Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas In The Hood

Gotta love social media...

I got a message on Facebook last weekend asking if I'd be interested in being in a stage play.  I checked my availability and thought, "Sure, why not."  I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  But I sure am thrilled I did.

"Christmas In The Hood" was written by Kendrick D. Young and opens tomorrow night at the Black Academy of Arts and Letters in Dallas.  I'll be splitting time with Lady Jade of radio station K104 as "Sybil" - the army sergeant who comes home to her dysfunctional family during Christmastime and confronts her absentee dad Cooper.  Jade will be performing during the week and I'll play Sybil Saturday and Sunday. 

It was clear during the first rehearsal that I was way out of my league.  With seasoned actors like Palmer Williams, Jr. and Tony Grant, I knew I had to bring my A-game.  The actors in this play are amazing.  I even get to perform with my longtime friend Nikki Scott Donley for the first time. And the fir heard Dana Hemphill sing, "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," I literally started bawling - it was beautiful.

The play is a wonderful mix of the kind of family drama we can all relate to, mixed with wonderfully talented musical numbers that will warm your heart and soul.  There's even a little bit of twerking in the play.  This is a must-not-miss production and I am honored to be a part of this amazing cast.



Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Behind the Scenes on The Broadcast

After a marathon day yesterday (our studio was invaded by the folks at The Ticket for the Ticket Takeover leading up to the Cowboys game last night) it was back to work for the crew.  Suzie Humphreys was supposed to be in Canada for an appearance but thanks to her changed plans, all five of us were on set today for the first time together. It was a blast!

My friend Kimberly came to set today to hang out in the studio audience.  She captured some great behind-the-scenes shots.  During other people's segments, you can usually find us on our cellphones or chatting it up with the people in the audience.  Personally, I enjoy the breaks after cooking and drinking segments - we usually descend on the goods like vultures.  Today's treats were cookies and chocolate - YUM!

Enjoy!!!








Monday, December 9, 2013

Icepocalypse 2013

Well, Jim Cantore was right - we've been covered in ice since Thursday evening.  We tried to treat a little cabin fever by improvising some fun.  The kids (and some adults - namely, me) used plastic bins, cookie sheets, etc. to sled down driveways.  There was so much ice in the streets some of the kids had on ice skates.  It's been fun, but we're ready for this ice to melt.





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Thursday, December 5, 2013

A good day on The Broadcast!

Yesterday afternoon, word started spreading that Jim Cantore, the Weather Channel's go-to guy in bad weather situations like category 5 hurricanes, was coming to Dallas to cover this weekend's "icepocalypse."  So I tweeted and he responded:























That Twitter exchange led to Jim calling in to The Broadcast this morning to talk about the storm.  

As if chatting him wasn't enough, Marcus Spears, formerly of the Dallas Cowboys, co-hosted with us this morning.  We had a blast.  AND, I got to interview Berenice Bejo from the movie, "The Artist."  She has a new movie out called "The Past" for which she won the "Best Actress" award at the Cannes Film Festival.  It was a great day on the show.  

You can see clips at www.thebroadcasttv.com


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Culture Map Dallas Feature - I'm an Influential!

I'm so excited to share this with you... I'm honored to be included among some of Dallas' finest!  Check out the article at Culture Map Dallas.



















You can never have too much of a good thing, and Dawn Neufeld proves it. A business litigation attorney by day and philanthropist by night, this mother of two and wife of former NFL’er Ryan Neufeld is even taking a stab at television show hosting over atThe Broadcast.
Neufeld has worked tirelessly with the Junior League of Dallas in placements such as Booker T. Washington and Habitat for Humanity. Other volunteer ventures include serving as a board member for the Dallas Theater Center, working with the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation, and contributing to various charities involving autism.
Whether it’s being an advocate for Autism Speaks or using her platform as a competitor in Mrs. Texas America to increase autism awareness, she is a true hero in that community. And she is squarely in it, as a mother of child with autism.
Neufeld is relentless in her efforts to better the world around her, and she is a shining example of walking the talk. She enjoyed her Junior League placement at Habitat for Humanity so much that she did it again. Last week, she could be found passing out Thanksgiving meals forMinnie’s Food Pantry. And she went to Oklahoma after the devastating tornados to help with relief efforts.
“We’re all just an adversity away from needing a hand up,” Neufeld says. “Volunteering reminds me to count my blessings and not take anything for granted.”
This charming, beautiful community leader is a woman of many talents, so we had to find out what makes her tick.
What is your chief characteristic?
My ability to overcome adversity. My dad died from a heart attack when I was 9, and my mom had to raise three young daughters on her own. It was tough. At a young age, I had to learn how to persevere through tragedy. What I learned is that regardless of how bad something is, it will get better, and in the end I'll be okay. As long as I maintain that perspective, I can get through just about anything.  
Your idea of happiness?
Happiness is all about living in the moment. Regardless of the chaos going on around you, there is so much to be grateful for right here, right now. Finding contentment in my circumstances is my happy place.
Your idea of misery?
Sitting in Tollway traffic at 8 on a Monday morning.
Your favorite food and drink?
My favorite food is bacon. It's a gift from God. It makes everything better. 
At a bar you'll catch me drinking a Cosmo or one of the specialty drinks on the menu. I had a cucumber martini at Jasper's recently that was to die for. But this girl also likes to drink beer when kicking back. A good Hefeweizen makes me giddy.
Your favorite motto?
This too shall pass.
Your favorite heroes in real life?
Families dealing with autism. My son Will was diagnosed when he was 3. Until you've had to live with autism 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year, it's hard to explain how traumatic it can be for families. My son is the greatest gift in my life, and he makes me smile every day, but his autism has literally brought me to tears at times. I truly admire families who are trying to put the pieces of this puzzle together.     
If not yourself, who would you be?
Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover model.  
Your favorite pastime?
Riding roller coasters! The bigger, the better.
What do you love most about Dallas?
I love the intimacy of this city. Everyone and everything is so connected. I grew up in Los Angeles and never felt the sense of community that I feel here. It's intoxicating. It makes you want to get involved and be a part of something big.  
What would you change about the city?
The people who don't dare go north of 635.  
What makes a true Dallasite?
Looking good in the middle of summer without sweating.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

My Buffalo Gals

There are few bonds stronger than those between football wives.  We become family in the various NFL cities we get stuck in.  I was blessed when some of my "family" moved to Texas.  Had a great dinner tonight with my girls Blake and Amanda at Jasper's in Plano.  Love these girls so much!


The weather in Texas isn't great, but on some fall days...

It's perfect.
Klyde Warren Park - 11.19.13
70 degrees



Friday, November 15, 2013

I ♥ Blushington

I hate doing my makeup for events and t.v. appearances.  Hate it.  And I'm not very good at it either.  It takes too long and it never looks very good.  But thanks to Blushington in Dallas, looking good at an event isn't a problem anymore! 

Blushington provides professional makeup application at affordable prices in a super-cute and fun environment.  I love walking in and hearing old-school Michael Jackson playing on the sound system.  I sit back and relax and sip champagne while having my makeup done.  It's the best!  I've had my makeup done by four different artists and I've been thrilled every single time.  I highly recommend it if you've got a special event to attend.  Check out the website at www.blushington.com - they've got a location in L.A. too! 



      

Women That Soar Awards
















Photo Credit: Danny Campbell

Last Saturday, I was honored to receive the Leadership Award presented by Gina Grant and her amazing organization - Women That Soar - at their annual awards gala.  I can't tell you how honored I am to be recognized by WTS.  Woman That Soar was created to empower and inspire women spiritually, financially, mentally and physically.  WTS believes that if women share their stories of trials, tribulations and triumphs, we can encourage one another to overcome our obstacles.  Apparently they thought my story could inspire others dealing with autism among other things in their lives.

It was a great night.  My friend and Football Wives castmate Melani Ismail presented my award.  Actress Regina King was one of the hosts and some of my favorite artists performed - Wess Morgan, Kenny Lattimore and Michelle Williams (formerly of Destiny's Child).  And I've got to give a shout out to my friends at Watters who let me borrow that one-of-a-kind gown.  It was a great night - one I won't forget.

 Me and Angie Blade
 With Eric Annise and LeeAnne Locken
 With Melani Ismail
 With David Lopez of Watters
 Michelle Williams
 Accepting my award
 With Tamera Nalls
 The Fabulous Victoria Snee
 Red carpet ready!
With the fabulous Naila Malik





The afterparty - LeeAnne, Courtney Kerr and Cheryl Roseborough

Friday, November 8, 2013

I love this little chick!


Sorry!

I know I'm not doing a great job keeping up this blog but I've been so busy (what's new, right).  I filed my first Petition for Review with the Texas Supreme Court week before last.  And I've been busy on The Broadcast.  Today I interviewed Hill Harper about his new book, "Letters to an Incarcerated Brother."  This guy is SO IMPRESSIVE.  I wish I had more than 5 minutes to interview him.



















Promise to catch up on the blog soon!


Thursday, October 24, 2013

SNL Alum Will Forte on The Broadcast

We had so much fun today on The Broadcast.  We interviewed SNL alum Will Forte about his new movie "Nebraska."  I also found out that Will is a fellow Bruin!



Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Broadcast!

I'm so excited to be a part of this fabulous group of ladies!  Here's the official promo shot for the hosts.


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Well, the cat is out of the bag so...

I'll be joining the team on The Broadcast in the new year!  We've been keeping it undercover but a photo from our shoot got out yesterday.  I am beyond excited - hosting a show like The Broadcast has always been a dream.    I'll be filling in as needed until my regular schedule begins in January.  I'll be on every other week so make sure you tune in!  I'm looking forward to spending my morning with these ladies.

My friend Cynthia Smoot did a fun write up last night - check it out!

http://www.ohsocynthia.com/2013/09/dawn-neufeld-to-join-cast-of-broadcast.html


Friday, September 27, 2013

Women That Soar Awards

I am so thrilled to be an honoree at this year's Women That Soar awards show.  Last year I was a presenter and it is truly an honor to be on that stage again this year.  Make sure you check it out!



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WOMEN THAT SOAR CELEBRATES WOMEN AT STAR-STUDDED AWARDS SHOW
A televised Awards Show in Dallas


Dallas, Texas. (September 24, 2013) – Women That Soar, LLC will celebrate legendary women in business, sports, media, philanthropy, arts, fashion and global activism at the televised Women That Soar Awards show on Saturday, November 9, 2013, from 6 to 9p.m. at the Dallas Luxury Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dallas, Texas. The show is produced by Atlanta based, Sun Seeker Media, the producers of the Soul Train Music Awards.
Women That Soar, LLC is a media and content development company that produces inspiring content and events for women worldwide.
The Women That Soar Awards began in 2007 to honor extraordinary women in entertainment, sports, business, fashion, arts, philanthropy, media, civic,  as well as, a Legacy award.
The awards show is simple, yet powerful; a televised awards show that honors and unites a diverse group of women to tell their story; to empower and inspire women to soar and live brilliant lives.
This marks the sixth annual year for the awards show and the second year the show will be televised. The show will broadcast on TXA 21 and CBS 11 on December 15, 2013 with a second airing to be determined.
This will be a star-studded show with appearances by, Michelle Williams, former member of the Grammy-award winning group, Destiny's Child; Emmy nominated actress, Cara Buono, of Mad Men; Gospel Recording Artist, Wess Morgan; Ebony Steele, Co-Host of the syndicated Ricky Smiley Morning Show; Peter Thum, Founder, Ethos Water; Javier Palomarez, President and CEO of the USHCC; Nina Vaca, CEO and Chairman of Pinnacle Technical Resources; Jan Miller, Literary- Agent, Dupree Miller & Associates and many more.
The 2013 Women That Soar Awards honorees include: Her Royal Highness, Princess Reema Bandar; Former First Lady of Mexico, Marta Fox; Former President WNBA, Donna Orender; Entreperneur and Stylist, Aly Scott; Designer, Paulette Martsolf; Philanthropist, Anne Davidson; CEO of Ewomen Network, Sandra Yancy; activist, Cheryl (Action) Jackson; Executive Producer, A&R Executive, Teresa Lababera-Whites; Group Publisher, D Magazine, Kimberly Elenez; Attorney, Dawn Neufeld; and Legacy Award Recipient Nell St. Cyr, first female president of the Houston Petroleum Club.
The organization will also donate a portion of the ticket sales to the Memnosyne Foundation.
For more information about the event, contact Gina Grant, CEO of Women That Soar, at 214-708-2663 or email gina@womenthatsoar.com.
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About Women That Soar, LLC

Founded by Gina Grant, CEO and Creative Director, Women That Soar, LLC is a media and content development company with a four-tier platform that allows advertisers and sponsors to tap into the fast growing female market.  Women That Soar, LLC is built on a solid foundation and reaches an audience of women between the ages of 25-55 who are professionals, taste masters and trendsetters.  For more information, visit www.womenthatsoar.com or to purchase tickets, phone 214-708-2663.