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Gabrielle Union Is Lectured By Lisa Vidal In New Clip From 'Being Mary Jane' (Premieres 7/2)

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 28, 2013 5:52 PM
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Mary Jane Paul

BET will premiere the pilot/original movie Being Mary Jane, from the creators of The Game - on Tuesday, July 2, at 10:30pm.

Being Mary Jane hails from Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, the hit husband-and-wife duo, stars Gabrielle UnionOmari Hardwick, Tika SumpterBJ BrittLisa Vidal and Richard RoundtreeMargaret AveryRichard BrooksStephen BishopRaven GoodwinLatarsha RoseRobinne Lee and Aaron Spears.

It's the first new project under the mega-production deal the Akils signed with BET last year, and chronicles the work, social and family life of a successful African American career woman (Mary Jane Paul, played by Union), an acclaimed host of a 24-hour national cable news network. As Mary Jane juggles her life, her work and her commitment to family, viewers follow how far she’s willing to go to find those puzzle pieces that she, and society, insist are missing from her life as a single black female.

In a 2012 interview, after principal photography wrapped, Gabrielle Union had this to say about what we can expect from Being Mary Jane:

"Being Mary Jane" is basically about a television host, who has her own show, and how she balances her life. Between wanting to talk about hard hitting news and other stories, she shuffles through her own personal morals. It’s about her trying to stand up for what she believes in but also keeping her ratings. She also struggles with the idea of being raised with the same morals, values and opportunities, throughout her family and being the only one to make it. How does that change the family dynamic? Her family comes from the upper-middle class, but she is the only one out of her siblings that is doing well. Her lack of a love life and the poor choices that she has made are also explored.

Being Mary Jane premiered at the 16th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival presented by BET Networks, last fall.

BET has released a new clip from the film, featuring Union and Lisa Vidal, which is embedded below:

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  • Cray Cray | May 29, 2013 2:42 AMReply

    ..... Mary Jane though? Im gonna watch but that name is just crazy in 2013.. fucking Mary Jane.. really? *sigh*

  • Winston | May 29, 2013 6:49 AM

    Gabby IS about 45 years old . . . so yeah, the name fits the era from which she came.

  • RB | May 29, 2013 12:04 AMReply

    I will wait till it airs to see how I feel about this. Honestly with these character driven dramas, a slow build works best for me. I don't quite see it with these promo clips. Mary Jane, just seems angry and frustrated. So I just need to see both sides of it. So cautiously optimistic.

  • Cherish | May 28, 2013 7:31 PMReply

    It's interesting that this scene - a scene where Mary Jane is lectured by another co-star - was chosen as a sneak peak to the public. Was the purpose of this to showcase the Latina star to attract that audience? Are they trying to downplay Mary Jane's role, like she is more a co-star than star? I don't know, I'm just a suspicious person.

  • juliette | May 28, 2013 7:29 PMReply

    Sergio, Sergio, Sergio - you always say what I'm thinking! I hope that the Akils suprise me with this show....

  • JEFTCG | May 29, 2013 4:25 PM

    Akils surprise? Not happening. Stand in line, hit self in face with pie, cash check, go home, put kids in private school. NEXT!

  • Winston | May 28, 2013 6:23 PMReply

    That thing on Gabby's head is shameful. I wonder, "Just how bad is it underneath all that?" SMDH.

  • Cherish | May 28, 2013 7:27 PM

    Gabrielle Union usually has great weaves. They should let her use her own stylist.

  • sergio | May 28, 2013 6:35 PM

    She got it the same place where Jennifer Hudson gets hers

  • D.A. | May 28, 2013 6:21 PMReply

    I'm sold. Will be tuning in come June 2nd.

  • Jenna | May 28, 2013 6:10 PMReply

    Union and Vidal are great! I can't wait to watch this show.

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