BET’s “Sistas” & “Zatima” Star Devale Ellis is getting a little deep on his podcast that he shares with his wife Khadeen!
The two spoke about the recent school shootings and how he gets anxiety every time he drops his children off at school.
Devale took to Instagram to share:
“Who would have thought that a young man from Brooklyn, New York that went to school in East New York right across the street from Gershwin Park— would move out of New York to provide his sons a chance at a better education & better quality of life would have the type of anxiety I have today every time my children go to school?
WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON AMERICA?!?!
And no I’m not anti 2nd amendment. I own several fire arms as I am a home and business owner. But as a parent the one place I shouldn’t have to worry about my children is at school. I’ll tell you one thing about living in Brooklyn. I was a mentor and an educator for over 10 years after retiring from the NFL. The children were safe inside our establishment. Beef was real. Gang violence was sometimes an issue, but mass shootings weren’t part of the culture.
How are you parents dealing with this growing epidemic in American culture? Cause I’m bout 2 seconds from home schooling mine. 🤷🏾♂️
FULL EPISODE AVAILABLE ON PATREON.“
We’re happy they’re speaking about this! This is a subject that needs all of the attention that it can get. These are scary times and we hope that everyone can remain safe.
Sistas follows a group of single Black females as they navigate their “complicated love life,” careers and friendship through the ups and downs of living in a modern world of social media and unrealistic relationship goals. The women must navigate this new-age dating scene as they continue to search for love in their 30’s.
Sistas ensemble cast includes KJ Smith, Mignon, Ebony Obsidian, Novi Brown, Crystal Renee’ Hayslett, DeVale Ellis, Chido Nwokocha, Anthony Dalton II, Brian Jordan Jr., Kevin A. Walton, and Trinity Whiteside.
Tyler Perry’s Zatima” follows popular “Sistas” characters Zac (Devale Ellis) and Fatima (Crystal Renee Hayslett) as they navigate the ups and downs of their relationship. In season two of Tyler Perry’s “Zatima,” Zac and Fatima’s relationship is challenged on a whole new level. Zac deals with internal discord which is only exacerbated after seeing his mother, Gladys, whom he hasn’t seen in quite a long time. Fatima begins to question herself and if she’s really what Zac needs when she can’t get through to him about dealing with past issues.
DEVALE ELLIS as “Zac”: A working-class, blue-collar guy that works at the airport. He has high hopes and dreams but seems to feel unworthy of the women he dates. As Karen’s boyfriend of three years, he has confidence and insecurity issues. In search for his manhood, he makes some questionable decisions
CRYSTAL RENEE HAYSLETT as “Fatima”: Fatima is a beautiful young woman who works as a paralegal at a powerful, white law firm. Fatima has been hurt and keeps her heart guarded.
CAMERON FILLER as “Nathan”: Nathan is married to Lori who keeps him in check at every turn and holds him accountable for his responsibilities.
REMINGTON HOFFMAN as “Bryce”: Bryce is a relatively new friend of Zac’s who works with Gary and is helping Zac with his stock investments. He has stepped in and become a confidant and somewhat of a rescuer to Zac. Bryce is also dating Angela, who happens to be Fatima’s best friend.
NZINGA IMANI as “Angela”: Angela is Fatima’s best female friend who is dating Bryce. Angela has no idea that Bryce’s friend Zac is the man who is moving in with Fatima — but soon realizes that she’s heard all about the shady corners of Zac’s life from Bryce.
RECURRING CAST:JASMIN BROWN as “Deja”: Deja is Devale’s tenant who is a nail technician by day and stripper by night.GUYVIAUD JOSEPH as “Tony”: Tony is Zac’s friend who despises love and relationships. Tony comes down hard on Zac for moving in with Fatima and tries to convince Zac that he should enjoy the freedom of finally having money and the single life.
DANIELLE LAROACH as “Belinda”: Belinda is Fatima’s “tell like it is” friend who adds a whole new layer of challenges to Zac and Fatima’s relationship.
MARQUITA GOINGS as “Valerie”: Valerie is a successful realtor who is wowed by the work that Zac has done on his house. When she learns he’s intending to flip properties, she offers to put together a list for him and assist him with her expertise.
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Tyler Perry Studios is a state-of-the-art film and television production facility founded in 2006 by actor, producer, filmmaker, playwright, and philanthropist Tyler Perry. Located in Atlanta, Georgia on the historic grounds of the former Fort McPherson army base, the new 330-acre campus is one of the largest production studios in the country. It boasts a variety of shooting locations including 40 buildings on the national register of historic places, 12 purpose-built sound stages, 200 acres of green space and an expansive backlot.