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 something...to 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! http://www.successmagazine.com