Sunday, August 15, 2010

Watch me on "SEX ON TV" TONIGHT on TV Guide @ 8pm EST

Now-a-days, EVERYBODY has a sex tape! While most of us keep it under lock and key in a old Payless "Pro-Wings" box in the back of the closet, some of us actually release it to the world and become an instant Superstar! Paris Hilton did it, Kim Kardashian and Ray J did it. More recently, the internet has been going crazy because Laurence Fishburne's 18 year old daughter, Montana Fishburne is set to release an adult dvd with Vivid Entertainment!

But there was a time, not so long ago, when Sex was taboo in the world of entertainment, especially on mainstream TV. Gone are the days when showing a belly button could lead to cancellation of a Prime Time Network series. Today, Sex sells, literally! And we're all buying in to it. Well at least most of us are.

With the recent rejection of the FCC indecency policy, which attempted to regulate the use of profanity on radio and television, the question of censorship has been raised once again.

From covered up navels and married couples sleeping in separate beds, to skimpy bikinis, barely-there dance costumes and in-your-face sexual encounters, TV Guide Network pulls back the sheets for the first-ever special dedicated to the evolution of nudity, sexual content and censorship on American television. Narrated by actress Brenda Strong of the racy television series "Desperate Housewives," "SEX ON TV" premieres Sunday, August 15 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

With archival clips and commentary from media and pop culture experts, "SEX ON TV" documents the progression of titillation, nudity and sex that has been captivating television audiences since the 1950's. The two-part special shows how television pushed the envelope by making once taboo topics trendy. From the characters of "Gidget" and "I Dream of Jeannie," who were required to cover their navels, and the birth of "jiggle TV" with "Charlie's Angels," to the popular yet risqué shows of today, "SEX ON TV" examines the changing landscape of television, including how the networks regulated content to reflect the evolution of society with the understanding that less clothing meant higher ratings.

"Sex hasn't changed over the years but how Americans view sex through television certainly has. This special focuses on how the country's views on sex have evolved," says Diane Robina, TV Guide Network's Executive Vice President of Programming and Marketing.

"SEX ON TV" highlights historical television moments including the first interracial kiss between Nancy Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. and the first same-sex kiss on "L.A. Law" that provoked nationwide debate and encouraged television to reflect a more progressive society. The two-part special also examines the argument between salacious nudity versus nudity deemed justified by being a reflection of real-life events such as in the mini-series "Roots."

Watch me talk about SEX ON TV on the TV Guide Network, Sunday, August 15th at 8p ET/PT. See me in the clip below!

And also, don't forget to vote for my 1 woman show "FAT BITCH!" to be presented at the BROOKLYN MUSEUM for Target First Saturdays! Voting ends August 20th so VOTE TODAY!!!!!!!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


We hear it all of the time! That catch phrase that is sweeping the nation: ANGRY BLACK WOMAN!

How many times have you been walking down the street, and some random guy has the nerve to say 'Damn baby smile. It can't be that bad!" or my favorite one "Why you walking around looking so mad?"

BECAUSE I AM MAD....sometimes :) lol

"I'm MAD about the War in Iraq, I'm MAD about the way sista's treat other sista's, I'm Mad about Poverty, I'm MAD about relationshits, and yes, I'm still MAD about Slavery!" (from Sista's on Fire)

All women go through a lot, no matter what their ethnic background...but for some reason Black Women can not express their displeasure with the world or voice any type of opinion without being considered and ANGRY BLACK WOMAN!

I am DIRECTING a READING of a new musical called "SISTAS on FIRE" that deals with this issue of BLACK RAGE from a feminist perspective.

On Sunday, May 2nd the show is a part of the Illuminating Artists: Notes from a Page reading series, that features new musicals that are in the developmental stage. Come and check it out and give us your feedback before we take it on to the next level!!!!

SEE YOU THERE!!! Tix are only $10


Sun May 2, 2010 7 pm
The personal becomes political when six passionately opinionated women speak their minds on social injustice in a soul-stirring mix of poetry, prose, song and dance.
A Newsical written by Marcia L. McNair, Anissa D. Moore, and Sista Girl (Gail Haliburton)
featuring music by RKITECH and DIRECTED by ERICA WATSON.

I LOVE THE LOGO! It was designed by my wonderfully talented friend Professor John Jennings from the University of Illinois-Champaign.

and before you go.....what are YOU so mad about?

Monday, April 12, 2010

Losing With Jilllian: HIDE & GO SEEK

I think most of you know that last week I appeared on The Dr. Phil Show as a expert panelist for the "Great Fat Debate". It was a very interesting show, and has changed my life in many ways.

Dr. Phil hooked me up with the fabulous Jillian Michaels, and now she is my personal trainer. Since she has been working with me, I realize now more than ever that losing weight is just as much of a mental transformation, as a physical one. I am struggling.

I have tried to lose weight before, but this is the first time that I have been challenged to really dig deep into the emotional side of my relationship with food. I have had awesome fitness trainers in the past, but nothing worked because I was not being honest with myself about my "food issues".

During my first 2 weeks with Jillian I lost weight, but then last week I went to New Orleans to visit my extended family and I gained it all back! WTF?

I confessed to Jillian by email that I have not been as focused as I should and she wrote me back right away, and I will not share everything with you, but this is what struck me the most:

"Erica, the real question is what does your weight afford you? Because it has a powerful hold over you. The emotional security it provides is seemingly worth more than your life right now.
If you figure out why you hide behind the weight then you can begin to heal the bigger issues that drive you to eat!"

I read that and instantly tears rolled down my face. Yes, I am suffering from PMS right now, and extremely emotional. But at that moment it hit me that I use the weight to protect me from HIDE from SOMETHING...but from what?

Hide & Seek was one of my favorite games as a child, but now it has much deeper meaning in this situation. Who or What am I hiding from? Why does my weight have such a powerful hold over me? It's time to seek answers.

As a kid, I loved to play the game, but I was always first to get caught. I always ran slower than everyone else, and my hiding places were so predictable. But when it comes to my weight loss issue, this game of Hide & Seek has been more challenging. I have not been so quick to find myself....I've been hiding my emotions in all of the wrong places, and I need to catch myself now!

For one, I know that I use weight as an excuse for many things in my life. If I do not get a film role, it's because of my weight. If I do not get a guy, it's because of my weight!

Failure has never scared me! I take the challenge head on. But SUCCESS...that's another story. I think I am fearful of it. If I lose weight, there is nothing to hold me back from being an amazing success story! Can I handle success?

As you read this, please do not get me wrong, I love myself, and I know that I am worthy of love and success no matter what my size. But I want a higher quality of life that losing weight will afford me. Maybe you can flourish being your size, but I want to lose so that I can shine the way I WANT TO!

As I work with Jillian, I pray that she is patient with me. This is going to be the hardest game of Hide & Seek ever played!

****Jillian is my inspiration because SUCCESS does not scare her at all. She is on the cover of Success Magazine this month. Check her out!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

25 Biggest TV Blunders

What's up ya'll?

Tonite I made my TV Guide Network debut on a funny show called "25 Biggest TV Blunders". I am very excited about this, not only because it is my first time on this channel, but also because it made me think about the impact that television has made on my life!

On the show, we talk about the 25 Biggest mistakes that have been made on network television including horrible show remake, bad casting choices and even tv show concepts that should have never seen the light of day!

So, watch me tonite on the TV Guide Network. Check your local listings for show time and channels.

You can also read my interview with the fabullous Diane Robina, who is the Head of Programming for the Tv Guide Network here: