Through all the chaos of the COVID-19 crisis, Wendy Raquel Robinson states she has managed to hold all of it together. The actress, known for her roles in several movies and television programs, states she has several reasons to be grateful, too.
Amongst them is the return of “The Video game.” On Aug. 15, Netflix started streaming the popular comedy-drama, which debuted in 2006 and aired on the CW till 2009. In 2011, BET started airing the program and establishing till its series ending in 2015. Robinson played Tasha Mack in the series, the positive, straight-shooting and amusing mother of the program’s star Malik Wright, who actor Hosea Chancez played.
“I’m glad for so much– so much to value even in the midst of this pandemic,” she told California Black Media.
Robinson, who resides in Southern California, states she comprehends how unanticipated events can upend your entire life. In 2007, she lost everything in an awful fire that engulfed her Pasadena house and burned it to the ground.
“I get house. I’m met by the Red Cross, fire engine. It was a power failure. After the power came back, it sent an electrical rise to my home and 2 other houses. That sparked the fire that burned our houses,” she keeps in mind that uncomfortable experience.
A lot more stressful than the damage, Robinson states, was what she had to go through during the consequences. A swarm of insensitive adjusters appeared at the scene of the catastrophe, rushing to put in bids to assist her with her insurance claim. She had to call the cops.
The city of Pasadena likewise did not take duty for the fire and, although it took her 3 years to rebuild, she was just guaranteed for one year. Robinson states she just received an insurance payment that equated to one-third of the value of the home she lost.
”It destroyed a lot of things I treasured. It uprooted my entire life. I lost my pet dog and I lost her car. Photos. Archival products from my profession. A few of those things you can not change,” she stated.
Robinson states that’s why having a prepare for when catastrophe strikes is constantly an excellent way to safeguard yourself and your household.
“We need to make sure all of us– and everybody we like– are gotten ready for emergency situations,” she stated.
That’s why Robinson has lent her similarity, image and voice to a statewide emergency preparedness awareness project called Listos, which suggests prepared in Spanish.
“Emergency situation preparedness is not federal government’s duty alone. Solutions can’t be top-down– they need to come from the bottom up,” stated Gov. Newsom Aug. 20 when he announced the state’s $50 million investment in the project.
“We require more focus on structure resiliency within California’s many susceptible neighborhoods for the harmful and lethal wildfires ahead,” the guv continued. “We’re empowering non-profit organizations and emergency responders to work together to get ready for emergency situations because California is at its finest when we watch out for each other.”
An ad including Robinson has been published in African American-owned papers throughout the state and she has tape-recorded public service announcements for radio stations serving Black listeners in the Los Angeles location, where the largest number of African Americans in California live.
Robinson’s voice and similarity will likewise appear in an animated video that will be published on internet and social media platforms targeting African Americans around the state.
“It can be ravaging,” stated Robinson who has won NAACP Image Awards 11 times for her acting roles.
Robinson, who was born in Los Angeles and made her bachelor’s degree at Howard University in Washington, D.C., has handled several television and film roles. Among her most popular characters is Regina “Piggy” Brier, the principal of the imaginary Booker T. Washington High School on the WB sitcom “The Steve Harvey Program.”
“Now, I realize that taking steps to get ready for a disaster, natural or otherwise, that might occur to you– and, yes, it does shock you– is not just wise. It is needed.”
Listos provides 5 steps to assist Californians get ready for emergency situations. They are: make a strategy; pack a go-bag with things you require; develop a “stay box” for when you can’t leave; and assist friends and next-door neighbors prepare.”
Besides the media public awareness project, some community-based organizations will lead efforts to connect to African Americans centered in 3 disaster-prone areas of the state where Californians with a few of the most affordable average household earnings live: Alameda, San Francisco and San Bernardino counties. The community-based partner organizations are: Structure Resilient Communities (San Bernardino County); Neighborhood Health Action Network (San Bernardino County); the French American Church for the New Covenant (Alameda County); Ivoire Alliance (Alameda County); and Mom Brown’s Kitchen area (San Francisco).
Last week, Gov. Newsom likewise announced the visit of Karen Baker, 57, as his Senior Consultant for Disaster Volunteering and Readiness at the Office of Emergency Solutions. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger first selected her to become the country’s first Secretary of Service and Volunteering in 2008.
“We know that people who are socially isolated or reside in poverty, have language barriers, or other access or practical requirements challenges, require to be the leading concern for preparedness campaigns,” Baker stated. “Looking after each other, revealing courage when it matters most, is what we carry out in California.”