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Young and Restless Star Dead

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Kristoff St. John, one of the few black actors on daytime television for many years, sadly passed away on Feb. 3 at the age of 52.

Most people knew him for his portrayal of “Neil Winters” on the “Young and Restless” daytime soap opera –  a role that he played since 1991, which earned him 9 Daytime Emmy Award nominations. He also won 10 NAACP Image Awards.

TMZ.com reported that the actor was treated at a California hospital in January for depression. His son, Julian, also died in 2014 from mental illness. It’s not clear the cause of death, but authorities pronounced St. John dead on the scene.

St. John started acting as a kid and starred in other roles, such as “The Bad News Bears.” and “Charlie & Company.”

After his son’s death, his ex-wife and international boxer, Mia St. John, started El Saber Es Poder (Knowledge Is Power) Foundation to provide resources for those suffering from mental health issues. St. John was recently engaged to model Kseniya Mikhaleva.

In 2017, around the third anniversary of his son’s death, Kristoff threatened to kill himself, prompting police to place the actor under a 72-hour hold for psychiatric evaluation.

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Three’s Complicated

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TV One‘s latest original film, THREE’S COMPLICATED will premiere on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 7 p.m. ET/6C, followed by encores at 9 p.m. ET/8C and 11 p.m. ET/10CShanola Hampton (Shameless), executive produces the project and stars as the film’s central character Deja, a 42-year-old divorcee who falls for a younger man that may very well have a romantic connection to her college-aged daughter. Also starring Tyler Lepley (Ringside, The Haves and The Have Nots), Kyanna Simone Simpson (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) and Charles Malik Whitfield (The Temptations), the film depicts a complicated love story with a humorous take on the dynamics between older women dating younger men.

Audiences are introduced to Deja, who has been passed over for a promotion at work and decides to drown her sorrows during a night out at the bar. She meets Sonny (Lepley), an attractive man ten years her junior, who sweeps her off her feet during a whirlwind weekend romance. Deja moves on, but discovers her daughter Eleni (Simpson), who knows Sonny from school, is infatuated with the handsome teacher’s assistant. Deja experiences a myriad of emotions as she struggles to control her attraction to Sonny, protect her daughter’s heart and deal with her ex-husband Craig (Whitfield), who seems to think a reconciliation is on the horizon. Conflicted and uncertain, Deja finds herself in a complex love triangle. Will this tricky scenario bring her to the brink of heartbreak or set her on a path to a new beginning?

THREE’S COMPLICATED is written and directed by Shari L. Carpenter. The film is produced for TV One by Swirl Films. For Swirl, Executive Producer is Eric Tomosunas and Producers are Darien Baldwin, Keith Neil, James Seppelfrick and Gingi Rochelle. Shanola Hampton also serves as Executive Producer. The film was casted by Leah Daniels Butler. For TV One, Tia A. Smith is Executive Producer in Charge of Production, Donyell McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting, and Robyn Green Arrington is Vice President 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 hashtag #THREESCOMPLICATED.

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Women Should Know the Signs of Cardiac Arrest

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News broke Thursday evening of the death of Kim Porter, the mother of Sean “Diddy” Combs’ three children, and his former longtime girlfriend. News outlets reported she died from cardiac arrest.

The 47-year old actress and model had a son and twin girls with Diddy. She also had a son with Al B. Sure.

To read the full story of Porter’s death, go here.

According to BlackDorctor,org, cardiac arrest is, unfortunately, becoming more and more common for Black woman like Porter, according to the American Heart Association.

The Mayo Clinic said the most common heart attack symptom in women is some type of pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest. But it is not always severe or even the most prominent symptom, particularly in women. And, sometimes, women may have a heart attack without chest pain. Women are more likely than men to have heart attack symptoms unrelated to chest pain, such as:

  • Neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in one or both arms
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Unusual fatigue

To read more about heart disease in women, go here.

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Tickey Smiley finds out his ex is getting married

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SILVER SPRING, MD – November 2, 2018 – D’Essence has a heartfelt conversation with her brother Brandon, who discloses private details of his journey to recovery from alcoholism on the next episode of TV One’s RICKEY SMILEY FOR REAL, airing Tuesday, November 6 at 8 p.m./7C.

After being arrested for two DUI’s, D’Essence reaches out to Brandon for emotional support as she starts on a new path to focus on her health and safety. While appreciative of his advice, she expresses her frustration with his lack of communication during the low points in her life.

Brandon also acknowledges that his issues with alcohol contributed to his breakup with ex-girlfriend Beonka, who is a close friend of D’Essence, but is excited about his new relationship with another woman.

“I called dad one day and I broke down to him and I was like I can’t do this anymore. I have a problem,” says Brandon. “Dad stopped whatever he was doing and he got me in rehab. I was on my way to going to jail again or dying.”

Meanwhile, Rickey Smiley finds out on Facebook that his ex-girlfriend is getting married and relocating from Colombia to the United States with their daughter and her fiancé.

“I’m really happy for her. You know I’m not a hater,” Rickey says to his daughter, Aaryn. “I don’t hate but I throw shade. You got one dad.”

At the radio station, tensions between Juicy and Gary with da Tea reach a boiling point. In an attempt to clear the air, Juicy sits down with Gary to discuss his recent cancer diagnosis. Hurt to learn such personal news about her good friend along with the public through an announcement, she confronts him about her feelings. Can they resolve their differences and improve their relationship for the better after these turn of events? Tune into the episode to find out.

Season five of the popular franchise returns to TV One with more fun, family drama and life challenges. This season, the show captures Rickey navigating the ups and downs of his professional demands, while adapting to new additions in his household and juggling the growing pains of his young adult children. Along with his morning show crew Headkrack, Da BratGary with da Tea and Juicy, viewers get to ride along with one of nationally-syndicated radio’s most celebrated personalities.

After each episode, check out Rickey Smiley’s “Cooking Up Comedy” digital series at 9/8C on TVOne.tv/CookingUpComedy and TV One’s social media platforms. Rickey will keep you laughing while he shares “how-to” tips on preparing his favorite mouthwatering recipes. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hash tag #RICKEYSMILEYFORREAL and #REPRESENT.

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