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TV One Announces Upcoming Film from Popular Author’s Book

TV One announced that it has wrapped production on its upcoming original film Don’t Waste Your Pretty,” which is set to premiere in 2021.

Directed by Tamara Bass and written by Katrina O’Gilvie, the film was shot in Atlanta and features Keri Hilson (“Think Like A Man,” “Almost Christmas”), Redaric Williams (“The Yard,” “The Young And The Restless”), Deborah Joy Winans (“Greenleaf”), Jasmine Burke (“Saints & Sinners”), Kaye Singleton (“American Soul”) and Rainey Branch (“Being Mary Jane,” “Grey’s Anatomy”).

Keri Hilson, Redaric Williams and Deborah Joy Winans

“We are thrilled to have successfully completed filming on Don’t Waste Your Pretty,” said Robyn Greene Arrington, Vice President of Original Programming and Production. “Though the impact of COVID-19 postponed the start of production, we ultimately got back work as quickly and as safely possible with our long time production partners at Swirl Films. Our teams employed all of the industry prescribed precautionary measures and scaled down to the most essential elements necessary to produce this film with an abundance of care and consideration for all involved.”

“Don’t Waste Your Pretty” follows a group of tightly knit friends as they sort out their turbulent life issues and love lives – always turning to one another to figure out their next move when jobs, romance or family interactions prove more complicated than they had ever anticipated.

The film is based on the eponymous novel by award award-winning author and media personality Demetria L. Lucas, award-winning author and media personality who formerly served as a relationship editor for Essence Magazine and was featured on Bravo’s “Blood, Sweat, and Heels.”

“Don’t Waste Your Pretty” is Lucas’ second book. Her first book was “A Belle in Brooklyn,” a relationship book that got its name from her popular blog.

Lucas dedicated most of her career towards providing Black women, and Black couples, with relationship advice. She started as a romance book editor and later gave advice through her blog which caught the attention of Essence Magazine. 

She’s said that she never expected “Don’t Waste Your Pretty” to become a film, since she was approached numerous times for her first book, but the offers never panned out. 

In celebration of the announcement, Lucas offered her fans signed copies of “Don’t Waste Your Pretty,” which are available for sale on her website. 

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Written by Martel Sharpe

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