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"I Won't Love You to Death: The Story of Mario and His Mom" on
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MTV NEWS & DOCS PRESENTS “I WON’T
LOVE YOU TO DEATH: THE STORY OF MARIO AND HIS MOM”
AN INTIMATE LOOK INTO THE R&B SINGER’S LIFE BATTLE WITH HIS MOTHER'S
PREMIERING SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21ST AT 10PM ET/PT
think.mtv.com to offer an Exclusive Discussion with Mario After the
Special, Provide Viewers with Resources and Information on Substance
Abuse & More
MTV’s News & Docs' "I Won't Love You To Death: The Story of Mario and
His Mom" presents an intimate look into the life of Grammy-nominated R&B
singer Mario as he courageously opens up about his personal battle with
his mother’s heroin addiction. This documentary will present the
extremes that are so much a part of Mario’s everyday life – from the
highs of fame to the lows of drug addiction -- and provide an intimate
portrait of a tortured son trying to save his mother while still
continuing to pursue the dreams he’s longed for since childhood. Viewers
will go along on this difficult and emotional journey with Mario in
hopes that in the end his mother Shawn will be free to experience life
without drugs. “I Won’t Love You to Death: The Story of Mario and His
Mom” is set to air on MTV on Sunday, October 21st at 10pm (ET/PT).
Mario is known for selling millions of hit records in addition to his
starring movie roles but with all his successes, few might guess that a
dark family secret has tormented him since childhood. In this hour long
special, MTV’s cameras captured Mario's personal battle with his
mother's addiction through his point-of-view. Coming close to death from
multiple drug overdoses, Shawn was incapable of raising Mario for most
of his young life. Growing up, Mario has struggled with trying to find a
way to cope with and change his mother’s troubled life. At the age of
20, Mario found himself acting as a parent to his own mother by
providing a home for her and paying her expenses. Constantly questioning
where the money is going, Mario is at a crossroads to determine whether
he’s really the doing the best thing for her. With the help of an
interventionist, Shawn’s boyfriend and a close family friend; Mario
prepares for one of the toughest days of his life as he finally
confronts his mom on camera and offers her the gift of rehab.
Think.MTV.com -- a new online community where young people, their
friends and some of the biggest names in pop culture are uniting to
effect positive social change -- will host an exclusive discussion with
Mario right after the show ends, multimedia features on substance abuse
and an in-depth Mario profile. By providing content and resources about
substance abuse and rehabilitation, the Think Community will help
viewers cope with issues featured on the series, educate them about drug
abuse and connect them to the necessary help.
Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, actor Mario is best known for his
hit singles "Just a Friend (2002)" and “Let Me Love You,” which won him
two Billboard awards, as well as for appearing in the films Step Up and
Freedom Writers. His latest album, Go will be released on November 27,
2007 on J Records and includes collaborations with Akon, The Neptunes,
Ne-Yo, Scott Storch, Timbaland, Nelly, Stargate, Mr. Collipark, Polow Da
Don and many more. The Baltimore native has described his new album as
"more personal... more passionate," which can be heard and felt on his
current single “Crying Out For Me,” which is climbing up the charts.
Another standout track from the album which will be featured on the MTV
documentary special is the sincere “Do Right” where Mario speaks about
his mom and her drug addiction.
Think.MTV.com is a dynamic, multimedia-driven and enables youth to
easily learn more about the issues that matter to them most, share their
opinions – via uploaded online videos, podcasts and blogs – and connect
with others to make a difference. The site is one of the only to reward
members for positive actions taken online or off, serving up chances to
hang out with socially conscious celebs, access to exclusive MTV events,
exposure on MTV and other national media outlets, as well as grants,
scholarships and more. Think.MTV.com was built with the help of
financial support and expertise from founding partners the Case
Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Goldhirsh Foundation and
MCJ Amelior Foundation. For more information or to build a profile and
become involved, visit Think.MTV.com.
MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world’s
leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.
MTV Networks, with more than 137 channels worldwide, owns and operates
the following television programming services – MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION,
MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND,
SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE
DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, with
all of these networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects
with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and
its more than 260 interactive properties worldwide, including online,
broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has
licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all
of its programming services can be seen worldwide.
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