Saturday, August 27, 2016


Chocolate-Covered mommy-to-Be Actress TIKA SUMPTER portrays CANDACE on OWN Network series The HAVES And The HAVE NOTS, portrays a young MICHELLE OBAMA in the freshly-released film, SOUTHSIDE With YOU, and now covers the new issue of ROLLING OUT Magazine!!!

Here are some interview interludes:

On becoming involved with SOUTHSIDE With YOU:

“I was given the synopsis to this movie. It wasn’t written. The script wasn’t written, but I loved the perspective it came from and I loved, first of all, that we’ve never seen them on screen at 25, 28 years old and the origin story of their relationship. So when the screenwriter wrote the movie, I was blown away by it and said, ‘We have to get this made. It was nice to see us on screen falling in love and having a strong woman who is actually the prize in a film,” 
On her role as Candace in The HAVES And HAVE NOTS:
“It’s always fun to play something that you’re not usually offered. I thought people were going to hate me because I was like, ‘She is nuts, this girl,’ But the crazy thing is the opposite happened and everybody loved her. Whether you love to hate her or whatever or you just love her, whatever side that you love, [the fans] have taken Candace, embraced her and hugged her up. They just love her.”
On how she has ALWAYS wanted to be an actress:
“I just wanted it. I wanted it really bad. It made me happy to act. It made me happy to be in another place and to do the arts and what it does for other people. It makes you feel something. It makes other people feel something. So I really wanted to be a part of that.”
On an upbringing filled with love and positive reinforcement:
“I never walked into this world thinking somebody is going to judge me for my skin tone. I think the only time that happens is when other people bring it up. For me, I was so na├»ve thinking, ‘Well, of course, they would want me, so I’m going to go to this audition.’ Kids think they’re great until a few adults tell them, ‘Oh [they’re] not.’ They walk into a room with confidence until somebody says something negative and I just didn’t grow up like that so I didn’t think negatively about myself. I never thought my skin tone was a problem. You know I liked myself. I love myself,” she says with passion.
“When I do hear of colorism, I try to help women to see that their beauty is inside themselves. That’s why it’s important for images to be out there that are positive. If I don’t see an image of myself in a magazine constantly, I don’t buy it. I don’t feed into what somebody else thinks is beautiful because, if you constantly just see that and you don’t see yourself in any of the pages, then, of course, you’re going to start thinking, ‘Well, what’s wrong with me?’ Images are important, but, also, it starts in the household.”
On becoming a mother to a black girl and wanting to present and promote positive images for daughter:
“It’s actually inspiring. I hope one day my daughter looks at this and says, ‘Mommy you promoted this film with me inside of you and you were as strong as the person you played.’ I took a lot away from Michelle Robinson and Michelle Obama so I hope every little girl and more ladies will be at this film and gain strength from it because I definitely have.”
 “I just want her to see images of strength out there and of women who are doing something with themselves. I want to be able to dictate something about the images that my daughter will see and also [for her to] look up to me as a great mom and a great woman that she would want to one day hopefully be like."

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