My sister Tamera and I are creating stories and projects, like the one we did for Lifetime Movie Network, that feature a multicultural world. We owe it to the audience to have diverse storylines. There are people from Jamaica who live in the United States that want to see themselves. Why can’t we show this or provide this?
That’s why I respect people like Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith who create shows.
They created All Of Us, and UPN gave them an opportunity. Tyler Perry is doing plenty and Queen Latifah has two shows she’s doing right now one on BET and another on VH1. Now Jay-Z and Will Smith are doing an African American version of the movie of Annie starring Willow Smith. That’s genius, people are going to go out and watch that. We have to do it ourselves; we have to start creating these programs and movies for our audience instead of just sitting back and waiting. That’s what I want to do. And that’s what my sister and I are working on doing together.
Tamera and I did a movie called Double Wedding for Lifetime, which was so cool because my sister and I are both nominated for a NAACP Image Award. I feel so honored to be recognized for something that we created and were executive producers on— that’s just unbelievable to me.
And we are executive producers and creators of a new reality show, Tia & Tamera Take 2 that will soon be debuting on The Style Network. We pitched it, did a pilot and we’re hoping to get the official pickup. We’re waiting on that now and we should be finding out soon. Basically our goal is to look for material and work with amazing people. But most of all, we want to get our projects out there for our community and audience to watch and enjoy.
—As Told To Ronke Idowu Reeves
[Editor Note: The docseries reality show, Tia & Tamera Take 2, has been given a six-episode order and will premiere in late summer 2011 on The Style Network.]