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!


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.

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.  

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