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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.
‘I’ve Never Had That:’ Tika Sumpter Talks Not Carrying The Burden Of Dark-Skinned Women In Hollywood
It is widely believed that dark-skinned actresses have a more difficult time making it big because colorism makes Hollywood an uneven playing field. “Ride Along” actress Tika Sumpter, however, says that she knows nothing about that struggle because she doesn’t subscribe to those notions.
“I don’t know who’s portraying that dark-skinned girls are supposed to have this like, dim look on life, but I’m just like, what is that? I’ve never had that,” Tika told theGrio. “And I’m not going to start having it.”
Surprisingly, the “Madea’s Christmas” actress went on to say that she never experienced colorism issues in her career.
“I’ve never had to deal with the colorism thing, really. I just walk in, wherever I’m going, as a confident woman. I don’t have to say that I’m a black actress. I know I’m black. I came out that way. I’ve been this way my whole life. So I’m just an actress, not a black actress or this is who I am.”
She went on to say that she doesn’t necessarily feel slighted when casting directors may opt for a different look from her own.
“I go in as a woman and a person with talent and beauty. And you either accept it or you don’t. And that’s okay. There are options. It’s a buffet of people.”
Though she doesn’t take these things personally, she did admit that she’s happy to represent for the dark-skinned women who feel that they are underrepresented in the media.
“But I’m glad that we’re representing [Lupita Nyong'o and I] for people who feel underrepresented,” the 33-year-old beauty express. “Every shade is beautiful. It’s just nice to see little girls who are like, ‘Oh my God, you’re so pretty and I feel pretty because…’ You know, media is huge. And what you see on TV, if you’re not there, you like, ‘Do I not matter? Do they not value me?’ I try to make sure women and young girls know that they are valued, whether they’re there or not.”
“It’s just nice when people can relate.”
Watch Tika’s full interview on the next page.
The transition from stand up to action-comedies isn’t a feat that comedian Kevin Hart needs to worry about. The new film Ride Along, starring himself and Ice Cube, proves to the world that Hart can carry a film and play a role other than his hilarious self.
Directed by Tim Story (Think Like A Man, Barbershop), Ride Along tells the story of gamer Ben Barber (Kevin Hart) and Atlanta police officer James Payton (Ice Cube). Ben wants to ask for his girlfriend Angie’s (Tika Sumpter) hand in marriage, but needs the blessing of her only living relative, which happens to be her big, very intimidating brother James. Big laughs ensue while Ben tries to get on his good side, as James decides to see if Ben can earn his respect by tackling a day in a cop’s shoes in the method of a ride along. James uses Ben’s urgency to his advantage, putting him in silly situations while he tries to find the infamous and mysterious Omar, who is head of a huge gun trafficking ring in Atlanta.
Throughout the movie, homages are paid to Training Day and silly good cop/bad cop movies, but of course, it’s all about the laughs. The twists in the movie are limited, but Hart is spot-on as he plays the role of a loser video gamer, and the lengths he ends up going to in order to impress an always annoyed Ice Cube are what makes you feel for him, and laugh hard at him at the same time.
Ben’s efforts are commendable, including standing up to bratty kids and wrestling with a honey-covered lunatic during the ride along. James’s restraint compared to Ben’s enthusiasm about the day (he actually aspires to be a cop) doesn’t fade away, but the two eventually share some bromantic moments toward the end of the film.
Hart isn’t a new to playing a nimble dork, some of his early work is worth checking out like Paper Soldiers (pre-Soul Plane foolery) and a few of his roles here and there in Judd Apatow projects (40 Year-Old Virgin, Undeclared). Hart’s one liners and honest reactions to chaos will have you rolling. And of course, nobody plays cantankerous like Ice Cube. The two share a strong chemistry that makes you think that the two were actually best friends before the ride along.
I would like to gripe about the fact that I think Tika’s character should have received a little bit more exposure, but she uses the time she has wisely (I mean, who looks that effortlessly beautiful while getting kidnapped?).
We’re sure this won’t be the last time you see these two together, as a sequel is already in talks for production. Balanced with funny jokes, heartstopping action scenes and celeb cameos, Ride Along is a must-see for this holiday weekend.
Tomorrow, what’s sure to be one of the most hilarious comedies of the year hits theaters. Yup, we’re talking about “Ride Along,” the funny flick starring Kevin Hart, Ice, Cube, and our favorite brown girl beauty Tika Sumpter that’s had us dying in laughter from the previews alone.
In the movie, Tika plays the baby sister of overprotective big brother Ice Cube who takes her fiance (Kevin Hart) on a ride along to see if he’s man enough to marry her. As you can imagine, pure foolery will ensue, and in this exclusive behind the scenes clip, Tika gives us just a glimpse into what it was like being on set with these two characters and an entire set of men. Doesn’t sound half bad to us…
Check out the video and tell us what you think! Will you head to theaters to see “Ride Along” tomorrow?
‘Some Of The Criticism Is Louder Than Ever:’ Tika Sumpter Talks Receiving Harsh Criticsm From The Black Community
People are always going to have opinions and though shows starring Black actresses like ‘Scandal” and “Being Mary Jane” continue to gain popularity, they are also attracting plenty of criticism from people who believe that they negatively portray Black women on television. Actress Tika Sumpter recently defended her OWN series, “The Haves and the Have Nots” against similar arguments during an interview with Rolling Out.
On resisting the temptation to compare:
“I think one of the most important lessons that I’ve learned is to put your head down and work. Don’t look at other people and compare yourself. Just do the work. Because when the opportunity is there, you have to be ready. Make sure your craft is refined and you’re constantly working on it. Plow through the weeds. Go to the auditions and go to the meetings and be on time. Stop looking to the left or the right. Keep your head down and keep moving.”
On dealing with disappointment:
“When you don’t get a specific job and you’ve worked really hard on it; [or] when you read a really good script and you’re so close to getting a part and you don’t get it, it’s always hurtful. But what is for me is for me. My path is my path and it’s no one else’s. That’s how I’ve survived and it’s been in my head forever. You have a lot of disappointments as an actor. It’s a very tough business to get into and to be able to work [without being] a waitress on the side. You think ‘Oh, of course I can do that right now.’ But it’s definitely a wake-up call when you start out.”
On her popularity helping her to get more opportunities:
“It definitely helps [you get into] the room when you become more visible. You get more opportunities and different scripts to read. It’s definitely a small change. I don’t really look around and smell all the roses. I have so much further to go and I want to do so much more. I’m still like ‘Oh, you know me?’ I enjoy it and I appreciate the people who do follow me and have been following me for a while. But I’m in no way satisfied. I don’t feel there’s an arrival point.”
On her ‘The Haves and the Have Nots” character negatively portraying African American women:
“I think sometimes, because we haven’t been on TV that much, and [because] this is all relatively new; people want to be represented differently and they feel like one person is speaking for the masses. But if the character has no challenges or isn’t a bit messy — there’s no show. There’s a reason why people love [ABC’s prime-time hit] ‘Scandal’ or ‘The Haves and Have Nots’ or ‘Being Mary Jane’ on BET. It’s because these characters aren’t perfect. If you want to put a perfect person on TV, you will have no show. In life, sometimes you see yourself in these characters and sometimes it’s not pretty.”
“Look at ‘Breaking Bad.’ This is [a show about] a teacher who had a meth ring. And it was one of the biggest shows. It’s a show that people love. But nobody’s going after that.”
“Life is messy. People make decisions. Sometimes art imitates life. And I think, as people of color, we have to understand that we have stories, too, that need to be told. And real or not, that makes a good show and good characters and makes people watch.”
“Some women are not really lifting up other women in these arenas. Which is really sad, because finally we’re getting some kind of voice,” she says of the criticism many black women have of these shows. “Some of the criticism is even louder than ever. But for the most part, I feel that a lot of people are positive about these shows and are happy to see themselves and it’s fun to watch. And it’s not just black people watching the shows—there are other people watching, as well. So I’m grateful for the masses that are positive about it and are entertained.”
Check out photos from her stunning photo shoot on the next page.
We may know them for their television or film roles or even as a star athlete but did you know these 15 celebrities actually pursued another career as rappers and singers before they achieved fame for their better known talents? Luckily, none of them quit their day job.
Romany Malco, Jr.
Before Romany Malco, Jr. became an actor, he tried his hand at rapping. After graduating from high school, the former “Weeds” star formed a rap group called College Boyz with his buddies and relocated from New York to California to follow his dreams to become a rap star. The group landed a record deal with Virgin Records and had a local hit with “Victim of the Ghetto.” Malco is falsely credited for doing the raps for animated MC Skat Cat in “Opposites Attract” with Paula Abdul. Malco did however pen the lyrics for the animated rapper.
In 2013, Robin Thicke Blurred the Lines, “Scandal” and “Orange is the New Black” were the shows to watch and Miley Cyrus killed off her Disney Hannah Montana image and twerked her way across America. So who will steal our attention in 2014? Here are our predictions for entertainers to watch out for in 2014.
Before 2013, actress Tika Sumpter had a couple of movie roles and television credits under her belt. Best known as Layla Williamson in the soap opera “One Live To Live” and for her recurring role on “Gossip Girl,” the Queens native landed the lead in the most watched show on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network: Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and the Have Nots.” The show earned the highest ratings on OWN and was renewed for a second season midway through the first. Expect to see Sumpter continue her reign in 2014 with the hit show as well as starring in BET’s “Being Mary Jane,” alongside Gabrielle Union. Flexing her comedic chops, Sumpter will also appear in “Ride Along” with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, which hits theaters at the top of the year.
“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.
It looks like the long awaited James Brown biographical film is beginning to take shape. Over the past few months, we’ve learned about several major castings for Get On Up. As previously reported, 42 actor Chadwick Boseman has been cast to play the Founding Father of Funk. Shortly after Chadwick’s casting, we learned that Octavia Spencer will be playing James’ Aunt Tunney, while her The Help co-star, Viola Davis, will be playing the late singer’s mother, Susie Brown. Of course, a James Brown biopic wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t touch on the singer’s interesting love life, so Baggage Claim actress and songbird, Jill Scott, has been cast to play one of James’ wives. Dreamgirls actor Keith Brown has also joined the all-star lineup. He will be playing Sweet Baby Boy, an original member of James’ band.
Get On Up casting directors appear to be in the final stages of casting. It was just announced today that Sparkle actress Tika Sumpter has joined the cast of the Universal film as well. According to Deadline, Tika will be playing Yvonne Fair, a singer in the James Brown Revue. Yvonne recorded the song “I Found You,” which later became his hit, “I Got You (I Feel Good).”
Get On Up is slated to hit theaters October 17, 2014.
Hey, I guess as they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And as much money as Tyler Perry is raking in for dressing up as Madea, there’s no need to put down the wig and fake breasts yet.
So whether you’re a Madea fan or not, you better get ready, because Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas is on its way. It will be Perry’s second film of the year after Temptations, and is set to be released on December 13. It stars Perry, of course, Tika Sumpter, former One Tree Hill star Chad Michael Murray, comedian Larry the Cable Guy, Anna Maria Horsford, and more.
As for the plot, Madea finds herself being coaxed into helping a friend make a surprise visit to see her daughter in the country for Christmas. When they get there, mischief and drama ensues when secrets are revealed. As the synopsis says, despite all that, “Madea dishes her own brand of Christmas Spirit to all.”
As for the actual trailer, which you’ll find above, in it, Madea is dressed like Santa Claus, checking kids who want extravagant things under the tree for Christmas (“You know if you want a TV, you need a J-O-B”), and she/he provides the usual sass and wit. It definitely brings at least a light chuckle or two, but will the whole movie? You’ll have to wait and see when it comes out just in time for the holiday season. Perry fans are sure to love it, while the detractors will probably tell you how they really feel in 5, 4, 3, 2…
Will you check out A Madea Christmas when it comes out?