It was 7 years ago on this date that the world lost one of its brightest lights: Nell Carter.
Best known for her work on the cheesy 80’s sitcom â€˜Gimme a Break!’, Carter was a star on Broadway, winning a Tony Award in 1978 for her sizzling turn in â€˜Ain’t Misbehavin’, where her nasally but powerful voice and raw emotional palette were on full display.
Comedienne, singer, and actress Nell Carter was that rare thing- a heavyset African American woman standing only 4’11 who played by her own rules in show biz and triumphed. In her way, she paved the way for many people from Oprah Winfrey to Jennifer Hudson to Roseanne Barr. A true original!
Mike Diamond is a writer, comedian and television personality based in New York City. He has hosted the Logo networkâ€™s â€˜PopLabâ€™ program, and also does video reporting for various web sites including 365Gay, TripOut, and EDGE. Mike was born in the bathroom of the Crisco Disco in 1973, is two inches taller than he appears on television, and has no gag reflex.