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In case you missed last week’s premiere, “Ambitions” explores the sexy, deceitful machinations of love, power and politics in America’s hottest urban mecca, Atlanta, Georgia. The action revolves around the intense rivalry between formidable legal eagles Stephanie Carlisle Lancaster (Robin Givens) and Amara Hughes (Essence Atkins), former best friends from college who find themselves adversaries in both their personal and professional lives. Stephanie is married to driven Atlanta Mayor Evan Lancaster (Brian White). At the story’s inception, Amara and her husband, Titus Hughes (Kendrick Cross), move to Atlanta for a fresh start. Huge themes of gentrification and the American opioid crisis ground the series in the reality of today. Unforgettable strivers like round-the-way diner owner Rondell Lancaster (Brely Evans) and Mexican-American fashion designer Bella Tru (Erica Page) round out the ensemble cast of regulars.
Here’s what else you can expect from the episode:
Stephanie (Robin Givens) learns a juicy secret and Evan (Brian White) reveals an even juicier one; Bella (Erica Page) plays both sides of the fence.
Episode: Woman To Woman airs Tuesday, June 25 (10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT) only on OWN!
BOSSIP Exclusive: Brian White Explains Why He’s Not The Bad Guy On OWN’s New Show “Ambitions” [VIDEO]
Brian White Reveals How He Launched A 20 Year Career With An Extra Role In “The Best Man”
OWN’s new primetime soap opera “Ambitions” launched last week and the show’s shenanigans already have the streets talking. BOSSIP Senior Content Director Janeé Bolden spoke with one of the show’s stars, Brian White, about his role as Mayor Evan Lancaster. Check out their interview:
BOSSIP: How are you feeling about the buzz around “Ambitions”
Brian White: It’s exciting. I am in Las Vegas working on Season 2 of “Monogamy” so I switched gears. I’m a different character and I’m in a different world but “Ambitions” looks like it’s going to be a juggernaut, just looking at the commentary and the stuff I’ve seen when I was live tweeting. It seems like people like it. We put in a lot of work. Jamey Giddens is one of the best writers I’ve worked with in my entire life, Will Packer, his reputation proceeds him so it’s a real honor. I’m blessed to be part of it, it seems to be on a positive trajectory and I’m very excited.
BOSSIP: Your character definitely has some flaws, he’s cheating on his wife, beefing with his sister and he’s a politician who may be on the take, what’s it like playing the bad guy?
Brian White: I don’t necessarily know that there is any character on the show that isn’t that way. Evan definitely isn’t the bad guy on this show. I’ve played some bad guys where I’m supposed to be the arch villain in the series or in the episode and that’s not the case in “Ambitions” so I’m very excited about that. In the pilot we need to set up the story and Evan takes the baddie title along with Greg Peters in this first episode but as things unwind I think we’ll find at the top of the food chain is my wife and Robin [Givens] serves it up so deliciously that I think people are going to like watching her do it and she’ll probably get away with it. People will like watching her do it so much that they’ll actually forgive her. She has an interesting wizadry/sorcery over the audience when she does that and it’s really fun to watch.
BOSSIP: How much research did you do to play the Mayor of Atlanta?
Brian White: Two years ago I was blessed to work with Kevin Arkadie, our showrunner, on another of Will Packer’s productions called “Media” for TV One and shot it in Atlanta and in that story I played a character running for Mayor of Atlanta and I did a lot of research for that project. I spoke with people like Kaseem [Reed] and Will and going to lunch with them and asking what it was really like, and previously I had been a surrogate for both Mayor Garcetti in L.A. who is our mayor and previously before that, Barack Obama so I have a lot of political experience, working on a campaign trying to understand how the whole political process works. So I took all of that and then all of the instruction from Will and his team and voila. Will Packer knows what he wants and so does Jamey Giddens so even if we’re a little unprepared they’ll guide us the rest of the way.
BOSSIP: We saw that your first role was as an extra in “The Best Man”. What do you remember about that experience?
Brian White: I was playing professional football at the time, I used to play for the Patriots and in the “Best Man” they needed someone to play one of Morris Chestnut’s teammates, his character played on the Giants. At the time I was modeling and my agency sent over my headshot and I happened to be in town in New York and I got the job. I sat next to Melissa DeSousa who, she and I ended up on “Second Time Around,” a sitcom a few years later, but I sat next to her, I never met her before, for a short scene where she was crying as we were watching Monica Calhoun and Morris Chestnut exchange some vows and their acting was so powerful, I was listening to them and I started crying and ended up in the scene. Andre Lee came over and brought me to Malcolm Lee and they said ‘Hey, you did a great job, I’m going to put you in some more things.’ I ended up in about 10 scenes; the bachelor party, the wedding scene, the getting dinner scene, yadda yadda yadda, and I made friends with those guys. A few months after we shot that I was in L.A. at a club and a casting director named Chemin Bernard who cast “Moesha” at the time came up to me and said, ‘Hey you have a good look, you should audition for our sitcom tomorrow.’ She gave me her card and I said, ‘I’m not an actor, I’m here playing football, trying to get on the Raiders.’ And in walked Terrence, Taye and Morris walked in the party and were like ‘Hey! Blah blah blah,’ and she knew all of them, of course, and they said ‘Oh hey, you know Brian? We just worked with him on ‘The Best Man,’ he’s amazing, we just did this that and the third’ and really just flattering, just huge stars being nice to a football player and she said, ‘You’re going to have to come in.’ I ended up getting that job on “Moesha” and my first week in L.A. And my first week in L.A. I got a job on a sitcom and the rest as they say is history. Very random, just being in the right place at the right time.
BOSSIP: You play a father on “Ambitions” and you have a daughter in real life, can you talk about your experience as a father on screen and what you’ve drawn from real life?
Brian White: One of the thing that is interesting about “Ambitions” is the show is based on relationships and love and it seems like everything is broken in the beginning and one of the things that I’ve found that is interesting as the season unfolds is each one of these five families is very very family oriented. They’re twisted, they do crazy things in support of that family unit, but these families actually fight for each other. They have each other’s backs when it matters and that was a concept that was important to me because every morning that I wake up, every time I leave the house is for my wife and my daughter. If it doesn’t suit us one day and I’m at the top, I’ll go be a plumber. I think there is a lot of that in our storyline, as the season unfolds you’ll find the husbands have their wives backs even though their doing stuff behind their wives backs and the wives have their husbands backs even though they’re doing stuff behind their husbands backs and it’s a very juicy, old school, “Dallas/Dynasty” story that speaks to, you know it’s a struggle to keep wealth, it’s a struggle to keep big things together, and there are lots of sacrifices being made by the various people that hold these assets and we are seeing never seen stories where you have brown and black people that are asset holders with all this wealth and you’re seeing the struggle behind the scenes to keep all this stuff. It requires all this behavior that is not comfortable, standard, normal under most circumstances and those are the things that are important for me to include so that when my daughter watches, she’s five now, but when she’s 16 and watches she’ll say ‘Yeah Dad I see there is all this sex but I also see the story, and I see that Evan does a whole lot of bad things but he loves the woman he married and he does them to make sure that his daughter and his son have more than what he had.’
A new episode of “Ambitions” air on OWN tonight, Tuesday June 25th at 10PM EST on OWN.
— K’Lyn (@KayyKrueger) June 24, 2019
Rihanna Popped Up At The BET Awards & Blew Up Twitter
This year’s BET Awards will mostly be remembered for its amazing host Regina Hall and RIHANNA randomly popping up in a pleasant surprise that elevated the whole entire show, turned your fave celebs into groupies and sparked hilarious chaos across social media.
When Rihanna comes onto the stage
— Shan (@shanuddin889) June 24, 2019
Peep the hilarious hysteria over Rih popping up at the BET Awards on the flip.
Laverne Cox And Kyle Draper Break Up
Maybe you knew, maybe you didn’t, but Laverne Cox was happily booed up with a man called Kyle Draper.
We say “was” because Laverne and Kyle are no longer an item. The former couple announced their split on Instagram.
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@thekyledraper and I have broken up. After much soul searching and tears from both of us, we have decided it's time for us to go our separate ways. We decided we should make a public statement since our relationship was public in ways neither of us anticipated. This is that public statement. We know our relationship meant so much to so many people, especially trans folks, giving them hope that this kind of love is possible for them as well. That hope, the hope for love has not waned for me in the face of this breakup but rather is fortified. Knowing that we are both capable of giving and receiving love with this level of kindness, respect, trust, affection, depth, and intensity has been so healing and life affirming for us both. I am so grateful we were open to love and for every moment we had together. We have both grown in innumerable ways as a result. Now its just time to move on separately. We both want a breakup that honors and respects the quality of our relationship and the love we shared. Its possible.
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Kyle followed Laverne’s post with an emotional one of his own.
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@lavernecox and I have broken up, and she wrote the most beautiful statement that sums up our feelings perfectly: . . “@thekyledraper and I have broken up. After much soul searching and tears from both of us, we have decided it’s time for us to go our separate ways. We decided we should make a public statement since our relationship was public in ways neither of us anticipated. This is that public statement. We know our relationship meant so much to so many people, especially trans folks, giving them hope that this kind of love is possible for them as well. That hope, the hope for love has not waned for me in the face of this breakup but rather is fortified. Knowing that we are both capable of giving and receiving love with this level of kindness, respect, trust, affection, depth, and intensity has been so healing and life affirming for us both. I am so grateful we were open to love and for every moment we had together. We have both grown in innumerable ways as a result. Now its just time to move on separately. We both want a breakup that honors and respects the quality of our relationship and the love we shared. It’s possible.”
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The pair dated for nearly two years and were regular practitioners of social media PDA after a chance meeting via Tinder.
Meek Mill Hosts D’USSE Dinner During BET Experience
On Saturday night, Meek Mill hosted a D’USSE Dinner at Crustaceans in Beverly Hills while in Los Angeles for the BET Experience. Meek was joined by guests DeSean Jackson, Wale, John Wall, Lou Williams, Maino and more. As one would expect from the luxury cognac brand, the restaurant was flowing with D’USSE XO, D’USSE VSOP and specialty cocktails including D’USSE Summer Peach, D’USSE En Vogue and D’USSE Social.
Hit the flip to see more from the D’usse dinner!
The Breakfast Club: Andre Iguodala Talks New Book “The Sixth Man”, Mark Jackson Being “Blackballed”, Warriors Dynasty [Video]
Andre Iguodala On The Breakfast Club
The Golden State Warriors season might be over but Andre Iguodala is still punching the clock to promote his new book The Sixth Man.
#23 sat down with the breakfast club this morning to dig into the book and a whole lot more. When asked about his former coach Mark Jackson and his unceremonious firing from the team, Andre kept it stack and said he believes that Jackson has been blackballed from the NBA. Iggy also talked about the Warriors dynasty and the potential return of injured stars Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant.
Press play below to see what all Andre had to say.
Very interesting. Thoughts?
YouTube Star & Gamer Etika Is Found Dead In East River
The worst was confirmed on Tuesday about a popular YouTuber who had been missing for a couple days.
According to NBC New York, the YouTuber and gamer from Brooklyn, Desmond Amofah a.k.a. Etika, was found dead in the waters near South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan around 6:30 p.m. on Monday. The NYPD police confirmed his identity on Tuesday with a tweet.
“We regret to inform that Desmond Amofah aka Etika has been found deceased,” they wrote.
We regret to inform that Desmond Amofah aka Etika has been found deceased. https://t.co/sedwZZxglw
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 25, 2019
Though an autopsy hasn’t confirmed Amofah’s cause of death yet, authorities are considering suicide as a possibility.
Last week, before Amofah went missing, he posted a cryptic 8-minute video online apologizing to the folks he felt like he let down. Police sources say Amofah has a history with mental illness. They said he’s been hospitalized before and had the potential to be a danger to himself. Nobody was in contact with Amofah since 8 p.m. Wednesday of last week. Before his body was found, officials came upon his personal items, including a phone and identification, on the Manhattan Bridge last week.
Smh, too sad.
Since news of Etika’s death hit the net, him and his family have received an outpouring of condolences on social media. The YouTube Creators account tweeted out:
“We mourn the loss of Etika, a beloved member of our gaming creator community. All of us at YouTube are sending condolences to his loved ones and fans.”
We mourn the loss of Etika, a beloved member of our gaming creator community. All of us at YouTube are sending condolences to his loved ones and fans.
— YouTube Creators (@YTCreators) June 25, 2019
2 Chainz And Mark Cuban Look At Some Expensive Horses
The two of them hang out at the Dallas Equestrian Center, which is the home of the best horse trainers in the country, which can only mean one thing: they’re checking out some of the most expensivest horses in the world. Check out the video down below to see these two interact with some horses and to find out who much The Horse Gym 2000–the premier treadmill for horses–costs (honestly, you might wanna buy a car instead).
Wendy Williams’ Son Kevin Jr. Enters “Not Guilty” Plea In Assault Case Against Father
After making it PAINFULLY clear that she’s moving on from Kevin Hunter Sr., Wendy Williams was forced to be around her soon-to-be ex-husband of 22 years this week, as their son was due in court today. Last month Kevin Jr. was arrested and accused of assaulting his father outside of a Krauszer’s Food Stores in West Orange, NJ. According to Page Six, he has officially entered a plea of “not guilty.”
“The prosecutor reportedly asked for more time to review the case, and no action was taken. A source told Page Six that both Williams and Kevin Sr. — who are in the midst of a divorce — were at the courthouse but stayed outside of the courtroom so as not to make a spectacle,” the site reports.
Allegedly, Kevin Jr. called his father “a b*tch” and a fight ensued from there.
“According to a heavily redacted police report we obtained, responding officers were told that things escalated after Kevin Jr.’s comment, causing Kevin Sr. to strike his son ‘with a closed fist to the face,’ which Kevin Sr. later denied,” Page Six states. The two were separated by a bystander, and then Kevin Jr. proceeded to call his mother, who was not present at the scene… Kevin Jr. had no signs of injury or complaints of pain and refused medical attention following the incident.”
We’ll keep you updated.
What’s Under That Apron? Chef Ayesha Curry Admits Sending Steph “HUNDREDS” Of Spicy Pics While He’s On The Road
Ayesha Curry Gets People Talking After Admitting She Sends Steph Nudes
Last week Bella Thorne came under fire for posting her own nudes after being threatened by hackers — so when Ayesha Curry paid a visit to Daily Pop to promote her new show “Family Food Fight” the hosts asked her if she ever sends Steph nudes while he’s on the road. Watch her answer below at the 3:56 mark.
As you can imagine, with about everything Ayesha says, Twitter had a field day. Hit the flip for some of the responses.
Keeping Up With Khloe’s Klownery: Pettiest Reactions To Her Krazy Klaims That Tristan Threatened To Kill Himself
— Ms Adams (@LittleMzMercy) June 24, 2019
Khloe Klaimed Tristan Threatened To Kill Himself & Riled Up Twitter
Everyone’s STILL buzzing over the deliciously messy KUWTK finale where Khloe klownishly klaimed that Tristan Thompson threatened to kill himself after the Jordyn Woods scandal in a hilariously ignorant moment (EVEN FOR KHLOE) that sent Petty Twitter into a TIZZY.
Tristan Thompson and his friends watching Khloe say he threatened suicide after getting caught cheating on KUWTK pic.twitter.com/jejzvnBTZs
— Mardy Marvel (@MardyMarvel) June 25, 2019
Peep the pettiest reactions to Khloe’s klaims that Tristan threatened to kill himself on the flip.