Kim Wayans

Kim Wayans
ESSENCE.COM Jun, 25, 2009

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Kim Wayans takes her one-woman show, “A Handsome Woman Retreats” on the road and to the national Black Theater Festival in August.

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Kim’s one-woman show made its debut in October 2007, and is based on her experiences of being raised in the New York City housing projects and surviving the Hollywood shuffle.

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Kim performing her one-woman show.

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Kim poses with the cast of “In Living Color,” which included such big names as Jim Carey, Damon and Keenan Ivory Wayans, Kim Coles, David Alan Grier and Tommy Davidson.

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“In Living Color” cast arrives in style.

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One of Kim’s many characters on “In Living Color” was the hilarious Li’l Magic who always successfully failed at her music auditions.

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Kim and David Alan Grier played Cephus & Reesie, a singing duo. Kim often played alongside David Alan Grier in skits.

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Kim played Ms Bonita Butrell, who was always in her rollers and spreading the neighborhood gossip—except for Ms. Jenkins, no one could talk about Ms. Jenkins but for her.

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Ms. Burtrell stands trial suited up and ready to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth in rollers and all.

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Kim’s hilarious Loquita was the urban counterpart of Lucille Ball’s “I Love Lucy” character.

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Kim as Loquita and Jim Carey as Ricky Ricardo in the sketch “I Love Loquita.”

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Ricky (Carey) scolds Loquita (Kim).

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Kim as folk soulstress Tracy Chapman, whose songwriting is all about singing about everything happening around him. “You simply can’t rush a Tracy Chapman song.”

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Grace Jones (hilariously spoofed by Kim) prepares to devour an innocent man (Tommy Davidson).

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Grace Jones (Kim) infiltrates the club.

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Kim prepares to find and club her man!

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Grace in outerspace.

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Kim played Mrs. Brooks, wife to David Alan Grier’s character Mr. Brooks, who was happy although they unsuccessfully tried to kill each other.

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Kim brings to life Salt N Pepa in one comical skit.

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Kim and David Alan Grier hang tough.

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Kim is flanked by her brothers, Keenan, Marlon, Sahwn and nephew, Damien, at the premiere of “Dance Flick.”

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Kim and Brother Keenan share hugs on the redcarpet at the premiere of “Dance Flick.”

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Kim plays Ms. Dontwannabebothered, an ornery, high school guidance counselor, in her brothers’ 2009 hot comedy movie ‘Dance Flick.’

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Kim proudly displays her children’s book, “Amy Hodgepodge” during a book tour.

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Kim Reads excerpts of her book “Amy Hodges” to a group of children.

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Kim who served as a writer, producer and actress on brother Damon’s show, “My Wife and Kids” shares a laugh with him.

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Kim and Vivica show off their abs in glorious fashion.

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Kim joins her “In The House” castmates, LL Cool J, Maia Campbell and Alfonso Ribiero.

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