The screenwriters of the Lifetime original films “Salt-en-Pepa” and “Wendy Williams: The Movie” each presented an exciting challenge to Lifetime: their rich and ambitious lives had to be satisfied.
“Salt-en-Pepa” follows a 20-year journey for the title of “The First Lady of Rap and Hip-Hop,” while “Wendy Williams: The Movie” tells stories about childhood and current talk show hosts. Although these women are now icons, their travels in stellar positions have not only focused on the leading heights. Both Davenport and Abdul Williams were committed to providing a compelling narrative of the complex, ambitious black women in the entertainment industry.
“Salt-en-Pepa was so successful that“ they really didn’t know what was going on before, ”said Abdul Williams,“ I think there are some universal things about the story that I like about it. I think everyone can relate to making it their own and making the best of it in one step at a time. “
“Salt-en-Pepa” features Cheryl’s “Zip Townson”, “Salt” James, Sandra “Pepa” Denton as Layla Odo, and DJ Spinderella as Monique Paul, and the trio’s arrival (and end) At the Sears Call Center, 15-year-old DJ Deidra Roper (Monique Paul), the title pair became a close friend for recruitment for maternity and heart breaks. Denton’s own fight with Christ’s passion, self-harm and her husband Anthony “Trech” Chris’ (Jermell Howard) with Christ’s passion, self-harm and what happened on stage as well as the group’s biggest hit praise song, in addition to maintaining a balance of faith.
Similarly, “Wendy Williams: The Movie” stars Sierra Payton and Morocco Omari in the roles of media ex-husband Kevin Hunter, best known for Wendy Williams: her non-stupid, go-getter attitude and her clarity. Asbury Park in New York City, the broadcaster’s entire journey chronicle, it never strays from its successes and setbacks, helping super fans and anonymous viewers together understand how Wendy has turned out. After working on BET’s “Boomerang”, the non-Davenport, unfamiliar with the famous source material, hopes that the media personality, how he leaned as a person – in error and out of all – the film will appear and build an empire.
According to Davenport, Wendy Williams has also expressed optimism for him. “He was, ‘I was tall, and I was big, and I was loud. And everyone told me to stay in my alley and keep quiet: Wendy, be right.’ And I did my own thing. ‘So, it’s someone like that.” For those who ever felt that they were going against the grain, or felt that they did not fit into the mold and carved the future in their own way, “says the author.
The themes involved in the writing process of the movies helped Davenport and Abdul Williams to create a detailed story, albeit one-sided. Abdul Williams, for example, admits that despite James and Denton’s invaluable resources, he also liked to talk to Hurby “Love Bug” Azor (played by Cleveland Barto), the hip-hop girl group that Haitian music producer invented. 1985 When dating James, as well as the original Trech.
“My guess is, he had cold feet. I understand why,” Williams said of the latter. “My goal is that what I write is biopic-intelligent. I want to give you a chance to talk about your piece, because otherwise, I’m following what other people have said.”
While working on his own film, Davenport’s Windows Williams had a 2001 memoir, “Wendy’s Got the Hit,” but it helped to fill in the gaps with the woman alone and on the phone and update the story.
“Even if you write your own memories and remember things the same way, evolving over time, you come to see them differently,” Davenport says. “I had conversations with him that, at this age, he felt and remembered about those moments in his life as opposed to when he wrote them 20 years ago.”
In the early stages of the Lifetime project, Wendy flew to Davenport to spend the weekend with Williams in Manhattan, an experience the author felt was indispensable for creating his script. Davenport recalled that Wendy Williams was in the “raw place” during their meeting because the host of the day’s talk show was “refreshed by the announcement of her divorce and only outside her home that she had been with Kevin for many years.”
“You might think you have feelings for someone but as long as you’re sitting in their face, sitting in your own house, really listening to them tell their own story, it changes the vibration completely,” he added.
Like Davenport, Abdul Williams, best known for the BET’s “The New Edition Story” biopic and the “Bobby Brown Story” limited series, is grateful for his so weak association with James and Denton during the screening process.
Abdul Williams wanted to convey a lot that women “exposed themselves to me by living some things, a stranger, in a way they didn’t really need”. “They chose to show Wars and all and they believed me,” he says. “They would tell me if something wasn’t right or they wouldn’t talk like that or if it didn’t happen.”
It also includes a thorough, brief description of why they were broken up.
“Think about who your best friend was when you were 19, whatever changes happen in your life – marriage, kids – you’re forever attached to this person. It’s not easy, but they found a way,” he says.
Abdul Williams added that his two subjects, the involvement of his subjects after the aforementioned BET project, helped him “get out of the wife’s world” and wrote about women’s friendship and ocean trajectory in a way that seemed true. At first, he admitted that he was a little scared when the Lifetime offer came to him in late 2018.
“It requires a variety of muscles. At the end of the day, a character needed to be compelled, and I was sensitive to the need for women to write honestly, ”she explains.
“Salt-en-Pepa” aired on Lifetime’s January 23rd. “Wendy Williams: The Movie” airs January 30 at 8 p.m.