The rebranded Centric, now self-described as the first network designed for Black women, has announced the launch of a new docu-series from Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment shingle, titled "From the Bottom Up," which follows five high profile
women after a publicized fall from grace.
Starring Christine Beatty, Stacii Jae Johnson,
Chrystale Wilson, Sara Stokes and Kim Smeadly; the six part series will follow them on the long
road to redemption as they strive to change their lives, rebuild their families and live their
dreams. The series provides an unfettered view into their world and the organic chaos within
their individual lives, tackling real, raw, gritty, emotional and honest issues from women who are
smiling on the outside, but two minutes from dying on the inside.
The series is directed by Stacey Muhammad (all 6 episodes) and executive produced by Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Nicci Gilbert, Luchia
Ashe, Yaneley Arty and Rene Garcia.
It premieres on Centric with a
simulcast on BET Networks on January 16 at 10 pm ET, followed by new episodes every
Saturday night on Centric.
Meet the cast:
– Christine Beatty
Christine Beatty was once the powerful and well respected Chief of Staff
for Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Christine resigned amid a political sex-
scandal and criminal charges of perjury. Her hardships have caused her
to relocate to Atlanta in hopes for a fresh start.
– Stacii Jae Johnson
Stacii Jae Johnson was one of the best political fundraisers in the city of
Atlanta. After being pulled over and arrested for DUI, her promising
career began to unravel. She plans to use her wits and connections to
navigate her way back to the top.
– Kim Smeadly
Kim Smedley was administering illegal butt-injection procedures from hotel
rooms across the United States and amassing a great deal of wealth and
notoriety. These activities ultimately landed her in federal prison. Now she
has written a tell-all book and seeks to rebuild herself in a new positive light
as a legit business owner.
– Sara Stokes
Sara Stokes is known for being a part of Diddy’s group from “Making
The Band 2.” Sara has since struggled in her solo career and has
suffered from bouts of domestic violence in her personal life.
Recently released from prison, she is headed to Atlanta to work
on her music and get a fresh start.
– Chrystale Wilson
Chrystale Wilson is best known for her role in the movie “The Player’s
Club.” Chrystale has continued to try and work as an actress, but her
career hasn’t quite hit its stride. After years of personal struggle, she is
ready to find her place in the spotlight.
Watch a promo for the series below: