Funny lady Kym Whitley is on a mission to teach single mothers and fathers that they don’t have to raise their children alone.
“There is always a village to help you raise your child. Look around at your friends and have them make a commitment to the child, especially boys who don’t have fathers,” said Whitley an Ohio native who has appeared in “Next Friday,” “The Nutty Professor II: The Clumps” and most recently appeared in NBC’s “Animal Practice,” and voices “Honeybee” on “Black Dynamite: The Animated Series” on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.
She found that statement to be true when she was made into an instant single mother two years ago after one of the troubled young girls she mentored left the maternity ward after giving birth leaving only Whitley’s contact information. She was thrown for a loop when the hospital called and informed her that her baby was ready. In a matter of hours, Whitley had to make the decision to become a parent.
“It was a shock. I had been knowing her for years and I had been mentoring her and I believe she knew I would be a good mother,” she said.
Whitley knew she had testimony and parlayed the situation into one of four new reality shows on the OWN network.
“OWN has the same message that I have, which is to inspire and encourage. It’s been a wonderful experience so far. It’s easy to do because it’s just my life,” Whitley said. “With other shows I have been in you had to memorize lines but this is just my life.”
“Raising Whitley” follows the comedic actress and her motley group of friends she calls “The Village” as they attempt to raise baby Joshua together. Over the season, Whitley survives Joshua’s first haircut and, goes on a manhunt with her girlfriends.
The show, which premiered on April 20, is in the top five of OWN’s shows. The first episode had two million viewers. The season finale is scheduled for June 15. The show is produced by Pilgrim Studios and executive produced by Whitley