So I wanted a little break....After co-starring in the world premiere of Heartbreaker in Connecticut, then starring in the world-premiere of "A Gift from John Mckee" then onto starring as America's first great black preacher, Richard Allen, in the landmark History of Philadelphia documentary, then onto filming my recurring role in the new series Cream (which debuts nationally in the fall) I thought I had that break. Then, I got hired to be the voice of a new black superhero for an audiobook project, several audiobook projects came my way, including narrating a book by a former NFL player, and I filmed a commercial for a reputable autobody shop who asked me to be their new spokesman, ala Dennis Haysbert in the Allstate commercials. I finally realized that I may need to hold out hope for a break. In fact, as I am writing this, I am sorting through a series of historical speeches for an unprecedented audio anthology project I was given a grant to produce called Lift Every Voice and Sing: Speeches and Songs of the Negro. The project is set to begin later this month. I am also back to writing and recording music again and should have a single and music video the top of August.
But enough about me. I hope you are all well. I know kids are almost out of school and I am actually locating an international school for them to attend until the school year picks up again. lol. No, I'm kidding. Actually looking forward to some catch up time with them. As for you all, I hope you drop a line from time to time to say hello. Some of you have said to me: "I know you are busy." Well, my official response is that my career is only what I do; it is not who I am or my life. I get far more pleasure out of offering some advice or lending a helping hand or even hearing good news from you all. When I tell you this is true, it is.
Finally, I have submitted to some pressure and created a fan page on Facebook. The idea of "fans" doesn't sit well with me. (I doubt it ever will) Instead, I like to use the term supporters and if you support me or my work, by all means add yourself. Speaking of supporters, I want to thank the following individuals for their recent support: my wife, Marlisa Patterson, Melinda Smith, Kavonna Smith, Leon Brathwaite, Michael and Marlene Downing, Reggie Jackson, and Malcolm Martin. Seeing you all in the audience (and some of you by tremendous surprise) are memories I will never forget.
So that's it for now.
Stay blessed and as always, take care of yourselves and each other.