This week's #WCW is Racheal FIoyd (@theblackracheal). I met this Grand Rapids native when she became a PA on #BeingMaryJane during Season 2. Immediately I was drawn to her. She's my kinda woman...whip smart, astute, and a born problem solver. She told me her dreams and then set a course to make those dreams a reality. She is now a newly minted member of the DGA.
Racheal studied film at the New York Film Academy and received her degree in Television Broadcast at Tennessee State University. She discovered her passion for storytelling at a very young age and has been working as an independent filmmaker for 6 years, making short films and music videos. Keep up the amazing work!
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Ever meet someone and right away you know that you've come across a truly magical person? That's what it was like when I met today's #wcw Gina Rodriguez (@hereisgina) and her dad after the Golden Globes one year. Her smile is electric, her talent endless, and she's a Chicago lady that loves her pops... my kinda girl.
Named the “Next Big Thing” and one of the “Top 35 Latinos Under 35,” by The Hollywood Reporter, Gina continues to be noticed for her incredible acting ability, philanthropy, producing, and Movement Mondays.
Rodriguez can currently be seen playing the title role on the CW series “Jane the Virgin,” which is in its third season. It is for her work on the show that Rodriguez won the Golden Globe for “Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy” in 2015. Next, she will lend her voice to Sony’s animated film The Star, and to Twentieth Century Fox’s animated film Ferdinand.
In Addition to acting, Rodriguez is a leader in supporting and empowering women and diversity. This passion led Rodriguez to create, with her production company, I Can & I Will Productions, the first annual Marie Claire’s Young Women’s Honors. @youngwomenshonors is a global platform that discovers, honors and celebrates women who demonstrate confidence, intelligence and leadership, that will inspire others to follow.
Currently, Gina is working on a book being published by Simon & Schuster encompassing all of the lessons she has learned from her father, Genaro Rodriguez. The book titled, “I Can And I Will: Tools My Daddy Gave Me,” is expected to be released in 2018.
Happy Mother's Day to my gorgeous mom Theresa Marie Glass Union. She raised 3 ballsy global citizens and adopted 3 more after 60. My mom is simply the shit. She reminds me everyday that I have alot more to give and lot more to teach and that patience is a talent and a gift. She also shows me daily that a mother doesn't have to give birth to children to love them and care for them, just merely be there and be consistent with your love. I love you mom.
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My #WCW is the kind of woman that lights up every room she walks in with her beauty, her style, her immense talent, and her loving caring energy. You see her and immediately are drawn to her. She is real. She is honest. She is all that is right in Hollywood and I am lucky to know her. Say hello to Niecy Nash. •
At the age of 5, @niecynash1 saw the most beautiful woman she had ever see on tv. She said "Grandma who is that"? Her grandmother answered "Baby that's Lola Falana"! Nash says that moment stamped her destiny on the canvas of her imagination "I want to be Black and fabulous and on tv"! She's been on a mission every since. •
Nash hosted the Style Network show Clean House from 2003 to 2010, for which she won an Daytime Emmy Award in 2010. As an actress, she played the role of Deputy Raineesha Williams in the Comedy Central comedy series Reno 911! (2003–2009). Nash received critical acclaim and two Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series nominations for her performance as nurse Denise "DiDi" Ortley in the HBO comedy Getting On (2013–2015). She also starred as Lolli Ballantine on the TV Land sitcom The Soul Man(2012–2016), and is playing Denise Hemphill in the Fox horror-comedy anthology series, Scream Queens(2015). Nash has also played a number of roles in films and has made many guest appearances on television shows. In 2014, Nash played the role of civil rights activist Richie Jean Jackson in the historical drama film Selma directed by Ava DuVernay. She also was cast in a recurring role as Louise Bell in the Showtime period drama Masters of Sex. Most recently Nash has been cast as the lead in the TNT crime comedy-drama Claws produced by Rashida Jones about a South Florida nail salon. Series premiere June 11th. •
Nash has raised 50k for Amazing Grace Conservatory, an inner city performing arts school run by actress Wendy Raquel Robinson. Nash's current community service is founding The Cinderella Project, which will provide underprivileged youth with celebrity gowns to wear to their proms.