blackfilm.com correspondent Ellen Wanjiru speaks with Deborah Joy Winans about her new TVOne film ‘Don’t Waste Your Pretty’ premiering Sunday February 28th, the importance of having friends that will tell you the truth, and her upcoming film and music projects.
Based on the eponymous novel penned by award-winning author and media personality Demetria L. Lucas, the film tells the story of tightly knit friends as they sort out their turbulent life issues and love lives – always turning to one another to figure out their next move when jobs, romance or family interactions prove more complicated than they had ever anticipated.
The cast of DON’T WASTE YOUR PRETTY includes: Keri Hilson (“Think Like A Man,” “Almost Christmas”), Deborah Joy Winans (“Greenleaf”), Redaric Williams (“The Yard,” “The Young And The Restless”), Jasmine Burke (“Saints & Sinners”), Kaye Singleton (“American Soul”) and Rainey Branch (“Being Mary Jane,” “Grey’s Anatomy”).
After years of extreme career focus, Mykah (Hilson) finally stops making excuses and starts looking for love. Encouraged by her best friends, Mykah embraces the dating scene by taking their suggestions on speed dating, making online connections, and hitting the nightlife, but soon discovers love might be right in front of her. The recent divorcée Jeanné (Winans) has put the idea of love on ice but has to decide if the burning flame from Mykah’s twin brother Michael (Williams) is warm enough to melt her heart again. Fun-loving, married couple Amma (Singleton) and Aisha (Burke) are #couplegoals of the group but struggle to strike a balance as they embark on their parenthood journey. When jobs, romance, and family interactions prove more complicated than they had ever anticipated, the group of friends knows they can always turn to one another to figure out their next move. Watch trailer below!
Actress and singer Deborah Joy Winans stars in OWN’s NAACP award-winning drama series Greenleaf from Executive Producer Oprah Winfrey. The series focuses on the world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis mega-church. Deborah Joy stars as Charity, the youngest daughter and Minister of Music. The fifth and final season returned June 23. The Greenleaf Soundtrack and the single, The Master’s Calling went to no. 15 on the Gospel Billboard Chart and she was a Stellar Awards nominee for Best New Artist.
Deborah Joy released her single I Won’t Stop Breathing on all digital platforms July 2020. The song was written by family as a tribute to heartbreak. Deborah Joy says, “the song felt like everything I was feeling and wanted to say to the world.”
Deborah Joy starred in the Angela Bassett directed television movie, Whitney also portraying her real-life aunt, Cece Winans. She starred in the short Fighting the Battle and in the feature film Fragile World. Winans was a guest voice-over artist for several Grammy award-winning projects such as Mary Mary’s The Sound and Kelly Price’s audio book. Winans served as host on TV One’s 2019 holiday digital interview series HOLIDAY AF from ImaJam Production currently available on https://aspaceforcreators.com .
Winans received an NAACP nomination for Best Actress for her portrayal of her real-life aunt CeCe Winans starring opposite her brother Juan Winans as their uncle BeBe Winans in the stage musical Born for This performed at the prestigious Broad Stage in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Washington DC’s Arena Stage.
She was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and is part of the renowned gospel Winans family. Contrary, to her family’s musical legacy, she was passionate about acting and the singing came later when she was asked to act and sing in a church theatrical production. Deborah Joy received her BFA from Wayne State University. She also holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.
Deborah Joy previously toured the USA with the Women of Faith Conference to inspire and empower thousands of women through a weekend of bonding and conversations. She is married to attorney, TV/Film producer and community activist, Terrence Williams. Williams and his business partner founded the WV Foundation providing scholarships for underserved youth.
Deborah Joy Winans On Her New TVOne Film – ‘Don’t Waste Your Pretty’ film