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“Marriage Is Something I Want To Do, Eventually” Vanessa Simmons Talks Motherhood, Marriage, And New Webseries
What is Mixed about?“Mixed is a comedy series based on a conservative girl who grows up in a liberal world. Its main character, Samantha Hoffman (who is played by moi), is a biracial conservative who moves back home after graduating to live with very liberal parents. They get involved in her life at ever angle — especially her sex life (or lack thereof), and her career. Basically, her parents are like children and she is the parent. Also, the spin on the title takes heed from her being biracial but also focuses on the mixed ideologies and personalities in the show.”
the show changed the way you view or debate politics?
“It hasn’t but it has made me look at things with a more well rounded perspective when it comes to my political stance. Mixed makes fun of everyone’s political views, though. Participating in the show allowed the actors and actresses to let go of a topic that is taken so seriously.”
Is it different filming for a webseries as opposed to a television show?“I think it is the same when you film for both webseries and television shows. The only difference is the episodes are more condense for a webseries because they are seven minutes long. Our ultimate goal is for the show to become a half-hour series on a network cable channel. While filming the webseries, I treated it as though I was filming for a television show. I tried not to over compensate too much but I wanted it to be as relatable as possible.”
Was it a challenge filming while pregnant?“I found out I was pregnant the night before the first day of production. I thought it was the flu and didn’t know what was up with me. And da di da da, I’m pregnant [laughs]! I had to go through the whole production while I had morning sickness. I would take ginger tea to settle my stomach and wanted special food on the site; it was a challenge but a challenge in a good way, for myself.”
What similarities do you have with your character, Samantha?“I would say I am similar to Samantha based on the way I grew up and people judging who I am — especially in college. I lived on campus and when I would walk to class people would not approach me but automatically think I had an attitude. When people actually got a chance to meet me, they would tell me “Wow, you are really cool!” I would respond saying, “Thanks for prejudging me! [laughs]”
Would you be Samantha’s friend in real life?“I think Samantha is cool, I would maybe try to get her to loosen up just a little bit. I feel like she is too much in her head but I had so much fun playing her as a character.”
What is it like being a working mother?“Being a working mom has inspired me a lot more than before when I was just working because I was just supporting myself. After I gave birth, I felt like I was Super Woman. I said to myself if I could get through pregnancy and labor, I can get through anything. It really boosted my confidence. I want my daughter to ultimately grow up and be proud of her mother. I want my daughter to know: if she puts in the work, has faith, and pursues her dreams, she can make anything happen.”
Why do you take the “less is more” approach towards posting photos of your daughter, Ava Marie, on social media?“I understand mothers who take photos all the time! When you look at your child, you say to yourself ‘Oh my god, you were in my stomach and you have my eyes!’ For me, I want to take the time to bond with my daughter. So many people were inquiring (which my family and I were so grateful for their love and support). But I wanted to take time before I put her picture out there. No judgement to mothers who post photos all the time because my phone right now is at the capacity of pictures!”
How is Angela as an aunt?“She’s been fantastic! Angela spends as much time with her as possible and she always tells Ava,’you’re gonna be a little fashionista! And we are going to go shopping!’So Angela is waiting for the time when she and Ava can have Aunty-Niece outings. All my siblings have been very welcoming to Ava. It’s a beautiful thing.”
Is marriage in the future for you?“Marriage is something I want to do, eventually. Everything in its due time. I understand people had a lot of things to say about me becoming pregnant before I got married. It was not my plan but it did happen and I don’t regret anything. I want things to take its natural course and happen as it should. You should allow things to evolve, beautifully.” Check out the first episode of Mixed, below! What do you think?
Huckabee: Dems Make Women Think They’re Helpless Without “Uncle Sugar” & His Birth Control Prescriptions
Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate, got on the dais at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting and went on a rant about what he says are the insults being hurled at women from the Democratic party.
According to him, the Republican “war on women” doesn’t exist. “Our party stands for the recognition of the equality of women and the capacity of women,” he said.
“And if the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control, because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it,” he continued. I never want to hear or read Mike Huckabee say “Uncle Sugar” ever again in all my life. Sadly, it’s still trending on Twitter.
The comment was in reference to the Affordable Care Act (of course) and is a continuation of the conversation about Republican opposition to it. More specifically, GOP critics of the law say employers and other providers shouldn’t be required to cover contraception.
“Women I know are outraged that Democrats think that women are nothing more than helpless and hopeless creatures whose only goal in life is to have the government provide for them birth control medication,” Huckabee said in his remarks. Kind of a weird take on women’s perspective on the health care issue, but he was clearly fired up.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, in turn, told reporters today that he hadn’t heard the remarks but “whoever said it, it sounds offensive to me, and to women.”
MSNBC has footage of Huckabee’s speech, noting that he’s dead serious when he drops this disturbing turn of phrase on us. We, on the other hand, have included the Twitter rendering of Uncle Sugar at right.
The Republican party and the African-American community aren’t known for being on the same side of most issues. But as the GOP has upped its efforts to increase its appeal in the black and Latina community, MadameNoire to take a look of some of the party insiders.
President Obama To Give Back 5% Of Salary “In Solidarity” With Federal Employees Who’ve Been Hurt By Sequestration
President Obama wants to show you as opposed to just telling you that he’s a man of the people, and he’s doing that by returning five percent of his $400,000 salary as a sign of unity with federal employees who have had to take pay cuts, been unemployed or deal with unpaid leaves from their jobs as an effect of sequestration. As part of the sequestration, in March, budget cuts were enacted between the defense and non-defense categories of government, and by the end of the year, it’s said that thousands of jobs will be lost or failed to be created because of these cuts and could even affect Medicare. Even historical sites and parks have been shut down for visitation because of the sequestration.
According to TIME, the following was said in a statement about the president’s choice by a White House official:
“The salary for the President, as with Members of Congress, is set by law and cannot be changed. However, the President has decided that to share in the sacrifice being made by public servants across the federal government that are affected by the sequester, he will contribute a portion of his salary back to the Treasury.”
All in all, by the end of the year, that 5 percent (which will be distributed in payments each month), according to the Washington Post, will come out to about $20,000. Even Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is taking a voluntary pay cut, amounting to allegedly 14 furlough days (those unpaid job leaves we were discussing earlier). A democratic senator in Alaska is also following suit.
According to the Washington Post, this could be a move by the president to put public pressure on Republicans, and it could work:
“…what he is clearly hoping is that other Administration figures and other elected officials take his cue to forego some salary and, in so doing, keep the story in the news — ratcheting up the pressure on those (mostly Republicans) who are just fine with keeping the sequester in place.”
Whatever the motivation behind this voluntary pay cut, it’s a bold one that we here are impressed by. What are your thoughts?