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Exclusive: Malinda Williams talks new movie

In the sequel to last year’s popular UP Original Movie Marry Me for Christmas, it’s a year after Marci Jewel (Malinda Williams) and Blair Kirkland (Karon Riley) declared their love for each other and decided to tie the knot.  But as the big day approaches, Marci is so consumed with work that she’s had no…



In the sequel to last year’s popular UP Original Movie Marry Me for Christmas, it’s a year after Marci Jewel (Malinda Williams) and Blair Kirkland (Karon Riley) declared their love for each other and decided to tie the knot.  But as the big day approaches, Marci is so consumed with work that she’s had no time to plan her wedding.  To make matters worse, she may have to team up with former assistant/fake fiancé Adam to win a project she’s been vying for – a little tidbit Marci has held back from Blair.  But Blair, as it turns out, has a secret of his own.  Thanks to years of doing pro bono work for financially-strapped clients, he quickly is running out of cash and might have to accept an offer to work for his longtime nemesis, Marci’s manipulative cousin Preston (Carl Payne).  Meanwhile, Marci’s mother Stephanie Chandler Jewel (Victoria Rowell) is making some rather bold moves of her own with her sexy salsa teacher, Antonio Simpson (Marques Houston), who is more than a little smitten with her — and about 20 years her junior.  Will there be a wedding for Christmas?  Better yet – whose wedding will it be?   Naturally, the festivities wouldn’t be complete without family, including Marci’s Uncle Donald (GregAlan Williams), Aunt Myra (DeEtta West), Aunt Elizabeth (Chrystale Wilson), Charlene (Dawn Halfkenny) and Antonio’s uncle Lawrence Simpson (Kristoff St. John)

Marry Us for Christmas airs  (12/7) @ 7:00 PM (ET) on UP TV.

Read our interview below with Malinda Williams.


Sylvia:   With you being such a multi-talented woman/entertainer, we would also like to congratulate you on such a multifaceted and diverse career that you’ve developed. Can you give us just a little background who Malinda Williams is?

Malinda:  You know, first of all, thank you for saying that, and it’s very interesting because I think when you, you know, in the earlier days   of my career, I guess, I didn’t necessarily set out to be multifaceted or have all these other things going on, they just kind of happened along the way. You kind of just want to live the fullness of life and you want to maximize the opportunities that come your way and that’s kind of what I’ve done, and everything that you see out there, whether it’s a film or a TV show, or some digital content piece, they’re all extensions of who I am, they’re all extensions of things that I truly enjoy doing. They are parts of who I am and what my passions, so all of those things and all of those different characters, they sort of speak to different pieces of me if you will, and different expressions throughout my life. I always try to incorporate those things into my work so it doesn’t feel like work. It just feels like I’m living my life and then presenting work that’s based on who I authentically am.

Sylvia: So, has acting always been your first choice for a career path for you to take, and if not, what was that career path that was going to be your number one thing?

Malinda: You know, it wasn’t my first choice though it was something that I had been doing since I was child, but I didn’t think of it in terms of a career, it was always something that was sort of extra-curricular like you put your child in ballet or dance class or in gymnastics or in a sports program, and that’s kind of what my parents did when I was young, they put me in modelling and acting. And so, that’s kind of how it felt to me right up until I turned around 15 or 16 when it was time to get an actual job. And I was like, “Well, but I already make money doing this other thing so why do I need to go out and get a job? That is my job.”  But, again, that was just sort of another way to earn money, and initially it was a great thing because I had saved up enough, my parents and I had saved up enough money that I could buy my own car, and so I was like, “Okay, this isn’t a bad way to make a living,” but my passion at the time was cosmetology and I actually wound up, when I graduated high school I went to cosmetology school, and my dream career at that time was to become a hair stylist and to eventually either own a chain of salons or run somebody’s beauty shop or something, that’s kind of what I had originally intended. And then when I came out to LA acting just kind of took off and sort of took off and took over.

Sylvia: Like I said, we’ve seen you on so many different levels, things from music videos, as well as TV series, things   like “Soul Food,” “Daddy’s Little Girl,” even your portrayal in Ruff Endz’s “Someone To Love You.” We have seen you so many different things, so now we’re going to get the pleasure of witnessing you in the Up TV’s “Marry Us For Christmas,” the sequel to “Marry Me For Christmas.” So, our question is how did you hear about the part and what was your preparation process for this?

Malinda: Originally we did a film called “Marry Me For Christmas,” this was last Christmas season, last holiday season, and I had done a couple projects with the gentlemen from Swirl Film who produced this film, and they produce a lot of films for Up TV and some other outlets and also some straight-to-DVD projects as well, and so I’ve just developed a relationship with them and last year they approached me to produce “Marry Me For Christmas” as well as star in it, and of course I wasn’t going to pass up that opportunity.  I read the script, they told me that Victoria Rowell would play my mother and I had never worked with her before, so I was just excited to venture into a territory that I hadn’t previously ventured into and producing for TV as well as getting to do something that was light hearted and fun, you know, it was my first holiday project that I had worked on. And who doesn’t love a good holiday movie? Holiday movies seem to transcend time, you can replay them every year and make people feel good. I was like, “Yeah, I want to be a part of that.” Let me just go ahead and take that and add it to the things that I have accomplished I guess, if you will.  Like, if I had never done it before, so I wanted to try it.



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Black Teenager Attacked by Corrections Deputy in Florida, Investigation Underway



A Florida corrections deputy has been placed on leave after going on the attack against a 17-year-old at a juvenile center … and it’s all on video.

The teenager, Terrance Devon Reed III, was taken to the hospital after the violent altercation with Sarasota County Deputy Neil Pizzo last week. The surveillance footage shows Reed sitting on a bench with his arms tucked in his shirt when Pizzo marches toward him.

As Reed stands up and takes his arms out, the deputy immediately goes for his throat. A struggle ensues before Pizzo throws Reed to the ground, but at no point does the teenager appear to fight back.

Another deputy jumps in to try to wrangle Reed’s feet, and that’s when Pizzo strikes the teen on the back of the head multiple times. Reed’s then cuffed and helped to his feet … but not before suffering abrasions to his head.

The altercation reportedly began after Reed — who was previously arrested and charged with contempt of court, probation violations and cocaine possession — became uncooperative in a police lineup.

That, of course, doesn’t justify the violence by the deputy, and Sheriff Tom Knight says he’s disappointed in what he saw and Pizzo’s failure to de-escalate the situation.

Knight says he placed the deputy on administrative duty while an internal investigation is conducted.

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Tamar Braxton Boyfriend Files A Restraining Order Indicating Domestic



Tamar Braxton boyfriend is running to court asking for protection against her in what he describes as a domestic violence situation.

The singer’s BF, David Adefeso, filed for a restraining order Tuesday in L.A. seeking to prevent Domestic Violence and he’s asking a judge to grant him one against Tamar. For now, it’s unclear what he’s alleging she might’ve done.

It doesn’t look like the court has approved his request just yet  

At any rate, it’s another sign that things have been volatile lately in her life — especially as it pertains to David. Remember, he’s the one who called 911 not too long ago saying Tamar was threatening to kill herself. He also mentioned her WeTV beef to cops at the time.

Also keep in mind … family sources connected to Tamar have told us they believe she’s changed since getting with him — claiming her mood seems to align with his. We’ve also been told that David has come off as controlling in Tamar’s reality show, and that he’s been quite involved in her business decisions of late.

This continues to be a developing story…..

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Bodies of US Couple Found at Bottom of Well in Mexico



The bodies of a missing US couple have been found at the bottom of a well in Mexico.

Ian Hirschsohn, 78 and his 73-year-old wife Kathy Harvey had been missing since August 31, when they were supposed to return home to San Diego from a trip across the border.

Their abandoned car was found in Ensenada, just 90 minutes from the US border, last week.

Investigators then made the grim discovery on Thursday in an unpopulated area just south of the tourist hotspot.

The bodies were recovered over the weekend; San Diego police confirmed their identities, CBS8 reported.

Family members said the couple had been staying at a rented house in El Socorrito, about 200 miles south of the border, a town they frequented over the past 35 years.

Kathy texted her son Robert on August 28 to say they were going to either explore a gold mine or visit a beach; however the family lost contact with them on August 31.

After reporting them missing, the Consulate General in Tijuana finally informed the family the couple’s Toyota Land Cruiser had been found in Ensenada.

“She was really enjoying retirement and had multiple groups of friends,” Robert told the site. “She loved walking and traveling.  She had a huge bucket list of where she wanted to go.”

An investigation is now underway. The cause of deaths has not been revealed, nor has a motive, but investigators suspect foul play.

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