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Actress/ Motivational Speaker
Philanthropist / Alzheimer Awareness Spokesperson
Bern Nadette Stanis is best known as the quick witted, sexy savvy and the original “It” girl, Thelma Evans, from the groundbreaking, first African American sitcom, “Good Times.” The still sexy 70’s star needs no redefining. Bern Nadette remains the personification of the ‘gem’ that young girls want to emulate and that we’ve all come to know and love. Undeniably, the onyx beauty is exquisitely graceful in the naturalist of forms. A classy sophisticated and humble spirit is all embodied in this brilliant actress and author.
Bern Nadette’s place in television history has been secured not solely based on her undeniable sex appeal and good looks, but instead based on her undeniable contributions to redefining the role of the young black girl from ghettos across America in the minds of the overwhelming masses prone to stereotypic beliefs. Bern Nadette through ‘Thelma’ proved to audiences everywhere that Black girls with the support of their strong families have sky-is-the limit dreams and unshakeable faith and hope! Bern Nadette (Thelma) showed that a ‘ghetto girl’ from Chicago’s inner city projects lived a life full of hopes and dreams girded by intelligence, respect, dignity and grace, and for Bern Nadette Stanis these characteristics weren’t learned in acting class. Bern Nadette is a wonderfully trained and graceful dancer as was witnessed on many of the Good Times episodes. In everything that Bern Nadette did it was marked with beauty, form and style extraordinaire.
Without question as long as there is a television, there will be a Bern Nadette Stanis across our TV screens with her dramatic, comedic, witty one liners, daintiness, sexy but innocent, and daddy’s little girl charm.
Stanis is back with a vengeance in her quest to quell apparent ‘self-esteem issues and insecurities in our young generation. Astonished by the everyday questions and persistent dogmatic relationship environment family, friends and women in general endure and sadly see as ‘the norm’ Bern Nadette was prompted to do more than have phone pow wow’s about possible resolutions. She was determined to proactively seek a forum to reach out and stop the cycle of perpetually ‘justifying’ reasons to remain in sufferable relationships. Her hope is to go beyond scraping the surface of why we tolerate what we do, but dig deeper and breach the core of self-destructive behavior in relationships.
Today, she travels the world promoting her book, Situations 101: Relationships The Good, The Bad & The Ugly and her poetry book, For Men Only. Bern Nadette Stanis is also a well sought after speaker. She is available as a keynote or motivational speaker for your events.
SITUATIONS 101: Relationships The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
In Situations 101, Bern Nadette Stanis shares 101 relationship dilemmas that most everyone can relate to and provides sound advice and resolutions that can be easily applied to the situation. It's ahot read about real relationships. Some of the situations are Bern Nadette's personal encounters while others were discreetly shared by others. By the end of the book, you will have found a way to establishing and maintaining healthier relationships.
The book is written in a non-intimidating manner, drawing the reader in. What unfolds next is a telling piece of work that invokes roiled anger in readers, ignites controversy, self-reflecting dialogue, and a working disbelief, as well as, empathy for those in denial. The sometimes comical and difficult to digest book is at times diplomatic, and at others, tackles responses head on, insisting we ‘get back to the basics in mastering relationships'.
A collection of poems dedicated to all of the men who have shown me "love" throughout my career.
Bern Nadette Stanis is the founder of the Remembering the Good Times Foundation
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The Last Night
“She’s not just my mother, She’s my friend.
By: Bern Nadette Stanis
In 2008, Mom and I were sitting on the bed talking, and I told her I wanted to write a book about her. I said,
“Mom, I want to tell your story so that people all over the world will know what a sweet, gentle, loving, smart, protective and wonderful mother you are, not just to me, but to all of your children and grandchildren. If I don’t tell this story no one will know what a special life we had, and still have.”
The idea was that she and I would be sitting side by side, signing our books together. I was traveling the country with my other books at that time, and I took my mom with me to every book signing. People were very excited to meet her, and they would ask her questions about me and how she felt having a daughter who was on TV. I thought it would be great if she had her life and how she got me on the show Good Times. Mom seemed to really like the idea too, but little did we know that would never happen.
Alzheimer’s was moving in on us faster than we could form the ideas and organize the book. It took Mommy’s life from us, but it will never take her spirit from us. My mother will live on through the lessons she has taught me and by me sharing stories of her wonderful life or her death from Alzheimer’s become one in vain. I pray this book helps others to deal with this disease and that we will learn more about its cause and hopefully one day find its cure.
My mother died October 6th, 2011. I started writing a few lines of this book at that time, but every time I would write a page or so I could’t finish my paragraph, sentence or thought without crying. I told myself, “If I don’t continue through this pain, this book will never get done.” I had writer’s block and I didn’t know how I was going to make it through to the book’s completion.
Then I remembered a story I tell the children when I go to their schools and speak to them. I tell them they can accomplish their dreams if they believe that they can and they have determination to continue through the obstacles that may face them. I took my own advice and believed that I would write this book for those who struggle with seeing their loved one suffering in any way through a monstrous disease of any kind. May you travel with me through The Last Night-Caregiver’s Journey Through Transition and Beyond.