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Demetria McKinney is a river with many streams--singer, actress, model, song writer, and dancer. Whether she is acting on stage to a sold out audience or a featured soloist at a major event, Demetria continues to receive admiration with standing ovations from her performances. Due to the consistent display of her talents, she has certainly become one of tomorrows brightest and most sought after stars. Although Demetria is an Atlanta resident, she is a self-admitted Military brat, she claims Ft. Walton Beach, Florida as her hometown roots, because her father retired from the US. Air Force and made it their home when she was a child.
She earned a leading role in Mark E. Swinton's "U Don't Know Me," the musical which received superb reviews. Her accomplishments read as a finely detailed map, headed toward her destiny and showing the broad spectrum of her abilities. Demetria has a rich history with screenplay- writer and director, Tyler Perry. Ms. McKinney's list of accomplishments includes the role of "Janine" in TBS's #1 TV sitcom, "House of Payne". The show which continues to top the ratings, has taped over 254 episodes and has received five (5) consecutive NAACP Image Awards for Best Sitcom. Dee Dee embraced a vital role in the nationally renowned stage play, "Meet the Browns". Her journey continued with Mr. Perry on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) in a televised play production entitled "Madea's Christmas" which resulted in high ratings. In the DVD version of Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married", the starlet revived a significant role in the play and went on to star in several other of his plays including "What's Done In The Dark". She also performed as the lead character "Brandy" in "Soul Kittens Cabaret".
In 2007, McKinney starred in award winning short film, "Standing Reign." Standing Reign was the five category award winning film in the Atlanta 48 Hour film festival (Best Film, Best Acting, Best Screenplay, Best Delivery and Audience Award). It was also an official selection in the TOMI Film Festival of New Orleans, the Spaghetti Junction Urban Film Festival of Atlanta, the International Black Film Festival of Nashville and is ranked top twenty films in the National 48 Hour Film Project.
In April 2008, Ms. McKinney and Tyler Perry's House of Payne was nominated for the 2008 Prism Award. Ms. McKinney was nominated for Performance in a Comedy Series for her incredible portrayal as the drug addicted mother and wife turned career woman and Tyler Perry's House of Payne was nominated and won the Prism Award for Comedy Series Multi-Episode Storyline. In July, Ms. McKinney starred in another award winning short film, "Before I Wake. Her additional stage work includes the lead roles in the plays "The Mountaintop", “Church Girl”, the musical “I Dream” in which Demetria portrayed Mrs. Coretta Scott King and "Dreamgirls" which she performed with the legendary Jennifer Holliday. she is currently starring on the TV One sitcom "The Rickey Smiley Show" as Monica, Rickey's ex wife. Her numerous credits include the films “Daddy’s Little Girls”, "Let The Church Say Amen" and “Breaking Up is Hard to Do” as well as the hit USA drama ”Necessary Roughness” and BET's "Let's Stay Together".
"Demetria McKinney is a radiant, beautiful, diverse talent that is surely on the rise! Dee Dee has now stepped out in the spotlight again to present to the world another dimension of her talent...singing. Demetria has extensive vocal and dance training. She is an R&B singer who has opened for artists such as Tank, Dwele and Anthony David. She has three singles available on Itunes “Take Away”, “Get Yo ..ish” and "Livin' It Up" (her duet with Anthony David). Demetria is presently working on her debut CD with notable producers such as Brian Michael Cox and Musiq Soulchild.
In Demetria's spare time, she is very active in the community and often volunteers with young girls to talk with them about self-esteem. She also speaks to women who are facing problems with substance abuse as well as domestic violence abuse. She offers a story of hope and self-love and faith to all of them.
Our Memories - August 5, 2013
2013! What a rollercoaster year it has been for me. But I must say I've got through it with many accomplishments I thought probably wouldn't happened until 2014! Despite the fact that this has been one of the busiest years for me, I am able to wake up and say, "I made it" everyday! Even though I’ve had my shares of ups and downs, my ups ALWAYS outweighed my downs. I want to give a special thanks To Chelby... I’m glad to know I have someone who doesn’t mind lending a helping hand! Team work, makes the dream work, Right!? Speaking of Chelby... We both were granted the opportunity To Meet Demetria McKinney and have lunch with her on August 5, 2013, Check out photos above. What an unforgettable day/Moment! I've come a long way and is truly grateful for all my accomplishments, I must say I've grown a lot with building this fan base for Demetria! Speaking of growth... wow! Can you say star on the rise without saying Demetria McKinney? Certainly Cannot! This lady is a blessing in my eyes. A Multi-talented beauty… And I’m Not Just talking about on the outside, this lady has a Beautiful soul and a matching heart to go with it. She may not know it, but she sure has a way of making someone get up when they have fallen down… multiple times! She's definitely a woman with a sense humor, talent & dreams… but most of all, she’s a role model to her FANmily (the Demetrians)! So with all that being said, I’ll be Strutting into 2013 with a strong mind, planning out what’s next for Dee Dee’s World & the Demetrians. I have goals... Ideas… Plans! I have already made such a huge impact. I’m honored and grateful to know those 9 years of my dedication and support wasn’t a waste. Thanks to all the Demetrians who have taken this journey with me down Dee Dee’s World’s purple brick Road. Let’s go 2014! ;)
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