*In a recent face to face interview, via Zoom, I spoke with actress Karen Glave about the series “Self Made” that is currently airing on Netflix.
Lebron James and Mav Carter are behind the meaningful four-part series which is based on the story of Madam C. J. Walker who is one of the first, self-made, American millionaires. The decision to tell this inspirational story is a credit to both James and Carter, whose company Uninterrupted is currently producing several media projects.
Asked why she chose to work on the “Self Made” project, Glave said she got the call to audition and that “…finding out it was about Madame C. J. Walker, finding out the heavy hitters that were involved like Octavia [Spencer] and Blair Underwood, and you know…Garrett Morris playing our daddy…and the story…I know I heard of Madame C. J. Walker growing up…I think the newer, younger generation, maybe there’s some who haven’t; but, I know for me growing up I knew…but I didn’t know the extent of her story.”
Glave said she knew that Madame C. J. Walker “had the products for black women” but “had no idea that she was actually the first, American, female, self-made millionaire.” Glave talked about the significance of Madame C. J. Walker’s success during that time and says she “definitely wanted to be a part of that. And, the idea of…telling a story, a black story that hasn’t been told and that some of us know of her, but didn’t really know…that much about her, that was really important.”
Glave estimates that “Self Made” covers Walker’s life from 1908-1918. She says that “Self Made” was able to cover “just a little portion” but a “very important” part of the story being told about “this amazing woman.” Glave says they gave “what [they] could to…introduce a younger generation to [Walker] and who she was as an entrepreneur.”
Glave expands on how relevant Walker’s experience is to women in today’s society, saying:
“It goes to show that yeah, we’ve come a long way, but we still got a lot of ways to go, that the struggle, the fight is still on…We can feel sort of limited or, or sometimes held back as, as black women to this day as far as opportunity, pay, etcetera, but to understand that was a fight that was being fought…you know, we’re standing on the shoulders of certain women who came before us…and if they can do it in spite of what was inflicted upon them and the struggles, and the knocking down and getting back up and then, then what excuse do we have?”
Glave contemplates “What young girl may be watching this series and saying like you know, ‘Yeah, I can do that.’”
Glave notes the most memorable and fun experience on the set “will always go back to Garrett [Morris].” She speaks highly and fondly of his attributes of being a trained actor who worked for a time on Saturday Night Live. She praised his storytelling, background as an actor, his “beautiful” singing, his practice of meditation. She recounted that when the set was at the peak of activity, Morris would sit on the couch and meditate, even if for just five minutes. She defines Morris as “Zen.”
Her role as Peggie Prosser in “Self Made” is significant because as Glave said of Prosser, she had “Madame C. J. Sarah’s back…not to give away the storyline…she’s still with her in the end and yeah, you got family, but also there’s women having another’s back. That is so important.”
Glave has an upcoming role on the streaming show “American Gods.” Glave was tight-lipped about the details. Giving only the name of her character, and that in this, the show’s third season there will be some African Goddesses. Glave said “That’s as much as I can tell you. I can’t give you any storylines or plot.”
Throughout her career, Glave has had a steady climb. She has continually broadened through a variety of roles that include theatre as well as film.
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Asked what her dream project is, Glave said: “First of all, the energy has to be good…all around from…the top to the bottom like good vibes from the actors to crew in it. We’re doing it to make a great story but also to have fun…Good energy around the set is so important.”
“On my wish list is…something like Alfrey Woodard. I would love to work with her. I admire her. Regina King, absolutely. That would be a good vibed set.” Glave also mentions the beach as a dream location and a little bit of action and stunts as exciting.
“I’m just open,” Glave said. More than anything, she is looking forward to the vast opportunities that the career has to offer.
In closing, Glave shared advice about how everyone can help each other cope and get through the current, worldwide pandemic, Corona Virus.
“We all understand that it’s very challenging…and that we’re getting more information day by day, sometimes hour by hour. And, I know it can be kind of frustrating, scary, and alarming, and you feel like you have no control over any of it. But the fact of the matter is that us choosing to stay inside, doing that social, physical distancing…not getting into crowds, that’s the one place we know we have control over. That we’re not gonna go out, potentially contract it and then bring it back and then maybe give it to your grandparents, your parents, another loved one…We have control over what we can do to help just sort of flatten that curve.”
Glave offers options for being responsible like using FaceTime and Skype in an effort to “get to the other side faster” for what will be a new normal. Glave also asks that people look within at the dreams they’ve always had. Perhaps like Madame C. J. Walker, people may have entrepreneurial aspirations. Glave says now they have time to explore them.
She inspirationally says: “You have control over that, what you can create inside.”
Glave concluded our interview by expressing that being kind and patient is a power that everyone has. She says that gratitude toward all essential workers is so important and that being kind, patient, and gracious empowers everyone who is going through the current crisis.
Below is my Zoom interview with Karen Glave. Enjoy. 🙂
J. Jermayne (@JJermayne Writes) is the author of 6 published books; 3 are sports themed. Jermayne freelance writes and travels to cover sports, entertainment and cultural events.
THE REAL: Garcelle to Moms: ‘We Should Put Ourselves First! / WATCH
*On Friday, October 23, the ladies discuss whether mothers should feel guilty for putting themselves first, especially during a pandemic.
Co-host Garcelle Beauvais gives examples of how her needs often taken a backseat for her children and how the pressures of being a mother frequently lead her to tears. She advises that self-care is absolutely necessary to be a better parent.
And, co-host Loni Love has always sworn that she would never marry again. But what if her longtime boyfriend James decided to pop the question in a public forum? Would she accept or stand her ground and just say “No!” to nuptials?
Later, Annie Potts drops in to talk about filming Young Sheldon during COVID-19, quarantining with her husband after living apart for seven years, and starting her foundation All Are One which helps those who are in dire need of assistance during the pandemic.
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Take It From Garcelle, Mothers Need To Take Care Of Themselves
Garcelle Beauvais: We should put ourselves first! We should put ourselves first. When you’re on an airplane, right, and there’s an emergency, they say, “Put on your mask before you help someone else”, right? If, us as mothers, don’t help us out, we can’t help our kids. And I feel like, so many times, people make you feel guilty if you put yourself first. And I’m not saying be selfish and ignore the kids, altogether. But, we have to take care of us! Even yesterday. I was in my feelings. My kids didn’t want to hang out with me. I’m like, “Come on! Let’s watch a movie Let’s go for a walk! Let’s drive to the beach!” And they were like, “No. We just wanna play with our friends through video games.” And I was really offended! I’m not just here to cook and clean! Somebody play with me! Right? (Laughs)
(The Real co-hosts laugh)
Loni Love: Whoa ho! Ow!
Garcelle: So many times we put them first. I remember when they would have late baseball games or football games–whatever. They would have a break and said, “We’re really cold.” In the back of the car I had sweatshirts. I had jackets. You know, I had under shirts for them. I had nothing for me… and I was cold, too. It just goes to show you that sometimes we do a disservice to our kids and let them think the world revolves around them. And it doesn’t. I’ll even tell you this, at Christmastime when Santa buys presents for them, Santa buys presents for me, too, because I want them to know that Santa loves me, too! It might be a little more expensive than they would buy, but, you know.
Garcelle: When my kids were toddlers, sometimes I would turn on the shower in the bathroom and cry. Because I just felt overwhelmed or tired. I didn’t know how to handle it. I would turn on the shower so they wouldn’t hear me and bawl and put it back together and I’d come out.
Loni: How did you get out of the situation, like you would cry? Was that just a release for you? Is that what you were saying?
Garcelle: Yeah. Sometimes it was just a release. Sometimes it was like, I’m tired and they’re both crying at the same time. And then other times, you know, I would call a girlfriend and say, “Hey, could you come over and watch the boys just so I can take a nap or just so I can go outside and take a walk. Just to, you know, take a bath. Anything.”
About THE REAL
THE REAL is a live daily, one-hour, two-time NAACP Image Award-winning and Emmy®-nominated talk show now in its seventh season on Fox Television Stations and in national syndication (check local listings), with a rebroadcast on cable network Bounce. The bold, diverse and outspoken hosts, Garcelle Beauvais and Emmy® Award-winners Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love and Jeannie Mai, all frankly say what women are actually thinking. Their unique perspectives are brought to life through candid conversations about their personal lives, current events, beauty, fashion and relationships (nothing is off limits). Unlike other talk shows, THE REAL hosts are admittedly a “work in progress,” and fearlessly invite viewers to reflect on their own lives and opinions. Fresh points of view, youthful energy and passion have made THE REAL a platform for multicultural women. Produced by Telepictures Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, THE REAL is led by Executive Producer, Rachel Miskowiec (Good Morning America, Katie, The Tyra Banks Show, Judge Hatchett, The Ricki Lake Show) and Co-Executive Producer Tenia Watson (Judge Mathis, Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court, WGN-TV Morning News, Just Keke, The Test) and shot in Los Angeles, California.
Aaliyah Book Titled ‘Baby Girl: Better Known As Aaliyah’ Dropping in 2021
*Christmas has come early for Aaliyah fans, as an upcoming book has been announced that will chronicle her life and career.
Written by journalist and author Kathy Iandoli, the title “will focus on the span of Aaliyah’s life and career — from her earliest beginnings singing in Detroit all the way through to her game-changing musical era with Timbaland, Missy Elliott, and the late Static Major,” revealed in a press release. “The book also includes a deep dive into her tumultuously abusive entanglement with R. Kelly and an intense investigation on the crash that ended her life.”
Says Iandoli: “I wrote this book as an Aaliyah fan. This is for all of us who for the last twenty years can spot her influence everywhere, while wishing she was still here. I left no stone unturned, and I hope I’ve added to her legacy properly.”
— Aaliyah (@AaliyahHaughton) August 25, 2020
News of the book follows confirmation from Aaliyah’s estate that they are bringing her music to streaming services.
“To our loyal fans: We are excited to announce that communication has commenced between the estate and various record labels about the status of Aaliyah’s music catalogue, as well as its availability on streaming platforms in the near future,” read the announcement from Aaliyah’s Twitter account. “Thank you for your continued love and support. More updates to come!”
Check out the official announcement via the Twitter embed above.
In a 2016 story from Complex on the singer’s uncle, Barry Hankerson, who owns her catalog under his Blackground Records label, writer Stephen Witt said of the absence of Aaliyah’s music on the internet, “Aaliyah’s internet absence is different—there’s no logic to it. It’s not an artistic statement or a play for more money, and there’s no dedicated Aaliyah-only streaming service in the works.”
Witt continued, “Instead, there’s a single, stubborn man, sitting on a catalog that includes almost all of her most famous work. … The situation puts her entire musical legacy at risk of fading from memory. Year by year, streaming accounts for a greater portion of an artist’s visibility and reverence among the next generation of listeners. And he refuses to budge.”
‘Dying To Be Famous: The Ryan Singleton Mystery’ Teaser Trailer Released by Bounce TV / WATCH
*Bounce, the first and only broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, released the teaser trailer of their all-new original true crime special Dying To Be Famous: The Ryan Singleton Mystery.
Dying To Be Famous: The Ryan Singleton Mystery is an intriguing six-episode, true-crime docuseries. Bounce’s first which follows the extraordinary true story of the mysterious death, and likely murder, of Ryan Singleton, a young African American male, and aspiring film producer, who, after setting out to pursue fame and fortune in Hollywood with two of his friends, ended up dead in California’s Mojave Desert, his body dumped, mutilated and missing all vital organs.
World Premieres Sun. Nov. 1 at 9:00 pm (ET) with two back-to-back episodes.
Bounce (@bouncetv) is the first and only broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, with programming seen over-the-air, on cable, on DISH channel 359, over-the-top on Roku®, on mobile devices via the Bounce and Brown Sugar apps and on the web via BounceTV.com. Bounce features a programming mix of original series, docuseries and movies, off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and events and more. Bounce is part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).
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