of the all-star cast which includes Cuba Gooding Jr., Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey and Jesse Williams.
“The Butler” is scheduled to hit the big screen on October 18, 2013. Check out the trailer below.
It looks like the production for VH1’s TLC biopic Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story is moving right along. The network has released the first set of promo pics for the film. From the looks of things the network along with Chili and T-Boz who serve as consultants and executive producers for the biopic, the portrayal of the three ladies they chose to play the group are on point.
Check out Drew Sidora as Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, KeKe Palmer as Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Lil’ Mama as the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes below.
Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story chronicles the group’s journey from the beginning leading up to their ultimate rise to fame. VH1 plans to air the biopic later this year.
Remember Tionna Smalls from Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas’ reality show “What Chili Wants”? In the case that you don’t, she was the relationship expert that was attempting to assist Chilli with her journey of finding love. If you ever got a chance to check the show out, then you know that Tionna was no joke and was definitely no holds barred when it came to telling Chilli how it is and what she thought.
Well after being featured on that show Smalls is moving on up to big and better things by way of her own reality show. Based on her book, “Girl Get Your Mind Right”, Tionna has landed a show of the same name on the MTV network. On the show, Tionna will tackle relationship issues and advise 20 single ladies on their man problems. Throughout the season she will attempt to transform the ladies where their looks, behaviors and attitudes are concerned. The ladies will later be sent out on a date which will be filmed by a hidden camera.
Check out what Tionna and MTV’s Senior Vice President Tony DiBari had to say about the show. You can also peep the trailer below.
According to Tony DiBari:
[The show allows] us to take a look into the specifics of many more girls and each episode will wind up being more relatable. They’re looking for guidance and boundaries from someone other than their parents. We felt the combination of the genre and the personality like Tionna, who is so unique, made a lot of sense for us. We thought the hidden-camera took the genre to the next level. We wanted to take it one step further and really put it all to the test.
For a long time, dating shows were a real big part of our programming slate and we’ve kind of fallen away from that recently. It remains something that’s important to our viewers, and also because dating has changed so much recently that it feels like the right time to get back into that space.”
For those of you that will be tuning in, Tionna’s “Girl Get Your Mind Right “ premieres on May 20th at 6pm [EST] on MTV.
Next to hit the big screen for Perry is the upcoming comedy film, Peeples. The film stars Kerry Washington and Craig Robinson. Others starring in the film includes David Alan Grier, Diahann Carroll, Melvin Van Peebles, S. Epatha Merkerson and Tyler Williams.
Perry co-produced the Lionsgate film which was written and directed by Tina Gordan Chism. Here’s the gist of what Peeples is all about according to the film’s website…
Sparks fly when Wade Walker (Craig Robinson) crashes the preppy Peeples annual reunion in the Hamptons to ask for their precious daughter Grace’s (Kerry Washington) hand in marriage. Wade might be a fish-out-of-water among this seemingly perfect East Coast clan, but he’s not about to let himself flounder. Instead, in a wild weekend of fun, dysfunction and hilarious surprises, Wade is about to discover there’s more room for all kinds of Peeples in this family, no matter their differences. Writer and first-time director Tina Gordon Chism (writer of DRUMLINE) joins forces with Tyler Perry to present a laugh-out-loud look at the family ties that freak us out…but bind us together with love.
Check out the trailer below…
Peeples hits theaters Friday, May 10, 2013.
On Wednesday evening, Atlanta’s movers and shakers congregated at the Museum Bar in support of TV One’s R&B Divas. Regarded as the “Wednesday Night Social” event, the venue was packed with supporters patiently waiting to get a glimpse of what drama would unfold in Season 2. All though all of the “divas” were not in attendance, Nicci Gilbert and Keke Wyatt held it down as official hostesses. Other industry notables spotted were Chanita Foster (Beyond The Game & Divas & Cocktails), Brandy Lynn (Divas & Wildflowers), Egypt Sherrod (V-103FM), Shay Johnson (Love & Hip Hop Atlanta), DJ Traci Steele (Love & Hip Hop Atlanta), Wanda Smith (Frank Ski Morning Show), Lisa Wu Hartwell (Real Housewives of Atlanta – Season 1), and a host of other celebrities and industry insiders.
Below are a few VIP photos from the event.
In case you missed our exclusive interview with the show’s creator and executive producer, Nicci Gilbert, check it out HERE.
Tune in to R&B Divas ATL each and every Wednesday night at 10PM on TV One!
For several years now, STACKS Magazine has provided coverage of the annual hip hop festival held here in Atlanta. Mostly known for giving underground artists a platform to showcase their talents, A3C’s music festival garners the patronage of thousands of hip hop heads and lovers of the culture. Last year, the people over at A3C decided to stretch their creative juices to include a coinciding film festival. Well, in 2013, they will continue the mission by selecting several short-films to be premiered during the festival.
The mission of the A3C Film Festival is to use film to unite artists and fans of Hip Hop, Youth, Street and Urban Culture, transform the way audiences see the world, and support the vision of independent artists.
In case you are a independent filmmaker and want to the opportunity to have your short-film viewed by thousands of culture lovers, A3C is now accepting film submissions. There will be five categories in which you can submit. Each category has a required time frame and general rules to abide by. ALL submissions must encompass various aspects of Hip Hop, Youth, Street and Urban Culture – in relation to Style, Music, Politics, Education, Family, and/or Religion.
Narrative Feature – 60 minutes and over
Documentary Feature – 60 minutes and over
Narrative Short – under 60 minutes
Documentary Short – under 60 minutes
Music Video – under 20 minutes
The A3C Film Festival will jump off October 2 – 6 at 7 Stages in Little 5 Points. Final film submissions are due by September 6. To find the general rules and link to submit your film projects, click on this link – -> A3C Film Festival.
The best ideas often are derived when you and some friends are sitting around thinking of ways to make money. Every now and then, one of those ideas strike a cord and end up becoming a full-fledge business. So, as friends, you know become business partners. The journey of making the business successful are sometimes filled with a lot of disagreements and lack of better judgment. When this happens, the friends are now at a crossroad which oftentimes cause the demise of the business. So the question is…Do partnerships between friends really work?
We hear of stories where two friends start a business, but not being able to put differences aside end up hurting the business. Whether it is disagreements on how the company should operate, who should handle the finances, or isn’t doing their fair share of the work, these are the type of issues that can arise. So, what should friends do in this case?
Well, as you know, Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry have joined together to bring several new shows to the OWN network. The two besties have established a pretty tight bond over the years. With Oprah’s television cable channel need to add more diverse programming, Tyler Perry’s expertise seemed like a great fit for OWN. This month marks the start of their joint venture. Tyler will be producing several new shows for OWN. But, many wonders if his addition will spark a new and profitable beginning at OWN. If it doesn’t, how will Oprah react?
In case you’re wondering what ground rules the two established prior to going into this venture, Tyler expressed his thoughts in the recent issue of Essence Magazine.
“The most important thing about coming together was making sure we would not lose our friendship because of the business. We had to establish ground rules,” Perry, 43, says.
He continues, “The main one: Both of us have to continue to live in our truth. If she doesn’t like something, say it. If I don’t like something, I’ll say it. And we’ll figure it out and keep moving on…”
Sounds simple enough, huh? Both parties should set some ground rules so that there would be no hard feelings if the business partnership didn’t work out. Secondly, put it in writing. Partnerships should be spelled out in a contract agreement. This way, if millions of dollars are involved, friends can just take it to court and let the judge decide. At the end of the day, you have to decide what is more important…the friendship or the business.
Exclusive: ‘R&B Divas’ Nicci Gilbert Switches It Up for Season 2; Talks Self-Improvement, Syleena Johnson Beef & Expanding Her Brand
In the heaving world of reality television, one things for sure, the cameras don’t lie. Meaning that, although some trickery may occur with the editing, we visually get to see a person for who they truly are. The almighty lens tends to capture truths about a person. But, it is during the playback that each cast member get the opportunity to see their flaws first-hand. At that point, it is up to that individual to decide if change is needed. This is true for one star of TV One’s hit show R&B Divas, Nichole “Nicci” Gilbert.
Despite the rumors that were swirling around about Nicci’s separation from the show, she confirmed that those rumors weren’t true and will indeed be a part of season two. However, her portrayal in season one led to many negative comments from viewers. This didn’t sit well with Nicci. So much so, she acknowledged her flaws and dedicated herself to making positive changes in her life. Not many women can call themselves out and act on it. This is what makes Nicci a “real” woman.
As creator and executive producer of R&B Divas, her transition from music to television has been a trying one. As one-third member of the 90′s R&B group, Brownstone, over the years her passion for music diminished. This caused a fair share of disagreements amongst her cast members in season one. Some friendships remain while other friendships hit a low blow. But, her new found love for production and clothing design has launched Nicci into another creative space that is just as self-gratifying as music.
STACKS Magazine had the pleasure to talk to Nicci recently to get an exclusive in-depth look into who she is as a celebrity and businesswoman. She went into detail about her involvement as executive producer and the R&B Divas franchise. Also, Nicci spoke candidly about her feelings towards the other cast members, the effects of reality TV on the Black community, empowering full-figured women, and various projects she’s working on.
In the later part of 2012, several rumors were floating around about you being fired from R&B Divas. You then released a statement stating otherwise and that you will indeed be on the show. Well, it’s great to know now that you will appear in Season 2. But what is even better news, to me, is that you are one of the Executive Producers of the show. Is that true? Can you confirm that?
Nicci: You are correct. I’m actually the creator and executive producer of the show. So I actually cast all the women that you see on the show and some of the women in LA as well. It’s a new age in media. So I understand that anybody with a laptop can start a rumor. I just think that all is well is good because it gives us instant access to our fan bases and resources to promote our brand. It also can be a little convoluted and full of s–t. So that’s pretty much what that was.
I definitely have differences with my producer partners. Not with the network. TV One and I have a great relationship. But, I absolutely have differences with my producer partners. You know what it’s like when you are building a business and you have ideas and you get partners. We don’t always see eye to eye. So some of that stuff that you were getting from sources and other producers or whatever, you know where just people leveraging and using their relationship to make official statements. None of those statements were official. As I’ve expressed on numerous occasions, until you hear it from TV One or from me, don’t believe everything that you hear. But yes, unfortunately, I was the victim of some fraudulent recordings by some people who were in a “semi-official” capacity who happen to be partners that Faith and I brought on board to be a part of this as well. I understand now that’s what people want to hear. Most people aren’t interested in the upwardly mobile, empowering stories with black women. So this is something we’re still working to get to.
As Exec. Producer, what was the vision behind the show? Do you think that the show accomplished this?
Nicci: As people get a little bit more comfortable you’ll see the truth. You’ll see a little bit more of the truth come out. You’ll see a little bit more drama. Originally, the idea was that I didn’t see any real representation of the relationships with other women that I knew (i.e. my girlfriends, people I worked with). As far as us representing truth, us being honest and forthright, us all being singers, what makes us tick and what make some of that great soul music come out our spirit and out of our voices. That part of it, I think, is amazing. I hope that it continues to grow and evolve from there. I didn’t know that when you are playing the TV game sometimes you got to have a little extra drama. Sometimes you got to plant a couple seeds of B.S.. I hope that doesn’t overshadow and I hope that we don’t feel the need to compete. Because of course, when you have somebody blowing their brains out on TV, there’s going to be a million people that will want to see that. I hope that we can continue to be the example of a positive show. The truth is that we all have a little bit of ratchet in us. That’s nothing surprising. Everybody knows somebody like somebody on Love & Hip Hop or whatever. But typically, when you don’t like somebody you don’t want to be around them. You don’t have to sit up and be friends with them. You don’t have to sit and have cocktails with them. Unfortunately, that’s the formula for a successful show. Get a bunch of people who don’t like each other. Create reasons for people not to like each other. BOOM! There it is…two or three million [viewers]. My goal was to have a group of people that were friends and that like each other, empower, and uplift each other. Hopefully, we’ll stay that.
Bels: In the media you caught flack for being bossy and rude…
Nicci: You know, anything you say can and will be held against you in the editing room, right out. You know what I’m saying. I said everything that came out of my mouth. One of the things I wanted to encourage us to do as a people, just in general, is we hear something and we see something and we believe that sound bite. We believe the 15 sentences that come out of a person’s mouth on the television. None of these women are weak. None of these women are going to let me disrespect them and be rude.
Based on these things and how the audience itself put you in this box as being this type of person, did you find yourself having to change anything in this upcoming season as far as how you interact and communicate with other cast members?
Nicci: Absolutely! Last season, which people would never believe because again, we believe the sound bite. But last season, I spent a lot of time because I was executive producer and creator. I was a boss. We were literally trying to make sure that some of the things that were happening behind the scenes that people didn’t see [some of the cursing out and flipping out and all that stuff when the cameras were not rolling]. When the cameras were rolling, it was my objective to be kind of like, “yall let’s not do this.”
This season, I’m nobody’s momma. We’re all grown. Going into this, the ladies agreed to do this because they were like we’re your friends. We love each other and as long as you’re involved and it’s not going to damage our careers. So I was holding on my chest the responsibility of making sure that it didn’t turn into that show. Clearly with this particular group of people it could turn into that in a heartbeat. And it did behind the scenes. This season, I came into the situation and said “aye look, we’re going to just put it all on the table. I’m not going to look crazy by my damn self. I’m going to say exactly what it is. I’m not trying to protect anybody. I’m not trying to mother hen anybody. I’m going to handle my business and do what it that I need to do for me. But I am going to let you know that on camera that I’m not going for that this time. This flipping out behind the scenes and when the cameras are rolling “ooh no… NO.” We’re going to just keep it real and if this is what this is.”
I learn to just be more honest. I learned to be more honest and not try to control grown women. And that’s exactly what I was trying to do last season. Not because I wanted to control someone’s career, but because I wanted to prevent us from going down that road, which you’ll see this season. There is definitely a lot more drama. Some people are going to love it. Some people are going to not care one way or the other. Some people are going to definitely see that some of this is definitely drama….A LOT of drama.
Bels: Yeah a lot of times in any situation when there’s a group of women, especially strong minded women…
Nicci: Right! Like, I’m on the only strong minded one in the group. News flash! That ain’t the case. Yo, do y’all really think I could just flip out on them and they just sit there looking at me. Half the time, I was talking to the producers off camera. But because it came out of my mouth, it made for good TV.
Who would you say is the person(s) whose personality you just can’t seem to mesh with? On the flipside of that, who do you consider a “friend” or someone that you enjoy their company and spirit?
Nicci: Syleena Johnson. And as plain as simple as this…I don’t do “putting hands on folk” in any capacity. I don’t do because I’ve have a couple cocktails and flipped out. I don’t do any of that. I’m grown. Not only am I grown, I’m the person who brought you into the situation. For that reason alone, I think I should be respected a little bit more. I just don’t get down with people that don’t accept the truth. If you can’t handle the truth, you don’t need to be friends with me.
Well I mean… I think all of the ladies on some level have a good spirit about them. But, Faith (Evans) and I have been friends for the longest time. She is hands down. I’m older than her by a year or two. But, she is my counselor. She is such a resource for me because she’s been affected by this industry a lot longer than I have and in a lot more serious situations. Faith is definitely my friend, my sister. We go back 20 or so years. Anything I need, she’s there for me. Our children know each other. That is genuinely my friend.
Keke (Wyatt) is one the most honest women I’ve met in my life. I love her so much for her honesty and her truth and her vulnerability. I learned so much from her about not caring what everybody else thinks as long as you can get to a place of healing. I think Keke is a star. I think she is the star of this franchise.
And Monifah is obviously “Iyanla” to everyone. [laughs] Mo’ and I go back 10 years.
Angie (Stone) and I have known each other for a while. But, it’s different when cameras start rolling. When you see people like NeNe Leakes, Evelyn Lozada, and Tami Roman, who all of which are “go-get’em” girls. I’m not mad at anybody getting their checks. Especially NeNe, you put the work in for this money that you’re getting. But, when you have this kind of success and you see that as the blueprint, you’re going to get all kinds of characters that feel like “I can scream and curse and fight better than all of them.” And it’s just not that important to me.
Speaking of NeNe Leakes of Real Housewives of Atlanta, do you think there are too many shows? Plus, do you think African-American women are tarnishing the culture?
Nicci: Yes. I think it is unfortunate. But, I think it used to be where we were really concerned about the black man. I come from the age of crack. If they weren’t smoking it, they were dealing it. I’m from Detroit. Unfortunately, all of my cousins are locked up. Now, “they” figure because we had to learn from a lot of our mothers who were single mothers and had to learn that male/female hustle. Unfortunately, they realize “oh it’s not the black man we have to deal the degradation and all that stuff that need to happen. Damn, they’re over there. Those [women] are the ones that are going to empower the black man.” Not to get too deep, but it’s really unfortunate. It’s like crabs in a barrel. It’s the only thing you can get…is drama and ratchet-ry. If that’s the only thing that’s going to pay your bills and feed your kids, what are you going to do?
So the problem isn’t the African-American woman because we have African-American women who are not ratchet. I love the Gossip Game. Love that show. I love Mary Mary. I love Kim Whitley’s show. I don’t think there are too many reality shows. I think that they are not going anywhere. They are cheap to make. I think people having a platform, is amazing. I hope that R&B Divas becomes the franchise for TV One that ‘Housewives’ is for Bravo. I hope that people come to realize that all that is left in our community is the black woman. I mean…not ALL that is left. Unfortunately, the women who are holding the community down; the people that are holding the families down are black women. Now, these kids are flipping out. Girls walking up to people doors beating them down like, “you said something to me on Twitter.” It’s ridiculous. I think yeah, you can show that. We all want to see that ratchet-ry. Everybody, when they were a kid ran to see the fight. I didn’t. But, a lot of people did run to see the fight in the circle. But, where are the shows that help to inspire and empower. I looked up to Patti Labelle. I looked up to Gladys Knight and Aretha Franklin and we could see them in their gowns singing on stage. We respected them as icons and legends. We can’t allow this to happen with this franchise. And if and when it does, I’ll be building another one because I’m not going to do it.
Bels: and it starts with the producers….
Nicci: You know what’s really crazy. This is what I definitely want to get out.
This was Faith and I first TV experience. So, yes we are partners in the franchise. We are executive producers of any spin-off, any extension of the brand or any franchises or whatever. But, we do not make the final call on edit. That is Think Factory Media. Think Factory Media does not consist of black women. They are great. They are amazing. But, they are not us. TV One is the network. We brought Think Factory Media on board and introduced them to TV One to do this. We created it. We spent our own money shooting the pilot and flying everybody down. We cast the show and everything. But from there, we kind of washed our hands of it. It wouldn’t be fair for us to be on camera and have the ability to edit ourselves any ole kind of way.
Let’s say… we look like angels and the other ladies looked horrible. To level the playing field, we had to have a neutral party during the edits. But, what I didn’t expect is the disrespect that I experienced as a new producer. So now, I can empathize with Shaunie O’Neal. I can empathize with Mona Scott (Young). Because I understand that at the end of the day, I mean I don’t know what their deals are but, I would assume that Shaunie is not sitting in the editing base saying don’t do that. It may not be difficult for Mona because she’s not on the show. But it is difficult for someone on the show to be unbiased in the editing room. I’d be worried about myself. I’m not even going to hold you up. [laughs] I’d be worried about my brand. So, we do not.
However, I do agree that we still have to be accountable. My way of being accountable when it comes to that – I’m still going to get my check and I’m still going to get my credit. But, I will not be on the camera doing that.
In season 1, you made it clear that singing was no longer a priority for you and that you were diving into ventures outside of music. One of those ventures was Curvato Clothing Line. How’s the clothing line going?
Nicci: It’s going really well. We are about to launch our 2013 collection at “Full-Figured Fashion Week 2013” in New York City. I’m really excited about that. It is going to be sexy. It’s going to be confident. I’m a new designer so I’m learning. Our business will be a year old in August. So I’m definitely learning how to be better. The beauty of the whole Curvato movement is that it was born of me being subconscious and insecure about my body. I’m a big girl. So you know back in the day it wasn’t as accessible as it is now. It is a lot more accessible to be curvy and larger. You can be empowered. So, I really want the clothing line to represent that more than anything. I’m not trying to beat out Versace or Donna Karan or anyone. I’m just trying to create options for plus-size women. More important than anything, empower and inspire little girls who may need to see a reflection of who they are, looking fly. Know what I mean? And not like a mumu. So, the clothing line is a brand and a lifestyle for me. We are expanding the brand.
We’re launching a new online destination called AllThingsNicci.com, which houses all of the different brands. Along with that, we are re-launching Curvato Lifestyle this year. It will include a Facebook-like community for big women, curvy women and girls. So you’ll be able to set up a profile. You’ll be able to interact. I’m excited about that. In addition to our boutique, we are going to be updating it much more often. I finally got a styling team together. We’re excited. I think the clothing line is here to stay. We are going to reach for big box retailers in a minute. I kind of wanted to be in business and learn things and have an understanding of what it was before we started really reaching out to some of those larger retailers and trying to get things in stores. I just wanted to live in it for a minute. Now we’re ready to take it to the next level. I’m going to do a curvy pageant next year in 2014. Which I’m super excited about. So, Curvato is here to stay. You’ll see us…I lost some weight like Jakeem (Smith), Nicci’s executive assistant and a PR contact. He has lost some weight. We’ve been on our fitness grind. It’s been a long process. But we are getting there. So, I’m really excited about sharing that which is something I’ll be sharing on Curvato as well.
Are there any other business ventures in the works? Checking out J. Smith’s website, I noticed an announcement that you were in search of comedic script writers. Is this something you can talk about?
Nicci: Yes. In addition to that, we have Divas and Wildflowers, which is my daughters’ Brandy charity. I’m super excited about that. She’s using her love of fashion and makeup and all things girly to help inspire young girls. So, I’m helping her put together a series of events and fundraisers for that. R&B Divas L.A. will air this summer. I’m really excited about that. Faith and I are working. In our little prayer basket, we have R&B Divas New York, hopefully coming soon. Hopefully, TV One will be pleased with the whole franchise and the momentum to give us that. Of course, there’s my baby which is called Divas & Cocktails. Divas & Cocktails, in short, a fun little late night show. It’s kind of like “Watch What Happens” meets “Wendy Williams with a little bit of “SNL”. So it’s sketch comedy, standup, live musical performances, lip service, the talk, the tea, and celebrity interviews. It is coming every Wednesday night, at 11pm, right after R&B Divas online at DivasandCocktails.com. I’m definitely very excited about the possibility of that being picked up by a major network. It is in the hands of some cool people as we speak. So, I just want to continue to build my brand as a producer and content provider. That’s sort of it.
Throughout this process, what have you taken away? Are there any life lessons or food-for-thoughts that you can share with our readers?
Nicci: Yes absolutely. I learned a lot of things about myself that I’d probably would not. Anytime you see a mirror of yourself in any capacity, you’re like “ole Lord Jesus I need to lose some weight. I need to stop talking so loud.” I learned a lot of little things about Nicci that I didn’t really realize. I mean it is one thing to be loud. It’s another thing to be doing it on TV with a microphone. So, I learned that I could fall back a little bit and evaluate a little more, which is always good in any career. As a human being, if we’re not growing, you know what the alternative is. I definitely see that I’ve influenced and inspired a lot of young people, which has been a passion for me. I want to continue to do that and continue to build. I’m actually developing a show around Jakeem and Brandy and some of the other kids. They are grown, but, young people that I work with.
So you know…just seeing what works, what is effective and what’s not; understanding the business of television a little more; understanding what it is I need to stand for and represent. I’m very pleased with the fact that in spite of all the horrible “she’s terrible, she’s a bitch, she’s mean, she’s awful.” In spite of all of that, as hard as it is, any human being waking up to negative press every week, eventually, it’s going to break you and you’re going to be like “what the hell did I do? This isn’t what this was supposed to be.” But, then you realize who it’s coming from. Then you realize who the comments are coming from. You really sit back and think it’s ridiculous for me to have such an ego that I would think that that stuff really mattered and defined who I was. Faith and Mo’, these women are still (most of them) my friends. My husband and I are still happily married. The people in my life who matter and know me they understand it.
Now, it’s the real hard thing for me too. It really affected my mother in a negative way. My mother is like “you are the nicest person ever and you’re my child and I know you better than anybody else.” You know what I’m saying. So, it’s hard for her to see all of that. “Oh my God they fired you and you created it.” And I’m like, “Ma!” So, that’s tough. The affect that it has on my family is very very tough. And that’s when I will…you’ll get that “Detroit coming from Chicago-Mansfield” Nicci. And I have to remember that at the end of the day we’re here, we are breathing. For the most part, we are successful. To live in the moment that it’s real and to not allow the moment that is reality TV to define who I am in my real life as a woman.
Tune in tonight and watch the Season 2 premiere of R&B Divas, at 10PM on TV One!
You can follow Nicci Gilbert on Twitter @niccigilbert and stay connected 24/7 at www.allthingsnicci.com.
Special thanks to Jakeem Smith of J.Productions!
According to reports Duncan was arrested this past weekend in Atlanta for driving while under the influence of alcohol. The arresting officer reported that he witnessed a silver Mercedes driven by Duncan driving at a “high rate of speed” and “weaving in and out of traffic in a reckless manner” on Piedmont Road. After catching up to her and pulling her over, the officer noted that while she was “polite” and “talkative”, her eyes were “watery” and “bloodshot” and that there was “an odor of alcoholic beverage coming from her mouth.”
Even though Duncan told the officer she’d only had one drink, he requested she take a field sobriety and breathalyzer test to which she consented. Her breathalyzer test results registered at .099 which is about the legal limit of 0.08. Duncan was placed under arrest and charged with DUI and reckless driving.
In case you don’t remember it was Elle who over the past holidays shot a public service announcement for 11Alive encouraging viewers not to drink and drive. After her arrest, she released a statement saying “I am greatly embarrassed for my actions early Sunday morning. I have been reminded — in a very difficult way – that any amount of alcohol can impair us. I take full responsibility for my actions. I apologize to my fans, our community, and my 11Alive family.”
11Alive also responded to the incident simply saying, “we are relieved that no one was injured and will be giving Elle the time she needs to deal with this personal incident.”
I’m sure Elle wished she had activated the ‘practice what you preach’ rule but hopefully she learned her lesson and will handle her business accordingly.
After announcing last year that he would be introducing a new music-themed network to the world of cable, P. Diddy is getting closer and closer to making it actually happen.
Diddy recently announced that his cable network, “Revolt TV”, which he co-founded with former MTV programming chief, Andy Schuon, will make it grand entrance on airwaves in July.
“Revolt TV” will be distributed through Comcast and according to Diddy, the network will be “the first channel created entirely from the ground up in this new era of social media. We’re building this platform for artists to reach an extraordinary number of people in a completely different way. Revolt will be live, like all great moments in television history.”
While “Revolt TV” will make its debut with Comcast, Diddy hopes to expand to other major distributors and cable providers. “I would also like to encourage and to invite Time Warner, DirecTV, Cable Vision and all the other distributors to come and get down with the get down. Because Revolt TV is bringing that revolution that television needs,” Diddy said in a statement.
Check out the network’s promo below.
Hey parents! After sifting through the worldwide web for youth-related content, here are two cost savvy treats that’ll be great for your kids.
First off, “National Free Comic Book Day” will be celebrated on May 4th. At participating comic book stores across the globe, 4.6 million comic books will be given away free to customers. In case you are wondering if only certain series of books will be free, don’t worry because ALL of your favorite books are included (i.e. Star Wars, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Walking Dead, and Superman). The free books will appeal to a broad audience who’s known to appreciate horror, sci-fi, action-packed, or kid-friendly content. So, YES, this means that the adults will have an opportunity to catch the savings too.
In addition, comic shops will offer other great deals and exclusive items. Don’t be surprised if you see a few super-heroes onsite. If you would like to see the full list of free titles, go to www.freecomicbookday.com. While on the site, check the Locator to see which stores in your area will be participating.
For the kids who’d prefer to see their favorite super-hero or cartoon character on film, you’re in luck! This summer, Regal Entertainment Group (Regal Cinemas) launch their “Summer Movie Express 2013″ festival. The festival will run for nine weeks offering movie-goers the chance to watch G and PG rated movies. Movies will be show on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10AM. Admission will only cost $1 dollar with a portion of the proceeds going to charity.
Over 300 Regal Cinemas locations will be participating and the movies selected are guaranteed to be a hit with the kids. The Three Stooges, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, Rio, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Yogi Bear, Happy Feet Two and many other films are on the list of scheduled movies.
To find the complete list and show dates, go to www.regmovies.com/Movies/Summer-Movie-Express .
Almost two years after her untimely death, R&B, soul and jazz singer Amy Whinehouse is getting her just due. While they’re sure exactly when, it has been announced that a documentary chronicling her life and music will soon be making its way to the big screen.
The documentary film which hasn’t been titled yet will be directed by Asif Kapadia, produced by James Gay-Rees and distributed by Focus Features International. In a statement, Kapadia and Gay-Rees said of the documentary that it’s “an incredibly modern, emotional and relevant film that has the power to capture the zeitgeist and shine a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few films can.”
Kapadia will attempt to detail the story of Whinehouse’s ultimate rise and tragic fall through the use of her own words and unseen footage of the star. About the singer Kapadia said, “Amy was a once-in-a-generation talent who captured everyone’s attention; she wrote and sang from the heart and everyone fell under her spell. But tragically, Amy seemed to fall apart under the relentless media attention, her troubled relationships, her global success and precarious lifestyle. As a society we celebrated her huge success, but then we were quick to judge her failings when it suited us.”
This should definitely make for a good one considering how much scrutiny revolved around Whinehouse’s life and tragic demise at the age of 27. Will keep you posted as more details become available.
Wow…talk about innovative. The things you can do nowadays with cell phones and notebooks are amazing.
Indie filmmaker, Aaron Mento, recently saved thousands of dollars on a crew and production equipment when he geniusly thought of using his iPad 2 to create a movie. In conjunction with Ocular Migraine Productions, Mento shot the first feature length film on an iPad 2. The film is called “Standard of Living”.
An unpredictable hybrid of horror, comedy and science fiction, “Standards of Living” follows struggling stand-up comedian Peter Sayer, who is desperately unfunny and desperate to change that. One night, Mr. Randall witnesses Peter’s routine. A mysterious man who conducts teleporting experiments, Mr. Randall claims he can cause cargo to “improve” during the journey back—including Peter. Hoping the mission will make him funnier, Peter agrees to be teleported. The result is no laughing matter.
“Standard of Living” is not within industry standards, but turned out to be pretty good considering no rig, tripod, or lens were used. The iPad 2 also cut production costs way down which was great for a young indie filmmaker.
“When you’re low-budget, needing high-end equipment and an operating team can keep you from getting your story out into the world. I saw my iPad 2 one day and thought, ‘Why can’t I make my movie using that?’ ” Mento said.
For all of you indie film lovers, the movie will be released today via live stream at www.standardsoflivingmovie.com. Go check it out and let us know what you think.
We love it when Andre 3000 mysteriously pops up with new music. This time around, he lends his creative juices to a remake of the late Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black”.
Along for the ride, however, is Mrs. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. The two very talented artists add a different spin to the track, which will be visually heard on the remake of the Great Gatsby movie. “Back to Black” will also be featured on the movie soundtrack as well. Although this is just a snippet, you can tell is going to be a fan favorite.
In addition, Beyoncé’s hubby Jay-Z pens the song 100$ Bill on the soundtrack. Will.I.AM. Lana Del Rey, Florence and the Machine, and many others were all called on to bless the movies’ soundscape.
Listen to the full snippet review below:
It’s beginning to seem like if not every day almost every other day a new reality show is popping up.
After already pulling rank as not only one of the top “Real Housewives of Atlanta” but of the show’s franchise as a whole, Linnethia “NeNe” Leakes is getting her own reality show.
Following all the ups and downs of her marriage to Greg Leakes which ultimately led to them divorcing, the two have rekindled their love and are getting re-married. NeNe’s new wedding spin-off, “I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding” will follow the two as they make their way down the aisle. NeNe confirmed the news the tweet below.
I Dream Of Nene-The Wedding coming soon on Bravo! Greg & I hope 2 inspire others 2 save their marriage twitter.com/NeNeLeakes/sta…
— NeNe Leakes (@NeNeLeakes) April 18, 2013
Celebrity wedding planner Tiffany Cook will be joining the Leakes on the show as she assists them in putting their big day together. NeNe’s RHOA buddies Cynthia Bailey and Marlo Hampton will also be making appearances on the show.
The “I Dream of NeNe” wedding special will premiere on the Bravo network this fall. Will you be tuning in???
Jennifer Hudson continues her pursuit as a highly recognized actress in a upcoming Lifetime film. She will star as “Maggie” in “Call Me Crazy: A Five Film” where she plays a woman suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder. As a female veteran returning home from the military, Jennifer’s family (her son and father, Ernie Hudson) faces difficulties dealing with her illness.
“Call Me Crazy” is a second installment in the Five franchise, which launched in 2011. It consists of five short films all of which will deal with mental illness issues of five characters: Maggie, Lucy, Eddie, Allison, and Grace.
In the “Lucy” short, Academy award winner Octavia Spencer will play a psychotherapist name “Dr. Nance”. Dr. Nance will assist a schizophrenic name Lucy (played by Deirdre O’Connor) during her stay in a mental institution. Also, the film “Eddie” will focus on the depression-filled life of a comedian who becomes overwhelmed with sadness. “Eddie” will be played by actor James Avery.
“Call Me Crazy: A Five Film” airs Saturday, April 20 at 8pm on Lifetime.
Check out the extended trailer below:
On Monday, April 15, STACKS Magazine had the pleasure to attend the premiere of VH1′s hit reality show Love & Hip Hop Atlanta: Season 2. The event was held at Cream Ultra Lounge and sponsored by VH1, Monami Entertainment, and NFGTV. Invitees (i.e. various media outlets and industry insiders) were treated to catered finger foods and Mona Scott-Young’s new Moscato wine, Myx Fusions, mingled and waited for an exclusive peek of the season’s first episode.
In comparison to the New York franchise, Atlanta’s cast proved last season that their drama is plentiful enough to draw in millions of viewers. Well, after watching the premiere episode, we can assure fans that this season will be no different. More fights, more friendships ruined, more baby mama drama, and everything in between. The entire cast will return in season 2 (Stevie J, Joseline, Mimi, K. Michelle, Erica, Momma Dee, Lil Scrappy, Shay, Benzino, Karlie Redd, Rasheeda, Kirk, and Ariane). However, a few new faces will appear this season. Like, Che Mack, a female rap artist who comes between Stevie J and Joseline’s working relationship. Also, radio/DJ personality Traci Steele and her child’s father, DJ Baby Drew. Viewers can expect to be glued to the tube. This season is going to be a real hoot.
The overall evening was cool. K. Michelle was a no show for unknown reasons. Karlie Redd wasn’t present, as well, because she missed a flight supposedly. And, Lil Scrappy was M.I.A.. Some speculate it was because of probation issues or embarrassment from news that has surfaced of him having money problems. Whatever the case, we wish they all could have been there.
Below are a few photos from the red carpet. Unfortunately, our cameraman was unavailable so we had to make it do what it do. So don’t judge us on the shots. The remaining photos will be located on our Facebook page and/or Instagram (@Stacksmag).
The night ended with a Q&A session with several of the cast members. Things popped off when it was ensued that Mimi was still in love with Stevie J…and his “unmentionables”. Mimi spazzed out claiming she wants no part of Stevie’s private area and that Joseline can have him. Strangely, it almost seemed as though Mimi was drunk or trippy off of something. She used to keep her cool. But, on Monday night, Mimi was turned all the way up. SMH. It was almost sad to see. On the other hand, Erica maintained her dignity when confronted about her and Scrappy’s “existing” or “non-existing” relationship. She wasn’t wearing her engagement ring that’s for sure. But Shay definitely made it clear that she and Scrappy will “always be friends” and will always have love for him. She also told Erica that Scrappy will NEVER marry her. Damn.
Several cast members were visibly absent from the Q&A session, most notably, Rasheeda and her husband Kirk. We aren’t sure if they avoided it on purpose because of her pregnancy or if they left the event early. Nevertheless, we can confirm that she IS pregnant. Congrats to Rasheeda!
We would like to thank Saptosa Foster of the 135th Street Agency for the invite. ‘Preciate it.
Everyone be sure to tune in Monday, April 22 to Love & Hip Hop Atlanta Season 2 on VH1!
The 13th Annual BET Awards are on the way and the network promises that this year’s “celebration of music, entertainment, and Black culture” will be “bigger and better than ever.” As the three-day event nears more and more details are being released about the goings on that will take place starting on June 28th.
The weekend which the network has deemed as the “BET Experience at L.A. Live” will include a Fan Fest, film festival, Grammy museum, seminars, and youth programs. Several different performers will take one of the events’ six stages throughout the weekend to include Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, J. Cole, The Jacksons, R. Kelly, Mike Epps and Cedric the Entertainer.
The weekend will culminate with the actual awards show on Sunday, June 30th at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live. This year’s host will be none other than comedian-actor Chris Tucker. About the honor to host Tucker said in a statement that he’s “looking forward to being part of a really great show.”
Check out the promo for the 13th Annual BET Awards below.