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In Loving Memory of Michael Mann

By Madison Smushkevich

Recently, notable fashion stylist, Michael Mann, sadly passed away. His cause of death is still unknown.

Michael has worked with 360 Magazine, Fashion Bomb Daily as well as Vogue Brasil.

Not long ago, model Draya Michele teamed up with Mann for her 360 Magazine cover. “You pushed for me. When they said I couldn’t be a fashion girl, you said I could,” asserts Draya (on a recent Instagram post). It’s evident that Mann made a sincere effort to see both his clients and loved ones reach their personal best.

Stylist Michael mann, draya michele, 360 MAGAZINE

“From the moment I first laid eyes on you I fell in love. One of the most captivating spirits I’ve ever met. Our journey together wasn’t perfect but it was worth it. I am in disbelief and pain writing this. Rest in Paradise my friend, I love you!,” stated Lil Mama.

Recently, a GoFundMe page was created to assist Mann’s family with costly funeral arrangements.

TV One Unveils Public Service Announcement

When TV One’s new original film, When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story premieres on Monday, August 28, the cast, director and producers want the audience to be educated and informed while they are entertained. Based on a popular episode of the network’s true crime series, For My Man, the film depicts the true life tragedy of a teen mom in Atlanta who found herself the victim of psychological manipulation and physical abuse at the hands of a man who claimed to love her. Instead, he encouraged her participation in a life of stripping, prostitution, robbery and ultimately, murder – all in the name of love.

“When I was 14, I dropped out of school – a lot of people don’t know that. By the age of 16, I was bartending in a strip club, by the age of 20 I was stripping…so I understand how Falicia got there,” says film director Tasha Smith, who signed up for the project as her feature-length directorial debut. “By the grace of God, I ended up here, but she ended up in jail for the rest of her life.”

Yet, before Falicia was convicted of murder, she was a young girl looking for love and validation in all the wrong places. In an effort to reinforce the film’s underlying message that real love doesn’t hurt, TV One, in partnership with the National Domestic Violence Hotline, will air a public service announcement during the film presentation.

“This film is a cautionary tale about everything love shouldn’t be in our communities,” says Lori Hall, TV One SVP of Marketing. “Tasha Smith directs a powerful story that reveals exactly how a teenager can fall victim to a relationship that quickly moves from loving to abusive and unhealthy. We want this film to be a wake-up call for young people and families and we hope it will start a lot of dialogue in homes around the country.”

The PSA reveals that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of physical violence by an intimate partner, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Chief Communications Officer Cameka Crawford joined panel discussions at TV One film screenings in Atlanta, New Orleans, New York and Los Angeles to provide the audience with resources to get help if they know someone who may be in an abusive relationship.

“Your instinct may be to ‘save’ them from the relationship, but it’s not that simple. Abuse is about power and control, so one of the most important ways you can help someone in an abusive relationship is to think about how you might empower them to make their own decisions,” says Crawford. “You can also offer support by listening without judgment and reassuring them that the abuse is not their fault. If you need help starting the conversation, you can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or visit www.thehotline.org.”

Additionally, TV One partnered with Saving Our Daughters, an organization whose mission is to empower teenage girls from multicultural backgrounds through theater, music, film and television, to help overcome many obstacles such as bullying (cyber, gossip, face-to-face), dating abuse, domestic violence and other esteem slayers. Young ladies attended the When Love Kills premieres held in Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles to walk the red carpet with the cast and have a dialogue about real love and self-esteem.

“We are extremely blessed and excited about our new and ground breaking partnership with TV One. We look forward to the positive impact on working together to encourage and change the girls’ lives we serve,” says Curtis Benjamin, Saving Our Daughters Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer. “TV One’s original movie cast, directors and producers of ‘When Love Kills’ have truly developed a tool for our girls to help create empowering conversations about date abuse, domestic violence and healthy mother and daughter relationships.”

Lance Gross, who plays Falicia’s abusive and manipulative boyfriend Dino, conducted research and prayed before taking on the role. Gross believes both women and men will see what not to do in relationships and child rearing by viewing this film.

“I want people to learn something from this film because I’m a father,” he emphasized. “Just reading this script and participating in this project makes me want to go home and love my daughter even harder, because who knows who the next Falicia Blakely will be.”

Still rocked by the experience of undertaking the role, Gross decided to email the real Falicia Blakely in prison and was surprised to receive a response. She thanked Gross and those involved in the film for their willingness to raise awareness against domestic violence. When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story premieres Monday, August 28 at 9 p.m. ET on TV One.
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TV One’s New Original Film


TV One Unveils Public Service Announcement to Accompany Debut of Original Film, When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story on Monday, August 28
 
Network leverages film to create open dialogue about domestic violence through partnerships with youth organization Saving Our Daughters and the National Domestic Violence Hotline


When TV One’s new original film, When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story premieres on Monday, August 28, the cast, director and producers want the audience to be educated and informed while they are entertained. Based on a popular episode of the network’s true crime series, For My Man, the film depicts the true life tragedy of a teen mom in Atlanta who found herself the victim of psychological manipulation and physical abuse at the hands of a man who claimed to love her. Instead, he encouraged her participation in a life of stripping, prostitution, robbery and ultimately, murder – all in the name of love. 

“When I was 14, I dropped out of school – a lot of people don’t know that. By the age of 16, I was bartending in a strip club, by the age of 20 I was stripping…so I understand how Falicia got there,” says film director Tasha Smith, who signed up for the project as her feature-length directorial debut. “By the grace of God, I ended up here, but she ended up in jail for the rest of her life.”

Yet, before Falicia was convicted of murder, she was a young girl looking for love and validation in all the wrong places. In an effort to reinforce the film’s underlying message that real love doesn’t hurt, TV One, in partnership with the National Domestic Violence Hotline, will air a public service announcement during the film presentation.

“This film is a cautionary tale about everything love shouldn’t be in our communities,” says Lori Hall, TV One SVP of Marketing. “Tasha Smith directs a powerful story that reveals exactly how a teenager can fall victim to a relationship that quickly moves from loving to abusive and unhealthy. We want this film to be a wake-up call for young people and families and we hope it will start a lot of dialogue in homes around the country.” 

The PSA reveals that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of physical violence by an intimate partner, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Chief Communications Officer Cameka Crawford joined panel discussions at TV One film screenings in Atlanta, New Orleans, New York and Los Angeles to provide the audience with resources to get help if they know someone who may be in an abusive relationship.

“Your instinct may be to ‘save’ them from the relationship, but it’s not that simple. Abuse is about power and control, so one of the most important ways you can help someone in an abusive relationship is to think about how you might empower them to make their own decisions,” says Crawford. “You can also offer support by listening without judgment and reassuring them that the abuse is not their fault. If you need help starting the conversation, you can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or visit www.thehotline.org.”

Additionally, TV One partnered with Saving Our Daughters, an organization whose mission is to empower teenage girls from multicultural backgrounds through theater, music, film and television, to help overcome many obstacles such as bullying (cyber, gossip, face-to-face), dating abuse, domestic violence and other esteem slayers. Young ladies attended the When Love Kills premieres held in Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles to walk the red carpet with the cast and have a dialogue about real love and self-esteem. 

“We are extremely blessed and excited about our new and ground breaking partnership with TV One. We look forward to the positive impact on working together to encourage and change the girls’ lives we serve,” says Curtis Benjamin, Saving Our Daughters Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer. “TV One’s original movie cast, directors and producers of ‘When Love Kills’ have truly developed a tool for our girls to help create empowering conversations about date abuse, domestic violence and healthy mother and daughter relationships.” 

Lance Gross, who plays Falicia’s abusive and manipulative boyfriend Dino, conducted research and prayed before taking on the role. Gross believes both women and men will see what not to do in relationships and child rearing by viewing this film.

“I want people to learn something from this film because I’m a father,” he emphasized. “Just reading this script and participating in this project makes me want to go home and love my daughter even harder, because who knows who the next Falicia Blakely will be.” 

Still rocked by the experience of undertaking the role, Gross decided to email the real Falicia Blakely in prison and was surprised to receive a response. She thanked Gross and those involved in the film for their willingness to raise awareness against domestic violence. 


When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story premieres Monday, August 28 at 9 p.m. ET on TV One.

Watch the When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakley Story PSA HERE 

Watch the When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakley Story TRAILER HERE

ABOUT THE NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is a non-profit organization established in 1996 as a component of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Operating around the clock, confidential and free of cost, The Hotline provides victims and survivors with life-saving tools and immediate support. Callers to the hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) can expect highly trained advocates to offer compassionate support, crisis intervention information and referral services in more than 200 languages. Visitors to TheHotline.org can chat live with advocates and they can find information about domestic violence, safety planning, local resources, and ways to support the organization.
The Hotline relies on the generous support of individuals, private gifts from corporations and foundations and federal grants. It is funded in part by Grant Number 90EV0407/03 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)/ Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, a division of the Family and Youth Services Bureau in the Administration for Children and Families. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Administration for Children and Families or the U.S. Department of HHS.


ABOUT SAVING OUR DAUGHTERS

Saving Our Daughters (SOD), a 501c-3 organization, creates the tools to get teen girls discussing key issues and fired up to take the power away from bullying (cyber, gossip, face-to-face), date abuse, hate crimes, school violence, violence against women, and other esteem slayers. SOD has had the honor of collaborating with key talent in film, television, and music with its celebrity-inspired book series as well as decades of experiential learning programs. With a powerful network of community partners, SOD delivers a revolutionary level of awareness and action to determinedly instigate fiercely confident living.


ABOUT TV ONE

Launched in January 2004, TV One (www.tvone.tv) serves more than 60 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. The network is the exclusive home of NewsOne Now, the only live daily news program targeting Black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is solely owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK, www.radio-one.com], the largest radio company that primarily targets Black and urban listeners.

TV ONE’S WHEN LOVE KILLS STARRING LIL MAMA × LANCE GROSS

TV ONE’S ORIGINAL FILM, WHEN LOVE KILLS: THE FALICIA BLAKELY STORY, SCHEDULED TO PREMIERE MONDAY AUG. 28 AT 9 P.M. ET 


Directed  by  Tasha  Smith,  the  project stars  Niatia  ‘Lil’  Mama’  Kirkland,  Lance  Gross, and  Tami  Roman  in  a  true  crime  thriller  ripped  from  the  headlines WASHINGTON D.C.  – TV  One’s  latest  original  film,  When  Love  Kills:  The  Falicia Blakely  Story,  will  premiere  Monday,  August  28  at  9  pm  EST.  The  film  marks  the feature-length  directorial  debut  for  Tasha  Smith  (For  Better  Or  Worse,  Empire) and  stars  Niatia  “Lil’  Mama”  Kirkland,  Lance  Gross,  and  Tami  Roman,  with special  appearances  from  Big  Freedia,  Lil  Zane,  and  Floyd  Mayweather. 

The project  is  the  network’s  first original  movie  inspired  by  an  episode  of  TV  One’s original  true  crime  series,  For  My  Man. When Love Kills:  The  Falicia  Blakely  Story  tells  the  tragic  story  of  Falicia  Blakely, a  teen  mom from  Atlanta  who  grows  up  in  the  fast-lane.  When  she  becomes  an exotic  dancer,  she  attracts  the  attention  of  local  pimp  and  predator,  Dino.  His empty  promises  of  a  life  together  turn  Falicia  into  a  pawn  in  his  dangerous games;  and  she’s  forced  to  prove  her  love  for  him  at  the  expense  of  innocent lives. “I  totally  did  not  see  myself  playing  an  exotic  dancer,  but  it  was  so  much  more to  the  story,”  says  Niatia  “Lil’  Mama”  Kirkland  of  taking  on  the  role.  “I  pulled from  the  truth  of  women  all  around  the  world  who  have  been  victims  and  not known  that  they  were  victims  of  society.  This  is  what’s  so  amazing  about  acting –  allowing  myself  to  be  as  vulnerable  as  I  would  be  in  that  moment,  just  to actually  live  through  the  character  and  become  Falicia.  I  want  to  do  her  justice, and  so  I  tapped  into  truth  to  tell  her  story.” In  playing  Dino,  a  modern  day  Dr.  Jekyll  and  Mr.  Hyde  who  uses  Falicia’s  desire to  be  loved  for  his  gain,  Gross  says  he  had  to  “dive  all  the  way  in.” “This  is  a  role  nobody’s  ever  seen  me  in  –  they’re  used  to  me  being  the  nice  guy,” says  the  actor,  who  is  known  for  his  roles  in  Tyler  Perry’s  House  of  Pain  and Temptation.  ”I  want  the  audience  to  know  that  you  really  have  to  be  conscious of  the  decisions  that  you  make,  because  there’s  consequences  that  come  along with  it.”   Tami  Roman  portrays  Stacey,  Falicia’s  alcoholic  mother  who  has  jumped  in  and out  of  her  daughter’s  life,  exposing  her  to  too  much  too  soon.

Roman  said  she  had  to  reflect  back deeply  into  her  own  relationship  with  her mother  as  a  teenager  in  order  to  understand  how  to  play  the  character. “At  the  age  of  13  [my  mother]  sent  me  to  live  with  my  grandmother.  By  15  she came  to  get  me,  and  at  that  point  we  became  best  friends  because  she  had finally  gotten  herself  together,”  she  recalls.  “And  I  think  that  is  where  I  tried  to become  my  mom  [in  this  role].” Each  actor  transforms  into  their  characters  under  the  directorial  leadership  of Tasha  Smith,  whose  goal  was  to  challenge  each  actor  to  dig  deep  to  relate  to their  character,  while  creating  a  suspenseful,  high-stakes  drama  on  screen.  In addition  to  directing  and  producing,  Smith  is  a  multifaceted  actress  whose  work brings  style  and  intensity  to  the  subjects  she  plays  on  the  big  and  small  screens. “I  feel  like  it’s  my  calling  to  inspire  other  actors  to  pursue  their  purpose  in  the heart,  and  that’s  why  to  have  the  opportunity  to  direct  and  to  work  with  actors on  that  level  –  I  love  it.  I’m  in  heaven,”  says  Smith  on  stepping  behind  the camera  for  the  first  time. When  Love  Kills:  The  Falicia  Blakely  Story  is  written  by  industry  veteran  Cas Sigers-Beedles,  who  previously  wrote  and  executive  produced  the  TV  One movies  Welcome  to  the  Family  and  Girlfriends  Getaway  1  & 2.    

The  film  is produced  for  TV  One  by  Eric  Tomosunas,  Keith  Neal  and  James  Seppelfrick  of Swirl  Films.  For  TV  One,  Tia  A.  Smith  is  Sr.  Director  of  Original  Programming  & Production  and  Executive  in  Charge  of  Production;  Donyell  McCullough  is  Senior Director  of  Talent  &  Casting;  Robyn  Greene-Arrington  is  VP  of  Original Programming,  and  D’Angela  Proctor  is  Head  of  Original  Programming  and Production. For  more  information  about  TV  One’s  upcoming  programming,  including original  movies,  visit  the  network’s  companion  website  at  www.tvone.tv .  

TV  One viewers  can  also  join  the  conversation  by  connecting  via  social  media  on  Twitter Instagram and  Facebook (@tvonetv)  using  the  hash  tag  #REPRESENT.

📸  by Tyren Redd 👗 by Michael Mann

Lil Mama, Tasha Smith, Lance Gross

Jamison Harris, Tyren Redd, Jonta Harris – 360 MAGAZINE

Lil Mama’s Style Team: Michael Mann × Tyler Jacob

LOSO MUA

Carlos Martinez (aka Loso) is a celebrity makeup artist and Creative Director from the Bronx. He received his big break working with Melyssa Ford on the BRAVO hit show BLOOD SWEAT & HEELS. Eager to gain notoriety, Loso began working with additional well-known celebrities/personalities like PO Johnson, Claudia Jordan, Lil Mama, Tami Roman, Kamaiyah & Claire Sulmers (Fashion Bomb Daily).

As of late, he enters the fashion realm with his Street Style Fashion Post; and this fall, he drops his first collection of skull caps called MOOD BEANIES.