Tyler Perry Helps Local Family Facing Eviction

Multimillionaire director, playwright and philanthropist Tyler Perry will open his checkbook to help a family facing eviction — if he can find someone to make the check out to.

Xernna Nieves and her family returned hone from a Make-A-Wish event to find an eviction notice on her door. It was one of several eviction notices Nieves has received while living at the Ashley Woods Apartments in Henry County, GA.

Make-A-Wish paid for Nieves, her 16-year-old son John Williams, and his siblings to travel to Chicago to meet John’s idol, NBA Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose.

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Nia Long

Actress Nia Long can certainly relate to songbird Ciara Harris. As I told you previously, Ciara kept her pregnancy under wraps because she feared losing work. According to an insider, Ciara feared she would not be booked for concerts and appearances if her pregnancy was revealed.

“She’s not making the announcement yet because she’s still working,” said the insider. He added: “No one will book her for concerts or nightclub appearances if they know she’s pregnant.”

Long says that’s exactly what happened to her. The 43-year-old mother of two says the calls stopped coming when her last pregnancy was announced.

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Tika Sumpter

Actress Tika Sumpter thinks her role as a treacherous gold digger in a scripted TV series is a groundbreaking role for black actresses. Sumpter praises director Tyler Perry for creating such a trailblazing role for black actresses like her who are normally passed over leading ladies.

Sumpter’s role as Candace Young in OWN Network’s top rated series “The Haves and the Have Nots” is the type of role that is usually written for black actresses. But Sumpter, who does her best Gabrielle Union impression as Candace Young, believes otherwise.

“Sometimes for African-American actresses, we don’t get to play that role of the vixen or the lead woman,” she says. “Sometimes we’re just the best friend. This is the front-burner story. It’s full of so many complexities.”

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BET OWNed by Tyler Perry and Oprah

Last year, TV Titan Oprah Winfrey approached acclaimed film director Tyler Perry to help save her failing OWN Network, and he has delivered in a big way.

The joint partnership between Tyler Perry and Oprah’s OWN Network is crushing the competition — specifically BET.

According to a report in the NY Post, Perry’s first two shows on the OWN Network — Tuesday night’s “The Haves and the Have Nots” and Wednesday night comedy “Love Thy Neighbor” drew record ratings for Oprah’s fledgling network.

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The Haves and The Have Nots

Viewers loved the premiere of Tyler Perry’s ‘The Haves and the Have Nots’ on Oprah’s OWN Network. The series premiere drew record ratings for Tyler and Oprah’s joint partnership. But the critics reviews of the show were brutal.

The show’s stars, Tika Sumpter, left, Renee Lawless and John Schneider helped to make “The Haves and the Have Nots” the network’s highest-rated premiere “ever,” according to a release from OWN.

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Tyler Perry's Love Thy Neighbor cast

Tyler Perry’s “Love Thy Neighbor” is the first TV project to spring forth from the much-publicized joint partnership between Television magnate Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry’s film Studio based here in Atlanta.

“Love Thy Neighbor” is described in the press release as a “family comedy that serves up good food, great laughs and a whole lotta love.” The series is written and directed by Tyler Perry.

People.com compiled a brief synopsis to familiarize you with the show’s zany characters. “Love Thy Neighbor” premieres May 29th at 9/8C on OWN.

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Essence Atkins comes for Tyler Perry

Actress Essence Atkins expressed her displeasure with director Tyler Perry for casting Kim Kardashian in his latest flick, Temptation. In an interview with Jamie Foster Brown’s Sister 2 Sister magazine, Atkins, 41, said Perry cast Kardashian in Temptation because she had 16 million Twitter followers (half of which are bogus).

“I found it interesting that Tyler did that with Temptation, hiring Kim Kardashian because she has 16 million Twitter followers, which would seem like a brilliant marketing plan,” she said.

Atkins is one of the rare LSLH actresses who has never been cast in a Tyler Perry flick.

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