The TV Host

Richmond Hill Post - - Inspire - BY CATHER­INE HER­NAN­DEZ AU­THOR

An artist who is bring­ing a fresh per­spec­tive to arts cov­er­age

Amanda has al­ways been the kind of per­son who was bound for suc­cess. It was just a mat­ter of all of the puz­zle pieces falling into place.

I still re­mem­ber her be­ing cast in the work­shop­ping of my play.

She was in the midst of a ma­jor tran­si­tion in her life ca­reer-wise, and with some ma­jor de­ci­sions about what to pur­sue and what to let go of, she was un­der­stand­ably wor­ried for the fu­ture.

It was clear to me, even in that state of un­cer­tainty, that Amanda’s uni­verse was go­ing to change and change dras­ti­cally. It was clear to me that she was des­tined for great­ness.

Sud­denly it hap­pened: A me­dia com­mu­nity starved for a fresh per­spec­tive? A tele­vi­sion arts re­view show that needed some­one with both an un­der­stand­ing of all medi­ums of ex­pres­sion and star qual­ity? A ra­dio show that re­quired ex­pert knowl­edge of the un­der-told sto­ries of the R & B/hip hop in­dus­tries?

She ful­filled all of these needs and more. One by one the pieces not only fell into place — they were laid at her feet. And she de­serves it all.

There is a grace with which she holds knowl­edge, a re­spect with which she am­pli­fies the voices of the un­der­rep­re­sented and a sa­cred­ness with which she writes that in­spires me ev­ery day.

AMANDA PAR­RIS

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