Diary of a Single Mom is a web based original series that chronicles the lives and challenges of three single mothers and their families trying to get ahead despite obstacles that all single mothers face: childcare, health, education and finances. The series is produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Robert Townsend, renowned for such films as Hollywood Shuffle, Meteor Man and Holiday Heart. It is written by award-winning playwright and screenwriter Cheryl L. West.
Diary stars Monica Calhoun (The Best Man) as Ocean Jackson, a single mother of two striving to keep her family afloat while working to fulfill her own ambitions of finishing her GED, going to college and opening her own business.
Along her journey, she befriends and joins forces with two other single moms, Lupe (Valery Ortiz – The N’s “South of Nowhere”), a mother juggling different fathers for each of her two children while facing health concerns and Peggy (Janice Lynde – “Letters to Dad”), a once wealthy matriarch who suddenly finds herself widowed, broke and guardian to her only grandchild. Together, the three women search for support and faith as they strive to triumph over the challenges of everyday life.
Diary of a Single Mom is from an original screenplay written by Cheryl L. West. The series also features veteran actors Billy Dee Williams, Richard Roundtree, and Leon.
Winner of awards for Best Indie Soap and Best Guest Actor from the Indie Soap Awards, Diary of a Single Mom airs on PIC.tv .
Remaining Episodes in Season 2 are:
Thursday, February 25, 2010 The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth
Thursday, March 4, 2010 Hiding Out
Thursday, March 11, 2010 Snap-back
Thursday, March 18, 2010 Promise Keeper
Thursday, March 25, 2010 Emasculated
I spoke to Calhoun about the drama that is gaining momentum and critical acclaim –
Sandra Varner (Talk2SV): It works. Whether feature film, TV, on the web, or on stage, you have a very believable quality that comes through in your characters. How close is this character to who you are?
Monica Calhoun (MC): This character is not very far away and not very close to who I am. I do have a child that I’m raising and the similarities between myself and the character as a single mom is making choices and doing my best; making the best possible choices for my son.
Talk2SV: You have a child?
MC: Yes, for the past nine years; he will be 10 this June.
Talk2SV: As a mother, what do you think is fundamental about your character in Diary of a Single Mom?
MC: Oh, God, what is fundamental or most important about the young lady in Diary of a Single Mom is she’s taken the life lessons that she’s learned from her parents and tried to implement them and instill them in her kids. The fact that she made the effort to complete her schooling and by doing that, she found somebody that was a mentor; that mentor helped her through the journey of self-confidence. Another important aspect of my character is that she has a warm heart and she’s there for her friends who are also a part of her community –her small little village– that she sort of created within the apartment building that she manages.
Talk2SV: Depending on whom you talk to, some would say there is no real blueprint for parenting and I tend to argue that. Do you agree or disagree?
MC: I have to say that there is no “cookie cutter” parenting. It doesn’t fit all because some children develop differently than others. So, with that being said, I don’t think there is a wrong way. I know that there is a right way but I don’t think there’s a wrong way in parenting.
Talk2SV: If a person wanted to identify some unique characteristic within this character would that be her kindness, her ability to be flexible or her stick-to-it-ness?
MC: Ocean Jackson goes through so many different emotions. I think the thing that’s most identifiable is her ability to be honest with herself and pushing past and beyond whatever obstacles she faces.
Talk2SV: What do you want to say to audiences who are watching Diary of a Single Mom?
MC: Some single parents are not single parents by choice and some single parents remain single parents by choice. My hope for anyone who views Diary of a Single Mom is they will walk away with the understanding of how to begin to heal the family and bridge the communication gap between single fathers and single mothers.
Talk2SV: Robert Townsend is known for his work that reflects positive family images. What is it like working with him?
MC: This was my first time working with Robert Townsend and it was absolutely awesome and amazing. His timing and his patience are impeccable. I found myself feeling as though I was in tune and in sync with the direction that he gave. Whenever I felt as if I was falling or in tune or in time, I felt him come and catch me and guide me where I needed to go. It was wild because I met him way back when and I never worked with him until now.