When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story seems to be a huge hit for TV One.
The movie, which first screened at ABFF, stars Lil Mama, Lance Gross, Tami Roman and more.
According to the network, "When Love Kills now ranks as TV One’s #1 original movie premiere of all time among all key demos. This was also TV One’s best Monday Prime Performance of all time among P25-54. Additionally, on Twitter, #WhenLoveKills began trending during the film premiere, starting at #6 nationally and reaching #1 nationally. The hashtag remained in the Top 10 for 7.5 hours until 4 a.m. ET. The show ranked #2 on the Nielsen Social Daily Top Five list with 54,000 unique Facebook and Twitter posts, generating 117,000 interactions."
When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story tells the tragic story of Falicia Blakely, a teen mom from Atlanta who grows up in the fast-lane. When she becomes an exotic dancer, she attracts the attention of local pimp and predator, Dino. His empty promises of a life together turn Falicia into a pawn in his dangerous games; she’s forced to prove her love for him at the expense of innocent lives.
The film is the feature directorial debut of veteran actress, Tasha Smith.
The real-life Falicia Blakely is currently serving life in prison.
In our ABFF review of the film Shadow & Act film critic, Iquo B. Essien stated, "The debut feature film of veteran actress Tasha Smith (Empire), the film showcases Smith’s sharp directorial instincts, masterful shots, and nuanced storytelling. Matched with solid, authentic writing from Cas Sigers-Beedles (Welcome to the Family and Girlfriends Getaway 1 & 2), this film is an absolute revelation."