COCOA BROWN (Lytia) When actress and comedian Cocoa Brown
takes the stage, the world stands still.
Brown is undeniably one of the most talented comics and performers of this
generation. The Newport News, Virginia native, born Farah Brown, assails her
craft with such passion and soul-searching veracity, when she claims a stage the
ensuing act is nothing short of a force of nature. Cocoa Brown audaciously draws
from painful reminiscences and hard-knocked lessons, bravely weaving humorous
tales that uplift, upend, and upgrade everything you thought you knew about
comedy. What drives the comic who female fans nationwide have nicknamed the "The
Truth"? The sheer will of a woman who survived the worst life had to offer and
is still standing.
The fiery performer, whose credits include Tyler Perry's critically acclaimed
comedy series "For Better or Worse" on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network and a
national commercial spot for Progressive Insurance Company, has assembled an
extensive body of work. A career that began as an advertising associate for
Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus and a writer for various sketch comedy
shows proved confining for the dynamic performer. She honed her writing and
creativity to pursue her dream of being a stand-up comic. A decade later Brown
had nearly mastered the art of comedy. She harnessed its essence and purpose,
performing on top rated comedy shows including BET's "Comic View" and "One Mic
Stand", and "Showtime at the Apollo".
Today, she exemplifies mind-blowing humor, daring drama and contemporary
reality wrapped in a boundlessly energetic package. Whether she is performing in
honor of the incomparable Richard Pryor or acting in films such as Lakeview
Terrace with Samuel L. Jackson, Brown exudes skill and discipline. Those characteristics, along with her
chilling story of struggle and redemption, make her a great choice for Tyler
Perry's The Single Moms Club, a feature film that casts the accomplished actress
in a leading role. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters in 2014. The comedy
veteran and rising star, fueled by Perry's powerful vote of confidence, is
ramping up her ambitions in a relentless mission to become the performer many
people doubted but even more admire. With a nomination for a Screen Actors
Guild award under her belt, Brown has her sights set on an Oscar, an Emmy and
a Pulitzer Prize. She is writing a revealing autobiography and producing her
highly anticipated one-woman show, "Confessions of a Suicidal Diva."
The lovable, down-to-earth celebrity and proud new mom keeps TV audiences
tuning in every week for an intoxicating dose of Cocoa infused humor. She also
captivates audiences worldwide at renowned comedy venues. Her creative writing
and meticulously produced sets coupled with the ever-changing hairstyles and
gutsy sense of fashion ignites rousing, protracted standing ovations. Yet, amid
such explosive success, Brown admits she desires very little. "I want audiences
to connect with my story and in the course of that journey find their own. That
is my inspiration, my peace. I am in a good place now. I am finally learning how
to love myself and I am comfortable in my own skin. Most importantly, I am not
afraid to use my voice."
That is certainly a good thing. That beautiful, husky, unapologetic and very
funny voice will no doubt, change the world.