ABC’s “UGLY BETTY” – author, G. D. Grace reflects

I’ve always been drawn to shows with comedic and dramatic overtones, and I believe it has a lot to do with an absolute need for escapism.  Literary expression and the cinematic experience are artistic vehicles that can transport me to places and situations  outside the realm of normalcy and actuality, and while there I am allowed to let my imagination latch onto the vision of someone’s creative parodies that run parallel to those of real life.

Much of what I find entertaining has a core rich with ulterior motives and sometimes heartwarming messages that often times mock situations surrounding human interaction, and I suppose the over the top sappiness does this tugging thing when it lightly strokes the thin layer of my heart.  I am reminded that somewhere out there are hopeless romantics who see life and love as I do, a vision where candle lit dinners and long walks on the beach, followed by intense and steamy love making sessions are common.

I’m pretty sure you are wondering what the hell this has to do with Ugly Betty; well, the whole idea of a kind, young, awkward looking, fashion challenged, ambitious Hispanic woman entering into the superficial and glamorous, cut-throat world of high fashion is intriguing and inspiring. Betty Suarez, Ugly Betty, was played by the cute and lovable, America Ferrera.

I didn’t become a fan of this colorfully humorous hour-long sitcom until sometime around the middle of it’s second season, but once I did I was hooked on the story line about how this likable underdog locks horns with a variety of snobby characters who pretty much looked their noses down at her, all because of her homely attire, sheep-dog bangs, horn-rimmed glasses, and teeth strapped with silver wire.

Regardless of her questionable fashion sense,  her brilliance and intuitiveness about fashion history, as well as, her keen knowledge of Mode Magazine, the company she manged to land a job at as executive assistance to the co-editor, who is, ironically, the  son of the owner,  made her an unsuspecting force of nature to be reckoned with episode after episode.

This is what captured me instantly; based on ambition and inner confidence, an unquestionable innocence, and honest loyalty, she won the heart and friendship of her playboy boss, Daniel Meade, played by Eric Mabius; as well as, the respect of the bitchy Wilhelmina Slater, played by the lovely and talented Vanessa L. Williams.  Remember her?  She was the first African-American crowned Miss America — which is another underdog story in itself.

The entire concept of the show reminds me of  Forrest Gump, which was the extraordinary story about a simple man with a heart of gold, who may have been seen as mentally slow in the eyes of others, who may have not had the chiseled features of a GQ model, who may have started out life with braces on his limbs so that he could walk, but that inner unstoppable glow yielded a life filled with insurmountable wealth and accomplishments.  That riveting scene where he runs out of those braces, zipping beyond the reach of the bullies who had taunted him since childhood, was extremely spiritual and solid fool for the soul.

Thankfully, I was able to see season one of Ugly Betty and, again, for some it might be a bit fairytale like, how all of this success could happen to someone who doesn’t seem to fit in, but then, that’s exactly what I loved most of all about this series; it doesn’t matter where you come from, it doesn’t matter if the arena you are trying to step into is filled with beautiful ripped & ready bodies and you have a little meat around your waistline, the only thing that matters is that if you believe in yourself, and stay true to yourself, and live ethically and honesty, you can not only achieve what you set out to do, you can also be whomever it is you want to be.

During the final episodes you see this Ugly Betty blossom from an awkwardly dressed fashion disaster into this lovely, vibrant successful editor, poised to embark on a fabulous journey abroad, minus the railroad tracks on her teeth, with a savvy flair for fashion.   I know, it reads just like something unbelievable, but that’s what made me love it so — because of the possibilities.

If you want to be inspired, laugh a little and, perhaps even, cry a little, catch a couple of episodes — they are now in syndication on AT&T U-verse Channel 44 KBCW.

You can also catch episodes at HULU

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About G. D. Grace of California

After the release of his fifth self-published novel, “Ripped & Ready (season 3)” GD ramped up for a new endeavor in radio, and on September 2, 2010 his first #BlogTalkRadio show premiered. His first two guest were two literary colleagues from two different sides of the tracks — one a former prison inmate-hustler, single father, turned author — the other, an accredited teacher and single father first time author. The intense on-air climate of cultural differences on the show, at one point, became thick enough to slice with a butter knife, however, it was a very successful event. Despite the clash over marketing approaches both authors remained professional and the outcome was a highly entertaining and interesting show. The seasons that followed incorporated talent from all walks of creativity, so in addition to the authors, GD’s guest lineup included poets and recovering addicts, motivational speakers and entrepreneurs, filmmakers and professionals in sports training and health, and also established artists from highly successful television shows, as well as, NAACP & Grammy Winners. Many shows gave us an inside glimpse inside the lives of legends from Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Ray Goodman & Brown, Bruce A. Hawes (extraordinary writer for the Sounds of Philadelphia), Gerald Alston of The Manhattans, The Delphonics, Howard Hewett, and Chris Jasper of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized Isley Brothers. Legends of literary Stanley Bennett Clay and James Earl Hardy also brought their distinct creative prowess to the show, as did professionals from the Broadway stage. GD’s show eventually caught the attention of World Media and through this friendship many of the legends mentioned above were tapped to be guests on the show. His friend, and often times, mentor, Wayne Barros became an influential part of the legacy that he was creating one show at time. His friendship, love, and direction helped enforce an inner-confidence in GD which allowed him to stretch his producing skills so the show would have an entertaining variety for the live listener and archive listeners. Between the two audience variations the show has been listened to by over 40,000 people. It has been successful beyond GD’s wildest dreams, and as Season 6 approaches, the adrenalin within him increases. He begins assembling the guest list next month in April 2015, and…
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One Response to ABC’s “UGLY BETTY” – author, G. D. Grace reflects

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