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I can’t tell you how excited I am about this series. When I said this was a gift for our devoted fans I really meant that. It’s really just scripting all the things D.J. (Shangela) and I do anyway. As soon as my man leaves for work (laughs), we act a fool and just quote every movie in the world. The show is the exaggerated version of how we carry on around the house.And with the fans’ help, we’re looking for this thing to go viral! The next episode (episode 2) is my favorite!
The reviews have all been raves. As far as the comments, I mean the other day I really did cry. I mean I just had to. The fans used the word “love” over and over. I’ve built a great career for myself and to put the cherry on top of the cake is being able to give back. I wanted to make people laugh with these webisodes and I have.
Of course they are! There should be a range of diverse roles for Black women but there is not. I’m fortunate to have found my niche in playing people’s mothers, due to my authoritative personality. I’ve always tried to portray African American women with respect! I know what a middle aged African American women is – she’s real! She has sass, depth and wisdom !I am here to represent and let me tell you, when I am out and about and run into fans and they tell me “Thank You”…I am humbled by that.
Honey, please! That’s a no-brainer…Zelma Bullock in ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’. If I’d had one more scene, I would’ve snatched that Oscar! One more scene and I would’ve landed that sh*t like a 747 (laughs)!
A movie has been written for me by the writers who did “Jackie’s Back!” It’s called ‘Ventura Boulevard’. It is a mockumentary of ‘Sunset Blvd’ (Gloria Swanson)…it would pretty much be like a “Jackie’s Back 2″. It’s still in the works, but that’s what I want to do. Getting it out there would be a dream for me.
DJ is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known. He’s ambitious! Has a heart of gold. He goes to gay/lesbian centers to inspire and help kids who have been thrown out of their homes for being gay. He doesn’t tell people about those things!Let me tell you why I love him and why he lives in my house: I went down into his room, with all those big ass wigs and sh*t (laughs), and he was sitting on the floor counting the tips he’d gotten from a drag show. And, as a joke I said, “what you gonna do with all that money Anna Mae?” We laughed. Then, with honesty, he looked up at me and said “I’m saving to buy my grandmother some carpet”. For me that’s the epitome of who D.J. is and I am proud to call him my baby boy.
Interview: Q.R. Taylor (That Grape Juice US)
Watch episode 1 of the hilarious series by clicking here!