*“When I first saw it, I thought it was hilarious,” said actor Steven Littles (“Nip/Tuck”) about “Miss Dee’s Kitchen” – a stage-play turned comedy series. “There’s a character named Jody. I said I want to be him! I want to stretch my comedic muscles.”
The “Miss Dee’s Kitchen” production is the creation of Katrina Walker – executive producer of the series. It was a successful stage play that is taking a natural progression onto the screen in a television production – currently being shot.
“Miss Dee was my mama (Demetria),” said Katrina, a native of Ohio. Walker said her mother’s kitchen was always full with people from the neighborhood needing Miss Dee. She continued, “I grew up in a close-knit community. She was that go-to woman. If you bust your head, she would fit it…sew it up. Everyone was welcome. The door was always unlocked. She filled a lot of shoes. She’d even take your blood pressure.”
Steven Littles, a native of Brooklyn, New York, landed the role of Jody in the “Miss Dee’s Kitchen” production, who is a mailman.
“She (Katrina) is doing all this herself,” Littles informed me. “It started as a successful stage play. She stayed with her vision by doing it herself. She cast most of the people; I brought in two…a Tony Award winner…and a new artist.”
“Miss Dee’s Kitchen” will be streaming or airing by the end of August, 2021.
Steven Littles’ credits vary because his talents are many. Aside from being an actor (“The Mentalist”), he is also a producer, director, stylist, publicist, management, and image consultant. He has worked with Bobby Brown, Dru Hill, Faith Evans, Cedric the Entertainer, Queen Latifah, Nick Lacey, Pam Grier, Boris Kodjoe, Mya Harrison, Mary J. Blige, and R. Kelly. As an actor his face is familiar in commercials such as Burger King and Marriott.
Katrina Walker’s credits vary as well. She went from being homeless to being a self-made millionaire. Based in Tennessee, Katrina owns the Rainbow Kidz Learning Center – a daycare, and real estate properties. She founded a 501 c3 non-profit BE Foundation. She is also an author who published her memoir titled “Unbreakable.” As an actress her credits include Breath of Courage (2009) and To See the Moon in the Morning Sky (2007).
“I hope and pray it (‘Miss Dee’s Kitchen’) brings us back to when we use to watch ‘Good Times’ and ‘The Cosby Show.’,” said Walker about her new production.
“Take us back to a better time,” Steven said about the new show. ‘Twenty to twenty-five minutes of laughter. You don’t have to worry about nothing…its fun!” www.StevenLittles.com www.KatrinaWalker.com
SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, MS, MBA, MPhil has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENTS: “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference (ULMII), founded by Eunice in 1999, is into its 22nd year. Next events are coming to Baltimore Saturday April 17, 2021 at Security Square Mall via Zoom Conferencing and Los Angeles Saturday, November 6, 2021 via Zoom Video Conferencing. The ULMII event is a free entertainment conference offering a Business Management Panel Q&A Session, a Talent Showcase and Talent Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) where aspiring artists have a chance to receive over $15,000 valued in prizes/product/services. Log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com for more information or to RSVP for Zoom Access email [email protected]