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Terri J Vaughn: Actress, Producer and starring on Mann & Wife

Terri J. Vaughn directs and stars in the upcoming episode of Mann & Wife, world premiering on Tuesday, May 16 at 9pm ET on Bounce. Real-life husband and wife team David and Tamela Mann star and serve as executive producers of Mann & Wife. The half-hour situation comedy follows their characters – newlyweds and second-chance sweethearts Daniel and Toni Mann – as they laugh and love…

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Terri J. Vaughn directs and stars in the upcoming episode of Mann & Wife, world premiering on Tuesday, May 16 at 9pm ET on Bounce. Real-life husband and wife team David and Tamela Mann star and serve as executive producers of Mann & Wife. The half-hour situation comedy follows their characters – newlyweds and second-chance sweethearts Daniel and Toni Mann – as they laugh and love their way through the ups and downs of life as a blended family, each with two children from previous marriages. Tune in to Man & Wife on Tuesday May 16 at 9pm EST and read below our interview with Terri J Vaughn.

Sylvia: We know that you’ have superb acting skills, and now you’ve become a vital part of the acclaimed T.V series Mann & Wife. Can you please tell us about the selection process, your reaction to being chosen for the role, and what  attracted you  to the role? 

Terri: Well, like you said, this is a genre I’ve been doing for most of my career. Comedy. Sit-com. Comedies. And when Roger Bobb from BobbCat films called me, and told me about the part, and asked me if I would be interested in it, right away I knew that I wanted to. First of all, it’s with a cast of people that I adore, personally and admire professionally. Tony Rock, David Mann, Pamela Mann: I’ve worked with all of them before. They’re all hilarious. I love them all dearly. So that was already a plus from me. And then when he told me about the role, that you know she was a boss and the lieutenant of David Mann and Tony Rock, I was like, “Absolutely! Yes!”. Because I know that scenario right there already sets up for so much comedy, so I knew we would have a lot of fun and I liked to go to work and play with them all day long anyway.

Sylvia: Terri can you tell us a little bit more about your character and how, if any at all, she compares to you in your everyday life?

Terri: Well I mean, of course, you know every role you find yourself in them or find them within you. She’s a boss. She is a police lieutenant. She has a romantic back history with Tony Rock’s character. She’s fun. She’s very career-driven. You know she suffers in her personal life, as far as her love life, because she chooses to climb the ladder in a career that is such a man-driven career being in the police force. So all those things are great to me. Those are the kinds of characters I would love to play. And as well she gets to be funny.

Sylvia: Yeah, very funny. And not only are you an actress in Mann & Wife, but you’re also directing the upcoming episodes; so how does that feel to be both behind the scenes and in front of the camera making sure that this episode is going to come to life?

Terri: It feels awesome and incredible. You know in the moment it was nerve wracking. I was nervous as heck. I was, you know, scared and that’s all good stuff to me. That means I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing. You know I love the challenges. I love to grow and stretch myself, so this was like right up my alley and this was definitely the next step for me. It felt genuine, and it just felt like it was time. It was time for me to do that. And I’ve been preparing to do that for a while, I’ve been shadowing Roger for the past couple of years on different shows. And you know, last year I directed my first feature film, and this year I’m getting to direct another film, which we’ve already started pre-production. So it was a natural change for me. Shift.

Terri J Vaughn/Photo Credit: Bounce

Terri J Vaughn/Photo Credit: Bounce

Sylvia: How would you describe your experience working with and for Bounce?

Terri: It’s been amazing! You know the execs are very, very supportive. The fact that they said yes to me being able to direct an episode was really huge for me. For them to you know take a chance on me to trust me to even direct an episode for one of their hit shows– You know this is, I believe, the third season, and for them to allow me the opportunity to come and direct one of their hit shows, that does a lot for me. And you know the fact that this is a company that is catering to the black community, to our voice, just seeing us, our people on T.V in all kind of aspects: being funny, being serious. I think it’s so important. It’s important for families to turn on their T.V’s and see people that look like them, especially for young people. I think that you know the power of television is huge because we are in the homes of people and their families week after week, and we become a part of that family.

Sylvia: If you could pass on one spiritual insight, words of wisdom, or message to your children, as far as your career is concerned? What would that be?

Terri: Well you know I really believe and I felt this when I had my first child– and I have three, that God really gives you– He gives you the kids that fits you, because all that guilt and stuff that I was feeling that was all on me. My babies never made me feel guilty, like they’ve always just rolled with the punches, and was like– It was like, “Yay! Whoo!” They were fine. They’re cool. And I used to put all this guilt on myself thinking that I needed to be more, but they were perfectly fine because God gives you what you need, and they are the kids that I need. These are the kids that fit my life and who I am. That’s one thing.

Sylvia: If you had some encouraging words for those that are planning or trying to walk in your footsteps or give them some advice? What would be that as far as them trying to become an accomplished actress, or director, or just being like Terri J. Vaughn?

Terri: Again, it goes back to my mantra: She believed that she could so she did. There’s nothing else to do. Just do it. Believe it and do it.

Read our entire interview with actress Terri J. Vaughn in the July issue of Prestige Celebrity Magazine

 

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Black Teenager Attacked by Corrections Deputy in Florida, Investigation Underway

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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

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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

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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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