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First Thoughts on Queen Latifah’s Docu-Series ‘From the Bottom Up’

Entertainment & Celebrities / January 17, 2016

Queen Latifah’s new docu-series, From the Bottom Up, aired Saturday night on Centric and let me start by saying that I’ll be adding it to my Saturday night, “must see tv” list.

From the Bottom Up is a six episode docu-series that looks into the lives of 5 African American women who made life-altering mistakes and their efforts to put their lives back together.

Meet the Cast of ‘From the Bottom Up’ 

Chrystale Wilson, who is known for her role as Ronnie, in The Player’s Club.  Chrystale shot someone during Freaknik in Atlanta.

Stacii Jae Johnson, a former Atlanta Mayor’s Office staffer, who went to jail for a DUI.

Christine Beatty, a former Chief of Staff who had an affair with former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and perjured herslef when asked about the affair in a court of law and spent 3 months in jail.

Sara Stokes, former member of Diddy’s Making the Band, who went to jail for domestic violence.

Kimberly Smedley, also known as “Madame Kim Smedley,” who served time in a Federal prison for being a black market silicon injector.

The show starts with Chrystale, Christine, Stacii and Kim meeting each other telling their stories.

Kim revealed that she made 1.5 million in 3 years doing injections. I had to rewind the tape back on that one…did she say 1.5 million from doing butt injections? Yes, chile…she did.

Scenes From Episode One of ‘From the Bottom Up’

The rest of the ladies shared their stories but Stacii kept inturrupting to talk about having fat taken out of her knees. It seems that the ladies are not feeling Stacii and her “it’s all about me” demeanor.

Stacii’s story seems like there is more to it but I guess as the season goes on, we’ll find out the real. She received 7 tickets for “not doing anything” according to her, however the record shows that she was arrested for DUI.

The most interesting part of the show is Sara Stokes and her story.

Sara was arrested and served time in jail for 90 days after a domestic abuse incident with her husband of 18 years. Her husband and kids met her when she was released and the drama immediately began.

While in jail, Sara’s husband served her with divorce papers and custody papers.  Sara received a lecture from her daughter, who tried to advocate for her parents to stay together and how God could help them through it.  What was amazing to me is that her husband questioned what she wanted to do, that stated they could get past all the cheating, etc. side eye

If a man serves you with divorce papers while you are in jail for 90 days because of HIM and he has the audacity to ask you “what you want to do” when you get out, he needs to have his damn head checked. Fool, what do you think that I want to do? Get divorced! There is no get back after that! Really?

I really feel bad for Sara’s kids but they need to understand, as Sara explained, that the relationship between their parents is toxic. They can not be together.  It seemed like their dad had coached them to the fullest. Sara’s story line is the most interesting to me so far, however, I wonder if it will change as she decided to leave her husband and kids in Detroit and start over in Atlanta.

‘From the Bottom Up’ is interesting to me because we get to see how these five women will claw their way out of the bottom of the barrel to overcome the obstalces and challenges that they face after falling from grace. The only thing that I would have liked to see done differently is that the show really needs to be an hour.  By the time that you are getting into the show, it’s over.  I literally had to watch it twice to make sure that I didn’t miss anything the first time around.

‘From the Bottom Up’ airs on Centric on Saturday night’s 10pm/9c.

Did you get a chance to watch From the Bottom Up?

What were your thoughts?

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on January 20, 2016

Oh my goodness… Well that is a lot! I may have to check this out. This recap has me trying to find it so I can set the DVR.

    on January 20, 2016

    It was really good. It airs on Saturday nights at 8 on Centric

on January 22, 2016

Im not a fan of reality tv (unless its a singing show) but I like the premise here- it’s always inspiring to see people overcome obstacles.

    on January 22, 2016

    Yes, the premise is a great one. Give it a try and see what you think.

on January 24, 2016

Oh! I’m familiar with the stories of at least two do these women. Sounds juicy for tv ratings but I hope that they are able to get pass their hurdles to happiness and flourish.

on January 24, 2016

Oh wow…I didn’t watch From the Bottom Up, but it seems like it’s a good show. I hope these ladies are able to rebuild their reputation from this show.

on January 25, 2016

I hadn’t heard of this show! I hope and pray that it really helps them to turn their lives around, as opposed to making a situation worse. I am cheering for a winning outcome.

on January 25, 2016

I keep seeing the previews but I haven’t caught the show itself. I was hoping it would’ve been more positive but when I saw them fighting on the previews I figured it was going to be like every other reality show. I was a fan of Making the Bank so I think I will catch a show or set the DVR I would like to follow Sarah’s story line

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