Sheree Fletcher Talks Positivity
Those of you who know me know that I have a built-in biased against reality TV.
I have never looked upon it as being a vital contribution to TV, creativity or the expansion of people’s minds and hearts. What I’ve seen it do instead is cater to people who thrive on drama that exists outside of their own lives, since so many people need to know that they are not the only ones who are going through things – masses of people watch, and now negativity floods the airwaves.
So, when I was presented with the opportunity to speak with Sheree Fletcher – I was obviously thrilled. I knew that she was at one point married to Will Smith, one of my favorite actors; she’s a beautiful woman, a woman of faith, a mom and an entrepreneur – beyond that, I didn’t know what she had been doing.
I then found out that she was on a VH1 reality series called Hollywood Exes – this gave me pause. The only thing that I could think was what would a woman of her caliber be doing on a reality series? I still wanted to talk to her, I knew that I should watch the series and most of all try and maintain an open mind while watching it – I was pleasantly surprised.
I had no reason to be scared to discuss this show with Sheree. Hollywood Exes, unlike other reality shows, chose not to thrive on drama. Its goal is to show that there can be a second beginning. These women are essentially a band of sisters.
The show was just recently renewed for a second season.
Sheree was a joy to talk to, she was funny and most of all she was real and humble. Our conversation was all about her and how she is devoted to being a mom and making sure she puts positivity out into the world through everything she does.
Bryan: So, you’re on a reality series. It’s not like any of the others, thank God. Reality shows don’t typically display women in a positive light, especially black women. What was your reaction at first when you were approached with this? I’m sure there had to be a reasonable amount of hesitation.
Sheree: Yes, it is a great thing. All of us are super proud to be a part of it. Yes, there was a bit of hesitation at first because like you said, reality TV has not been known for being positive, uplifting when it comes to showing women in a positive light, especially African-American women. So, I was a little jaded. When I went to meet with the creators of the show, I went in that way. When I left the meeting, I felt totally different. I was like ‘wow,’ I love the concept; I love what they’re trying to do – so, I decided, let’s do this.Continued on the next page