Niecy Nash talks on ‘The Soul Man’ debut airing June 19, 2013 and her new book release

Niecy Nash returns to her starring role in TV Land's 'The Soul Man' with Cedric the Entertainer.

Niecy Nash returns to her starring role in TV Land’s ‘The Soul Man’ with Cedric the Entertainer.

*“’The Soul Man,’ we’re taking the show in a different direction,” said Los Angeles born actress/author Niecy Nash about the June 19, 2013 premiere of the TV Land comedy series “The Soul Man” starring and executively produced by Cedric the Entertainer. “This season…it’s better to see a sermon lived than to hear it…it’s about life lessons.”

“The Soul Man” was created by Cedric and Suzanne Martin (“Ellen”), a spin-off from TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland” series guest starring role by Cedric. “The Soul Man” series also stars Wesley Jonathan, Jazz Raycole and John Beasley. Cedric is Rev. Boyce “The Voice” Ballantine a former Las Vegas singer who returns home to St. Louis to preach in his father’s church. Niecy is his wife Lolli who has to get use to the humble living.

The second season finds Yvette Lee Bowser replacing Phoef Sutton as the show-runner. “The Soul Man” takes a lighthearted look at issues surrounding Christianity.

In her recent book release titled “It’s Hard to Fight Naked” Niecy Nash, who was once married to a pastor and have recently remarried, address issues of marriage in the book.

“It’s literally and figuratively,” Niecy said when asked about the “naked” reference in the book’s title. “The figurative application is when you expose yourself (information wise), you become venerable and it’s difficult to fight. In the literal sense when you are naked there is not going to be a lot of time for fighting.”

The common sense of her book has everyone reading it.

“Love is the area we struggle in the most and yet it’s what we’re here for,” she simply states. “I feel blessed to have found love …and we just moved into a new house.”

Niecy is always busy with one project or another. Her career is rolling and there seems to be no stopping her.

“I recently finished a job, an HBO movie ‘Getting On,’ a very dark comedy,” Niecy pointed out when asked about new projects. “It comes from a British series of the same name. In this role I have no hair, no make up and no nails. I play a very small role; she is not over the top and sassy.”

Niecy Nash’s experience has landed her on Comedy Central’s “Reno 911,” Fox’s “Do Not Disturb” and “The Bernie Mac Show.” Her dancing skills had her on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and she recently wrapped up filming “Nurse 3D,” a dark film about murder. Her identifiable voice can be heard on the animation “Kid Notorious,” the Cartoon Network’s “The Boondocks,” the ABC Family animation “Slacker Cats,” and an animated feature film “Horton Hears A Who,” with Jim Carey and Steve Carrell.

Christian Keyes stars in the UP Network original stage play ‘Love Will Find A Way’ re-airing June 15, 2013

Christian Keyes stars in the UP Network original stage play 'Love Will Find A Way.'

Christian Keyes stars in the UP Network original stage play ‘Love Will Find A Way.’

*Actor/producer/writer and singer Christian Keyes stars on the UP Network (Uplifting Entertainment – formerly GMC) original stage play “Love Will Find A Way,” which re-airs June 15, 2013 at 5 p.m. and 1 a.m. ET. The love story of a fitness trainer premiered June 1st. It is a sequel to the networks’ original world premiere of the stage play “What Would You Do For Love” which aired on May 11th. “Love Will  Find A Way” will also air on ASPiRE.

The romantic film also stars Jason Weaver, Vanessa Simmons, Gabrielle Dennis, Carl Payne and Suveria Mota.

“Swirl Films reached out to me. I read the script, saw the cast and jumped on it,” Christian Keyes said about acquiring the role of Reggie Brooks. “I’ve worked with Jason and Carl before. I was excited to work with them again and to work with Vanessa Simmons.”

UP’s “Love Will Find A Way” is produced by Swirl Film’s Eric Tomosunas who has produced and taped a number of stage plays and feature films for television and DVD which include 35 & Ticking, Love for Sale, A Mother’s Prayer, and There’s A Stranger in My House. Love Will Find A Way” is the network’s 15th original stage play in its World Premiere Stage Play Series.

Detroit born Keyes is a hard working and driven actor who also has a recurring role in the BET series “Let’s Stay Together” and has over 40 stage productions that has taken him all over the country, which include Tyler Perry’s “What’s Done in the Dark” and “Madea Goes To Jail,” which were released on DVD.

As a singer he has released three independent albums and has appeared on the covers of such national publications as “GQ,” “Elle,” and “Vogue.”

“Hands down acting comes first,” Christian pointed out when asked which talent he loves the most. “I actually get to sing in musicals and theater. I’d like to play characters that aren’t as safe as the ones that I have been doing. A burglar, bank robber – somebody shady…a bad guy”

Keyes also has his own project coming out “Ladies Night” starring Kevin Broderick, Lamman Ricker, Wesley Jonathan, Wendy Raquel-Robinson and Marcus Patrick.

“Ladies Night is the black version of Magic Mike,” Keyes pointed out about his new project. “It’s a film I wrote a year and half ago starring Wesley (“The Soul Man”) and Wendy (“The Game”)…still casting, we start shooting at the end of the month. I just finished filming Black Coffee…it’s a romantic comedy.”

You can follow Christian Keyes on twitter at @ChristianKeyes and learn more about the Siddeeqah “Sid” Powell screenplay “Love   Will Find A Way” by logging onto www.WatchGMCTV.com.

(Event: Saturday Oct 19th the Los Angeles “Uplifting Minds II” FREE one-day entertainment conference (two intense seminars, talent and competition showcase) at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, sponsored in part by www.EURweb.com. Syndicated Column: The Pulse of Entertainment is written weekly by Eunice Moseley, also a PR/Business Management consultant – www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com, www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com