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David E. Talbert's Popular Stage Plays Continue on BET This Sunday, February 10 at 1:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The "King of Playwrights" and the Writer/Director of Hit Comedy "First Sunday" Chooses BET, the #1 Cable Network for African Americans, as the Home for His Hit Stage Plays

NEW YORK, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- BET viewers made David E. Talbert's "The Fabric of a Man" premiere on January 27 the #1 movie event for BET season-to- date, averaging 1.4 million viewers. This weekend, BET brings viewers more of Talbert's stage plays to the channel with "He Say, She Say" on Sunday, February 10 at 1:00 p.m. ET/PT, and "Love on Layaway" on Sunday, February 17 at 1:00 p.m. ET/PT.
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 About the Plays



THE FABRIC OF A MAN is a jewel in the Talbert crown of romantic musical stage plays. It's the story of Dominique Majors (Tammy Townsend), an up-and- coming fashion designer in love with Blair Godfrey (Clifton Powell), a self- centered stockbroker who wishes she'd focus less on her career and more on him. One night Dominique stumbles into an old-school dry cleaner, where she meets Joshua King (Darren DeWitt Henson), a good-looking young tailor who takes interest in more than just her dry cleaning. Torn between the comfort of finance and the potential of new romance, Dominique is forced to decide which fabric of which man best suits her. It's your front row ticket to inspirational theatre at its best!

HE SAY...SHE SAY...BUT WHAT DOES GOD SAY? -- David E. Talbert, whose hilarious blockbuster FIRST SUNDAY is in theaters now, brings the first-ever television premiere of his popular stage plays to BET! In one of Detroit's toughest neighborhoods, a small church finds itself stuck next door to a nightclub frequented by hustlers, pimps, and gangsters. Both the church's congregation and the club's dangerous owners decide to try and rid the neighborhood of the other, leading to uncertainty and a series of tense confrontations. Starring Clifton Powell, Tommy Ford, and N'Bushe Wright.

LOVE ON LAYAWAY -- David E. Talbert's stage play about a wildly inventive, laugh-out-loud journey inside the lives of three couples living in a Philadelphia neighborhood. First, there's Ms. Willanetta, who after a life- changing religious experience, no longer wants to have relations with her suitor of twelve years, Renzo. Next, there's Epiphany, a single mother who has yet to decide who will be the man in her life, her new boyfriend Reggie or her six-year-old son, Man Man. Finally, there's Monique Graham, who feels as if her relationship with live-in boyfriend Anthony is on layaway and he's making the absolute lowest monthly payments. Starring Cassi Davis, Buddi Lewis, Joi Campbell, Chico Bennymon, and Mel Jackson.

About David E. Talbert

Already one of the highest grossing and most recognizable brands in the worlds of urban comedies and inspirational musicals, David E. Talbert is now on the Hollywood fast track, currently directing his feature film debut entitled FIRST SUNDAY. The Sony/Screen Gems film stars Ice Cube, Katt Williams and Tracy Morgan and follows two unlikely best-friends who fumble their way through a plot to rob their local church. A writer, director, producer, composer, playwright, novelist, and visionary, David E. Talbert is one of the most creative minds working in diverse avenues from urban theaters to mainstream Hollywood.

Heralded by the San Francisco Chronicle as "Something of a Phenomenon...", Talbert's works have been performed for audiences of 2.5 million and he has been nominated for an astounding 24 NAACP Awards, winning five, including Best Playwright for The Fabric Of A Man and the New York Literary Award for Best Playwright for his latest musical "Love In The Nick Of Tyme." The soundtrack to Talbert's eighth play, His Woman His Wife, skyrocketed to #20 on the Billboard's inspirational album charts. Talbert's debut novel, Baggage Claim became an instant national bestseller, climbing to #2 on the Essence Bestseller list. Talbert perfected the practice of making theatrical plays available on DVD. Because of this, his work is now enjoyed in over 20 countries, spanning four continents.

From being hand-picked to write and produce the NBC special for Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, to his best-selling novel collaboration with hip hop icon Snoop Dogg, Talbert is a highly sought-after collaborator across all media. Other recent projects include: a stage tour of his 12th play Love in the Nick of Tyme starring Morris Chestnut and a newly created reality show for the TV One network entitled David E. Talbert presents StageBlack.

A graduate of Morgan State University, Talbert earned his bachelor's degree in marketing and later attended New York University, where he enrolled in its accelerated film program.

For up-to-the-minute information, footage and photos about the special, please visit http://www.bet.com/.

About BET Networks

BET Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. , is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 87 million households according to Nielsen Media Research, and can be seen in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET Digital Networks -- BET J, BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Mobile, a service venture into the lucrative world of ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, an extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

CONTACT: Tracy McGraw of BET Networks, +1-212-846-7879, tracy.mcgraw@bet.net

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