Cocoa Brown didn’t just portray a single mom in Tyler Perry’s Single Moms Club; she is one in real life and like her character she thinks mothers should find that village to help them raise their kids.
“It’s tough raising a child by yourself. Women who have multiple children by themselves, I commend them,” she told Sister 2 Sister. “Utilize your village. Don’t think it’s going to make you a bad woman or a bad mother or less than a good mother if you say, ‘Hey, I need your help,’ if you raise that white flag.”
While most mothers are quick to sacrifice for their children and give until it hurts, Cocoa advised them to focus on themselves from time to time.
“It’s okay to take time for yourself, even if it’s just 30 minutes…Take that minute to just decompress and regroup. It doesn’t make you less than a woman,” said Cocoa who realizes she’s setting an example for her young son.
“I’m the first woman that he’s going to love. I set a precedent for him,” explained Cocoa who said that’s one reason she’s so conscious about what types of roles she takes.
“I’m not doing anything that’s going to embarrass my family or embarrass my son,” she said.
Though some people have accused Tyler of creating stereotypical characters for Single Moms Club and other films, Cocoa disagrees.
“As long as I’m doing the best body of work that I can do, and I am depicting that one woman who may not have a voice, then I don’t see it as a stereotype,” she said. “As long as I can work and take care of my son and do things that I’m proud of and not embarrass my family, stereotype doesn’t matter to me.”
Tyler’s haters may use Cocoa’s convincing performance to argue their point about the filmmaker’s characters, but she isn’t discouraged by those who are offended. In fact, it could be taken as a compliment.
“If I made you believe that I was that person so sincerely that I perpetuated the stereotype that you are so adamant about. Give me my Oscar; I did a good job,” she said.
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