International R&B recording artist and actor Terrell Carter came to Darby Borough for a two-day event last week that ended with an abruptly cancelled appearance, a heated argument with his Sharon Hill-based promoter and a social media rant against the woman.
The plan called for Carter to speak at the graduation of students from the Darby-based Fresh Start program for teens on Friday then conduct a talent-search workshop the following day with people who paid a fee to attend the sessions.
But after attending the graduation with no problems, the following day, according to Sharon Hill resident Katrena Patterson, who promoted the event, was totally unforeseen.
Carter arrived two-hours late, she said, for a 5 p.m. workshop with aspiring singers, spoken word artists and actors. Instead of jumping in to conduct the session, she said, he demanded to speak with her outside and the two had words over money. Carter then returned to the people assembled and called off the event, offering to refund admittance fees and leaving people wondering what had happened.
The actor, who has appeared in popular movies like Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Think Like a Man Too and Curse of Mesopotamia, left the area and posted on Twitter a rant bashing Patterson with tweets like, “@KatrenaNP any artist should not do business with you. You can always be honest with me and we will work things out but you lied and @KatrenaNP you have not said sorry(;) you have not called one day to make this right because you don’t care. And all the council people that you represented I want them to understand that you represented them horribly @KatrenaNP.”
Patterson said, “I reached out to Mr. Carter and invited him to work with me in an effort to create a scholarship fund for students in the Delaware Valley. The campaign would entail a combination of crowdfunding, face-to interaction, social media, traditional press and search engine platform which is designed to raise funds for non-profit organizations.