*Actor Brian White got into a lot of trouble earlier this month when in an interview with HelloBeautiful.com, he dissed black women.
Now, the actor is clearing the air saying he never said that in an interview with Essence Magazine. He is married to a Latina woman.
ESSENCE.com: You’ve caught a lot of flack for your comments about how Black women, so we just have to ask, Brian White, do you hate Black women?
BRIAN WHITE: No, come on. I’m Black Carpenter [the title of his book and youth development program]. I’m out making sure kids have a future. I did that interview on speakerphone and my mom was in my car with me. I said the majority of what we, as a community, celebrate in the media, isn’t worthy of our women. Not the ones that I know and love. I’ve been out on the road with the UNCF, NAACP, and National Urban League doing Black Carpenter or working with little girls and boys in schools. I’m about that, more so than anything else. I’m not trying to be famous; I’m trying to make a difference. That’s all I meant to say. I apologize for any confusion.
ESSENCE.com: Why do you think the story of you hating on Black women picked up so much steam?
WHITE: I don’t know. There are probably lots of reasons, but I feel like that’s what sells. In our community, it’s very difficult to sell substance. I’ll say this: anything that can be construed as negative gets a lot of play but if it’s super positive getting actual creditable media and then that extra blogger is much harder.
*Los Angeles, CA – Roaring up on a Harley Davidson, Tyler Perry made his way to Regal Cinemas at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday evening for the premiere of his latest film, Good Deeds. Perry wrote, directed, produced and starred in the film. Although Madea could’ve conceivably arrived on the scene in the same rugged fashion, the imagery of Perry on on a Harley Davidson moves him further away from the dragged out character that has fueled his vast empire to date, giving his yin room to shine without the aid of his yang.
Tyler was supported at the Good Deeds premiere by cast members of past and present Perry productions, all showing their loyalty and support (and some probably looking for jobs … it’s rough in Hollywood). Those in attendance who star alongside Perry in Deeds were Gabrielle Union; Thandie Newton; Beverly Johnson; Rebecca Romijn; Brian White; Jamie Kennedy; and newcomer, Jordenne Thompson. Also part of the cast, Phylicia Rashad and Eddie Cibrian were absent.
Before the film rolled, Perry took a few moments to introduce the film and to reveal the reason why he decided to create it. The message, he said, was clear and simple: “you only live once, so live for yourself and not any one else. “ Take that with a grain of salt, of course.
Following the screening of Good Deeds, the press and guests mixed and mingled at a private celebration hosted across the street at the LA Live Ritz Carlton.
Good Deeds, Tyler Perry’s eleventh feature film, premiers nationwide on February 24th.
*One must wonder how NeNe Leakes even became popular.
Is she really loved by the black population, or is this what television producers want the world to see. Actor Brian White expressed his concern about the images being played over and over again on television.
He commented in a recent interview that “the most prevalent image in ‘urban society’ right now is women like NeNe,” and further explained that he thinks images like these represent not just a stereotype, but the majority of black women.
Duh, wrong conclusion.
So even NeNe couldn’t let that one get away without a response. The reality star took to Twitter to basically call him a hater.
“Actors feel some type of way when Reality Stars work in their field! I started out actin first! I didn’t make the rules I just play by them.” (See more below.)
She then proceeded to throw darts and totally miss the point he was trying to make. Instead she wasted her time on her insecurities and floated past the real issue of his commentary.
But in real life reality news, NeNe’s son Brice was reportedly brutally beaten in a bar fight that forced him to be hospitalized.
Brice was out one night at a bar outside Atlanta when he apparently began stirring up trouble with a group of men. Sources say he was “pounded” on by the entire group and was rushed to the hospital.
His injuries included a shattered jaw and multiple broken bones in his face. He’s expected to make a full recovery.
*Monica appeared on BET’s “106 & Park” to unveil the video for her new single “Until It’s Gone.”
The clip, seen in its entirety below, stars actors Malinda Williams and Brian White as a couple whose lives change when she discovers he’s been cheating. Williams confronts White about it while they are driving. With White behind the wheel and his attention off the road, they get into a horrific accident that leaves Williams fighting for her life.
Actress Malinda Williams in Monica's video for "Until It's Gone"
Monica plays Melinda’s best friend who tried to warn her about White’s behavior.
Meanwhile, Monica is currently completing work on her seventh album, “New Life,” due Dec. 13 on RCA Records.
*About a month or so ago EURweb ran a story on David E. Talbert’s hit stageplay “What My Husband Doesn’t Know” during which time we interviewed Brian White, former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams and singer/actress Ann Nesby.
Though the interviews were informative, we decided to give the show’s Queen Mother some solo love this time around.
The show will spin through Long Beach, California tonight (April 1) and Los Angeles Saturday and Sunday nights (April 2-3), and since that’s where the proverbial EURweb mothership is based, Unka Lee (Bailey) decided to swing through and chat for a spell.
“This is like our 35th show,” said Nesby. “We’ve been through the Bible belt and the southern states. We’ve had an awesome time traveling with the tour. It has been an overwhelming reaction, especially when Morris Chestnut, Brian White and Clifton Davis comes out on stage.”
“David has done a really awesome job putting together the show and I think he put it together with the people in mind,” she explained. “He had to have had to have the kind of chemistry we have onstage. I’m playing Eleanor, the mother to Michelle Williams’ Lena.”
One might ask why we would bestow such a lofty title as Queen Mother upon an entertainer? It’s two-fold really and it’s only partially due to her pivotal role in the play. Here she explains that role.
“Of course all mothers don’t want their daughters to make mistakes along the way, especially the ones that can be avoided,” she said of her character’s interaction with Michelle’s. “Our relationship really, really gets kind of fractured when I feel like she’s disobeying me. So, I get an opportunity to sing to her in those tender moments. Of course, she sings. She’s being taunted by this evil plumber, (played by) Brian White. I want to make sure she stays on the right track and respects the marriage vows that she’s made. The thing with Eleanor is, I don’t want to preach to her. I want to love her into doing the right thing. So, this character lends itself through that lovingly, motherly advise from a perspective of saying ‘I’m here for you.
I know what you’re going through is hard, but I definitely want to be your support system’.”
Michelle Williams and Ann Nesby in 'What My Husban Down't know' (photo: Diondre Jones)
Ann was keen to not give away any of the plot’s key components, but we couldn’t help but try to nudge her a little bit. What exactly is so evil about the evil plumber?
“Well,” she said with a coy grin. “That’s something ‘My Husband Doesn’t Know’ and I can’t give that away. In addition to Nesby’s stage persona trying to mentor Michelle Williams’ character, she also is close with Clifton Davis’ character as well.
“Clifton Davis plays my son-in-law who is 20 years senior to my daughter,” she explained. “I really was skeptical of him marrying my daughter with that space in between, but I saw the way they love each other, the luxuries he was able to afford her being a very successful construction worker and I became very excited and we became the best of friends. Even knowing that he and I were so close in age I was also looking out for his interest too.”
And the plot thickens! In addition to great acting and roof-raising vocal performances, Nesby says she was especially impressed by the manner in which “What My Husband Doesn’t Know” was penned.
“What I love about the way David wrote the show is he actually wrote the show from a loving, motherly point of view,” she gushed. “I didn’t have to change anything and it allowed me to really bring myself and to share who I really am and it allowed me to bring my experience as mother, a grandmother and a great grandmother and to really bring the love and experience that I share with my own.”
Oh yeah, here’s the second part of our two-fold reason for dubbing Nesby Queen Mother. In addition to having 10 children of her own, Ann has 11 grandchildren and, as stated, one great grandchild.
“I’m excited and elated that God allowed me to be here to have the opportunity to be a great grandmother. Some of us don’t make it.
Saying that, my mother is a great, great grandmother.”
With that being said, we guess Ann Nesby is still a princess in someone’s kingdom afterall: her mother’s. Though her mother, Shirley Bennet, has not seen the play as of yet, “What My Husband Doesn’t Know” will be swinging through Illinois soon. Nesby says her mother is very excited about that.
“We’re going to Rockford (IL) on April 12 and she’s so excited to know that Michelle, a hometown girl, and I are in the show together and they’re friends,” said Nesby. “My father has pastored in Rockford for about 40 years and Michelle’s family, her Uncle pastors a church there as well. My father’s Baptist church was one of the first churches to fellowship with Michelle’s Uncle’s church, which was a Church of God in Christ. So, we were already like a family. I was also a vocal coach for Michelle’s cousin. So, when we come onstage together it’s like being onstage with my family. It’s an awesome, awesome experience.”
*Some know him from movies such as Stomp the Yard, Fighting, Mr. 3000
Brian White (Photo: Diondre Jones)
and Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself. Others know him from his co-starring roles on such TV shows as Men of a Certain Age and The Shield.
Actor, model and dancer Brian White is a Dartmouth-educated, former NFL drafted, former stock broker and present youth advocate. If there is anybody who is actively destroying Black stereotypes on and off the screen it is Brian White.
These are the types of individuals we should be uplifting in our community as well as highlighting their work in it.
These days White is starring alongside Destiny Child’s Michelle Williams in the nationally touring stage play, David E. Talbert Presents,What My Husband Doesn’t Know . Mo’Kelly sat down at his computer and via Skype got White’s thoughts on his latest venture, the work of his foundation, the Phunk Phenomenon Urban Dance Theater and the music in heavy rotation on his iPod. To HEAR the interview, click the link below: