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

Goodbye Ugly Betty, It Was A Beautiful Run.....Now What's This About a Movie?

Last night the final episode of Ugly Betty aired. Sniff, sniff. I think the show could have gone another 2 years if ABC wasn't playing musical chairs with their time slot. And I was loving my Wednesday night lineup with Modern Family, Cougar Town and Ugly Betty. But I don't want to make this a bitter post. Ugly Betty was a great show that pushed boundaries in a clever way. So to executive producer Salma Hayek and the crew I thank you. Thank you for giving America one of the most diverse casts, probably, in television history. I can't think of too many shows that has featured white, black , Latino, Asian, gay, transexual, transgender, wealthy, poor, characters in one show. Thank you for a great cast. Thank you for showing us a family who embraced their gay teen. Thank you for reminding us our spirit is more important than what we wear. And you also reminded us looks don't matter because Betty always had a guy drooling over her. Thank you for showing us to never give up, even when it feels like the world, or magazine staff, is against us. Thank you for the melodramatic, shocking endings. Thanks for giving us Vanessa Williams every week ( I met her in person and she is BEAUTIFUL). She was delightfully cunning. Oooh and thanks for casting Eric Mabius as Daniel Meade--yummy. And thanks for casting Judith Light as a villian because she rocked it. Thanks for the bright clothes, cool models, scandals, murders, fake deaths, mayhem and love triangles. Thanks for Tony Plana who played Betty's father because I don't think he got his deserved props. Aww and I'm going to miss the sassy sister Hilda. In the midst of all of that drama, thanks for reminding us the importance of family. Thanks for the laughs! And finally, thanks to America Ferrera for being a hell of an actress and cracking the ceiling in Hollywood, so hopefully, we can see more shows with women of color as lead characters. And thanks for showing us every week to stay true to ourselves.


Didn't you love the ending when Daniel followed Betty to London and told her he's been giving everything his whole life? Now, he says, he needs to learn how to work for things. I think he was talking about working for Betty's love. Supposedly in the original Spanish version of the show, Betty and Daniel end up together. Daniel dipped his fountain pen in too many ink wells for my taste, but if you want him Betty, girrrrrrrl make him work for it. Maybe we'll get to see if the two hook up because Ana Ortiz told there may be a movie in the works! And supposedly America Ferrera is hustling to get it on.

“It’s something that we’ve been talking about and it’s something that America Ferrera would really love to do," said Ortiz. That woman has so much determination that I can’t imagine anything she puts her mind to not getting done.”

America Ferrera and Salma Hayak are making moves. Love it!

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