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Life Lessons: Lynne Robinson (VIDEO)

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Life Lessons:
Lynne Robinson (VIDEO)

Hey guys! I am EXTREMELY excited to introduce you to a special group of women. As some of you who follow me on Facebook may know, I have been tapped as one of the hosts of a new, original program on Magic Johnson’s Aspire network (check here for local listings). Exhale is a unique talk show featuring views and well, real talk, about issues pertinent to African American women. It features strong women, not only in front of the camera but behind the scenes too; I feel incredibly honored and blessed to work on it.

So I this week I’m introducing you to my co-hosts and the women behind the concept. You’ve already met Issa RaeAngela Burt-MurrayErin Jackson and Malinda Williams; now to the brainchild behind this fabulous concept. Lynne Robinson and I have run in the same media circles the last few years, but I’ve never had a chance to work with her this intensely. I am in awe! Lynne is whip smart, funny, caring and someone who believes good TV can be informative, uplifting and  just plain fun to watch. Exhale is the result of her vision. Read more about Lynne Robinson and  don’t forget to catch Exhale Wednesdays on Aspire!

Are you happy at the moment?

I am happy at the moment. Although being in the midst of feeling like there aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything that I need to do as a wife, mother and businesswoman, I don’t feel stressed. I feel a sense of calm, which makes me happy.

If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?

I would say “Never cut bangs in your hair! When it rains, you are gonna look like a poodle!”

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?

I’ve learned that I have to stop checking email after 10:30 p.m.

What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?

I want to take a really nice vacation to a country or island that I’ve never been to before.

What’s your secret to happiness?

The secret to my happiness is my faith that God has everything under control, so I can have a sense of peace even in the midst of my crazy, busy, work-filled life. God’s peace allows me to generally be free of anxiety, which makes me happy… that, and wine, yoga and a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Vanilla Heath Bar Crunch.

What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?

My morning prayer…

What’s your biggest regret?

Honestly, I try not to live in the world of regrets, because there’s not a lot we can do about the past – just the present and the future – and I’m just trying not to mess those up!

What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?

I would like to say that it’s to be kind to other people. We try to teach our kids so much and we want them to be great at school, at sports, at the arts, at whatever; but, I guess the most important thing I’ve tried to teach them is to be kind.

The second lesson is to work hard… ‘cause “Mama may have, and Papa may have, but God bless the child, who’s got his own!”

What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?

I have an uncontrollable addiction to chocolate chip cookies.

Aside from motherhood/fatherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?

I would have to say I’m most proud of my business. The entertainment industry is challenging by nature, but I’m proud that I’ve been able to have a long career working in a field that I enjoy and on projects that I find interesting, and producing them through my own company makes it even better. There are not that many black woman-owned production companies out there, so I’m proud of my success in this arena.

When were you happiest?

Honestly, I’m pretty happy right now. I’ve had a blessed life filled with ups and downs, but the older I get, the more grateful I am for everything I’ve experienced and all that I’ve learned from those experiences. So, as wonderful as my childhood was (and it really was) and as fantastic as the freedom of my college years were, and the exciting time of being a single woman in New York City in my early 20s… I think I’m happiest right now.

What ten words best describe you?

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, creative, spiritual, hard-worker, peaceful, happy.

Lynne Robinson, owner and Executive Producer of Black Robin Media, is a Producer, Director and Writer with 20 years of experience in television, video and film production. Ms. Robinson began her career at ABC News in New York City on World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. She then joined the field of sports television at NBA Entertainment. As a Producer and Senior Producer at NBAE, Ms. Robinson’s works include the Emmy-award winning NBA at 50, a documentary hosted by Denzel Washington highlighting the history of the National Basketball Association and it’s players, as well as The Team Up Celebration, an All-Star Weekend live performance show featuring celebrities and athletes from around the world. In addition, she wrote and produced several commercials, public service announcements and on-air promo campaigns featuring NBA and WNBA players.

Ms. Robinson has since earned several television show credits, including Executive Producer of the new talk series Exhale and Co-Executive Producer of the series The Root 100, both airing on the Aspire network.  She was Senior Producer and Showrunner of the pop culture and current events series Weekly with Ed Gordon on BET. Her works also include the TV One special In Conversation: The Senator Barack Obama Interview, which as the Executive Producer, Producer and Director of the show, Ms. Robinson won a 2008 NAACP Image Award. She followed up the success of this show, with In Conversation: The Michelle Obama Interview garnering a second NAACP Image Award in 2009. She was also the Producer and Writer of the Discovery Health Channel series The Power of Sport, hosted by the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team, featuring Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy.

Ms. Robinson serves as a member of the Washington, D.C. chapter of Women In Film and Video. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the NAACP.

Ms. Robinson is also active in several organizations committed to the growth and promotion of our youth. She is a founding board member of the City Collegiate Public Charter School, a former board member of the Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School, a member of the Washington D.C. chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated and a founder of Level 8, an organization which helps at-risk youth reach their potential through educational and political leadership. Through this organization, she mentored teenage girls at the SEED Public Charter School and through the I Have A Dream Foundation. 

Ms. Robinson graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in English Literature.

 

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