Find Out Why Tyler Perry Appreciates Being Able to Open His Kitchen Cabinets!

Source: EgyptSaidSo.com

Source: EgyptSaidSo.com

I read this piece that Tyler Perry recently wrote, which explains a part of his past when he was really in the less fortunate bracket, and it really moved me.  It gave me hope, once again, in that anything is possible.  It’s so important to work towards something great in life and to truly appreciate where you come from and the experiences that God brings you through along the way.  Check out why Tyler Perry is so appreciative and humbled by being able to open a simple thing such as his kitchen cabinet.  He posted on Facebook:

 

I USED TO BE AFRAID TO OPEN MY KITCHEN CABINETS
I have lived in this house for almost 7 years and today it hit me.  I mean this blew my mind.
I went to my kitchen cabinet today, got a glass, poured some water in it, and drank it. I realized in that moment that I am no longer afraid to open my kitchen cabinets.
It brought tears to my eyes. Ok, before you think I’m crazy let me tell you why. W…hen I was a little boy I wouldn’t dare take a glass out of the cabinet and drink from it without washing it first. The roaches had crawled all over them and the rats would leave droppings all around them. It was bad. I hated going into our kitchen, especially at night. It was scary. When I turned on the light there was no telling what I would see. Rats bigger than shoes, roaches everywhere. I remember being afraid to open the kitchen drawers because mice would jump out and run, and we really tried to keep it clean.  So you know from a boy to a man I carried some of that fear with me.  So to think that I have been taking glasses out of these cabinets for years, and opening my kitchen drawers without fear is a blessing. Being able to turn the lights on in the kitchen at night and not be ready to run… I’m telling you God is good. Now I know some of y’all are not going to be able to appreciate this. But to all of us who came from it, you know what I’m talking about. And to all of y’all who don’t get it, I thank God you didn’t grow up that way.  And to the ones who may still be there right now, I’m going to tell you what I know to be true. Through faith anything is possible. You can go as high as you want in this life. What God has done for me and so many others, He can do for you.  Only believe. ONLY BELIEVE.
God bless you.

Fast & Furious 6 Spoiler Alert: What Villain Is Introduced At the End?

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I was one of many people to see the new installment of Fast & Furious and let’s just say, the ending threw me off.  As you all know, the movies are shown out of sequence, which can cause some confusion.  Just so you know, this post is a SPOILER to help those, like me, that need help connecting the dots.

So, here you go!  Don’t continue reading if you don’t want to know what happens at the end of Fast & Furious 6!  This breakdown is courtesy of Ain’t it Cool and is written in their own words:

At the end of FAST & FURIOUS 6, the crew has helped Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) in dispatching of Luke Evans’ Owen Shaw, earning their full pardons, enabling them to return back home, with Dom (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) all seemingly ready to live the rest of their lives free and happily ever after.

Now this is where the big reveal comes in. As it was structured when I cemented this information, the following sequence was placed immediately after that peaceful ending, but it’s entirely possible that it may be shifted to occur sometime during the end credits, much like the reveal of Letty still being alive was during FAST FIVE. 

We then see a pair of hands on a steering wheel, with Japanese suddenly coming across a police scanner in the car. In addition, looking around the car, we see that the inside of this particular S-Class has been reinforced for some reason. The scanner puts out the call for all units to respond to a high-speed chase taking place between an orange and black Mazda RX-7 and a grey Nissan 350Z, and this suped-up Mercedes floors it, taking off from its parked position. 

This mysterious driver monitors the chase from a parallel road before getting ahead of the pursuit. At this point, he heads down a street on his left at an incredibly high rate of speed. Upon seeing the RX-7 approaching the coming intersection, the driver floors it, timing his entry into the intersection to slam right into the side of the Mazda, sending it rolling over upside-down, as the S-Class appears only minimally damaged.  

This mystery driver then steps out of the vehicle, and it is now that we finally learn who is behind the wheel…

Are you ready for it…?

JASON STATHAM!!

Statham, playing Owen Shaw’s older brother Ian, walks up to the RX-7 and over towards the driver of the vehicle, which we now see is Han (Sung Kang). 

BAM!! DOUBLE WHAMMY!! 

We now see that we are right smack in the middle of THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT.

Statham tosses his brother’s SAS dog tags into the car, next to the trapped and helpless Han, and, as he walks away, he pulls out his cell and makes a call, calling Dom. Very briefly, as Han’s car explodes in the background, much as it did in TOKYO DRIFT, Statham’s Shaw warns Dom that he doesn’t know him, but he’s about to… and, as he walks into the gathering crowd unnoticed, FAST & FURIOUS 6 ends, and we’re right on the doorstep to where FAST & FURIOUS 7 will take off. 

 

Now, if you’ll remember… Statham was reportedly up for the villainous role of Owen Shaw for this summer’s film before he turned down the offer. Well, that wasn’t entirely true, now was it? Statham simply accepted a smaller part this time around to build to his much bigger and more established inclusion for the seventh film in the series, which now looks to put the FAST & FURIOUS crew back on the run in some respects, as Statham gives chase, seeking revenge for what happens to his younger brother in #6. 

And, as a bonus, TOKYO DRIFT has finally been connected to the rest of the series, answering the question of just how far into the future it took place in relation to the other films. We now know it is between 6 and 7.

Beyonce and Andre 3000 Cover “Back to Black”…Hate It Or Love It?

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Some people are chattering about Beyonce and Andre 3000 covering Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” for the much anticipated “Gatsby” film. Surprisingly, I like the song and I especially like Beyonce’s part.  Check the song out (try to ignore the radio promo in the background) and the official trailer for “The Great Gatsby”.

Reagan Gomez’s Web Series “Almost Home”

Remember my interview with the lovely Reagan Gomez back in February?  Well, she kept her promise to fans and began filming her web series, “Almost Home”.  Her goal was to create quality roles for people, especially women, of color and she raised enough money to begin production.  The first three episodes are on YouTube and I must say, I am pleasantly surprised.  Not to mention, the music that is featured is amazing.  She gave me the heads up that all of the music in “Almost Home” will be released via a soundtrack so stay tuned!  Check out the first three episodes:

What Would You Wear to the Oscars? Here Are My Favs!

For all of my actor friends and family out there, what ARE you going to wear when you attend the Oscars? Here are some of my favorites from the 2013 Oscars! Who were your favorites?

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*Images are courtesy of Huffington Post and Google Images

Female Group, TLC, Biopic Cast is Set!

We’ve jammed to their hits, we’ve mimicked their styles and in some way, shape, or form became fans of the power house, all-female group, TLC.  It’s no secret that their story was a roller-coaster ride with their financial troubles being public knowledge and with the untimely death of group member, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.  The remaining members, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, have agreed to a biopic which will feature an interesting cast!

Source: Necolebitchie.com

Source: Necolebitchie.com

Chilli, Left Eye and T-Boz will be played by Keke Palmer, Lil’ Mama, and Drew Sidora (respectively).  Some heat is already being thrown towards Keke Palmer for not “looking like” Chilli, but she’s firing back at her critics.  Here’s what she had to say on Twitter, in response to the flack she’s been getting:

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I’m sure the biopic will be a success and I look forward to seeing it!  Plus, Ms. Palmer is correct, I’d rather see a movie with good actresses, as opposed to actresses that simply look like who they are portraying.

“Redeemer” Film Screening in L.A.

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It’s not everyday that I get the chance to show off the success stories of my friends, but this time is TOOOOTALLY DIFFERENT!  I’m honored and delighted to share some AMAZING news with my Dreamworld today.  My long time partner-in-crime is making some big moves in Hollywood and has been bestowed with a very prestigious invitation this year.  CJ McBath starred in the short film, Redeemer, which was directed by Erma Elzy Redeemer was selected in the Hollywood Black Film Festival in 2011 and in 2013, his film has been selected in the 21st Annual PAN African Film and Arts Festival!  This was CJ’s first DVD cover in LA and now the world gets to see it once again!

Please, if you are in the Los Angeles area, go and support!  The film will be screening at Rave Cinemas in L.A. on February 8th at 4:40pm and again on February 12th at 6:30pm!

For those that are not in the L.A. area, check this out:

Reagan Gomez Takes a Stand on Creating Quality Roles for Women of Color!

Source: hiphoppress.com

Source: hiphoppress.com

The great thing about the entertainment world is that it gives us a chance to watch young actors and actresses grow right before our very eyes.  Back when television was filled with quality shows almost every night, the viewers had the luxury of seeing an array of skin color, mixed genders, comedy, drama, etc., but what about now?  What happened to all of those roles?  What happened to all of that diversity?  Reagan Gomez seems to have an idea! Check Out My Interview With Reagan Gomez