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Basketball Wives LA star Draya Michele made her movie debut with the new romantic comedy, Will to Love, written and produced by Marques Houston. But Draya joining the team was hardly a mistake, she is exactly who Houston wanted wrangle in.

“I knew that I wanted Draya for this role,” the actor told HipHollywood. “I actually kind of wrote it loosely based around her. I felt like she was just perfect for the role. She is sexy, she is charismatic, she is fun and funny.”

He added, “Nobody knows that. Draya is really funny.”

In the film, Marques plays a bachelor helping run his grandfather’s toilet paper company. But when his grandfather gets sick, he asks Houtson of one thing otherwise he won’t inherit the company. “The stipulation that his grandfather puts on him, he tells him right before he is about to die, you have to fall in love and get married before I die otherwise you don’t get anything.”

So, the singer sets off to find the perfect woman. And for the former Sister Sister star, five things to look for when finding a wife: “She has to be funny, have a great personality, be a God fearing woman, motherly and beautiful on the inside.”

The film, also starring Keshia Knight Pulliam, is directed by music manager Chris Stokes who Marques says is a visionary. “Working with Chris outside of music is easy,” Houston said. “He’s able to see the finished produced before it’s even finished.”

He added, “Chris is all about family and because he has four kids, he approaches his work with all his actors and crew like a dad; and fathers always want what’s best for their kids. So u can trust that you’re going to get his best and that you’re going to look your best on screen.”

Will to Love is available on DVD now.


Tracee Ellis Ross Spills The Real Tea On ‘Black-ish’ Wage Demands + Deon Cole, Jenifer Lewis Weigh In



Tracee Ellis Ross is unveiling the truth behind recent reports that she was demanding more money for her time spent on ABC’s Black-ish.

Just last week, The Hollywood Reporter suggested Tracy was in negotiations and asking for more for not only going into her fourth season on the hit show, but because her male co-host, Anthony Anderson, makes significantly more than she does.

The report also claimed that if she didn’t make any headway, she might step away and consider guest starring on other shows.

Over the weekend, Ellis addressed the reports and didn’t exactly deny the claims. In a lengthy statement shared on social media, Ross said that she “was in renegotiation, like many actors find themselves in during the fourth season of a successful show.”

She continued, “I wanted to be compensated in a way that matches my contribution to a show that I love for many reasons, including the opportunity it allows me to reshape what it is to be a fully realized black woman on TV.”

She did, however, confirm that claims there were threats are false. “I wish I could have been called by the reporter to confirm that,” she wrote.

Tracy’s statement falls right in line with what her co-stars, Deon Cole and Jenifer Lewis, explained to HipHollywood on Sunday night during the 2018 SAG Awards.

When asked about Ross’ desire to earn more money, Lewis said, “Tracee should have more money, you should have more money, every woman should have more money because we’ve been in the background too long. ”

Television’s favorite mom continued, “We’ve got grab her by the pussy in the White House and women are not standing for it anymore. Black-ish is a very important show, we are dealing with all the pressing issues of our time … This is the time to look it in the face and address it and come through the fire. Women are not taking it anymore.”

Deon also shut down rumors that Ross would be taking a back seat, telling us “There’s two sides to every story. Tracee is fine, everybody is fine, and everybody is getting paid. Everybody is eating. It’s all love I promise you.”

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