Tika Sumpter! What’s Been Up?

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photo: Essence

If you ask me, we haven’t seen enough of the gawgeous Tika Sumpter lately. So what has she been up to?  Well to start, she is back on OWN as the wickedly conniving seductress, Candace Young.

The Haves and The Have Nots returned from a hiatus last night with the continuation of an intense season 4.  Back in March, Sumpter’s character approached the break with a cleverly concealed baby bump in tow. Since then, Tika has given birth to a bouncing baby girl, sweetly named Ella-Loren.

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photo: @tikasumpter IG

During her pregnancy, the actress graced the cover of Fit Pregnancy, black girl magic in full effect.  And with the birth of her daughter, Tika Sumpter joined forces with Dove as a partner. She signed on to support their #RealMoms campaign. The campaign promotes the brand’s line of gentler products created for infants.




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Ella’s father is someone you may also recognize. Nick James, Sumpter’s easy-on-the-eyes cast mate on the HAHNs. James plays the son of the nosiest neighbor on the fictional block; who is also a crooked cop and undercover lover to Gavin Houston’s character, Jeffrey Harrington.  According to Tika, she and Nick were engaged on Christmas morning of 2016. The actress described the proposal in an interview as

“just simple and just awesome”.

Tika is generally very private. But if you’re paying attention, she sometimes offers subtle peeks into her beautiful family life via Instagram; on her own terms, of course.

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photo: Tika’s Instagram

From being a new mom and partner to her fiancé, to playing the lead role in a hit television show, Tika is out here working! It was recently announced that she has been tapped to portray the wife of a detective played by Casey Affleck in the upcoming film The Old Man And The Gun.  She’s in good company. The production also stars movie veterans Danny Glover, Sissy Spacek and Robert Redford.  The film details the story of a career criminal/prison escapee, who has grown old, as he attempts yet another scheme. The premiere is scheduled for 2018. In the meantime, catch Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots every Tuesday night on OWN, check your local listing for times.


Tika Sumpter HAHN Promo

Nikki T

Lifestyle/Entertainment writer for Kontrol Magazine; Freelance Editor/Blogger

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