*Omar Gooding was arrested early Tuesday in Los Angeles for driving under the influence, reports TMZ.
Details surrounding the arrest are unclear, but according to law enforcement sources, the younger brother of actor Cuba Gooding Jr. was taken into custody and released hours later on his own recognizance.
On the production plate for Omar is “Bolden!,” described as a mythical account of the life of Buddy Bolden, the first Cornet King of New Orleans.
Our media partner, Jasmine Brand (of theJasmineBrand.com), recently threw a private ‘Welcome to Hollywood’ event, at Xen Lounge, in the Hollywood Hills.
Actor Omar Gooding
The purpose of the event was to celebrate her bi-costal move. Celebrities like Duane Martin (BET’s ‘Real Husband’s of Hollywood’), Omar Gooding (actor), Bresha Webb (actress, TV One’s ‘Love That Girl), Jennia Fredrique (actress), Tabi Bonney (rapper) Shaniece (daughter of reality star, Evelyn Lozada), Bobby Debarge Jr. (singer), Kelechi Kalu (singer), Troy Marshall (former Vice President of Promotions at Interscope) and Nina Parkerwere in attendance.
*The reality series “R&B Divas,” which followed Faith Evans, Nicci Gilbert-Daniels, Monifah Carter, Syleena Johnson and Keke Wyatt working together to produce a compilation album, begins production in Atlanta this month for a second season on TV One, and will be joined on the network by a spinoff series to take place in Los Angeles.
The original “R&B Divas” will return this spring with its original cast in tact for eight-episodes, while “R&B Divas: LA” (working title), which will follow the lives and careers of five yet-to-be-named Los Angeles based R&B performers, is scheduled to premiere in the third quarter of 2013, also with an eight-episode order.
“R&B Divas has definitely struck a positive chord with viewers,” remarked Toni Judkins, executive vice president programming and production for TV One. “Week-after-week, the series continued to build on its audience and we’re thrilled to provide another season and a new franchise of a dynamic program that is clearly resonating with audiences.”
TV One has also announced the addition of half-hour sitcom “Family Time” to its Friday night classic comedy block beginning this week.
Created by Bentley Kyle Evans (“The Jamie Foxx Show,” “Martin,” “Love That Girl”), the series centers around the life and times of the Stallworths, a working class African American family who gets lucky with a scratch-off lottery ticket and makes the leap to middle class status overnight. Omar Gooding and Angel Conwell star as parents Anthony and Lisa Stallworth, while Jayla Calhoun and Bentley Kyle Evans, Jr. play their children.
“The Stallworths represent a true-to life African American family working to pursue the American dream,” TV One says in a press release. “The series follows the family as they move to a middle class community in Southern California resulting in classic comedic moments tinged with humorous drama.”
“Family Time” will premiere Friday (Jan. 25) at 9 p.m. with two episodes back to back and then settle into its regularly scheduled time slot of Fridays at 7:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 1. Watch clips below.
*Cooling temperatures. Family gatherings. Holiday movies and specials coming to a TV network near you. It’s looking to be that time of the year again.
Which suits Keith David and Omar Gooding just fine as they star in the newest yuletide movie to hit the big screen, “Christmas In Compton.”
The film, which also stars Sheryl Lee Ralph, Eric Roberts, Orlando Brown and Miguel Núñez Jr., centers on Big Earl (David), a man who owns a Christmas tree lot in Compton and his son Derrick (Gooding). Armed with a big heart and big vision, Big Earl demands success from all those around him. Derrick, who works part-time at the Christmas tree lot, crosses the line a week before the holiday to prove to his father that he is a success. Derrick’s efforts, which jeopardize his relationship with Big Earl as well as the survival of the lot, result in the part-time music producer needing a Christmas miracle to make things right.
For Gooding, “Christmas in Compton” provided the perfect chance to be involved in a different kind of movie-making experience after reading the movie’s script.
“I loved it. I thought it was wholesome. It had all the qualities that I like in a film. I thought there was a lot I could do with the character itself,” the actor told EUR’s Lee Bailey. “I haven’t done a movie like this where it’s a holiday film where you can bring everybody. You can bring your parents. You can bring the kids. You can bring everybody out and nobody would be offended. No foul language. No profanity. Nothing crazy, nudity and whatnot. So I wanted to do a wholesome type of film like that.”
The family friendly vibe of “Christmas in Compton” wasn’t the only thing that attracted Gooding. The father son relationship between Big Earl and Derrick proved to be something worth exploring for the “Family Time” star and David, who relished the chance to bring David Raynor-helmed tale to life.
“I particularly love stories about fathers and sons because not only in the black community but in the human community the relationship between fathers and sons is always acute,” the acting veteran shared. “I think you find out at the end of the movie with Big Earl and Derrick there was an element of tough love. And I think that pervades the relationship of fathers and sons. Fathers want their sons to do better than they were, have it better and instill a strong work ethic because ‘I’m not gonna be around forever and you need to be able to take care of yourself …I think that sometimes you have to step back, away from our overall intention and see how it is impacting the people that we want to, in fact, influence. I think that the movie also does that. Given the circumstances that Derrick gets himself in to Earl realizes that his [Derrick's]desire to really be on his own and to do something on his own just went a little bit too far.
“The truth of the matter is we don’t do anything by ourselves. We get by with a little help from our friends,” David continued while referencing the familiar African proverb “It takes a community to raise a child.” “You have to sometimes take a step back from your overall loving intention and see how, in fact, that intention is being put out there and what is the impact it’s having on our sons.”
Like Gooding, “Christmas in Compton” struck a personal nerve with David. Labeling Big Earl as “a nurturer of the neighborhood,” the entertainer likened his character to his stepfather, who he stated was “was very nurturing to the neighborhood.”
“He had a strong work ethic. He’s got a strong desire to dispel the myths about communities like Compton, where you listen to everything you hear in the news or you hear people talk about it. It’s like ‘Nothing goes on there’ and ‘There’s no family values in places like that,’ which is totally untrue,” David stated about what prompted him to play Big Earl. “I think, if anything, the movie speaks to the fact that you don’t have a whole lot of money. You don’t have to be rich in order to have family values and a strong work ethic.”
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EUR MOTIVATIONAL NOTE
“You will be wounded many times in your life. You’ll make mistakes. Some people will call them failures but I have learned that failure is really God’s way of saying, “Excuse me, you’re moving in the wrong direction.” It’s just an experience, just an experience.” – Oprah Winfrey
Oct. 19: Singer Jennifer Holliday is 52. Singer Pras Michel of The Fugees is 40. Actor Omar Gooding (Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper) is 36.
Oct. 19, 1943: On this date, Paul Robeson opened in Othello at the Shubert Theater in N.Y. City. The show ran for 296 consecutive performances. (Source: www.BlackFacts.com)