In an interview with Essence.com
yesterday, producer Tracey Edmonds opened up about her new YouTube channel, Alright TV (for those really “hungry to be uplifted and inspired”), what films and shows she has in the works, and even talked about programs she’s working on with her boyfriend, Deion Sanders (*shudders*). But the most interesting reveal in the interview was not only her plans to bring us another Jumping The Broom
(yay…?), but her also filling us in on that darn Basketball Wives
movie she is working on with Shaunie O’Neal, which she says will be positive and uplifting. Good luck with that. Here are some of the highlights from the interview:
On working with her boo, Deion Sanders:
“He’s been wonderful. He’s one of the most positive people I know. On the network, Deion hosts Sports Dad where he comes to the rescue of sports-obsessed dads who are pushing their kids too hard. He’s also doing an inspirational blog. I met Deion through business and had a chance to see the wonderful man he is.”
On working with Issa Rae:
I love Issa Rae! We are doing a choir series with her to take a fun look at everything that happens in a church choir including relationships and choir competitions.
On creating opportunities for positive projects with Alright TV, that Basketball Wives
movie in the works, and a Jumping The Broom 2…
In all honesty, when I first started there were more opportunities for projects of color. There were at least seven distributors doing African-American films. Nowadays, it’s maybe two or three. That leaves fewer slots to get a film through and fewer opportunities to direct or produce. We are seeing the same with television. The good news is things are beginning to segue way online, which is global. A channel like Alright is reaching the entire world on YouTube and a wonderful opportunity to get positive images out to the world. There is a Jumping the Broom sequel in the works and I am also producing a Basketball Wives movie with Shaunie O’Neal. It’s not based on the show and is an uplifting story with a lot of twists.
Still not excited about the prospect of a Basketball Wives
movie, nor a Jumping The Broom 2.
But I’m all for black folks creating new things and having the ability to do so. Do your thing Tracey!
But speaking of Basketball Wives
, there are swirling reports that Basketball Wives LA
is getting the axe after the second season’s bad ratings. But if you’re still watching that mess, the Miami version will allegedly be back in August
Check out Tracey’s full interview at Essence.com