Mommy Dearest

They say age ain’t nothing but a number but it is much more than that.  Age is an indicator of life experiences…triumphs, failures, overwhelming joys and life altering losses, all of which you’ve survived.  I am a firm believer that every lesson doesn’t have to be learned as a result of personal experience.  You can learn from the experiences of family members, friends, co-workers, and stories that you’ve read/or heard about.  Every loss or failure doesn’t have to be your own in order to apply that lesson to your life.  So where do you go when you need guidance, encouragement, or wisdom from someone who has been through some of it all?  That’s right!  Our elders.  For me, the wisest and closet person to me is my mother.  I think we all, at some point have reflected on what our mothers and mother figures have told us and thought ‘I should’ve listened’ or ‘she was right.’ I know I have.  For some of us those thoughts may be different due to not having a mother/mother figure.  Maybe your mother didn’t have the experience at that time to offer advice to help you on your life journey or maybe she was ill-advised.  So, instead of giving you one Mommy, I gave you three.

YT Mommy Dearest

It’s one conversation, three Mommies, and a variety of topics, hosted by Saran Almond.  Meet Lady Di, Granny, and Ramona Big Eagle.  These ladies offer advice that you can apply to your life right now.  Their chemistry, personalities, and responses will make you think, laugh, and wonder ‘WHAT WOULD she DO?’  Remember to be proud of the years you’ve acquired and celebrate each day of your life by living on purpose.

Mommy Dearest,

Thank you for being the ultimate example of strength, love, and beauty…and for showing me what it looks like and what it means to be a woman and a lady.

To all of my Mommies, thank you so much for the joy and insight that you bought to the show.

You are appreciated!

Sincerely,

Saran

 

WATCH the show here!!! MOMMY Dearest!

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The month of October is nationally recognized as

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH.

domestic-violence-stopEvery 9 seconds, a woman is assaulted or beaten in the United States.  On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.  The statistics on domestic violence are alarming, and easy to forget and/or ignore if it’s not happening to you or someone you know.  Many times even when we or someone we know are affected by domestic violence we remain silent.  Silence due to fear, shame, or hopelessness is understandable; however, we owe it to ourselves, our children, and our community to speak up.  Domestic Violence Awareness is about letting victims know that they are not alone, that we as a community care, and there are people and resources available to help make the transition from victim to survivor.

A couple of months ago, a young lady sent me an email asking me what she needed to do to get a restraining order against her abusive boyfriend.  I didn’t have an answer at the time; however, my goal is to enlighten and empower our viewers.  So what I didn’t know, I found out and produced a show entitled “DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Restraining Orders.”  I spoke to victims, survivors, community leaders, and subject matter experts to provide informational guidance to our viewers.  While laws vary from state to state, and the information provided should not be substituted for legal advice I have compiled local (Charlotte, NC) and national resources for victims, survivors, and their children.  Please go to our resources tab and select Domestic Violence for more information.

I’ve lost 3 friends to domestic violence.  There is no power in silence.  Say something, do something…before it’s too late!

Closer Than You Know

We, Unity, Cooperation, Together

Together WE can make a difference!  With so much going on in the world and the trials and tribulations brought on by life it’s easy to forget our blessings.  Often times WE are blessed by being a blessing to someone one else, and WE all can do this regardless of our personal situation.  My purpose is to provide information in a way that is not only informative but in a way that allows people to receive thoughts, opinions, and perspectives of others.  All of this so that people know WE are not alone, open minds to another way of thinking and/or understanding so that WE are more compassionate, sympathetic, and accepting of one another.

Closer Than You Know…a documentary on human trafficking in Charlotte is underway and coming soon. This is a very real issue affecting women and children every day, and yes it does happen here in Charlotte, NC.  In fact, it’s closer than you know.  The premiere date is tentatively set for January 2016…more information will be provided at a later date.  The more WE know the greater the chance that WE can saves lives as WE educate, inspire, and encourage ourselves and others to help end human trafficking.  Here is the winning short film that I created for The International Human Trafficking Institute’s “See Contest.”

 

 

More great news!!!

 

“What Would she Do?” returns this fall with new shows, new street interviews, new information, and more of your favorite TV host Saran Almond.  New shows come with the highly anticipated and very candid street interviews, subject matter experts and vital information.  As the show continues to grow and build momentum, I thank you all for hanging in there with me.  WE make a great team!!!

Bringing Sexy Back

Has your relationship lost its sexy? Maybe it hasn’t. Wondering what you can do to keep it sexy? If you’ve answered yes to either of these questions or if you’re just curious, then I have the show for you.

“Bringing Sexy Back” on ‘WHAT WOULD she DO?’

Saran hit the streets to find out what people are doing to get the sexy back into their relationships. Saran sat down for a one on one with Lori Ann Davis a Relationship Specialist in Charlotte, NC, for an understanding of the reasons why relationships go from hot and steamy to cold and dry.  Lori offers some wonderful tips on how to get the fire back or how to keep the fire burning.

We also tried something new…some first hand advice from some real life couples.

We’re looking forward to your comments.

Bringing Sexy Back airs on July 18, 2014, at 10:30pm on Channel 21 (TWC)
The show will also be available on YouTube Channel: WHATWOULDSHEDOtheshow
(Previous shows are also viewable on YouTube Channel: WHATWOULDSHEDOtheshow) Enjoy!

I am MORE than: My wheelchair…Dating with a Disability.

On set with Monique Stamps and Ronald Zaconet.  Lovely interview.
On set with Monique Stamps and Ronald Zaconet.

Dating is often advertised as two young people who meet eachother, like eachother, fight for their love and live happily ever after. We’ve seen this since we were children in almost every Disney movie, on television and movies in general. But we all know that you don’t have to be young to date or even like the other person for that matter. The recent surge of reality television has proved just that. Amidst the rumors and applause, love lost and love found, the weddings and divorces, there’s an entire population that we have failed to include, at the minimum, in the conversation… and that is the disabled.

‘WHAT WOULD she DO?” started a quarterly dating series entitled “I am MORE than.” In this installment, I AM MORE THAN: MY WHEELCHAIR, we discuss dating with a disability, specifically spinal cord injuries. In conversation with a friend (who happens to use a wheelchair) we discussed some of the perceptions people have of people who utilize wheelchairs. I wondered, why are we not including the disabled in conversations regarding dating and relationships. We all love and feel the same way…disabled or not. When discussing dating and being in a wheelchair, I asked able bodied people if they would date someone in a wheelchair, why and why not. I ask people in wheelchairs that same question. You may be surprised by the answers. I had the opportunity to speak with some wonderful women about how their disability has affected their dating life OR has it? Tune in this Friday, November 19th at 10:30pm on Channel 21 (Time Warner, Charlotte NC) or via YouTube Channel: WHATWOULDSHEDOtheshow to hear what these ladies had to to say.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

For Resources available to those who utilize wheelchairs please visit our “Resources” tab on the Menu.

Twitter @WWsD_theshow

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!

In honor of the show’s anniversary…please tune in to the ‘WHAT WOULD she DO?’ Recap Show.  PLEASE leave a comment.

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Date em OR Hate em???

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‘Date em OR Hate em” is a candid conversation between two women combined with the signature street interviews of “WHAT WOULD she DO?  “This show is about the DOs and DONTs of Dating.  Before we get into relationships there is “usually” some form of dating or as the older people would say “courtship.”  Dating has changed drastically from days of old so I decided to hit the streets and find out what’s going on out there and I did.  I’ve paired candid conversation and street interviews to make a very fun show.  This was also my first try at green screen (self taught I might add)…you’ll be sure to laugh, shake your head in agreement and/or disagreement but you’ll definitely have a good time.

Dating is the prelude to the relationship so proceed with caution and enjoy the latest installment of ‘WHAT WOULD she DO?’

‘WHAT WOULD she DO?’ airs this Friday, September 20th at 10:30pm on Channel 21 (on Time Warner), Go to your Menu Options on AT&T Uverse (Public Access) and on YouTube via Channel: WHATWOULDSHEDOtheshow

Would love to hear from you…comments welcome! ❤

WHAT WOULD she DO?: Jungle Fever Hosted by Saran Almond airs tonight at 10:30pm on Channel 21 (Charlotte, NC)

Tonight’s show is titled “Jungle Fever.” This show is about people who choose to date EXCLUSIVELY outside of their race.

What may cause someone to make this decision? Could there be underlying issues…within a person, culturally, socially? Are black women less desirable because…?

There is a lot to be said on this matter…and much more than a 30 minute conversation could contain. What are your thoughts about people who date exclusively outside of their race?

It can be said that it may be a form of self loathing. It could be said that it may have something to do with your upbringing…not just how you were raised but also the people you grew up with.

Is it just a matter of who you’re attracted to OR is it deeper…tune in and lets get the conversation started.

Would love to hear from you…OPINIONS WANTED!!!

Copy and paste the following link into your browser to view the show…Enjoy!!!

This month on “WHAT WOULD she DO?”

Tomorrow 2/15 at 10:30pm, the “I’ll Pass” Episode of WHAT WOULD she DO? airs on Channel 21 (on TW Cable) in Charlotte, NC. My guests and I discuss flirting in relationships…the DO’s and DONT’s…please tune in and let me know what you think. Follow the show on Twitter @WWsD_theshow