The Real Life Moments That Were Depicted In Part 3 Of The New Edition Story

January 27, 2017  |  
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To be honest, we were so sad that the New Edition Story is over and want to hang on to the feeling of love and pride we experienced for the past three nights watching the group’s story on BET. So in an effort to hold on just a bit longer, here is a bit of behind the scenes information about what we’ve seen for the past few days.

The Inspiration Behind “Can You Stand the Rain”



That Bizarre Video Soul Interview

If you were questioning the accuracy of the movie, please compare the actual “Video Soul” footage to what was depicted last night on screen. It is eerily similar.

Was The Heartbreak Tour cursed?

Bobby Brown on Why he acted a fool on the tour

On, you can watch additional interviews with the members of New Edition as they explain what was going on during particular times in their lives and how it ended up impacting the group. In one of the videos, Bobby Brown talks about his role in dismantling The Heartbreak Tour.

“I was trying to prove a point that a lot of the ticket sales are not just New Edition. A lot of the ticket sales are Bobby Brown also. So, in certain occasions, yeah, I would not show up at all or show up late. Go out there, do what I do and not care what anyone else thought. Plus the promoter Al Hammond was paying me a lot of money. I was getting kickbacks. I was getting monies from Coca Cola. A lot of things was going on that they didn’t know about. So, I was on my high horse.”

And about that water hose…

“It wasn’t a water hose, it was a fire extinguisher…It just plays out that I was an asshole.”


Why Johnny Gill Vowed Never to Work with New Edition Again

Johnny Gill maintains that he showed up, on time for every single show. So you can imagine why he was more than frustrated by the way things panned out.

“What I despised more than anything for a long time—even with the group—was I felt like I paid the price for everybody else’s sins because I showed up and did my job everyday. So when life got turned upside down or finances got crazy and everything got ugly, I felt like why am I paying for something I didn’t do? So for a long time, long time I had a real serious issue with this group and vowed to —I, to be honest with you, I wasn’t sure I would ever get back and do something with New Edition again. I really wasn’t, at that point in time.”

Suge Knight Been A Problem

If you’ll remember there was a big, bald man running behind Bobby as he pulled the hose off the wall. That man was Suge Knight.  The fact that Suge Knight and Bobby Brown were running together is some pretty scary stuff.

Bobby in all White

If you thought the bit about Bobby being in all white for Ronnie’s wedding was an added detail, you thought wrong. Someone on Twitter dug up footage of him singing “Don’t Be Cruel” at Ronnie’s wedding and there he is, plain as day in a three-piece, white suit. Stay clowning.


Ronnie’s Wife

If you were wondering if Ronnie and his wife Shamari Fears-DeVoe were still together, you can rest assured that they are. You might also remember Shamari’s face. She was one-third of the girl group Blaque. She also starred in Bring It On with her late group member Natina Reed and Gabrielle Union.

Keith Powers

You know if we were emotional watching the film, imagine how the members and the cast must feel knowing how much time and effort they put into perfecting this narrative.

What made this biopic work?

Let this be a word of warning to anyone attempting to tell our stars’ stories.

All Black everything

Bless God!

Knowing even this small fraction of what they’ve gone through and the influence they’ve had in the music industry, makes watching the group receive their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame so remarkable.


We had some pretty high expectations for this biopic but I know I can say all of mine were greatly exceeded. I’m proud of BET, the actors and most importantly the members of New Edition for putting together such high-quality piece of art for us. Amazing!


Veronica Wells is the culture editor at She is also the author of “Bettah Days.” You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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