Please discuss your addition to the cast of VH1's Hollywood Exes. How did that come about and are you enjoying being a part of the show?
I am the newest member of the second season of VH1’s “Hollywood Exes.” I was a part of the original cast of ladies, however, who pitched the show to VH1, but I wound up getting cold feet. It was only natural that this would come about since much of the cast and I go way, way back (a few decades back); so it all seemed to make sense. I have really enjoyed being a part of the show and it has been quite a journey to get to the place where I’m comfortable and enjoying myself.
How are you able to successfully balance being a Mom to your five children and maintaining your career? You must be a master of time management!
[Pops collar, brushes shoulders off] It is true, I am quite adept at time management. And yes, you are very correct that this would be quite key in the business of full-time mothering and homemaking, which is my main gig – everything else is second to that. I have three tools that work especially well for me: 1. I try to do everything with speed and efficiency, so that I don't ever have to go back and re-do things. 2. Each week I schedule out my week beginning with 168 hours (the number of hours in a week) and I just plug in all that needs to get done, subtracting time from there until there is none left – and to the best of my ability I try to keep this schedule in tact. And lastly, I include my children as part of the team that “makes it go right.” It’s not Me vs. Them; it's just Team Us – we are in this together.
You are on the board at the New Village Leadership Academy. Please tell me about that school and your involvement as a board member.
It is quite an honor to be a part of the New Village Learning Academy. I was at the birth of this school when Jada and I were homeschooling our children together in our homes, and it just grew and grew from there. It really did grow in the style of a village. It began with our children, and more and more of our friends and extended family joined us as they became dissatisfied with the schooling their children were receiving.
So it pleases me to no end to be a part of a community that really takes responsibility for seeing to it that the future is put in place by leaders, and gives these students a voice to articulate what it is that they are interested in for their lives and the future of all life, and is dedicated to the cultivation of powerful, self- educating leaders. This style of schooling is not authoritarian; rather, it encourages student to pursue their personal passions and lead happy, purposeful lives. These students will be people that will evoke the best in those that they come in contact with, and through them change begins.
What’s one thing fans would be surprised to learn about you?
It's still funny for me to think that I have "fans.” But I am toying with the idea of calling them Daphicianados, Daphnai or Daphiends! What do you think? Well, I guess that is the point, the most surprising thing about me is that I am a melange of dichotomies. I'm sagacious and silly, prude and insouciant. I am a lover of life and fearless about it.
What do you have planned for the rest of this year, and where can people find out more about your upcoming projects online?
I am really enjoying writing and sharing the parts of me that are helpful to others and make a difference in life. This may be in books, speaking, etc. We will see what the remainder of the year holds. Until then you, can always find out more about me and my whereabouts at DaphneWayans.com.
When asked to describe herself, Daphne Wayans will tell you she’s her children’s mom. As the ex-wife of Hollywood mogul Keenen Ivory Wayans, and close-knit friend for over 20 years of Nicole Murphy (ex-wife of Eddie Murphy) and Sheree Fletcher (ex-wife of Will Smith), Daphne is a natural fit for the season-2 cast of VH1’s “Hollywood Exes.” Ever the people person, and with an innate inclination to help, Daphne has become a confidant and trusted adviser in her A-list Hollywood circles. She is a strong supporter of many philanthropic causes and is a woman of unshakable faith and values. For more information on Daphne, please visit DaphneWayans.com.
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