• Tika Sumpter plays Candace Young in "The Haves and the Have Nots." (Oprah Winfrey Network)


    Tika Sumpter Steps Into a New Role

    In the new show Sumpter doesn’t take the moral high road in her quest for money and power.

    Former Gossip Girl regular Tika Sumpter remembers well a chat she had with both director Tyler Perry and iconic talk show host Oprah Winfrey in which each insisted that people needed to see more young women with her look on television. Sumpter’s sky-high cheekbones, penetrating smile, and deep ebony skin tone make hers a unique face among the regulars who routinely capture leading roles in both television and film.

    That’s all set to change this Tuesday night as Sumpter steps into the center of Perry’s new drama, The Have and the Have Nots, on Winfrey’s OWN network. The new series marks Winfrey’s first foray into scripted television, and tapping her BBF Perry for ideas seemed the obvious move for the talk show host turned network owner/executive.

  • Judith (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) with Harley (Robbie Jones) in Tyler Perry's "Temptation": Confessions of a Marriage Counselor. (Lionsgate)

    Morality Play

    ‘Temptation’ Shames the HIV Positive

    The takeaway from Tyler Perry’s latest film: STIs are a punishment.

    Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor is off to a great start at the box office, but its critics have much to complain about. The movie follows the story of Brice and his wife Judith, who cheats on him and contracts HIV. She is rendered ugly and unlovable, while Brice remarries and has a son. Amanda Marcotte points out that such a grim take on HIV patients as somehow deserving of their affliction is “pointless cruelty.” What’s more, stigmatizing sexually transmitted diseases makes people “more reluctant to get tested and treated, and they certainly will struggle to have the conversations or take the initiatives towards prevention.” So Perry isn’t doing anyone any favors with his sanctimonious message.

    Incidentally, April is STD Awareness Month.