Terry Alan Crews is an American actor, activist and former American football player. Crews played Julius Rock on the UPN/CW sitcom Everybody Hates Chris and Nick Kingston-Persons in the TBS sitcom Are We There Yet? He hosted the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and starred in the BET reality series The Family Crews, he appeared in films such as Friday After Next, White Chicks and the Expendables series. Since 2013, he has played NYPD Sergeant Terry Jeffords in the sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, he is set to host America's Got Talent in 2019, following his involvement in the same role for the program's spin-off series America's Got Talent: The Champions from January 2019. Crews played as a defensive end and linebacker in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins, as well as in the World League of American Football with Rhein Fire, college football at Western Michigan University. Crews, a public advocate for women's rights and activist against sexism, has shared stories of the abuse his family endured at the hands of his violent father.
He was included among the group of people named as Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 2017 for going public with stories of sexual assault. Terry Alan Crews was born on July 30, 1968 in Flint, the son of Patricia and Terry Crews, he grew up in a strict Christian household in Flint and was raised by his mother. His father was an alcoholic, abusive to his mother. After earning his high school diploma from Flint Southwestern, he received a Chrysler-sponsored art scholarship at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, followed by an Art Excellence scholarship and a full athletic scholarship for football at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan; as a defensive end for the WMU Broncos, Crews earned All-Conference honors and won the 1988 Mid-American Conference Championship. Crews was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 11th round of the 1991 NFL Draft, his career included stints with the Rams, the San Diego Chargers, the Washington Redskins, the Philadelphia Eagles. After retiring from the NFL in 1997, Crews moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.
He had held a long-standing ambition to work in the film industry, but up until had no plans to pursue acting wanting to be involved in some way. A year earlier, he had co-written and co-produced the independent feature film Young Boys Incorporated. A self-funded production filmed in Detroit with an anti-drug message, the film drew on his own observations, as well as those of his friends and family. Despite describing it as a "horrible" film, he credits the experience with getting him interested in the industry. In 1999, Crews auditioned for a role as a character athlete in the syndicated game show Battle Dome, which became his first acting part, he played T-Money for two seasons until its cancellation in 2001. The audition process and the opportunity to perform in front of an audience made him realize that he wanted to pursue acting as a career. However, he failed to land another acting job for the following two years. Appearances in commercials and music videos soon followed, his breakout role came in Friday After Next starring Ice Cube, for whom Crews had worked as on-set security.
Having never taken acting classes, instead he asked himself what the audience wanted, he believes this brought him success. He now believes acting is what he was born to do and would not wish to have any other career, despite the physically demanding nature of the work. Based on his performance in White Chicks, Adam Sandler changed a role in The Longest Yard to give it to Crews, who had auditioned for another part in the film, his role as Julius Rock, the father on the UPN/CW sitcom on Everybody Hates Chris, brought Crews wider public recognition, the show aired for four seasons from 2005 until 2009. Since Everybody Hates Chris, Crews has had main roles as husband and father Nick Kingston-Persons in the TBS sitcom Are We There Yet?, which aired for three seasons from 2010 to 2013, as NYPD Sergeant Terry Jeffords in the ensemble cast of the Fox sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which premiered in 2013 and ran for five seasons before it was picked up for a sixth season by NBC in 2018. Crews has appeared in comedic roles, such as President Camacho in Idiocracy, but he found success in action roles beginning with his part as Hale Caesar in The Expendables series, which saw him make his first appearance in a film sequel.
Although he has managed to sustain an athletic physique in his career as an actor, Crews has avoided being type-cast as a muscle bound action hero, has attained critical success through exploiting the contrast of his elaborate character comedy with his physique, which extends to the point of mocking the stereotype of the gym obsessed body builder. This contrast has led to sustained work as part of various humorous Old Spice TV commercials. Crews has lent his voice to animations such as American Dad! and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. Crews found he enjoyed the work and sought out more of it, finding satisfaction in how it carries his spirit into the animation. In 2010 to 2011, Crews starred in his own reality series on BET, The Family Crews, about his everyday life with his family, it ran for two seasons. From 2014 to 2015, he hosted the syndicated game show, he has been the American host of Netflix's Ultimate Beastmaster. Crews cites the many similarities between acting and professional football, including the structure and expectations, as helping his transition between the two careers.
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Tales (TV series)
Tales is an American drama anthology television series created by Irv Gotti. The series premiered on BET on June 27, 2017, it was renewed for a second season set to premiere on April 23, 2019. Each episode tells a new "tale" inspired by current hip-hop songs weaved into stories. Tales on IMDb
Black Panther (TV series)
Black Panther is an American motion comic and television series by Marvel Knights Animation, based on the popular Marvel Comics superhero of the same name. It was the first animated television series produced by BET since Hey Monie!. Each of the six episodes of the series was 20 minutes in length; the series was broadcast on the Australian children's channel ABC Me in January 2010 and in the United States on BET in November 2011. On March 16, 2018, the entire series was released through Marvel's YouTube channel for free as Marvel Knights Animation - Black Panther. Upon becoming the new Black Panther after the assassination of his father T'Chaka, T'Challa deals with the jealousy in the Wakandan royal court while looking for the man who killed his father. Unbeknownst to Black Panther, Klaw has assembled a group of villains consisting of Batroc the Leaper, the Vatican Black Knight, the Russian Radioactive Man to help him take over Wakanda. Djimon Hounsou – T'Challa / Black Panther Stan Lee – General Wallace Kerry Washington – Princess Shuri Alfre Woodard – Dondi Reese, Queen Mother, Dora Milaje Carl Lumbly – Uncle S'Yan Jill Scott – Storm Stephen Stanton – Klaw Jonathan Adams – T'Chaka JB Blanc – Black Knight, Male Cannibal, Batroc the Leaper David Busch – Everett K. Ross Taye Diggs – Historical Black Panther 2 Phil LaMarr – T'Shan Peter Lurie – Juggernaut Phil Morris – W'Kabi Vanessa Marshall – Dora Milaje, Female Cannibal Nolan North – Cyclops, Nightcrawler Adrian Pasdar – Captain America Kevin Michael Richardson – Wolverine, Historical Black Panther 1 Rick D. Wasserman – Radioactive Man At a presentation held in New York City in April 2008, BET announced that it had signed a deal with Marvel Comics to turn Black Panther into a primetime half-hour animated series.
In July 2008 at the San Diego Comic-Con International, the first footage of the series was shown publicly, indicating that the series was just motion comic versions of the mini-series released by Marvel Comics. The show was supervised by Reginald Hudlin, Eric S. Rollman and John Romita, Jr. writer and artist of the story arc of the Black Panther comic entitled "Who is the Black Panther?", on which the first six episodes were based. Only subtle deviations from the comic exist, such as replacing Rhino with Juggernaut. Djimon Hounsou was cast to voice T'Challa/Black Panther; the series was directed by Jon Schnepp. Jon Schnepp edited episodes 4 & 5 of the 6 episode animated motion comic series; the theme song was composed by Stephen James Taylor in a dialect meant to be Wakandan. In reality, the song employed a Bantu-based language of Taylor's creation. On January 18, 2011, the series was released to Region 1 DVD by Shout! Factory, it was part of the line reserved for Marvel's motion comics. Magna Pacific released the series in region 4.
It was released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 1, 2010. Black Panther on IMDb Black Panther playlist on YouTube
Keyshia & Daniel: Family First
Keyshia & Daniel: Family First is an American reality television series starring Grammy-nominated R&B singer Keyshia Cole. The series premiered on October 9, 2012, on BET; the show revolves around the family life of Keyshia Cole and her husband, Daniel Gibson, her work as a singer-songwriter and businesswoman as she crafts her fifth studio album, Woman to Woman. All the episodes were titled after the songs from her different albums. Official website
You're All I Need to Get By
"You're All I Need to Get By" is a song recorded by the American R&B/soul duo Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell and released on Motown Records' Tamla label in 1968. It was the basis for the 1995 single "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By" from Method Man and Mary J. Blige. Written by real-life couple Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson, it became one of the few Motown recordings of the 1960s, not recorded with the familiar "Motown sound". Instead, "You're All I Need to Get By" had a more soulful and gospel-oriented theme surrounding it, influenced by the writers, who sing background vocals on the recording, sharing vocals in a church choir in New York City. Marvin and Tammi recorded the song at Hitsville. Ashford & Simpson stated how the session was hard as Terrell was recovering from surgery on the malignant brain tumor that would cause her death less than three years after they recorded the song. During moments in the recording, Gaye can be heard encouraging Terrell to sing her verses, ad-libbing come on Tammi several times.
A year Gaye was performing this song with Stax vocalist Carla Thomas at the Apollo Theater, when Terrell, seated in the front row in her wheelchair, began singing along, prompting Gaye to leave the stage and sing the song with Terrell, offered a microphone. It would be Terrell's final performance before her death in March 1970; the song was played during Terrell's funeral while Gaye gave a tearful eulogy. The original recording by Gaye and Terrell peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and number-one on Billboard's Hot R&B/Soul Singles chart for five weeks, becoming one of the longest-running number one R&B hits of 1968 and the most successful duet recording of Marvin Gaye's entire career. Given its global appeal, it reached #19 on the British singles charts in late 1968, staying there for nineteen weeks. All lead vocals by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell Background vocals by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson Produced by Ashford & Simpson Instrumentation by The Funk Brothers Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams recorded "You're All I Need to Get By" for their duet album That's What Friends Are For.
It was the follow-up to their U. S. number-one hit, "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late." Their version of "You're All I Need to Get By" peaked at #47 on the Billboard Hot 100, #10 on the Hot Soul Singles Chart, #16 on the Adult Contemporary chart, #45 on the UK Singles Chart. It did best on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart, where it reached #5. Dionne Warwick recorded this song in 1969 for the album Soulful and Diana Ross recorded it for her 1970 album, Diana Ross. Ashford and Simpson produced Ross' version as well. Aretha Franklin recorded the song as a single in 1971; the song was included on her compilation album Aretha's Greatest Hits, released the same year. Her version peaked at # 19 on # 3 on the Hot Soul Singles chart; the Angels released a version in 1974 as the B-side of the single "Papa's Side Of The Bed". Tony Orlando & Dawn's version became the third to reach the U. S. Top 40, peaking at #34 in 1975, they reached #13 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Gloria Gaynor recorded a disco version for Gloria Gaynor's Park Avenue Sound.
Natalie Appleton and Bootsy Collins recorded this song in 2000 and it features on the soundtrack of the movie Honest directed by Dave Stewart. Michael McDonald recorded this song for his second album of Motown 2004's Motown Two. In 2007, The James Taylor Quartet recorded instrumental version for the album "Don't Mess with Mr. T: James Taylor Quartet Plays Motown" Kidda uses a line of this song for his 2008 single "Under The Sun". D. C. rapper Wale samples this in the song "The Remake of a Remake" off of his critically acclaimed "Mixtape About Nothing," with singer Tawiah singing the female vocals. My Morning Jacket performed the song during their New Year's Eve concert at Madison Square Garden on December 31, 2008, with Nicole Atkins appearing as a guest vocalist to sing the female part. Actresses Telma Hopkins and Valarie Pettiford performed the song together in an episode of UPN's Half and Half. Gladys Knight "Empress of Soul" performed," You're All I Need to Get By" A rendition of the tune by husband-and-wife duo Kenny Lattimore and Chanté Moore serves as the theme song for the BET reality series The Family Crews.
In 2012, Christine Anu covered the song on Rewind: The Aretha Franklin Songbook. The song has been covered on the BET commercial in 2012 with the new slogan We Got You was shown from the retrospective moments. Jacob Artist and Melissa Benoist sang this song on Season 4 of'Glee' for the Valentine's Day episode'I Do.' Irene Grandi and Stefano Bollani sang a piano and vocal cover during the fourth Episode of the musical show "L'importante è avere un piano" on the Italian TV channel Rai 1, on 12 December 2016. Former Spice Girls group member Emma Bunton recorded a duet of the song with her long-time partner Jade Jones, for her fourth studio album, My Happy Place; this song and its 1995 interpolation of it by Method Man and Mary J. Blige on their single, "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By", were referenced in "All I Need" by Jay-Z when he says: "And all... I...need is a chick to hold a jammy like/Meth and Mary, like and Tammi" Late rapper The Notorious B. I. G. Sampled a portion of it for his song "My Downfall" on his Life After Death album.
On the first season of American Idol, winner Kelly Clarkson sang this song during Motown week and Jasmine Trias sang it on the third season. On the sixth-season finale, American Idol Winner Jordin Sparks sang it as a duet with second-season winner Ruben Studdard. Seventh season American Idol runner-up David Archuleta performed this song on Star Search final. Eigh
Kenny Lattimore is an American R&B singer. Lattimore first developed his interest for music in the high school band program at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Maryland, he acknowledges Dr. Barbara Baker for setting him on his current path. Lattimore spoke at the 2005 Eleanor Roosevelt High School Graduation, he is an alumnus of Howard University in Washington, DC. A stint as session vocalist for R&B group Maniquin led to an official place in the group as lead singer. D'Extra Wiley of the 1990s R&B group II D Extreme was a member of Maniquin before signing to MCA records; the group released a lone self-titled album for Epic Records in 1989. Its lead single "I Wanna Ride" was an answer to the hit single "Mercedes Boy" by Pebbles in both sound and lyric. Both artists' singles were co-written by Charlie Wilson of Gap Band fame. Lattimore soon left Maniquin to pursue a solo career, the group subsequently disbanded, his own debut album Kenny Lattimore materialized on Columbia Records in 1996 to much fanfare.
That set boasted a pair of Top 20 hits: "Never Too Busy" and the Grammy-nominated perennial wedding favorite "For You", written by high school friend Kenny Lerum. The huge success of the album earned Lattimore a win for Best New Artist at the NAACP Image Awards in 1996, achieved Gold sales status, he followed up his debut with From the Soul of Man, another critically acclaimed set of classically styled soul music in 1998, yielding the hits "Days Like This" and "If I Lose My Woman" along with a standout cover of The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." After a short hiatus, the singer re-emerged on Arista Records when president Clive Davis signed him to a new contract. He released a more contemporary R&B album, 2001's Weekend under L. A. Reid's regime as Davis was only allowed to take a small defined number of artists to his next venture, J Records; the title track and first single was anchored by a sample of Blondie's "Rapture" and became a radio favorite on both sides of the Atlantic. Davis may have had a different vision for his career, but, he ended up recording three albums for Arista Records as Reid had a vision that included a modern-day version of a classic soul duo with his new bride, the Gold level artist, Chante Moore whom he recorded two duet albums that were both critically and commercially acclaimed.
In keeping with the "lover man" image that came to the fore with the hits that launched his career, Lattimore is known for his dramatic stage shows, vocal agility, romantic ambiance. The New York Times hailed him as a "modern soul man" on stage; the singer has long established in interviews his personal mission to show the "strong, but sensitive and caring side of Black men." He married R&B singer Chanté Moore on January 1, 2002. In 2003, he and his wife recorded a duet album entitled Things That Lovers Do consisting of classic soul songs from the 1970s and 1980s plus two new original songs; the standout singles were the smooth and contemporary "Loveable" and an upbeat funky cover of René & Angela's "You Don't Have To Cry". The music video for the latter featured a pregnant Chanté Moore shortly before she gave birth to the couple's son Kenny Jr. on April 10, 2003. Lattimore and Moore continued promoting the album with a hugely successful touring stage show. Following the success of Things That Lovers Do, Kenny released another album of duets with his wife.
This time, the duo bested the previous effort with a double-CD of gospel and R&B love songs entitled Uncovered/Covered. The set was led by dual singles, a slick Bryan Michael Cox production "Figure It Out", "Make Me Like The Moon", a stirring gospel ballad co-written by Kenny and Chanté, produced by Fred Hammond. Uncovered/Covered was released in stores October 10, 2006 on LaFace/Verity/Zomba Music Group and debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard R&B Charts and No. 2 on the Billboard Gospel charts its first week in stores. One reviewer called the album a "mood motivator appropriately set to ruffle the covers of the marriage bed."Lattimore and Chanté Moore recorded a cover version of the Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell duet "You're All I Need to Get By". It serves as the theme song for the BET reality series The Family Crews. In a July 27, 2011 statement on Chante's Facebook page, she confirmed that she and Kenny were divorced. In 2008, Lattimore released a cover album with Verve Records entitled Timeless on September 9, 2008.
The lead single "You Are My Starship" was performed by Norman Connor featuring Michael Henderson. Kenny was featured on the uptempo dance song "Another Love" by Brian Culbertson. Kenny Lattimore began his own record company SincereSoul Records in 2012, he released his album Back 2 Cool on January 22, 2013. The album's first single "Find a Way" produced by Ivan "Orthodox" Barias & Carvin "Ransum" Higgins hit radio on Valentine's Day 2012; the second single "Back 2 Cool" he featured Kelly Price. Discography References: Official Kenny Lattimore site Maniquin at AllMusic Kenny Lattimore at AllMusic Kenny Lattimore on IMDb
Second Generation Wayans
Second Generation Wayans was an American comedy-drama television series on BET that debuted on January 15, 2013. Only one season was produced, with it ending on March 19, 2013. Damien Dante Wayans and Craig Wayans, nephews of the famous Wayans brothers, decide to start their own production company after struggling to break through in show business, both in front of and behind the camera, their partner in the endeavor is "honorary Wayans" family member, actor George O. Gore II. Damien Dante Wayans as Himself Craig Wayans as Himself George O. Gore II as Himself Tatyana Ali as Maya LeToya Luckett as Rochelle DeRay Davis as Himself Celeste Sullivan as Tiffany David Gallagher as Jeremy Silverman Regina Hall as Herself Henry Simmons as Regin's new beau. Chambers as Keisha.