Jumping the Broom
Jumping the Broom is a 2011 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Salim Akil and produced by Tracey E. Edmonds, Elizabeth Hunter, T. D. Jakes, Glendon Palmer, Curtis Wallace; the title of the film is derived from the Black American tradition of bride and groom jumping over a ceremonial broom after being married. The film was shot in Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia, standing in for Martha's Vineyard, the setting for the film. TriStar Pictures distributed the film in the United States on May 6, 2011. Sabrina Watson is the only child of the wealthy Watson family; the film starts off with Sabrina with Bobby on the phone with a mistress and he is having an affair. She asks God to help her again get out of this situation and she promises not to have another one-night stand with anyone and only have sex with her future husband. One day, she accidentally hits Jason Taylor when not seeing him, she overreacts. Jason takes up a night of dinner with her. Five months after going out, Sabrina tells Jason about her job offer in China and asks him to still be with her in a long-distance relationship but Jason declines.
She walks off sad and soon hears a music group singing, Jason comes back and asks her to marry him, which she accepts. Sabrina's mother is running the wedding, she trusts her daughter. After the couple talk to Reverend James, they decide to stay while a driver picks up Jason's family and friends. Jason's group is his insecure mother Pam, his charming uncle Willie Earl, Pam's best friend Shonda and Jason's cousin Malcolm. Appearing is Sabrina's aunt Geneva, their first meeting is awkward as everyone seems to dislike each other and they make small rude remarks. Pam becomes annoyed by Sabrina's acts of kindness and counts three strikes against her. Sabrina talks to her friends during one of them being her maid of honor Blythe. While Blythe goes to get more wine, she meets Chef McKenna, both feel a connection. Shonda meets Sabrina's cousin, drawn to her. Shonda is attracted to him as well but she feels uncomfortable because she thinks he's too young for her. During the dinner at night, Pam gives a rude blessing and has a fight with Claudine but this is stopped by Greg.
Claudine says in French that she thinks Greg is having an affair with his associate Amanda. While outside, Pam listens in on Geneva and Claudine fighting and finds out that Geneva is Sabrina's mother and gave Sabrina to Claudine and Greg after she was born. During the bachelor party and Jason have a fight about his mother wanting them to be jumping the broom. Malcolm complains and asks why he isn't the best man. Jason tells him that they haven't been best friends in years and Malcolm has only been there to ask for money; when Jason leaves and tries to apologize to Sabrina, Chef McKenna is busy kissing Blythe and not noticing the food which begins to burn which sets off the alarm. Sabrina closes the door on him but they make up through text. In the morning, everything begins normally; the boys have a friendly game of football, though Pam tries to tell Jason about Claudine and Geneva's secret. Blythe talks to McKenna about the relationship. McKenna tells her that he thinks she is beautiful and a relationship is still an option.
Greg reveals to Claudine that he is not having an affair, but has made some bad investments and lost most of his money. While Pam is getting fitted in her dress, she tries to confront Sabrina about the secret but is interrupted when Jason gets hurt when pushed by Malcolm. Pam tells Sabrina to ask her parents. Claudine and Geneva tell the truth which hurts Sabrina and causes her to drive off and cancel the wedding. Jason confronts his mother and tells her he is a grown man and to stop treating him like a little boy. Jason tells everyone to look for Sabrina and punches Malcolm. Jason prays to God to help him. Geneva is called by Sabrina, at the docks in a boat. Geneva gives the story of Sabrina's father, he was a man in Paris whom she loved and planned to travel the world with but she soon found out he had a wife and child and she returned home alone and pregnant. Jason meets back with the two reconcile. Sabrina goes back home to dress, she is sorry. She asks her to stay, they forgive each other and Pam agrees to stay.
Jason and Sabrina have the wedding and jump the broom. After the wedding, Sebastian kisses Shonda winning her affections, begins a relationship. Greg and Claudine reconcile and she reveals she has secret funds, that they are still wealthy. Malcolm and Amy, the wedding planner, start sharing a moment together in which she asks if he wants to dance with her and he accepts. At the end, the whole family does the Cupid Shuffle. Paula Patton as Sabrina Watson Laz Alonso as Jason Taylor Angela Bassett as Claudine Watson Loretta Devine as Pam Taylor Valarie Pettiford as Aunt Geneva Mike Epps as Willie Earl Taylor Brian Stokes Mitchell as Greg Watson Meagan Good as Blythe Tasha Smith as Shonda Peterkin DeRay Davis as Malcolm Romeo Miller as Sebastian Pooch Hall as Ricky Gary Dourdan as Chef McKenna Julie Bowen as Amy Vera Cudjoe as Mabel Tenika Davis as Lauren T. D. Jakes as Reverend James Laura Kohoot as Amanda Jumping the Broom received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotte
Who's Your Caddy?
Who's Your Caddy? is a 2007 comedy film directed by Don Michael Paul, starring Big Boi, Lil Wayne, Andy Milonakis, Faizon Love, Terry Crews, Tony Cox, Jeffrey Jones and Jesper Parnevik. It is the first film produced by Robert L. Johnson's Our Stories Films studio; the film was released on July 27, 2007, in the United States to universally negative reviews and commercial failure. It was released on DVD on November 27, 2007; when hip-hop star Christopher “C-Note” Hawkins is denied membership into an exclusive Carolina Pines Country Club, he comes up with a cunning plan that will oblige the country club to allow his acceptance. C-Note purchases property that contains land from the 17th hole and bribes the country club for a membership in exchange for his land; the rest of the movie’s plot revolves around the club members and their efforts to get C-Note kicked out, while he disrupts the club’s atmosphere. Big Boi as Christopher "C-Note" Hawkins Chase A. A. Jackson as Young C-Note David Kelly as Robert "Bobby" Hawkins James Avery as Caddy Mack Bruce Bruce as Golf-Ball Eddie Tony Cox as Big Willie Johnson Terry Crews as Tank Faizon Love as Big Large Finesse Mitchell as Dread Jeffrey Jones as Cummings Jesper Parnevik as Himself Andy Milonakis as Wilson Cummings Sherri Shepherd as Lady G Tamala Jones as Shannon Williams Jenifer Lewis as Mrs. Hawkins Garrett Morris as Rev. JJ Jackson Cam Gigandet as Mick Chase Tatum as Kidd Clean Susan Ward as Mrs. Cummings Hugh Jass as Bobby Lee Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs as Joseph Williams Robert Curtis Brown as Frosty Todd Sherry as Realtor Matthew Reichel as Himself Lil Wayne as Himself The film had received negative reviews from critics.
In particular, many critics have deemed this film a "terrible rip-off" of Caddyshack. Overall, it is ranked a "Rotten" rating of 6% on Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus calling the film "unoriginal and just plain forgettable." However, former U. S. president Bill Clinton "loves" the film. The film was nominated for a Golden Raspberry award in the fields of Worst Remake or Rip-off, but lost to I Know Who Killed Me. In August 2016, Bradley Cooper and Todd Phillips made guest appearances on The Late Late Show with James Corden where they discussed having dinner with former president Bill Clinton in Thailand while filming The Hangover Part II; the two guests stated that during their dinner with the former president, Clinton stated that he loves comedies and his favorite comedy is Who's Your Caddy? The movie grossed US$2.76 million in its first week at the box office, debuting in the number 10 spot. The film performed poorly at the box office earning only $5,713,425 in total. Who's Your Caddy? on IMDb Who's Your Caddy? at Rotten Tomatoes Who's Your Caddy? at AllMovie Who's Your Caddy? at Box Office Mojo
Light It Up (film)
Light It Up is a 1999 American hostage crime teen drama film starring an ensemble cast that consists of R&B singer/actor Usher Raymond, Rosario Dawson, Forest Whitaker, Vanessa L. Williams; the film was written and directed by Craig Bolotin, produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and his wife Tracy Edmonds. The film follows six teenage high school seniors who hold a wounded police officer hostage and barricade themselves inside the school. In an urban Queens high school students, Lester DeWitt, who lost his father, his best friend, Julius Zacharias'Ziggy' Malone, hard-working student Stephanie Williams, criminal Rodney J. Templeton, rebellious pregnant Lynn Sabatini, Robert Tremont a.k.a. "Rivers", attend the history class of Ken Knowles. Police officer Dante Jackson tries to arrest Lester after a misunderstanding when the classroom's windows are broken by rocks, Mr. Knowles takes them to the principal's office, where Principal Allen Armstrong tells Knowles to take them "anywhere". Since there is no space anywhere in the school and the kids go to a local diner, where a robbery takes place.
Knowles confronts the robber, a former student that dropped out of school. Principal Armstrong is infuriated by what Knowles has done, puts him on administrative leave. Lester and Ziggy are at the main office as Knowles leaves the school. Stephanie is disgusted that Principal Armstrong has ignored that he told Knowles to "take the class anywhere" and confronts him about this. In response Principal Armstrong suspends Rivers, Ziggy and Lester from the school and calls in Officer Jackson to remove all of them. Ziggy decides to leave but Officer Jackson restrains him; this event is witnessed by other students at the school and soon everything turns into a small riot. Lester tries to resist Officer Jackson and loses, but Ziggy picks up Officer Jackson's dropped Glock 19 pistol and says "I cannot go home." The reason for this, is. Officer Jackson tries to restrain Ziggy but gets accidentally shot in the leg as he grabs for his gun. Principal Armstrong tells school security to call an ambulance and the N.
Y. P. D. in order to arrest Ziggy. Lester grabs the gun and orders everyone to evacuate the school; this forces the N. Y. P. D. Detectives to come in, led by Detective Audrey McDonald as a negotiator. In the middle of all of this, there is a subplot in which Lynn berates Stephanie for being a "goody-two shoes", a fight in the school's library that includes Rivers and Rodney, as well as Officer Jackson fleeing from Rodney and the others after knocking him out to use the bathroom. Another notable subplot was Ziggy showing everyone his artistic talents, such being a mural of himself and others on a classroom wall. Still waiting after a couple of hours, the group continues to hold Officer Dante Jackson against his will. Lester tells everybody, including Stephanie and Dante about how his father, gunned down during a wrongful arrest. In the next few scenes, Lynn, Ziggy and Lester, a.k.a. "The Lincoln 6", are all becoming infamous across New York City, as they are exposed and identified on such networks such as BET, VH1, NBC, NY1 and CBS, as well as MTV, as well being announced on radio.
Debate continues as the events taking place, until Detective McDonald and her colleague debate on getting the kids something, which after several hours of stalling, the electricity being shut down at the school and the SWAT team storming in on the others as Lester takes Officer Jackson on top of the roof. There, Lester tells Officer Jackson that he resents all policemen for what has happened to his father, Jackson tries to reassure him; the confrontation goes horribly wrong when Ziggy comes to the roof and is shot down and killed by a sniper from a hovering police helicopter. In the end, 5 of the remaining surviving teens are taken into custody shortly after Ziggy is pronounced dead; as the film reaches its climax, the narrator talks about what happened to the kids and the officer: Officer Jackson testified in court that the events did not happen as the media have portrayed them, thus giving the kids a less sentence. Lester has gone off to a city college to study law. Stephanie spent one year in prison and went to study at St. John's University, Lynn was sentenced to one year in prison, but was released earlier due to having her baby boy and is never heard from again.
Rodney spends an unknown amount of time in prison and becomes a Muslim, Rivers is forced to join the military, due to the judge having him spend years in prison due to his priors or join the army. Mr. Knowles still teaches history; the end shows Lester and Stephanie looking a painting, crafted by Ziggy, forever remembered as the next Jean-Michel Basquiat a.k.a. "The Radiant Child". Usher Raymond as Lester Dewitt Forest Whitaker as Officer Dante Jackson Rosario Dawson as Stephanie Williams Robert Ri'chard as Zacharias'Ziggy' Malone/The Narrator Judd Nelson as Ken Knowles Fredro Starr as Rodney J. Templeton Sara Gilbert as Lynn Sabatini Clifton Collins, Jr. as Robert'Rivers' Tremont Glynn Turman as Principal Allan Armstrong Vic Polizos as Capt. Monroe Vanessa L. Williams as Detective Audrey McDonald Robert Lee Minor as Lester's father The film was shot at Calumet Career Prep High School in Chicago, although set in New York Cit
Soul Food (film)
Soul Food is a 1997 American comedy-drama film produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Tracey Edmonds and Robert Teitel and released by Fox 2000 Pictures. Featuring an ensemble cast, the film stars Vanessa L. Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long, Michael Beach, Mekhi Phifer, Jeffrey D. Sams, Irma P. Hall, Gina Ravera and Brandon Hammond. Written and directed by George Tillman, Jr.-- in his major studio debut-- the film centers on the trials of an extended African-American family, held together by longstanding family traditions which begin to fade as serious problems take center stage. Tillman based the family in the film on his own and Soul Food was acclaimed for presenting a more positive image of African-Americans than is seen in Hollywood films. In 2000, Showtime premiered a one-hour television series based upon the film. In 2015, it was announced that 20th Century Fox is planning a sequel for film called More Soul Food, written by Tillman, Jr. Soul Food is told through the eyes of 11-year-old Ahmad, following the trials of the Joseph family, a close-knit Chicago family that gets together to have Sunday dinner every week, with plenty of soul food to go around.
Mother Joe has three daughters, who each have had varying success in life: oldest daughter Teri has become a successful lawyer, but has a strained relationship with younger sister Maxine who stole and married Teri's former boyfriend, Kenny. Teri is married to Miles, a lawyer who quit his job to pursue his dream of being an R&B musician, which Teri doesn't support. Youngest daughter Robin —nicknamed "Bird"—has just opened a barbershop/beauty parlor and gotten married to Lem, an ex-convict. Life becomes complicated when Big Mama, the diabetic but wise and caring matriarch of the family and the glue that holds it together, suffers a debilitating stroke during an operation to amputate her leg, she slips into a coma, dying shortly after sharing a last word of advice with Ahmad and Maxine's oldest child and her oldest and favorite grandchild, when she awakens five weeks later. Without her guidance, the family begins to fall apart in the interim. Teri takes in her troubled cousin Faith over a love of the arts.
The two have an affair and are caught having sex by Teri, which leads to a near-violent confrontation at Kenny and Maxine's 11th wedding anniversary party when she furiously comes after the two with a butcher knife. Meanwhile, Lem cannot find a job due to his criminal record, so Bird makes an uneasy deal with her former boyfriend, Simuel St. James, to get Lem a job; this creates tension between Lem and Bird when he finds out and in one of their arguments, Teri overhears and mistakenly believes Lem had physically threatened her sister, at which Teri hires her cousin Blimp to teach Lem a lesson. However, when the two men get into a fight that ends with Lem pulling out a gun, the police become involved, resulting in Lem being arrested on assault and unlawful weapon possession charges. Realizing her mistake, Teri calls in a few favors to have Lem released and apologizes to him. By contrast and Maxine's relationship remains stable and they have their third child at the start of the film. However, they call on Teri to pay for things for the family without paying the money back, which causes more tension between the two oldest sisters.
Throughout these events, Ahmad becomes worried about the state of his extended family and, following Big Mama's passing, conspires to find a way to bring them all back together by telling his relatives about a stash of money that Big Mama had hidden away some time ago, but everyone dismisses him, believing it to be a myth. However, Ahmad manages to get everyone together for another Sunday dinner by promising them the whereabouts of the money; the dinner is uneasy as everyone starts to confront their issues and soon enough, thanks to Miles mentioning something about the money, they realize there is no money. Maxine chastises her son for lying, but Ahmad says tearfully that it was the only way to get everyone back together again, citing it was Big Mama's dying wish; as Maxine comforts her son, the kitchen accidentally catches on fire due to Ahmad leaving a towel too close to the burner, they all work together to try and to put it out. Shortly after they put the fire out, Uncle Pete, Big Mama's autistic brother who hadn't left his room in what Ahmad says is "something like ten years now," comes down with his television and drops it to reveal the money that Big Mama had hidden away.
Things start to get better for the family: Miles still comes by for Sunday dinner though he and Teri are divorcing, Teri has made peace with Maxine and decided not to sell her mother's house and Bird are expecting their first child, Faith is becoming part of the family again and Uncle Pete starts to join the family as well. Vanessa Williams as Teri Vivica A. Fox as Maxine Nia Long as Bird Michael Beach as Miles Mekhi Phifer as Lem Gina Ravera as Faith Brandon Hammond as Ahmad Irma P. Hall as Mother Joe Jeffrey D. Sams as KennyHalle Berry and Whitney Houston were both considered for the role of Teri. Regina King, Kenya Moore and Jada Pinkett-Smith were all considered for the role of Bird. Vivica A. Fox landed the role of Maxine instead; the character Miles plays keyboards in an R&B group called "Milestone". Malik Yoba makes a brief cameo as their studio engineer. Soul Food was shot on location
Deion Luwynn Sanders Sr. nicknamed "Prime Time" and "Neon Deion", is a retired American Football Player and sports analyst who played in the National Football League for 14 seasons. During his football career, he was a member of the Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, the Baltimore Ravens, he had a part-time career as a baseball outfielder for nine seasons in Major League Baseball, where he played professionally for the New York Yankees, the Atlanta Braves, the Cincinnati Reds, the San Francisco Giants. Sanders won two Super Bowl titles and made one World Series appearance in 1992, making him the only individual to appear in both a Super Bowl and a World Series. Sanders attended Florida State University, where he was recognized as a two-time All-American in football, played baseball and ran track, he was drafted by the Falcons in the first round of the 1989 NFL Draft and played football at cornerback, but as a kick returner, punt returner, wide receiver.
During his career, he was named to nine Pro Bowls and made consecutive Super Bowl appearances in XXIX with the 49ers and XXX with the Cowboys, winning both. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011. Following the conclusion of his athletic career, Sanders works as an analyst for CBS Sports and the NFL Network, he is the offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill high school, which his sons attend. Sanders founded the Prime Prep Academy charter school in 2012 where he coached until the school closed in 2015 due to financial insolvency. Additionally, he stars in the show Deion Family Playbook which debuted in 2014. Sanders was born in Florida, he attended North Fort Myers High School in North Fort Myers, was a letterman and All-State honoree in football and baseball. In 1985, Sanders was named to the Florida High School Association All-Century Team which selected the top 33 players in the 100-year history of high school football in the state; the Kansas City Royals selected Sanders out of North Fort Myers High School in the sixth round of the 1985 Major League Baseball draft.
He did not sign with the Royals. Sanders enrolled at Florida State University and played three sports for the Florida State Seminoles: football and track. Beginning his freshman year, he started in the Seminoles' secondary, played outfield for the baseball team that finished fifth in the nation, helped lead the track and field team to a conference championship. Under head coach Bobby Bowden, Sanders was a two-time consensus All-American cornerback in 1987 and 1988, a third team All-American in 1986, intercepting 14 passes in his career, including three in bowl games, managed to return one interception 100 yards for a touchdown breaking Fred Biletnikoff's interception return record by one yard, he won the Jim Thorpe Award in 1988. He was a standout punt returner for Florida State, leading the nation in 1988 with his punt return average, breaking the school's record for career punt return yards. Sanders made an interception with 5 seconds left to seal Florida State's 13-7 win over Auburn in the 1989 Sugar Bowl, during the 1988 postseason.
Based on those accolades, his jersey at Florida State, #2, was retired in 1995. He finished his career with 126 punt returns for 1,429 yards. Bowden would state that Sanders was his "measuring stick for athletic ability". While playing baseball under head coach Mike Martin at Florida State, Sanders hit.331 in 1986. Sanders once played the first game of a baseball doubleheader, ran a leg of a 4 × 100 relay returned to play another baseball game. Sanders played a nine-year, part-time baseball career, playing left and center field in 641 games with four teams, he was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the sixth round of the 1985 draft, but did not sign with them. The New York Yankees selected Sanders in the 30th round of the 1988 Major League Baseball draft, he signed with the team on June 22, he opened the 1989 season with the Albany-Colonie Yankees of the Class AA Eastern League. Though Sanders planned to leave the Yankees in July to attend NFL training camp, he became embroiled in a contract dispute with the Falcons, used the Yankees as leverage.
He received a promotion to the major leagues, spent the summer with the Columbus Clippers of the Class AAA International League. Sanders made his major league baseball debut on May 31, 1989. Sanders made the Yankees' Opening Day roster for the 1990 season. On May 22, 1990, Sanders became involved in a dispute with Chicago White Sox' catcher Carlton Fisk. Sanders started by stepping up to the plate with one out and a runner on third, drawing a dollar sign in the dirt before the pitch and failed to run to first base after hitting a routine pop fly to shortstop, trotting back to the dugout instead; the Yankee fans booed, Fisk told Sanders to "run the f**king ball out" and called Sanders a "piece of s**t." In the game, Sanders told Fisk that "the days of slavery are over." Fisk was furious. "He comes up and wants to make it a racial issue, there's no racial issue involved. There is a right way and a wrong way to play this game."By mid-July, Sanders expressed that he was unsure if he would remain with the Yankees or report to training camp for the upcoming NFL season.
He requested a $1 million salary for the 1991 season, the Yankees ended negotiations on a contract extension with Sanders. He left the team, finishing the 1990 season with a.158 batting average and three home runs in 57 games. In September 1990, the Yankees placed Sanders on waivers with the intention of giving him his release, as Yankees' general manager Gene Michael said that
Beverly Hills, California
Beverly Hills is a city located in Los Angeles County, United States. Beverly Hills is surrounded by the cities of West Hollywood. Sometimes referred to as "90210," one of its primary ZIP codes, it is home to many celebrities, several hotels, the Rodeo Drive shopping district. A Spanish ranch where lima beans were grown, Beverly Hills was incorporated in 1914 by a group of investors who had failed to find oil, but found water instead and decided to develop it into a town. By 2013, its population had grown to 34,658. Gaspar de Portolá arrived in the area that would become Beverly Hills on August 3, 1769, travelling along native trails which followed the present-day route of Wilshire Boulevard; the area was settled by Maria Rita Quinteros de Valdez and her husband in 1828. They called their 4,500 acres of property the Rancho Rodeo de las Aguas. In 1854, she sold the ranch to Benjamin Davis Henry Hancock. By the 1880s, the ranch had been subdivided into parcels of 75 acres and was being bought up by anglos from Los Angeles and the East coast.
Henry Hammel and Andrew H. Denker used it for farming lima beans. At this point, the area was known as the Denker Ranch. By 1888, Denker and Hammel were planning to build a town called Morocco on their holdings. In 1900, Burton E. Green, Charles A. Canfield, Max Whittier, Frank H. Buck, Henry E. Huntington, William G. Kerckhoff, William F. Herrin, W. S. Porter, Frank H. Balch, formed the Amalgamated Oil Company, bought the Hammel and Denker ranch, began looking for oil, they did not find enough to exploit commercially by the standards of the time, though. In 1906, they reorganized as the Rodeo Land and Water Company, renamed the property "Beverly Hills," subdivided it, began selling lots; the development was named "Beverly Hills" after Beverly Farms in Beverly and because of the hills in the area. The first house in the subdivision was built in 1907. Beverly Hills was one of many all-white planned communities started in the Los Angeles area around this time. Restrictive covenants prohibited non-whites from owning or renting property unless they were employed as servants by white residents.
It was forbidden to sell or rent property to Jews in Beverly Hills. Burton Green began construction on The Beverly Hills Hotel in 1911; the hotel was finished in 1912. The visitors drawn by the hotel were inclined to purchase land in Beverly Hills, by 1914 the subdivision had a high enough population to incorporate as an independent city; that same year, the Rodeo Land and Water Company decided to separate its water business from its real estate business. The Beverly Hills Utility Commission was split off from the land company and incorporated in September 1914, buying all of the utilities-related assets from the Rodeo Land and Water Company. In 1919, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford bought land on Summit Drive and built a mansion, finished in 1921 and nicknamed "Pickfair" by the press; the glamour associated with Fairbanks and Pickford as well as other movie stars who built mansions in the city contributed to its growing appeal. By the early 1920s the population of Beverly Hills had grown enough to make the water supply a political issue.
In 1923 the usual solution, annexation to the city of Los Angeles, was proposed. There was considerable opposition to annexation among such famous residents as Pickford, Will Rogers and Rudolph Valentino; the Beverly Hills Utility Commission, opposed to annexation as well, managed to force the city into a special election and the plan was defeated 337 to 507. In 1925, Beverly Hills approved a bond issue to buy 385 acres for a new campus for UCLA; the cities of Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Venice issued bonds to help pay for the new campus. In 1928, the Beverly Wilshire Apartment Hotel opened on Wilshire Boulevard between El Camino and Rodeo drives, part of the old Beverly Hills Speedway; that same year oilman Edward L. Doheny finished construction of Greystone Mansion, a 55-room mansion meant as a wedding present for his son Edward L. Doheny, Jr; the house is now owned by the city of Beverly Hills. In the early 1930s, Santa Monica Park was renamed Beverly Gardens and was extended to span the entire two-mile length of Santa Monica Boulevard through the city.
The Electric Fountain marks the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and Wilshire Blvd. with a small sculpture at the top of a Tongva kneeling in prayer. In April 1931, the new Italian Renaissance-style Beverly Hills City Hall was opened. In the early 1940s, black actors and businessmen had begun to move into Beverly Hills, despite the covenants allowing only whites to live in the city. A neighborhood improvement association attempted to enforce the covenant in court; the defendants included such luminaries as Hattie McDaniel, Louise Beavers, Ethel Waters. Among the white residents supporting the lawsuit against blacks was silent film star Harold Lloyd; the NAACP participated in the defense, successful. In his decision, federal judge Thurmond Clarke said that it was time that "members of the Negro race are accorded, without reservations or evasions, the full rights guaranteed to them under the 14th amendment." The United States Supreme Court declared restrictive covenants unenforceable in 1948 in Shelley v. Kraemer.
A group of Jewish residents of Beverly Hills filed an amicus brief in this case. In 1956, Paul Trousdale purchased the grounds of the Doheny Ranch and developed it into the Trousdale Estates, convincing the city of Beverly Hills to annex it; the neighborhood has been home to Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Curtis, Ray Charles
Lil' Kim: Countdown to Lockdown
Lil' Kim: Countdown to Lockdown is a reality television series which premiered on March 9, 2006 on BET. The 6-part show followed Lil' Kim's last 14 days of freedom before she entered the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for a 366-day sentence; the series never got an official DVD release. It was however released on iTunes in late 2006, it has since been taken down for unknown reasons. The original title for the television series was "Lil' Kim Goes to the Big House" and was produced by Queen Bee Productions and Tracey Edmonds of Edmonds Entertainment; the show was filmed in September 2005. Edmonds stated in the Daily Variety. BET picked the series up and re-titled the show "Countdown To Lockdown". Six months after Lil' Kim's incarceration, the show premiered on BET on March 9, 2006 and, at the time, was the most watched series debut in BET's 25 year-history with 1.9 million viewers nationwide. It was the highest rated cable original series among black viewers that year. Filming for the second series began shortly after Lil' Kim was released from prison but for unknown reasons, the project was cancelled.
On March 8, 2006, the entire cast appeared on The Tyra Banks Show and discussed the show before its BET premiere. Lil' Kim Hillary Weston - Kim's manager Kirk Fraser - Video director Nate Bassett - Kim's personal assistant Latisha'Lala' Crosby - Kim's cousin/personal assistant Gene Nelson - A&R executive for Queen Bee Records L. Londell McMillan - Kim's attorney Tracy Nguyen - Kim's publicist Lil' Kim: Countdown to Lockdown on IMDb