Single parents and their kids can flourish, and there are plenty of examples to prove it. I invited my friend Alechia Reese to attend the screening who’s an awesome single mother and who could relate with Wanda Durant’s struggles. Seeing all of these success stories and many more unfold before my eyes is proof that single parenthood is not only manageable, but an incredible gift that allows others to shape their kids into a wonderful human being.
Raising children is no easy feat. Doing so alone with the mounting pressures of being the sole provider, under daunting statistics with even scarier unknowns, Wanda Durant decided early on that success was the only option for her family. Executive Producer, Queen Latifah, and Lifetime chronicled the true story of Kevin Durant’s mother as his self-described “Real MVP” in his 2014 NBA MVP acceptance speech.
Durant recited, he wasn’t supposed to be here. “You made us believe. You kept us off the street. You put clothes on our backs, food on the table. When you didn’t eat, you made sure we ate. You went to sleep hungry. You sacrificed for us. You the real MVP.” Actress Cassandra Freeman, who played Wanda Durant in the film, summarized Wanda’s commitment to her children in 4 simple words: faith, family, community and resourcefulness.
Wanda sacrificed so her children could succeed. The film is heartfelt, intriguing and a must-see.
To mothers, especially single mothers, Wanda Durant left these words of wisdom, “Find motivation within yourself. You’ve got to do it, not just for your children, but for yourself.” Join Lifetime Movie Network in their Mother’s Day celebration of The Real MVP: The Wanda Durant Story. On Saturday, May 7, 2016 we celebrate the strength, unconditional love, commitment and support that only a mother can give.
Originally posted on: DCW50 Television.