*Here’s what’s coming up on tonight’s “Mary Mary” on WEtv:
Tina gets a last-minute booking for Mary Mary on a Costa Rican cruise so the sister act packs up and heads out on the high seas for a working vacation with their husbands. But before they go, a nervous Erica goes for a long-overdue mammogram with her friend Yvette in tow for moral support, as she’s beaten cancer several times herself.
Meanwhile, Tina spends a little time in the studio with Warryn to work on songs from her solo venture but he’s dismayed when Tina says she has no timetable for releasing her own album. He hoped that focusing on her career would make her step away from Mary Mary and give Erica the time she needs to focus on her budding solo career.
Once on the cruise ship, not everything is smooth sailing. Before they even leave the port, Erica gets a call telling her that her mammogram results were inconclusive and she needs to go back for another one. Then at dinner, Erica tells Tina she feels it’s time for her to focus on her Erica Campbell music. That news doesn’t go over well with her sister, who feels like she has no choice in the matter and that this is being forced on her. Tensions worsen when Tina gets angry at Erica for being 40 minutes late to sound check because she had to help her sick husband get to the infirmary.
Later, as the sisters get ready for the show, the frost hasn’t thawed one bit. Will they be able to pull off a crowd-pleasing performance or is Mary Mary a sinking ship?
In the clip below we see Erica finally revealing that she thinks it’s time to take a break from Mary Mary and go solo on her own:
“Mary Mary” airs TONIGHT at 10pm E/P on WEtv.
3rd-Degree Murder Charge Dismissed Against Derek Chauvin, Ex-officer in George Floyd Case
*A judge has dismissed a lesser murder charge against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd.
Chauvin was charged with 3rd-degree murder after he was captured on video in May pressing his knee on the neck of Floyd for almost 10 minutes before he died.
On Thursday, Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill said prosecutors did not have probable cause to charge Chauvin with third-degree murder, which is a crime committed without premeditation or intent to kill. The judge said the evidence supports taking a second-degree murder charge to trial. If convicted, it could lead to decades in prison.
Here’s more from MSN.com:
Cahill also upheld a manslaughter charge against Chauvin and all six charges against three other officers who were a part of Floyd’s arrest team. Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao. Kueng and Lane helped restrain Floyd, Cahill noted, while Thao kept bystanders at bay.
In his ruling, Cahill said a third-degree murder charge was appropriate in cases in which a defendant’s actions were “eminently dangerous to other persons” and were not specifically targeted at the person who died.
In August, Chauvin’s attorney filed a motion in court stating there was no probable cause to support the murder and second-degree manslaughter charges. The documentation claimed the fentanyl in George Floyd’s system caused his death instead of the prolonged pressure from Chauvin kneeling on his neck for 8 minutes. Additionally, it stated several pre-existing conditions contributed to his death, the Daily Mail reported.
‘If [Mr. Floyd] was found dead at home alone and no other apparent causes, it would have been acceptable to label his death an overdose.”
“The evidence presented by the State does not indicate that Chauvin’s actions were eminently dangerous to anyone other than Floyd,” Cahill wrote in his ruling this week.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison reacted to the ruling, stating “The court’s decision to dismiss just one of the lesser charges against just one of the defendants — while leaving intact all the charges against the other three defendants — is based on how appellate courts have interpreted the statute in question,” Ellison said in a statement.
“We are considering our options in light of the court’s strong order on the remaining charges,” he added.
All four former cops are awaiting trial set for March 8, 2021. It is expected that they will be acquitted.
Jennifer Hudson Shades Nat Geo’s Aretha Franklin Project: ’If It’s Not a Film, It’s Nothing’
*Jennifer Hudson has spoken out about her Aretha Franklin biopic “Respect” competing with National Geographic’s limited series on the queen of soul.
The Oscar-winning actress shared a special connection with Franklin. Before her passing in 2018, the music icon gave Hudson her blessing to play her on the big screen.
Meanwhile, Cynthia Erivo has been tapped to play Franklin in Nat Geo’s Genius: Aretha.
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Hudson had this to say about the two projects: “I know that Aretha was adamant that [her life] be a film. If it’s not a film, it’s nothing. I’m just honored that she picked me to play her. I mean, who can say that? And again, I would have never done it without her wishes.”
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“Respect” was set for release in theaters in August 2020, but has been pushed back due to the coronavirus. It will have a limited release in the U.S. on Dec. 25, before a wide release on Jan. 15, 2021.
The film’s director Liesl Tommy previously said this of Hudson, “Jennifer may be one of the most talented people I’ve ever worked with,” she says. Adding, “we were both so humbled by the task that we just agreed that there would be no ego in the process and that Aretha would be the diva in the room at all times, not us.”
Months after filming wrapped, Hudson said this of Franklin: “I still feel like she’s in me, I really do. I just hope to meet her requests. You think you respect Aretha, but once you see the film and you learn her story, you can’t help but to have a newfound respect for her.”
Of her personal connection with Franklin, Hudson shared, “I still have the text chains, so every now and then I look back at them. The last time I spoke to her was Aug. 8, [2018,] and I can honestly say she sang until her last breath.”
Filming on National Geographic’s Genius: Aretha has been halted after a background actor tested positive for COVID-19, Deadline reports. .
Genius: Aretha is slated to debut in early 2021.
Terrence Howard Sues 20th Century Fox; Says Use of His Image on ‘Empire’ Logo is Unauthorized
*So, is his money funny now that “Empire” is gone and he’s no longer employed by 20th Century Fox Television?
Well, that could be the case, but what we do know is that Terrence Howard‘s case against them is over their use of his likeness to promote the former hit Fox TV show about a family owned record label and all the drama that came with it.
In any event, the actor is accusing 20th Century Fox TV officials of using his likeness from the movie “Hustle & Flow” to promote “Empire.”
Howard, who played Lucious Lyon on the show for 6 seasons, says the bosses at Fox TV failed to offer a satisfactory answer when he asked how they came up with the “Empire” logo – since he never sat for a photoshoot.
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He says he ultimately determined the image was taken from the “Hustle & Flow” scene where “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” was being recorded in a studio.
“The still frame was selected, reversed (face looking left, not right), and subjected to CGI that simply distilled the cinematographer’s skilled capture of the head with vibrant light and shadow.”
Howard insists he should be compensated for use of the image as he would have been paid by officials at Paramount – the studio behind Hustle & Flow – if 20th Century Fox got a proper license to use his image from the movie.
Howard is suing for damages and wants an accounting of all the Empire merchandise using the logo, according to TMZ.
Of course the key question is why did he wait until NOW to pursue this line of action? Hmm, maybe our question up top about money being funny is more appropriate than we first thought.
Speaking of thoughts, what are yours about this situation?
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