I Haven’t Blogged in Forever

I haven’t blogged on a consistent basis in a long time.  Many factors are to blame.  I lost my last surviving grandparent in April, which hit me much harder than I expected, and for the better part of the summer I was chilling.  I haven’t dated since “The Potential” got stationed to Hawaii, and that has definitely been by choice; I needed a break.  And my life has been somewhat boring….well what I consider boring.  I’ve purposely been laying low trying to get myself in order.   Most important, and what I consider to be exciting and fantastic, is that I have a new job.  And it’s in education.  And it’s in DC.  Although it’s still new, I love going to work everyday.  Seriously.  My commute is SUPER short (well, compared to where I’ve been going for the past two years), and I can finally do stuff in the city after work.  I was pumped at first because I was able to metro and walk and get a little exercise.  But then it dawned on me that when it gets cold and starts to snow, I’m going to have to walk in that…and that’s when I decided to drive.  I may metro next week since it’s the Congressional Black Caucus’ Annual Legislative Conference…we’ll see.

Oh, I’m super excited that “Scandal” is coming back in 5 days…but I’m super sad Harrison won’t be there (Darn you, Columbus Short!!!!).  I have been keeping my eye on this Ray Rice situation.  Now, while I do not condone domestic violence in anyway, Ray was honest with the NFL in February when reports first came out about him hitting his then fiancee’ Janay.  And the league decided to suspend him for the first two games of the season.  Now since there’s a tape, they changed their tune.  As a friend on Facebook pointed out, it’s double jeopardy, like getting charged twice for the same crime.  I truly hope Ray and Janay were/are getting the help they need.  I’m not going to even touch Adrian Peterson and all these other NFL players that are coming out of the woodworks for being charged with domestic violence disputes. And no one wants to talk about Judge Mark Fuller who was arrested last month on a battery charge for assaulting his wife.  Well, some people do.  Three U.S. Senators are asking him to resign because he violated the trust the people of Atlanta put in him.  (Bravo to you guys!) I mean, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, right?

Back to me-now that I feel like things are falling into place for me, I’m starting to take stock in my life and work on the areas that need improvement and updates. I’m purging my house (it’s a slow process, but I’m getting there; I have WAY too much stuff), and I’m rejoining a few organizations that I left by the wayside for a few years.  While I didn’t become a complete hermit, it’ll be good to enter the land of the living again and to start embracing the Social Butterfly I naturally am. 🙂  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

Interview with Darius Bailey

Darius Bailey

You may have seen him on TVOne’s “Fatal Attractions”.  You may have seen his work on ABC’s “Resurrection”.  But I’m sure you’ve never seen him like this.  This past weekend, I was able to speak with actor/producer/director Darius Bailey.  After spending a few years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Bailey decided about 10 years ago to become an actor.  Though he has been honing his craft for a while, he may just now getting on your radar.  But don’t worry; you’re getting familiar at just the right time.

Over the course of his 10 year acting career, Bailey has performed in “ATL”, “House of Payne”, “Dumb and Dumber Too”, and “Reed Between the Lines”.  On “Resurrection”, he plays the photo double to Omar Epps’ J. Martin Bellamy.  He was able to portray real life convicted murderer Larry Dunn on “Fatal Attractions”.  In playing this role, Bailey stated he was a “little nervous up front to play this person.  But as an actor, you learn to give your character their day on stage.  Meaning you don’t judge that character; you play them where they are.”  While he was concerned this role would affect his future endeavors, I think it is safe to say he has nothing to fear.

Darius is currently portraying spiritually grounded, family man DeMorris Kingsley on “Driving Home”, a web series currently in its second season.   But it doesn’t stop there.  Not only will he direct a few episodes of season 2 of “Driving Home”, Darius is also working on his own project, “Remix”, where he serves as writer, producer, AND director!  He is based in Atlanta and is currently looking to hire talent to complete the film.  (The link to find more information can be found later in the article.)

When asked who he would be interested in partnering with on the big screen, Darius stated Mr. “Glory” and “Training Day” himself, Denzel Washington.  “Reason being, I am the type of actor that brings every bit of passion within me to the camera.  Every role I play, I have to be one with that character, to be convincing.  And to me, no other actor does that better than Denzel Washington.  You look at every performance he has done, and he is believable.   There is nothing about his performances that says, ‘Ok, I’m acting’.”

It is his ultimate goal to one day “capture a broader audience and to impart some of my greater values, things that are positive.  And to have a sustainable career as an actor, to pick and choose every role, and to impart some of my personal values on everyone, use my influence to be able to give back.”

I definitely believe that Darius is well on his way to building a strong foundation for a great career!  Connect with him on Facebook (to find out what he’s working on AND to find out casting information for “Remix”) and find him on Twitter.   Additionally, if you missed the season finale of “Fatal Attraction”, you can see it here as Darius portrays Larry Dunn.

I have to thank Darius for allowing me to interview him.  And you all need to keep your eye on this guy; he’s going places, and you want to be there to say you’ve been familiar with his work for years! 🙂  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!