Tika Sumpter to Star in OWN/Tyler Perry Scripted Series!

One Live to Live alum Tika Sumpter isn't letting any grass grow under her feet. Sumpter has landed a role in one of OWN and Tyler Perry's scripted series. Oprah Winfrey made the announcement herself on Twitter stating:

New Star in the making @iamtikasumpter All New Tyler Perry shows coming to @OWNTV in May. 

So far, no word on which of the two shows Sumpter will be starring in. Both programs, The Have and Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor, will debut May 23. Meanwhile, Sumpter is currently filming Perry's upcoming flick, A Madea Christmas, which heads to theaters December 13.

Photo by Oprah Winfrey

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    Congrats to Tika!! I always liked her energy and acting on OLTL. Sadly, Cartini wasted her talents. They never gave her anything to do. Glad to see she is finally being recognized.

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    Jillian, Tika is co-starring in the drama, Have & Have Nots. My pal Jonathan Chase is starring in their sitcom, Love thy Neighbor. He’s the one that told me which one Tika is in. They both appear together in Madea’s Christmas

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    I always loved Tika on OLTL. I am happy for her and I hope this show is a hit! Oprah messed up when she didn’t save our soaps but now she is helping create her “OWN” lol. You go girl!

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    it’s great that there are more opportunities for racial minorities on tv. there are enough white chars on soap operas already. enough w/ the white chars only on soap operas. it’s bec soap operas are abt core families who are wealthy. and hollywood only portrays white chars as wealthy bec hollywood has to preserve the status of white privilege. daytime soaps and primetime soaps have a problem w/ racial diversity.

    revenge is probably 1 of the most racist soap operas ever and that’s awful considering that its showrunner is a white guy named mike kelley who’s openly gay. revenge casted a foster care brother of emily’s and of course the actor has to be African american. that’s typical of revenge. they only use racial diversity casting to bash racial minorities. the new black char of course has to have a poor background bec he’s her foster care brother. ashley madekwe’s char has to be the assistant to the rich and white graysen family bec she’s a racial minority. all of victoria’s help are women of color. Asian american char padma of course has to be one of the employees of rich and white lgbt char nolan. and of course she’s romantically paired w/ nolan bec hollywood often only pairs Asian american women w/ white men bec majority of romantic leading men often have to be portrayed by white actors. it’s bec whiteness has to be the ideal and universal for tolerant hollywood.

    and of course takeda has to be hollywood’s typical Asian male char. he’s a martial arts expert and mentoring emily’s revenge but of course he has to be asexual bec this is how racist hollywood is. the only asexual char on a soap opera has to be Asian american. yet soap operas are abt romance, typical racism from tolerant crowd of hollywood. film roles given to asian actors are majority martial arts movies bec hollywood doesn’t want Asian american actors to broaden their appeal outside of the martial arts niche. and yet every kinda role is available for white actors.

    it’s bec hollywood’s racist and they love dehumanizing racial minorities. channing potatum is romantically portrayed on gi joe but korean actor byun hu is asexualized. rain from ninja assassin has no leading lady. would hollywood ever have no romantic angle from an action movie w/ a young leading man who’s white? of course not! action movies w/ white lead actors must have a romantic pairing but none for asian american actors bec hollywood’s racist. same thing w/ revenge’s takeda. typical from the “tolerant” crowd of hollywood.

    if lgbt char nolan had no romantic storylines then glaad and hollywood and the entertainment press and the mainstream manhattan media would scream homophobia but of course there are no screams of racism w/ the portrayals of the racial minority chars. but of course white and openly gay showrunner mike kelley would not neglect nolan. I stopped watching revenge after season1 bec there were no improvement of the portrayals of racial minorities. couldn’t emily have half siblings who are part racial minorities and dark skinned and rich? of course not bec hollywood has to put down racial minorities by portraying them as poorer than the white chars.

    btw emily van camp’s wooden and horrid on racist tv show revenge and now she’s cast as the leading lady on racist capt. america franchise. that summer movie of course had to portray the white people as accepting of racial minorities despite the second world war setting. of course bec “captain america” can’t be racist and racism is too heavy a topic right? same thing w/ summer movie xmen prequel. it skipped racial tension despite its 60s setting and yet it managed to talks abt lgbt issues w/ “don’t ask. don’t tell” and w/ “mutant and proud” and w/ using being a mutant as a metaphor for coming out and lgbt pride. typical hollywood. lgbt issues must be more significant than racism. lgbt issues must be discussed thru a summer movie but racism is ignored. back to racist capt. america movie. it threw offensive jokes at the japanese american and the african american chars. the japanese american char’s loyalty was questioned and he had to say he was from fresno all bec he’s not white. would they have asked abt the loyalty of the white chars? of course not. while the african american char had to tell them that he’s educated bec he spoke a foreign language. would a white char have to elucidate his educational background? of course not. typical from the tolerance crowd of hollywood. racism from dumb summer movies like capt. america and primetime soaps like revenge are typical of tolerant hollywood.

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