Queen Latifah and Nicci Gilbert

Media mogul Queen Latifah and singer/producer Nicci Gilbert have teamed up to create a new reality TV series based on the lives of successful women who got caught up and lost everything.

The new docu-series, From the Bottom Up, will follow five women who were very successful until unforeseen circumstances derailed their careers. The show will follow the women as they claw their way back to the top and redeem themselves.

From the Bottom Up stars Christine Beatty, Kimberly Smedley, Stacii Jae Johnson, Chrystale Wilson, and Sara Stokes.

Beatty is infamous for being the other woman in the life of disgraced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Beatty served jail time and probation after testifying against Kilpatrick, who recently lost an appeal and is serving 28 years in prison.

Wilson is best known as the bisexual stripper Ronnie who woos Lisa Raye in The Players Club. Interestingly, Wilson is a real life bisexual who continues to woo strippers.

If you live in Atlanta you may recall Johnson's spectacular fall from grace. Johnson lost her prestigious job as Mayor Kasim Reed's event coordinator when she was arrested for a DUI.

Stokes was arrested multiple times -- mainly for assaulting her husband -- following her star turn on Sean Comb's Making The Band 2.

Don't look for Gilbert to appear on the show. After enduring rude remarks from viewers and social media trolls about her looks, Gilbert prefers to stay behind the camera.

The series airs on Jan. 16, 2016 at 10 p.m. ET on Centric.

Photo: Aaron J. Thornton/Splash News

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    What is going on with that look Latifah ..... I hope that is a character look you playing chile up there

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Wilson is best known as the bisexual stripper Ronnie who woos Lisa Raye in The Players Club. Interestingly, Wilson is a real life bisexual who continues to woo strippers.

    ___________

    I remember seeing her years ago at a New Years Eve party .... webster was there too ..... needless to say that party was so D list chile .... good for these folks .... I want be watching

  • MzFutureLCSW

    I saw "ronnie" in Sacramento one year at a makeshift club. She had on "that blonde wig" and it looked a hott sweated out matted mess.
    But, she's cute.

  • Decked Out

    Bahahahaha its for a FILM she is doing.

  • Decked Out

    and she looks good when she dresses up also. she has aged well.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Finna say ..... that wig look like it's bout to tip off her head

  • Decked Out

    i will watch. it's a TWIST from all the OThER Reality BS out there.

  • https://www.styleseat.com/Bellaxpress Danay Helena

    This sounds like a breath of fresh air...

  • nucynu25

    This sounds interesting

  • L.T.L. Since 2007

    Lee Daniels ought to be ashamed of himself for having Latifah up there looking like Raggedy Anne's bastard aunt.
    As for the rest of the folks in this story....

  • Bella

    That wig on the Kang is horrible.
    I cant stand Nikki

  • GeminiDiva

    Okay, this sounds like a pretty decent concept...

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Chrystale Wilson

    ...................

  • L.T.L. Since 2007

    I saw on another site a few days ago that they were shooting that Lee Daniels, Empire spinoff. The one with the transJenner.

  • 88

    I'm here for Ronnie fine azz.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    ???

  • harley_quinn2.0

    ???

  • fresnostateofmind

    Which club? I likes to party.

  • Cricket404

    I'll give it a try, they are filming so many shows in Atlanta that I watch for the shops and restaurants. I tried Selling it in Atl, and I just quit after finding out the Nigerians were frauds, spending money from the Nigerian army that was meant for weapons to fight Boko Haram!!!

  • MzFutureLCSW

    This years ago. Like a few years after Player's Club came out.

  • Sexy CJ

    Wilson is best known as the bisexual stripper Ronnie who woos Lisa Raye in The Players Club. Interestingly, Wilson is a real life bisexual who continues to woo strippers.......

  • fresnostateofmind

    Gotcha. That club is probably long gone.

  • iWasteTime

    that Wig!!

  • Cricket404

    Lee Daniels in Atlanta shooting on the South side.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Oh that explains it ... cause I know damn well Latifah not walking round looking like that .... lawd

  • Sexy CJ

    Wilson is best known as the bisexual stripper Ronnie......

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I tell ya we use to wear some hairstyles chile ..... 3 dos in one chile ..... That was ATL look ret there lololol

  • Bella

    Da hell?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Some of everything filming out here .... they filming again right next to my building ... in East Atlanta, somewhere in Henry, near the zoo too ......

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    I see the worst pics available of the two up top were picked. I guess they an FOBs.

  • Cricket404

    Is that the Stacie J from Celebrity Apprentice?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Hotmess .... look like it's just plopped on her hear

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Yall hear about Bernie Sanders campaign? :blink:

  • nucynu25

    Queen look slimer..

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I heard a little bit of it ..... not looking good .... but give me a recap .... I heard it early early this morning bout 3 .... I was half sleep with the tv on

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    She do look pretty loose in the panteez, no? :rofl:

  • harley_quinn2.0

    I still see folks who don't know any better rocking that do ?

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Cinnamon so fits me lol

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Webster :love:
    :rofl:

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    How bout that wig look like it may take flight if she do a good head shake

  • Bella

    That's the people who still stuck in the decade they was hot in. They don't know how to let it go. For shame.

  • Yoni

    But I think the Queen is still thang tho'. Now Icki Gorillabert can kick rocks.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile yes ..... and I was in there like chile these D-List folks ..... we didn't stay long lol ....

  • Cricket404

    The ones who bought the Bentleys for Kenya and Porsha, yup. Stole that money and came to Atlanta to ball out! Google the former Nigerian Adminstration and the 9.3 billion dollars that was wired to US banks.

  • Bella

    She was the ultimate Bish on R&B Divas. With the big ass soup coolers. Her mouth is so big.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Girl ............. not in ATL I haven't ....... but I have seen it in Alabama lololol and Miami...... those styles was hot back in the 90's now not so much .....

  • nucynu25

    What does she do ? Is she a singer , she favors Fantasia , maybe it's the hair .

  • Yoni

    I can GNAT sleep with a TV on. I always say that it "gets in your spirit"....and (sometimes) causes bad dreams.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    "The Democratic National Committee suspended Sanders' access to the party's voter database after one of his staffers accessed his rival's campaign data."

  • Bella

    Whoa. That's major. They stole the money and ran to Thotlandia. That's really sad all the way around.

  • Yoni

    Yes she was. Not mad at her lips, per se, but that mouth WAS/IS big af!

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    I was watching that show trying to figure out if the Nigerian investors were legit or not. Now I know...

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    it does ..... but it has been happening a lot lately ..... I have been falling alseep watching stuff ... wake up around 3 looking crazy ..... This is why that Big LOTS commercials hurt my soul ...... been hearing that shyt too much in my sleep lol

  • Sexy CJ

    That's good......because mine's is "Star Cocker".......oh Lordt.......lol......

  • Bella

    She was in the group Brownstone. I think she also does Chitling Circiut plays too.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Smh

  • nucynu25

    Lol, thanks for the education

  • Yoni

    What Big Lots commercial? Nevermind, ion't wanna know. LOL

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Who told this bish in the shorts that that ish was cute with her belly all poked out and ish? :blink:

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile the one with the Spanish lady singing with 2 other women .... they had one for thanksgiving and now Christmas ...... lawd irks my soul too

  • Yoni

    Are we going by our Garden name or real life name? LOL I've ALWAYS loved the name Isis. ALWAYS!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    She did .. rofl .....

  • Sexy CJ

    Your Choice.........

  • Yoni

    Whose is worse.......the one Wendy had on yesterday or Queen's?

  • Bella

    The goddess of love. That's a sexy stage name.

  • Bella

    Im thinking Bella Starrr

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    Her pants are jacked up so high, it looks like she's wearing a romper.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Kitty Horn lmao

  • Sexy CJ

    Hey, Hey......Do the damn thang girl......

  • Sexy CJ

    ..............

  • Yoni

    The Nigerians were forreal? I didn't watch it after that episode when they were in the condo and had to wear the booties. I mean, does the show even come on anymore?

  • SummerBaby

    That dayum wig on Latifah's head ?

  • iWasteTime

    Star Ridge

  • Bootcampgirl

    this may be something I would watch...

  • iWasteTime

    bwhahahahaahha boof

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Ha! That's my pole name, too!

  • http://batman-news.com Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Raquelle Hooter...that sounds like a Clermont Lounge stripper name

  • Bootcampgirl

    Dallas Horn...#nope..who droppin dollas for that?? lol

  • Yoni

    Oh I know which one you're talking about. I miss that Target commercial where that schizo lady was gearing up for the holidays. It use to have me WEAK!

  • harley_quinn2.0

    When Syleena called her out on her black gums

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Yooowwwwwwwww dag gone Kitty horn loololol

  • Bella

    This album is about straight fawking and I'm not mad. The hubby might get lucky tonight. ??

  • Sexy CJ

    lol..............

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    Chesty Whip? Uhh nuh.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Sugar Ridge ? works at a YT club

  • Bella

    Syleena is so Chitown. Wasn't no Bish in her at all.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    What commercial is that????? I like use to like the Target commercials or that may have been Old Navy

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Miami?? present ?

  • Yoni

    New post - ugly white kid

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Rofl ...... kitty horn either lololol

  • 88

    Sad but true every 3rd of the month my dad steps back into 1988.

  • Yoni

    What album? And you don't fugg yo man/husband every night after your prayers and every morning after your prayers but before your coffee?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile had a chick in undergrad would go back to Miami to get her hair done in them type of hairstyles no lie ...... meanwhile I kept sliding my hairstylist cards to her ...... she thinks those looks are hot chile

  • Yoni

    When she told her "I'm more picked up than you...." EYE couldn't go on! #churchfaints

  • Sexy CJ

    Nicci Gilbert.............

  • Bella

    This new Breezy. And no I don't have sex everyday. Ain't nobody got time for that...:

  • Yoni

    Oh. I'm so sorry.

  • Yoni

    I don't think they've showed the Target one these past couple of years.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Dead!!! Stylist work out of the flea market.

  • Sexy CJ

    ...............

  • HOPoutWITthaThiccnez

    I've always liked Nicci Gilbert since she played the crazy drunk mom on Tyler Perrys "Meet the Browns" play.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    More like Keyshia's local kitchen chile ...... hot mess

  • Blue

    Of all the pics of them you could have used. LOL. Lawdy. Let me scroll back up ... oh geesh. There they are again. Lawdy.

  • Wellbalancedlibra

    or renamed.. you know how that goes

  • https://instagram.com/calirose2501/ calirose2501

    always wondered what happened to ronnie. She played the hell outta that role..better than lisa raye IMO..but according to auntie it was just art imitating life..smdh

  • Renee Bee

    Hi. My name is Sugar Horn and I 'ze a sckrippa.

  • TeeTee

    Please take that picture down of the Queen... I don't know why you would do that to her. just disrespectful.....

  • http://totallifechanges.com/PurTEA VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    Sandra you are slaying this week with this pictures!!!! Out of all the pictures of Queen this is the one you pick? ??? Thank you! Even Queen is laughing in the picture she knows better!

  • Call Me Mrs. B

    not the bastard aunt!!!!

  • Call Me Mrs. B

    Roxie Horn

  • http://olskoolblackflix.com Taco Juice

    Just barely. I missed the finale last night and don't see repeats listed. I like seeing the homes but the storylines are weird.

  • http://totallifechanges.com/PurTEA VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    Thank you for refreshing our memories on who these were. ? Except for Sarah I was lost at first. Second chances are all right by me in most cases.

  • http://totallifechanges.com/PurTEA VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    Maybe she is supporting Monica's new album or the state of R&B music. Code Red!!!!

  • Empress

    you read my mind

  • Sexy CJ

    .......................

  • abby500

    From The Wiz to Black Lesbo Annie????????

  • abby500

    What them mean people say about Nicci? ?-face?

  • yoboydee26

    I guess she learned from being on r&b divas lol my favorite moment on TV You knock knee big lip lol you know .................

  • http://yeuphonic.com @yeuphonic

    His hotness died the year of your bathtub birth? What does he do when he steps back? Midwife for women who want natural births?

  • Shantonda

    what in @#$&$%#!@%&$%&# is on Queen's head... huh?! huh?!?!!

  • Miki

    This should be interesting...

  • SummerBaby

    Hilarious ?

  • Tammie Reed

    Hmm...don't know if I will be tuning into this, oh well!

  • Shay

    ??????

  • 88

    He get's a oz of cocaine, plenty of gin, a box of newports and he's good lol

  • Rodmilla De Ghent

    yasssssssssss! my thought exactly

  • Rodmilla De Ghent

    he was too cute

  • Anonymouse

    Where are you getting your information? None of what you said is true. Please, stop with the lies.

  • Ajavee

    This gif is priceless.

  • Varnell Hill

    Queen Latifah looks like Anthony Anderson is a wig.

  • Mz.Capricorn

    Queen Latifah looking like Gilbert Grape & Nicci looking like Fantasia 's play-play sister.

  • Cricket404

    Only thing that maybe not truth is who bought Kenya and Porsha Bentley's, the other part about Goodluck Johnny's people running off with the loot and spending it all over Atlanta and the West Coast is truth.

  • PettyEyezPrime

    That wig. The end.

  • Fendi

    Nikki looks like she is about to star in the Moe Howard biography with that bowl cut wig.

  • Fendi

    Of all of the presentable pics of Latifah, someone was in their feelings and decided to post a pic of her in character. All because Latifah refuses to discuss her orientation publicly, as if that's anyone's business. It's too much shade sometimes, especially on days where it's already overcast.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Y'all really thought he had a chance of winning the nomination?

  • thaye

    Yes....Pink Fox stayed hooking it up for my mom and big cousins....damn just let up the fact that we ghetto, lol

  • Enoughsaid2020

    Sounds like it might be interesting.

  • Sexy CJ

    LOL....LOL.....

  • lnp03

    I am looking forward to this show! I am from Detroit. Christine Beatty lives in Atlanta now. It will be interesting to hear "her side" of the biggest scandal that helped to ruin the City of Detroit.

  • Layla Leone

    "Media mogul Queen Latifah" wft kinda shade are you trying to throw? Queen Latifah is a Actress/Rapper/Singer/Songwriter/Businesswoman. Way to downplay the success of another black woman white america.