LOS ANGELES, CA- In honor of Black History Month several organizations and individuals are hosting events through out the Southern California region, including Hollywood actress, writer, comedienne and TV host, Sardia Robinson. She has produced a one woman debut From a Yardie to a Yankee, which showcases the impacts that African American women have made within their communities and around the Globe.
"I believe that African American women don’t always get the recognition they deserve for all that they have done and continue to do to empower and uplift our communities, so I wanted to pay tribute to them in a unique way,” she explains.
Ms. Robinson is an international Hollywood go-getter who's sole purpose is to take over the world with her sultry style of enticing charisma and remarkable comedy, acting, hosting and enchanting solo show performances. She is just now beginning to scratch the surface of her career. Coming from Jamaica to America, she has always been tormented by fear and shame from her earlier years in life; however, she is breaking major barriers. This phenomenal actress is not only talented, but educated as well. She received her degree from Columbia College, where she also participated in stage plays which include Raisin in The Sun, Black Caesar, Tarantino Tales, For Colored Girls, Langston Hughes the Poet, and now she is currently debuting in her own solo show From a Yardie to a Yankee.
“I see the hurt/pain in our young girl’s eyes today, especially those coming to America. They feel like they don’t belong, as though they are outcasts, but I’m here to tell them that they do belong and that they have their own unique voice that can never be silenced again. I am now in a position to prepare our children for an education, or whatever dream they feel isn’t in their grasp. My grandmother truly provided a rainbow for me, and now it’s my turn.”
Robinson is a former spokesperson for Black History Month for Community Matters, a series of PSA's produced in partnership with Union Bank and PBS Southern California. This one of the many events that the actress participates in that keeps her involved in and committed to empowering the Black community. Some of her inspirations of African American pioneers include actress Lena Horne, Oprah Winfrey, Ameena Matthews and Whoppi Golberg.
“These women have impacted the lives of millions. Without their bravery, resilience and determination, women of color, especially African American women, would not be where they are today,” states Sardia.
Sardia's grandmother has also played a significant role in her life, “Although we lived in a crime-ridden neighborhood and were deeply impacted by the gun violence and killings around us, my grandmother taught me to be strong, have faith in God and believe in myself. Her wisdom and courage gave me the strength to pursue my education and live my dreams of being a successful Hollywood actress. Without her support and guidance, I would not have had the courage to come to the United States and overcome all of the tragedies I faced."
For those who are interested in what From a Yardie to a Yankee is about, it portrays the true story that reveals Robinson's journey of how came out of poverty, death and destruction in Jamaica and started a new life as a Hollywood actress in the United States. This play has received praise and great reviews from Hollywood legends, including Motown's first A&R executive, Mickey Stevenson and Hollywood producer/director, Gregory Marquette. It will be debuting again on Saturday, February 15 at 8 p.m. at The Michael Woolson Studio, located at 8801 Cashio Street, LA, CA 90035.
As a Jamaican actress, I have had to overcome not only racial discrimination, but I was not chosen for roles because I had an accent. I want to open more doors so that women like me can have more opportunities than I did when I was starting out. One of the reasons I share my story in my one woman show, From a Yardie to a Yankee, is to inspire women in general, as well as aspiring actresses and to let them know that they are not alone in their struggles, but if they continue to follow their dreams and create a plan for themselves, a thriving career in Hollywood is within their reach,” states Robinson.
Other accomplishments that the rising actress as added to her resume include The Young & The Restless and ADHDTv with Lew Marklin. She is paving her way through Hollywood and is determined to support other women and young girls within the Los Angeles area and beyond that they too can achieve their dreams. She also won The Woman of the Year Award from the Mahogany Scholarship Heritage Foundation for her commitment to working with the youth in Chicago.
For more information about Sardia Robinson and her one woman show, visit www.SardiaRobinson.com.