Plus, He does a radio show in Philly so he has to be there to do his show.Home is West Philadelphia (I tell Vincent he is the real Fresh Prince), he is Philly born and bred.I would really love to see and develop some projects that help young people in Philadelphia really grasp the idea that they can move beyond poverty.I’m tired of seeing poverty at such levels in Philadelphia and I really believe that sometimes its about letting them know it can be more than this.I want my kids to grow up healthy and my husband to be happy. At the tender 60, Sheryl Lee Ralph is looking hydrated and stacked like pillows in a hall closet.
A lot of people say that Philly is stuck in the shadow of NY and DC and that’s not the case at all; Philly is just booming with possibility all the time.
What do you find yourself gravitating more towards recently? I was just hired to do the last two episodes of Criminal Minds. He was taken away from us all too soon by AIDS but in this show he asks the great queen in the sky to give him one more chance to come alive and light the world on fire under the great disco ball. We are based in Los Angeles, but we have small chapters of women in Philadelphia, Houston, and up and down California; they call themselves DIVAS.
They are the nicest people—my storyline is with Joe Montana and I couldn’t find a nicer guy, so I’m thrilled about that. He comes back for his return concert and it is “mighty real.” Every time we do this show people end up dancing in the aisles and I feel so good to be a part of the production team. This morning, I woke up and had a letter from a young woman who was in Cameroon, which we visited as an organization.
Today she’s married to Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes and splits her time between Philadelphia and her hometown of Los Angeles where she produces the musical “Mighty Real” and promotes The Diva Foundation, a charity that raises awareness for HIV/AIDS. I’ll never forget walking into that class with this huge hare laying on my table, ready to be dissected and this shiny scalpel they gave me. You were living in Los Angeles when you married your husband. When I met him I was actually on Broadway in New York doing a musical called “Thoroughly Modern Millie” about 14 or 15 years ago. Two years before that, a friend of mine who was the Vice President of Diversity at Paramount said to me, “you have to meet my friend the senator, he’s one of the greatest guys ever.” But we just never crossed paths.
What made you switch from studying medicine to professional acting? Later on, he comes to New York for a big meeting about post 9/11. I still didn’t want to meet him, the fact that my kids were in LA, I wasn’t in the state to meet anybody, but my girlfriend was just so adamant about my meeting him, she said “he has 5 restaurants picked, pick one, do not block your blessing.” And that’s how it all happened.