PHOTOS

THINK LIKE A MAN – Opening in theatres April 20

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

One guy loves his girlfriend, but when is he going to grow up and propose?

One woman wants a man as successful as she is, but what about the up-and-comer right under her nose?

Then there’s the ladies’ man with his sights set on that smart beauty, but will her standards throw him off his game?

How about that sweet guy who can’t break free of his mother’s infantilizing affection to recognize the love he has with the cute single mom?

Sounds like these people need some words of wisdom, the kind that can only come from bestselling author Steve Harvey. The question is, how should they use that advice?

The sharp, funny and truth-telling romantic comedy Think Like A Man is an ingenious adaptation of comedian and nationally syndicated radio host Steve Harvey’s New York Times best-selling book, Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man.  In the film, four interconnected and diverse friends have their love lives shaken up after the women they are pursuing buy Steve Harvey’s book and start taking his advice to heart.  When the band of brothers finds out that they have been betrayed by one of their own, they conspire to use the book’s teachings to turn the tables.

The romantic comedy stars Michael Ealy (Takers, For Colored Girls), Jerry Ferrara (“Entourage”), Meagan Good (Jumping The Broom, Stomp The Yard), Regina Hall (Scary Movie, Law Abiding Citizen), Kevin Hart (Death At A Funeral, Not Easily Broken), Taraji P. Henson (Hustle & Flow, Karate Kid), Terrence J (BET’s “106 & Park,” Stomp The Yard: Homecoming), Jenifer Lewis, Romany Malco (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, No Ordinary Family), Gary Owen (Little Man, Daddy Day Care), Gabrielle Union (Cadillac Records, Bad Boys II), and Chris Brown (Stomp the Yard, This Christmas).  LaLa Anthony (Two Can Play That Game) and Arielle Kebbel (“The Vampire Diaries,” The Uninvited) are featured.

Tim Story (Fantastic Four, Barbershop) is the director.  The film was written by Keith Merryman & David A. Newman (Friends with Benefits); based upon the book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” by Steve Harvey.  Will Packer (Stomp the Yard, Obsessed, Takers) produces via his Rainforest Films banner.  Steve Harvey (The Original Kings of Comedy, “Family Feud”), Rushion McDonald (”The Parkers,” “The Jamie Foxx Show”), Rob Hardy (“Vampire Diaries,” Stomp the Yard: Homecoming), and Glenn S. Gainor (Friends with Benefits, Prom Night, Quarantine) are the executive producers.

THINK LIKE A PRODUCER

Part of Rainforest Films producer Will Packer’s job is to find new and exciting projects that can be tailor made for big screen adaptations.  Steve Harvey’s New York Times best-selling self-help book Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man caught his attention.  “Everywhere I went I would see women with this book and it intrigued me, so I had to find out about it.  I read the book,” says Packer.  “I didn’t know Steve was giving away all the secrets.  After my initial reaction of ‘Steve, what are you doing?’ – I thought that this would make a really good movie.”

Packer called Harvey and Rushion McDonald (executive producer for “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” and Think Like A Man) and he and his business partner, Rob Hardy (co-founder of Rainforest Films and executive producer on Think Like A Man), proposed a collaboration.  For the man whose bestselling advice started it all, the prospect of a movie had never entered his mind. “I didn’t see it coming,” says Harvey. “They were so serious about it that they flew to my ranch in Texas. I had taken a few days off and I was over there fishing. Well they came to talk about buying the rights to the movie and I went ‘Wow.’ That’s how the deal happened.”

For Packer, including Harvey was paramount to getting an adaptation done right, something that would appeal to people beyond simply the book’s readers. “Steve was instrumental in the creative process because it’s his voice, so he wanted to make sure that it was something that wasn’t limited to any particular audience-any particular niche or any particular segment of people,” says Packer.

For Steve Harvey, it’s the ultimate dramatization of the mix of sage advice and laughter that made his book a bestseller. “This movie is dead on,” he says. “This is not some pie in the sky thing that can’t happen, hasn’t happen, no chance of happening. This really happens in real life. That’s the takeaway people are going to get from this movie. But now it’s a romantic comedy, which is really cool, and which is like my book. You’re going to laugh, you’re going to agree, you’re going to cry.”

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27TH ANNUAL STELLAR AWARDS

Monday, February 13th, 2012

27TH ANNUAL STELLAR AWARDS

 

Gospel music’s finest showed up in force at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House Theatre for the taping of the industry’s premier event, The 27th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards in January. The celebration began with star-studded red carpet arrivals including stars Tina Campbell (of Mary Mary), Teddy Campbell, Dr. Bobby Jones, Earnest Pugh, Byron Cage, James Fortune, Richard Smallwood, Dottie Peoples, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, actress/producer Kim Fields, Regina Bell, Shirley Murdoch, Trin-I-Tee 5:7, Wess Morgan, top winner of the night, EMI Gospel artist Vashawn Mitchell and more. Hosted by Marvin Sapp and Dorinda Clark Cole, the show kicked off with an electrifying performance from Kirk Franklin. Other performers included Fred Hammond, Martha Munizzi, Kim Burrell, Jessica Reedy, Le’Andria Johnson, Lecrea, Da’ T.R.U.T.H., and Canton Jones gave an exciting collaborative performance.

Special awards recipients Vy Higginsen, Dorothy Norwood and John P. Kee were all present to be honored. Additional celebrities in attendance were gospel music icons Cece Winans and Donnie McClurkin, actress Carmen Ejogo (Lackawanna Blues, Sparkle), and ex-baseball player turned gospel artist, Todd Dulaney among others.

 

 

Photo Caption: Vashawn Mitchell receives award from Cece Winans at the 27th Annual Stellar Awards. (Photo Credit: Rick Diamond / Courtesy of Central City Productions & The FrontPage Firm)

 

 

Photo Caption: Donnie McClurkin and Tina Campbell of Mary Mary at the 27th Annual Stellar Awards. (Photo Credit: Rick Diamond / Courtesy of Central City Productions & The FrontPage Firm)

 

 

 

Photo Caption: Female collaboration performance by Le’Andria Johnson, “Female Vocalist of the Year” winner Kim Burrell, Martha Munizzi and Jessica Reedy. (Photo Credit: Rick Diamond / Courtesy of Central City Productions & The FrontPage Firm)
Photo Caption: Hip Hop collaboration performance by Da’ T.R.U.T.H., Canton Jones and Lecrae. (Photo Credit: Rick Diamond / Courtesy of Central City Productions & The FrontPage Firm)
Photo Caption: James Fortune & wife, Don Jackson (Stellar Awards Exec Producer) & wife Rose, and Isaac Caree & wife arrives at the 27th Annual Stellar Awards. (Photo Credit: Earl Gibson / Courtesy of Central City Productions & The FrontPage Firm)

 

Photo Caption: The Rance Allen Group, Stellar Awards winner for “Traditional Group/Duo of the Year,” on the red carpet at the 27th Annual Stellar Awards. (Photo Credit: Rick Diamond / Courtesy of Central City Productions & The FrontPage Firm)

 

Photo Caption: Actress and awards show presenter Kim Fields backstage at the 27th Annual Stellar Awards. (Photo Credit: Moses Robinson / Courtesy of Central City Productions & The FrontPage Firm)
                                         
                                          Photo Caption: Dr. Booby Jones presents Dorothy Norwood
                                          with the Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award.
                                         (Photo Credit: Moses Robinson / Courtesy of Central City Productions
                                          & The FrontPage Firm)
                                       
                                       Photo Caption: Actress Carmen Ejogo (Lackawanna Blues,
                                       Sparkle) at the 27th Annual Stellar Awards. (Photo Credit:
                                       Moses Robinson / Courtesy of Central City Productions & The
                                       FrontPage Firm)

Dr. Sherry from “Braxton Family Values” releases book,The Single-Married Woman

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Dr. Sherry, renowned therapist to the stars as seen on “Braxton Family Values”
on WE-tv releases her book,

The Single-Married Woman

Dr. Sherry Blake, better known as “Dr. Sherry,” is a therapist to the stars.  She considers everyone a “star” in their own right.  She inspires people to reach their goals.  Dr. Sherry has worked with everyone from award winning entertainers, celebrities and top athletes in the NFL, NBA, and the MLB, to everyday people.  Dr. Sherry successfully combines a direct style, skilled techniques, and humor to make talking with her non-threatening.  Her new book The Single Married Woman focuses on empowering women as they deal with balancing multiple roles in their relationships.  Every woman, and many men, married or not, who’s been in a committed relationship will identify as they laugh and cry about issues.

Dr. Sherry earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.  She also earned her Masters of Science Degree from Vanderbilt, after graduating from Tennessee State University. Dr. Sherry has served on numerous Boards of Directors in Atlanta and was the President of the Metropolitan Atlanta Mental Health Association. She is in private practice at Touchstone Psychological Services in Atlanta, Georgia.  Touchstone Psychological Services provides services to children, adolescents, and adults in the area of assessments, psychotherapy, and education/prevention.

EXCERPT FROM THE SINGLE-MARRIED WOMAN: Page 33

TIDBITS

Define your role in the relationship. Sometimes roles change as the relationship changes or the circumstances change.

Decide what you want in the relationship and what you expect from others. You may not always get what you expect, but at least you know what you want.

Verbalize your feelings clearly and early. Try to talk with your mate before you become upset. Establish a time to talk during which both of you can listen and discuss issues without interruptions. Don’t let things pile up before saying something about what is bothering you.

Learn to take care of yourself especially emotionally. Take time to be alone. Carve out at least 15-30 minutes a day of “me” time. This could be early in the morning with a cup of coffee or your favorite drink or late at night in a hot bubble bath.

Learn to say NO. Sometimes it is hard to say no to those you love, but you must in order to say yes to yourself. Don’t feel guilty for saying no sometimes.

 

Special Relationship Article from Dr. Sherry’s web site-

What Not To Do After a Break-up

Handling a break-up is not always the easiest thing to do, especially if the relationship was long term. We have all experienced being let down by someone we were in love or “lust” with, but how we handle those disappointments can be the difference between looking slightly “crazy” or not. So if you know someone who has recently gone through a break-up and they aren’t handling it too well, you may want to share these helpful tips to keep their sanity at a healthy level. We have all broken some of these rules, but with age and maturity, you can slowly break the cycle of break up no-no’s.

Don’t Try To Change Their Decision

If your actions were a big reason for the break-up, don’t use this time to try to convince them you have changed overnight.  This doesn’t look genuine, and it can be more of a turn-off than you think. Take a moment to evaluate your part in why the relationship failed, work on changing yourself for the better, and if it is supposed to work out again it will. So instead of trying to convince them they made the wrong decision, focus on doing the things that make you happy, centered and balanced. Only time can bring upon true change, and when it is real, the better you will feel overall.

Don’t Stalk Them

Stopping communication with your ex is probably one of the hardest things to do, especially when you have spent so much time talking to them throughout your day, whether it was through texting, calling, or facebooking. But if someone decides to end a relationship with you, continuing these habits can actually make you look like a stalker. Even if you have to block their number, un-friend them, or take a different route to work to avoid their presence, do it. If you continue to contact them, and they are not ready to talk to you, you start to look like a stalker, when we all know that is not your intent, but that is what it comes across when communication is no longer a two-way street.

Refrain From Contacting Their Family to Plead Your Case

Contacting your ex’s family is one of the more desperate pleas for help, and this usually doesn’t occur unless you have been together for a really long time and have a special bond with the parents/siblings.  But before you decide to reach out to a family member, ask yourself the following questions: What are you doing this for? Are you trying to plead your case about why you shouldn’t have been dumped? Are you trying to see if there is someone new in their lives that they may have known about? Or are you trying to get more information on what went wrong, and hoping they know something you don’t? Whatever the reason is, remember this one thing, under normal circumstances, family will usually show loyalty to family, no matter how wrong or right they are. So don’t forget this little piece of advice if you think of getting into a ex bashing session with their mother or sister. They will most likely listen and sympathize with you as much as possible, but at the end of the day, blood is probably thicker than water.

Don’t Slander Their Character

It is hard to think of anything positive about someone who has decided to end a relationship with you, especially when you weren’t ready. But even so, this is not the time to blab all your secrets that you and your partner shared when things were on the up and up. With Facebook and Twitter being the newest gossip columns, it doesn’t take much to know when someone just got their heart broke. They change their status’ every 10 minutest about their heart being broke, how they will never trust again, how the person wasn’t really who they portrayed themselves to be…yada yada. Well, with all that said, the social world is looking at your life thinking you are not doing so well, but most aren’t concerned enough to help you get through this tough time, usually they are just shaking their heads wondering why you are doing this to yourself. So try to keep it together at least publicly, and vent to your best friend about your deepest darkest feelings.

Don’t Dig Up Reminders

And last, but certainly not least, try not to dig up reminders about your relationship with them. Don’t play your favorite love song on repeat that now makes you cry every time you hear it. Stop looking at all those cute pictures you took on your cellphone. If you must save these memories, consider sending them to one of your  junk email addresses that you rarely visit, delete the pics from your phone, and get ready to make new and improved memories. Put everything you have of theirs in a box and give it back to them, or even better, donate those items to a local donation store. Not only will you put a smile on someone else’s day, but you have a chance to get rid of those haunting reminders in your closet that tends to bring out nothing but tears and anger every time you look at them.

Breaking-up is never an easy thing to go through in life, but the better you handle it, the better you feel afterwards. You will have less regrets, you won’t look psychotic, and if your relationship is actually able to be salvaged, your ex will definitely consider working things out with you if you don’t act out in ways that show “signs of emotional recklessness.” It is definitely a learning experience, and all these tips will take lots of discipline, but it is possible. It is so important that you don’t stop “doing you” once you have experienced a heart-break. Take a moment to recall what you were doing before you met this person. What did you do in your spare time? Make a real effort to go back to the activities that kept you occupied when you didn’t have that person around. So don’t pick up that phone, go out and mingle, because sometimes the best times of your life are when you are single!

by  -  http://drsherryonline.com/category/inspiration/

Dr. Sherry & Tamar Braxton from Braxton Family Values

Dr. Sherry & Tony Award-Winning Singer & Actress Jennifer Holliday at the Book Launch Party for The Single-Married Woman in Atlanta.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TERRELL OWENS – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

           PHOTOS COURTESY  VH1.COM

BY DARREL CANTY

Editor-In-Chief of Legacy & MIA Magazines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While Terrell Owens enters the twilight of his football career, the T.O. brand continues to identify markets of opportunity beyond the playing fields of the National Football League. I had the opportunity to talk with T.O. shortly after he signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. We talked about many of his NFL achievements, “The T.O. Show,” and other projects he’s involved in. Yet, with all that’s going on for him, I was impressed with his down to earth demeanor, his humility, work ethic, and old fashioned values, which were introduced to him by his grandmother who raised him in Alexander City, Alabama. Terrell’s grandmother has Alzheimer’s disease, and throughout our conversation, he credited her with teaching him the simple values he lives by today.

CANTY: How did the hardships shape you as an adult?

T.O: It made me appreciate what I have now, and what I’ve gone through to get where I am. It definitely allowed me to work harder. I know if I did not work hard from my professional football career standpoint then none of this stuff would have happened.

CANTY: How is your Grandmother?

T.O: She’s doing O.K. Alzheimer’s, it’s not a disease that progressively gets better. I think there are medications that slow the process a little bit, but there hasn’t been a cure found. My involvement with the Alzheimer’s Association is raising awareness about the disease and to find research, to see how we can prevent it.

CANTY: Your charity work speaks volumes about you as a humanitarian. Will your efforts extend to Miami?

T.O: I’m always invited to different events of my celebrity friends that have foundations. A couple of years ago, I participated in Mike McKenzie’s charitable basketball game held in the Miami area. If there’s something that I take an interest, or invited to, I’ll make a financial contribution, or show up and give them my time.

CANTY: Tell me about The T.O. Show?

T.O: I think The T.O. Show is awesome. I try to put myself in a fan’s perspective. For me, if Michael Jordan had a reality show, how would that be? What does he do every day?

CANTY: How long did it take for the show to develop?

T.O: I think it was the time that I was with Philly. And I did not really know too much about reality shows, nor did I care.

CANTY: What changed your mind?

T.O: I’ve heard people say, ‘You’re just like what people say on T.V,’ and it was not always positive. And from a standpoint of allowing people to see me as a human being, rather than a football player, and my initials T.O., I thought it was a good thing. The show allowed people to look – really look inside as to who I am as a person, aside from listening to the media portrayal of who I am..

CANTY: Many of your fans want to know if you’re single or dating a special lady?

T.O: Yeah— I mean it depends—sometimes it depends on the day—depends on the week- month.

CANTY: Kita and Monique are two very attractive women. Do they present any road blocks for ladies trying to holla at you?

T.O: No, I wouldn’t say they present any roadblocks. I would say they are screeners. I mean they try to filter out who’s good for me and who’s not.

CANTY: Any acting vehicles on the horizon?

T.O: Yes, if you watched The T.O. Show, you saw some of those things that I was involved with over the summer. I shot my first movie.

CANTY: What is the name of the movie?

T.O: It’s called “Dysfunctional Friends”.

["Dysfunctional Friends" premiered at the ABFF film festival this year . T.O. also garnered roles on VH1's "Single Ladies" and USA Network's "Necessary Roughness."]

T.O. scene with actress Stacey Dash and filmmaker & actor Datari Turner in "Dysfuntional Friends."

CANTY: I heard you say on the show, ‘I love the MIAMI night life.’ What else do you love about the City?

T.O: The weather in general. That’s something people don’t realize when you are buying property in Miami or in LA. You are paying for the weather. (laughs)

CANTY: How long have you been living in Miami?

T.O: Since 2006.

CANTY: Should we expect to see additional Miami episodes on the T.O. series?

T.O: Yes, definitely. That’s where I spend much of my time.

CANTY: How many more NFL years? And define your legacy.

T:O: At this point I would probably say 2 to 3 years. How do I define it my legacy? I think it would definitely be the way I played the game. My numbers speak for themselves.

CANTY: Define T.O. on the field in two words.

T.O: Just with my initials? Totally Outstanding!

CANTY: What advice would you impart to young men on how to avoid toxic situations?

T.O: I would say listen to your parents. I think that’s where kids have gone wrong. I keep God first, and we have a choice when we do things. It all starts in the home initially, but once you’re grown, you’ve got to realize there are some consequences to your actions.

CANTY: If you could impart some wisdom to 15 rookies entering the NFL, what would that be?

T.O: I would say be smart with the people that you hang around. And be smart with your decisions in what you do financially, and who you deal with emotionally.

For more on Terrell Owens visit  http://www.terrellowens.com/

 

DARREL CANTY

Darrel Canty is the Editor & Chief of Legacy & MIA Magazine in South Florida, one of the ten largest distributed black publications in the country. Canty is also the At Large Sports Journalist and content provider for MTRMedia.com.

 

 

DIGGING FOR PLATINUM – LisaRaye: The Real McCoy returns for Season 2

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

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DIGGING FOR PLATINUM – LisaRaye: The Real McCoy returns for Season 2

LisaRaye McCoy has come full circle. The Hollywood actress and former First Lady of the Turks and Caicos, often called a “banger” in modern day terms because of her sultry and striking beauty, is back on her grind and excited as TV One’s highest rated show, LisaRaye: The Real McCoy returns for a second season. With a divorce behind her, her reality show and a scripted series on VH1 (“Single Ladies”) in front of her, and a spiritual transformation that has helped her balance her life, LisaRaye McCoy is in the throes of a comeback. She says she is no longer going for the gold, but she’s digging for platinum. 

The nine-episode second season of LisaRaye: The Real McCoy, filmed in Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Las Vegas, finds the outspoken star kicking her own acting career back into high gear, burnishing her brand with a new line of jeans, raising money for charity to help friends, helping to get her daughter Kai’s career off the ground, and looking for love – and finding spirituality. The season features celebrity guest appearances by Sheryl Lee Ralph, Tatyana Ali, Bobby Brown, Elise Neal, Nelly, Twista, Bishop T.D. Jakes, DeRay Davis, Chef G. Garvin and Jacque Reid.

I got a chance to talk with LisaRaye, 44, and her daughter Kai, 21, about their multiple career ventures and their close bond, which was often criticized in the first season of LisaRaye: The Real McCoy due to LisaRaye’s kisses and affection for Kai. LisaRaye also opened up about her spiritual journey, her love life, and her perception as a gold-digger.

 Here are a few of LisaRaye’s answers from our telephone conference call:

LisaRaye – (On Being Perceived as a Gold Digger):

“The biggest misconception [about me] is that I’m a gold digger. I think people need to know where I come from and a little bit about who I am in my heart for them to be able to even come up with that perception. I think they get it twisted that because I have dated men who have powerful status or come from a wealthy background that I’m a gold-digger. And I’ve joked last season saying, ‘Gold-Digger? Honey, I’m digging for platinum.” But I really do mean that because I’m a worldly woman. I know who I am and I know where I’ve been and I know the places I want to go. So I don’t want to raise my husband or my man. I don’t want to be his mother. I want to be his mate, so I would also encourage our young adults – our young generation – to go after someone that has something and bring to the table what they have to bring to the table because it makes the union that much more powerful.”

LisaRaye – (On her Spiritual Transformation & her talk with Bishop TD Jakes):

“I went to Bishop TD Jake’s conference, Woman Thou Art Loosed, and I didn’t even know what that meant, first of all. I was like, ‘Okay. I’m going to get loosed . . . whatever that is.’ But I had an opportunity to speak with First Lady Jakes as well and then I had an opportunity to sit with him [Bishop TD Jakes] afterwards because I had some questions. I had some kid-like questions, but they were new faith questions that I was not afraid to ask. I didn’t have the opportunity to sit with someone of his caliber [prior to that] to be able to answer those questions for me in the way in which I needed them answered. And he did that for me. He said to me, I have no right to hang my head down low and for me to take those experiences that I’ve lived, whether they’re good or bad, and keep moving forward because time is of the essence and time waits for no one. And he said ‘Shake it Off,’ ‘Let it go,’ ‘Live your life,’ and it was like, ‘Right! Right!’ It was almost like I needed permission to just move on. And I had gotten a little bit of that [reassurance] from Rev. [Al] Sharpton because he was definitely a person in my life that made me go back and remember who LisaRaye, the actress, was and all that I’ve accomplished without being a First Lady, without being Mrs. Misick . . . and sometimes you forget. While you’re trying to be accepted and trying to be the person that they want you to be, you get lost. And I had to find myself and get back to me. I’m learning to just listen. I’ve also visited churches here in Atlanta to find a place that I can get the word, get the connection and get my scriptures so I can apply it to my life.

LisaRaye – (On her affectionate relationship with her daughter, Kai):

“One of the comments of last year was ‘I can’t believe that she kisses on her daughter like that’ and my answer to that is, ‘You can never give your child enough love.’ But most importantly, you need to give them love so that they can know how to receive love. And she doesn’t have an option.”

Kai – (On the best advice her mother, LisaRaye, has given her):

“I believe the best advice is to always be confident. Being that we are different sizes and in different parts of entertainment – me being a plus size girl – she always said, ‘Work out and be healthy.’ But she never told me ‘Okay, well you’re fat’ or ‘Don’t be this way or that way.’ She’s always been like, ‘You’re beautiful and you have curves. Embrace them. And have confidence because with confidence you can go and do whatever things you want.’ I can trust her. I know that she’s got my back. I know that she’s gonna go to battle for me.”

LisaRaye – (On her Love Life):

“I’m taking the time to work on me and maybe he will appear somewhere and God will see fit for me to find that significant other, but he has to be my best friend. He has to be somebody that I can communicate with because I’m a talker. I like to be able to have someone that has a business mind, that is powerful within his own right, and who is spiritual as well.”

LisaRaye – (On her thoughts about the 2nd season of LisaRaye: The Real McCoy):

“This reality show lets you inside my personal life to let you know that I’m human just like you and you find strength in numbers. When you’re going through the same thing that someone else is going through, it makes you go, ‘Oh you too? Me too! And it’s like, yeah . . . we’re the same.’ One essential part of season two is my spiritual journey of finding out LisaRaye’s passion and purpose in life. And just growing from last year and being able to be a pillar of strength to a lot of women. If not women,  just human beings who have gone through some things that have allowed them to grow and strengthen through that experience. I think my story is a testament to that in building and re-branding, repositioning and renewal in who you are. And that’s where I am right now. In the second season I’m looking to top the numbers we did last year. I know that there’s an incredible response from fans and people asking when the second season is going to start. That definitely makes me feel good.” 

LisaRaye – (On her new scripted series, “Single Ladies”):

 “Single Ladies, a Queen Latifah Flavor Unit production, is about three young ladies that are friends. They have different philosophies about relationships and I think that’s so wonderful because within the three characters everyone will be able to relate to, if not all, at least one of them, because we’re dealing with issues that we deal with everyday, which is love, finances, fame, issues. We’re looking for that Prince Charming, we’re looking for that king, but what is it that we’re really looking for? And we’re honestly answering those questions in a positive way that will allow us to have male viewers. We’re sharp, we’re dressers, we’re fashion forward. We look good. It’s sexy. We’re just filling a void in television right now. There’s nothing on TV that’s like this right now. We don’t have Sex and The City any longer, Girlfriends is not on the air. This is a perfect time for this show to air and it’s urban, it’s now, it’s current, it’s fresh and I’m just very excited to be in this position – in partnership with Queen Latifah, with such a diverse channel, which is VH1, that really heightens my fan base that I’m looking for. And my character is just wonderful. She gets to test the waters of different relationships and she has this philosophy about looking for Mr. Right and the games that women play. And we all play them. It’s the game of life. And I’m hoping that what this show will do is show other women, ‘You know what. I do that too. And this was the outcome of it, so maybe if I change my direction and change my path, I may have a different outcome.’ It’s all in drama, it’s all in comedy, but it’s all in fun.”

LisaRaye – (On whether being a Sex Symbol has helped or hurt her):

“It can be a blessing or a curse at the same time. Sometimes they think you’re too pretty to be the wife or the librarian or the nurse. You always have to play the sex pot, which really speaks to why a lot of our roles – when we get Oscars – are the type of roles that are like Aunt Jemima roles – no makeup, no hair, you’re cursing, fussing, smoking and all of that. No, we don’t necessarily need to have those type of roles. We can do other things. There’s no black action hero, like Pam Grier, Foxy Brown, Mahogany type. So we need to re-invent our stories and our stories are just as important, so I am who I am. And I feel blessed to be able to have whatever kind of label they want to put on me. If it’s a sex symbol then, thank you. I have to use what I got to get what I want . . . a la The Player’s Club.”

LisaRaye – (On her B2B Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico):

It’s Memorial Day Weekend May27-31st in San Juan, Puerto Rico. And we did it last year, which will air on my season of The Real McCoy and it was a hit. I said, ‘You know what: A woman has never done this before.’ We always hear about the men – Sinbad with Aruba, Jamaica, and Puffy to Cancun and Miami. I was like, ‘You know what: Move to the side. Let me be the first to do something else. Let me add the first to my resume again.’ So, we encourage people to come out and understand what networking is about, what relationships are about, because sometimes when we gather together we don’t know how to make that work for us. So what we do is we party with a purpose and we come together and we have seminars and we have comedy shows, fashion show. We’re just having fun as a people.”

(For more info go to www.b2bmixdown.com)

LisaRaye- (On her Jean Line):

“I’m also branding myself with my new jean line that’s coming out by PZI. It’s the LisaRaye Collection. I’m excited about that venture as well. It’s a jean that finally fits women that have small waists and are fuller in the hip area.

Kai – (On her ventures):

 “The show [LisaRaye: The Real McCoy] has done so much with me growing. I’ve definitely enjoyed it. It has helped me to thrive in my career. I’ve worked regular jobs all my life. I know the ins and outs of different things, not just the entertainment business, but of retail business, of hotel management business. I know how to deal with different people in different ways.”

“I have a couple of things coming out. I have my campaign with Apple Bottoms – that will be in MACY’S, which is this spring and then my line which will be in the UK in summer, so you will be seeing a lot more. And as everyone has been seeing, I’m on Rip the Runway.”

LisaRaye – (On the strides she has made over the last year):

“I think this [my story] is the best comeback story that I’ve heard. Because what a difference a year makes – from me not having a job to having a successful reality show – what is the highest rated show in TV One’s history – now back for the second season. And to have a first scripted show for VH1 that they are totally behind and having a partnership with Queen Latifah is phenomenal and then branding myself with my jean line, having my second annual Memorial Day Weekend for my B2B in San Juan, PR and my daughter advancing and even our relationship getting even closer – if that can even be possible. And my relationship with my mother is even better. I mean honey, I walk around my house just thanking and praising and giving Him the glory and saying, ‘Thank you for sitting my butt down so I could get in a place where I could listen to You, so I could get to where I’m at and so I could get to where I’m trying to get to – further than this.” 

“Last year I was engulfed in the midst of the trenches of divorce and repositioning myself and trying to figure it all out, and not much has changed from me trying to figure it out, because I think that’s going to be forever revolving. But this year I’m definitely working, and my motto has always been B2B which is Back To Business and I kind of use that as an umbrella approach to whatever I have going on in my life. Whether it’s back to business, back to living, back to finances, back to family or back to love. Back to the second season  . . . back to LisaRaye.”

LisaRaye: The Real McCoy premieres Thursday, April 7th at 9 PM and 9:30 PM ET

Watch the video preview at:    http://lisaraye.tvoneonline.com/category/season-two-sneak

By Sonya Jenkins

ALEX’S ADVENTURES – Photos by Alexander Williams

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Sonya’s Spotlight Photographer Alex Oscar Williams highlights Jamie Foxx concert during NBA All-Star Weekend, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Film Premiere in L.A., Janet Jackson’s concerts in New Orleans (during Esseence Musical Festival) and in Washington, D.C. More photos from Alex’s Adverntures to come! ENJOY!

A-List Atlanta Spring Events 2010

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Sonya SPOTLIGHTS 2011 Summer Events – PHOTOS!

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

BLACK ENTERPRISE/PEPSI GOLD & TENNIS CHALLENGE – Sept. 1-5  Marriott Doral Golf Resort & Spa – Miami

Highlights: Performances by Ne-Yo, Wyclef Jean, Mint Condition, Ledisi; Awards Dinner with comedian/actor Anthony Anderson, Book signing by Hill Harper, Competitive Tournament Golf featuring the Doral TPC Blue Monster Course, Social Tennis, Speed Dating, Private Movie Screenings, Sunrise Church Service with Rev. Al Sharpton and More!

 

 

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