Monica Calhoun, star of Diary of A Single Mom
My cousin and creativity coaching client Sharon Malachi, owner of Miracle with Paws (http://miracleswithpaws.wordpress.com), told me to check out the Diary of A Single Mom, a new web TV show written by screenwriter Cheryl L. West (www.imdb.com/name/nm0921985) and produced by filmmaker Robert Townsend. I fell in love after watching the first episode which featured actress Monica Calhoun who plays Ocean Jackson (don’t you just love the name Ocean!). Ocean is a 27 year old divorced woman and mother of two children. Her father died when she was young and left her mother to raise several children. Her mother suffers from alcoholism. Ocean’s siblings are not self-sufficient and live in her mother’s home. When the series begins, Ocean is struggling to earn her GED and keep her children safe, fed, and educated as she works part-time as the building manager in her apartment building. The first season shows how hard Ocean works to build and maintain her relationships with her neighbors, Lupe and Peggy.
Lupe is one of my personal favorites. She is a 25 year old sassy Latina played by actress Valery Ortiz. Lupe is studying to be a medical assistant and has two children by different fathers. One father is a stand up do right kind of guy. The other father is a dangerous guy. Lupe is attracted to the dangerous guy and does not want to be responsible for her life.
Actress Janis Lynde plays Peggy, a 50 year old white suburban housewife, who has recently lost her husband and daughter and been forced to move into the city with her grandson. Peggy’s husband gambled away their money. She did not have any experience in managing her family finances.
The cast of Diary of a Single Mom includes some of my favorite actors Richard Roundtree and Billy Dee Williams. Valery Ortiz, Nieko Mann, Leon, and Jonathan are also a part of the amazing cast. They work so well together to tell stories we all experience in our own families and lives.
Be sure to check out Diary of A Single Mom on:
The second season begins on January 27. Let me know what you think about episode 1 in the comment section.
Enjoy your day and week!
Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude for Web TV,
Happy New Year’s Eve! Happy Kuumba (Creativity), the 6th day of Kwanzaa!
What does creativity mean to you?
How have you been creative in 2009?
What are your creative plans for 2010?
Click on my Cinchcast below to hear my reflection on Kuumba and an excerpt about creativity from my new book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (available on Amazon.com – http://tiny.cc/7uFsg). I also mention the way African Americans are using their creativity and social media tools (Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, etc.) to tell their stories on web TV shows such as my new five favorites: “Anacostia”, “Buppies”, “Kindred”, “The New 20s”, and “Wed-Locked.” All of these shows represent a new wave of artistic freedom in 21st century visual culture. They celebrate the independence of creative folks who are willing to tell a wide range of stories that document the many facets of African American life. For me, they echo one of my favorite mantras: Black folks are NOT and will never be monolothic! They also remind me of my debut novel, Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One (www.lovestroubadours.com ; available on Amazon.com – http://tinyurl.com/yfxtqyq) are also sources of inspiration for my next novel, Love’s Trouabadours – Symon: Book Two.
Enjoy your day and New Year’s Eve! Many blessings to you and your family in 2010!
Peace, Compassion, and Creativity,
I started watching “Anacostia”, one of my new favorite web TV shows, this week. Anthony Anderson, a writer and producer of the independent film, The Ties That Bind, created the dramatic series. It contains 10 episodes. I love that the show is set in D.C. and follows the lives of four friends (three women and one man – a bit different from the “Sex and the City” formula I adore!). Through the four main characters and the folks who make their lives juicy, you get to see what happens inside and outside of human relationships. Kudos to Anderson for featuring gay characters in the show. I think it is important that Black television, movies, literature, and plays show all facets of Black life and relationships. We are not monolithic (that’s my mantra from my Love’s Troubadours novel series which celebrates Black straight, gay, and bisexual characters).
The cast of “Anacostia” includes a dynamic and talented team of actors and actresses: Walter Maxfield Jones, Tamieka Chavis, Anthony Anderson, Kena Hodges, Wil Lash, Tia Dae, Jermaine McNeal, Rabon Hutcherson II, Marion Akpan, Pasha Diallo, Kareem Petteway, Kristopher Robin and James Oxley. See their photo below.
Since I’m just getting into “Anacostia,” I will hold off on sharing my thoughts about the various characters and episodes. I promise to blog more about the show and how it is inspiring me to complete my second novel, Love’s Troubadours – Symon: Book Two in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, check out “Anacostia” and tell me what you think in the comment section below. Also include your favorite characters and episodes. Be sure to join the show’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/ANACOSTIA-The-Series/121834845549?ref=ts.
Peace and Creativity,
- PS: I am really anxious to see what happens to the model as she returns to her career and the woman who is drinking and pushing her husband away!