R. J. Watkkins - Bio
Corporation’s featured poet for the
company’s Spirit in the Words program, which received The
President’s Citation by Poets and Writers Magazine at a ceremony
in New York City. In 2000, Brenda began her role as Spirit
Expert and Inspirationalist for Procter & Gamble’s nation-wide
Total You Tour that reached thousands of young women on college
campuses and in urban convention centers.
In 2002 Brenda began a relationship with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. At that time, Diana Jones, then Vice-President of Community Affairs, asked her if she could design a program that would educate students about the dangers of dating violence. Perryman then wrote and designed Into The Light. In the fall of 2002 her advanced Acting class at Southfield High School rehearsed and began touring Into The Light (Combating Teen Dating Violence). The program incorporated spoken word poetry, dramatic vignettes and narration that were student delivered. During its four years of touring, Into The Light reached thousands of students in the metropolitan Detroit area. It encouraged young people to think before they act violently in dating situations.
The Into the Light program was filmed and put on DVD and was distributed to every high school in the state of Michigan. Brenda also wrote the toolkit to help teachers in order to help schools educate their students about dating violence.
Brenda has a background in Theatre education and has directed well over 100 theatrical productions. This factor has also puts her in demand as a casting director and acting coach. Brenda has also appeared in several films. She still finds time to write and direct her own productions.
Brenda hosts also hosts a program on WHPR TV. Talk To Me With Brenda Perryman is a community affairs show. She also has a variety of guests from many walks of life. She believes in stirring the pot of conversation too. On her radio program Brenda’s Rhythms, Rhymes and Reasons she performs poetry from her books and meshes their themes with music.
Brenda continues to speak nationally on a variety of topics. From the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York to the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, she has wowed audiences with her when wit and wisdom. Brenda is available to speak on a variety of topics ranging from Women’s issues to raising our young people. Her website is www.brendaperryman.com and she is also on Facebook and Twitter.