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“Southside With You” The Obamas’ First Date Is Being Made Into A Movie

May 7th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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The Obamas' First Date Is Being Made Into A Movie

If you’ve read President Obama’s autobiography, or seen of he and Michelle’s television appearances, especially around the time of his reelection campaign, you know about the First Couple’s first kiss.

In case you’ve somehow missed the story, he told O Magazine in 2007:

“On our first date, I treated her to the finest ice cream Baskin-Robbins had to offer, our dinner table doubling as the curb. I kissed her, and it tasted like chocolate.”

Is it just me, or was there a little double entendre there?

Either way, the story has become so popular and so sentimental, that there was plaque placed at the spot where the two shared their first kiss.

And now, according to Variety, the couple’s first date will be turned into a romance drama. The film, called Southside with You, will star Parker Sawyers as a young Barack and Tika Sumpter as Michelle Obama, then Robinson.

Ice cream wasn’t the only part of their date, the soon-to-be couple also visited the Art Institute of Chicago, took a walk and then saw Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing. 

They made a whole day of it.

Sawyers recently completed a role in Snowden and is about to shoot The Autopsy of Jane Doe.

Richard Tanne will serve as screenwriter and director for the project. Glendon Palmer, who executive produced for Jumping The Broom, will also do so on this project with Tracey Bing, among others.

Shooting for the film is set to start in August.

You can watch Barack and Michelle Obama talk about their first date in this video below. It’s pretty adorable.

Meet The Stars Behind The HBO “Bessie” Biopic

March 19th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Meet The Stars Behind The HBO Bessie BiopicWe’ve already told you all how excited we are about the new HBO biopic Bessie, starring Queen Latifah in the lead role as the famed Blues singer and entertainer. And as we near the May 16 air date, more and more information about the cast and film keep popping up. And while we thought it was going to be good with the little information we’d been given earlier; now, we’re almost certain that this tv movie will be one to remember.

Not only has HBO released the trailer for the film, they’ve also included character spots from the very talented actors who will take part in the project including Tika Sumpter, who plays one of Bessie’s love interests, Michael Kenneth Williams, her overbearing husband Jack Gee, Khandi Alexander, her embittered older sister Viola and Mo’Nique, her mentor (and perhaps lover) Ma Rainey.

Meet the characters and the director Dee Rees on the following pages. Then watch the teaser for the film at the end.

Buckle up.

Tika Sumpter To Play Michelle Obama In Romance Film

December 6th, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Tika Sumpter has landed the role of Michelle Obama in the romance film “Southside With You.” The film will focus on the early romance stages of The Obamas. According to Indiewire,

The project is being pitched as a “Before Sunset”-style type of movie (in short, man, woman, lots of mostly profound conversation over a period of time), which will take place entirely in one day during the summer of 1989, when one Barack Obama (then a first-year Harvard Law student) took his future wife, Michelle (an associate at a Chicago law firm), out on a first date, which included a tour of Chicago’s South Side.

The film will be directed by Richard Tanne and produced by Stephanie Allain. Reportedly Richard Tanne and Tika Sumpter worked on the script together. Sumpter will serve as an executive producer on the project.

Young Obama has not been cast just yet. Therefore this gives us time to voice our opinion! Who would you like to see on screen as our president?

“Get On Up” Stars Cover Ebony Magazine, Chadwick Boseman Explains Why He Didn’t Want To Play James Brown Initially

August 12th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Get On Up is likely to exceed your expectations. Chadwick Boseman so embodies the essence of James Brown that Brown’s only family members have said that they had to question who was on screen at certain points.  After delivering such a stellar performance alongside Nelsan Ellis, Jill Scott and Tika Sumpter, it was only right that Ebony Magazine feature a few of the movie’s stars on the cover of their September issue.

On the cover, Chadwick, Nelsan and Tika, donning the same style depicted in the biopic. And inside, they talked about their approach to the film and what they ultimately ended up taking from the experience.

Boseman told Ebony that initially he didn’t want the role.

“When my manager brought me the script, I didn’t even want to read it because I knew attempting to play James Brown would just be crazy.”

But once he received the part, beating out 20 other actors, he became dedicated to bringing the Godfather of Soul back to life on screen and took time to understand his personality and motivations in order to do so.

“He was a complicated man, both good and bad.  Once you understand the reasons for his dichotomy, it’s easier to grasp who he was.”

Boseman was so committed to the role, he actually made his fellow actors step their game up. Nelsan Ellis, who plays Brown’s longtime friend Bobby Byrd and is best known for his role as Lafayette on HBO’s hit series “True Blood,” told Ebony: 

“I thought, ‘If I’m going to act opposite [Chad], I’ll need to prove myself worthy. You’ll see some of the best acting I’ve ever done on this last season of “True Blood” and I owe that to Chad. I don’t know what people’s reactions will be, but I do want them to see a different side of my acting in this film.”

And Tika Sumpter, who has a minor role in the movie, says she values the experience more than anything.

I wouldn’t take this time back at all.  The talent here elevated my own and has done nothing but push me forward. For me, it’s not always just about the work; it’s also about the connection.”

An increasingly rising star in this business, Tika knows the importance of seizing the day in order to make moves in your career.

“Nowadays, you simply can’t wait for someone to give it to you. You have to create opportunities for yourself when nobody else will.”

The September issue of Ebony hits newsstands today, August 12.

 

McDonald’s 365 Black Awards: Will Packer Shares Wedding Plans And Rob Riley Spills On Female Fans

July 8th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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You're probably used to referring to him as "that fine man on 'Hit the Floor,' but that fine man actually has a name. It's Rob Riley, one of our former Evening Eye Candy's, and we were more than happy to catch up with one of the stars of VH1's hit show on the golden carpet at McDonald's 365 Black Awards during Essence Fest. The former football player and actor has been getting a considerable amount of attention from the ladies these days, which should come as no surprise, and we decided to ask him what's life like being Rob Riley walking down the street these days.

We also caught up with Will Packer, Terrence J, Iyanla Vanzant, and Tika Sumpter on the golden carpet to ask about what they have coming up next and we managed to get Will to spill the beans on his wedding plans and Tika to let us in on her latest movie project. Check out what they had to say.

 

Barefaced Beauties: Celebs Who Look Stunning Without All That Makeup

April 29th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Putting on makeup is fun–for the most part. But for some, it can become something that you dread leaving the house without (and will be late to work to apply), and for others, makeup is something they rely heavily upon (seen those makeup sorcery slideshows on Bossip?). But when you’re naturally gorgeous, who needs all of that? Here are 16 celebs who do look nice with their face beat to the gods, but look even better bare.

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Nicki Minaj

Underneath all the wigs has always been a beauty, and ever since she decided to get rid of the heavy makeup, big lashes and colorful hair, Minaj has been getting rave reviews for her toned down look. But her completely makeup-free look is a winner too.

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“You Said No”: Tika Sumpter Almost Turned Down Tyler Perry And “The Haves And The Have Nots”

February 28th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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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

January 22nd, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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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.”

She’s gorge!

Watch Tika’s full interview on the next page.

Ice Cube And Kevin Hart Play Bad Cop And Good (Wannabe) Cop In The Hilarious “Ride Along”

January 17th, 2014 - By Desire Thompson
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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.

Exclusive Look At Tika Sumpter Behind The Scenes In “Ride Along”

January 16th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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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?