When asked what she can’t do, the striking Erica Ash had a quick response.
“That would be nothing,” she said confidently, prompting the laughs she normally generates on two hit comedy series, “Survivor’s Remorse” and as Kevin Hart’s ex-wife on “Real Husbands of Hollywood.” “I find the YouTube clips; I will figure it out. OK? Gimme a language, an accent, a craft, I am on it.”
There must have been something in the water at Georgia’s DeKalb School for the Performing Arts. Ash got the acting bug there along with rising stars like RonReaco Lee, Dorian Missick and Omar Dorsey of “Queen Sugar.”
“Omar and I actually went to the prom together,” she dropped in a bombshell. “If you ask me for the picture or try to get it and print it, I’ll sue!”
Now, the former model, singer and dancer is tackling a dramedy in Toronto writer/director Stella Meghie’s poignant feature debut “Jean of the Joneses” premiering Oct. 23 on TV One. The film, which follows a close-knit Jamaican family in Brooklyn stridently dealing with issues of life and death, co-stars Taylour Paige, a surprisingly restrained Sherri Shepherd, Gloria Reuben, Michelle Hurst and romantic find Mamoudou Athie, who played Grandmaster Flash in “The Get Down.”
“I love the fact that [Meghie] just sort of came for a very unique angle,” Ash said. “It’s very atypical and an interesting story that really draws you in. She said that some of the characters were based on people she knows in her family or in her lifetime. I would love to see this turn into a television show.”
Ash just had a writers meeting for “Survivor’s Remorse” to pitch where she would like to see the popular M-Chuck go for their fourth season.
“Several of my ideas for my character have worked into the show like the church scene,” she said.
“I’m the daughter of two preachers so it was kind of important to me to have the conversation about homosexuality in the church,” Ash said. “Domestic violence was something that I recommended that they brought up in a very unique way by making it between my brother and I versus the typical scenario that you’ll find between partners. Every year there’s something that I get to contribute and then they’ll just morph it into something brilliant and politically incorrect and use it.”
Up next for the versatile beauty is the romantic movie “A Little Something for Your Birthday,” starring Sharon Stone and Tony Goldwyn.
Down the road she would love to play Bessie Coleman.
“When you think of the world of aviation you think older white male,” Ash said, “but she was actually the first female aviator, even before Amelia Earhart. She’s never ever gotten her proper due
“There are so many figures in black history that just silently do wonderful things. They’re unsung. I think if we really sat down and made a list of all the people we could do biopics for in the African-American community, who have affected us in ways we don’t even really know about, we could have TV for the next decade.”
CLIPPETTES: The fourth annual We Can Survive benefit for breast cancer will be held on Oct. 22 at the Hollywood Bowl with Bruno Mars, Ariana Grande, Pitbull, Meaghan Trainor and others. Also that evening, R Kelly brings The Buffet Tour with a full band and dancers to the Microsoft Theater …
Rock n’ Roll legend Chuck Berry celebrated his 90th birthday with the announcement that his first new album in 38 years titled “Chuck” will be released in 2017 …
Don B. Welch’s hit gospel stage play “Yes, God is Real” starring Jackee Harry, Ledisi and Ernest L. Thomas is back on Oct. 23 at the Wilshire Ebell …
Netflix was able to poach Chris Rock from HBO for $40 million in return for two new comedy specials, the first to air in 2017 …
The Paley Center for Media’s Hollywood Tribute to Hispanic Achievements in Television is set for Oct. 24 at the Beverly Wilshire hotel with Lucie Arnaz, Oscar De La Hoya, Hector Elizondo, Andy García, Eva Longoria, Jorge Ramos, Gina Rodriguez, Jimmy Smits and Wilmer Valderrama slated …
Fox has moved up the opening of the NASA mathematician women biopic “Hidden Figures” starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae to Christmas Day in select markets to qualify for the Oscars.
TC ON TV: Oct. 21 – “Great Performances” (PBS): “Hamilton’s America” explores the making of the Broadway phenomenon and the history behind it. “State Plate” (INSP): Taylor Hicks (Season 5 winner of “American Idol”) hosts this new travel food series. “What Happened…Ms. Sykes” (Epix): Filmed in May 2016 at the Ace Hotel, Wanda Sykes focuses on her life, family, race and politics in a special that will have you rolling on the floor!
Oct. 22 – “Uncle Grandpa” (Cartoon): Baseballers David Price, Adam Jones, Chris Archer, Jose Altuve and Noah Syndergaard guest on this World Series-themed episode. “Ayesha’s Homemade” (Food): Cooking host and wife of Steph Curry gets her own show. “Death of a Vegas Showgirl” (Lifetime): Roselyn Sánchez (“Devious Maids”) is the executive producer and star of this true crime story. “Austin City Limits” (PBS): Florence + The Machine, Andra Day; “Prince: Purple Reign” (REELZ): With exclusive interviews from psychologists, music critics, fans and an account from the Carver County Sheriff.
Oct. 23 – “The Walking Dead” (AMC): As the show returns for its seventh season following the no-brainer news the top-rated series has been renewed, we’ll learn which regular will get the death swing from new baddie Morgan’s bat.
Oct. 24 – “Justice by Any Means” (TV One) New episodes begin for the “True Crime Monday” show hosted by Malik Yoba.
Oct. 25 – “Atlanta” (FX): Juneteenth celebrations get skewered.
Oct. 26 – “Ellen” (SYN): Snoop Dogg, Martha Stewart, Donald Glover
Oct. 27 – “TD Jakes” (SYN): Oprah Winfrey
ROLL CALL: Tupac Shakur, Janet Jackson, Chaka Khan, Chic, Joe Tex, Bad Brains, Kraftwerk, and Journey are among the nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017. The public can vote along with industry insiders at RollingStone.com.
TASTY QUIP: “I’m gonna take a little time away from the anthem until it starts feeling like it’s for me. We need a new song, one that really speaks for all of us, or bring some new life to the one that we have.” – ANTHONY HAMILTON to Billboard
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