D'ESSENCE GOES OFF ON BRANDON OVER HIS BEHAVIOR TOWARDS BEONKA AND REMINDS HIM HOW TO TREAT WOMEN ON THE NEXT EPISODE OF RICKEY SMILEY FOR REAL, TUESDAY, AUGUST 29 AT 8 P.M. ET

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D'essence has a sit-down with her brother Brandon to warn him about the negative effects of his bad behavior in his fledgling relationship with Beonka, on the next episode of TV One's Rickey Smiley For Real, airing
Tuesday, August 29 at 8 p.m. ET.

Recently, Brandon's girlfriend Beonka shared with D'essence and Porcia that she and Brandon had been navigating some tough hurdles in their relationship, including Brandon's calling her an offensive name and being disrespectful towards her. In an effort to set him straight, D'essence gave Brandon a piece of her mind on how he should be treating her. He was initially reluctant to listen, but gives her a chance to speak.

"You can't degrade women. Don't mentally degrade her, mentally abuse her. That's not right. Because somebody could be doing that your mother, your sister, your daughter," says
D'essence. "You don't keep constantly hurting somebody that you love."

Meanwhile, Rickey was approached with an opportunity to develop a sitcom based off of his work as a radio station host. His staff is on board, and he decides to test the waters by doing a script reading with Gary opposite actress Lisa Wu. But can Gary get serious and handle the part?

"This is real important. I think that the morning show should branch out and start doing other stuff. This will help ya'll branch out and make a name for yourselves, because preparation meets opportunity," says Rickey. "This is an opportunity for all of us - me as a director, [for] you in front of the camera."

And Da Brat fills in her friend and fellow radio personality Monie Love about her experience of returning to prison to share some words of wisdom with the women behind bars. She was deeply humbled to have had the opportunity, and wants to do more motivational speaking of that nature in the future.

"I feel like I connected with them and I motivated them and hopefully I reached out to if not one then a couple of people to inspire them to be better and not go back. It was very deep for me," says Da Brat. "I'm just glad [my time is prison is] over, but I think it's something that needed to happen to me because I was wildin' out and I feel like it was going to be death or jail. So I'm grateful to God that I had to go to jail."

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