Starting Your Dreams Later In Life and Embracing the Detour

Jenee Darden speaking at Creative Mornings I know it's been a while since I've posted anything but that's because of my job. I'm working as a reporter covering Oakland and I host an arts segment on the radio where I get to interview amazing artists from around the Bay Area. Plus I'm publicizing my book  and building my speaking career!  You know what's funny? I thought this would all happen by the time I was 27-30.  Nope. That wasn't God's plan for me. I'm finally beginning to do the things I've wanted to do and I'm almost 40 years old. Some people reading this who are 40 will say 40 is still young. But some younger people reading may think 40 is nearly ancient. But I'm writing this post for those who like me, thought their career and personal dreams would come true much early in life. I'm here to tell you not to give up.  You know, death inspires life. A number of my relatives and friends have passed away, ranging in

Tyler Perry's Act of Kindness and
New Film Trailer

I'm really, REALLY, loving Tyler Perry right now. Remember those black and brown kids from Philly who were kicked out of a suburban swim club because of their race? How shocking in our post-racial society. Well, Tyler Perry writes on his website that he was so furious by the story, he's treating all 65 of the kids to a trip to a three-day trip to Disney World. He writes:
"...on Aug 1st thru 3rd I'm sending these kids to Disney World, and then to a Disney water park. I want them to know that for every act of evil that a few people will throw at you, there are millions more who will do something kind for them."

He also said that these children should not be discriminated for the color of their skin and they should know they can do anything in life. That was generous of him to treat those children to some Mickey Mouse time and send a message of kindness to them. Those kids are from the inner city. Who knows what impact Perry's generosity may have on them.

Also in Tyler Perry news, the trailer for his upcoming film "I Can Do Bad All By Myself" has hit the internet. You can see it below. Taraji Henson stars as a selfish woman who is taking care of her sister's children. Mary J. Blige and Gladys Knight are also in the film. I hope there's a soundtrack because it's going to be fire! I'm hyped about this one. I love me some Mary J! Plus Taraji is a great actress. It looks like Taraji's love interest is CSI: Miami hottie Adam Rodriguez. Gasp, he's Latino. Cuban and Puerto Rican to be exact. You mean a non-black man can be interested in a black woman? "I Can Do Bad All By Myself" looks like a good flick. I will be in the theater on Sept. 11 for my dose of Madea. Check out the trailer below...


  1. MJB looks GREAT! And I think I finally forgive Taraji for "Baby Boy." I think. The jury is out until I see this film. LOL. I'd love to work w/TP though. So inspired by his life story, his work and his heart for others.

  2. @Andrea--Mary J. does look good. I feel you on Baby Boy. I didn't like that movie nor "Hustle and Flow." I'm really excited about the direction Tyler Perry is going with his films. I can't wait until "Precious" comes out.


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