Our first Grinder of the new year is TV and radio personality, author, spoken word poet, vocalists, actress, creative writing instructor, emcee, Red Carpet host and motivational speaker, Dionne Character of New Orleans, LA. Character is the authoress of three books, 7 Pairs of Black Shoes (2002) , Street Diva (2004), Twisted Straps and Sapphire Moon (2006), and Wildflower: Growing From the Muck (2010). The diva spared us a minute of her time, to let us know what she is now doing.
What projects are currently working on?
I am currently working on producing The Dionne Character Show in Oakland, CA., which will be about the people, culture and entertainment in the Bay Area, Book No. 5, untitled thus far, a musical Black History Production, and a One Woman Show which will encompass my last book, WildFlower: Growing From The Muck.
Wow, I’d like to get more into play writing, bringing my books to life through music, poetry, song and dance. I would love to have one of the hottest “entertainment shows” exposing talent from the South, as I love working with children, teaching creative writing. Last, taking my celebrity red carpet hosting all the way to “Hollywood”, as I have been fortunate to interview so many artists.
Sing, listen to music, write, read, and meditate on the things I want in my life.
How would you describe your swagher?
I’d like to think, what I have is deeply embedded within, as I’ve been quoted to being an “experience”. To know who you are, be confident with self and to be bred with so many attributes, is who I was designed to be. My swagher is something that could never be lost, it is the empowerment God releases from the Earth, like an injection into my veins, allowing me to walk with Grace, Love, Wisdom, Skill, and Spirit, with an amazingly Strong back-bone, the same one my grandmother had.