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“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” – Wilma Rudolph
Sept. 18: Actress Holly Robinson Peete is 49. Singer Ricky Bell (Bell Biv Devoe, New Edition) is 46. Actress Jada Pinkett Smith is 42. Rapper Xzibit is 39. Gospel’s Dr. Bobby Jones is 75
Sept. 18, 1895: Booker T. Washington delivers the Atlanta Exposition Address at a business convention. Due to his view points, many dubbed his address the “Atlanta Compromise.” (Source: www.BlackFacts.com)
(From left) Rodney Peete, Holly Robinson Peete, Fuhu, Inc. executive, Duane Martin and Tisha Campbell Martin. (Kathy Williamson photo).
*Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete, founders of The HollyRod Foundation, recently hosted a media roundtable to discuss the Foundation’s work and make some exciting announcements.
Parkinson’s and autism has touched the Robinson Peete family in a personal way. Holly’s father, Matt Robinson Jr. struggled with Parkinson’s for 20 years. Joining the Peetes for the gathering were actors Tisha Campbell Martin and Duane Martin. Both couples are close friends and each are parents of a son “on the spectrum” of autism.
Holly briefly spoke about the Foundation’s future plans to create a Compassionate Care Center that would provide services to families who are not able to afford therapy and valuable programs.
Rodney Peete spoke about the challenges as a father to an autistic child and the stress on a marriage. Peete is also the author of “Not My Boy! – A Dad’s Journey with Autism.” Holly and daughter Ryan Elizabeth Peete are the co-authors of “My Brother Charlie.”
Fuhu, Inc., developer of leading kid-safe apps and a sturdy tablet called “nabi” recently named Holly as Brand Ambassador for their family of products made just for kids. She will educate parents on the benefits of integrating a tablet into their children’s lives as a key tool for both learning and entertainment. Holly will also spearhead the company’s autism program, Inspire, as lead strategist. Fuhu is generously donating $1 from the sale of each nabi tablet to fund autism research.
Since 1997, DesignCare has been the annual fundraiser for the foundation and this year’s event is set for July 27, 2013 in Malibu, CA. For more information visit www.HollyRod.org.
The former child star is all grown up and is working with a whole lot of body. Have you seen her lately? Bam Bam!
Anyway, remember back in the days when she was just a little girl on set, the cutest thing ever.
She also was the co-star with Mark Curry on 90’s series, “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper.”
The two will reunite for a rendition of a reunion on an original Nick at Nite series, “See Dad Run.”
Focused on a former (actor/comedian?) who is now a stay-at-home dad, “David” Raven plays a talk show host, “Whitney Gibbons.” The father agrees to appear on Whitney’s show, despite their previous history. And Mr. Cooper plays David’s friend, “Marcus.”
Raven’s episode is scheduled to premiere during the second season of the show this fall.
In the meantime, Mark keeps his former co-stars close. He and Holly Robinson Peete still keep up with one another, especially because their children attend the same school.
“When you do a TV series with someone for five or six years, you either never want to see that person again or they’re a permanent member of your family,” Peete said. “The irony is that Mark’s daughter and my son are in the same class so I hang with Mr. Cooper every day.”
*The world of television is nothing new for Holly Robinson Peete.
With appearances on “21 Jump Street,” “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper” and “Mike & Molly,” the mother of four is an established presence on the small screen.
Nowadays, Robinson Peete is venturing into new territory with her work on the second season of “Blue,” the hit WIGS YouTube channel web series starring Julia Stiles.
The show, which centers around Blue (Stiles), a single mother who works as an accountant by day and escort by night to save enough money to send her son to a better school, features Robinson Peete as Holly, Blue’s “no nonsense” lesbian boss at her accounting firm.
“She is a very powerful young lady who really knows where she’s going and what she’s doing,” the actress told EUR’s Lee Bailey while confessing to being easily swayed into taking the part by “Blue’s” director and writer, Rodrigo Garcia. Although she welcomed the chance to work with Garcia, Robinson Peete didn’t know her character was a lesbian until her son pointed it out when reading the show’s lines with her.
“It was not part of the pitch. He said ‘I wrote a part for you.’ Rodrigo is an amazing writer and a great director so when he said he wrote a part for me I didn’t even think about ‘Oh. What is it?’I was excited just to go do it and work with him,” she recalled. “I didn’t even know’. It wasn’t part of the pitch, but it was certainly part of what I love about Rodrigo. It’s you never know what he’s gonna throw at you and so I welcomed it and look forward to whatever comes with that.”
With the show being online, Robinson Peete enters a new medium. One she has no problem settling into.
“This is the new way of the world, these webisodes. It’s such a different genre but I really loved it,” she said. “It felt very much like I was shooting a TV series except you can watch in on the web on demand at anytime.”
“What I love about this “Blue” series is that it’s deep. It’s about a woman who essentially has a secret life. She’s a single mom. She’s an accountant during the day and then she’s raising this boy and at night, she’s an escort,” Robinson Peete continued. “It really has some interesting twists and turns. I hope I get to come back and play her boss again because I think there are a lot of other elements that my character, other ways she could go.”
“Blue’s” second season comes at a great time. The show’s first season became WIGS’ biggest first season hit after garnering over 11 million views.
Robinson Peete’s appreciation of the webisode format extends beyond acting. The entertainer is utilizing the medium to produce webisodes for her nonprofit charity, the HollyRod Foundation. In addition, Robinson Peete encourages more people to take advantage of the chance to produce their own content in light of the resources that are available.
“You have to take ownership of your own content. That’s what so many people are doing with a lot of these web series…You may not be making a lot of money, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to find an outlet for your acting, whether you produce it yourself or whether you create your own YouTube channel. It’s just unlimited now the opportunity that you have with the Internet and social media and to get your product seen.”
*Guess who you won’t be seeing on reality television any time soon, or ever? Holly Robinson Peete and her happy family.
The activist and actress says there’s too much good stuff happening in her family to be much interest to drama sucking viewers.
“We’ve been approached many times and we actually shot a pilot for [a reality show],” Peete told ESSENCE at our sixth annual Black Women in Hollywood luncheon. “The feedback was like, ‘Maybe you guys are a little too happy.’ I think they need a little bit more drama so I might need to flip some tables.”
She added that her family is in the media enough, so she’d rather maintain some privacy.