by Cesca Janece Waterfield
Urban Views Weekly celebrates and explores the lives, work and leisure of the African American community of Richmond, Virginia, and of the world. This week, we present a new feature, “Uniting Views,” where from time to time, we will introduce readers to other people of color who are doing things that pay tribute to us all.
Wanda Colón is a woman who thrives in multiple worlds. A first-generation Puerto Rican-American, she honors her Latin heritage while embracing the American Dream. Although she is a television star, she began her career studying Theatre at England’s prestigious Oxford University. She has designed sets for stage productions in New York City and Philadelphia, appeared in films including M. Night Shyamalan’s “Unbreakable,” and had a recurring role on HBO’s “Sex and the City.” While still working as an actor, she joined the prestigious design firm Interior Motives before establishing her own company, Wanda Colón Designs several years later. Her combination of design skills and acting ability were ideally suited for HGTV’s “24 Hour Design.” A few years later, she joined the team of TLC’s “Home Made Simple” during its fourth season, where she continues to win fans to the popular show. She has written screenplays and a TV pilot, and recently produced and starred in her first bi-lingual short film, “Salt.”
Wanda talked to Urban Views Weekly after a summer tour of Hawaii, the Marshall Islands, Guam, and Japan with Armed Forces Entertainment.