From her tell-it-like-it-is personality to the nurturing love that she displays with her son, Cocoa Brown is just like the girl next door. Growing up in Newport News, Virginia, Ms. Brown was granted the gift of gab by chance. She states that her passion for comedy sort of fell in her lap as an opportunity. What started as hosting for events on her college campus, led to her natural progression of stage presence and success as a comedian. “I found that I needed to find a formula for stand up. I wanted to deliver the naked truth. I’ve been putting my business on Front Street since the beginning.”Cocoa Brown expressed that comedy was a form of therapy for her. Being able to go through something painful, processing it and allowing her fans and supporters to “laugh at her pain”gives her the chance to work through pain and help others who could be experiencing similar things.
Cocoa Brown wears many different hats aside from being a comedian but the most important role is being a mommy. “My son is my manager.”Finding balance in her professional life and utilizing a wonderful support system have been the key points in maintaining her parenting and relationship with her son.
When preparing her roles in Tyler Perry’s “For Better or For Worse”and the upcoming film “Single Moms Club,”Ms. Brown speaks of incorporating the different elements of her personal life to act out the scenes in a more realistic way. She states, “As I was preparing for ‘Single Moms Club,’ I was contemplating walking away from my marriage and actually being a single mom. I give the audience the pain and frustration of not knowing where to go and what to do.”With the roles that she is given, Cocoa Brown takes on the situation to see how she would act as this person and allows the character to come through her. It is not about acting, you have to be.
From becoming a mother, to going through a divorce and having her career go from one extreme to the other, Cocoa Brown illustrates these things in her upcoming memoir,“Invisible Girl,”and her one woman show, “Confessions of a Suicidal Diva.”She was inspired by her pregnancy to purge her life; reality set in and she realized that in order to be the best mother for her son, she needed to let go of past hurts and become a whole woman. With these two projects, Ms. Brown hopes she displays authenticity and complete nakedness to who she is and gives her supporters and fans a walk through her life.
By: Kanesha Pryor