* “This story is very personal to Tyler,” said actor Brian White about the new Tyler Perry film Good Deeds, which arrives at theaters February 24, 2012. “He wants to get across to the audience the question, ‘Does success equal happiness?’.”
Good Deeds was written, directed and produced by Perry. It is an emotional, yet inspiring, dramatic love story presented by Lionsgate and TPS. In the film Tyler Perry shows another side to his very versatile acting skills.
Perry is Wesley Deeds a wealthy businessman head of an international company – thanks to the fortitude of his father’s hard work – and he runs it with his volatile brother Walter Deeds (Brian White). Walter wants to be head of the company and tries throughout the film to sabotage the moves of his older brother, which eventually ends in the fight of all brotherly fist-fights.
“My character always wanted to be his dad,” Brian pointed out. “The film shows negative consequences come with negative actions. We live in a society…young people are competing for things instead of looking within.”
Aside from dealing with his brother’s antics, Deeds also has an overbearing mother Wilimena (Phylicia Rashad) intent on marring him to his beautiful, yet restless fiancée Natalie (Gabrielle Union). He is assisted by his CFO (and consul) John who is caught between the brotherly fictions and sabotaged business deals.
Through the haze Wesley Deeds meets a down-on-her-luck employee, Lindsey (Thandie Newton), who he performs one good deed for. That good deed sparks something inside him that gives him the strength to make big changes in his life. Those changes allow him to finally be with a woman who really cares for ‘him’ and to do things that make ‘him’ happy – like ride a Harley.
Jamie Kennedy, Rebecca Romjin and Jordenn Thompson also star in the Lionsgate film Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds – which arrives in theaters February 24, 2012. For more information on the new Tyler Perry project, Good Deeds, log onto www.GoodDeedsMovie.com or www.TylerPerry.com/movies/good_deeds.
Island Def Jams’ Luke James arrives in Baltimore for the BET Music Matters ‘The All of Me Tour” at Soundstage February 26, 2012
*As part of the BET Music Matters “The All of Me Tour” Island Def Jam artist Luke James will perform at the Soundstage in Baltimore February 26, 2012. The powerful vocalist is currently promoting his single “I Want You,” which he performed recently at the BET Honors.
“I learn a lot (from music),” said the singer/songwriter about the significance of the BET Music Matters tour for young artists. “It furthered my creativity…made my mind wonder. Music help further along my dream…It’s universal.”
As a songwriter Luke James co-wrote Chris Brown’s “Crawl” and penned songs for Justin Bieber (“That Should Be Me”), and Michael Bolton and Britney Spears (“Kill The Lights”).
His talents had him headlining the Give Back Hollywood/VH1 Save the Music Foundation’s Pre MTV VMA benefit. He was also the opening act for the Robin Thicke “Love After War” tour.
His debut album, “Made to Love,” is forthcoming, but he has an EP out titled “Luke.” For more information on the BET Music Matters “The All of Me Tour” log onto www.BET.com/music/Music_Matters and for more on Luke James log onto www.WhoIsLukeJames.com.
43rd NAACP Image Awards came back home to NBC, with great performances by Ne-yo, Yolanda Adams, Jill Scott, Lenny Kravitz and Jennifer Hudson
*The 43rd NAACP Image Awards was recently held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and aired live on NBC, its original network. The event brought a stream of the best of Hollywood to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in television, music, literature and film.
Film producer/director George Lucas was honored with the NAACP Vanguard Award, Radio One/TV One founder Cathy Hughes received the NAACP Chairman’s Award and the Founding Members of the Black Stuntmen’s Association received the NAACP President’s Award.
Fifty-three awards were given out that day with CBS and HBO leading with four awards each. CBS awards include Tatyana Ali’s win for “Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama” for “The Young and the Restless,” LL Cool J’s “Outstanding Actor in a Drama” for “NCIS: Los Angeles” and Archie Panjabi’s win for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama” for “The Good Wife.” HBO’s wins include Laurence Fishburne’s “Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie” for “Thurgood.”
In music Kirk Franklin (“I Smile”) and Jennifer Hudson (“Where You At”) both lead with two awards. There were great performances by Ne-yo, Jill Scott, Lenny Kravitz, Jennifer Hudson and a Whitney Houston Tribute by Yolanda Adams.
The two-hour live special was hosted by Sanaa Latham and Anthony Mackie. It was produced by Vicangelo Bulluck and sponsored by UAW/Chrysler, AARP, FedEx, Hyundai, Wells Fargo, Ford Motor Company, Walgreens, Bank of America, AT & T, American Airlines and Cadillac.
You can watch the 43rd NAACP Image Awards by logging onto http://www.nbc.com/image-awards/video/43rd-naacp-image-awards/1386253/ and you can see my coverage of the red carpeted arrivals at http://www.youtube.com/freelanceassociates.
(Eunice Moseley is a syndicated entertainment columnist, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com)