Tika Sumpter Fires Back at Criticism Over The Haves and The Have Nots

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

Oprah is EX-CIT-ED About OWN's Summer Soap Fling! (VIDEO)

Even Oprah Winfrey can have a change of heart. OWN has released a video promoting the network’s upcoming airings of sudsers, All My Children and One Life to Live. Winfrey remarked:

I heard you! You Facebook’d, you tweeted, and I listened.

Watch the video after the jump. READ MORE

BREAKING NEWS: OWN Set to Air All My Children and One Life to Live!

The soap opera behind the soap operas is the soap opera! A day after announcing yet another schedule change for All My Children and One Life to Live via Hulu and iTunes, comes game-changing news that Oprah Winfrey's cable channel, OWN, has acquired the first 40 episodes of the rebooted sudsers.

Starting Monday, July 15, half-hour episodes of Agnes Nixon's sudsers will air Monday-Thursday, with AMC at 1 pm EST and OLTL at 3 pm EST. The deal between Prospect Park and OWN is for an exclusive 10-week run. 

"These shows have proven to be very popular with a significant, loyal fan base, not to mention Oprah herself is a big fan,” said Erik Logan, president, OWN.  “Many of our viewers across numerous platforms have expressed their passion for the soaps so we are especially excited to air this limited engagement on OWN.”

Perhaps there has been a method to all of Prospect Park's scheduling madness after all? READ MORE

OWN Doubles Episode Order For The Haves and The Have Nots

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

Peep BET's 'Being Mary Jane' With Gabrielle Union and Aaron D. Spears! (TRAILER)

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!