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Cree Summer, Often Considered The Original Carefree Black Girl, Explains Why There’s No Such Thing

September 8th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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In a really great interview with Fusion recently, Cree Summer, the voice of our beloved characters Susie Carmichael and Freddie Brooks, was asked about being considered one of the original carefree Black girls represented in the mainstream, leading the way for others like Willow Smith, Amandla Stenberg and her goddaughter, Zoe Kravitz (whom all cite her as an influence). The carefree Black girl, otherwise known as the second cousin to the quirky Black girl, is viewed as one who marches to the beat of her own drum. She is the alternative representation most of us love to see, and at times, crave to be. But if you ask Summer, seen as the poster child (make that woman) of all things easygoing and unique, she’s not really feeling the label because she says the carefree Black girl is somewhat of a myth. She does, however, believe that there is a rise in the conscious Black girl, self-aware and liberated, which should be celebrated.

“I don’t know a single black girl who’s carefree because it ain’t easy being a girl of color, period,” Summer said. “God, I wish we were carefree. A lot of political things would have to dramatically change in this planet for a woman of color to be carefree. But I think what they mean by that is more of an aware black girl, a conscious black girl. The more conscious you are, maybe the less cares you have and maybe the more cares you have as well—it kind of goes hand in hand. Self-awareness and more self-love and also the ability to care for other black women. It has something to do with being politically aware of where you stand on this planet and I think it has to do with not accepting the definition that’s been given to you by designing yourself. I’ve always been a loud mouth that way. I’ve always been proud to be different, I’ve always stood out like a sore thumb and I always have not given a damn.”

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And Summer is raising her daughters, Brave and Hero, whom she calls her “savages” on Instagram, to embody that same way of free thinking and living.

“Listen, if you had dinner with them you’d say, these girls are savages. Or just went to the grocery store, you’d say, oh dear god they are savages,” she said. “They are so blazingly individual and they teach me so much everyday [sic]. My job now is to maintain their fearlessness. When Hero falls down or Brave blurts something out and everybody stares, we crack up. I don’t want them to get to that point where they are embarrassed or scared of everything. That’s the danger of growing up, you just get so f–king afraid of everything. And what you’re usually most afraid of is the judgment of a bunch of people you wouldn’t even hang out with on purpose. Who gives a shit? I’d rather be afraid of oh my god, I’m in shark-infested waters. Now there is a legitimate fear. Or Trump is going to run this country. There’s a legitimate fear.”

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The actress and voice-over juggernaut also emphasized the importance of surrounding yourself with people who embrace you for that ingenuity, like her BFF Lisa Bonet, rather than stifle it. And if anyone can do that, according to Summer, it’s Black women.

“Girls that make you feel good about yourself, that’s the most important thing,” she said. “Listen, I hit the jackpot, I really did. I can’t complain about a lot of things because I have such a deep piracy and sisterhood and girl gang that is just so powerful. To have girlfriends in your life, they reflect back to you how strong you are, how funny you are, how fine you are, how powerful you are. That’s one of the awful things that has happened in this world is there is a conspiracy against women and so much propaganda that we don’t know how to be friends.

She continued: “That’s bullsh-t. If anybody knows how to be friends, it’s black women. We have been enslaved and had to care for each other and each other’s babies and pick each other up in so many powerful ways. We know to take care of each other, we know how to be friends. Don’t buy the lies. That’s why I say Support Your Local Girl Gang because when I fall down and my world is in shambles, the ones that take care of me and pick me up and put me back together are my sisters, my friends. I can’t stress enough the importance of having women friends. It will change your life.”

Summer sure is preaching! Check out her full Fusion interview here, and let us know where you stand on the idea of the “carefree Black girl.”

TBT: That Time Kadeem Hardison And Cree Summer Dated

April 30th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Thanks to Tribe Called Curl, I learned a new fun fact today. This might be old news to some of you, but I had no idea (or had forgotten) that Kadeem Hardison (Dwayne Wayne) and Cree Summer (Freddie Brooks) dated in real life.

Many of us watched the show and remember the undeniable chemistry between Dwayne and Whitley. So we were completely preoccupied with whether or not they were dating in real life. Turns out, it was another cast member who had his heart.

For those, like me, who didn’t know and need receipts, here they are. So, two years ago, Essence asked Hardison if it was awkward playing Jasmine Guy’s love interest while dating Cree Summer.

He said:

That wasn’t even my concern at the time. Dominic [Hoffman], Jasmine’s boyfriend at the time, did some spots on the show. It’s like you have your work wife and home wife. But your home wife also happens to work with you. As much as that could have been sticky, they were so in love with each, it was never an issue. Good God, if you thought me and Darryl (Ron) were close, he and Jasmine were inseparable. They brought out the silliness in each other. 

According to People, who spoke with both Hardison and Summer, the two only dated for a year but there are plenty of images capturing their union, including this one Cree recently posted on her Instagram page.

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Being that so many of us believed in Whitley and Dwayne’s love, one of my coworkers had a hard time seeing these two together.

I think they were pretty adorable.

Aahhh…days gone by.

Can You Guess Which Popular ’90s Star Is The Mother Of This Cute Little Lady?

September 23rd, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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This little one is Hero Peregrine Pullens and she is the youngest daughter of actress Cree Summer (pictured above with her brother). Summer had Hero and big sister Brave Littlewing Pullens with her husband, Angelo Pullen, and she’s been showing off both little ladies on social media ever since.

When Summer introduced her daughter to the world last year, she was only five weeks old. Now she is 1 years old and up and running.

Hero can often be seen on Summer’s social media account playing around with her big sister. Summer calls her two little ones the #pirategirls and they are inseparable–and adorable! Check out more snapshots of little Hero and her family below.

Watch The Cast Of A Different World On Where Are They Now? + Raven Symone And Vivica Fox

September 17th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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A Different World On Where Are They Now

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The impact of “A Different World” cannot be overstated. A television show that inspired students of all races and ethnicities to attend college? That’s major. And although the show has long since been off the air, its impact is still very strong.

So Oprah sat down with some of the cast members for her “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” series on OWN.

Hillman alum Jasmine Guy (Whitley Gilbert), Kadeem Hardison (Dwayne Wayne), Dawn Lewis (Jalessa Taylor), Sinbad (Coach Oakes), Darryl M. Bell (Ron Johnson), Cree Summer (Freddie Brooks) and executive producer of the show Debbie Allen all sat down to discuss the things they’ve been up to since they left the hit NBC series.

As you know, “A Different World” was a spinoff of “The Cosby Show” so the cast took time to pay homage to the genius of Bill Cosby in creating this groundbreaking show.

See what they had to say.

The cast of A Different World will appear on OWN on Sunday, October 26 at 9pm.

A Different World On Where Are They Now

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But before you catch up with these folks, Raven Symone sits down with Oprah to speak candidly about her life after childhood super stardom, including the Tweet that presumably announced to the world that she was a lesbian. You can watch Raven’s “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” episode on October 5 at 9pm. On that same day, you’ll have a chance to catch up with Jenna Von Oy  (aka Six from “Blossom” and Stevie Van Lowe on “The Parkers.”)

And then on the following Sunday, October 12 you can see what Vivica Fox is doing these days.

Looks like a jam-packed season full of familiar faces. We’re here for it.


9 Voice Actors Who Bring Your Favorite Characters To Life

October 22nd, 2013 - By Kendra Koger
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Have you ever been sitting there watching cartoons with your children or younger family members (or by yourself, no judgment) and a particular character’s voice sticks out to you?  If you’re like me, you probably researched that character and the person who voiced them and was shocked to find out that that person also voiced many of your other favorite characters.  Let’s take a look at some (because there’s a lot, but we don’t want to bog you down with too many pages) of the actors behind the voices, and if I left your favorite out, sound off in the comment section.

In Bouncing Baby News: Cree Summer Shows Off Her New Addition To The Family, Hero Peregrine

March 7th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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If you’ve been wondering what Cree Summer has been up to over the years, know that the 43-year-old is out here getting paid doing voice work for all kinds of cartoons and video games, and that she’s also a doting mom as well. Summer is already the mother of a 2-year-old cutie named Brave Littlewing Pullen, but she recently announced that she’s brought another baby girl into the world, 5-week-old Hero Peregrine Pullen. Both little cutie patooties are from her marriage to hubby Angelo Pullen.

According to Black Celeb Kids, Summer had Hero through a natural birth on January 26 in their home. Summer also had Brave Littlewing through a natural birth. Soon after her newest baby’s introduction to the world, Cree spoke through her social media about the joy and the work of having another newborn in the house (and probably the struggle of taking care of a newborn while trying to keep a 2-year-old from getting jealous) and had this to say:

“Good morning Our lil Hero is up and letting the world know ! Oh to be so tired and so happy all at once lucky us #babybliss.”

“I am deliriously happy and deeply ‘ New Mama Tired ‘ Our little Peregrine is sleeping like a little bird.”

She also Tweeted a few hours ago her excitement about Hero Peregrine Pullen growing up so fast by saying, “My How Time Flys , Hero Peregrine already 5 Weeks Old” And by the picture above, she’s definitely a sleeping beauty. Man…everybody’s having babies right now guys! Makes me want to go ahead…well…naw, nevermind. I’m not serious whatsoever. But either way, belated congratulations are in order for the beautiful actress and her husband and their growing family. See pics of Summer, her husband Angelo Pullen and 2-year-old big sis Brave below.

Cree and Brave

Angelo Pullen and Brave Little Wing

Can You Guess Whose Cute Kid This Is?

December 18th, 2012 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Who is this little gray-eyed dream you ask? Well, her mother is a beloved actress with a fun and bubbly personality that we’ve been a fan of since way back when. Aside from being an actress, her mommy is a famous voice actress who has been in a wealth of animated TV programs over the years. And on top of all that, she is a successful singer, even busting out in song through her animated characters. She’s a free spirit with a gorgeous head of hair and a very unique voice. We miss seeing her Canadian face all over the place, but she’s still doing big things behind the scenes. So whose child is this with her blonde hair and blue eyes (the famous mommy says the little girl looks just like her father)?

Forget-Me-Nots! 10 Memorable Episodes from ‘A Different World’

November 14th, 2012 - By Jasmine Berry
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Known for being a show created by Bill Cosby, as a spin-off of “The Cosby Show,” “A Different World” went on to become one of the longest running black sitcoms.  We learned a lot of lessons from the show and had many laughs. And, who can forget those theme songs by Aretha Franklin and Boyz II Men? Here are 10 memorable episodes from one of our favorite black shows.

What Happened To You!? 9 Actresses Who Need To Be Employed ASAP (Because We Miss Them)

November 6th, 2012 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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These ladies kept the laughs coming on their respective television shows and in their classic movies, but after catching our eye, they seemed to show up less and less on our televisions and on the movie screen. They’re mad talented and while some have been preoccupied with more important things (including motherhood), others have just had a hard time getting a good role in a bias Hollywood. Here are nine women who need a job on TV or in a big career changing film ASAP, because their talents are too great to go to waste. Check it out (and be prepared to click…).

In Case You Were Wondering About Cree Summer…

January 17th, 2012 - By MN Editor
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We love getting updates on the wonderful castmembers of A Different World, the iconic and unparalleled show about Black college life. Do you remember Cree Summer aka Freddie, the bohemian alternative chic who was either fighting the power or spouting the joys of veganism? Okay, so I don’t remember exactly if she ever preached about a meat-free diet. But in any case, I loved her enthusiasm for all things non-status quo.

The real life actress behind Freddie has been working steadily since the show ended in 1993. She was only 23 then and quickly capitalized on her quirky voice to launch a career voicing animated cartoon series. In her illustrious voice over career, she’s even gotten to work as the voice of the green M&M in commercials.  Now 42, Summer is happily married with a new baby girl named Brave (we’ve been unable to confirm the age of her daughter).

Summer recently talked to about her hair life and her new family life. Check it out!

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