PYNK’s lifestyle and advice columnist MissterRAY (real name Ray Cunningham) caught up with actress and TV personality Alesha Renee recently for PYNK Chat! The Texas native was first introduced on BET back in 2005 after beating out 30,000 hopefuls in the Fresh Faces contest which lead to her co-hosting Hot Wyred, My Black Is Beautiful, The 5ive and occasionally co-hosting 106 & Park. In between her busy time of participating with McDonalds Men of McCafe campaign efforts, appearances on E! News and jet setting from coast to coast, Alesha Renee is a regular face on MTV2s wildly popular Girl Code.
Coming up on almost ten years in the entertainment industry Alesha admits, “It’s hard and anyone who tells you otherwise is not trying to see you be great.” She continues, “I will say it’s almost impossible to have your sanity in this industry with all the no’s you will hear without believing in something greater than yourself.” Frequent on the red carpet and hardly ever mentioned on the blogs which isn’t a bad thing these days, Alesha says, “I def never set out to have a good girls image. I’m just more about work then twerk. I’m really laid back.”
Alesha describes herself as the electric blue crayon that would sing Tamia’s classic You Put A Move On My Heart if she had the opportunity to audition for American Idol. Jokingly, when asked about what she thinks caused the elevator scandal between Jay-Z and Beyonce’s sister Solange, she says “That it kept stopping on every floor! Don’t you hate that? And it’s always when you have something to do!”
Alesha has been a speaker for the Ronald McDonald house and advocate for domestic violence ,working with organizations such as NCADV National Coalition Against Domestic Violencem due to her personal experiences with domestic violence. In an interview she confessed, “Unfortunately, in the African-American community, there’s a stigma on seeking mental help and seeing a therapist. For me, counseling has really helped me to start to resolve the issues from my youth. Because I was sexually abused as a child, I already had these warped ideas about relationships, love and sex. So when I got into a relationship as a young adult, it was easy for a guy to manipulate me mentally and emotionally.”
Wrapping up our PYNK chat , Alesha says of the near future, “Hopefully more acting and hosting work.” She informed me she’s working diligently to get her charity, Mae’s W.I.S.H. off the ground. She concludes, “Everything is a process especially when you aren’t taking the easy road. Hopefully I can navigate it and reach my goals.”