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You know what they say, this is the year of Pharrell. Coming off of hits, like “Blurred Lines,” Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,”and of course “Happy,” he is doing it…in a very big way. So it only makes sense that he would sit down with Oprah for one of her telling interviews on “Oprah Prime.” In it, Pharrell discusses everything from his childhood experiences listening to Luther Vandross and Stevie Wonder in the neighborhood to wanting to be the guy in the front when he first started producing.
Then things got personal as Pharrell described why he chose Helen Lasichanh to be his wife, how Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock partially inspired him to name his son Rocket, how he wrote “Happy” when he was completely out of ideas and how the universe conspired to make the achievements of his career possible.
Take a look at the highlights from the entire interview in this video below.
You can read and watch Pharrell speak about naming his son and writing “Happy” on the following page.
If you saw Toni Braxton’s “Behind The Music,” you know that she didn’t think Oprah treated her well. When she went on her show, shortly after filing bankruptcy, she felt like Oprah wasn’t very sympathetic and instead tried to scold her for her financial irresponsibility. She recalled:
“She was so frickin’ mean to me, I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it because I loved her so much…She pretty much reprimanded me.
She says to me, ‘I heard you have Gucci flatware. I’m Oprah Winfrey and even I don’t have Gucci flatware.”
But that was years ago, over 15 years ago, to be exact. And it seems like the two have buried the hatchet because Toni is going to star in a new OWN movie.
Yesterday, during OWN Upfronts, Braxton and Winfrey took the stage together to announce their new collaboration for their project, “My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story.” If you’ve seen the documentary, 20 Feet From Stardom you may have heard of Darlene’s story. She is the background singer from some of our favorite old school R&B and soul hits.
According to OWN,
“executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Academy Award winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet From Stardom), “My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story” features the story of one of the 1960’s iconic musical voices, Darlene Love. Love began cutting records for producer Phil Spector right out of high school, and went on to work with some of the greatest musical talents in history, including Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen. Whether it was the wild parties Tom Jones used to throw, how Elvis came on to her backstage at his 1968 comeback special, or her love affair with Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers, Love holds nothing back as she recalls the exciting events that make up her life. This is the dishy and dramatic story of a woman who had it all, lost it all, but never, ever refused to give up. Love will also serve as an executive producer.”
The movie is set to premiere on OWN in December.
The Oprah Winfrey Network recently made their 2014 Upfront announcements and it appears that they have quite the line-up.
First and foremost, the network announced that six-time Grammy Award-winning singer Toni Braxton has been cast to star in an original biopic about the life of actress and singer Darlene Love, “My Name Is Love: The Darlene Love Story.” The film is executive produced by Oprah and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Nellville. Darlene will also serve as an executive producer for the movie.
“‘My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story’ features the story of one of the 1960’s iconic musical voices, Darlene Love,” the network explains in a press release. “Love began cutting records for producer Phil Spector right out of high school, and went on to work with some of the greatest musical talents in history, including Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen. Whether it was the wild parties Tom Jones used to throw, how Elvis came on to her backstage at his 1968 comeback special, or her love affair with Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers, Love holds nothing back as she recalls the exciting events that make up her life. This is the dishy and dramatic story of a woman who had it all, lost it all, but never, ever refused to give up.”
This season, OWN will also be tackling the tale of the “largest race riot in U.S. history, where over 300 people were believed to have been murdered in Tulsa, Oklahoma ,” with two-night mini series “Tulsa” (working title). The production, which is still in development, will be starring Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer.
“The mini-series centers on Mattie Clay (Spencer), a journalist from Tulsa, who moved to Chicago with the hopes of getting off the society pages and away from racism,” a network press release reads. “Mattie’s journey eventually brings her back home to Tulsa where she must face the demons of her past and decide where her future lies.”
And as previously reported, Tyler Perry’s the “Single Moms Club” will also be making its debut as a series on the network.
Last week, we told you that Kevin Hart was going to sit down with Oprah on “Oprah Prime” to discuss his current success and the path that brought him here.
In this clip from the interview, that will air this weekend, it seems that Hart holds nothing back. In addition to discussing how his social media presence has helped him reach out to fans, he talked about growing up in a single parent home with a drug addicted father.
And y’all already know Oprah is not one to shy away from the mess. She asked him about his infidelity in his first marriage.
Oprah asks, “Even your cheating was a teacher to you, how so?”
Kevin: “I did wrong but I don’t shy away from that.”
If you’ve seen Laugh At My Pain, you already know that’s the truth. Check out the clip from Sunday’s upcoming interview.
You can watch this episode of Oprah Prime on Sunday, March 23 at 9/8c.
There were rumors circulating around this week that after the success of the documentary Dark Girls, by Bill Duke, that OWN was not only in the process of putting together a similar documentary on women of a lighter complexion and the issues they face, but that the controversial Cameroonian singer, Dencia, would be a part of it.
Sources said that the documentary would feature the singer, whose “moisturizing cream” Whitenicious has had people talking for the last couple of months because of its bleaching abilities, and because Dencia has been accused of bleaching her own skin extensively (she claimed in an Ebony.com interview that she was always light, and in pics where she is darker, she was tanning to appear that way…). Her product was also mentioned in Lupita Nyong’o “Essence Black Women in Hollywood” acceptance speech, where she talked about the journey to be comfortable in her skin and how it inspired another young woman:
“I want to take this opportunity to talk about beauty, Black beauty, dark beauty. I received a letter from a girl and I’d like to share just a small part of it with you: “Dear Lupita,” it reads, “I think you’re really lucky to be this Black but yet this successful in Hollywood overnight. I was just about to buy Dencia’s Whitenicious cream to lighten my skin when you appeared on the world map and saved me.
My heart bled a little when I read those words, I could never have guessed that my first job out of school would be so powerful in and of itself and that it would propel me to be such an image of hope in the same way that the women of The Color Purple were to me.”
The site, Jaguda Africa posted this image of an email that Dencia allegedly received asking her to sit-down for the documentary:
With this new information, we decided to reach out to the good folks at OWN to see if this documentary idea was real, and if Dencia would be a part of it. In response, we were told by a source that details about the doc couldn’t be shared at this time:
“At this time we do not have any further details to share regarding this documentary, but will certainly be in touch once we do.”
For some time now we’ve known about Lindsay Lohan’s docu series coming to OWN. And while people attempted to warn Oprah that Lindsay was going to cause problems for her, she forged ahead. In their “Next Chapter,” sit down, Oprah told Lohan that she believes in her talent and is rooting for her. So perhaps, in that spirit, she decided to give Lindsay an opportunity to, as Oprah would say, “tell her truth.”
But in the trailer for the series that will air this Sunday, Lohan is up to her old stunts and shenanigans, canceling shoot dates, having minor freak outs and then when Oprah’s crew asks her Sober Coach whether or not he believes Lindsay is substance free, he hesitates before simply sighing.
But ish gets real when Mama O makes a special trip to speak to Lohan about her behavior. She says:
Oprah: My truth is that I really do want you to win. I really do. If that isn’t what you want, I’m ok with that. I will tell these guys to pack up and leave today.
Lindsay: No it’s not that I’m not ready to do that. I do want to.
Oprah: You need to cut the bullshit, you really do.
Church stomp and an amen. Hopefully, Lindsay will be able to receive the message this time around.
Check out the trailer in the video below.
The series premiere of Lindsay airs Sunday, March 9, at 10/9c only on OWN.
Will you watch?
When The Haves and The Have Nots first came on TV in 2013, I had an inkling that it would do well, what with Tyler Perry’s large fan base and what not. But who knew it would be the ratings juggernaut that it has been for OWN? It’s the channel’s most successful show, and one of the reasons that the channel was able to morph from the ball of confusion to success so fast. But one person who wasn’t so sure about the show initially is Tika Sumpter, the actual star of The Haves and The Have Nots.
In an interview with Tyler Perry for his new talk show (which will actually just be a 3-week special), he recounts the time he called her up and had her in mind for the role of Candace Young, only to be told ‘no.’ But according to Sumpter, she actually told him she needed to think about it for a while because she wanted to make the best decision for her career:
Perry: When I called you to do this show you were like, uh…let me think about it. You said no.
Sumpter: I didn’t say no, I said ‘Let me think about it.’
Perry: Well when you tell Tyler Perry “Let me think about it,” that’s no.
Sumpter: No! I think as a performer, as an artist, as a businesswoman, you gotta figure out what’s best for you. I think you would do the same thing. You would say, “I’m not sure…yet.”
Perry: Let me ask you this, are you sure now?
Sumpter: I’m very sure now…
Perry: Let’s go back to what I was just asking you about, with you saying no, and me having to get Oprah to call you.
Sumpter: Oprah did call me, she called me twice actually.
Perry: Let’s talk about that conversation.
Sumpter: Well you called me with her first. When you get a call from Oprah, the first time, it’s just kind of–you go blank. It’s noise in your ear. Like, what is happening right now? And I’m like, “I can’t hear you.” I was at an awards show, people were loud. I wanted to say, “Oprah’s on the phone, shut up!” She was like, “I’ll call you back.” And then she called me and I was in the car and she just said, make sure that when I do make a decision, it’s not the white noise trying to tell me what to do. I’m really the captain of my own ship.
Perry: Yeah, let’s be clear, she wasn’t trying to talk you into it, she just wanted you to really think about it. As did I.
Sumpter: She said “Honey, I don’t talk anybody into doing anything they don’t want to do. But I feel special about this one.”
Perry: And she was right.
Sumpter: She was right.
She definitely was right, because folks are flocking to OWN to get their weekly dose of drama with this show. And Sumpter clearly made a good decision for her career.
But what do you think? Was she right to not immediately jump at the chance to work with Perry on the show? Check out their conversation below and share your thoughts.
Oprah’s OWN Celebrates Its Most-Watched Month; Fastest Growing Cable Network For Women Ages 25-To-54
After years of struggling to lure viewers, Oprah’s OWN pulled off the most-watched month in network history in primetime for February, reports EURWeb. It attracted 538,000 total viewers. And Winfrey has her deal with Tyler Perry to thank in part.
February marked a six-month high for OWN’s viewership in the women aged 25-54 demo, with an increase of 11 percent in comparison to January. And it was a boost of an incredible 86 percent from the previous year. All this makes OWN the fastest-growing cable network for this viewer group.
It was Perry’s programs that pumped up the ratings. His OWN drama The Haves and the Have Nots is cable’s most-watched show on Tuesday nights. And it is also the No. 1 original cable series that African-Americans tune in to watch. The Haves and the Have Nots is also one of the top 10 original primetime series overall on ad-supported cable networks among this female group. This makes OWN Tuesday nights the No. 2 cable network for that demo, almost tying with TBS.
Perry’s comedy series Love Thy Neighbor was Wednesday night’s No. 1 original cable series for African-American women ages 25-to-54 and for total viewers, also helping OWN win the ratings war.
Perry’s OWN programs got some help from the second season of Kym Whitley’s reality series Raising Whitley and the new reality show Mom’s Got Game, featuring former WNBA player Pamela McGee and her son, Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee. They are Saturday night’s top two original series for African-American women ages 25-to-54.
Have you been tuning in?
At this point it would be safe to say Oprah has found her golden ticket in Tyler Perry and she will be damned if she lets him go. Ever.
Yesterday, Tyler posted the pic above on Twitter, along with this major television announcement:
— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) February 18, 2014
Apparently, the writer/director/producer/playwright/actor will now be adding talk show host to his long list of titles, thanks to his major success on the Oprah Winfrey Network during the past year. Actually, it wasn’t even a full year ago that we announced Oprah and Tyler’s first television projects on OWN: The Haves and The Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor. The Haves and The Have Nots debuted May 28, 2013 and became OWN’s highest-rated series debut ever, which led to the network doubling the series, and ending season 1 as the most-watched scripted telecast on OWN ever with 2 million viewers. Love Thy Neighbor fell right behind in second place in terms of debut viewership, which is why we weren’t totally surprised when Oprah announced a third series from TP: “Single Mom’s Club,” based on the feature film by the same name hitting theaters in March.
This talk show, though, is an entirely different beast and we’re kinda shocked it’s happening so soon. But when you have a cash cow like Tyler Perry finally making your network profitable three years into its existence, I’m sure you want to milk it for all it’s worth.
What do you think about the Tyler Perry Show concept? Any speculation on what type of show it’ll be?
Dang, who knew?!
Looks like Iyanla Vanzant needed someone to fix her.
On “Super Soul Sunday” on OWN, Vanzant sits down with her mentor, Oprah Winfrey, to talk about everything from her suicide attempt to the first time she saw God.
Check out the clip of “Super Soul Sunday” at EurWeb.com