The “Cuties” Perform in New York!

The “Cuties” Perform in New York!

Each summer, the FAME production would fly us to New York to shoot the outside shots. One of the funnest days for this shoot... and yes, it takes all day, but what a blast! https://youtu.be/pabnM4X7Vpc

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What About the New Edition?

What About the New Edition?

In this clip, Dusty mentions the New Edition. At the time I was close friends with Johnny Gill, so it cool to get to do that.   https://youtu.be/enauXrBWUqo

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Dusty’s A Drummer Now!

Dusty’s A Drummer Now!

In season 6 of FAME the writers/producers had the brilliant idea to form a girl band. I played drums. Had a drummer come in and give me the basics. For weeks I walked around with sticks practicing the licks. Got pretty good and tossed in some baton twirls too. 😉  ...

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Back On The Savage Streets

Back On The Savage Streets

Every time I play this clip, I can feel the power of how the FAME film editors, director, camera crew and staff worked together to elevate this story. Jesse's focus on set was undeniable and Nia's performance had me crying with her. So proud to be a part of it! https://youtu.be/vMO4EpwhUP0

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Dusty Wants To Be Carmen

Dusty Wants To Be Carmen

So many great story lines on FAME and one of my many favorite episodes featured Jessie and Nia in "Savage Streets". Carefully crafted writing and powerful performances came together to tell an impactful story. Dusty's comedic interjections were sprinkled in the right places....

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Crossing Over!

Crossing Over!

The final production number for this episode brought us back to where we should be. Celebrating life! https://youtu.be/fk736ZffbiM  

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The DeBois Podcast Interview

The DeBois Podcast Interview

I'm afraid I've been dealing with the death of very special person in my life and need to correctly post a link to an interview I did for the Da Bois Podcast on the JZProductions 26 YouTube Channel. The young host was great, but I may seem a little distracted, but as always, I enjoy sharing. Check...

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Dusty Is Not So Sure

Dusty Is Not So Sure

I have to say it again, the FAME writers were bold and sensitive at the same time when handling a tough subject like race. Dusty's indecisiveness pretty much matched my own. I grew up in Pueblo where the black population was 3%. Until high school, I didn't think about my color. (so to speak) The...

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Stars In The House

Stars In The House

GLEE and FAME, better known as GLAME (Pronounced GLAM as in glamorous) is the hottest new celebrity couple for game night on "Stars in the House".  We had so much fun supporting the Actor's Fund.  This amazing organization provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals. ...

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Good Friends

Good Friends

Back to the episode, "River To Cross". The FAME writers were very good at sharing how people of different backgrounds can learn to appreciate their differences and even become friends. Carlos and Gene Anthony Ray were also close friends in real life.

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River To Cross, The Song

River To Cross, The Song

The opening number for the episode "A River To Cross" was another one of my favorites. I sang the lead and the background singers were a group of sisters and brothers called "The Waters" Luther, Maxine, Julia, and Oren. (Kind of like my family, two sisters and two brothers, David, James Loretta...

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Taking Part

Taking Part

The Fame producers, directors and writers were fearless and fierce. Not only could they take on a tough subject with style and grace.. they didn't water it down. Very proud to be a part of it.

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Dusty’s First Dance

Dusty’s First Dance

OK. I am not a dancer and the FAME cast was so great about it.Jaime Rogers was the lead choreographer and called me "Doll Face" I loved it and all of the dancers who always made me feel welcomed! Miss you guys!!

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Dusty Sings Her Feelings

Dusty Sings Her Feelings

The FAME producers and writers are the best on the planet. They gave Dusty the perfect song to sum up her feelings. I cried the whole day. So overwhelmingly beautiful.

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Dusty Speaks Up!

Dusty Speaks Up!

This was my family's favorite scene from Dusty's first episode. Cause she spoke up... I remember David, my older brother screaming and slapping high fives.

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Dusty’s First Class Scene

Dusty’s First Class Scene

Dusty's first scene with Danny and Chris. Everyone was so supportive. Inside I was freaking out working with these BIG stars. Nia kept saying, 'You're one of us now. Calm down." I tried, but I still get freaked out some. They are so awesome. Come on, Gene Anthony Ray... 'nough said!

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Dusty – First Time On TV!

Dusty – First Time On TV!

First time scene as Dusty. What a rush. Dancers flying by with their kicks and flips. Mrs. Berge getting her groove on and the music is pumping hard. It was easy to be excited in this scene. The set was magical and the talent... off the charts!

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A Tribute To the “Queen of Soul”

A Tribute To the “Queen of Soul”

"Fame" gave me an incredible opportunity to pay tribute the "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin singing "Natural Woman" I remember Debbie letting me know how much she pushed for them to create nice gowns for me.  She's amazing!  The outfit and jewelry was too!  All the people who worked so hard to put...

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On Location in New York

On Location in New York

Filming in New York with “FAME”.  So much to learn and do in such a short period of time. Here's a small secret I never shared with anyone before.  I almost didn't do a second season of FAME.  I was asked to come back as a reoccurring character instead of a series regular.  At the time I was back...

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