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Essence Atkins And Stephen Bishop Star in the TV One Original Film ‘Coins For Love’ / Video

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*Everyone loves a good romantic drama and TV One is premiering its newest film, “Coins For Love,” which is the sequel to “Coins For Christmas” that starred EssenceAtkins and Stephen Bishop.

In the first film, we were introduced to Madison and Alec two people living polar opposite lives. Madison, who is a single mother of two, is dealing with losing her job and fighting with her ex-husband when an opportunity to work for Alec, a former football player,  comes along. They began a working relationship that later becomes complicated. 

The sequel picks up with Madison landing her dream job and things seem to be turning around for her financially but her home life is still complicated. Her ex-husband comes back into the picture to fight for his family. Essence spoke about Madison’s choice to entertain her ex’s idea of rekindling the relationship.  

“What’s beautiful is the way God has designed life, is that there is still benefit from those moments. You can still benefit if you love through them. You can still see and extract the lessons and I think that is what madison has done,” says Atkins. 

“Coins For Love” has layers of love throughout the movie. There is a focus on each type of relationship from romantic love, platonic love, sibling love, and self-love. Even though the movie’s main focus is Madison and Alec, we see how relationships are tested across the board. Madison’s children display the yin and yang of a sibling relationship with fights and having each other’s back when needed.  

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The writer of this film also brought attention to a lot of the issues we are dealing with right now as a community and nation. There is an incident where Alec has to speak up about Black Lives Matter. They also tackled a subject that isn’t seen much in the film genre. Alec’s ex-fiance, who is a white woman, also wants to rekindle their relationship. Alec has to point out to her that she doesn’t understand his struggle in this world as a black man. Her response was very disconnected and shows how interracial couples need to have a tough conversation they may not want to have. When dating someone of another race it is important to know how they view your race. We asked Stephen his opinion about when a mixed couple should have that conversation.  

“ I think from the beginning or at least it should, I don’t think you should get into a situation where you’re two or three years in and you haven’t learned how your person feels about your experience,” was Bishop’s response. 

As much as love is the focal point of the movie so is communication. You will see that with all the relationships in “Coins For Love.”  

 Make sure to check it out on TV One July 19 at 9/8c.  

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Gabourey Sidibe is Engaged, Boyfriend Brandon Frankel ‘Put A Ring On It’

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*Gabourey Sidibe is off the market. 

Her boyfriend, Brandon Frankel, has proposed and the actress, 37, shared the exciting news on social media.

On Tuesday, she posted a video of the two together on Instagram, flashing her engagement ring. Check out the post below. 

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“It’s weird that people think we’re already married but I guess our hearts and intentions for each other are just that clear to see,” Sidibe wrote. “My BFF proposed and now I get to hold him forever. The funniest man I’ve ever met. The sweetest human to exist. @brandontour made up a song for when i put my bonnet on at night. The second I look a bit stressed and overwhelmed, he jumps into action to take over what he can for me. Every moment with him is a joy.”

“He is the partner I thought I was too independent to need,” she continued. “I’ve learned so much about myself through him and I feel grateful and excited to learn more about the entire world with him by my side. My partner, my best friend, my cats’ daddy, my mans, my heart, my fiancé!!!”

 

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Frankel also shared the video, writing “I asked my best friend to marry me, and she said ‘YES’. So excited to spend the rest of my life with the most amazing, hilarious, beautiful, and inspiring woman I’ve ever known. I couldn’t imagine a life without you. We make the best team, and we make everything fun and memorable. I liked it, so I put a 💍 on it. Love you to the moon and back @gabby3shabby.”

According to The Daily Beast, Sidibe and Frankel have been dating since 2019.

Congrats to the happy couple!

 

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Jeannie is Back on ‘The Real’ with Details of Her Life-Threatening Medical Crisis! / WATCH

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*On Tuesday, Nov. 24, as co-host Adrienne Houghton says, “today’s the day!” The Real welcomes back co-host Jeannie Mai!

She has a lot to say about what she’s been doing while recuperating from throat surgery and how she realized she’d been prioritizing work over her health.

Jeannie Mai: Man, we already know how precious health is, but I am a workaholic and I do prioritize my work more than my health. And in this situation, I absolutely kind of just thought taking a steroid shot or just taking Theraflu or Dayquil would help cover it, because – I was in a competition, yo, and I was not going to let down. I really took that too seriously, more than my health, and then I – God taught me a lesson. So, um – it was a… the part that… Getting sick wasn’t the upsetting part, it was actually just being depressed because I let myself get to this, and for the last few weeks, I gotta be honest, I was pretty upset at myself, because everything ended. I stopped shooting my favorite talk show every day, and I had to step out of a competition, which I feel like I was doing good, and I could have staying in the running…

Adrienne Houghton: You were gonna win!

Jeannie: So, I’ve, I’ve just… thank you, Adrienne. I believe I could have too. But I didn’t give up!

Adrienne: I believe you were gonna win!

Jeannie: I really – I really appreciate that. I, I really learned a lesson. Being in a dark place where you actually just feel like you have no… you’re helpless – it’s the worst feeling ever. Like, you did it to yourself. And so, I take full responsibility.

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Erykah Badu Calls Ex André 3000 ‘One of My Best Friends’

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*Erykah Badu has opened up about her relationship with ex-boyfriend, hip-hop star André 3000.

In a new Musicians on Musicians segment for Rolling Stone, Badu chops it up with singer Summer Walker, and recalled her relationship with the father of her 23-year-old son, Seven

“When we became boyfriend and girlfriend in the ‘90s, we didn’t become friends first. We were attracted to each other first,” she said. “We had stuff in common, but we didn’t learn all of that until over the years. We have a 23-year-old son. Over these years, we’ve just become closer and closer as friends, as humans, as man, as woman.”

She went on to say.. “He just left Dallas, actually. He came down for my grandma’s memorial. He’s one of my best friends on the planet,” she shared. “I care for him so very much, about his livelihood, his art, his feelings. And I’m a super big fan of him. I’m assuming he’s also a fan of my music. We’re really close.”

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Badu said she and Andre almost have a brother/sister dynamic. 

“We laugh all the time, talk about things. It’s brother and sister, it’s grandmother and grandson, it’s father and daughter. It’s so many different things depending on what the situation calls for,” she explained. 

Walker called their relationship “beautiful.”

Hear Badu tell it via the Instagram video embed above. 

In related news, Walker has confirmed fan speculation that she’s pregnant. 

She shared the big news Friday night in an Instagram post showing off her baby bump. Her baby daddy is said to be her longtime boyfriend, producer London on da Track.

Check out her baby bump post below.

 

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