CEO and Founder Sheryl Lee Ralph
TONY Award Nominee | Independent Spirit Award Winner | Honored AIDS Activist
American Heart/Stroke Association Ambassador/Amazon Best Selling Author
Original DREAMGIRL, Sheryl Lee Ralph is a multifaceted jewel of a woman who sparkles in every area of her life. An acclaimed show business “pro”, her award winning body of work in film, television and the Broadway stage includes originating and creating the role of Deena Jones on Broadway in the landmark musical Dreamgirls, which earned her a Tony Award Nomination and a Drama Desk Award Nomination for Best Actress. After Dreamgirls, Ms. Ralph turned her attention to music, television, and film. On television, Sheryl Lee will be starring in the new Nickelodeon series Instant Mom with Tia Mowry and can be seen in the new SHOWTIME series, Ray Donovan as Claudette. Ralph turned up the heat in NBC’s SMASH as “momanger” to Jenifer Hudson with great reviews. In the SHOWTIME series, Barbershop, Sheryl broke new ground as the popular, post-operative transsexual, Claire. She brought a new face to the sufferings of war in the NBC hit series ER. Sheryl Lee has starred in It’s a Living, her own series New Attitude, the George Foreman series George and the hit comedy Designing Women. She was voted one of TV’s Favorite Moms for her portrayal of loving step mom, Dee on the groundbreaking series Moesha and received numerous NAACP Image Award nominations for this role. Her extensive film credits include The Mighty Quinn with Denzel Washington, Sister Act II with Whoopi Goldberg, Mistress with Robert De Niro, and Eddie Murphy’s Distinguished Gentleman. Sheryl Lee’s performance with Danny Glover in To Sleep with Anger won her the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has recently wrapped filming GMC’s new film, Community Service as First Lady. Author, Sheryl Lee Ralph’s first book Redefining DIVA (Simon&Schuster) debuted to rave reviews. Kirkus Reviews says, “A highly enthusiastic memoir by one of the original Broadway Dreamgirls… Actress Ralph embraces the label Diva (Divinely Inspired Victoriously Alive) … Proposing that a real diva is a strong woman who respects herself and others and who promotes positive change. Ralph presents an engrossing story of a woman who challenged Hollywood… Her responses to trying circumstances reveal genuine grace and the ability to move forward with forgiveness.” In Redefining DIVA, Sheryl has taken on her triumphs and tribulations with courage, wit and strength. True to form, her book is much more than a gossip-fest but a hip, modern guide to living. Whether the topic is looking like a knockout, finding love, launching your career or bringing home the bling, Sheryl Lee Ralph has the 411. Wendy Williams, Sherri Shepherd, Richard Simmons and Publishers Weekly all say it is a must read! A popular national speaker, Sheryl Lee consistently creates a contagious positive energy with her spontaneous humor and quick wit, which has made her a much sought-after speaker, guest, guest-host and celebrity expert. She has appeared on: HLN, ShowBiz Tonight, Joan Velez Mitchell, Dr. Drew, Entertainment Tonight, CNN, The Daily Show, FOX & Friends, Good Day LA, Good Day NY, CBS Morning News, CNBC Africa, The Martha Stewart Show, The Wendy Williams Show, The Michael Baisden Show, Tom Joyner Show. Sheryl has been featured in: People Magazine, JET, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Ebony, ESSENCE, Bazaar, Vogue, GQ, Glamour, Time Magazine, Black Enterprise, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer and hundreds more publications. Sheryl Lee Ralph captivates and motivates audiences around the world. A passionate health advocate and honored AIDS activist, Ms. Ralph is the founding director of the DIVA (Divinely Inspired Victoriously Anointed) Foundation 501(C)3 which she created in memory of the many friends she had lost to HIV/AIDS. She also created the critically acclaimed Divas Simply Singing!, an evening of song and entertainment that after 25 years is the longest consecutive running musical AIDS benefit in the country. Ms. Ralph has added the critically acclaimed one-woman show Sometimes I Cry, written, directed and performed by Ralph herself, about the lives, loves, and losses of women infected and affected by HIV/AIDS to her list of outstanding credits.
Sometimes I Cry touches the heart leaving audiences around the world deeply moved and encouraged to know their HIV status. Ms. Ralph was awarded the first Red Ribbon Award at the UN for her unique use of the arts in HIV/AIDS activism. Sheryl Lee is the newly appointed AIDS Ambassador for Jamaica’s Ministry of Health. As a producer, Sheryl Lee found new success with her production company, Island Girl Productions, writing, directing and producing her award-winning film short Secrets. With an all-star cast, that includes Oscar nominee Alfre Woodard, Tina Lifford, Victoria Rowell, La Tanya Richardson, Robin Givens and Ralph herself. Secrets was a finalist in the HBO Film Short Competition, Showtime Filmmakers Series, Acapulco Black Film Festival, Hollywood Film Festival, Pan African Film Festival, Urban World Film Festival and “Audience Favorite” at Outfest Film Festival. She is also the founding creator of The Jamerican Film & Music Festival, which in five years gave birth to five SHOWTIME Filmmaker Finalists. Honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Sheryl holds the distinction of being the first and youngest female graduate of Rutgers College (RU) at the age of 19. Named one of the most FIERCE & FABULOUS Women in America by ESSENCE magazine for her HIV/AIDS advocacy, Ms. Ralph has received her Doctorate in Humane Letters from Tougaloo College and Huston-Tillotson University for her AIDS activism. Rich in creativity and spirit, Sheryl Lee has designed a line of socially conscious T-shirts, RED RIBBON WEAR, Fashionable Philanthropy which offers socially responsible messages in style and beauty at affordable prices available on www.sherylleeralph.com. She scored a top-ten selling dance hit in the mid-eighties with the infectious anthem In the Evening. The video is a You Tube hit with over 250 thousand hits. Mother of two with a blended family of four, Sheryl Lee loves every moment of motherhood and marriage. Happily married to State Senator Vincent Hughes of Pennsylvania in what Entertainment Tonight called, “The most elegant and romantic wedding!” she acknowledges love is the greatest gift to be given and shared.