By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Confessions Of A Rookie Cheerleader
By Tony McClean
Updated: March 31, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Ct. — The cheerleader. We think we know them when we watch them perform at college and pro sporting events on TV. We see them doing their thing and we really think we know everything about them.
Some look at them and try to emulate them while others (mainly us males) can get caught up in fantasizing about them. Just for those few glances, we try to think that we know all about them.
However in complete and total reality, we all have absolutely no idea.
Take Ms. Erika J. Kendrick for instance. The Chicago native served one season as a cheerleader for the Chicago Bulls. That one season in the Windy City along with other professional experiences gave her the fuel to weave together an interesting story.
In her new fictional novel entitled “Confessions Of A Rookie Cheerleader”, Kendrick spins a tale of not only the music industry, but also the very competitive professional cheer leading industry as well.
“I wanted to dispel the myths of what most people think about cheerleaders”, Kendrick said in an interview with BASN. “Folks think we’re all dumb bimbos walking around with bleached blonde hair and a pair of poms-poms in our hand”.
Don’t get it twisted, Ms. Kendrick is much more than that. The Chicago native graduated from Stanford University with a BA in psychology and moved to New York City after completing her MBA in marketing and international business at the Island Def Jam record label.
Before venturing into the literary world, Kendrick also interned for Clive Davis’ J Records, worked at the legendary Apollo Theater, and is the former President of the New York chapter of The National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment.
After working as a producer on a developmental pilot, Erika decided to indulge her ambition again and pursue a writing career. Kendrick’s dynamic and diverse background helps make “Confessions” a very entertaining as well as a very revealing book.
The book is centered around the life of Hannah Love, a savvy, young music exec for Rockstar Records. To recover from the jolt of a broken engagement, Hannah decides to pursue a fantasy she’s had since childhood: To become an NBA cheerleader for the Chicago Diamonds.
Along the way, there’s intrigue and romance. Love finds herself dodging advances from one of Rockstar’s executives while also putting her body and her will to the test during cut-throat tryouts for a spot on the Diamond Dolls squad.
Love also forms a relationship with the star player of the Diamonds, Max Knight. Because the cheerleaders are strictly forbidden to date any players, it adds fuel to the steamy relationship between the two.
This is just a small part of the essence of this novel penned by Kendrick. The author herself has described “Confessions” as Sex and the City, meets Girlfriends, meets the L.A. Laker Girls.
This is just the beginning for Ms. Kendrick, who is already working on the sequel to “Confessions”. She’s also working on another book that’s on an even more personal level.
Tentatively entitled ” Suicide Watch”, Kendrick talks about a young black woman who suffers from bipolar disorder. Kendrick added that she was diagnosed with the disorder while attending college. She feels that telling her story can help empower others who have or who are still trying endure its effects.
“There’s a terrible stigma attached to folks that have to deal with bipolar disorder”, Kendrick added. “It’s almost to the point where people don’t really want to discuss it. If I can put a fresh face to it maybe people will look past those stigmas because it’s something that all of either have directly or indirectly have dealt with”.
It’s safe to say that we haven’t heard the last from Erika Kendrick.
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