Queen Latifah and singer/producer Nicci Gilbert have teamed to create a new docu-series titled, From the Bottom Up, which follows five women who were quite successful until the unforeseen circumstances that come with life derailed their careers.
The series stars Christine Beatty, Kimberly Smedley, Stacii Jae Johnson, Chrystale Wilson, and Sara Stokes. Beatty is infamous for being the side piece of disgraced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. She served jail time and probation after testifying against Kilpatrick, who recently lost an appeal and is serving 28 years in prison.
Wilson is best known as the bisexual stripper Ronnie who woos Lisa Raye in the movie The Players Club.
Atlanta residents may recall Johnson lost her lucrative job as Mayor Kasim Reed‘s event coordinator when she was arrested for a DUI.
Stokes found fame via Puff Daddy’s Making The Band 2. Since her appearance on the show, she has been arrested multiple times — mainly for assaulting her husband.
Below is the official series synopsis from Centric:
FROM THE BOTTOM UP is a six-part docu-series that follows the journey of five women, after falling from grace, as they try to make the necessary changes to turn their lives around and find redemption for themselves and their families. The series provides an unfettered view into their world and the organic chaos within their individual lives. The series tackles real, raw, gritty, emotional and honest issues from women who are smiling on the outside, but two minutes from dying on the inside. It’s not what you have, but what you do with what you have that matters! Starring Christine Beatty; Sara Stokes; Chrystale Wilson; Kim Smedley and Stacii Jae Johnson.
“From the Bottom Up” airs Jan. 16 at 10 p.m. ET on Centric.