Starrdom100 Exclusive: Actor Darrin D. Henson of BET’s ‘The Family Business’ Discusses Role On The Show

 

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In a recent interview on Starrdom100 Radio, Actor Darrin D. Henson gave some of the inside scoop on BET’s New Hit TV series ‘The Family Business.’

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Darrin Dewitt Henson initially rose to fame as one of the most notable characters on Showtime’s television series, Soul Food. Henson’s critically acclaimed portrayal of ex-convict-turned-businessman, Lem Van Adams, demonstrated his ability to connect deeply with urban audiences.

His work on Soul Food earned him subsequent roles in popular urban films Stomp the Yard and Life Support.  He has also had key roles ABC’s television series Lincoln Heights and more recently, the hit dramas, VH1’s  Single Ladies and BET’s Being Mary Jane. Take a look below at what he shared on Starrdom100 Radio!

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Tanisha Davis: “So I’m excited about this new TV series, can you tell me a little bit more about it?”

Darrin D. Henson: “Sure, “The Family Business” which airs on BET at 9 pm on Tuesdays is about the Duncan’s family, an exotic car business-owning family, successful black family in NYC who is in the business of cars and other businesses, and as you know in business where there is success there is also jealousy. So there is jealousy within the family, outside of the family, and there is war going on with different cartels you know, but the Duncan family is the new family on the block to watch out for.”

Darrin explained how there are obstacles that come in the world of business and being successful in the family.  So with the Duncan family there is a lot of trouble within the family and outside of the family.

Now let’s get to know the character he plays!

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Tanisha: So you play Orlando Duncan, can you tell me a little about your character?

Darrin: “Orlando is next in line to run the family business. The first episode shows that he is going to be the recipient of the business from his father and again it raises eyebrows and makes other family members jealous, you know, LC  Duncan has had a long-standing relationship with the  exotic car business as well as the narcotic business so, its raising jealousy within the family itself.”

Tanisha“This sounds kind of like a mafia-style family”

Darrin: “This family is not to be messed with!”

We can tell this new series is going to keep you entertained and questioning what’s going to happen next.

Tanisha: What drew you to this project because I know its based on Carl Weber’s book so what made you want to be apart of it?

Darrin: Well, I worked with Tri Destined who is the producing company behind the film, many many times, I also worked with Carl Weber many times, so reading the books working with Carl and working with Tri Destined, then reading about this particular show and seeing that its so well developed, and the characters are well developed…who wouldn’t want to play Orlando Duncan?! Its an opportunity to do great work and tell great stories.”

Darrin then explains how the cast is the best part about going into work every day because there is a great group of people to work along side of.

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Tanisha: How would you describe the Duncan family?

Darrin: The Duncan’s family is not to be played with,  Sean Ringgold who plays my big bro…plays the enforcer. He is literally ready to smash heads, you can see in the first  episode that’s what we did, we smashed heads.’

Tanisha: Whats the relationship behind scenes with the cast, are you guys having a lot of fun?

Darrin: We are literally like family there’s no question that its a family.

Tanisha: Out of all of the characters that you have played in other movies, what do you like most about this character?

Darrin: Orlando is the real deal, he’s smart, strategic, he loves his family, he’s an entrepreneur and he’s ready for more, he’s a well-developed character with human flaws which is great because we can see how he unfolds hopefully for the next 10 years.

Tanisha: Are there any upcoming projects with you, I know you have a movie for Thanksgiving?

Darrin: Yes, its called Nothing Like Thanksgiving, it’s going to be on the AMC channel.  Im very excited about people seeing it, its about love & life… and once again FAMILY its one to watch on Thanksgiving Day.

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Your Favorite Card Game Is Getting Its Own Show!

“Black Card Revoked” is coming to BET in January 2018, hosted by Tony Rock!

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BET Networks is bringing one of America’s hottest party games to colorful life with the announcement of the new game show series, Black Card Revoked. Based on the party game of the same name, the nostalgia-filled show will test players’ knowledge of the nuances of the African American perspective – from pop culture milestones and entertainment moments to historical facts and politics. Actor and comedian Tony Rock will host the series, bringing his signature quick-witted style to the game play and challenging the contestants. Production will kick off in Los Angeles later this month, and the twelve-episode series will premiere January, 2018 on BET.

Since its creation by Cards For All People in 2015, Black Card Revoked has set social media on fire and quickly become a fixture at home parties. Although the African American experience is far from monolithic, the game is a lighthearted nod to the shared commonalities of Black life in America.  If you know the answer to questions like “How many fights did the Fresh Prince get into before his mom got scared?”, your metaphorical ‘Black Card’ will stay intact (“1 little fight,” of course).  But if you’ve never seen The Color Purple or Friday, you might get your card snatched!

This should be fun!

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As a witty celebration of African American life, Black Card Revoked will appeal to all lovers of Black culture, bringing together viewers from diverse walks of life for a fun night of laughter and spirited debate.  Each 30-minute episode will feature three (3) teams – each with a celebrity and contestant partner – answering questions about universal pop culture and historical moments, viewed through the African American lens.  The teams will square off and put their figurative ‘Black Cards’ on the line for a chance to win up to $10,000.

Black Card Revoked was brought to BET by David A. Hurwitz, who will serve as Executive Producer for Alternative Productions, Inc. under his Bill’s Market & Television Productions banner. The original creators of the popular party game, Latesha Williams and Jay Bobo, will serve as Co-Executive Producers.

Follow the fun on social with the hashtag #BlackCardRevoked.

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BET Sets ‘The Bobby Brown Story’ For Fall 2018 With Woody McClain Back In The Role of Bobby Brown!

Are we not in love enough with Woody McClain? He is officially the new Bobby and I’m loving it because he is an amazing actor. I can’t see nobody else playing Bobby Brown other than Woody McClain, so excellent decision by BET network. The actor, who played the R&B/pop singer in BET’s miniseries The New Edition Story, has signed to repeat his role in the network’s two-part followup, The Bobby Brown Story. Let me go on record to say that Woody has to be Bobby for every movie from now on that has something to do with the story of Bobby Brown! #WeLoveYouNewBobby

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The movie is written by Abdul Williams and executive produced by Jesse Collins. The Bobby Brown Story will pick up where the New Edition mini series left off at. It will showcase the talented but troubled singer’s exit from the popular 80’s boy band on  through his solo career, his affair with Janet Jackson and tabloid-fodder marriage to pop icon Whitney Houston.  Covering thirty years of Brown’s life, the new project follows his story from the hard streets of Roxbury, where he turned to a life of drug dealing before being given the chance to prove himself as a solo artist. BET said The Bobby Brown Story also will be a story about redemption. Through sobriety, the singer learns to be a better man, husband and father. He even finds love again by remarrying in 2012. The casting for the movie is still under way for the other key players in The Bobby Brown Story, including Houston, Bobbi Kristina, Jackson, Teddy Riley, L.A. Reid, Babyface and others. McClain is repped by Henderson Represents, Luber Roklin Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman.

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Woody McClain seen here talking to Bobby Brown during The New Edition Movie filming

For those who don’t know, Woody McClain was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and raised in Jacksonville, Florida before moving to Los Angeles in 2012 to pursue a career as a professional dancer. So of course it makes sense why he was able to nail those legendary Bobby Brown moves in the movie. He has since performed with numerous artists including Chris Brown and Fifth Harmony. After excelling in his career as a professional dancer, he began creating original social media content and noticed very quickly that he had a gift for making people laugh.

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Woody also signed with Kevin Hart’s production company, ‘HartBeat Digital’, in December 2015 to produce content after his version of Hart’s “Permission to Cuss” skit went viral and caught Hart’s attention. Woody’s first venture into acting proved incredibly successful when he was sent to audition for BET’s The New Edition Story and booked the lead role, playing Bobby Brown. He will also be seen on the big screen in Canal Street playing “MayMay,” set to release in February 2018. His upcoming projects also include a role in USA’s series “Unsolved,” which is currently in production. Alongside his acting, Woody is currently executive producing his own creation titled Stories with Kev. He has teamed up with Kevin Hart for a streaming series in which he plays Kevin, based on Hart’s most iconic stories and stand-up bits. New episodes release every Friday on Hart’s #1-rated streaming video service, “Laugh Out Loud.”

2018 is going to be one amazing year for the handsome young actor and I’m grabbing my kettle flavored popcorn to tune in for every role!

 

Keyshia Ka’oir Talks About When She First Fell In Love with Gucci Mane

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Ladies we have a ton of stories to share about what made us first fall in love with a guy. Maybe it was the way he wore his clothes, or the smell of his cologne, or simply something he did for us in a time that we needed him the most. Nothing quite compares to the feeling of falling for someone who you know has your back regardless of his or your situation.

Gucci Mane may have been thought to just be one of the guys who would continue to play the game of life when it came down to the ladies, so to see him on the verge of getting married is the most beautiful love story ever. The world will definitely be watching as he and the lovely Keyshia Ka’oir unite.

Keyshia Ka’oir and Gucci Mane are preparing for their wedding and their upcoming wedding documentary series that will appear on BET later this month, October 17, 2017.

Prior to the show’s premiere later this month, Keyshia opened up to Page Six about first meeting Gucci back in 2010.

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“I went on tour with Gucci in 2010 — that is when it really started to get serious. I fell in love with Gucci when I bathed him .?.?. I put him in a shower and just bathed him. I just did things to him and he looked at me and said, ‘Wow, no one has ever bathed me before.’”

She went on to clarify that her upcoming nuptials have a strict dress code.

“Even my camera crew has to wear white. If you don’t come dressed accordingly, you have to leave .?.?. I am so serious,” she said.

Wow! Amazing how just the simple things in life can lead to you being the wife. Ladies take notes, that it’s the simple things that you can do for a man that will make him fall in love with you on top of loyalty. Sometimes ladies think that buying a guy all the fancy items, being good in bed, or paying off a few overdue tickets can help you win his heart, but no it’s the little things in life that matter the most.

Congrats to these two because real love is a beautiful thing. Once you have it, you should never let it go. Rumors surfaced that the two have already tied the knot but either way we are still looking forward to watching the series premier.

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The New Edition Movie [RECAP]

 

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New Edition as kids!

The hottest series on television these past three days was the ‘New Edition Biopic!

 There’s no other group in modern black music history as deserving of a biopic as New Edition, as their musical reign spanned over 3 decades.

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All of the members of New Edition (Bobby Brown, Michael Bivins, Ralph Tresvant, Ricky Bell and Ronnie DeVoe, as well as Johnny Gill, who joined the group after Bobby was voted out) signed on as co-producers.

 That one fact gives insight as to why the biopic was so authentic and had such impressive detail, particularly in regards to wardrobe and production design.

 

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From the very start of the series, we learn the struggle that these young boys encountered on their road to fame. What surprised many of us was the fact that they had to go through so much with bad record deals before they were able to eventually move out of the projects!

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 Talk about a long and rough journey.

The most difficult part of the group’s journey occurred when they had to vote Bobby Brown from the group! We all can admit that Bobby was a tough cookie to deal with as he grew into his teenage years. BET did an amazing job with allowing the members to display the true hurt behind having to do that. They grew up together and were really tough about keeping the group together despite Bobby and his habits getting out of control. Bobby Brown has always been ‘Bobby Brown’. The ‘bad boy’ of New Edition has always had a wild side and even sold drugs during his early days in the group.

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It’s revealed in the movie that after an arrest in L.A. where Bobby was driving a corvette without a license, he had over $6,000 in cash on him! Despite being banished from the group, Bobby Brown ends up with a solo deal from MCA because he was still under contract.

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                       But hey it’s his Prerogative right so Don’t be Cruel!

After watching this movie, we could understand some meanings behind his music that was produced after being booted out the group.

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As the lead singer, Ralph is treated like a king, while the others are almost like his background dancers.  As expected, that causes strife within the group. Ralph becomes even more of a diva after Bobby is voted out and things come to a head when Brown gets his solo deal.

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Everyone, including Ralph’s girlfriend, is hyping him up to go solo, so he begins working on his own music without telling the group.

 Of course that strikes a nerve with the group and leads up to Mike Bivens adding a new edition, Johnny Gill, to sort of replace Ralph. I look at it as a smart way of reminding him that another person was just as talented as him out there and this calmed him down a bit with his ego.

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Of course the industry is still shady for them!

Mike Bivens learns it first hand, which is why he’s become the brains behind the business of NE.  Bivens visits’ MCA to inquire about a production company that he’d never heard of that was listed on their album and finds out that their ‘manager’ is actually pocketing money from signing them.

Now we know why the group was still living in the projects… everyone was getting paid but them!

The final 2 hours of ‘The New Edition Story’ takes us through the groups demise and it’s subsequent rebuilding. After a chart topping album with NE Heartbreak, everyone is on cloud 9… including Bobby Brown who has a successful solo album. Fame takes hold and the group slowly disintegrates as lead singer Ralph Tresvant has been itching to release a solo project as well.

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 Meanwhile, label execs are in Johnny Gills ear promising that his vocal ability on a solo project is a no brainer and Ricky Bell, Mike Bivens and Ron Devoe are talked into creating a hip-hop trio by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. In the movie, this all transpires during a celebration for the success of the album and a drunken Bobby Brown takes it all in as he watches each conversation unfold from his seat.

He clearly realizes that the brotherhood of “New Edition” may be irretrievably broken as De La Soul’s classic ‘Me, Myself & I’ closes out the segment. The tour ends before anyone gets paid and all are left deep in debt after extravagant spending and travel costs. Brooke Payne can see that it’s not going to end well, as he watches it all unfold and states that they were more professional back when they were a boy band.

A topic that’s never really been revealed is that Ricky Bell was addicted to cocaine and alcohol.

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The movie sheds quite a bit of light on his situation as it’s revealed he even kept his problem from his wife by hiding the drugs in a protein canister

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 Rick seemed to be the one who suffered the most after the group’s breakup and the cancellation of BBD’s tour. With no backup plan and a costly drug habit, he soon falls deeper in debt and even loses his home. He turns it all around by heading to rehab and admitting he has a problem with not only cocaine, but with ‘the feeling’ associated with fame, something he knows he may never have again. Despite the rough journey, The movie wraps up as New Edition takes the stage and it’s clear that the brotherhood of NE is 4Life!

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