WHAT WOULD she DO?: ONE YEAR ANNIVERSAY!!!

On Friday, October 19, 2012…I remember feeling relieved, happy, nervous, uncertain and overwhelmed.  I was determined to make the night a GREAT night.  I went grocery shopping and cooked in preparation for my BIG night.  By this time I had been working on ‘WHAT WOULD she DO?’ for months and my show was coming on TONIGHT (at 10:30pm to be exact).  I wanted everything to be just right.  I wanted to share whatever this experience was going to be with my family.  I was panged with emotions ranging from excitement to uncertainty.  I hadn’t done anything of this sort EVER, hadn’t been on TV in years…what if no one likes it?

The food was ready and it was SHOWTIME.  I could barely stand to watch it, I refilled drinks, dished out seconds and in the small glimpses I could stand…I criticized everything (I won’t get specific…in case you missed it), for a moment I think I stopped breathing.  That was the longest and shortest 29 minutes of my life.  My phone was going crazy…text messages and calls.  The overwhelming response was Great!  It did exactly what I hoped it would…started conversations, offered varying perspectives…it made people think.  I was happy to see what I had worked so hard for become my reality.  As I readied myself to “woosah,”  my new reality hit…I was a Producer and a Talk Show Host.

Today, October 18, 2013 is my ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!!  Once again, one of my many thoughts is “WHAT’s NEXT?”  As I am at this milestone in my life it’s amazing to look back on this journey and feel grateful that I made it through.  It wasn’t easy but certainly worth it.  From inception to date, I am proud that this chapter will be one of the greats in my book of life.  Looking forward, I am now excited by the uncertainty.  I want to take this opportunity to Thank my family and friends who have supported, encouraged and uplifted me along the way.  My son, who is my MOTIVATION.  My mother, who is my TRUTH.  My sisters, who are my RESTORATION.  My friends, who are my SOUNDING BOARD.  My team, who is my SUPPORT.  God, who is my SAVIOR.

Thank you cannot express my undying gratitude for your support and well wishes. Thank you ALL!

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Coming OUT on “WHAT WOULD she DO?”

As I’m contemplating on my next show and what’s needed to get the show to be what I envisioned…a show that’s empowering, a show that is informative, a show that is a CONVERSATION STARTER…I’m wondering which way should I go.  “WHAT WOULD she DO?” is all of those things but I want MORE.  I want people to be enlightened and feel like they walked away with a “understanding” and/or a cause. 

As I embark on this journey of CHANGE…I wonder what that looks like, what it sounds like…what it feels like.  I want the community to get involved, get excited…GET MAD!

So here’s my first topic:

“Coming OUT”

In the wake of Jason’s Collins’ (the first openly gay nba player) announcement that “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” there has been a lot of talk and speculation about his life BEFORE the announcement.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Mr. Collins states, “When I was younger I dated women. I even got engaged. I thought I had to live a  certain way. I thought I needed to marry a woman and raise kids with her.”  As I read that statement, I wondered what that must feel like and thought how painful that must be.  What happened to that woman?  I wondered how that must feel and about the different emotions she may be going through.

Initially, I thought the topic might be “Men who have sex with men and say they’re not gay.”  Yeah, that raisies a few eyebrows but it’s deeper than that.  In a society, where homosexuality has been shunned, this must be a terrible feeling…not being able to be true to yourself.  When does that secret become malicious?  How do you get young boys and girls to come to terms with who they are?  Who do you tell, how do you tell?

There’s a side of “coming out” that hasn’t been examined…I want to go there.

Your thoughts?

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For the full Jason Collins’ interview with Sports Illustrated please click on the link below 

Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/magazine/news/20130429/jason-collins-gay-nba-player/#ixzz2W4G92OWl