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“It Take 10 Years To Make An Overnight Success” Tika Sumpter On Her Come Up, Interracial Dating & Dark Skinned Girls
If you haven’t been paying attention, it would seem like Tika Sumpter’s career took off out of nowhere. The 33 year old actress is working on quite a few projects these days. She’s in the recently released A Madea Christmas, she’ll be starring in the new comedy Ride Along with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, she’s also a star on the ever popular OWN show “The Have and Have Nots” and she’s also a cast member on the new BET show, “Being Mary Jane.” The girl’s grind is intense. So when MadameNoire had a chance to speak to this starlet in an exclusive interview, we asked her how she made it to the top, her current projects, interracial dating and how she proposes we get past the ever present issue of colorism in the black community.
MN: Your career seems to be on an upward swing these days? What do you attribute that to?
Tika: I’ve been working for a while. So it’s just funny because I guess people are just now starting to know me for the newer things that I’ve been doing. I just keep my head down and just work hard and be consistent and prepared and make sure I know what I need to do in general. I’ve been doing the same thing for the past 10 years. I don’t think it’s anything different, it’s just getting in front of the right people. So with time– you know they say it takes 10 years to make an overnight success– so I’ve just been really working hard for a really long time.
And it seems that people are appreciating your efforts. Did you anticipate “The Have and Have Nots” doing so well?
That surprised me, honestly. I just knew that I liked the character that I was playing and I didn’t know what was going to actually happen. So when when we got the response that we did, I was really happy and proud, And then we just went back and tried to make it better and better like every show. And I think people are even more excited now to see a second season. I’m excited that we went back and worked really hard. There’s going to be some familiar faces popping up and I’m excited for all the guest stars that are there. It was just like a little, grassroots kind of following and then word of mouth and it’s been really great. It’s done really well for the OWN network and for cable in general.
Your character is kind of out there. She reminds us of the daughter in Imitation of Life. How did you prepare to play her?
Well, it’s always fun playing the underdog and people who [are perceived] as bad. I think there’s a little bit of her in everybody. She just wants to make it in life. She just wants to be somebody. And the way she goes about doing it is not always the correct way but everybody’s story is different. I think a lot of things start as a kid and what you learn. And that’s why I don’t feel so bad playing her because her story is so rough from the beginning. People do what they know. And that’s what she does. I think overall she does have a good heart but it’s only for certain people.
We saw on your website that you used to be in an R&B group. So does that mean that was really you singing in Sparkle?
Laughs. I was singing, actually, before I was acting. I grew up in church. My mom got offered to sing at Lincoln Center Preparatory for Opera. She taught my sisters how to sing in church since I was like six. I grew up in a singing household. Yeah, that was really us. We to a studio in LA and cut the songs. That’s really me singing.
Here is the winner:
Winner’s Photo Caption: “This is with human hair and died with tobacco, my ex’s mom gave it to me last xmas because I like art wtf!”
Guess folks weren’t trying to hop on the Madea train this weekend. But then again, was I the only one who wasn’t aware that A Madea Christmas came out on Friday? I guess so, because according to Shadow and Act, the film grossed $16 million, landing in third place for the box office weekend. Considering that the movie was competing against big box office dogs like Frozen and The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, I’m sure most folks didn’t think that it was going to come out on top. I mean c’mon, you’re competing against the kids and the
nerds J.R.R. Tolkien fans. But as Shadow and Act says, the film’s showing makes it the third lowest box office opening for a Tyler Perry movie, only being bested by Daddy’s Little Girls and Good Deeds in first and second place. But it’s the lowest grossing opening weekend for a Madea movie, considering the highest grossing Madea movie was Madea Goes To Jail, which pulled in $41 million in 2009. But no matter what, we all know that the movie will make a profit soon enough, considering that it only cost Perry $25 million to make it, so he should get back what he spent to make it in the next few weeks. You know what that means! Expect another Madea movie sometime in 2014, and with an even more diverse cast (aka, more white celebrities) compared to this movie. Can’t stop. Won’t stop. Eh eh.
This Christmas, Tyler Perry is looking to make you double over with laughter and reflect on a timeless lesson. Perhaps both goals are achieved in his latest flick, A Madea Christmas, his eighth featuring the loud-mouth character we’ve come to love.
We caught up with the famed director to talk about the holiday season, what he’s getting Oprah for Christmas and if he’ll ever kill off Madea.
ESSENCE.com: Are you planning to give Oprah a special gift this year? Or anyone else?
PERRY: Nope, I gave her flowers last year for her birthday. This year she’s getting a small single rose and in a bottle. I’m going to buy it on a freeway in California and send it to her, that’s what she’s getting this year. Don’t tell her! I give Christmas gifts all year long. Everybody gets a Christmas gift. It comes every month for most people that I know.
ESSENCE.com: You have so many Madea movies under your belt. In a lot of ways her character seems immortal. Have you ever thought about bringing her character to a close or killing her off?
PERRY: I would never kill her off, but if people stopped coming to see Madea she would go away. She would go away very, very quickly because she’s not my favorite character to play. But, I do appreciate the joy that she brings to a lot of people. I’ve been trying to celebrate it within myself and enjoy the moment, enjoy the ride.
ESSENCE.com: Spike Lee recently said that he would like to work with you. In a perfect world, what would that project look like?
PERRY: You know, I don’t know. Spike has so much edge to his work. It would be very interesting. I’m totally intrigued at the thought and would love the idea of just being able to work with someone as brilliant as Spike. Maybe we will find the right project that speaks to what is true to him, while at the same time speaks to what is true to me at my core.
You can read more over on ESSENCE.com, including how Tyler Perry handles accepting scripts from up and coming writers. It looks like Madea is here to stay as long as she keeps bringing in dollars.
From The Grio
This Friday Tyler Perry heads back to theaters with the release of his latest film, A Madea Christmas.
Perry reprises his role as the gun-toting, scripture-quoting Madea character that his loyal fans have come to cherish.
A Madea Christmas features Tika Sumper, Anna Maria Horsford, and Larry the Cable Guy, and follows Madea to a rural Alabama town where she’s coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit for Christmas.
Perry talked about his new film, and also opened up about the successful year we are having in black cinema.
“There is definitely a wave that happens in film and in Hollywood,” Perry told theGrio’s Chris Witherspoon. “If you look back in the ’90s there were lots of movies with African-Americans around that time.”
“So there’s a wave, and then it comes down and you go through the low, and what I was able to do was maintain through that time. All we’re doing now is watching another wave happen. Which I’m very excited about. I think that ‘yes’ part of the success that I’ve had is a part of that, and so is Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and Think Like A Man. You add those up together and you get the second wave that’s happening right now.”
Read and see more of Tyler Perry along with Tika Sumper at TheGrio.com
Last week we announced Bossip’s “Jankiest Xmas Gift Ever Sweeps” contest giving readers a chance to win a $1,000 AMEX gift card by uploading pics of the worst gifts they’ve ever received for Christmas. The entries are in and we’ve chosen five Editor’s Picks that take the cake.
HeyNow: Synthetic Thou? Cheap bastard…
Good tidings and cheer aren’t all the holidays bring. There’s also plenty of stress, dwindling funds, family drama, and did we mention stress? Almost as soon as the relatives roll up, the foolishness starts to roll out, so in honor of A Madea Christmas, which hits theaters December 13, we’re presenting Madea’s Guide To Surviving The Holidays. Follow these tips and you won’t get got this Christmas season.
Get all of your cooking and cleanting out of the way early
Preparation is key to having peace of mind this time of year. Make sure your house is already cleant to perfection before guests arrive and you’ll want to make sure your fridge is stocked for whipping up Holiday meals, lest you have to pull one of these Fast Food runs.
Christmas is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but it can quickly turn into the worst when you’re on the receiving end of a bad gift.
We’ve all been there before. Someone just knew we would love a candle instead of the gift card we actually wrote on our list to Santa. Or even worse — someone made us a present that was supposed to be sentimental but came off as plain ol’ cheap.
Well, you’re in luck this holiday season because that bad Christmas gift you got last year could win you a huge prize from Madea!
In honor of A Madea Christmas, which hits theaters December 13, Bossip is hosting the “Jankiest Xmas Gift Ever Sweeps,” giving readers a chance to win a $1,000 AMEX gift card. To enter the contest, head over to Bossip to submit a picture and description of the worst gift you have ever received — or given — in their comments section. Be sure check their photo gallery on Facebook where the best/funniest submissions will be posted and one lucky winner will be chosen to win the $1,000 AMEX gift card. Good luck!
Check out the rules!
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Author Charing Ball just said the other day that it would probably be a good idea if Tyler Perry hung up his Madea costume for good. But of course, seeing as much money as these movies make, you might be able to understand why Perry is having a ‘can’t stop won’t stop’ mentality. The trailer for his upcoming Madea movie, “A Madea Christmas,” has just been released and it actually had us chuckling.
If you need a reminder, the plot goes like this:
“Madea gets coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas, but the biggest surprise is what they’ll find when they arrive. As the small, rural town prepares for its annual Christmas Carnival, new secrets are revealed and old relationships are tested while Madea dishes her own brand of Christmas Spirit to all.”
So basically, Madea goes with her friend Eileen (Anna Maria Horsford) and they find out that the woman’s daughter (Tika Sumpter) is dating a white man (Eric Lively), living on a farm, and doing the whole rural thing. Madea of course struggles to get along with the white fella’s family (who is a little bit backwards/redneck-ish), and comedy ensues.
Check out the trailer for yourself and let us know what you think. A Madea Christmas comes out on December 13, just in time for the holidays. Will you go see it?
Apparently Tyler Perry has another film coming out, just in time for the holiday season, which is said to be a well acted and produced heartwarming tale of some of the most respectable black and gender progressive characters ever witness on screen. Just kidding, it’s another Madea film:
From Shadow & Act:
“Initial word was that another YouTube celeb Sweet Brown (“Ain’t nobody got time for that”) had been cast in Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, which is due out this X-mas holiday.But, that still hasn’t been officially confirmed, whether by Sweet Brown herself, or Tyler Perry. While we wait with bated breath for that confirmation, another YouTube celeb, Antoine Dodson, has revealed for the first time, in an interview with Hip Hollywood, that he will appear in that Tyler Perry film. Remember Antoine Dodson from 2 years ago or so – Mr “Hide yo kids, hide yo wife, and hide yo husband…”Might both Dodson and Sweet Brown appear in A Madea’s Christmas?”
Honestly, if you thought the joke here is that both Sweet “Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That” Brown and Antoine “Hide Yo Wife, Hide Yo Kids…” Dodson are possibly going to utter their catch phrases on the big screen, you are wrong – okay, I’ll settle for half-right. But most definitely, the other part of the punchline here is that after raking in millions; inking lucrative deals with Oprah and helping Lionsgate reach a company milestone at the Box Office, why the heck is Perry still making Madea flicks?
Some of you are likely thinking: “why exactly would he stop making Madea films, especially if they are making him money?” Good point. Excellent point actually. If someone paid me a gazillion bucks to do the same task for the rest of my life, no matter how monotonous it would become, I would have a pretty hard time justifying saying “no.” However, I also think that as an artist, Tyler Perry should be accountable to his craft. And a part of that is giving his fans quality work – even if it is the monotonous confides of Madea.
And this is not a dig at the Madea character. Nor a slight about black men in dresses. Although not one of my favorite Perry creations, I can definitely see what makes Madea both charming and relatable. On those rainy Sundays, I have been known to line up a Madea flick or stage play and cackle too at her wise-cracking yet whimsical down-hominess. And although the films’ stories themselves are often seen as low quality, preachy and regressive, there are certain nuances there, which let you know that at the very least, Perry has put some thought into his message and his craft. Well, he used to put thought into them anyway.
More specifically, the last two films Madea’s Happy Family and Madea’s Witness Protection Program, were just unbearable to even watch. I don’t care if it was a thunderstorm with hail and 80mph wind gust, I would rather find an activity outside in that before being forced to finish watching the half-hearted Madea’s Witness Protection Program. In fact, the last couple of Madea films had plots, which were so rushed and thrown together, that it makes you wonder if Perry has run out of ideas or he just does not care about the Madea character anymore? Either way, the reality is that Madea has become an old gag, whose time has come. And as someone, who sees herself as sort of a fan of Madea, I kind of feel insulted that Perry would ruin his most treasured staple character, just for the sake of squeezing every single monetary value out of her.
In a recent conversation with a friend, we came up with our very own list of potential Madea themes which Perry hasn’t explore yet, including: Madea visits the country of Africa; Madea goes to Mars; Madea drives a church van; Madea runs with the bulls; Madea tries out Zumba for the first time; Madea finds a quarter; Madea cuts a rap album; Madea sees a movie; and my personal favorite, Madea Pope. Of course, we were being factitious but ten bucks says that within that lot of ideas, and possible film titles, is Perry’s next Madea flick.
If not a full retirement, at least Perry should consider giving her a break for about a decade. You know, until some new ideas come to fruition. I mean, I know we are just talking about campy flicks here but even camp has standards. Perhaps it is time to let someone else don the paisley-printed moo-moo for a change? I know Orlando Jones made a tongue-and-cheek pitch for the job last April Fool’s Day. The irony is that Perry didn’t find Jones’ Madea joke very funny…