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Michelle Williams And Chad Johnson Discuss Their Road To "I Do"

Chad Johnson and Michelle Williams spoke candidly about their courtship and what viewers can expect from their new OWN series.

Inside Manhattan's Hotel Eventi, Chad Johnson and Michelle Williams greeted a room full of press with warm smiles as they walked hand-in-hand to their table. Johnson, a 40-year-old pastor, and Williams, a Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter and one-third of the iconic group Destiny's Child, were on hand this week to promote their new reality TV series, Chad Loves Michelle.

Premiering on OWN tonight (Nov. 3), the newly-engaged couple gave members of the press a sneak peek into their eight-part series, and while smiles were abundant seeing Michelle, 38, squeal after Chad's surprise proposal, the couple also spoke frankly about abstaining from sex and Michelle's battle with depression.

Michelle revealed that after Chad asked for her hand in marriage, she considered ending the relationship because of her mental health.

"I said to him you've been praying for a wife for a long time, but did you pray for a depressed wife?" Michelle said. "And I told him that he could leave and I think it was easier for me at that time because I could understand, and I really meant it because I would be able to lay my head down at night knowing that this isn't what he asked for. So yeah, I definitely had that thought."

For Johnson, the most difficult part of the entire process was having honest conversations with friends and family with a camera just a few feet away. However, the pastor said despite the invasiveness of a camera crew, viewers will see the authenticity between the two.

"One of the greatest takeaways will be the fact that it's so open and honest," Johnson said. "Vulnerability. I think no matter if you're single or if you've been married 40 years, I think there is something that you can identify with in something that we're dealing with as a couple, or as an individual because there's a lot of self-processing."

Michelle continued, "I hope people look inward to themselves and kind of just figure out like, 'Man, what's keeping me from things that I want? Not just relationships, but are there some things that I'm doing that are blocking some things?' For me, I've learned that I have a lot of pride because I was so happy about what I've been able to accomplish along with the help of God, but I was bringing that pride into the relationship. Some of that had to be torn down to let him all the way in."

Before meeting Michelle, Chad shared how he placed $150 a month into a savings account for 10 years, which was his way of saving for his wife's engagement ring. It took a lot of discipline to not touch the money when times got rough or when he grew discouraged. However, Chad called on that discipline, as well as Michelle, when it came to abstaining.

"Everybody thinks you're a minister or pastor but, listen, everything works, okay!" Chad said. "And she's beautiful and attractive and all the sparks and everything fly. For us, we're just very intentional. Everything works. We're attracted to one another but we want the wedding day to actually have an added meaning."

Chad Loves Michelle airs every Saturday at 9 PM ET on OWN.

READ MORE: Destiny's Child Michelle Williams Checks Into A Mental Health Facility

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Stream: Hulu's 'FYRE Fraud' Doc Examines The Festival That Scammed Thousands

In 2017, rumors of an exclusive festival taking place in the Bahamas took over social media. Organized by Billy McFarland and promoted by Ja Rule, the FYRE Festival was the new, cool kid on the festival block and quickly put other more seasoned festivals to shame.

But all that glitters isn't gold.

FYRE FRAUD, the new documentary streaming on Hulu, takes an intimate look at the scam that left thousands stranded on the island. Directed by Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby, the dark-comedy interviews whistleblowers, victims, and the convicted con-man himself, McFarland.

In a press release, Fraust and Wiloughby said the goal isn't to make light of those who were scammed.

"Our aim was to set the stage for a strange journey into the moral abyss of our digital age, going beyond the meme to show an ecosystem of enablers, driven by profit and willing to look the other way, for their own gain.

"We draw on countless cultural references, on true crime tension, and on humor - but we did not intend to create a toothless comedy about the Fyre Festival. We hope this film can pierce our collective apathy and disrupt our own millennial peers, if only for an instant - to look at these stories for what they truly are, and to halt this algorithm before it devours us whole."

FYRE FRAUD is now streaming on Hulu.



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They Don't Want You To Win: D.J. Khaled Joins 'Bad Boys' Sequel

D.J. Khaled knows they don't want you to win, but that hasn't stopped the producer and performer from doing just that.

Variety reports Asahd's father will star alongside Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in the forthcoming action-comedy Bad Boys For Life. It's unclear at this time what role Khaled will play.

Also joining the cast is Vanessa Hudgins, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Jacob Scipio, and Paola Nuñez. Joe Pantoliano reprises his role as the irritable Captain Howard.

Smith and Lawrence play detectives Mike Lowery, and Marcus Burnett respectively. While Lowery shoots first and asks questions later, Burnett, the family man, tries desperately to incorporate a more pragmatic approach.

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will helm the film and Jerry Bruckheimer returns as the franchise producer. The first Bad Boys was released in 1995 with a $23 million budget and earned $141 million in the box office. Bad Boys II released in 2003 had a $130 million budget and earned $273 million.

The third installment of the buddy-cop film revolves around a new specialized unit that clashes with Lowery and Burnett's old-school tactics when a new criminal threat emerges in Miami.

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Amanda Seales Corrects Heckler For Whitesplaining Pay Disparity During Stand-Up Set

Amanda Seales had some choice words for an overzealous—and ignorant—audience member at one of her latest comedy shows. A white woman who was visibly under the influence of alcohol made her way to the stage to challenge Seales on her views of pay disparity among white and black women.

The whole ordeal was documented on video, which the Insecure star posted onto her Instagram page. When the Seales asked the woman (who apparently goes by Stephany) what the root of her problem was, she responded explaining that she didn't like how she compared the different pay scales between black and white women.

"My issue is you making a distinction between black women and white women having different positions in business," she said. "Whether you’re a black woman or a white woman, you are paid less than a white male or a black male."

The 37-year-old quickly rebutted her claim by explaining to her that black women actually make less than their white counterparts. "Black women are paid less than white women, this is a fact," Seales began. "So even though I didn’t speak anything about the workplace, this is clearly a concern that you’re dealing with in HR."

"I am a human resource of knowledge so you did come to the right place," she continued. "Alright, your issue is that you feel that I am falsifying facts by stating that there is a distinction between the rights of black women and white women. So you feel that you and I are equal."

After her response, the woman said that she would at least like if white and black women were equal. Seales fired back with an annihilating but accurate detailed response about the realities black women and black people face as a whole and confronted the women on her usage of white privilege to challenge her talents and reality as a black woman.

"This is the thing you’re sitting up here and you’re saying you want me to stand up for equal rights," she said. "You seem to think that by me acknowledging that they are not equal that I don’t stand for it. The reality is that we have different experiences, we have different cultures. You can’t do the electric slide."

"You put yourself on a stage with somebody who does for a living professionally, because your privilege made you think, it’s fine, 'Whatever I can do it to her," she added. "The reality of this situation is no we do not have the same experience. And if you get pulled over tonight you have way less of a possibility to get killed than I do. And that’s a fact."

Watch the whole ordeal  below:


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*Law & Order intro voice* This woman of white privilege was in a disruptive huff at my material. I confronted her about it and invited her to get on stage if she really wanted to be verbally mollywhopped by a smart, funny, and black woman, with a mic. She did. This video is the result of her hubris. #proteckyaneck #ngmfu2019 #wokefam 🎥: @chineducomedy

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