As the new year approaches, I just want everyone to remember that anything that you want you can have. Just be focused, disciplined and keep your faith in God strong and you will be able to achieve your goals. Move in positivity and love. There’s nothing that can stop you!
#Sacrifice starring @PaulaPattonOfficial Streaming Now! Exclusively on @betplus you may ask HOW do I log on to @betplus ? Go to the App store NOW! On your iPhone, iPad or Android, go to the search bar and type in BET plus, and it will come up. Sign up, you get the first week free, and watch Sacrifice, the new orignal movie soon to be a series. If you don’t already have your subscription, now is the time to get it!!! Watch with your family today. Easy to sign up. @footagefilmsstudios brings you #Sacrifice, from the writer director and creator, Chris Stokes @chrisstokes1969.
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Last night in Los Angeles, BET+ held a premiere for their Original Movie “Sacrifice”. The movie stars Paula Patton and Erica Ash. It also stars Jordyn Woods, Erica Mena and Marques Houston. All of the stars and BET executives lined up for their first look at the movie, which is written and directed by Chris Stokes.
All the stars from the movie showed up for the event in West Los Angeles. Also in attendance were Model/Actor Jeremy Meeks, Dorien Wilson and Obba Babatunde.
Sacrifice premieres December 19th on BET+.
The comic actor was known for starring in the cult Friday franchise as well as his long stint on The Wayans Bros. and The Tracy Morgan Show.
Witherspoon’s son John David shared an emotional post on Twitter on his father’s passing, along with photos of the two from his childhood to recent years. “So…my Dad died today & honestly I’m not sure how to feel. I’m sad, but I’m also happy 4 all the great times we had together. We’d roast each other like homies more than Father & Son, and I really liked that. He was my best friend & my idol. Love U Dad…I’ll miss u.”
Judd Apatow remembered Witherspoon as “Pure funny. Hilarious and always kind. John Witherspoon will be missed” on Twitter.
Arsenio Hall shared on Twitter, “This day began with such joy. And it’s ending with this heart wrenching news of John Witherspoon’s passing. One of our comic brothers.”
Questlove also paid tribute to Witherspoon with a post on Instagram. “John Witherspoon resonated with every last one of us because he represented someone in our family: embarrassing us at gatherings (Boomerang), misrepresenting our generations heroes (“Public Enema”?!), making a jingle about pretty much everything (Grandpa on Boondocks), the neighborhood wino (black Jesus—-or better yet Hollywood Shuffle)—-the list is endless. Bar none my favorite working/blue collar actor,” he captioned a photo of the late actor. “History should tell it well, all the greats utilized him on their project for the last 45 years (Richard Pryor Show/Whats Happening!/Good Times/WKRP/227/Martin/Amen/Fresh Prince/Wayans Bros/Living Single/Boondocks/First Family/blackish/Black Jesus)—-he will forever be our pop pops. RIP.”
1. Chris Stokes Has Been In The Entertainment Industry For Over 30 Years
Chris started working in the music business when he was 18 years old. Since then he has discovered, worked with and shaped the careers of some of the most famous people in the Entertainment Industry.
2. Chris Stokes Has 4 Siblings
Chris has always been a family man by nature. He has 4 brothers and sisters. Chris is the second to the youngest child. They all grew up together in Los Angeles.
3. Chris Stokes Has Acted In Two Of His Own Movies
Although Chris loves to spend his time behind the camera, he’s also graced the screen by being in front of the camera. In his movie House Party 4: Down To The Last Minute Chris played a mechanic named Ray Ray and in Somebody Help Me 2 he played a security guard named Otis.
4. Chris Stokes And Raz B Are Cousins
Chris’ family is originally from Cleveland, Ohio which is also Raz B’s hometown. Chris was born in Los Angeles, CA but his family moved there from Cleveland.
5. Chris Stokes Put Raz B In His First Movie
Chris Stokes is the writer and director of the cult classic dance film You Got Served. As the director of the film he was able to have the group B2K (which included Raz B) as stars of the movie. The movie was a box office success.
1. Raz B Is From Cleveland, Ohio
Raz B was born in the City Of Cleveland on June 13, 1985. He spent the early part of his childhood in Cleveland before moving out to Los Angeles.
2. Raz B Is One Of The Original Group Members In B2K
The R&B Boy Band B2K which was founded by Chris Stokes included Raz B as one of it’s original members. While in the group Raz B did two albums, B2K and Pandemonium which were both very successful. He also starred in the movie You Got Served while in the group.
3. Raz B Toured As A Solo Artist In China
Raz B went on to pursue a solo career after B2K broke up. As a solo artist he toured and performed all over China for a few years.
4. Raz B Has A Son
Raz was able to add the honoring title of “father” under his belt after the birth of his son.
5. Raz B Is A Multi Talented Artist
Raz B is a very talented dancer, singer and actor. He was able to showcase these talents during his tenure in B2K and went on to continue showcasing them after the group’s disbandment.
Fact One: Chris Stokes Discovered Brandy Norwood, Jhene Aiko, Sevyn Streeter and many more
Chris Stokes discovered many talented artists like Brandy Norwood, Jhene Aiko, Sevyn Streeter, Brittany Murphy and several others. Chris has always been know for his ability and skill to discover and develop new talent. Especially female talent.
Fact Two: Chris Stokes Discovered Two Of The Biggest Urban Groups In History Immature & B2K
Chris Stokes is responsible for finding one of the biggest groups of the ’90s, Immature and one of the biggest groups of the ’00s B2K. He was the creative brainchild behind both groups and a large part of their success in the respective generations.
Fact Three: Chris Stokes Was The Vice President Of Interscope & Virgin Records
During his time of working with both groups, Chris became the Vice President of Interscope Records. In this position he worked very closely with Jimmy Iovine. Chris was also the Vice President of Virgin Records. These positions helped further solidify Chris’ position in the music industry.
Fact Four: Chris Stokes Helped Further The Solo Careers Of Marques Houston & Omarion
After the success of both Immature & B2K the lead singers went on to pursue successful solo careers. Marques Houston and Omarion went on from their respective groups to release solo albums. Chris Stokes was instrumental in the success of both of their solo careers that included a few chart topping hits.
Fact Five: Chris Stokes Is Planning On Starting A New Restaurant Chain In 2020
Although it hasn’t been publicly announced, Chris Stokes is planning on starting a restaurant chain in 2020. Chris has been known to have several celebrities over the years come by his house for his cooking. He has several signature dishes and has decided to specifically showcase one of them to the public. So without saying too much stay tuned for what Chris has coming your way in 2020.
01. He Recently Welcomed His Second Grandchild Into The World
Chris’ Daughter Chrissy and Son-In-Law Gio just had a beautiful baby boy named Sage.
02. He Wrote & Directed A New Series For BET called “Sacrifice” Starring Paula Patton
Sacrifice is executive produced, written and directed by Chris Stokes.
03. Chris Stokes has written and directed over 16 Feature Films
04. Chris Stokes Is The Proud Father Of Four Children
A lot of people don’t know that Chris is a family man first. He has four beautiful children the youngest of which is 15 now.
05. Chris Stokes’ Favorite Hobby Is Interior Designing
Chris Stokes has interior designed several homes and offices for different celebrities and executives. Stokes also does the design for his home and offices. He even did the design on some of his earlier films.
My good friend and talented actress Suzanne Whang has passed away today. Suzanne starred in A Weekend With The Family, a movie I had the absolute pleasure of directing her in. She had an off again on again battle with cancer that eventually took her life. She will be greatly missed. Condolences and prayers go out to her family.
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The film is set to premiere next year.
BET is lining up its programming for its brand new streaming service BET+. Deadline reports that the network is squaring away exclusive, original content, and there’s a new thriller on the horizon starring Paula Patton and Marques Houston titled Sacrifice. It’s written, directed, and executive produced by Chris Stokes, the music industry mogul who was the one-time manager of B2K and Immature.
According to reports, Patton will portray the character of Daniella Hernandez, a successful entertainment lawyer who must learn how to work the ins and outs of her rich, famous, and wicked clients’ lives. Actress Erica Ash stars as Beverly Rucker, Daniella’s sorority sister who just happens to be the District Attorney. Because Daniella’s clientele is often wheeling and dealing in illegal activities, a wedge is placed in-between the two sorors. Marques Houston, who also acts as co-executive producer, is Jason Pratt, an Assistant District Attorney who gets himself caught up in the drama.
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