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All Other Ground breaks new ground when it comes to inspirational love stories

All Other Ground breaks new ground when it comes to inspirational love stories
  All Other Ground is the third book in award-winning author, Doris Dancy’s Redemptive Love Series and it doesn’t disappoint. Summer Carlton, the protagonist in this riveting story told in multiple POVs, is distraught because the man she’s in love with is marrying another woman. She’s so devastated that she thinks about doing the unthinkable, but fate would have it that her plans are thwarted. And instead of ending her life, she starts a new one, miles away from the home where she grew up. Summer becomes fast-friends with Jillian, a Christian woman who’s married with two children. Jillian invites Summer to her church picnic where Summer meets some interesting people, one of whom piques her curiosity. Summer, still struggling with demons from her past, tries her best to move forward with her new life, but the road is bumpy and full of missteps. However, she trudges in the hope of finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Will Summer overcome the past? Will she find everything she’s ever wanted? Those questions and Doris’s beautiful writing kept me ...
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We're Going to Need More Wine

We're Going to Need More Wine
  The first time I laid eyes on Gabrielle Union she was lighting up the screen as the character Conny Spalding in the 2001 romcom, “Two Can Play That Game.” As she strutted down the street in a blazing red thigh-high skirt suit, my mouth dropped to the popcorn littered theater floor and I shouted, “Wow, who is that?” She was breathtakingly beautiful. She wasn’t a pretty black girl . She wasn’t pretty for a black girl . She was just simply pretty, gorgeous and if anything, her brown hue accentuated her God-given good looks. Not only was she beautiful, but she had a banging body and after doing a little research, I learned she had the other B-word—brains. So needless to say, when I recently read her memoir, “We’re Going to Need More Wine,” I was surprised to learn that Gabrielle’s beautiful hue resulted in her becoming the poster child for victims of racism in the town of Pleasanton, California where she grew up. Only one of a few African-American’s in her high school, life in Pleasanton wasn’t always pleasant for Gabrielle. In her page-turning, you must r...
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A Star is Born Review

A Star is Born Review
  A Star is Born, starring Bradley Cooper as Jackson Maine and Lady Gaga as Ally, was a provocative and moving film. The music, acting and directing were superb, but what had the most profound effect on me was the message I came away with. It may not have been the message, first-time director Cooper had in mind, but it’s what in my humble opinion resonated throughout the film: Depression, alcoholism, and addiction are diseases that are so deleterious and overpowering that even love cannot conquer them.   With that said, if you made it through today fairly balanced without needing to take a drink, a hit, a shot or pop a pill, you need to shout for joy. It’s a blessing to be able to deal with life on life’s terms without any mind-alternating substances. Unfortunately, for Cooper’s character in A Star is Born, he was not as fortunate. It’s really a paradox, because on one hand Jackson had everything—talent, money, good-looks and then Gaga’s character Ally, a young struggling artist who loved and adored him and who in a romantic scene accepted Jackson’s...
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It’s like Aretha Franklin, but I have an “L.”

It’s like Aretha Franklin, but I have an “L.”
    Seems like I’ve been saying that my entire life. When anyone has difficulty pronouncing or spelling my name, I reference Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul. And as soon as I do, invariably the person’s face lights up and their eyes go wide with recognition, no matter what age or ethnicity. Aretha was and still is loved around the world. I remember hearing that she was nearing death and my heart like everyone else’s was saddened. I prayed for a miracle, but I left the outcome in God’s hands, knowing that he has given each of us an appointed time to leave here. This morning while on my way to film a commercial, I learned that Aretha had passed away. Normally I dance in the car on the way to set, but today was bittersweet. The only music blasting was Aretha’s mega hits like Respect, Natural Woman, I Say a Little Prayer, Chain of Fools, songs that I listened and danced to as a little girl and into adulthood. Oh, what a woman, oh what a life, oh what a legacy. When I think about all the contributions Aretha has made it takes my breath away. As her mu...
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One Day in Paradise (A day on the set of East of La Brea)

One Day in Paradise (A day on the set of East of La Brea)
     ( My sisters in the series played by Lee Sherman, top center and Jeryl Prescott, bottom left.) My head was bouncing, my fingers were snapping, the music was blasting, and I was singing my heart out to Cardi B’s “I like.” In case you’re wondering, no I wasn’t at the club on a Saturday night. It was Wednesday, August 1, and I was in my car on my way to the set of the groundbreaking new web series East of La Brea. And yes, I was beyond excited about being cast as Darlene, aunt to the character Aisha Hassan, played by Geffri Maya (Private Practice). East of La Brea is a groundbreaking web series that follows the lives of twentysom ething Muslim women, Aisha Hassan (Geffri Maya), a black Muslim, and her Bangladeshi-American roommate, Farha Munshi (Kausar Mohammed), both of whom are struggling to navigate the changing landscape of their native Los Angeles home and their own ethnic communities. The series is produced by Paul Feig's production company, Powderkeg. Paul is an actor, film director, producer (Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters to name a few) a...
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PMS (Prayer, Meditation, Serenity)

PMS (Prayer, Meditation, Serenity)
When I wake up and before I retire for the evening, I take time to give thanks for all that has transpired during the day—good and bad. I also spend time being still, clearing my head of all the thoughts that bombard my mind—the woulda, coulda, shoulda thoughts from the past and the present. I breathe deeply and let the peace that passeth all understanding take over my being. I find that when I start and end my day like this, for the most part, I can experience a great deal of serenity. I’m in that population of folk who need to tap into a Higher Power to make it through each day—days that sometimes can be filled with enormous challenges. As a writer and actor, I face rejection daily, and I would be lying if I said it doesn’t hurt. Yes, it’s gotten easier over the years, but there are some days that I just don’t feel like being told no. And in most cases, I’m left hanging. After so much time passes, I’m left with no other choice then to conclude that the agent/publisher isn’t interested in my novel or that the casting person/director/producer wasn’t feeling m...
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