We all remember those childhood actors and actresses we grew up with. Through them, we lived our fantasies; and we lived our realities. They were relatable. Dealing with kid issues of the day, while providing us solutions to the problems. Even in childhood, there were lessons to be learned. What was always phenomenal about many of our childhood stars, is how they guided us into those lessons, while holding out hands, along the way. That was the essence of those childhood stars, a little ways, back in the day.
Like their child viewers, they began to grow up. In fact, we grew up with them, together. With that came our first kiss, dating, sexual education, and other topics on being a teenager and young adult. Through and through, such stars were consistent in their acting career. They were always working; diligent in each character they portrayed, and navigating the industry of Hollywood with delicacy and tact. We couldn’t take our eyes off of them; while reminiscing on their prior roles when we were kids. That’s a beautiful thing. An inviting thing. Its one of the most splendid moments when reflecting on our very own generation of childhood stars. Of course, if they were maidens from Black America’s very own soils, it makes the memories, that much more profound. Who could ever forget one such Maiden of Black America’s garden, than the one and only
There were no limits to her mantra. In fact, there was a magic light, seeming to surround her. Every character she played was a color into her very own artistry. Every emotion within, foretold of her ability to play a role, and perform it, well! Taking that trip back down acting’s lane, we reflect upon her voice over role in, The Proud Family (playing “Penny Proud”)-a cartoon depiction, centering Black American families, and our ability to sustain normalcy, and be human. They were funny. They were relatable. And, they framed Black American families into fiction’s reality. Through The Proud Family, we desired to go where they were going because that’s how things always, went. Happy. Adventurous. Intelligent. Grounded. His/Herstorical. Pride. And that touch of coolness, our people are known for. Such was the very focus in navigating the terrain of Black American families, while placing them in full view, for a modern twist. We could ride with Penny and her pride, and imagine those very same adventures for our own family.
Love and Basketball. Moesha. Let’s Stay Together. Fat Albert. Mad City. No Time Like Christmas. The Secret She Kept. The Seat Filler. Hell On Earth. Call Me Kat. Let’s Stay Together. Hotel For Dogs. One On One. Black Ink Crew: Compton. Riot. The Christmas Pact. Shark 🦈 Knight. Jackie’s Back. The Baby Sitter’s Club. A Walton Easter. Dr. Doolittle. Dr. Doolittle: Tail To the Chief. The Young Cinematographer. Scrat’s Treasure Hunt. Riot. Maniac Magee. My Antonia. Barney’s Great Adventures. Dr. Doolittle 3. Dr. Doolittle 2. Da Jammies. Back To the Goode Life.
Each title conveys a different color into the versatility, within her acting skills. There is a different style, shaping, painting, and design within each character. Furthermore, the titles, alone, portray different energies. Comedy. Horror. Fantasy. Reality. Teen films. Dream films. You name it. The word versatility is an understatement for the acting career of, Kyla Pratt. You can’t help, but cheer her on, as she expands into different colors of the acting world. Through each person, we saw something new in Kyla Pratt’s talent as an actress. That’s when you know you have immersed from watered gardens. There is something magical in moving through different characters and imaginations of their Being; all the while maintaining their distinction. What’s even more captivating is how she is able to maintain the distinction of characters, within the same genre. As she continues to work more, and delve further into her craft, viewers and fans will be introduced to other styles and coloring of her acting credentials. She has already started doing it from such a young age; making ample time for her to propel further, into the expansion of her range.
Another magnetic power in the career, and ongoing work of Kyla Pratt, is her maidenal image (now mother), and how that has been significant, holistic, and healing for Black America’s presence in Hollywood. Going from her time on Barney’s Great Adventures, to her latest project, Call Me Kat, audiences observe her transformation from girl to woman. From maiden to Mother. Her power of playing a myriad of characters, within these different genres, is symbolic of the Sheroes’s Journey. Of course, that’s for another showing. Nevertheless, Pratt was vigilant in her feminine power. Her very career, in itself, performed the role of a Black American maiden. Even more empowering is her consistency. Let’s briefly rewind back to the definition of a maiden, for a second. Within any culture the maidens are the youthful, feminine Dames, who are responsible for cultivating, harvesting, and preserving the culture. They keep its zest going. Furthermore, they also ensure themselves to be the reflection of those gardens. In the gardens, they learn that woman knowledge, of that culture. There is mastery of feminine aesthetics, and how it reflects her particular culture, and contribution to the very definition of, woman!
Kyla Pratt’s Maidenal presentation has contributed to a healthy and holistic display of Black American maidens in Hollywood film. Even during times when it was not as prevalent-she maintained her vigilance and consistent. Its important that even in the midst of rocky storms, a Maiden continues to plant her garden. After all, the flowers and vegetation must always bloom into fruition. Culture, and one’s authentic representation within one’s culture, must always bloom; despite those times when it is unpopular to view. Because there will come a time, when the world will have to accept your vigilance, within your culture. They will be forced to accept your authentic representation, within your culture, and acknowledge it. Such is the great and powerful work, conducted by our very own maiden, Kyla Pratt.
Of course, what makes Kyla Pratt interesting is that she is also, Mother, who has given birth to two, future Black American maidens. One day, when her daughters become older, they will begin their maidenal journey; and Mother will be there to instill those cultural teachings. The very same teachings passed down from her Mother, and her Mother before; all the way to those Black American foremothers, who had to use cultural creativity, in making the foreign, familiar.
Despite now occupying the role as Mother, Kyla Pratt continues to exhibit that youthful and energetic essence of a Maiden. Looking much younger than her actual age, she will be able to juggle that Maidenal essence, with her Motherly aura. Its a blessing to be frank, as not all women are given such a combination. Though, at any age, a woman’s Maidenal secrets are still there. She can always tap into that world, whenever she just needs to feel youthful, again. Nevertheless, for Kyla Pratt, she has clearly entered a sacred place in harmonizing the two; making them one. Its quite magical, and confirms one example of how the Maiden and Mother figures are interchangeable. Furthermore, it shows how these two images can have the same image, with different roles and responsibilities. Its fascinating, and Kyla Pratt performs such interchange, very well.
More greatness is set to grace the path of our own, Kyla Pratt. She has much more work to do, and all we can do is get excited about the different colors, designs, and styles we shall see, through this craft, known as, acting. Through this skill, she is watering the cultural gardens of Black America; preserving its artistry for future Black American maidens, mothers, and heroes to come. She started watering them as a child, and she waters them well. Nevertheless, she is not working alone. There are other Black American maidens, accompanying her in this journey. In one interview she states it, whether she is conscious of the depth or not. For now, as a Black American woman, she realizes she is not alone in our cultural gardens. Some like her, and others before, are joining her in the ongoing cultivation, harvesting, and blossoming of these peculiar gardens of US soiling. Some water 💦💦💦💦💦 them next to her. Others are distant, but they are there. In coming together, they ensure that the vigilance, artistry, and creativity of Black American people will continue on. Providing healing and nourishment for future daughters, sons, and seedlings to come.
Keep watering Maiden, and plant the seeds, well!
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