Who Knew? “Queen Sugar” (@QueenSugarOWN) Actor, Brian Michael Smith Comes Out As Transgender!

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People say trans is the new gay, just like gay was once considered the new Black. However you categorize the marginalized or disenfranchised, you have to also be sure to celebrate the strides the individuals in these communities make. Over the last few years we have seen transgender actresses and celebrities like Laverne Cox, Amiya Scott, B. Scott, and Janet Mock have been instrumental in opening up opportunities for other trans people.

Well now we can add actor, Brian Michael Smith, to that roster as he recently came out as a transgender man, shortly after his most recent role as a secretly trans man cop in the latest episode of OWN’s Queen Sugar!

Check out his interview with NBC News’ writer, Tiq Milan below!

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On Wednesday, viewers of the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) show got to watch the debut of Toine Wilkins, a transgender police officer and high school friend of the show’s principle character, Ralph Angel. Actor Brian Michael Smith, who used this character as his vehicle to come out as transgender, has been acting professionally for the last five years and hadn’t disclosed his gender identity until this moment.

Actor Brian Michael Smith, who appeared on a recent episode of “Queen Sugar,” has come out as transgender. Ben Esner

Smith has appeared on “Girls,” “Blue Bloods,” “Law and Order” and in a Toyota commercial as cisgender (non-transgender) male characters. Many transgender actors in Hollywood have been pushing for trans folks to also be cast in non-trans roles, and Smith sets the example that they can do just that — and do it well.

NBC Out contributor and transgender advocate Tiq Milan had a chance to chat with Smith about his budding acting career, his coming out and being a model of possibility.

Do you consider this your big debut?

Brian Michael Smith: In a lot of ways I do. I’ve had really good experiences with my career so far. I started training professionally about six years ago, really learning the craft and being really dedicated to making a profession out of my desire to act, and I feel like this is one of the first roles that is really hitting my interests as an artist and as a person.

Tell us a bit about your acting career thus far.

I’ve been acting since I was a child doing church plays and stuff like that. When I got to high school and college, I was more involved in athletics then I was in acting. At that time, I was trying to figure out what my identity was and roles became more gendered, it was a little bit more challenging for me to stay with the acting. I started to learn more behind the scenes stuff and was working with young people for two or three years. Then I decided that I had to move to New York or LA and really make a go out of this in any way, shape or form. Then in 2011, I was teaching filmmaking and telling these young kids to pursue their dreams but I wasn’t doing the same thing. I couldn’t do that. I had to practice what I preached.

I started out by trying to get a series of background roles when I moved to New York in 2008. It blew my mind how they would just be filming in the streets. I was walking home from work one day, and I had to walk through a film set to get my house, and I thought, “This is amazing. This is what I came here to do.” I asked the people on set a bunch of questions: How to do background work? How to do this or that. I thought it would be really good to learn how to be on set by doing background work. So while I was taking classes, I had the opportunity to be on sets watch the interactions between the directors and the actors and pick up what I could there. As I got more training, I worked my way up the food chain over the last few years. I learned more and more about the industry and was able to attract better roles. So I’ve been doing TV since 2012.

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[VIDEO] In Case You Missed It! “Queen Sugar’s” Timon Kyle Durrett’s Alleged Nudes Leaked!

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OWN  knew it  had a hit when Ava Duvernay signed on to turn Queen Sugar into a hit series. The show is now in its second season with story lines that dramatic, juicy, amazing, and moving all together. The show is also full of hunks! Most people like to think Kofi Siriboe–the chocolate god himself is the sole eye candy of the show–but they are wrong. We must not forget Timon Kyle Durrett who plays “Davis West” the two timing, prostitute bangin’, scandalous, foolish ass husband of Charley Bordelon.

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Well Timon Kyle Durrett maybe getting a little more limelight tonight–and extra likes and clicks–thanks to a video that has emerged with his ALLEGED eggplant and a video of him jerking off.

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Yes kiddies by jerking off we mean masturbating! You can see all the magic by clicking here (thanks Aazah!). As always we have to warn you that this is GRAPHIC CONTENT AND VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED! FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY!

We have to say Timon is a very attractive man. Kofi Siriboe sells dark skin like Texas Tea, but Timon is a walking Caramel Eighth Wonder of The World. What do you guys think of Timon’s ALLEGED  nudes? Sound off in the comment’s section below!

 

[VIDEOS] OWN (@OWNTV) Releases New Trailers for Season 2 of “Queen Sugar! (@QueenSugarOWN)”

Last Fall we were blown away with OWN’s original series. The fledgling cable network scored some major hits with its returning series The Haves & The Have Nots and If Loving You Is Wrong, and new series, Greenleaf and Queen Sugar. 

Greenleaf is currently on hiatus with the second half of its second season set to debut in August, but Queen Sugar is returning this June!

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As you may recall from the first season finale, Charlie is moving forward with opening Louisiana’s first Black-owned mill so she and her family can grind their sugar cane without interference all while dealing with her divorce and feeling for Remy. Her son, Micah continues to deal with the fallout from his parents’ divorce, meanwhile Hollywood takes a job far away for months needing time away from Aunt Vi. Elsewhere, Nova reels from the repercussions of her public and fledgling relationship with her White cop boyfriend, and Ralph-Angel discovered a later will left for him that gives him sole ownership of their land.

Check out the trailers OWN has released for Season 2 below:

This new season looks intense! We definitely see the Bordelons are coming up in the world. Still, the strides they have made may be threatened by their own family drama and infighting. We can definitely see a storm brewing with this will. Charlie may be making some moves, but Ralph-Angel can stop her cold if he takes things to court. Nova seems to be playing peacemaker between her two younger siblings, but we are sure she has her fair share of drama too. Especially when we see Aunt Vi having to remind them they are family.

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Either way we cannot wait for Season 2 to premiere on June 20th and 21st as a two night event! Queen Sugar is back and we could not be happier!  Happy viewing!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

[EVENT RECAP] “Greenleaf” Season 2 Premiere Party!

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ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 13: Actress Merle Dandridge attends "Greenleaf" Season 2 Premiere Party at W Atlanta Midtown on March 13, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

Last night, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network celebrated the second season of the hit series “Greenleaf” with a screening and after-party in Atlanta.

Over 200 local influencers previewed the premiere episode at SCADShow and were then treated to a lively post-screening reception at the W Atlanta Midtown.
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ATLANTA, GA – MARCH 13: A general view of “Greenleaf” Season 2 Premiere Party at W Atlanta Midtown on March 13, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

Attending from the cast were Lynn Whitfield, Keith David, Merle Dandridge, Deborah Joy Winans, Lamman Rucker, Kim Hawthorne, GregAlan Williams, Desiree Ross, Lovie Simone, T.C. Carson, Parnell Damone Marcano, Jason Dirden, Julian Brittano and “Greenleaf” executive producer Clement Virgo.

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#CelebrityCrush- Tye White (@WeWantTyeWhite)

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Good Morning my loves! I know, I know you’re all wondering where have I been but trust me, my absence was for good reason but I’m back now and not only am I back but I’m back with a scorching hot celebrity for your Monday morning pleasure! You’ve seen him portray LL Cool J’s son Adam Hanna in NCIS: Los Angeles, you’ve seen him “Drumline: A New Beat” and these days you can catch him on the OWN original series “Greenleaf” starring as Kevin Satterlee.

That’s right people, actor Tye White is our #CelebrityCrush for today!

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Tye White’s acting career began in 2009 when he starred as a male dancer in the film “The People I’ve Slept With”. While it was an uncredited role, it was the start of a dream come true for him. Tye’s major big break came in 2014 when he starred in the sequel to Nick Cannon’s “Drumline” as Armondi Mason alongside Alexandra Shipp and Rome Flynn.

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Duian Richmond, Rome Flynn and Tye White at the premiere of “Drumline: A New Beat”

These days, Tye White stars as Kevin Satterlee on the OWN original series “Greenleaf“. Greenleaf is a series about the sometimes unethical and dishonest world of the Greenleaf family and their Memphis megachurch. Tye’s character Kevin is the son in law of the Bishop of Greenleaf World Ministries.

Outside of Greenleaf you can catch Tye White as a part of the cast of “American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson” where he stars as OJ Simpson’s son Jason. The series centered around the highly publicized OJ trial and received rave reviews for it’s depiction of real life events and court proceedings. Tye White has proven time and time again that he is a force to be reckoned with in the Entertainment industry. Since 2009 we have seen him play an array of characters, each portrayal better than the last. Tye White, you are our Bae for the Day!

Written By: Monique C. Tillman

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Season 2 of “For Peete’s Sake” Returns Tackling Police Shootings

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The Peete family has returned to TV screens and this season you witness a family transition as well as the family being active in the various tragedies involving young black men and police.

Peete FamilyRecently with police-related shootings at an all-time-high of un-armed African American males for Holly and Rodney, their focus is now on protecting their three sons, one of whom is autistic and is in the process of getting a license.

PeeteIn a revealing new season, Holly and Rodney find themselves balancing it all amongst troubling headlines highlighting escalating police relations, and deep fears of raising sons Robinson, Roman and RJ in the current climate surface. While RJ, navigating life with autism, was once told by doctors that he would never talk, he is now working, trying to get his driver’s permit, and even thinking about moving out some day, prompting the family to explore ways to de-escalate police encounters involving the special needs community with the help of Charles Kinsey, the caretaker of a teenage boy with autism who was shot during an encounter with police.

In addition to helping RJ transition from high school into his first job with the Los Angeles Dodgers, they travel to New York to tearfully send daughter Ryan off to college at New York University. With the help of a very opinionated Dolores, Holly and Rodney also prepare to homeschool their two younger sons Robinson and Roman as they continue to tackle the surprises of raising teens. Whether they’re advocating for autism awareness, Parkinson’s disease or positive social change through the HollyRod Foundation, navigating the trials of raising kids in today’s world, or just trying to keep their marriage sexy and successful, there’s always something dramatic happening behind the scenes at the Peete’s.Peete's

Catch the new season of For Peete’s Sake on OWN on Saturday, February 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

The Haves & The Have Nots- “Waiting For Candace”

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Tyler Perry’s The Haves & The Have Nots began with Veronica chasing Katheryn through her house with a knife!

Their fight ends up on the stairs where Veronica manages to wrestle the knife and cuts her on the arm. She then kicks her down the stairs and knocking her unconscious. Meanwhile, Jeffrey tries to keep Wyatt from leaving the hospital, fearing for his health. Wyatt tells him that he is only doing that because he is love with him. Jeffrey tells him he still loves him, but values him as a friend. Wyatt begs him to get him out of the hospital and to the apartment he bought that no one knows about. He also admits he is an addict without prompting. At Benny’s house he finds himself frustrated, but trusting Candace will come through for him. Hanna warns him against getting his hopes up about her, but he admonishes her for never trusting Candace. Hanna tells him the plan she has to keep a roof over their head, but he still has faith in his sister.

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