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HOLLYWOOD LIFE: ‘Mama June: From Not to Hot’ Trailer: Is Mama June Pregnant? – Watch!”

Is June Shannon going to become a mama for the fifth time? That’s what the season 3 trailer for her hit show is teasing and the hints aren’t subtle at all!

Life is never boring in June Shannon’s household, especially when TV cameras are around. On Feb. 21, the trailer for season 3 of her hit show Mama June: From Not To Hot dropped and the latest plot twist is that the 39-year-old grandmother and mother-of-four could become a mom for the fifth time, thanks to her boyfriend Geno Doak, 43. The man doing the voiceover for the trailer lays out the situation, saying that June – who lost a jaw-dropping total of 300 pounds by the end of season 1 – is “in danger of packing on the pounds and proving the haters right.” The person adds, “Is she chowing down on stress? Or is she eating for two?”

Interwoven between these hints are clips of June gorging on food. At one point she says, “I’ve gained a little bit of weight back, but I’m not going to be 450 pounds again.” But, in another clip, she says, “Grandma Flow is a little late for her visit this month.” If those hints aren’t as subtle as a sledgehammer, a shot of June’s sister Joanne “Doe Doe” Shannonconfronting Geno drives the point home. She asks him, “Did you knock my sister up?”

If he did, Geno could be leaving June to raise “the baby” (according to the trailer), because he is filmed being arrested and walking out on her in two separate scenes. But June isn’t the only person facing relationship drama this season. Her newlywed daughter Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon, 19, is arguing with her husband Joshua Efird, the father of her 14-month-old baby, Ella. “One lie turns into another and then our marriage is over,” she says to him in one scene. Joshua kicks down the door in another shot.

It’s not all depressing drama though. Fans will get to see behind-the-scene footage of Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, 13, competing on Dancing With the Stars: Juniors and it looks like she has a crush on her partner Tristan Ianiero. Season 3 of Mama June: From Not To Hotpremieres on WE tv on March 15 at 9 p.m. Eastern/8 p.m. Central. In the meantime you can get your fix by watching the wild trailer above.

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OK! MAGAZINE: “Mama June Admits to Gaining Weight After Lap-Band Surgery in ‘From Not to Hot’ Season 3 Trailer”

Mama June and her family are gearing up for season three of Mama June: From Hot To Not and it’s going to be their most jam-packed season yet. The exclusive trailer gives fans an insight into June’s health journey and her battle to keep the weight off two-years after her lap-band surgery

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IN TOUCH: “Does Mama June Gain the Weight Back on ‘From Not to Hot’ — or Is She Actually Just Pregnant?”

If you’re a Honey Boo Boo fan, you probably watched in awe like the rest of us as Mama June Shannon managed to shed hundreds of pounds on Mama June: From Not to Hot. But now that season 3 is rolling around, the challenge isn’t losing weight but keeping it off. And that challenge is proving particularly difficult. The reality star may be going back to her old ways — and her old weights — but another health development may complicate things further. Despite being a grandma, June may be expecting another little Honey Boo Boo of her own. Watch the videoabove to check out the trailer for season 3, and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube ChannelOpens a New Window. .

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PEOPLE: “Mama June Questions If She’s Pregnant as Her Boyfriend Gets Arrested in From Not to Hot Trailer”

Mama June Shannon has gained some pounds since her dramatic weight loss — but could she be eating for a little one on the way?

In a new supertease of Mama June: From Not to Hot, which returns to We tv in March, the reality star admits to gaining some weight back since her physical transformation two years ago.

“I’ve gained a little bit of weight back, but I’m not ever going to be 450 pounds again,” Mama June says.

The trailer then cuts to footage of Mama June’s boyfriend Geno Doak being arrested.

The footage suggests Mama June’s weight gain could be either her “chowing down on stress” — or “eating for two.”

“Grandma flow is a little late for her visit this month,” the reality star says, referencing her period, before the video flashes to a shot of an OB/GYN center.

“Did you knock my sister up?” Mama June’s older sister Doe Doe asks.

While Mama June has previously admitted to wanting to marry Doak, it appears that the couple is going through a rough patch.

“I have no sympathy for you,” Doak says to Mama June as he walks away, leaving her crying alone on her bed.

“Will Geno leave June and the baby?” the teaser questions.

The new season will also follow Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson‘s journey on Dancing with the Stars: Juniors and the tension between Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon and her husband Joshua Efird, who welcomed daughter Ella Grace in December 2017.

Still, the most dramatic part of the upcoming season is Mama June’s “biggest showdown ever” with Sugar Bear’s girlfriend Jennifer, who may be revealed as “the biggest weight loss story of 2019,” says manager Gina Rodriguez.

“Whatever, you are no competition,” Mama June says while working out at Fit Farm. “You better be afraid,” Jennifer replies.

Mama June: From Not to Hot returns March 15 at 9 p.m. ET on WE tv.

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ET ONLINE: “Mama June Is Back to Her Old Eating Habits in ‘From Not to Hot’ Season 3 Trailer — Watch!”

Is Mama June returning to her problematic eating — or is something else going on?

On Thursday, We TV dropped the first promo for the upcoming third season of Mama June: From Not to Hot, teasing that, after losing an astonishing 300 pounds, the reality star is once again eating loads of fatty snacks and carb-filled meals. The trailer showcases June Shannon indulging as her friends and family attempt to point out the lapse following her incredible progress and sleeve gastrectomy.

“I’ve gained a little bit of weight back,” she admits to the camera. “But I’m not ever gonna be 450 pounds again.”

However, there could be another explanation for her newfound appetite. The ad hints that June’s period is late and she’s wondering if she and her boyfriend, Geno Doak, could be having a baby together! June even pays a visit to the doctor to get some answers.

Fans also get a behind-the-scenes look at how June’s daughter, Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Shannon’s, flirty partnership with Tristan Ianiero was going on Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, before she was eliminated. The clip also offers a hint at her other daughter, Lauryn Shannon’s, chaotic marriage to Joshua Efird, including him kicking down a door. Needless to say, the upcoming season is loaded with plenty of ups and downs with the Shannons.

ET previously spoke with June about her and her daughters’ battle with their weight. In January of 2018, she proudly shared that Alana was carefully avoiding fried food and has already seen some progress.

“Alana actually went on a no-grease diet and she’s been, actually, doing pretty good with it,” she shared, adding that her now-13-year-old daughter “doesn’t eat fried food” and is “trying to cut back on soda. That’s something she did [and] that I had [not] done.”

“She’s lost about five pounds, so that’s a huge accomplishment for somebody,” she added. “It was for me. You can put on the weight very easily but it’s not that easy to come off. I promise you.”

June went on to explain that she’s deeply concerned that her children will battle their weight for years to come, just like she has.

“I am worried about their health because I don’t want them to go through what I went through,” she said. “So many people judge on other people and so much on body image, and it’s not about what your body is. I was healthy. I don’t have any medical issues. So for me, I did it for myself and you have to do it for yourself.”

The new season of Mama June: From Not to Hot premieres on March 15 on We TV.

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HEAVY: “Mariana and Chris on My Great Big Live Wedding”

Mariana De Andrade and Chris Singleton will wed live on Lifetime this evening on My Great Big Live Wedding. The couple are high school sweethearts and are tying the knot at a venue near their hometown of Charleston, S.C. Tuesday night, which is about all they know about their wedding.

Most of the ceremony details have been left up to David Tutera, who has planned this wedding and seven others for his new TV show, My Great Big Live Wedding, so the couple knows very little about what to expect for their big night.

“We told him what our dream wedding would look like. Well, my fiancee definitely told him what her dream wedding would look like,” Singleton told the Chicago Tribune. He said Tutera — a celebrity wedding planner — responded, “You know what? I’m going to try to make this thing happen.”

According to the Tribune, approximately 100 people are expected to attend the wedding. Singelton’s 15-year-old brother Caleb is his best man, and his 18-year old sister Camryn is a bridesmaid. Unfortunately, Singleton’s parents won’t be in attendance, as both passed away in recent years. His father passed away from health complications in 2017, and his mother was one of nine parishioners shot and killed when white supremacist Dylann Roof opened fire at a Charleston church in 2015. According to the Tribune, Singleton said he hopes his parents are honored at his wedding ceremony.

“Me and David talked about that, and I thought, I’d love to get something in the wedding that’s … something happy, I guess, not something super sad or anything like that,” Singleton told the Tribune.

The couple met as students at Goose Creek High School near Charleston, and were engaged before their son was born in October, 2017. De Andrade is an accounting student at the College of Charleston, and Singleton played in the outfield for the Cubs’ Class A minor league team in South Bend last year. The production behind My Great Big Live Wedding – Thinkfactory Media – reached out to Singleton and De Andrade last summer to ask if they were interested in applying to be on the show, which would include an all-expenses paid wedding.

“Of course I thought it was a joke at first. I thought it was somebody that calls you or leaves you a message saying you won a free cruise to somewhere,” Singleton said. “And then there was a couple more messages. I said you know what? Maybe this thing’s real. And then I ended up talking to a guy whose name is Justin on the phone, back and forth. He put me through the process of trying to win the wedding and did a couple Skype interviews, one with my family as well, and then, yeah, we were lucky enough to win it.”

Singleton and De Andrade, as well as seven other couples, were chosen for the show due to their “remarkable stories of love and survival redefine real love,” according to Lifetime. Firefighters, wounded veterans and a man who was shot in the 2017 Route 91 Harvest music festival massacre in Las Vegas are among those featured on My Great Big Live Wedding, according to the Tribune.

The Singleton-De-Andrade nuptials are set to be broadcast live at 9 p.m. Tuesday on the Lifetime network. The eight-part series premiered Feb. 5. Tune in tonight for My Great Big Live Wedding to watch the happy couple tie the knot.

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DEADLINE: “Lifetime Orders ‘Cheerleader Generation’, ‘Marrying Millions’ & ‘Temmoraland’ As Network Is Expanding Unscripted Slate”

For years, Lifetime’s unscripted brand had been associated primarily with Project Runway. Then in 2011, Dance Moms came along, followed by the Little Womenfranchise. In 2017, the breakout relationship series Married at First Sight moved to Lifetime from A+E Networks sibling FYI. A year later, the network launched a Justice For Women programming block. That theme was punctuated by this year’s Surviving R. Kelly six-part documentary detailing sexual abuse allegations against Kelly, which was a ratings hit and triggered a social conversation that is still ongoing.

In an interview with Deadline, Gena McCarthy, EVP, Head of Programming, Lifetime Unscripted & Head of Programming, FYI, reveals Lifetime’s plans for following up on the success of Surviving R. Kelly with other docu series, talks about the return of Abby Lee Miller to Dance Moms and possible spinoffs of the hit reality series, and addresses whether the network would take on new fashion/design formats after ending the Project Runway deal last year, McCarthy, who retook the reins of Lifetime’s unscripted programming 10 months ago in addition to her FYI duties, has greenlighted three new series, Cheerleader GenerationMarrying Millions and Temmoraland (working title). Cheerleader Generation marks a return to the cheerleading space which Lifetime explored with the 2006 series Cheerleader Nation in an example of the network’s efforts to reinvent genre areas — and shows — as it also is mulling bringing back How To Look Good Naked.

Additionally, Lifetime will be bringing back the 2016 FYI series Bride and Prejudice, which will follow fellow FYI originals Married at First Sight and Seven Year Switch in a move to Lifetime. The series revolves around couples planning to wed despite their families’ disapproval.

“We currently develop and produce unscripted content in three anchor genres on Lifetime,” McCarthy said. “It’s the world of relationships as defined currently by Married at First Sight. We have My Great Big Live Wedding,which is a big, exciting, nerve-racking swing but it’s something that we’re just extraordinarily proud of.”

Also in the relationship area, “we have an upcoming swing, Bride and Prejudice,which is very timely, we think, that we are bringing to Lifetime. It explores sort of Romeo and Juliet people overcoming divides of race, or class, or religion in pursuit of real love and overcoming obstacles that family and friends might put up.”

Also coming up in the relationship genre is the newly picked up Marrying Millions, “which is asking that ancient question, are they together for love or for money,” McCarthy said. “It is following these unexpected couples in which one person is extraordinarily wealthy and one is not. Sometimes, it’s the standard archetype, and sometimes it’s the woman who’s wealthy and the man is not. It is a very provocative concept and a big swing for us.”

The second anchor unscripted genre, “I call it our big character, big talent wheelhouse, currently defined by performance-based shows like Dance Moms, or Bring It!, or The Rap Game. We’re bringing a mother-daughter cheerleader format back to Lifetime with Cheerleader Generation,” McCarthy said.

“We have a show called Temmoraland coming in our big character, big performance, big talent on display wheelhouse. Temmora Levy runs a bootcamp, a training school for aspiring singers in Tennessee, and she’s an amazing, lightning in a bottle character that we think will work really well the way Coach D and Abby Lee Miller really resonate with Lifetime viewers.”

Speaking of Miller, McCarthy confirmed that “a Dance Moms resurrection is under way” with the famed dance instructor who has been dealing with health issues. “That’s what we are calling it, with Abby, and back to her home town of Pittsburgh, PA where it all began, where she bred championship dancers and teams, and she’s building a new dance troupe, ready to take on nationals once again.”

Through the years, Dance Mons has produced a number of stars, including the Ziegler sisters. Is Lifetime considering expanding the franchise with shows built around former Dance Momsstandouts?

“We are going back in with a fresh team,” McCarthy said. “(Miller) rebuilds her studio and her troupe of dancers. We’ve looked at spinoffs with some of the originals, and that’s not off the table, but right now, we’re focused on relaunching the mothership franchise and just reestablishing its dominance once again.”

Lifetime’s third anchor unscripted genre is documentaries/limited docuseries focused on women’s issues. “We have reignited our Justice for Women night as defined by the trailblazing success of Surviving R. Kelly,” McCarthy said. In light of that success, the network is “looking at a lot of different subjects” for docuseries.

“There is nothing I can confirm at the moment, but we’re looking at more Justice for Women tentpole miniseries events,” she said. “We’re looking at a subgenre approach that we’re calling our Caped Crusaders, women who served in various vocations in jobs, finding some of those unsung heroes that have always worked in scripted series in Lifetime’s history, but for an unscripted audience in storytelling format.”

Lifetime aired Surviving R. Kelly despite a legal threat by the musician. Asked whether the network considered not airing the docu or whether last-minute cuts were made, McCarthy said, “We took our time to do (the series) with great deliberation and with great factual research and accuracy. You have one shot to get it right with a swing like this, so we are very, very proud that we were able to share these women’s stories, in their voices, sharing their experiences, in this factual documentary event.”

More than a month after Surviving R. Kelly aired, there are still new developments, including reports of a grand jury convened in Illinois in connection with the new allegations against him. Will Lifetime do a followup?

“We continue to follow the story and we are looking at potential follow-ups,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy oversaw Lifetime’s unscripted efforts in the early 2010s, launching Dance Moms, followed by Bring It!, overseeing Project Runway and shepherding its All Stars spinoff. She then moved to help launch the rebranded sibling factual entertainment lifestyle network FYI as head of programming, developing such series as Married At First Sight, Seven Year Switch and Bride and Prejudice. “A lot of that content, particularly the relationship content, proved to be so strong that now I’ve returned to Lifetime and have brought a lot of that breakthrough, innovative relationship content with me, which is a new anchor for unscripted content on Lifetime,” she said. “Shows like Married at First Sight, which is I believe the highest-rated serialized content, certainly in unscripted, right now at the brand, and shows like Seven Year Switch.”

While Project Runway was a signature Lifetime series for a decade, the network has no intention of returning to the fashion space.

“The relationship genre that we have is closer to the natural Lifetime voice, so we’re really pushing out that strand aggressively, and it delivers a very upscale audience to Lifetime the way Runway did,” McCarthy said. “So, we’re really focusing on doing more of those homegrown relationships and big character, big talent performance wheelhouse shows, because they’re just an organic, authentic fit on Lifetime. We are looking at some transformational formats, as well, but they’d be homegrown formats in a Lifetime voice from day one.”

McCarthy gave an example of a transformational series the network is looking into.

“There were some transformational formats, like How to Look Good Naked, which is a great British format that had two seasons here,” McCarthy said. “I think that’s an interesting space to play in, so we are looking at bringing some fresh brand-defining talent to the network and transformational self-contained formats.”

Lifetime recently marked its 35th anniversary, giving McCarthy an opportunity to look back as well as ahead.

“Lifetime is a magnificent brand, and in a sense, we’re going back to basics across all of the genres and being as inventive and fresh and innovative as we can in presenting these proven genres and exciting new formats and through exciting new voices,” she said. “We’re having a great quarter, off to a fast start this year and a wonderful year lies ahead.”

Here is more information about Lifetime’s newly ordered unscripted series:

Temmoraland (working title)

Former recording artist Temmora Levy is on a mission to help future superstars achieve their highest potential through music. After her own tough upbringing in and out of foster homes, Temmora fell in love with the art of singing and performance. Today, Temmora owns Arommet Academy, an artist development academy in Memphis, providing a safe haven for talented children to escape whatever they might be going through. Juggling the challenges of training the kids while dealing with their stage parents, managing the teen girl group KARMA, and keeping up with the daily demands of motherhood and marriage, Temmora definitely has her work cut out for her. While she makes it her priority for each child to feel loved and accepted, make no mistake, Temmora is not an easy critic. If her students want to make it to the top, they better be prepared to work! Eight one-hour episodes have been ordered to debut later this year on Lifetime. Temmoraland (working title) is produced by Brian Graden Media for Lifetime with Brian Graden and Dave Mace as executive producers. Gena McCarthy, Brie Miranda Bryant and Mioshi Hill serve as executive producers for Lifetime.

Cheerleader Generation

Cheerleader Generation is a documentary series set in the exciting world of competitive cheerleading, following the lives of two squads and their fierce, hardworking coaches, Lexington Kentucky’s Dunbar High School coach Donna Martin and her daughter, Ole’ Miss head coach, Ryan O’Connor.  While Donna pushes her team to new heights to return Dunbar to its former glory of reigning champs, Ryan is fighting to earn the respect of her peers, her collegiate team and her mother. The stakes are high as Donna and Ryan also compete to be the first ever mother-daughter coaches going after national championship titles in the same year while dealing with the real-life drama of college students trying to find their independence, high-school students trying to survive adolescence and their mothers who are trying to keep it all together too. Ten one-hour episodes have been ordered to air this year on Lifetime. Cheerleader Generation is produced by Propagate Content for Lifetime and executive produced by Ben Silverman, Howard Owens, Laurie Girion and Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo. Gena McCarthy and Cat Rodriguez executive produce for Lifetime.

Marrying Millions

Relationships are complicated, but when one partner is super rich and the other is most definitely NOT, “complicated” doesn’t even begin to describe it. Marrying Millions follows six couples who are deeply in love and hoping to marry, but who come from completely different worlds. Regular people are whisked off their feet and plunged into a high-end life of riches, extravagant experiences, and glamorous trips around the globe. It sounds like a modern-day fairytale, but it’s definitely not all champagne and caviar. On the road to the altar, the couples must try to bridge their vast differences and fit into each other’s alien worlds. Ten one-hour episodes have been ordered to air for this year. Marrying Millions is produced by Sharp Entertainment for Lifetime. Gena McCarthy and James Bolosh executive produce for Lifetime.

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CHICAGO TRIBUNE: “Cubs prospect Chris Singleton to wed on live TV”

Cubs prospect Chris Singleton is marrying his high school sweetheart, Mariana De Andrade, Tuesday night at a venue near their hometown of Charleston, S.C. — and that’s pretty much all they know about their big day. The rest of the ceremony details have been left to David Tutera, who has planned this wedding and seven others for his new TV show, “My Great Big Live Wedding.”“We told him what our dream wedding would look like. Well, my fiancee definitely told him what her dream wedding would look like,” Singleton told the Tribune by phone. He said Tutera — a celebrity wedding planner — responded, “You know what? I’m going to try to make this thing happen.”

The Singleton-De-Andrade nuptials are set to be broadcast live at 9 p.m. Tuesday on the Lifetime network. About 100 people are expected at the all-expenses-paid wedding. Singleton’s 15-year-old brother, Caleb, is his best man, and his 18-year-old sister, Camryn, is a bridesmaid.

The Singleton siblings lost both parents in recent years. Their dad, Chris, died in 2017 from health complications. Their mom, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, was one of nine black parishioners fatally shot by white supremacist Dylann Roof at a Charleston church in 2015. Singleton said he hopes his parents are honored at his wedding ceremony.

“Me and David talked about that, and I thought, I’d love to get something in the wedding that’s … something happy, I guess, not something super sad or anything like that,” said Singleton, who played in the outfield for the Cubs’ Class A minor league team in South Bend last year.

Singleton, 22, and De Andrade, 21, met as students at Goose Creek High School near Charleston. They got engaged before their son, Chris Jr. (C.J.), was born in October 2017.

Last summer, Thinkfactory Media — the production company behind “My Great Big Live Wedding” — reached out to Singleton to ask if he was interested in applying for a free wedding.

“Of course I thought it was a joke at first. I thought it was somebody that calls you or leaves you a message saying you won a free cruise to somewhere,” Singleton said. “And then there was a couple more messages. I said you know what? Maybe this thing’s real. And then I ended up talking to a guy whose name is Justin on the phone, back and forth. He put me through the process of trying to win the wedding and did a couple Skype interviews, one with my family as well, and then, yeah, we were lucky enough to win it.”

Singleton and De Andrade, an accounting student at the College of Charleston, and seven other couples were chosen for the show because their “remarkable stories of love and survival redefine real love,” according to Lifetime. Firefighters, wounded veterans and a man who was shot in the 2017 Route 91 Harvest music festival massacre in Las Vegas are among those featured on “My Great Big Live Wedding.” The eight-part series premiered Feb. 5.

Singleton said he may be able to squeeze in a honeymoon before he reports to Cubs spring training in Arizona on March 1. The Cubs signed him in 2017.

He visited the Chicago area last week to talk to students at Lewis University in southwest suburban Romeoville. He’s been speaking at colleges, high schools and churches since his mother’s death, spreading his message that “love is stronger than hate.”

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THE NEWS STAR: David Tutera designing Louisiana native’s dream wedding

Joslyn Pennywell found her knight in shining armor. She said her fiance, Kibwe Trim, is a dream come true.

On March 19, the two will tie the knot in front of their family and friends and everyone tuned into Lifetime.

The pair from Van Nuys, California, were chosen to be among eight couples featured on “My Great Big Live Wedding.”

Celebrity wedding planner David Tutera surprised them with the announcement that he’s going to entirely plan their wedding.

Joslyn said when she was younger, she watched “My Fair Wedding” and hoped Tutera could design her big day.

She had no idea her wildest hopes — for her groom and her wedding planner — would come true.

For Kibwe, the experience is proof that good things come to people who are disciplined, determined and dedicated.

He grew up in Trinidad, a small Caribbean island, watching a lot of TV and nursing what he thought were impossible dreams.

Kibwe got a college scholarship and moved to the U.S. then went on to play pro basketball internationally. In 2013, he started DreamChaser International, an nonprofit that offers scholarships and mentoring for at-risk youth. He wrote a book, “From Nerd to Pro” and gives inspirational talks.

Joslyn is originally from northeastern Louisiana. She attended Boley Elementary in West Monroe and graduated from Jonesboro-Hodge High School in Jonesboro. Her family still lives in the area.

The couple met a few years ago at The Parlor, a sports bar on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. They were watching daytime football with their friends. Joslyn was in the restroom when a woman randomly asked her to take a picture. As she and the stranger were leaving the bathroom, the stranger asked 6-foot-10 Kibwe to take a photo, too, because he was tall.

Joslyn said she grabbed his hand and led him over for the photo, then they went back to their groups of friends. They kept making eye contact, then she approached him.

They’ve been together ever since.

A stranger somewhere has their first photo. Joslyn laughed that they’d love to get a copy.

She’s accustomed to being in the public eye. She was on “America’s Next Top Model” in 2008 and has continued her career as a model, actress and producer. Kibwe said she naturally started working with him at DreamChaser.

Half of the couple’s wedding registry will go toward helping others. Dream Chaser is working on a “One Word, One Globe,” campaign. The idea is to raise $10,000 annually to help young people in 10 deserving countries. They want to start with the first country in August, but that depends on fundraising efforts.

Together, they have organized drives, run athletic camps, spoken at schools and volunteered their time. In April 2018, they did an Easter event with Blessed Beyond Measure in Monroe.

Kibwe said they met on Nov. 16 a few years ago. His birthday is May 16, hers is Jan. 16. Sixteens are important to them. So he made dinner on July 15, then waited until after midnight to pop the question.

Initially, the two kept the engagement quiet. They wanted to wait and be more public with it when they went to visit his family in Trinidad over Thanksgiving, but that trip fell through. (Kibwe did a second public proposal with her friends.)

Joslyn has met her future in-laws over video chat, but she’ll be meeting most of Kibwe’s family and finally get to hug them when they come to Los Angeles for the wedding.

It makes the event even more special to her. She said the whole experience is blessing, from the groom to the whole fantasy planning experience.

Joslyn won’t see her dress until fittings the week of the event. Both said handing over the wedding planning is a little nerve-wracking, but Tutera has met with them a few times to make sure things are on track. They trust him implicitly.

For both of them, the whole wedding is about dreams coming true.

Tune in

Joslyn and Kibwe will get married March 19. The show will start at 9 p.m. CT.

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SHREVEPORT TIMES: “Lifetime’s ‘My Great Big Live Wedding with David Tutera’ features Shreveport bride”

A Shreveport bride’s dream is coming true thanks to the television reality wedding series and a celebrity wedding planner.

“My Great Big Live Wedding with David Tutera” spotlights eight inspirational couples who will take turns having their weddings broadcast live on each episode. The new season premiered on Feb. 5 with new episodes every Tuesday on the Lifetime channel.

At 9 p.m. March 19, Joslyn Pennywell, of Shreveport, will marry her fiance Kibwe Trim, of Trinidad, in a ceremony set in their current residence of Los Angeles.

The couple planned their dream wedding with show host David Tutera. Tutera is an award-winning celebrity wedding planner whose style and expertise caught Pennywell’s eye years ago.

“David is amazing,” Pennywell said. “He’s such a beautiful spirit, such an amazing man and so talented. When I was in college, I used to watch ‘My Fair Wedding with David Tutera’ and I used to say, ‘That man is going to do my wedding.'”

Pennywell was born in Lucky, Louisiana — a small town in Bienville Parish about an hour and a half southeast of Shreveport. She attended Grambling State University where she graduated with a bachelor of science in business and a masters of science in criminal justice. After living in Shreveport, where her family still resides, Pennywell moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career goals in 2010.

Since then, she’s embarked on many professional pursuits, including as a product specialist, nonprofit leader, actor, writer, public speaker and model. She competed on the competitive reality series, “America’s Next Top Model” on cycle 11.

Trim is a former professional basketball player and founder of a social networking company called L.A. Lime and the nonprofit The DreamChaser International Foundation, led by the couple.

DreamChaser provides tutoring, mentoring and financial aid to kids in underserved communities in the U.S., Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Africa. A portion of the funds contributed to Pennywell and Trim’s online wedding registry will benefit the organization.

The pair met at a California sports bar when a stranger impressed with both of their heights asked to take a photo with them — Pennywell is 5’11 and Trim is 6’10.

After the chance meeting, sparks flew leading to the two to date, and Trim proposing to Pennywell last summer.

“My Great Big Live Wedding,” slated with Lifetime’s Real Love Tuesdays, will highlight the couple’s remarkable lives and the paramount story of finding true love.

“Not only do I have my knight in shining armor — Mr. Kibwe Trim — I have the famous and most amazing wedding planner in the world to do my wedding. I’m on cloud nine,” Pennywell said.

Follow The Shreveport Times for more about the Pennywell and Trim’s love story and upcoming live wedding episode. 

If you watch

What: “My Great Big Live Wedding with David Tutera” featuring Joslyn Pennywell and Kibwe Trim

Where: Lifetime channel

When: 9 p.m. March 19

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