I was recently lucky enough to cover the Red Carpet Report for Mingle Media TV at the 21st Annual Pan African Film Festival held at the DGA theater in Hollywood! The goal of the festival is to showcase black and african films, arts, crafts and creative expression. Nearly 150 plus films from around the world were shown as well as prolific fine artists, poets and talented musicians. I was able to interview several celebrities such as Actor Tim Holmes for the film OZ, along with Actresses Loretta Devine, Vanessa Bell Calloway and Ella Joyce to name a few. I was also able to chat with filmmaker Antwone Fisher and several other filmmakers who had works showcased at the festival. There was also a wonderful reception held in the lobby at the DGA theater on opening night at the festival! Here are some photos and interviews from the event, check it out!
Well I’m finally coming down from the high of performing in front of 3 sold out crowds at Stage 52 playhouse for the play “It Always Rains on Sunday” written by Scherrie Payne. That was my first experience performing in front of star names such as Loretta Devine, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Bill Cobbs, Kenny Lattimore (whom I have interviewed on the red carpet at events), just to name a few! We also had industry talent agents and managers attend, theatre producers as well as music producers, family and friends. It was one of the best experiences I’ve had working in the theatre. I had forgotten how much hard work goes in to doing a play. I was able to work with an amazing director/producer Don B. Welch and a hugely talented cast, I definitely had to step up my game with this project lol! All my years of training and study prepared me to play the role of “Louise Patterson” in “It Always Rains on Sunday”. I was challenged and pushed to my limit, and I loved it! I am so deeply grateful for this experience and I can honestly say that I have grown tremendously as an actor and as a person and I can’t wait to tackle my next project!
It Always Rains on a Sunday is a staged play written by Scherrie Payne a former member of the The Supremes and sister of 70’s singing star Freda Payne. It opens September 14th at 8pm and runs thru the 16th at 6pm, 3 night’s only! It will be held at Stage 52 playhouse 5299 West Washington Blvd, Los Angeles CA, 90019. It will be directed and produced by Don B. Welch. I play a lead role and her name is Louise Patterson a wife, and mother caught up in the family drama of lies, pain, betrayal and heartache. “Will the forgiveness of God be enough to mend this broken family?” For tickets call Inglewood tickets 310-671-6400 general admission is $25.00 get them asap as they are selling out! See you there!
Recently I was asked to host the Red Carpet Report for Mingle Media TV at the 17th annual Angel Awards for Project Angel food. The project angel food program prepares and delivers meals to people who are afflicted with Cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life threatening illnesses. It is supported by volunteers and donations and if you’d like to help out, check out their website. The awards honored Pauley Perrette of NCIS and Chris Salgardo the President of Kiehl’s for their contributions. I was able to chat with Pauley and Chris also Kristen Vangsness of CBS’s Criminal Minds along with Gilles Marini of “Dancing with the All Stars” and many others, check out the interviews from the event! To see full play list from the event go here!
Well the New Year is in full swing and the remnants of last year is gone. I always feel that if you start off a new year better and more productive than the last, then you’re doing good. When I started 2011, I didn’t have any of the ideas and goals that I eventually reached last year. Everything just started to unfold, and I made my mind up that I would just roll with it. I got rid of things, people, and stuff that wasn’t serving me well and made room for new and exciting things! Last year I started the year 30 lbs heavier, and this year I’m a little over 30 lbs lighter and feeling fabulous! At the beginning of 2011 all I had was ideas and visions, not really knowing how to execute them. I figured out a way. I learned what I needed to know, and now I have something to show for all of my hard work done throughout the year. I made my web series “On the Move” with Stephanie Garrett happen last year. I want it to be bigger and better this year. I have also started a jewelry line LilaRoseJewelry,which is doing better than I’d hoped. Not to mention that I started off this year 2012 with an awesome new theatrical talent manager. I’m sure some theatrical bookings are not far behind! With Facebook pages, businesses cards, emails addresses, and twitter accounts for all of my business, I think this will be a busy and prosperous year.
I think we should all aspire to be better and more productive in the New Year and every year for that matter. Get rid of things and people who don’t serve your highest good. I think the ultimate goal is to evolve into being the best you that you can be. Stop putting so much stock into what other people are thinking of what it is you’re doing. Heck, if I worried about what someone was saying about me, I’d never leave the house and wouldn’t get anything accomplished! (LOL!) I heard a quote that said” What others think of me, isn’t my problem” and it’s true. So go out and put positive energy and hard work into your goals and visions and make them happen. This is the year to live out loud and in full effect, Go big or go home!~
We are exactly where we’re supposed to be. I have heard this quote often and sometimes it’s comfortable to hear and sometimes it isn’t. You see, I am an agentless actor/host in Hollywood, and I’m hustling to get a new one, but as of this writing, I have yet to find one. I am “in the meantime” stage of life. I have decided to take this approach and continue on my path anyway. To be able to stretch my creativity and tap into the wellspring of that can bring such joy and balance to the soul. I guess I have what I need for the moment, and I am grateful to have projects like producing my videos, making jewelry, and writing to keep me busy and focused. They do bring a sense of purpose and value to my life. Isn’t that what life is all about? So what shall a person do in the meantime? Find joy in the things you love and bring you peace of mind such as, spending time with family or friends, painting, or walking on the beach, whatever that is for you. I feel that it’s all a part of the grand design preparing us to see the vision for our lives, to slow down, take note, and learn. So I sit in a quiet knowing that all things are as they should be; “in the meantime.”~
PS: I just got a new Talent Manager!! Ask and ye shall receive, knock and it shall be opened unto you! I am very happy!~
I am beginning to realize that people like to pee on your parade. They like to diminish your hopes and dreams and make you feel small. With most people, their perception is their reality. Well I am here to tell you that is not my reality! I operate at a higher consciousness, and it is my belief that your own thoughts and actions determine your destiny. Not what someone else’s limited perception or opinion is about you. They can’t think beyond what they see in front of them. When you know and feel that all things are working together for your good, have faith in your beliefs and stay the course. Keep on keeping on, even if you can’t see it.
In recent times, I have had people tell me that I won’t be successful because of my gender, my race, my size, my age and even my cache. Yes in the 21st century we still have people telling us that we won’t become successful because of these things. Then they want to argue with you and tell you that by their statistics, in a (condescending tone) ” That you’re just not going to make it, “it’ll never happen for you”. Oh really? Well I’ve got news for you. You don’t get to determine my destiny! No one knows what the future holds for you or anyone else. They are not privy to what the universe has in store for me or you.
I say use your haters, the naysayers, and the non-believers as fuel to move forward and stay on your path. Let the negativity keep you praying, keep you motivated, keep you in the gym, and keep you focused; what ever it is! Have it keep you working so hard, that you will get that job, partner, and life you want. Become the very best person you know how to be. Never forget that the wise always stay the course.
In closing I say this. Let all that negativity and foolishness make you a fighter and become stronger because of it. Grow a thick skin so when craziness comes at you, it won’t drag you down. You’ll get right back up, dust yourself off and try again. Thank them for helping you move forward into greatness. Remember that they may piss you off and hurt your feelings, but they don’t get to determine your destiny. Now go forward and prosper!~