DeVon Franklin & Oprah Winfrey
The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), is seeking participants for the “Help Desk” series featuring author, film executive, preacher and motivational speaker DeVon Franklin
What the Help Desk series is looking for:
They need people who are seeking advice to help them with a specific life issue or circumstance. Below are a few examples of what they are looking for.
- Dissatisfaction with career/feeling trapped
- Questioning faith or belief in higher power
- Overcoming addiction
- Difficulties with weight loss
- Overcoming specific anxieties or fears
- Divorce or breakup
- Coping with job-loss
- Issues revolving around sexual identity
- Financial hardship
- Sex and relationship issues
- Loss of a family member or friend
Aside from these examples, they are open to hearing about any particular issues you would like to discuss.
Sunday February 16, 2014
(specific time TBA)
Los Angeles, CA
(specific location TBA)
Although the event is public, Help Desk is seeking to secure a select group of participants who will be given priority to gain a spot to sit down with DeVon.
For more information and full requirements click here.
Singer Darlene Love attends the celebration of black cinema hosted by Broadcast Film Critics Association at House of Blues Sunset Strip on January 7, 2014 in West Hollywood, California
*The Oprah Winfrey Network is stretching its scripted slate into TV movies, and has chosen as its first film an adaption of “My Name Is Love: The Darlene Love Story.”
Love, who penned the memoir and is attached to executive produce, is an iconic voice of the 1960s on The Crystals hits “He’s a Rebel” and “He’s Sure the Boy I Love” and tracks like “Today I Met the Boy I’m Gonna Marry” and “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).” Currently, she is the backup singer featured in the Oscar-nominated hit documentary “20 Feet From Stardom.”
“The fantastic life journey of music great Darlene Love is the perfect choice for our first original scripted movie,” said OWN president Sheri Salata. “There are a handful of stories brought to the screen of daring American women who walked through fire and back to make their dreams come true and Darlene is one of the heroes on that list. From her first hit song to her darkest days cleaning houses in Beverly Hills to make ends meet, to the triumphant comeback that made rock and roll history, Darlene is a true living legend who worked with many of the greatest talents in music from Elvis Presley and Tom Jones to Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Bruce Springsteen.”
Actor Corbin Bleu attends The Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Toys For Tots Foundation on December 1, 2013 in Hollywood
*Before “High School Musical” star Corbin Bleu became a teenage heartthrob at age 16, he was the target of bullies who targeted everything from love of ballet to his mixed race.
The now 24-year-old actor said he struggled with feeling misunderstood by his peers. His race, especially, was a question among other children.
“The whole bullying thing is a very important thing for me,” he says on an episode of “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”. “I remember growing up and having so many kids ask, ‘Wait, so what are you?’”
Co-Presidents, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Sheri Salata (L) and Erik Logan speak onstage during the OWN portion of the 2013 Winter TCA Tour- Day 2 at Langham Hotel on January 5, 2013 in Pasadena, California
*OWN co-presidents Sheri Salata and Erik Logan discussed a number of new programs for the network during its presentation this morning at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena.
As previously reported, Tyler Perry will deliver another scripted series to OWN – this one about moms who ban together to tackle life’s challenges – large and small.
“Single Moms Club,” based on Perry’s forthcoming feature film of the same name, will premiere in the fall as an hourlong drama. It centers on a group of single mothers from different backgrounds who are brought together by an incident at their children’s school. They form a support group that helps them find humor in life’s turmoil, and inner strength to overcome their personal challenges.
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network says it has secured the network television rights to “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”
The critically acclaimed film from The Weinstein Company/TWC – about former South African President Nelson Mandela, starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris – is based on the 1995 book “Long Walk to Freedom.”
*Lindsay Lohan knows where her bread is buttered.
The rehabbed actress, who stars in a reality series that will air on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN channel early next year, got caught up in some mess last weekend involving an assault on Paris Hilton’s brother Barron.
LiLo reportedly hurried up and called Oprah to reassure her that she had done nothing wrong after being accused by Barron of ordering her friend Ray LeMoine to attack him at a house party in Miami last Friday (Dec. 6).
Barron Hilton after being beaten up at the Miami house party on Dec. 6, 2013
A source told gossip website RadarOnline.com: ”Oprah knows the truth about what happened and there are no problems between the two. Lindsay has tremendous respect for Oprah and she apologized to her for even having her name involved in incident.”
Ray, who has fled to Cuba, previously insisted Lindsay, 27, had nothing to do with the confrontation. He claimed he got into an altercation with Barron, who suffered lasting damage to his face, after the 24-year-old socialite refused to leave the house.
He said: ”My friend’s name was on the lease of this mansion and we didn’t want anyone to trash it, so we started kicking people out. Eventually things got so heated that (Barron) pushed me. And that’s when the alleged assault, which of course I deny, took place.”