A. I know the value of holding a vision, so I don’t rush my projects. They naturally unfold and mature; I trust that God works everything out in the fullness of time. Even when it looked like nothing was happening, I kept inching towards the goal, talking to potential collaborators, until I had everything in place. In the interim, I submitted my film Heart & Soul to some investors. They liked it. Then I asked them to take a look at The Lady Doctors, by then renamed The Blend. They liked that too, and backed it. As the show evolved I realized I didn’t need all the hosts to be conventional medical doctors. In fact, it was better that they be experts in their fields and represent spirit, mind, and body—a naturopathic doctor, a Doctor of Psychology, a psychologist, and a spiritual life coach.
I needed to bring black women to the forefront because we’ve been conditioned in American society to see everyone as an authority but black women. If we are not in top positions, not visible, and don’t have a voice that can be heard, we get lost. Twice I remember reading about flights in which flight attendants faced an emergency with a passenger, and called for a doctor. Twice black women doctors answered that call, but when they stood and offered their services, they were looked at askance, as if they didn’t fit the description of a medical doctor, and thus were impostors. That needs to change. Black women are everywhere, doing everything, and doing it well. The Blend will contribute to reconditioning the world to see us in a positive light, so that we are acknowledged for the powerful gift we bring to the world.