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[PHOTOS/TRAILER] TV One's (@tvone) WHEN LOVE KILLS: THE FALICIA BLAKELY STORY Atlanta Red Carpet Screening and Q&A

Celebrities and local influencers attended a Red Carpet Screening and Q&A of TV ONE’S WHEN LOVE KILLS: THE FALICIA BLAKELY STORY at Regal Atlantic Station in Atlanta on Wednesday, August 9th with Director Tasha Smith, and film stars Niatia “Lil Mama” Kirkland, Lance Gross and Tami Roman. 

The event was attended by celebrities including: Trina Braxton, Irv Gotti, Demetria McKinney, Terri Vaughn, Clifton Powell, and many more.

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WHEN LOVE KILLS: THE FALICIA BLAKELY STORY Red Carpet Screening and Q&A with Lil Mama, Lance Gross, Tami Roman and Tasha Smith ATLANTA, GA – AUGUST 09: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was shot with a fisheye lens.) A general view of the atmosphere during the “When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story” movie screening at Regal Atlantic Station on August 9, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images for TV One)[/caption]

TV One really outdid itself with its latest original film, When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely story! If you have ever been a fan of the network’s Fatal Attraction series then you will really love this movie. Marking Tasha Smith’s directorial debut, the film is based off a true story. Falicia Blakely (Lil Mama) was a young woman who became a stripper and pregnant when she was only sixteen years old. Abandoned by her daughter’s father and living with her troubled mother (Tami Roman), she is forced to grow up and work to make ends meet. Her luck seems to change when she meets Big Dino (Lance Gross), a drug dealer and charmer. Her life spirals out of control as she sacrifices her life, body, and ultimately her freedom all in the name of love.

Indeed this is a story that has all the angst, danger, and makings of any traditional Lifetime movie! Tasha Smith is an excellent director. Her guidance coupled with this amazing cast of actors really makes this film awesome. Lil Mama’s acting chops are Grade A and we cannot wait to see her in more productions!

TV One definitely knows what it is doing and we can only hope things go up from here. We need to see more films like these about real people, especially young women. Most people have no idea just how prevalent sex trafficking is or that most women are in prison based on something surrounding a man.

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Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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Celebrities and local influencers attended a Red Carpet Screening and Q&A of TV ONE’S WHEN LOVE KILLS: THE FALICIA BLAKELY STORY at Regal Atlantic Station in Atlanta on Wednesday, August 9th with Director Tasha Smith, and film stars Niatia “Lil Mama” Kirkland, Lance Gross and Tami Roman. 

The event was attended by celebrities including: Trina Braxton, Irv Gotti, Demetria McKinney, Terri Vaughn, Clifton Powell, and many more.

WHEN LOVE KILLS: THE FALICIA BLAKELY STORY Red Carpet Screening and Q&A with Lil Mama, Lance Gross, Tami Roman and Tasha Smith

ATLANTA, GA – AUGUST 09: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was shot with a fisheye lens.) A general view of the atmosphere during the “When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story” movie screening at Regal Atlantic Station on August 9, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images for TV One)

TV One really outdid itself with its latest original film, When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely story! If you have ever been a fan of the network’s Fatal Attraction series then you will really love this movie. Marking Tasha Smith’s directorial debut, the film is based off a true story. Falicia Blakely (Lil Mama) was a young woman who became a stripper and pregnant when she was only sixteen years old. Abandoned by her daughter’s father and living with her troubled mother (Tami Roman), she is forced to grow up and work to make ends meet. Her luck seems to change when she meets Big Dino (Lance Gross), a drug dealer and charmer. Her life spirals out of control as she sacrifices her life, body, and ultimately her freedom all in the name of love.

Indeed this is a story that has all the angst, danger, and makings of any traditional Lifetime movie! Tasha Smith is an excellent director. Her guidance coupled with this amazing cast of actors really makes this film awesome. Lil Mama’s acting chops are Grade A and we cannot wait to see her in more productions!

TV One definitely knows what it is doing and we can only hope things go up from here. We need to see more films like these about real people, especially young women. Most people have no idea just how prevalent sex trafficking is or that most women are in prison based on something surrounding a man.

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

michael j. fanning owner of hey mikey atl

Follow me on Twitter/IG @HeyMikeyATL

 

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[REVIEW] A Campy, Girls Night Out in Gotham! “Birds of Prey & The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn” Has the Makings of a Cult Classic!

Sometimes girls really do just want to have fun–while fighting for their lives! Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) is back and SINGLE! After a literally explosive break up with The Joker, Harley is ready to be her own woman and be in charge of her own life–if she can keep it. Harley soon learns that not being The Joker’s girl leaves her vulnerable to anyone she’s wronged in the past and places her in the crosshair of Black Mask (Ewan McGregor), a deranged crime lord determined to use a mob family’s fortune to take over Gotham City. Meanwhile a few other Gotham ladies; detective Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez), bar singer turned driver, Dinah Lance/Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), and Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) all have their own reasons to take down Black Mask. The task is anything but easy, but when one teen pickpocket, Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) unwittingly finds herself on Black Mask’s hit list it will take the unlikely team up of four very different women to save her life and stop Black Mask and his goons for good in “Birds of Prey and The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn!”

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Sometimes girls really do just want to have fun–while fighting for their lives! Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) is back and SINGLE! After a literally explosive break up with The Joker, Harley is ready to be her own woman and be in charge of her own life–if she can keep it. Harley soon learns that not being The Joker’s girl leaves her vulnerable to anyone she’s wronged in the past and places her in the crosshair of Black Mask (Ewan McGregor), a deranged crime lord determined to use a mob family’s fortune to take over Gotham City. Meanwhile a few other Gotham ladies; detective Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez), bar singer turned driver, Dinah Lance/Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), and Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) all have their own reasons to take down Black Mask. The task is anything but easy, but when one teen pickpocket, Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) unwittingly finds herself on Black Mask’s hit list it will take the unlikely team up of four very different women to save her life and stop Black Mask and his goons for good in “Birds of Prey and The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn!”

Grade: B+

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“Birds of Prey and The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn” (Birds of Prey) has all the making of a cult classic–not a blockbuster! The film has all the feels we have seen in previous films and shows where an unlikely group of women band together by circumstances and forces beyond their control, but not the over the top strong start action we are use to now seeing in traditional superhero films. The film begins rather slow, narrated by Harley, telling the story midway from the beginning, allowing us to eventually catch up to present actions involving all the characters.

Margot Robbie is excellent as Harley giving us all the mayhem, anarchy, and craziness we love from the character. However, Renee and Black Canary seemed largely weakened and depowered. Both characters should have been depicted as much better fighters, especially Canary. In the comics her character is comparable to Batman in fighting skills and prowess AND she does not faint from using her sonic scream (The Canary Cry). Her backstory is also not so convoluted. Huntress is rather one dimensional, and none of her ties to the Batman Family are even hinted at. Lastly, the costumes need some work. Where are Black Canary’s fishnet stockings, and Huntress’ mask, cape, and hood are needed.

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Birds of Prey core team line up; (l-r) Black Canary, Batgirl, Huntress

However, this film works largely because of Harley Quinn and Black Mask. They give us exactly what we need for over the top Batman villains. You get the gist of the kind of criminal element being dealt with in Gotham City, and why a vigilante like Batman is needed. If another “Birds of Prey” film is depicted more notable female villains and heroes native to Gotham City would be amazing. Can someone please get Lady Blackhawk, Power Girl, Batgirl, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, or even Batwoman on the line!

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X-Men’s Rogue Rumored to Appear in Next “Captain Marvel” Movie!

Just when you thought Captain Marvel was virtually unstoppable in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), a rumor spawns that may through her a curve ball! Apparently, in an effort to introduce the mutant superhero team, X-Men, to the MCU, Rogue will appear in the next Captain Marvel movie.

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Just when you thought Captain Marvel was virtually unstoppable in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), a rumor spawns that may through her a curve ball! Apparently, in an effort to introduce the mutant superhero team, X-Men, to the MCU, Rogue will appear in the next Captain Marvel movie.

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Rogue vs. Captain Marvel

Rogue’s appearance in the next Captain Marvel film should not come as a surprise. Fans familiar with Marvel Comics know that Rogue began as a super villain, allied with her foster mothers, Mystique and Destiny, mutant terrorists and leaders of the team, The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Rogue’s original, and sole power set, was her signature ability to absorb superhuman powers, skills, and memories from others through physical contact. Her extra powers of flight and superhuman strength were abilities she “stole” by permanently absorbing Captain Marvel’s (then Ms. Marvel) powers permanently by holding on to her for too long. Captain Marvel was left comatose after her battle with Rogue for years and after struggled to become the hero she once was again.

We really hope Rogue does appear in the next Captain Marvel film! It is the perfect way to introduce her to the MCU! Also, she joins her fellow “X-Woman,” Psylocke by being an X-Men character rumored to be appearing in an upcoming Marvel Film. As we reported earlier, Psylocke may appear as “Lady Mandarin” in the upcoming “Shang-Chi” film.

What do you guys think? Are you hoping Captain Marvel and Rogue will come to blows in the next “Captain Marvel” film? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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The Queen Requests Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Return for Royal Event

Duty calls! That is what seems to be implied as Queen Elizabeth has requested Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex, return to the United Kingdom for a royal event with their son Archie in tow.

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Duty calls! That is what seems to be implied as Queen Elizabeth has requested Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex, return to the United Kingdom for a royal event with their son Archie in tow.

As you recall, the royal couple decided to step away from being senior members of the British Royal Family after months of turmoil and mistreatment largely from the British press and tabloids. Some of the outlets even referred to their son as a monkey!

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry could be returning to the U.K. next month for their last round of official royal engagements.

Queen Elizabeth II reportedly requested that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who will no longer be using their “royal highness” titles, join the royal family for the annual Commonwealth service at Westminster Abbey on March 9, according to The Sunday Times.

Meghan, 38, and Harry, 35, are expected to attend the event with their son Archie, who will have just turned 10 months old.

Following the appearance, the couple will return to Canada where they are beginning to settle into their new non-royal life after their decision to step down as senior members of the royal family.

We definitely hate Harry and Meghan have to deal with this, but wholeheartedly support their decision to do what is best for their marriage and their family. Let’s just hope the British press does not make this last round of royal events for them any harder.

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