Tamika Newhouse joins #TeamSingleTV presented by #Frame88 #PassionateSpot

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Former EBONY EIC Mitzi Miller Joins Rainforest Entertainment #PassionateSpot

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As a beautiful example of blessings that come forth when you follow your heart, chase your dreams and choose happy, Mitzi Miller announced this morning that she will be joining Rainforest Entertainment as head of development – a position that was created with her in mind.

In case you’re not familiar, Rainforest Entertainment’s CEO is Rob Hardy, executive producer of Think Like A Man Too and director of a recent episode of the hit TV series,Empire. The company produces film projects, television programming, and digital media content.

In what many considered to be a brave career move, Mitzi vacated her position with EBONY a few weeks ago to pursue TV and film work on the West Coast. The timing was divine as this announcement was made shortly after Lifetime premiered a movie adaption of a book she co-authored, The Vow: A Novel; The Angry Black Woman’s Guide to Life, directed by Nzingha Stewart, featuring Regina Hall, Jill Scott and Eve. If you follow this Fly Female Entrepreneur on social media, she gave us a sneak peek into the road trip she took from Chicago to Los Angeles with her mom to go for what she wanted!

“There is an increasing demand from viewers for diverse, authentic content and I’m excited to develop new stories that resonate with these audiences,” said Miller in a press statement.

 

Exclusive exceprt: Bahama Love by Kahara Campbell #PassionateSpot

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Money can’t buy him love, and trust is worth more to her than what is in his bank account. 

American-Bahamian Nathan Cooper, family owns a multi-billion dollar International resort company. However Nathan had learned early on – more money equals more problems. Especially problems in relationships. The women are only looking at his dollar signs instead of wanting to truly get to know him. This here lines his major trust issue.

Riley Clark, young, career-driven, Bahamian, bank manager has concerns of her own when it comes to finding the one. She needs to have trust before she could allow her heart to fall in love. It’s a rule she stands by along with another rule to help guard her heart and mind from being hurt.

Can these two overcome their issues to allow one another completely into their lives, especially with outside forces adding fuel to the fire?

Excerpt:

Chapter One

 

            “Now boarding passengers in first class!” the Bahamasair attendant at the gate announced on the speakers.  Nathan stood up from his seat, his duffle bag in hand, and leisurely made his way toward the small line of early boarders standing at the gate waiting to board the plane.  He’d pitched a fit when his father’s assistant booked him a first class seat, but after a long week of boring board meetings, that his parents insisted he attend on a regular basis because he was next in line to take over the family’s multibillion dollar business, Jewel Resorts International, he was now looking forward to relaxing in the comfortable, leg room seating on the two hour or less flight back home to the Bahamas from Fort Lauderdale by stretching his legs and possibly catching some z’s.

Spending money frivolously was a pet peeve for him.  It burned him to see people just foolishly spend with no regard for the less fortunate.  People allowed the pressures of the world to consume them too much.  After spending some time in parts of Haiti and Africa, even seeing how some of his own Bahamian people lived – he hated waste! So spending a few hundred more dollars for a first class ticket didn’t make sense to him when he could get where he needed to go by flying coach.  Although he occasionally indulged if his travel was extensive,  he also refused to waste the expensive fuel costs necessary for him to fly on his family’s private jet..  But moments like this he did enjoy the privilege of money – his money.  “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews thirteen verse five was a verse he’d memorized to heart – even though he wasn’t a highly religious man.  But that was one of a few bible verses he had not forgotten over the course of his life.

“Enjoy your flight Mr.  Cooper,” the attendant said after she checked his ticket and passport.

“Thanks!” Nathan replied with a warm smile, then headed down the corridor to the entrance of the plane.

After getting settled into his seat, Nathan went about pulling out his cellphone to plug in his head phones and listen to some music until it was restricted.

“I think this is my seat.” Nathan heard a soft melody of a female voice.  It made him look up into brown eyes covered by stylish frames.  The lady then turned to a man standing behind her.  “Looks like we’re not sitting together,” she told her companion.

“I thought the agent at the desk said our seats were together,” the man stated angrily.

“Excuse me sir,” the lady spoke to Nathan.  “I’m sitting next to you.” She pointed to her seat.

“Oh, yes,” Nathan responded, getting up from the aisle seat to let her slide in to sit by the window.  He caught a whiff of the floral fragrance that lingered around her.  After she sat Nathan took his seat.

“Ah, would you mind exchanging seats with me?” the lady’s male companion asked Nathan.  “My assigned seat is right behind you, if you don’t mind.”

Nathan didn’t mind particularly, but he was already comfortable in his seat, and he couldn’t lie, the woman now seating next to him was a sight for sore eyes – no way was he giving up his seat.

“Sir, I’m going to need you to find your seat.  You’re holding up passengers that need to board the plane,” a flight attendant said, preventing Nathan from answering.

The lady’s male companion grudgingly moved ahead and took his seat behind them.

“Hi, I’m Riley,” the lady next to Nathan said with a beautiful smile.  Nathan couldn’t help but to return one to her.  She had a mocha complexion and her natural hair flowed bountifully in curls to her shoulder.  Her face was free of makeup, except for a hint of red on her full lips.  Nathan was mesmerized by them as she spoke.

“Nice to meet you Riley, I’m Nathan.” He extended his hand in greeting.  She placed her well-manicured hand in his and he couldn’t help but to notice the softness of them compared to his calloused hands.  He felt something else too, a current from her touch that seemed like it jolted throughout his entire body.  The heck?

Riley pulled her hand away from his, having noticed the spark too.  The man sitting next to her was gorgeous as all get out! When she saw him sitting in the seat next to her assigned one, she almost jumped out of her skin in excitement.  His six foot height, muscular built frame, mahogany dark skin and midnight black eyes were made to be showcased on the cover of GQ Magazine.  And the fact that he was ruggedly dressed in black jeans, dark polo shirt and Timberland boots only added to the intense attraction she suddenly had for a complete stranger.  Girl, get it together! She snapped at herself.  Watch it before your tongue starts hanging out your mouth like some puppy dog.  He’s just a man – not God! Her inner voice scolded her.

“Here’s that paperwork you wanted to work on during the flight,” Brad, her male companion and coworker, said interrupting her thoughts as he reached over the seat to hand her the stack of papers.

Riley knew it was intentional.  Brad was the Deputy Managing Director at the Bank of the Bahamas, or B. O. B., where she worked as a bank manager.  For the past year or so he’d made it no secret that he was romantically interested in her.  He’d never crossed the line and did anything to be considered harassment, but it annoyed her that despite her letting him know she wasn’t interested in taking their working relationship beyond that, he still persisted.  Brad was good looking in his own right.  Caramel complexion, light brown eyes, six foot two, well built, always dressed nicely in designer outfits and suits, and he drove a brand new Jaguar.  But she just wasn’t into him in that way.  Her girlfriend Trina thought she was all types of crazy for not giving Brad a chance, but it was what it was – he just didn’t have the “it” she was looking for in a man.

“Thanks Brad!” she said, accepting the papers from his hand.

“Hmmm, a working flight,” Nathan said, looking at her.

“Yeah,” she rolled her eyes in disdain at the papers in her hand.  “Spent the whole week in seminars, which only left me with mountain of paperwork to finish up.”

“What do you do, may I ask?” His Bahamian accent wasn’t as thick as the one flowing through her lips.  With his international travels he’d learn to have a neutral tongue so others could understand him clearly – although once among other Bahamians his native tongue began to kick in.

Riley secured her seatbelt and leaned back comfortably against the leather seat.  “I’m a Bank Manager at Bank of the Bahamas.” She turned her head to look at his gorgeous dark face.  “Are you a Bahamian? I can hear a hint of an accent,” she asked curiously.

“Yes,” he responded with a nod.  “I bank at Bank of the Bahamas – which branch do you work at?”

“Main branch on Shirley Street.”

“Ah, I’ve been in there a few times.  I’ve never noticed you before.” Because I wouldn’t forget ever meeting a beauty like you.  He kept that thought to himself.  No need in bodyguard behind us hearing me say that.

Her bright smile quickened his heart.  “Maybe because I was behind a mountain of work,” she grumbled more so to herself.  She looked at the papers in her hand again.  She reached into her purse which was placed under the seat in front of her and retrieved a pen.  “So.  What do you do?” She needed a brief distraction from the headache of work she knew was piled up on her desk back at the bank and what she needed to look over during her flight.

Nathan never revealed what he did to strangers. .  He didn’t like people knowing who he really was, as in being groomed to take over a multibillion dollar hotel chain.   He’d learnt early that wealth almost always brought false love and friendship from others.  They used him instead of giving anything in return to the relationship other than selfishness.  Nathan did work, however away from the corporate office, despite his parents’ insistence that he focus his efforts solely on being CEO one day.  He knew at thirty he had some time before that became a reality.  His dad wasn’t ready to relinquish his power just yet.  Nathan figured the best way to run a multibillion dollar hotel chain was to work with the people.  Know how the inside worked.

“I’m a maintenance worker at Jewel Resorts International on Paradise Island.” Jewel Resorts International was second in ranking to the well renowned Atlantis Resort on the island.  It brought in the wealthy, celebrities, and the likes, just like its closest competitor.

Behind them, Brad scoffed at Nathan’s response.

“Oh that’s cool.  A lot of employees there have their paychecks direct deposited to their B. O. B. accounts,” Riley replied.

They were interrupted by the flight attendant going over the safety rules.  Nathan noticed Riley pushing her glasses firmly up on her nose as she began to read through the papers on her lap.  He decided to shut his eyes for a bit to bring some relief to his exhausted body.  It was Monday and he was scheduled to work the morning shift the following day.

The flight to Nassau, Bahamas was smooth.  After he was able to get a quick shut-eye, Nathan and Riley chatted some more for a while about basic things like the government, their favorite Junkanoo group and which restaurant had the best conch, with annoying interruptions from Brad.

After they deplaned.  Brad quickly stepped in to assert that he was the man traveling with Riley – not Nathan.  Riley and Nathan said their goodbyes, as two strangers who sat next to each other on a flight would do, and went their way.  Nathan watched as Riley and Brad walked ahead of him, along with other travelers returning home or starting their tropical vacation.  He was under the impression that the two were co-workers because of the way they conversed between the seats occasionally during the flight about the papers Riley was reviewing.  But seeing how possessive Brad was toward Riley – Nathan could only guess they were dating.  At least I got to sit next to a cute chick during the flight.  He shrugged off the feeling of loss he had for not being able to get to know her better and walked toward ARRIVALS so he could go through customs and immigration.  He stepped into the long line for “Returning Residents,” his passport and forms in hand.  The sound of steel drums and calypso music wafted through the air in greeting to the international arrivals.  He was home – his Bahama-land.

He could still see Riley and Brad ahead of him.  Her five foot five, slim built frame already was like a magnet to him.  He tracked her the whole walk from the plane to ARRIVALS.  He was now able to fully appreciate seeing her dressed in skinny jeans that hugged her slim but curvy body.  She wore a simple yellow tank against her mocha complexion, gold hoop earrings, bangles, watch and wedge heels to complete her ensemble.  Just his luck she was with dude.

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Watch: Teaser Trailer for HBO’s Bessie Smith Biopic Starring Queen Latifah #PassionateSpot

Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith in 'Bessie' (2015)

A 30-second teaser has surfaced for for HBO‘s forthcoming biopic on “Empress of Blues” Bessie Smith, who will be portrayed by Queen Latifah.

Directed by Dee Rees (Pariah), Bessie intimately captures the life, rise to international fame, and personal heartbreaks of the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s.

The cast includes Michael K. Williams as Bessie’s husband, Jack Gee; Khandi Alexander as Bessie’s older sister, Viola; Mike Epps as Richard, a bootlegger and romantic interest; Tika Sumpter as Lucille, a performer and romantic interest; Tory Kittles as Bessie’s older brother, Clarence; Oliver Platt as famed photographer and writer Carl Van Vechten; Bryan Greenberg as renowned record producer and music critic John Hammond; Mo’Nique as blues legend Ma Raineyand Charles S. Dutton as Ma Rainey’s husband, William “Pa” Rainey.

Produced by Ron Schmidt, the film is executive produced by Latifah, Shakim Compere, Lili Fini Zanuck, Richard D. Zanuck, Shelby Stone and Randi Michel.

“Bessie has been 22 years in the making,” says HBO. “The first draft was written by playwright Horton Foote. Queen Latifah was approached by producers Richard and Lili Fini Zanuck to take on the role of Bessie when she was just launching her acting career. She eventually came on board as an executive producer, along with producing partner Shakim Compere.”

Enjoy previews and movie stills below, and be sure to save the date for the premiere of Bessie on HBO on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 8:00 pm.

Exclusive excerpt: She Was a Friend of Mines 2: Disloyal by Jasheem Wilson #PassionateSpot

Shewasfriend3In part two of She Was a Friend of Mine, three years have passed since the disappearance of her brother and the mysterious fire, which took her family. By happenstance, Shi meets T-money, who walks her right into the center of the Bay area’s drug game. A gathering turns into a deadly takeover, when two of the most dangerous men Shi will ever meet face off. With a gun pointed to the head of the man who might know where her brother is, she gets a glimpse into the eyes of the man who killed her father. Will she get the answers she is looking for? Will she find her brother? Will she learn the truth surrounding her father’s death? Will revenge change her more than the horrors of life? In the second part to this trilogy, the drama unfolds page after page with a jaw-dropping ending.

Excerpt:

The 2010 hard top BMW speeds over a speed bump. The hydraulic system of the car absorbed the majority of the impact, yet the body in the trunk still went airborne.

Her hands and feet were tied behind her back leaving her lying on her left side. When the car flew over the speed bump, she came down hard-with all her weight-onto her left arm. It felt like she’d been stabbed by a thousand needles because of the lack of blood flowing through her arm.

“Shit!” she cursed through clenched teeth as the dull pain shot through her shoulder.

The numb yet sharp tingling told her it was either dislocated or very little if any blood was flowing through it.   The side of her face burned from where she was hit and nearly knocked out.

As the car hummed, she wondered how long she had before the car would reach its final destination. She’d been in the trunk for what felt like hours, and willed her mind for what felt like the thousandth time away from what would happen once they reached the end of the road. Although her limbs were losing circulation, her heart was pumping fiercely as the cold sweat she broke out in soaked her shirt.

She had to escape but had no idea how. She could easily get the trunk open by pulling the emergency cord, which she believed was created for those stupid white people who accidentally locked themselves in their trunks; rather than for someone being transported in a trunk against their will. The problem was she had to get her hands free which she doubted would happen since they were numb.

She felt the car slowing and began praying it was for a stop sign. She prayed that they were stopping to pick someone up and she was conveniently forgotten, since she’d been dead silent. But she knew her luck was not that great. The car stopped, and the engine died as she heard the muffled sound of a car door open.

“Fuck!” she mumbled as the beep which accompanies an open car door met her ears.

The door slammed, and she felt the sharp sting in her eyes, but she refused to cry.

Bastard she thought as her throat became dry and cold.

She began hearing voices and then the sound of a key sliding into the trunk. Her mind was wondering who he was talking to. Half his crew was in prison and the other half on the run. She guessed he’d known lots of people, so it could be anyone.

She’d bet her freedom she knew the person. She was thinking of a way out as she stared at the trunk as the key turned and the trunk popped.

Depending on whom it was she might be able to rouse a little sympathy, though she doubted it.

Her heart seem to be somewhere in her throat as the night air assaulted her body and senses. The cold air stung her lungs as the trunk opened.

And if the air didn’t freeze, her what she saw did…

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Tamika chats with Bryshere “Yaz” Gray and Jussie Smollet of #Empire for the #PassionateSpot

It was pretty surreal to speak with Bryshere Gray aka Yaz and Jussie Smollet of Empire on yesterday for an intimate conversation and a Q & A session. Let me just say that Yaz’s voice is hella sexy and yes ladies he is single but dating. One thing about these two guys is that they have the same chemistry that they have on screen in real life, they are true brothers. They have blended with each other’s families and so much so that they finish each other’s sentences.

Empire was THE opportunity for them but they are not new to the industry. The both have their own nonprofit and community efforts they aren’t strangers to hard work. But this opportunity is like no other seeing as though; Empire has broken records no other show has ever done.

They film in Chicago because director and creator Lee Daniels feels that the actors can stay focused in a city like Chicago verses Los Angeles or New York City. They both spoke on what scenes touched them the most and for Jussie it was the first episode of baby Jamal being thrown away in a trash can. This scene actually happened to Lee Daniels as a child. For Yaz his was the elevator scene where the brothers came together and sung. I have to say these two scenes touched me the most as well.

Of course they tackled the sexuality questions and Jussie’s reply is, “its 2015 and if you’re that insecure where you cannot embrace and accept someone you just need to stay in the house and lock the door.” At 31 this is not a coming out for Jussie, he has always been openly gay.

Both of the guys are musicians and Jussie has revealed he is signed to Columbia Records but Yaz is pretty secretive about what he is doing. He states he is focused on Empire and the music that have to make and the rest will come on its own time. They also stated that a personal tour and record will more likely come next year because they are promoting the Empire album and filming of season 2 starts in June.

Jussie states that each and every person chosen for Empire has fought for their roles and work hard to bring their all to the characters. The stories and the issues are most important because it shines light on stereotypes and myths that many overlook in society.

Who will guest star on season 2 is still a mystery but Yaz and Jussie’s dream guest stars would be Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Brandy, Rhianna, Madonna, and Queen Latifah. I must say these are some great prospects for next season.

They stated that the finale will be mind blowing and you don’t want to miss it. Tune in tonight at a special time of 8pm EST and watch LIVE. I will be live tweeting again under @TamikaNewhouse. Join me on the chat to win some free books from Delphine Publications.

See you tonight Emperors.

Tamika signing out………………..

#Empire finale “Die But Once/Who I Am” at 8pm EST (First Looke) #PassionateSpot

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Tomorrow is our favorite night of the week – Empire Wednesdays! Be sure to tune in to tomorrow‘s two-hour season finale “Die But Once/Who I Am” airing on FOX at a special time - 8PM! In advance of the show, check out the clips below and the episodic images attached; feel free to share with your viewers…tomorrow we’ll see the fate of the Lyons clan!

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