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Do They Have A Case? 10 Celebrity Lawsuits Of 2014

July 22nd, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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It’s no secret that most celebrities make tons of money — or at least more than the average person. This is why it might be hard for some of us to have sympathy when they are involved in a lawsuit.

There are tons of claims of stolen ideas and images. Then again, being a high-profile figure can make you a target for others trying to get in your pockets. Check out these 10 celebrity lawsuits. Do you think they’re justified?

Watch: Tyler Perry Brings More Drama To OWN With ‘If Loving You Is Wrong’

July 17th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Considering the success of “The Haves And The Have Nots,” it’s not surprising that OWN and Tyler Perry would opt to put out another soap opera type show. The network recently debuted the trailer for their latest series, “If Loving You Is Wrong” and it looks fairly interesting.

“Secrets, lies and deception lie behind closed doors for a group of husbands and wives that live and love on the same street,” the network describes the series.

According to Shadow and Act, the plot picks up in the middle of a steamy affair between neighbors Randal and Alex. Randal’s wife, Marci, is desperately hoping for children; however, Randal’s too busy sleeping with his best friend Brad’s wife.

Meanwhile, a recently divorced Esperenza is building a relationship with her new beau, Julius, while trying to keep their romance hidden from her mean-spirited ex-husband, Edward.

Down the street, neighbor Kelly is hoping to get married to her boyfriend, Travis, who is on a relief mission in Haiti. The rather eventual story line also highlights single mother Natalia, who is faced with the deciding whether or not to allow one of her sons to return home after he is released from prison.

Judging by the story line, it looks like the series has a bit of potential. However, we’ll probably have to wait until it premieres on Sept. 9 to truly make that judgement.

Check out the trailer below. Let us know your thoughts.

What Would Tyler Perry Do? Trademark A Popular Phrase For Profit Of Course

July 6th, 2014 - By Toya Sharee
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Ain’t this some…You may have rocked a fluorescent bracelet or anklet in the past decade or so toting the phrase “WWJD?” which stands for, “What Would Jesus Do?” Well, according to Access Atlanta, Tyler Perry’s response to the popular question was: Pay him. The site reports that the Atlanta-based entertainment mogul has trademarked the popular phrase that bible camps and church groups have been displaying for years.

Apparently, Perry has been disputing over the trademark for years with another interested party, but in the end, the writer/producer/actor famous for his “Madea” character prevailed.

It’s unclear whether Perry can prevent church youth groups and bible camps from using the phrase to spread their faith, but Perry isn’t being completely unreasonable. Us common folk can apparently still say “Jesus” without being sued.

The Hollywood Reporter mentions:

“He included a disclaimer that he wasn’t attempting ownership on the exclusive right to use “Jesus” apart from “What Would Jesus Do?”

All this time and that phrase was never trademarked?!  We wonder what plans Perry has for the phrase, but Jesus please don’t let it be some kind of “What Would Madea Do?” movie.

What plans do you think Tyler Perry has for the phrase? Do you think the trademark is fair for those who have been using it for years?

Tyler Perry Talks Pay Day Loans and Pawn Shops In New Documentary

June 14th, 2014 - By Toya Sharee
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It’s easy to take for granted direct deposit or hitting up the ATM for some quick cash, but there are thousands of Americans who rely on a fragile system of money orders, payday loans and pawn shops when it comes to maintaining their finances. Tyler Perry narrates the new documentary “Spent Looking For Change” which debuted last week, and reveals some alarming statistics regarding how many Americans are handling their personal finances.

“Spent: Looking For Change” looks at the lives of four families who represent the 70 million Americans who rely on alternative banking services such as money orders and pay day lenders. The difference with this documentary is it just doesn’t discuss Americans living off of social services, it tells the story of hardworking Americans whose options have been limited by financial setbacks. Tyler Perry recalls his own struggles before he became financially secure and how he relied on services that basically exploited his situation by charging him large amounts of money to access the very little money he was making:

“I cashed all my checks at the quick cash and I was always upset about how much it cost to cash the check.”

“I had to do a lot of wiring. My mother was always pissed at how much it would cost, the check wouldn’t be but $20 and it would cost her $15.”

Perry hopes this documentary will educate and motivate people experiencing similar setbacks.

In an interview with Essence, Perry explains what he means when he uses the phrase, “It’s very expensive to be poor.”:

“Eighty-nine billion dollars is spent in these services. When you’re poor, you can’t just go to a bank if you don’t have the credit to open up a bank account. You have to rely on these services. If you go to a check cashing service, you have to pay for that. If you use one of these pre-paid cards, you have to pay for that instead of having a regular credit card. So it’s very expensive to be poor.”

He also commented on why he chose to narrate the project, sponsored by American Express:

“I applaud American Express for doing this because the truth is that nobody knows. When I put this on my Facebook page, everybody was saying, ‘Oh people just need to stop living above their means’ But people aren’t living above their means; they’re living by any means necessary. These are hardworking people who are not trying to take welfare and who are not trying to be in social systems, they are trying to work. This woman in the documentary, Tiffany, she’s a single mother, she’s a nurse, she has all these different degrees and then her mom gets cancer. Sometimes things just happen and it’s difficult to move through. So that’s why I wanted to be a part of it and show all of America that 99% of the time people aren’t making these choices, these choices are being made for them.”

Financial literacy is something that is all too often overlooked in our communities. So many people are working hard to avoid being on welfare that they end up being taken advantage of in the process. To view “Spent: Looking For Change” visit Spent Movie.

‘Think Like A Man Too’ Actor Romany Malco Talks Overly Critical Black Folks

June 12th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Romany Malco RO“Think Like A Man Too” actor Romany Malco has an issue with folks who are overly critical of black artists, directors and producers just because that film or producer doesn’t cater to every black person’s tastes.

“What really pisses me off is when black people will get on other black artists for the way they make movies,” he recently told Rolling Out. “Because of the fact that we don’t have that many black producers putting out films, we scrutinize the few that do.”

“There are a lot more black movies being made than being seen,” he continued. “There’s a lot more to support and a lot more good movies that can be found. Just because they don’t make it to the larger theaters, doesn’t mean they’re not available. Once we use our purchasing power in that direction; watch the infrastructure appear.”

Speaking of buying power, Romany says that that’s what is truly influencing the increasing number black series being shown on television—not networks’ desire to promote diversity.

“There were so many black TV pilots filmed this year,” he explained. “The networks didn’t go ‘We should make more black pilots.’ The advertisers saw that black people responded to the advertising on shows like ‘Real Husbands of Hollywood’ or shows like ‘Scandal.’ And they said ‘Black people are spending money. We need to get on that money-spending bandwagon.’ And the advertisers told networks, ‘You need to include more black people.’

“What that says to me is, however it’s working out, black people are becoming more savvy and are beginning to understand their purchasing power. We’re starting to go ‘Oh, wait a minute.’”

The 45-year-old actor also shared why he doesn’t let the pressures that come along with show business, such as biased movie directors or overly critical fans, to get him down.

“For me, I never want anyone outside of my immediate family and outside of me to have the power to alter the way that I walk, talk, shop or date,” he says. “When you start feeding off of that outside acceptance and accolades, you lose sight of what’s actually real. Once you get there, it’s kind of hard to double back.”

You can check out Romany’s full interview over at Rolling Out.

Oprah, Tyler Perry Hit With Federal Lawsuit Over ‘The Haves & The Have Nots”

May 21st, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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Parables Entertainment and its executive Vanessa Lynn has filed a federal lawsuit against Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, claiming they stole the idea for their hit show The Haves and the Have Nots. The lawsuit targets Oprah’s production company and Tyler Perry himself.

According to the story, first posted by The Jasmine Brand, Lynn says she wrote a screenplay called Affairs and had it copyrighted. That script — about a man running for mayor of a small town and his drama-filled family– was made into a play in 2008 then became available as a video on demand in 2011. The lawsuit seeks an injunction to cease the copyright infringement of the OWN program and a piece of the money made from the successful show.

The Haves and the Have Nots is scheduled to return to the network on May 27 at 9 pm ET, this coming Tuesday. The show left off on March 11 with a “network high ratings,” reports TV By the Numbers, with 3.6 million viewers. OWN ordered another 20 episodes to air through 2015.

At this point, with so many lawsuits tossed at people in the entertainment industry over stolen ideas, we wonder how executives like Oprah react when they get news of another case. Can they shrug these things off? Or is it as bad as it sounds?

In Honor Of National Military Appreciation Month: Celebrities Who Have Performed For The Troops

May 2nd, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Although we should thank the armed forces everyday for protecting our freedom and liberties, May is National Military Appreciation month. These celebrities have showed their appreciation and support by performing for the troops.

Celebrities Who Have Performed For The Troops

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Mariah Carey

While working on her eighth album in 1998, Mariah Carey decided to cover a song that was first recorded by Brenda K. Starr ten years earlier. Carey enlisted the help of Brett Ratner to direct the music video, which was inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s 1953 visit to the U.S. troops in Korea. In the video, Carey emulated Monroe’s hair and make-up while doing her own performance in front of airmen and soldiers at the Edwards Air Force Base in California.

“It’s Just Overwhelming”: Tyler Perry Pays Year’s Worth Of Rent For Family With Sick Teen Facing Eviction

April 23rd, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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If there’s one thing you can say about Tyler Perry, it’s that he has an incredibly big heart. He’s helped school districts get back on their feet, and now he’s doing the same for the family of a teen with severe aplastic anemia. The family of five has struggled to pay rent and financially deal with the needs of 16-year-old son, John Williams, who has already had two bone marrow transplants. 

Williams’ mother, Xernna Nieves, told WSB-TV of Altanta that she has had issues paying her rent on time, but the apartment complex she resides in, in Stockbridge, Ga., has always worked with her so that she can pay what she owes, even if late. Nieves and and her son were happy to get help from the Make A Wish Foundation in Georgia, which gave Williams the opportunity to meet one of his favorite basketball players, Derrick Rose. But when they returned to their home in Georgia, they found an eviction notice on their door. When Nieves tried to speak to the corporate office of the apartment complex to see what she could do about rent for March and April, she was dismissed: 

I was told that corporate office told her not to accept any more rent money from us.”

Nieves and her family were facing eviction and were to be forced out this week, and she said that she didn’t know where they would go if they were kicked out.

“I have no place to go. I really have no place to go…I don’t have access to public transportation. I don’t have a car. I can’t get around.” 

According to the news report, for reasons due to illness (which wasn’t specified), she says that she doesn’t obtain child support for her four kids and lost her job.

Nieves told this story to WSB-TV on Monday night, and unbeknownst to her, Tyler Perry, of all people, was watching. He found a way to get in contact with Nieves, and offered to pay her rent for the rest of the year while she focuses on her son and getting her life together. She said that he told her there were no stipulations or strings attached to obtaining his offer. Her apartment complex has agreed to accept Perry’s payment, and she is grateful to the movie director for helping her family in such a way and so quickly.

“Thank you. Thank you for watching the news when you did. It’s just overwhelming. 

I just wanted to tell him, to thank him. My family and I, we thank you. He didn’t have to come in person to pay it.”

Get more details on Nieves’ story and Perry’s heartwarming intervention on her behalf below.

15 Celebrity Comic Book Series We Would Read

April 18th, 2014 - By Zainab Karim
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Fame recently honored Tyler Perry with his very own comic book, which got us thinking: There are a lot of celebrities who need their own series. Check out the celebrity comic books we would definitely read.

 

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Lil Wayne

His ability to spawn sp*rm to make babies as if it were a superpower would be perfect for the comic book world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So A Tyler Perry Comic Book Is Happening

April 2nd, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From The Grio

Hollywood titan Tyler Perry is taking on a brand-new medium as a comic book character.

Bluewater Productions is bringing Perry’s inspiring story to life as part of their popular FAME series.

“There are some celebrities we have done that are just media sensations, then you have someone like Tyler Perry who is a major inspiration to so many people. I have such respect for him and his story after working on this comic book,” said Bluewater publisher Darren G. Davis.

Although the comic book is all about the Madea director, Perry is not directly involved in the project.

Bluewater Productions’ FAME series focuses on the real lives of celebrities in a comic-like setting, and in the past has included the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé.

Read more about this Tyler Perry comic book at TheGrio.com