Don’t dare call Tika Sumpter’s red-hot role in Tyler Perry'sThe Haves and the Have Nots a bad depiction of black women! Sumpter chatted with TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan about criticism of her role as femme fatale Candace Young in OWN's breakout hit.
TV Guide Magazine: There's been criticism that your character presents a negative image of African-American women. Is that fair? Or is this a breakthrough of sorts? It seems African-American actresses rarely get to play the badass.
Sumpter: It's true! I think most people write from what they see in their own world, which is maybe why we so often see an African-American woman as the best friend, or the one you bring in when you need some sass. It's like we're put in a box. When I was on One Life to Live I always wanted to delve into my character, Layla, to find out why she was the black sheep of the family. I so wanted to have some edge. I have no idea why there was a reluctance to do that or why we so rarely see it. I guess you'd have to ask the writers. READ MORE
Get ready for more blackmail, sex and scheming, Savannah-style. OWN has doubled its episode order for Tyler Perry's soap opera, The Haves and The Have Nots. The vehicle, which stars One Life to Live's Tika Sumpter as a call girl who targets a wealthy, Southern family, has been picked up for a total of 32 installments.
"Naturally, it is wonderful to have the network's first scripted series score so resoundingly," said OWN President Sheri Salata. "Tyler's fans and OWN viewers have responded to this guilty pleasure in record numbers, and we are happy to give them more of a good thing." READ MORE
Are you ready for a little Mary Jane in your life? No, I'm not taking about the kind Snoop Lion covets.
BET has released the trailer for Mara Brock Akil’s Being Mary Jane. The series stars Gabrielle Union as a “successful African-American career woman, who has achieved a decorated career as the host of a fast-paced”.
Rounding out the all-star cast are: The Bold and the Beautiful’s Aaron D. Spears, The Haves and The Have Nots' Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick (For Colored Girls,The A-Team), Richard Roundtree (Shaft) and Margaret Avery (The Color Purple).
Take a look at what’s to come after the jump!
Former One Life to Live star Tika Sumpter is taking a trip to The Wendy Williams show this Wednesday. The actress will dish her sizzling, new role as scheming, temptress Candace Young in Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots. To find out when the talk show airs in your area, click here! READ MORE
The Haves and The Have Nots’ Tika Sumpter glowed on the red carpet, at the New York City premiere of Will and Jaden Smith's new film After Earth on May 29. The film, set in the future, revolves around a father and son who crash land on Earth 1,000 years after it was abandoned.
While After Earth has earned a positive 83 percent rating from movie goers on Rotten Tomatoes, critics have been less kind. According to Rotten Tomatoes, only nine percent of the country’s top critics and just 12 percent of all critics recommend the film.
Will you be seeing After Earth in theaters this weekend or will you wait for the DVD?
Watch a trailer of After Earth and check out more red carpet photos after the jump! READ MORE