Lamman Rucker On Kim Fields, New Projects & Body Product Line

You’re taping the new season of Meet The Browns. Talk about what it’s like working with Kim Fields, who sometimes directs the sitcom.

We have a great relationship, Kim like a big sister. I’ve known her for a number of years even prior to her working with us so it’s wonderful to have her on board. She knows her stuff and she’s doing an incredible job as a director. That’s one of the wonderful things about our relationship. Kim is very sharp, she’s very intelligent and she also understands things as a woman, as a daughter, as a mother and a wife as well. Hopefully Kim will be doing a lot more stuff with us in the coming season of Meet the Browns and some of the other things that are gonna be happening with the studio. Kim’s gonna be one of our next tycoons in this industry, she’s a mogul in the making.

Tell me about your latest film N-Secure.

It’s actually a murder mystery and a suspense thriller. It tested well from what I understand, so they did a feature release. So that will be on the airways soon.  I shot N-Secure in Memphis a few years ago. Essence Atkins is in it, so is Denise Boutte who plays my wife on Meet the Browns and Tempestt Bledsoe also costars in the movie.

What’s your dream role to play?

There’s a project that I’m aware of that’s in development about Paul Robeson that I think is going to be an incredible. That’s the type of man, and the type of legacy that I can definitely see myself being apart of. He’s one of the men that I model my life after. Not always consciously but just by trying to be a multi-dimensional multifaceted person and trying to use the gifts and the creativity and the intellectual and academic opportunity that have been available to me.  Robeson was all of those things and for the greater good and uplifting of a people to fight for justice and equality of other people⎯all people⎯regardless of what they look like or what language they speak.

You’re really making things like that happen, thanks to your theater company…

The theater company that me and my partners created a couple of years ago is called The Black Gents of Hollywood. We have a play right now that’s running in New York Off-Broadway about the Tuskegee Airmen called, Black Angels Over Tuskegee. Everday when we pray before we go on stage, one of the last things that we say is, “For all those who’ve gone before for all whose who are yet to be born, Black Angel.” So there are angels from our past who are in our present and as the angels of the future we have a responsibility to represent them and uplift them. It’s just an incredible story of discipline and fortitude and teamwork and brotherhood. It’s been running successfully since January and we’re very proud of it. We’re getting ready to get it on the road.

And in addition to your movie and TV career you also have a bath and body line, right?

Yes. I have a new bath and body product called For Plai that will be launching soon. It’s an all natural paraben free bath and body line for women and couples so there’s unisex body scrubs body butters and body mists. It feels great, smells incredible and I use it head to toe. It’s really a labor of love. 

For more information on Lamman Rucker’s bath and body product line For Plai, go to Forplai.com 

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Dr. Dre was released from L.A. Cedars Sinai Medical Center on Friday (Jan. 15), nearly two weeks after he suffered a reported brain aneurysm. Ice T confirmed the news tweeting, “Just FaceTimed with @drdre. He just made it home. Safe and looking good.”

The 55-year-old music mogul will remain under 24-hour care for the next few weeks as medical professionals continue to monitor his progress. Doctors are still unclear on what caused the aneurysm.

Dre’s hospital release comes days after new details were revealed in his divorce from estranged wife, Nicole Young. According to court documents publicized this week, Nicole accuses Dre, birth name Andre Young, of putting a gun to her head in 2000 and 2001. She also details other alleged abuse incidents in 1995 (before they were married) and in 2016, when he allegedly punched her in the face and kicked down her door.

The Grammy winner has denied Nicole’s abuse claims.

Nicole and Dre tied the knot in 1996. The pair share two adult children, Truice and Truly. Nicole filed for divorce last summer.

In addition to demanding that Dre cover her legal fees, Nicole wants the court to take the abuse allegations into account when “awarding support and fees.” Dre has already agreed to pay $500,000 of Nicole’s legal bills and $2 million in temporary spousal support.

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Cardi B Lands Leading Role In Comedy ‘Assisted Living’

Cardi B is making her way back to the big screen. The Bronx native officially landed her first leading role in the upcoming Paramount comedy, Assisted Living.

According to Variety, Cardi will play a small time crook struggling to find a hiding place after her latest heist fails. Her character, “Amber,” disguises herself as an elderly woman and hides out at her grandmother's nursing home. The film is described as a “raucous comedy” similar to Mrs. Doubtfire and Sister Act.

Paramount acquired the rights to Assisted Living in 2019. The film’s script was penned by This Is Us writer, Kay Oyegun.

Cardi, 28, made her film debut in the 2019 celeb-heavy stripper flick, Hustlers. The “WAP” rapper appears to have hinted at her Assisted Living role in a recent interview with Billboard where she dished on filming scenes for Fast & Furious 9.

“After ‘Hustlers’ I filmed a little bit for 'Fast & Furious' so I felt like ‘I’m ready for this,’ I knew what to expect,” she explained. “But the characters were a little different so I was like ‘Oh wow, I’m going to need more acting classes.’ I’m planning on doing a movie this year and I’m going to be the lead role so I’m like ‘I need to execute this flawlessly.’”

Besides film, Cardi was a judge on the Netflix completion show, Rhythm & Flow, and landed her own Facebook Watch series, Cardi Tries.

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Wendy Williams Reveals She Was Date Raped By ‘80s R&B Singer

Wendy Williams revealed that she was date raped by  ‘80s R&B singer, Sherrick, early in her radio career. The talk show host shared the story with reporters while promoting her Lifetime biopic Wendy Williams: The Movie on Tuesday (Jan. 12).

“He mesmerized me with his twinkling eyes,” she recalled. “He flipped the interview around to where he was interviewing me — I was just gaga over this man and he asked me to go to an album release party with him that night.

“Before the party, I was date raped by him,” said Williams.

Sherrick, born Lamotte Smith, was a member of the group Kagny, whose song is featured on The Last Dragon soundtrack. He signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1987 and scored a marginal hit with the single “Just Call” off his debut self-titled album. Sherrick struggled with sobriety but declared himself “drug-free” before dying of unknown causes in 1999.

Williams says that she was raped in Sherrick’s Washington D.C. hotel room and it, unfortunately, wasn’t her first time being sexually assaulted. The New Jersey native had been date raped in college. “Those types of things happen to girls all the time and they’ve been happening a lot, to a lot of our mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, and their great-great-grandmothers too.”

From the sounds of it, Sherrick's widow doesn't exactly believe Williams' story. She not only questioned Williams' account but wondered why she waited so long to go public, and why she didn't call police at the time of the incident.

“As I will never minimize or dismiss the horrid actions of sexual assault, I am saddened that Ms. Williams feels the need to publicly make these allegations when the man she is accusing is no longer on this earth to defend himself,” Lynne Conner Smith said in a statement to Page Six.  “Our family does not know Ms. Williams and are not aware of any relationship or encounter they may have had.”

The sexual assault will be chronicled in the film, as well as other details from Williams' life -- like her rise to talk show fame, her battle with drug addiction, and marriage to ex-husband Kevin Hunter.

Wendy Williams: The Movie premieres on Lifetime on Jan. 30.

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