When the New York Times called independent television “a colorful circus parade of often self-indulgent, occasionally incomprehensible entertainment,” I knew I belonged there ;) First, let me back up a bit. To those of you who saw the cryptic password-protected post on my site the other day, ugh, sorry about that! When I temporarily uploaded files to FUNKY BROWN CHICKÂ®, I didn’t know e-subscribers would be sent the private post. So, although I’m not making the official announcement until next month, it probably makes sense to explain what’s going on … I have a new television show. And a web series. The Late Sex Show with Twanna Hines and FourPlay.
Premiering Spring 2011, The Late Sex Show with Twanna Hines (or LATE SEX WITH TWANNA for short) is a late-night television series airing Fridays at 2:00 a.m. ET on MNN — the independent television network that serves up Democracy Now!, GritTV, GayUSA and others.
The tagline: Do you like to watch? It’s been more than a year in the making. As a creative person, New York is a hard city if you’re single, paying your way and aren’t propped up by benefactors (i.e. parents, lovers, spouses, etc.) who take care of your bills. I’ve been doing it for nearly six years. And, I’m so inspired by people like Baratunde, Rach, Dacia and others who successfully blend full-time employment with various creative endeavors. Baratunde is a comedian and political commentator who — along with sharing the good news about his TV show throughout India and Eastern Europe — is the fulltime Director of Digital for The Onion. Rach works fulltime as Senior Editor at Penthouse Variations AND she edits smart books about sex AND she runs a cupcake blog that’s been mentioned in the New York Times AND she does way too many other things to count. Ditto for Dacia. She’s a fulltime International Women’s Health Coalition employee who also consults for the Global Network of Sex Work Projects and leads annual media training workshops with Sex Work Awareness.
I don’t think being well rounded requires being distracted from earning a decent living. On the contrary, I genuinely believe following our passions feeds our souls — which, in the long run, makes us happier people at work, in friendships and within relationships. I remember the first time I dated a guy who asked about my hobbies and wanted to know what I did for fun. At the time, I felt awkward answering him because I wasn’t doing anything special with my time. It was college. I basically read Kant and drank booze. Granted, I still read and drink (not usually at the same time), but I do other things as well. For example, starting this Spring for exactly one precious night a week, I’ll appear on television screens across Manhattan to talk about sexual & reproductive health / rights. Expect it to be lighthearted, upbeat, educational and fun. I’ll keep you guys posted on the developments. Speaking of new things … I’m equally, if not more, excited to share the good news about FourPlay!!!!! Writing a post about it now & I’ll include one of the mini-episodes. Stay tuned!