How Producer Felicia D. Henderson Went From Writing Jokes To Spearheading Black Dramas

Written by on February 19, 2021

Black historical past must be celebrated all yr lengthy, however Black Historical past Month is an apt time to offer flowers to our giants whose skills and contributions usually go missed. Particularly as we have now misplaced so many icons this yr already, together with Mary Wilson, Eric Jerome Dickey, Hank Aaron and Cicely Tyson, the necessity to give our heroes flowers whereas they’re nonetheless in a position to scent them turns into much more obvious.

Hosts Ja’han Jones, Taryn Finley and Shaquille Romblay uplift a number of the unsung residing legends of at the moment on the most recent episode of “And That’s That!” They sing singer-songwriter extraordinaire Jazmine Sullivan’s praises, shine a lightweight on Black artist and scholar David Driskell and provides props to Hollywood veteran Vivica A. Fox.

Producer Felicia D. Henderson additionally sits down with HuffPost senior enterprise editor Erin E. Evans to speak about her profession journey. Henderson has labored on “Moesha,” “Soul Meals,” “Sister, Sister,” “Household Issues” and different TV exhibits. Whereas Henderson has helped break the mould of how Black tales are instructed on tv, she tells Evans that her work breaking down boundaries wasn’t deliberate, however a results of her following her “inventive curiosity.”

“That I present gratitude to God for giving me a present that I completely love and enthusiastic about is to do it nicely, to by no means type of do it, to do the perfect that I can,” Henderson stated. “In some methods when I’ve checked out my profession and appeared on the careers of manufacturers and simply colleagues, I see I’d most likely be so much richer if I had such a plan. However I by no means did, to be trustworthy. I care about my mental curiosity. Inventive curiosity has all the time led me greater than, ‘Right here’s the place I need to be within the enterprise in 5 years.’”

Henderson deserves her flowers. 

Hearken to the complete episode, together with Evans’ full interview with Henderson, beneath.

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