*8 year old entertainment reporter, singer, dancer, actress Harmony Love Bailey catches up with Lamman Rucker and asks him about how Tyler Perry has influenced his career and also got him to talk about some of his upcoming projects.
*This weekend, GMC premieres its latest televised gospel play, “Sugar Mommas,” only this play was never a traditional production for live audiences. It was produced by GMC as a play specifically for broadcast – and the network is producing seven more gospel plays set to air throughout 2012.
Terri J. Vaughn, who stars in “Sugar Mommas” alongside Vanessa Williams, is also a co-producer on the project and says that crafting the story as a televised play (as opposed to a traditional made-for-TV film) was a natural fit.
“My first acting job was a touring stage play, one of these gospel type plays,” Vaughn told the Television Critics Association at its annual press tour last week. “And that’s how I got bit by the acting bug, from touring with that play for two years. And maybe that’s why I feel so comfortable with doing them. It feels great. I love bringing comedy and the whole gospel spectrum, too, and be able to bring it into your home now in this way – it’s a beautiful thing.
Premiering Saturday (Jan. 21) at 7 p.m. ET (with encores at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.) “Sugar Mommas” finds the pair playing sisters Sheila (Vaughn) and Lynn (Williams)—two very different individuals who have lived very different lives.
With Sheila widowed and Lynn recently divorced with a daughter in college, both women have time on their hands and decide to start a business together. Having always loved sweets, a bakery seems a natural choice for them, and they invite close friend Tommi (Rachel True) to join them as their specialty pie maker.
The three women’s personalities are as distinct as the cupcake flavors they invent: Lynn is sassy and bold; Sheila is sweet and enduring, often to her own detriment; and Tommi is extremely practical. Together, their story is a celebration of womanhood after 40, the good and the bad, as each learns new lessons about maturing, love and romance, and entrepreneurship.
Also part of the ensemble cast: Lamman Rucker and Grammy nominated gospel artist Vashawn Mitchell, who was Billboard’s No. 1 Gospel Song Artist of 2011. [Click here to go behind the scenes of “Sugar Mommas.”]
In the audio below, Vaughn (with Williams co-signing) explains how the slow erosion of black sitcoms forced her to move into producing.
*The Gospel Music Channel/GMC is set to premiere this year’s most anticipated gospel play “Sugar Mommas” starring Vanessa Williams and Terri J. Vaughn.
The cast also includes Lamman Rucker, Tommy Ford, Rachel True and Gospel singer VaShawn Mitchell.
“Sugar Mommas” is about sisters Sheila (Vaughn) and Lynn (Williams), who have lived very different lives. Sheila is widowed and Lynn recently divorced with a daughter in college.
With nothing but time on their hands and idle minds ready for a change, they decide to start a business together. Since they have a common love for sweets, they establish a bakery. When they invite close friend Tommi (Rachel True) to join them as their specialty pie maker, their recipe for success is complete. But these three women’s personalities are as distinct as the cupcake flavors they invent and it turns out to be a recipe for drama surprise.
As old challenges, new loves and opportunities surface, these women embark on a journey of self-awareness, affirmation, and hope as they write the next chapter in their sweet lives.
The premiere of “Sugar Mamas” on GMC is set for Saturday Jan. 21 at 7pm Eastern.
Well, we certainly didn’t until we came across snaps of them enjoying the LA Sparks action at Staples Center last Tuesday (08-30-11) evening.
Check ‘em out!
Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images
Liquid Soul Media
*San Francisco, CA — Known as much for her community service as for her superbly entertaining acting, Terri J. Vaughn is founder of TAKE WINGS FOUNDATION, a non-profit organization that addresses social and life skills needs of at-risk teen girls.
On Saturday, August 21, 2010, TAKE WINGS will host its seventh annual benefit black-tie affair with festivities commencing at 6:00 pm at San Francisco Marriott, 55 Fourth Street. Tickets ($150 per person) may be purchased online at www.TakeWings.org. Of course sponsors are invited and welcome.
TAKE WINGS FOUNDATION is a non-profit organization whose mission is to build the self esteem of San Francisco Bay Area at-risk girls between the ages of 13 and 18 by providing positive experiences and role modeling.
The organization’s major components involve encouraging and enabling teen girls to: provide community service, participate in life skills development activities and workshops, and earn academic scholarships.
The event’s special guest entertainer Angie Stone extends her personal invitation.
“I would love for you to join me and my friend Terry J. Vaughn at TAKE WINGS FOUNDATION’s seventh annual Angel Awards Benefit. I will be performing and my friend Lamman Rucker and Denise Boutté will be your hosts for the evening.”
Stone implores you to “Support your youth – our youth by coming out and joining us.”
“Gala attendees are in for a fun, entertaining and informative evening,” said Vaughn. “Internationally acclaimed debate coach Melissa Maxcy Wade, a dynamite speaker, will deliver the evening’s keynote address and I am overwhelmed that she is able to join us.” Vaughn continued, “I am particularly excited that TAKE WINGS will recognize two of our community’s generous contributors with its 2010 Angel Awards. We’re thrilled to honor Denise LeNoir, a dedicated nurse practitioner who has an overwhelming sense of responsibility to provide healthcare for adolescents and teens, whether or not their parents can afford it; and pleased to underscore ongoing philanthropic and charitable work of former Golden State Warriors forward Ronny Turiaf.”
Because Vaughn has many supportive friends, there’s always a chance that attendees will be surprised with unexpected celebrity guests. This is an evening not to be missed!
TAKE WINGS is grateful to each of its corporate and individual sponsors for their generosity. Supporters include: Wells Fargo, Safeway, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Ross Stores, Valero Benicia Refinery Company, Ingrid Moore, Dr. Michael LeNoir and Denise LeNoir, Starbucks Coffee Company, and Beebe Memorial Cathedral CME Church.
EVENT CO-HOSTS: Actress Denise Boutté (FILM: “Sister’s Keeper,” “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?” “Death Valley: The Revenge of Bloody Bill;” TV: “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns”) and Actor Lamman Rucker (FILM: “The Greatest Song,” “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?” “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?,” TV: “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns;” THEATER: “Black Angels Over Tuskegee”)
EVENT ENTERTAINMENT: R&B Vocalist, Actress Angie Stone (DISCOGRAPHY: I Ain’t Hearin You (2009), Unexpected (2009), The Art of Love & War (2008), Stone Love (2004), Mahogany Soul (2001) …); FILM: “School Gyrls,” “Pastor Brown,” “The Fighting Temptations” …; TV: varied guest roles; THEATER: “Chicago”
EVENT KEYNOTE: Melissa Maxcy Wade (Executive Director of Forensics, Emory University; National Associated Press Presidential Debate Evaluation Panelist)
2010 ANGEL AWARD HONOREES: Denise LeNoir, M.S.N., M.S.H.A., F.N.P. and Ronny Turiaf, founder, Ronny Turiaf Heart to Heart Foundation
ABOUT TERRI J. VAUGHN:
Terri J. Vaughn has entertained us on television for eight seasons as a series regular. First, she stole America’s heart with her lovable portrayal of Lovita Alizay Jenkins on the WB’s “The Steve Harvey Show.” After that, Vaughn made her way to UPN’s “All of Us.” Currently, she is a cast member currently on the hit TBS television sit-com “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns.” Her film credits include “Three Can Play That Game,” “Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls,” “Redrum,” and “Angels Can’t Help But Laugh.” Vaughn has been honored with three Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress, a nomination for a 2005 BET Comedy Award, and also nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work on “Soulfood.”
But, before Vaughn ever had her first audition, she was growing up in a housing project in San Francisco’ Hunter’s Point district. Today, she is determined to create positive, inspirational experiences for other young women growing up in the projects. Out of her desire to give back to her community, in 1997, Vaughn started TAKE WINGS Foundation.
ABOUT Melissa Maxcy Wade
Melissa Maxcy Wade, Executive Director of Forensics, is a faculty member in the Division of Educational Studies at Emory University. Since 1972 Wade has overseen the growth of one of the most dynamic intercollegiate debate and education programs in the U.S. She has coached Emory to over thirty national college championships, and has received every major coaching and service award in her field. Wade is one of only three university debate coaches in the U.S. who has served on the National Associated Press Presidential Debate Evaluation Panel for every U.S. Presidential election since 1976. Wade is also a principle founder of the Urban Debate League (UDL), a program to reduce inequality in education in socio-economically challenged schools.
PR, et Cetera, Inc.
209-832-8020 / 408-499-3664c
TAKE WINGS FOUNDATION