Rapper and actress Lil Mama stars in the upcoming TV One movie, Hit A Lick, alongside actor Lance Gross. The movie is about a young woman who gets caught up with the wrong man who leads her down a dangerous path of drugs, gun, and more.
For My Man:
TV One released the trailer for an original TV One movie called, Hit A Lick. The movie will focus on the tragic story of Falicia Blakely, a teen mom who grows up in the fast-lane and eventually takes on a life of crime. Hit A Lick is the first movie that is based on an original TV One series, For My Man. The movie is set to premiere Labor Day weekend and it is the first directorial debut for actress, Tasha Smith. Smith is best known for her roles in the Tyler Perry Movie, Why Did I Get Married? as well as her role as Cookie’s sister on Empire.
See The Hit A Lick Trailer Below:
The movie stars some familiar faces such as rapper and actress Lil Mama playing the role of Falicia Blakely and actor Lance Gross plays the part of Blakely’s love interest and pimp, Dino. Tami Roman from Basketball Wives takes on the role of Stacey, Falicia’s alcoholic mother as well as Big Freedia plays the part of Tam, neighborhood friend and confidante to Falicia’s mother. It may surprise you that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is in the movie as well as he plays the role of Punch, a loud and cocky club owner from Miami. That role seems perfect for him.
Falicia Blakely, was a teenage mom who became an exotic dancer to make ends meet. While dancing, at the young age of 17, she met a man 11 years her senior named Dino,a local pimp and predator. Dino filled Falicia’s head with false promises of them being together. What she didn’t know is that Dino’s plan was to use her as a pawn in his dangerous games as he’s forced to prove her love for him at the expense of innocent lives.
Anything For Love:
Falicia Blakely was born into a life of poverty. Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Blakely was living in an unhealthy environment with her father who was addicted to heroin and prison life. She often was left to take care of herself as she bounced around from living with her mother and grandmother. Eventually, Blakely moved to Atlanta, Georgia to live with her alcoholic mother. With no real guidance, Blakely didn’t attend school and she eventually lived on her own. Because she lacked education along with lacking skills, she was eventually led to the life of exotic nude dancing. Dancing eventually led Blakely to drugs and into the arms of a pimp, “Michael Berry” or “Marcus”.
Blakely met her pimp when she was pregnant. He was a long time customer and she thought she could trust him. “Marcus” or “Michael Berry” informed Blakely that he would take care of her during her pregnancy. Even after she gave birth to her son, her pimp took care of the baby, moved her into a local hotel with the other prostitutes, and watched her son while she danced.
At the age of 18, according to creative loafing , in August 2002, a 34-year-old photographer named Ray Goodwin called Blakely to come visit him. Blakely, along with her friend and fellow dancer, Ameshia “Pumpkin” Ervin joined her as they arrived to Goodwin’s apartment. Apparently their pimp, allegedly ordered them to kill and rob Goodwin or they would be killed. Blakely later admitted to police that she was the one who pulled the trigger on Goodwin and his friend, Claudell Christmas, who’d stopped by the apartment. Sadly, their killing spree wasn’t done. Acting on the orders of their pimp, Berry convinced Blakely and Ervin to kill and rob again. Both girls wound up picking up a man named Lemetrice Twitty and going with him to his Clarkston apartment. There, Blakely shot and killed him.
Both ladies were determined to please their pimp, they took the lives of innocent people. Because Blakely was desperate for her pimp’s love and affection, he convinced her to rob and kill her “tricks” as she and Ervin worked as prostitutes. Before she was sentenced, Blakely reflected on her choices sharing that she wasn’t as cold as people thought.
I want somebody to look at my situation, Blakley said to Creative Loafing. I’m 20. And, according to many, I’m never going to touch ground again. And I’m infected with a virus, which of course means I probably will live half of my years. People are looking at me like I’m just apathetic. I don’t have no heart, no feelings, and I didn’t have no motive. And that’s not true. And I don’t want it to go down in history that that’s the type of person I am. I don’t want people to think that I’m just evil. These women, these young girls, these people out there doing whatever for means of surviving really don’t think about what they’re doing. Those streets are so real. I met so many people out there that would just hit a lick. Everybody’s trying to get somebody. When you’re in there, that’s the moment. You’re willing to do whatever you got to do to get it. And don’t nobody never just think about the life that you’re taking
Blakely and Ervin were captured after a restaurant owner overhead them discussing how they planed to rob the place. The owner called police and discovered that the ladies were driving deceased victim Twitty’s car. Declining counsel, both ladies gave statements in which they confessed to killing the three men. Interestingly enough, they never gave up their pimp and he was not charged for the role he played in the murders. Both ladies were given three life sentences and three 20-year sentences.
In a strange way, even after being captured, Blakely still loved her man.