*Grammy-nominated rapper Ja Rule was able to quickly turn things around just months after being released from jail with his new movie called “I’m in Love with a Church Girl.”
The movie hits theaters Friday and features a character named Miles Montego, played by Ja, who is a high-level drug trafficker forced to look for a second chance in the church. There he meets a nice, beautiful, God-fearing woman played by Adrienne Bailon.
“It’s a story about change and redemption and second chances and I think I know a little bit about that,” Ja told theGrio’s Chris Witherspoon.
The rapper says he is also working on his own reality show that will air on a major TV network soon.
“I got a show that I’m developing right now with Cris Abrego (CEO of Endemol’s North American operations.) We’re going to one of the major networks,” the rapper revealed.
“I don’t want to drop it right now. I actually just got my deal in today from them. So we’re still negotiating and putting it together.”
“It’s me and my family. It’s a family-driven show. It’s kinda like the new ‘Run’s House.’ With a little kick to it. I’m not exactly [Rev] Run, and my kids are not Run’s kids. We’re a little more crazy.”
Tami talked about the book, which offers advice on how to keep a man, during her recent interview with Hot 97 in New York.
“I have a book coming. It’s called “Mistress 101″ and it’s about women and their relationships and how they can keep them and what they should do and what they should be working on. I’ve talked to mistresses. I’ve been through a relationship and I thought I was the perfect mate, but clearly there were some things within me….”
Also, while talking with another radio station, Chicago’s WGCI-107.5, Tami revealed that she doesn’t wish to carry on with “BBW” but is looking to start her own spinoff, “The Roman Empire.”
“That’s my own show. It’s in development. It’s about my life, my daughters. My core group of friends and Miss Elise Neal. I’m excited about showing the world who we are and what we’ve got going on.”
*C’mon now, did you really think reality television had reached its quota on female-driven drama?
If the answer is affirmative, think again, baby! “The Real Women of St. Louis” have thrown their hats into the ring.
Y’all better recognize!
You may wonder what an Ex-con, a Child Care Provider, a Beautician, a Stripper-turned-Nurse, and the CEO of a Publishing Company have in common. They’re all sassy, sexy, and they love St. Louis!
But here’s where these sistas plan for their show to differ, ’cause the way they see it: Ain’t nothing “real” about women making astronomical sums of money based on whom they marry.
The “Real Women of St. Louis” know they represent African American women from every major city; and define real life as “everyday women turning negative experiences into positive outcomes.” These women know how to make things happen. They depend on no one.
Ida, LaRhonda, Chastity, Kelly, and LaShonda are the five real-time divas who make up the “Real Women of St. Louis.” Two fraternal twins, five entrepreneurs; they work multiple jobs, attend school, own real estate, manage their investments, cook, clean, raise their families, fight for child support; and on top of all that, (no pun intended…keep reading)
“Still find time to f*ck our husbands.” Their words, not mine
Is that real enough for you?
LaRhonda Johnson, a beautician and real estate owner, is the brainchild behind the show, and its executive producer; and the pilot, which was shot independently (“on their dime”), is currently being shopped around to various networks. This is what making things happen looks like folks! Viewers will no doubt run into promos where the show was previously referred to as “Reel Women of St. Louis,” with the operative word here being “Reel.” But this was done to prevent a potential rights issue, which in the end, was no issue at all, and the formal title uses the word “Real.”
Interesting to note, the short clip they posted on YouTube got thousands of hits after only a few short hours (no one was more shocked than these women, who say they have no idea how this happened!). If the interest in this project is any indication, these women from St. Louis may be well on their way to other destinations in no time. But for now, they have been booking interviews on local TV programs, and other news and talk show outlets are calling.
In this clip, Chastity and Ida speak with KSDK 5 in St. Louis. Chastity says, in the whole scheme of all-things-reality, she thinks St. Louis is often overlooked.
Want a taste of what the “Real Women of St. Louis” are all about? Check out the vid below. Let us know what you think?
Apparently BET is willing to take that risk. A new project starring the troubled New Edition singer and ex-husband of Whitney Houston is currently in the works. Sources say the new series will revolve around Brown’s “life and businesses.”
The project will be executive produced by James DuBose, who has developed several other celebrity-based reality shows for BET; including the high-profile series centered on Philadelphia Eagles star Michael Vick, who staged a comeback after being imprisoned for his involvement in a dog-fighting ring.
No other specifics on the Brown project, including the title, air dates or the number of episodes, were available.