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 “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s,” the family docu-series on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will premiere ten all-new episodes beginning Saturday, March 31 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” follows former Ikette Miss Robbie Montgomery and her dynamic family at their well-known soul food restaurant Sweetie Pie’s. Miss Robbie is a handful, but in a…

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 “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s,” the family docu-series on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will premiere ten all-new episodes beginning Saturday, March 31 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” follows former Ikette Miss Robbie Montgomery and her dynamic family at their well-known soul food restaurant Sweetie Pie’s. Miss Robbie is a handful, but in a good way. She is the straight talking, no nonsense founder of the St. Louis based landmark that is at the heart of OWN’s popular series.

The hour-long series premiered last October, generating positive response among viewers with its series debut.

“We are truly honored to be back with all-new episodes,” said Robbie Montgomery. “Last season was a roller-coaster ride, but we survived it together. This season, viewers can expect more of our family drama, ups and downs, and definitely a lot more loving soul food.”

In the spring premiere of “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s,” Miss Robbie and her family prepare to welcome home baby T.J. after a five-month stay in the hospital. Jenae’s early labor and emergency c-section that brought T.J. into the world 13 weeks early has culminated in an emotional release day filled with tears of joy. To help ease the transition, Tim and Jenae move the whole family into Miss Robbie’s home. Tim is initially reluctant about working with his mother all day and living under her roof all night, but he quickly changes his tune when he realizes Grandma Robbie could be a great live-in babysitter. Miss Robbie, however, has no plans to make the temporary living situation permanent.

“Me living with my son – that’s a no, no,” she quips. “I stopped having babies because I’m not raising them.”

Meanwhile, the mother-son conflict is amplified as the pair butt heads over the plans for their new restaurant, Sweetie Pie’s – The Upper Crust. As the two try to work together to oversee the construction of the third restaurant it becomes apparent who wants to spend freely and who wants to hold the purse strings. While Tim is clearly an effective manager and business partner, above all he is a devoted son.

“Sometimes people’s dreams pass when they pass and it doesn’t have to be that way,” says Tim Norman. “I’m going to do everything possible to keep my Mom’s dream alive.”

About “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s”

The hour-long series follows Miss Robbie Montgomery, a former Ikette and backup singer for the duo soul sensation ‘The Ike & Tina Turner Review’. While on tour with the band, Montgomery spent much of her time cooking when not on stage performing. After a collapsed lung abruptly ended her singing career, Montgomery took her mother’s age-old soul food recipes and opened the restaurant known as Sweetie Pie’s.

Currently, with the help of her close-knit and gregarious family, the 71-year-old Montgomery runs two successful restaurants and is in the process of building a third. “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” follows the loud, loving and still very musical Montgomery family as they struggle with the demands of expanding their family-owned business and creating a legacy to pass on to future generations, one soulful dish at a time. The cast consists of Miss Robbie, founder of Sweetie Pie’s; her son and business partner Tim; his fiancé Jenae and their newborn son TJ; and Miss Robbie’s wisecracking nephew, Lil’ Charles as well as the colorful staff of the St. Louis based eatery.

 

“Welcome To Sweetie Pie’s” cast.  Photo credit: OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

 

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American journalist killed by Russian forces in Ukraine, police say

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 An American journalist was killed and another journalist was wounded by Russian forces in the town of Irpin outside the capital of Kyiv on Sunday, Ukrainian police said. 

Brent Renaud, a 50-year-old filmmaker, was killed when Russian troops opened fire, according to Andriy Nebytov, the head of Kyiv’s regional police force. Nebytov posted a graphic photo purportedly of Renaud’s body on Facebook, as well as pictures of his American passport and media credentials issued by The New York Times.

A spokeswoman for the Times said Renaud was “a talented filmmaker who had contributed to The New York Times over the years,” most recently in 2015, but he “was not on assignment for any desk at The Times in Ukraine.”

Nebytov wrote that Renaud “paid [with] his life for trying to highlight the aggressor’s ingenuity, cruelty and ruthlessness,” according to an automated translation of his Facebook post.

Renaud and his brother Craig Renaud have reported from a number of global hotspots over the past two decades, including Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt, according to a biography on their website. The pair won a Peabody Award in 2015 for an eight-part documentary for Vice News about a school in Chicago for students with severe emotional issues.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan called reports of Renaud’s death “shocking and horrifying,” telling “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the U.S. and its allies would impose “appropriate consequences” against Russia for the killing.

“I will just say that this is part and parcel of what has been a brazen aggression on the part of the Russians where they have targeted civilians, they have targeted hospitals, they have targeted places of worship and they have targeted journalists,” Sullivan said.

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Boxer Michael Conlan OK after being knocked out of ring

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The Irish boxer who gestured at 2016 Rio Olympic judges with his middle fingers after losing a controversial decision was reported to be “conscious and stable” and recovering in a hospital after being knocked out of the ring in a WBA featherweight title fight on Saturday.

Michael Conlan was knocked out in the 12th round by English boxer Leigh Wood, who recovered from an early knockdown to retain his title after an often bruising fight at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena.

Topping the bill in his home city, Wood was put on his back by a looping overhand left towards the end of the first round and while he rose on wobbly legs, the 33-year-old Wood was outclassed over the first half of the fight.

In the final round, though, a bruising right hand seemed to buckle Conlan before Wood unloaded with a further flurry to back up his opponent, who tumbled between the ropes and out of the ring.

Conlan was taken by stretcher from the arena. Wood’s promoter Eddie Hearn said on Twitter: “Update on Michael Conlan..conscious and stable, sitting up and talking and await CT scans.”

Later Conlan tweeted that he was OK: “I’m all good folks, cheers for the messages. I’ll be back, good shot and congrats to Leigh and his team.”

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Singer Traci Braxton of ‘Braxton Family Values’ dies at 50

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Singer Traci Braxton, who was featured with her family in the reality television series “Braxton Family Values,” died at age 50 on Saturday.

Her sister, Toni, and family said that Braxton died “this morning as the snow was falling.” According to reports, Traci Braxton had been fighting esophageal cancer.

“Needless to say, she was a bright light, a wonderful daughter, an amazing sister, a loving mother, wife, grandmother and a respected performer,” the family said. “We will miss her dearly.”

“Braxton Family Values” aired for seven seasons starting in 2011 on WeTV. It focused on the lives of sisters Toni, Traci, Tamar, Trina and Towanda and their extended families.

Traci was an actress and singer who released albums in 2014 and 2018, with the singles “Last Call” and “Broken Things” her best-known songs.

She spent much of her time doing social work for children with disabilities, according to her website.

She was married to Kevin Surratt, with whom she appeared on the TV series “Marriage Boot Camp.”

Their son, Kevin Surratt Jr., said on Instagram Saturday that his mother fought to the end.

“I love my mother forever and this hurts so much but I’m at peace knowing she’s not in pain anymore,” he said.

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